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AKB48 announces the creation of 'Team 8' with a new concept

January 23, 2014 @ 4:53 pm
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On January 23, AKB48 announced the creation of their 5th team "Team 8." The announcement was made at a press conference held right before "AKB48 Request Hour Set List Best 200 2014."

SEE ALSO: AKB48 overseas sister group SGO48 to form in Vietnam


Unlike other teams, this new team will not be formed with the existing members. 


First, they will hold an audition all over Japan in the 47 prefectures which will be led by TV stations in each prefecture. Then, one delegate from each prefecture (47 girls in total) will be selected, and finally, the Team 8 members will be chosen among the 47 girls.


Up until now, AKB48 is known for their concept of "idols you can meet", however, Team 8 will have a new concept which is "idols that go to see you." 


Team 8's activities to "go see you" will be fully supported by TOYOTA.


The application reception for the audition starts on the 24th, and it will end on February 23. Then the formation of Team 8 will be in the end of March.


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· Posted January 27, 2014 @ 1:33 am

Whoever created AKB48 is very smart, very smart indeed.

findtheakarun
· Posted February 22, 2014 @ 1:53 am
Akimoto Yasushi. Yes, yes he is.
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· Posted January 25, 2014 @ 9:49 am

While auditions and recruiting among the people, is the right idea, AKB is too big for that. Last year over 50 girls left AKB groups. While some had legitimate health or study concerns, and a few had reached graduation age, most likely graduated due to lack of advancement within the group.


It would be best (for the girls at least) to choose among them. You know, more openings for talented girls that are otherwise "blocked" by other girls. This would reduce the # of graduations. Recruiting among the general population brings in new blood and is great for publicity though.

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· Posted January 23, 2014 @ 10:28 pm

LOL Amachan saw into the future. 

dev_null
· Posted January 25, 2014 @ 12:13 am
yep, as soon as they said one girl from each prefecture, I thought of GMT47.
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· Posted January 23, 2014 @ 8:16 pm

I'm sure I've seen this in porn before

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· Posted January 23, 2014 @ 7:57 pm

Team 8 will have a new concept which is "idols that go to see you." 

Team 8's activities to "go see you" will be fully supported by TOYOTA.

OMG THESE GIRLS I THINK MIGHT DO LOTS OF TOURS! 


mochichan
· Posted January 23, 2014 @ 10:27 pm
They are. They'll doing nationwide tour in September or something.
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whippersnapper
· Posted January 25, 2014 @ 9:55 am
Pity the states don't have an akb group. I googled and found out Akimoto said he wouldn't make one here. I'm thinking "because it wouldn't work due to cultural differences?" It would be a nice change of pace to see idols (or stars/celebs/w/e) who don't get arrested for eggins/drug possession, 'twerk' and smoke weed on stage, etc.
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· Posted January 23, 2014 @ 5:02 pm

Ooh, new girls to know and love! And I love the concept. Maybe they can come to see me too? The US wants you, girls!! This makes me take Team 4 a little more seriously, too. I've considered them to be a less temporary version of Team Unknown before now, but having a Team 8 makes it better for me.


Can't wait for the auditions! Maybe some of the draft members who failed will audition? I want Takahashi Mio in this group right now!!!

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