YMMV / AKB48

  • Archive Binge: Beyond the already lengthy singles, the group has tons of stage songs.
    • Not to mention the many songs from its sub-groups and soloists!
    • The 2015 Request Hour allowed fans to choose between any song from any group, unit or soloist. The final count made it up to 1035 songs.
  • Awesome Music: For starters, "RIVER" has a pretty funky beat.
  • Broken Base: There are fans who think the group's switch to King Records made them more "mainstream" and think their older singles were much better. Then on the other side you have the fans who think the sellouts prove that AKB is finally getting the attention they deserve. And then you have everyone in between.
    • Also, many fans from AKB's Golden Era are quickly leaving the fandom now that older members are graduating and younger members from sister groups start taking the spotlight.
  • Celebrity Impersonator: Japanese comedian Kintaro regularly impersonates ex-member Atsuko Maeda.
    • In return, Team B's Mariko Nakamura dressed as Kintaro in the 2013 Janken Tournament.
  • Creepy Monotone: Yuki Kashiwagi in "Majijo Teppen Blues", where she represents her character Black in Majisuka Gakuen.
  • Demoted to Extra: Many of the girls have dropped in rankings in this year's General Election while SKE, NMB and HKT girls seem to be doing the opposite.
  • Ear Worm: Good luck forgetting some of their songs like Heavy Rotation!
    • During the time it was released, AKB subunit DiVA's "Lost The Way" was EXTREMELY popular among fellow members. Whenever they performed it, many members would sing along to it backstage.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Amina Sato. For someone who is neglected by the management, consistently placing in the top 21 for senbatsu elections is surely something. However, she dropped to rank 33 in the 5th Sousenkyo, but that makes her the Center of the Next Girls.
    • Some really popular members from sister groups, like Jurina Matsui or Sayaka Yamamoto.
    • Miyuki Watanabe was unranked in 2011, then suddenly shot up to #19 in the 2012 election and raised to #15 in the 2013 election. However, her popularity decreased after she was involved in a scandal, with most of the NMB fans votes going to Yamamoto instead.
    • The Team 8 as a whole. Originally planned to be just a publicity group to be only involved in Toyota events, the girls' youthfulness and talent made them extremely popular among AKB fans. They are now a solid group who acts in concerts of their own, and have original songs featured in AKB singles.
  • Epic Fail: Amina Sato failing to recognize Face of the Band Atsuko Maeda in the game show Dasshutsu Game DERO!!.
  • Face of the Band - Atsuko Maeda. Probably the most promoted member of AKB48. She's the center for almost all AKB48 singles to date.
    • After her graduation, despite Yuko being named new leader of AKB, Haruka Shimazaki has taken Acchan's place in most promotions and songs she was featured in. Also Minami Takahashi is the member who represents the group in TV programs and interviews. Yuko keeps the center in AKB-exclusive events and concerts.
    • After Yuko's graduation, and since she ranked #1 in the elections, Mayu Watanabe is now the face of AKB.
  • Fan Nickname:
    • HebiRote for 'Heavy Rotation' and Koi Chun for 'Koisuru Fortune Cookie'.
    • Sae Miyazawa and Sayaka Akimoto are often called "Twin Towers" because of their height.
    • Mariya Suzuki for the 2013 Janken single, which has a much longer name. It should be noted, however,that Suzuki herself is not taking part in the single.
  • Fandom Rivalry: With Morning Musume fans. However, some members of AKB48 are fans of Morning Musume and vice versa.
    • There are even some members (ex: Yuki Kashiwagi) who auditioned for Morning Musume.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Oku Manami, often forgotten former original Team K member, is surprisingly popular with JKT 48 fans. There are Indonesian fanclubs dedicated to her, and most of the comments in the videos/pictures related to her are made by Indonesian users.
  • Good News, Bad News: The management seems to love giving surprise announcements at the end of major concerts.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In 2011, AKB had this comedy show called Bimyo, and the first episode had a skit in which Sashihara was the group's center. The idea was ridiculous at the time. Fast forward to 2013 though...
  • Les Yay: Everywhere.
  • Lyrics/Video Mismatch: "Iiwake Maybe" is about love, but the video is about Atsuko Maeda and Yuko Oshima's fight and cooling-off attempt by having a cycling competition.
    • "Manatsu no Sounds Good!". The song is about sunbathing on the beach and having a great summer, while the official PV is about a sudden alien invasion, with the girls being killed brutally. Only Acchan and Mayuyu survive (one of them badly wounded), but see their friends in bikinis in the distance, probably in heaven. Must be why the full music video on AKB's YouTube channel is the dance version.
