The logo of the group, because getting a photo of all the girls would be... quite hard.
Based on the concept of "idols you can meet", AKB48 is an idol group consisting of, you guessed it, 48 members. However, the group currently holds more than 48 members, with even more members scattered in its many sister groups - Nagoya-based SKE48, Osaka-based NMB48, Fukuoka-based HKT48, Jakarta-based JKT48 and Shanghai-based SNH48. Another sister group, SDN48, used to perform in the AKB48 Theater but was disbanded in 2012. There is also the Taipei-based TPE48 which was announced in 2011 but is still stuck in Development Hell, and Music/Nogizaka46, an official rival group.It has four main subunits: French Kiss, Not Yet, no3b (pronounced No Sleevesnote "sureebu" sounds like "sleeves") and Tentoumu Chu!The group holds performances in their theater in Akihabara, Tokyo and the different teams take turns performing stages-a set list of songs. They also hold special events each year: the Senbatsu Elections, where fans choose their favourite members; the Janken Tournament, where the girls take part in rock-paper-scissors games to get into the Christmas' single senbatsu; the Request Hour, where fans choose their favourite songs and the Draft Tournament, where the captains for all the teams choose between a group of new girls who aren't even trainees.Now has an anime, which is set in the future & directed by Shoji Kawamori, and a manga, set more or less in the present day. There's also Majisuka Gakuen, the group's longest and most popular drama series, and Mendol Ikemen, that features the members of no3b.Please list any tropes related with the girls directly in the character page, because it Needs Wiki Magic Love.
AKB48 provides examples of the following tropes:
Action Girl: Everyone in the 'Flying Get' and 'Show Fight!' PVs.
Affectionate Parody: The PV for "Everyday, Katyusha" can be seen as one,with scenes echoing previous PVs such as "Iiwake Maybe", "Oogoe Diamond", "Ponytail to Shushu", "Heavy Rotation" and "10nen Zakura".
Anime Theme Song: Several. They perfomed one of Shin-chan's openings (later the sub-unit Watarirouka Hashiritai performed another one), Deltora Quest second opening and Dragon Ball Kai second ending. Former sub-unit Chocolove from AKB48 performed The Skull Man's ending, and no3b performed Beelzebub first ending and Birdy the Mighty second season ending. French Kiss also performed Sket Dance first opening theme. And of course, the songs used in their official anime AKB0048 also apply.
There's also the ICE OVA, where the group performed the songs and used some of their members as voice actors.
Ascended Extra: Anyone who isn't a regular senbatsu member who manages to participate in singles, due to the Janken Tournaments or being pushed by the management.
For example, Uchida Mayumi and Ishida Haruka in "Chance no Junban", Fujie Reina and Kobayashi Marina in "Ue Kara Mariko" and Komori Mika in "Namida Surprise".
The sub-unit DiVA has become a separate act from AKB and will still be active.
Bloodier and Gorier: The group's drama, Series/Majisuka Gakuen. For a drama based on an idol group, one would think that it'll be something light and happy, right? Definitely wrong.
Also the regular music video for "Manatsu no Sounds good!".
Book Ends: Atsuko Maeda's first single participation in AKB48 was the group's debut single, "Sakura no Hanabiratachi". A week before Maeda's graduation from the group six years later, AKB48 released an album on which she recorded a solo, more melancholy reprise of the same song. "Sakura no Hanabiratachi" was also the final song performed during her graduation performance.
The girls usually have their graduation performance at the theater, the place where they all start out.
Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Their first five singles were about cherry blossom petals, fluttering skirts, the longing to meet someone, implied underage prostitution, and bullying and suicide. Enjoy!
Cherry Blossoms: A lot of their songs are about this; "Sakura no Hanabiratachi", "10nen Zakura", "Sakura no Shiori", and "Sakura no ki ni Narou" just to name a few!
Christmas Songs: One for each Janken single: "Yoyaku Shita Christmas", "Noel no Yoru" and "Totteoki Christmas".
Cross Over: In recent years, girls from sister groups also take part in AKB singles, with the more prominent girls being SKE's Jurina and Rena, along with NMB's Sayaka and Miyuki.
The General Election and Janken Tournament can also be seen as this, with sister group members being allowed to participate alongside AKB members.
The AKBIdoling!! unit was a one-shot crossover unit between AKB and Idoling!! members.
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Team A is pink, Team K is green, Team B is blue and Team 4 is yellow. Temporary Team 8 uses Grey. Each group also has its own color: AKB is pink, SKE is yellow, HKT is black, JKT is red and SNH is blue. NMB's color is... leopard print (but they go with dark brown when they have to color something). Former group SDN used silver.
Before Teams K and B received their own stages, they performed existing stages. Teams A, K and B currently perform revivals of one of their own stages, with Team 4's current stage being a revival of Team B's "Idol no Yoake".
The previous waiting stages had a mixture of songs from older stages and different teams.
Happens quite often in concerts-songs that do not require major members to perform are often given to other girls.
All the teams are currently covering older stages until new stages are ready.
The PV for "Beginner" was apparently supposed to be much more violent than the standard idol fare PVs but was not used in the end, though the dance shots were kept and the shots of the members getting violently killed off in a technological atmosphere complete with blood and shots of them being crushed under various devices were fortunately cut out. But for you nightmare fetishists, here's a CM of the original ...AND the original itself!
Exactly What It Says on the Tin: They're an Idol Group based in Akihabara, and there are 48 girls. note Well, mostly: the number kinda fluctuates from time to time, what with turnover and new girls.
The '48 members' concept is currently averted. This was originally followed where the three teams would be limited to sixteen members, but now there are four primary teams with at least 20 members. As well as a promotional fifth team who probably fits the bill because they are comprised of members representing each of Japan's 47 prefectures.
