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AKB48 performing 3-day concert series at Seibu Dome

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Popular all-girl group AKB48 is performing live for three consecutive nights at Seibu Dome in Saitama Prefecture this week. The first concert was held Sunday night, the second Monday and the third is set for Tuesday night. The concert series mark the girls' first ever three-day dome performance.

Members from AKB48, as well as members from affiliate groups NMB48, based in Osaka's Namba, SKE48, based in Sakae, Nagoya, and Not Yet are also performing at the event. In all, 141 members perform 45 songs over the course of the two-hour show. The concerts are expected to attract around 90,000 people.

Sub-acts associated with AKB48 now include SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, SDN48, OJS48, no3b Watarirouka Hashiritai, French Kiss, Not Yet and DiVA. The group, which is officially the largest pop group in the world, has also set the date for first round of its next rock-paper-scissors tournament, by which it will select the members who are to perform in the group's 24th single. The round is to take place in Tokyo's Budokan on Sept 20. The group's 24th single is currently scheduled for release in December.

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They should have announced it a week ago. Lots of HS kids will miss out on this.

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Anybody looking for a ticket?

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AKB48 now include SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, SDN48, OJS48, no3b Watarirouka Hashiritai, French Kiss, Not Yet and DiVA.

This is like a whole class of high school girls. Wanna bet they create more?

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for charity or ...trying to make money from tsunami hit disaster area?

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I had no idea they had that much groups. That explains why you can't watch any TV without seeing a dozen of them, except maybe for chii sanpo.

I don't know where OJS is, but it sounds like ojisan48 to me. lol

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Thanks for the warning!

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Who can remember all these ABC 48? Instead of remembering kanjis, our youngsters have to remember this mass girl groups. Are we in North Korea here?

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This is the lowest level of entertainment. I can understand little kiddies liking this mindless trash but you get adults praising them and defending them against criticism. Expolitation with a capital E. Why anyone could like this is beyond me. uess it shows modern society and how far culture has fallen.

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This is the lowest level of entertainment.

Oh, this is not even at the bottom of pop music.

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Yea, yea, yea!

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Turn on the TV and you can't go 10 minutes without seeing either AKB48 or Arashi. The marketing power behind this mediocrity is astounding, as is the gullibility and shallowness of the consumers who lap this up. Formulaic and infantile songwriting sung in unison and candied up in postproduction. Not to mention the unhealthy fetishization of young girls for perverted ojisan to drool over. Rock-paper-scissors tournaments? Because of producers like Yashushi Akimoto and Johnny Kitagawa and the media machinery behind them, the Japanese public is finding it harder and harder to conceive of any culture beyond what is branded and marketed through the media. How can a society treasure preservation when most of its artistic output is so easily disposable?

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wow people buy tickets to watch these girls play rock paper scissors... what has the world come too

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Pathetic what the hell!

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At night? I hope they use lots and lots of electricity.

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I can see the AKB48 nerds busy doing their thumbs down on all comments critical of their meaning in life.

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There's a big difference between trying to make good music and trying to cheat schmucks out of their money.

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I like AKB48. They are cute. They make me fun.

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sunshinekyutech; congratulations!! Would you like a lolly pop?

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worthless article

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Now steve@CPFC, that was funny. Made me smile.

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Sub-acts associated with AKB48 now include SKE48, NMB48, HKT48, SDN48, OJS48, no3b Watarirouka Hashiritai, French Kiss, Not Yet and DiVA.

WTF.

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The creators and marketers of these groups are geniuses. Do you not think being able to get people to pay to watch girls play rock paper scissors and getting them to buy large numbers of physical albums and goods in order to get votes for their favorite performer (in this age of digital music) to be utter genius?

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I like AKB48. They are cute. They make me fun.

And that is all they can do, just be cute. So where is the talent, as one of my co-workers explained to me, Japanese people, especially the men, enjoy having a huge variety of choices and selection of women. These groups provide and feed that visual appetite. This is more about visual appeal than anything else.

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I love AKB 48 and Kara etc...they are so cute! Ganbatte!!

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Where is the photo of the group? I will be going to all 3 concerts.

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I prefer Korean girls pops group GIrl's Generation. Those beauties took out their upper leg muscles to look good. Oh yeah, baby!

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“I don't know where OJS is, but it sounds like ojisan48 to me.”

Now that’s funny! As for this ABCDEFG48… stuff, take away thescantly clad costumes and coy smiles and you have a bad sounding high school choir singing recycled tunes. Bet your bottom dollar a large portion of the concert goers are middle aged otaku’s armed with their concealed camera gear. Fortunately this form of entertainment does not represent Japan as a whole.

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