  • Mean Character, Nice Actor: Sae Miyazawa in the PV for "Oogoe Diamond".
  • Nightmare Fuel: The original uncut PV for "Beginner" is... rather intense for an idol group.
    • Same goes to "Manatsu no Sounds Good!".
    • Some Adrenaline no Yoru episodes are pretty intense.
    • The 2016 Hulu drama "Crow's Blood" is definitely NOT for the faint of heart.
  • Old Shame: To Erena Ono, who hasn't participated in AKB concerts since her graduation unlike others like Kazumi Urano and other graduates who occasionally show up to perform a song.
    • She did have a pretty solid solo career, though.
  • Older Than They Look: Most of the girls, such as Mayu Watanabe and Haruka Shimazaki.
  • Out of Focus: Happens to majority of the members. Quite inevitable in a group with Loads and Loads of Characters.
  • Performance Video: "Oogoe Diamond" and "GIVE ME FIVE!", among others.
  • Replacement Goldfish: When teams originally followed the standard of having 16 members, this was how Kenkyuusei were promoted—a graduating member meant a spot for a trainee to be promoted and take a new place in the team.
    • Yui Yokoyama for Erena Ono in the old Team K, Shihori Suzuki for Manami Oku in the old Team B and Kazumi Urano for Natsumi Hirajima in Watarirouka Hashiritai.
    • Moe Aigasa for Tomomi Itano, thanks to her being an Identical Stranger.
    • Mion Mukaichi for Yuko Oshima; most notable for her replacing Yuko's center position in Heavy Rotation. (Note: It was actually Yuko herself who allowed Mion to have the position.)
  • She Really Can Act: Yuko is a surprisingly good actress. Yasushi Akimoto, producer of AKB, said he thinks that she'll be an internationally known actress in 10 years.
    • Sayaka Akimoto as well.
    • One new generation member who has shown exceptional acting skill is Nana Okada. In the TV drama Joshikou Keisatsu featuring Tentoumu Chu!, one episode had dialogue filled with Tongue Twisters. They were so hard, they had to keep looking down at their scripts in front of them. The only who did not have a script and said every line perfectly was Okada.
      • For a variety show that also featured Tentoumu Chu!, the members were told to prank their seniors (who actually knew the whole time and are testing their acting skills). Okada was told to act as if she were being possessed by a cat. Although the project was to see who had the worst acting ability, she was highly praised for her overwhelming performance.
    • Another young member who's shown great acting skills is SKE 48's Nao Furuhata. Even though she has had no experience in acting, she was the winner of an acting audition in an SKE TV show "Position Zero" and was given a guest role in a serial drama.
    • Starting October 2015, there is a series airing called "Adrenaline no Yoru", which is a horror series featuring 40 of the members from AKB and their sister groups. This drama is actually a huge audition between all 40 members. Whoever wins will become the leading role in a drama set to air in autumn 2016.
      • Banned Episode: Haruka Shimazaki's episode "Music box" got banned from being shown on TV because the content was too scary.
      • On March 16th, Haruka Shimazaki was announced as the winner. Aside from "Adrenaline no Yoru", she has done other horror projects such as the movie "Ghost Theater" and the upcoming live action movie adaption of "Haunted Campus". (And if you saw her episode in Adrenaline no Yoru, you can probably understand why, cuz, boy, she can scream!)
    • Similar to Adrenaline no Yoru, another competition series called "Koi Kojo" started airing in April 20th. Instead of horror, the members now take on the romance drama, with various kinds of love stories! There's even been confirmed to be kiss scenes and bed scenes. Just like the last competition, the winner will receive the leading role in a drama set to air in spring 2017.
      • The winner of that contest was Team B's Watanabe Mayu, who has previously starred in several dramas. One role that really shows off her acting prowess is Usa Shijimi/herself in the live-drama adaption of the manga "Saba-Dol", in which Mayu is actually a woman in her early 30's concealing her age.
  • Signature Song: "Heavy Rotation" and "Aitakatta".
    • Team A: "Pioneer", "AKB Sanjou", among others.
    • Team K: "Korogaru Ishi Ni Nare" and "Sasae".
    • Team B: "Shonichi" and "Team B Oshi".
    • Team 4: "Hashire! Penguin", although that is more of a signature of the old Team 4. The new Team 4 mostly associates with "Seijun Philosophy".