Greatest Hits Album: "SET LIST ~Greatest Songs 2006-2007~" includes all singles from debut to "Yuuhi wo Miteiru ka?" and "Kami-kyokutachi" includes all songs from "Oogoe Diamond" to "Sakura no Shiori" (and also contains two songs that weren't released before).
Hotter and Sexier: The basis of SDN48, which is where AKB48 girls (e.g. Megumi "Meetan" Ohori) went once they turned into a Christmas Cake. However, all the members graduated from this group in February 2012 and it was disolved, but the sub-unit DiVA still follows this theme with songs and outfits more similar to K-Pop groups.
Human Aliens: The girls in Watarirouka Hashiritai's PV "Shonen Yo Uso O Tsuke" are these.
Humiliation Conga: The kind of punishment the girls had to go through when they failed to complete the moe contest...
Muchaburi Dodgeball. Nuff said.
Iconic Outfit: The school-uniform inspired costume from the "Iiwake Maybe" PV, to the point where Maeda Atsuko's celebrity impersonator Kintaro wears a similar outfit in all her public appearances.
In-Series Nickname: All the senbatsu members got special Western names for "Heart Ereki" (Kojiharu got Michelle, Takamina got Linda...), except Kawaei Rina, who got... Kawaey.
Intercourse with You: SDN's "Kodoku na Runner". Many of their songs could be an example, but this is the most explicit one.
List Song: Team B's "Wasshoi!B" from B3 and "Team B Oshi" from B5 lists the members' nicknames.
"Yasai Sisters" lists a good number of vegetable names in Japanese.
"16nin Shimai no Uta" from Team K's 4th Stage lists the Team K members' names and a fact about each member.
Loads and Loads of Characters: Naturally, with sister groups across Japan. The main group is already this, with 88 main members, and the 47 Team 8 Members.
Long Title: The single "Suzukake no Ki no Michi de 'Kimi no Hohoemi o Yume ni Miru' to Itte Shimattara Bokutachi no Kankei wa Dou Kawatte Shimau no ka, Bokunari ni Nan-nichi ka Kangaeta Ue de no Yaya Kihazukashii Ketsuron no Youna Mono" note "Sort of a little bit embarrassing conclusion I came up to after thinking for days about how our relationship would change if while walking along a road of plane trees I said to you, 'I dream of your smile'"
Meaningful Echo: The first song to be performed in the AKB Theater was 'Party ga Hajimaru yo!' by Team A. Nearly 6 years later, it was also the very first song to be performed in the group's first Tokyo Dome Concert in 2012 after years of hard work.
Just before your very eyes A river is flowing Broadly, such a great river Darkly, deeply, even so The current is fast, even so Do not be scared, OK? Do not wander off That’s right, the opposite side is there So more, believe in yourself.
Also, the lyrics for "Beginner".
I can't do anything I can't do it well And so? We're still young I can't do anything I can't do it right away That's why we have possibilities
Pretty in Mink: In a Christmas video, one of the girls wears a white fur jacket in the "story" part, and in the "performance" part, all the girls wear short Happy Holidays Dresses covered with red fur puffballs.
Qipao: Worn by the girls in the non-dancing scenes in the "Flying Get" PV.
Rerelease the Song: "Sakura no Hanabiratachi 2008" was a remade version of the group's original single, "Sakura no Hanabiratachi".
Rock-Paper-Scissors: Since 2010 the lineup for singles released in December have been decided by this.
It was also incorporated in the PV for "Ue Kara Mariko", foreshadowing what happened before it was shooted.
School Festival: The PV for "Oogoe Diamond" takes place during a school festival, with the members performing the titular song.
Sexy Santa Dress: Worn in some videos, and in promos for certain companies, like Coke and 7-11.
Silly Love Songs: They have a few, despite trying most of the time not to. An example is "Aitakatta".
Singer Namedrop: The song 'AKB48' from Team A's 1st stage has this in the chorus.
'Pioneer' from Team's 6th stage, 'Team B Oshi' from Team B's 5th stage, 'Korogaru Ishi ni Nare' from Team K's 2nd stage and 'RESET' from Team K's 6th stage have the members mention their team's name several times.
Also, sister group JKT48 (based in Jakarta, Indonesia) only does AKB's songs translated into Indonesian. However, the music videos produced for each are significantly different- compare Heavy Rotation as done by AKB48 and JKT48.
JKT48 has also done a cover of "Koisuru Fortune Cookie" in English (good English, to boot).
SNH sings AKB's songs but in Chinese.
Take That: When the group won the prestigious Japan Records Awards' Grand Prix in 2011, many people criticized them, because a group who didn't play any instruments (even less an idol group!) couldn't become that important. The group's answer? GIVE ME FIVE!, where all the senbatsu members played instruments. For real. Some of them already knew how to play their instrument (such as Yuko Oshima, who played the bass in high school), but others had to train for weeks before recording the single.
Tsundere: The song Tsundere! from Team A 5th stage revolves around this trope. The narrators of "Iiwake Maybe" and "Tenshi no Shippo" also could be ones.
Visual Novel: There's a series of visual novels where the romance ban is lifted and the player can romance one of the members while rejecting the rest, with currently three installments.
Wham Episode: The team shuffles, in which all the team line-ups are reformed to provide a new environment and dynamic for the members, especially when several graduations take place. Team shuffles are usually announced onstage with no warning, thus surprising both the fans and the members.
The 2014 shuffle took this Up to Eleven and involved the sister groups, so the event was announced beforehand. All teams across AKB and its three sister groups were reshuffled, causing general Mind Screw for fans who had to readjust to new line-ups, positions, and transfers everywhere.