OK, who called it?
Just three weeks ago, we shared a video with you from a seemingly heartbroken AKB48 fan, berating group member Yuki Kashiwagi for attending a singles’ party and breaking the band’s strict “no dating” code of conduct. The video, which saw the fan almost in tears and screaming into the camera, turns out to have been a clever trick at the expense of the Internet community, whose clicks eventually netted the young man enough cash to buy himself an expensive new cross bike.
The new video begins with the young man, wearing the same clothes as in his first broadcast, looking solemnly down the lens.
“Today I have something that I have to apologise to Yuki (Kashiwagi) and Minami (Minegishi) for,” he begins before cutting to a shot of him crouching in front of his brand new bicycle and smiling broadly. ”Hey everybody, did you know? You can make money from YouTube! Each time a person watches a video [the host] makes about 0.1 yen. My video to was watched nearly 700,000 times. With that money look what I bought!”
The fans will not be pleased.
While many Japanese netizens were quick to agree that the YouTuber’s plot was a clever one, not to mention thoroughly entertaining, there are bound to be plenty of people out there who find the entire episode distasteful and feel that they have been made fools of. Genuine AKB fans, too, are very likely hammering away at their keyboards at this very moment, plotting revenge and to track down this man’s shiny new bicycle parked outside a station and drive a couple of nails into its tyres.
“I have never bought a single AKB track, there’s no one out there who actually likes AKB, but I was able to buy a bike!” the man proudly proclaims.
The video ends with the fake fan doing what can only be described as a David Brent-esque dance routine while singing about how AKB makes him money. He then comes close to the camera and signs off with a one finger salute. Proof, if it were ever needed, that western culture has become thoroughly ingrained in Japanese society.
We have to admire his ingenuity, and we’ll be the first to admit that for a while there we did wonder what would become of the human race if people are genuinely wont to get upset to the point of creating angry video messages if they discover that their idols are dating someone, so it’s good that story this has a semi-happy ending, but, as one Japanese netizen points out on an online message board: “For the sake of about 70,000 yen (US$760), leaving a video like that online forever for all to see is pretty messed up.”
We can’t wait to see what the next joker’s get rich quick scheme will be!
All together now: “♪ A-K-B wa okane-ni-naru! A-K-B wa o-kane-ni-naru! ♪“