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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.

outlights 3rd-Feb-2013 06:45 pm (UTC)
Well, I might be alone in this, but I actually see where she's coming from.
I understand foreigners (especially those from western countries) not really getting the idol concept, because of the cultural differences and such, but it totally makes sense in its context.
They are aware of the rules and agree to a contract (and are obviously familiar with their own cultural standards), so it kind of bothers me to see so many people coming out of nowhere "fighting for the girls' rights, THOSE POOR GIRLS FROM AKB", I mean... seriously.
taylorniw 3rd-Feb-2013 06:49 pm (UTC)
There was an article about this yesterday or so. Cultural differences doesn't make the whole rule any less stupid or wrong.
liniang 4th-Feb-2013 03:54 am (UTC)
This, please.
soundczech 3rd-Feb-2013 07:45 pm (UTC)
I don't think cultural differences really explain this, since loads of Japanese people also think the no-dating rule is fucked up.
turtle_yurippe 3rd-Feb-2013 07:53 pm (UTC)
No, it doesn't make sense. Plus, this isn't a Japanese-only thing. Hell, the whole Disney channel is full of people trying to tell us they're oh so pure.

I'm getting a little tired of people telling me I'm just too stupid to understand Japanese culture every time I dare to utter a valid complaint. I've been working with Japanese people for years now and I keep hearing, "my, you're almost more Japanese than we are". Normal Japanese people also don't buy into this idol culture. None of my friends or acquaintances gives a sh*t about replacable idol-chan X dating or not dating.
If anyone care, it's usually otakus who should rather get their butts out of their houses and try to talk to real girls, but of course they won't because after all this idol crap, none of them seem good enough anymore. Idol culture is escapism, nothing more, and it's starting to become a little dangerous because it's taken way too seriously.
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