Category Archives: AKB48
This evening, I had finally, after 3 trips to Japan, won a ticket to an AKB48 performance at their home theater in Don Quixote, Akihabara. Unfortunately, since it was my first time, I made a few mistakes which led to 2 hours of boring waiting with nothing to pass time with. The system they have in place is markedly different from that at the NMB48 theater.
Finally, the day has come when I can see the 1/1 scale Gundam with my very own two eyes. I also get to attend a live performance by AKB48 at their home theatre too! Read more of this post
Day 11 heralds the start of the my weekend since beginning my student internship (read: work) and it would be packed with things to do. The plan for the day was to head into Tokyo for the Fate/Zero exhibition at Ikebukuro, then swing by Akihabara and spend the rest of the day there. I left Kugayama early in the morning in order to reach the venue at least an hour in advance to purchase tickets since I didn’t have a Japanese address or credit card to pre-purchase tickets in advance. However, this was not to be as the event had sold out solely on pre-purchased tickets so I had to think up of something else to do today. Read more of this post
My final day in the Kansai region would be by far the geekiest, most idol-oriented day so far. The plan was to go over to Intex Osaka for an NMB48 event in the morning, travel all the way to Kobe for Maeda Atsuko’s free mini-live, then hurry back to Osaka’s Umeda Sky Building for the night bus back to Tokyo. Several things didn’t go as well as I thought they could have, but read on!
I woke up this morning to an email with extremely good news. I had won a ticket to NMB48’s 3rd generation kenkyuusei performance which would be happening tonight! Noting the time I would have to be at the theatre to purchase my ticket, I then set off for Sakuya Konohana Kan, Osaka’s famed nature conservatory.
The night bus from Tokyo dropped me off at Kintetsu Namba at around 8am and this part of town had not woken up yet. The streets were deserted and the shops were all closed. The first thing I wanted to do, though, was to find my hotel and put down my backpack. It was getting heavy and I did not want to walk around with it for the next 6 hours. At the hotel, they told me I could only check in at around 4pm and were happy to hold onto whatever items I wanted to leave behind till then. I passed them the backpack and headed out to find some breakfast. Having skipped dinner the day before due to time constraints, I was quite hungry and thus settled for a meal at Mcdonalds. At first, I thought I could maybe relax at the fast food joint for an hour or so but the air conditioning wasn’t working and it was very uncomfortable in there. The temperature which was neither here nor there combined with having not had a shower for 2 days made me quite weary so I decided to do a quick scout of the Namba area to distract myself.
This is the first of a special segment of tune highlights, featuring lesser-known songs produced out of the crazy melting pot known as the 48 family (AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, etc.) and what better song to start it off with!
This tutorial is commissioned by MyAidol.
Lately, many people have been worried about our move to softsubs and therefore we will no longer be supplying direct downloads of videos (it’s illegal, ya’ know). However, there is a pretty easy way to get your hands on raw videos to watch with our subs, and that’s through Hello-Online. Pretty much all of the raws we use for translating will be available here, and if they are not, we will figure out a way to make them available.
Zutto Mae Kara is a dorama short film that ties in with the single of the same name sung by a subgroup of akb48 called “French Kiss” (or Furenchu kissu if you like). This song was used in a particular baseball anime called Major as an ED and so it comes as no surprise that the dorama short uses baseball as a main theme. I opened up the video website fully expecting a slipshod mismash of random scenes designed to gratuitously show off the 3 girls that make up French Kiss but was instead pleasantly surprised by the production values, amazing soundtrack and the care that went into crafting it.