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Christmas Eve: Koi suru fortune cookie – AKB48

Christmas Day: Merry X’mas for you – Onyanko Club

Finally, an actual Christmas song falls on Christmas Day. It’s probably not that worth celebrating. We listened to it while opening presents because i’m a huge bully and it’s the only Christmas record i own apart from the Phil Spector one. Credibility lies with that over this, but i’m too far below credibility to be any other way.

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Koi Suru Fortune Cookie

Koi suru fortune cookie – AKB48

Again uh-oh. I’d thought this song was just a random song plucked from the middle their back catalogue, but no, it’s their most recent single. I guess i’m used to the Onyanko Club, having everything done and in an unaltering past, but AKB48 is still growing and that’s another stumbling block in me getting into them. I can get very fanatical and give up a lot of important, constructive things in my life for some very pointless stuff, so any stumbling block is a welcome one. Keeping up with something that engages fan(‘s wallets) and sprawls as much as AKB48 (not to mention the SKE, SDN, NMB, HKT and JKT48s) is something i’m best left not doing. Why am i even considering this?! Why does this seem like a fate i should fulfill?! I don’t even like them that much. This is their 32nd single.

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Koi Suru Fortune Cookie

Koi suru fortune cookie – AKB48

Uh-oh. I think i’ve found an AKB48 song i actually like. This me crossing a line, an inevitable one; one if i’m not careful will lead to very dark place from which there is no return. AKB48 as a whole is still a mystery to me: Too much output, too many avenues on which to follow them, too many members. I don’t know who’s who, who’s important or who’s supposed to attract my attention, and the ones i do recognise from Majisuka Gakuen don’t resemble their yankee selves in that show at all on stage, or they just aren’t in the group anymore.

It’s just too much information to come across at once. I’m sure guides have been written for the new fan on how to parse the whole thing, but the only thing holding me back from the shut-in wota gnome i’m fated to be is the fact that it’s still all to impenetrable and unwieldy for me. See me again in 6 months time and see how much i’ve changed and how far i’ve fallen in. I apologise in advance. This song’s good.

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Majisuka rock’n’roll – AKB48

*In my best Rocky impersonation* Again?! Well it’s a very well learned lesson here that the last thing you hear before going to bed is often the first thing in your head as you wake up. Being a modern series, there are a million fan made MV’s of this, each set to their own inappropriate music from Nickelback to Dusty Springfield. Here’s one that features AKB48 at least:

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Majisuka rock’n’roll – AKB48

In the search for more Sukeban Deka-type shows and Japanese idol music, i’ve resorted to modern times and the show Majisuka Gakuen, which stars almost exclusively the group AKB48, Akimoto Yasushi’s updated Onyanko Club-type venture. It’s an interesting contrast of the level of action television, pop music and idol image propriety now and 25 years ago. Majisuka Gakuen is a bloody, cold, violent, bloody show about a girl’s school run and battled over by different gangs, that is still carried in a wonderful tone of loyalty and meaningfulness. Sukeban Deka to this is a comparison like the films of Iishi Teruo or Fukasaku Kinji to someone like Miike Takashi – updated, more extreme iterations of a similar animus.

However, there is a loss of charm, poignancy, desperation and substance i find in this modern show. Something about its tongue being too much in its cheek and the stakes being too low, as though the whole thing can’t rise above play acting. It just kind of floats on the mood and style it sets, expecting everything vital to spring naturally from it without going in, wrenching it out and nurturing it. There is no effort made to bring it to the operatic heights Sukeban Deka reaches. Maybe it’s just expected that we can no longer believe in that. I can and do. And the music isn’t as good. This song is the opening theme.

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