    • Team 8: "47 no Suteki na Machi e" and "Seifuku no Hane"
    • Undergirls: "Kimi no Koto ga Suki Dakara".
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: No one expected HKT 48's Rino Sashihara to beat fan favorites Mayu Watanabe and Yuko Oshima to get the first place in the 2013 General Election preliminary results as well as in the actual election!
    • Sister group kennins in AKB48 singles are often seen as this, mainly sister group aces.
  • Stunt Double: Used in AKB Kagekidan Infinity. In order to create the illusion of Ruka appearing on the balcony, disappearing, and then reappearing on the main stage, a stunt double was used. The stunt double was on the balcony, their back turned, and the main actress for Ruka appeared on the main stage after the double was gone.
    • Inverted in Majisuka Gakuen. The girls do all the action.
  • Surreal Music Video: "Yasai Sisters" and "Sugar Rush" certainly qualify.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The opening bass riff in "Aitakatta" bears an odd resemblance to the opening guitar riff in Funkadelic's "Can You Get to That", only insanely sped up.
  • Target Audience: Like most Idol Groups, AKB48 seems to target mainly males but it also has a sizable female fanbase, especially after the release of "Heavy Rotation".
  • Tear Jerker: The PV and lyrics to "Sakura no Ki ni Narou".
    • Also, the song "Rider". It's a song dedicated to a loyal fan who passed away.
    • The PV to Atsuko Maeda's solo "Flower" is also very sad.
    • "Keibetsu Shiteita Aijō". Both the song itself and the video. Considering that it deals with the topics of bullying and suicide, it's hardly surprising.
  • The Rival: Nogizaka 46. Officially, at that.
  • The Scrappy: After predicting that AKB's popularity will probably wane in 1-2 years a lot fans bashed Rino Sashihara for being the "negative idol" and "unsupportive of her group." Thankfully the backlash seems to have died down by now. She's managed to make a fanbase of her own now that she's in HKT, and has been appointed as its manager.
    • Yui Yokoyama, mainly because of her heavy promotion despite her status as a newly-promoted member.
      • As of late 2012, Yokoyama is mostly accepted by the fandom due in part to the effort she puts in, even being mostly accepted by the NMB48 fandom when she was put in their senbatsu. As of 2015, she is now captain of Team A and will succeed Minami Takahashi as general manager after the latter's graduation.
      • Currently the AKB scrappy is Haruka Shimazaki, while a large number of SKE fans are annoyed at the likely prominence Rie Kitahara will soon have in the group.
      • Yokoyama and Kitahara have both been transferred back to AKB, despite mostly being accepted by the NMB and SKE fandoms and their team members. Newest scrappy is Miori Ichikawa, transferred to NMB. Many fans believe her cute appereance and behaviour doesn't fit with NMB's more sexy style.
    • Miyawaki Sakura. Despite being HKT 48 member, she's been getting huge push on AKB48 singles which puts people off. It doesn't help that she is one of the AKB48 ace candidates, despite already being one of the front members in HKT 48.
  • Vindicated by History: Both Rino Sashihara and Minami Minegishi were "demoted" from their regular positions in AKB due to scandal—but LOOK WHERE THEY ARE NOW.
    • Sashihara was sent to HKT48 in 2012, which was the then-newest sister group only in its second year. Many thought this to be like an "exile", but Sashihara utilized her seniority and experience to help mentor the young HKT members, as well as promoting them on TV shows and other media. In the 2013 General Election, she pulled a Dark Horse Victory and won first place, beating Yuko Oshima and Mayu Watanabe! She also shares a concurrent post as a theater manager for HKT.
    • Minegishi, a first generation member, was demoted to Kenkyuusei in 2013, and it didn't help that her public apology in which she shaved her head sparked a controversy that even reached international news outlets. But like Sashihara, Minegishi was put in a unique position to be a mentor to the Kenkyuusei, who were made up of the newest and youngest generations of AKB members. This allowed the group to polish their skills and coalesce into a performing team that would attract more interest in fans wanting to see their theater shows. In August 2013, the 13th and 14th generations were all promoted to Team 4, with Minegishi as team captain. Their first original song as a team, "Seijun Philosophy", ranked #1 at the 2014 Request Hour. Minegishi stayed as captain of Team 4 until 2015, where she is now captain of Team K.
  • Younger Than They Look: Sayaka Akimoto.
    • JURINA MATSUI.
    • Rina Chikano.
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