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9:47 am - 02/03/2013

AKB48 Kashiwagi Yuki says “Love-Ban-Law is necessary as long as we’re idols”

The newest documentary film which followed the popular idol group AKB48′s last year – “DOCUMENTARY OF AKB48 NO FLOWER WITHOUT RAIN  - What girls will see after tears?” directed by renonwed PV and Movie director Takahashi Eik hit screen on February 1st. The movie projected the “REAL” of idols of present-day, such as competition for Center position after Maeda Atsuko’ graduation, LOVE-BAN-LAW, as well as the gap between members.

In and interview with us, Kashiwagi Yuki, one of the most popular members of the group told,

“Although I thought it’s unimaginable to find anything that we could reveal more after I watched past documentaries, I think the latest one is the most intensive of all documentary films of AKB48.”

She revealed that she had a 1-hour interview for the documentary movie.

“The documentary contains interview footage of each member. Because even though we have a lot of things in our mind, there rarely is an occasion where we can actually talk about them. So, I think, everybody revealed more than a little honest feelings in the interviews.”

Whose interview she cares about the most is Watanabe Mayu, also known as Mayuyu, who is Kashiwagi’s same generation member and best friend.

“I was asked about my relationship with Mayuyu a lot. I would like to know what Mayuyu think about AKB48, because we don’t have much chance to talk about serious topics like this.”

She also told about her idea of how ideal “idol” should be like.About LOVE-BAN-LAW, one of the main themes of the movie, she said,

“Because I’ve joined AKB48 since I was 9th grader, I’ve never had any doubt about the concept. It’s just completely natural to me”

Then she added,

“If we get into a relationship, I wonder if fans sentiment to support members will fade Relationship, private life, and freedom, I gave up these kind of things because I devote myself to AKB48, because I have hope and dreams that I want to accomplish And I would like fans to pay attention to such things and support us just trying to make it.”

She declared, “In order to unify everyone’s mind, LOVE-BAN-LAW is necessary.”

“After giving it a lot of thoughts, goings through a lot of different thoughts, I’ve now reached the idea that idols are those who always put their fans first, thinking what they can do in order to please fans."

The source noted that this interview was conducted before Shukan Bunshun reported the Miichan "scandal", but ugh her reasons are killing me. I only posted this because when I mentioned this article in another post some of you were wishing it wasn't true. Welp here it is and I honestly think prayer is needed right now.

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roomgirl 3rd-Feb-2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
The "opportunity" is kind of present from the beginning. As in, don't join a group that openly has such a stupid rule.
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roomgirl 3rd-Feb-2013 09:11 pm (UTC)
...why is that so hard? You've gone so far as to call this girl stupid for agreeing with the terms of a contract she herself chose to sign, have had all kinds of things to say about the rule's blatant human rights violations for the past several posts, and yet now you're like, "But having freedoms vs. being able to go on stage and lipsync to pop songs is a really hard decision, though!!" IDEK.

I get that becoming an idol is a dream for so many girls in Japan, but isn't that clearly where much of this problem lies? Young girls are encouraged to become idols, a role in which they'll be giving up their personal lives in order to pander to men. I feel that, at least until the whole idol system is overturned and revolutionized, they should be dissuaded from pursuing the path of an idol. I would honestly like to know where their parents are when these contracts are being signed. Everyone jokes about fathers not wanting their daughters to date until they're thirty, but I would be uncomfortable if my child's entire life and future were being dictated by a corporation, solely for profit and nothing else.

And not to be pessimistic about it, but I've seen this happen with so many groups, and people are always outraged for a little while and then they go back to feeding money into the idol machine eventually. Everyone knows that idol culture is inherently misogynistic, so why do they turn a blind eye to these rules until they become impossible to ignore and only then try to act concerned?

tl;dr yes I mad, this whole issue pisses me off.
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roomgirl 3rd-Feb-2013 10:05 pm (UTC)
I don't like AKB48 or Yukirin so I wasn't super offended that you called her an idiot, I just thought it was a little harsh? She's technically being the most sensible about this, knowing what she agreed to and resolving not to go back on her word. I don't want to call the girls who've been caught stupid, because it's this rule that's ridiculous more than anything, but they have to actively try not to be found out and it becomes like a wanting to have their cake and eat it too kind of situation, IMO. The very definition of idol means that you put your desperate, no-life wota before your own desires, so if they've grown out of it, it's better just to leave... But I can't help but feel sorry for Miichan because I know she also really loves her group and doesn't want to sacrifice that.

Re: feeling that more girls should be steered away from the idol route, I probably should've expained this in more detail. Basically, I've seen tons of idols who say they look up to actual Japanese female pop singers and wanted to emulate them by going into entertainment, but they ended up in a group where their rights (and sometimes talents as well) are compromised, whereas the Ayus and Namies are able to shine and still have most of their personal lives left intact. On top of that, it seems like female singers are struggling now because they don't have the same draw as idols, so it's hard for them to establish themselves without having the automatic boost of obsessive male fans. I just wish there would be a boycott of these idol companies or something so that more girls could work as performers without all the bullshit, since that's what most of them truly want to do, but of course that kind of thing takes time.

But yeah, there's just so much discussion happening and everyone has their opinions so it's probably impossible not to get at least a little annoyed with everything that's going on. :|
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