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9:33 pm - 02/06/2013

“Backstabber!!!” Fan Sends Enraged Message to AKB48's Yukirin for Attending Dating Party


Whether it’s sports teams, animation or girly pop groups, when it comes to fandom, there are distinct levels of dedication. And when the hardest of hardcore fans feels betrayed by the object of their affection, they make it clear. Sometimes, they even record a video message and upload it to YouTube.

Already viewed some 50,000 times, the following video was uploaded yesterday by an enraged AKB48 fan after reading the news that 21-year-old band member Yuki Kashiwagi was allegedly present at a goukon dating party with members of Japan’s Olympic men’s soccer team.

“That’s not so scandalous, is it?” you may ask. Well, let’s find out how this young man feels about the whole affair.

The video starts off fairly sedately with the young man pointing his camera lens at his computer screen which displays images of recent tabloid press articles exposing Kashiwagi’s involvement in the midnight dating party. After a little soul-searching, however, he explodes with anger:

This “scandal” comes just days after fellow AKB48 member Minami Minegishi shaved her head in recompense for having a secret boyfriend- something that goes against the group’s strict code of ethics (as single men infatuated with the band members may not bother spending money on their idols if they’re already taken?). Whether or not we’re witnessing a real fan expressing genuine sentiment in this video is unclear, but AKB48′s fans are renowned for their passion and being outspoken whenever they feel betrayed by “their” band members.

Addressing Kashiwagi as “Yuki-rin” (“rin” is suffix often added to girls’ forenames in order to express closeness and affection, not unlike “chan”), the male fan begins his video by asking calmly, “Is this really you?”

Turning the camera on himself, the forlorn fan addresses Kashiwagi again: ”Is it you? Why do you [AKB48 members] betray us fans like this?”

Looking straight down the lens, he reminds the band member that AKB members are forbidden from dating, before berating her for her uragiri ack-stabbing conduct in attending the dating party.

“Why did you do this? You say ‘I’m different; I don’t do that kind of thing. Follow me around all day- you’ll never see me doing anything bad like that!’ That’s what you said. It doesn’t make sense…”

Seemingly unable to contain his anger, the young man screams at the camera “okashi yo!” (“this isn’t right” or, more literally,”it’s strange”).

A genuinely heartbroken fan or an imaginative attempt at satire?


liime_arix 6th-Feb-2013 07:36 pm (UTC)
But they did, I remember they talked about it on their first SMAP x SMAP show back in the beginning of '10.
ararat010 6th-Feb-2013 10:49 pm (UTC)
The dating rule in AKB48 didn’t start until 3, 4 yrs after the group debuted. Oshima Mai, an ex member, stated that she didn’t have the rule in her contract and she graduated in 2009. Management never mentioned the rule before that and even in the first Nemousu TV, they see how the girls would act at a goukon party (dating party) So people who want to say “they didn’t know what they signed up to because they were kids” sorry….they do because the rule was included many yrs AFTER they joined the group.

Pretty much all there is to know is written in the above paragraph. Ignorant fucks please refrain from making further statements.
liime_arix 6th-Feb-2013 11:34 pm (UTC)
I'm saying what I know that came out of their own mouths on television. On the January 4th, 2010 SMAP x SMAP episode, there was a 6-hour special. In that special there was AKB48, to help people to get to know the 3 AKB48 rules, "Take baths together", "Put your name on your food" and "No dating (but falling in love is fine)". (starts around @ 27:30).

Can you please link me to Oshima Mai saying so? I remember her saying that she dated when was in the group, but not that there was no rule. In fact I've never heard long time fans mention that either. So before you post a random paragraph and calling people ignorant fucks, please back it up.
whited_79 7th-Feb-2013 12:13 pm (UTC)
Before 2010 then, because Oshima Mai said she didn't have that in her contract and she graduated around 2009.
liime_arix 8th-Feb-2013 01:38 am (UTC)
But Ayaka Kikuchi was kicked out of the group back in '08 when there was a purikura of her and her bf that leaked. And that was back in '08 (though she re-auditioned and came back in '09 as a trainee and is now in WH7).
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