Trivia / AKB48

  • Contractual Purity: According to the "Love Prohibition Rule" (恋愛禁止条例 Ren'ai kinshi jōrei), they are explicitly forbidden in their contracts from having romantic relationships, which comes with being idols.
  • Lying Creator: The case of Aimi Eguchi. Yasushi Akimoto, AKB48 producer, announced that he had found the ultimate AKB48 girl at NMB48's second generation audition, instantly adding her to AKB48 as 12.5th generation. Turn out, she was unreal.
  • The Merch: Plenty of them- from files to T-shirts to posters, the list goes on...
  • Name's the Same:
    • Minami Takahashi shares her name with a voice actress who lent her voice to the anime adaptations of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders and Re:Zero--Kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu, among others. The latter's given name is usually written with kanji, while the former General Manager's is usually rendered in hiragana.
    • Nana Okada shares her name with a Showa-era idol, who reached her peak popularity in the late 70's and 80's and still acts to this day (most recently in 2016's The Book Peddler). They both write their names with the same kanji, but the latter was born Hiroko Yai. Naachan has stated in a "100 Questions" session that the older Nana Okada is the person she most wanted to meet.
    • There are two members named Shiori Sato, and another one in Keyakizaka46.
    • Nanami Yamada's real name doesn't have the -mi. Nanami herself stated she auditioned under that name so she won't be confused with NMB member who bears the same name.
  • One of Us:
    • The entire concept of the group is "Idols you can meet" with the members reaching out to fans via stage performances and other fan events and projecting a relatable image to their younger female fans.
    • When you think about it, many of the members are Promoted Fangirls.
  • Recently, members' younger sisters have joined, such as Jonishi Rei (former NMB48 member Jonishi Kei's sister) and Muto Orin (Muto Tomu's sister).
    • Kasai Tomomi and her sister Rion auditioned together, but only Tomomi passed. Rion eventually became a solo idol.
  • Paying Their Dues:
    • Although the group had been around for a few years, success didn't really come until they released "RIVER" making a slew of number one hits follow.
    • In addition, Kenkyuseis have to work for months or even years to prove that they are worthy of being full-time members, and wait for an open position that the management considers fit for them. (Honorable mention in this case goes to Shizuka Ooya; Shiichan had waited over 2 years for being promoted.)
    • The group was on the verge of disappearing until "Oogoe Diamond" came out, starring SKE48's fan favourite Jurina Matsui. The managers are so grateful to her that she's appeared on practically every cover song of the group's singles.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Yuki Kashiwagi auditioned for Morning Musume before joining AKB but was cut from the third round. Ultimately, things turned out for the better for her as captain of Team B but one can't help but wonder how she would have worked in Morning Musume...
    • Sumire Sato also auditioned for Morning Musume, but failed the audition.
    • Ayaka Umeda also auditioned in the Morning Musume Lucky 7 Audition and passed the first round.
    • In one Shoujiki Shougi segment on AKBingo!, Minami Minegishi presents the statement "truthfully, you would rather be in Morning Musume" to Haruna Kojima. She fails the lie detector test and can't keep a straight face when insisting she likes being in AKB.
    • Mayu Watanabe auditioned to be in AKB's 2nd generation but failed, missing out on being in Team K which has a completely different image from Team B. She did mention that this was for the better in retrospect, since she believed her weak stamina wouldn't be able to keep up with Team K's powerful style.
      • Speaking of Mayuyu, it was her who was to be the W Center of UZA alongside Jurina Matsui; however, her stamina didn't let her keep up with the exhausting choreography, so Mayuyu gave the spot to Yuko Oshima instead.
    • Yui Yokoyama (the General Manager, not the Team 8 one) originally auditioned for SKE, but failed the audition. She tried again with AKB and passed.
    • Sarina Souda first auditioned for AKB 3rd Generation in 2006 and took a couple more AKB auditions after that. She finally became an SKE member at the age of 20 through the Draft system in 2013. Four years later, she ranked #8 in the Senbatsu Elections.
  • The Wiki Rule: There are Wiki48 and AKB48 Wikia.


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