So, yesterday was the 15h Anniversary of AKB48 and while usually we would get a LIVE performance with all 301 girls, sadly we are living in a pandemic world (not a twilight world, sorry Nolan)
And as such the event, that was streamed everywhere ( I watched it from YouTube) was held over Zoom calls with only five girls actually in the AKB48 theatre, each one representing the five teams (A, K, B, 4 and Team 8).
I always look forward to this anniversary stage because we get some much needed member interactions that we rarely get. But alas, nothing can be done about the state of things but that did not mean that the event was one to be missed!
Here are some highlights I loved about the event…
EUPHORIA SP2 – Jules!
I don’t believe it!!!
I don’t know why I did not think the next SP would be Jules! I wanted it! Oh how I wanted it to be Jules! But I held back because I am famous for my anti-luck and I thought me mentioning it would have cursed the chances!!
I think I beat the Universe Algorithm with this one, because Warner Media twitter account just frikkin made this official!
Still a bit farther than expected (Jan 24th) but I am not complaining! Seriously, I did not expect Jules to be it! I thought she would be counted in with the Rue SP and that the other broken characters would get the shine but then I remembered that Rules are the IT of the show!
I am so stupidly happy I don’t even…And there is a second season coming! We are not worthy! Then again, maybe this SP too will be solely about Jule’s side of the story! Because we all know the bullshit Rue was spewing in her SP about what happened on that train station and their relationship in general! I am so ready for that conversation!
Thank you Warner and HBO!
I can’t wait!
So, the word MOE still exists, right? Because I need it to express exactly how the Shukipi MV from =LOVE made me feel for starters!
Like, have you ever gotten a Music Video that feels as if it was made specifically for you? That’s how I feel about SHUKIPI from =LOVE!
Like, how long have I cried out for some Maika love!! Nit only do I finally get it but is it is far better than I would have ever imagined!
Firs of all, this MV was directed by none other than our very own Miichan…That’s right, I am talking about Minegishi Minami! Sashiko (The Producer of =LOVE, in case you did not know) asked Miichan to help with the MV because she figured Miichan was the perfect choice for the concept she was looking for and my God, did Miichan deliver!!!
Sashiko said it best, this is like Mika Ninagawa levels of production right there and she was totally right! This MV is just on a whole different level! And the fact that it wasn’t the likes of cutesy members like the Saitous or Mirei but Maika, the girl I consider the coolest of the group no matter what everyone says, that subversion worked wonders for this MV! It worked so well that when all the members had twin-tails for hair-do it was frikkin perfect instead of being all around weird!
I had actually planned on making this MV post part of my Hitomaika series but since the internet let me down by not giving us the camping extras from the Type B accompanying DVD, I decided to post this now and buy the DVD myself but it won’t be here for a few days and I just can’t wait! I want to put this post out before the MV hits 1m views, which it is already close to for a video that has only been released just over a week!
And so you can surmise that me wanting to put it in that series means that there is some Hitomaika content and indeed there is some, indeed, there is much more than just Hitomaika as this MV went all in for the ships as well, even if it was missing AnRisa! But theirs is a weird ship, as in it is one where I feel the friendship more than anything else! It doesn’t have that vibe that Hitomaika or Iorino have, you know!
But in this one case, for some reason the yuri took a back seat because I have apparently underestimated my love for Maika! I love this MV so much first and foremost because Maika is the center and the amount of screentime…Jesus! There really is balance in this world!
And that balance also covers the newly released MV today which is about Hitomi and Nagisa, just the two of them! Yeah, I haven’t watched it yet and it will probably take me a while to because I just don’t get that pairing. Maybe because Nagisa is like the 2nd centre? The favourite girl while Hitomi is the Ace? I don’t know, I don’t get it!
But to tell the truth I felt a bit cheated seeing that because then I started to feel what others were saying about Shukipi being more of a Nagisa or Kiara single instead of Maika because then I think that if those two got Shukipi then chances are we could have gotten a Hitomaika solo MV instead of Hiinagi?
But again, Shukipi balanced everything out because of how so good it is and Maika being the centre of it! Was it a cheap cheat? I don’t care, I got a Maika centre, a kick ass Maika centre that is probably the best MV from the group (outside of Caution of course).
I frikkin love this MV!
Hitomaika having a second hand kiss with the milk tea! Iorino almost kissing! Some MaiKiara! Some Saitouchu! A good amount of Risa (She is still my second favourite after Maika and speaking of Risa, apparently Maika is having a Risa boom currently so I expect some content from then too in that Camping Vid)!
And them twin-tails Jesus Christ!!! This MV is just all around deadly! And to all normal girls out there, Iori is of course on fire with her coolaid but I was kind of disappoint with her scene with Sana in the shower! Come on Miichan, you can do better than that! They are in the shower for crying out loud!! Oh well, I guess Nonno wouldn’t have had none of it!
And don’t get me started of the visuals! You all know me and beauty! I will let the caps speak for them selves…