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Old 2013-01-14, 23:12   Link #2941
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...My immediate reaction to people complaining about "all the fanservice in these episodes" was "there was fanservice in these episodes?" So while you call it overboard, some of us didn't even notice it being any different at all.
I'm on that boat as well,don't really see how this episode was any different from something like episode 5 of season 1
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Old 2013-01-14, 23:42   Link #2942
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Hi, I just want to lret you know thast fanfiction.net has now his section for AKB0048. You can now write your own AKB0048 fanfics. Here's the link: http://www.fanfiction.net/anime/AKB0048/
Thanks for the heads-up. Expecting shipping stories right there.
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Old 2013-01-14, 23:49   Link #2943
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Spoiler for Preview of Stage 16 (Episode 3 of Next Stage):
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Old 2013-01-15, 00:04   Link #2944
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Now it'll be good time to get serious.
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Old 2013-01-15, 06:09   Link #2945
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That preview doesn't say much. We already knew elections were happening from last episode. And the video just shows a lot of people seems to be bothered by it...

On a side note, I really liked this pic of Nagisa and Chieri.
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Old 2013-01-15, 06:31   Link #2946
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That preview doesn't say much. We already knew elections were happening from last episode. And the video just shows a lot of people seems to be bothered by it...

On a side note, I really liked this pic of Nagisa and Chieri.
They think they're being trolled.



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BTW, seems that around today it was announced that Yagami will be among the 9 members of SKE48 to graduate anytime within this first quarter, which means, if Satelite goes ahead with further sequels or any spinoffs, either they'll have to make up an excuse (but not an excuse that could anger fans) or keep her signed on -- out of her group -- to continue as Sonata.

Personally... OTL.
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Old 2013-01-15, 10:04   Link #2947
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Um, no. It wasn't even touched on in the first season.
weird, I remember chery being ostracized for being the gdaughter of a weapon manufacturer, etc... let me check the wiki.


yeah, it was barely touched upon in episode 7, at least I did not become crazy and remember stuff that did not happen.
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Old 2013-01-15, 10:13   Link #2948
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weird, I remember chery being ostracized for being the gdaughter of a weapon manufacturer, etc... let me check the wiki.


yeah, it was barely touched upon in episode 7, at least I did not become crazy and remember stuff that did not happen.
Yeah, but that didn't have anything to do with Zodiac's actual evil plans regarding Chieri. That was just a couple of the 76th generation getting jealous and digging up dirt to throw at her.
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Old 2013-01-15, 14:56   Link #2949
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Tsubasa should be very aware of who is Chieri's father. Considering Chieri is the one getting the push, she may even suspect Zodiac already. I believe the main problem for her is discovering the reason. She probably have no idea of the research Zodiac is doing and what they and the D.G.T.O. could gain with it.
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Old 2013-01-15, 15:08   Link #2950
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Tsubasa should be very aware of who is Chieri's father. Considering Chieri is the one getting the push, she may even suspect Zodiac already. I believe the main problem for her is discovering the reason. She probably have no idea of the research Zodiac is doing and what they and the D.G.T.O. could gain with it.
Of course. To begin with getting a push by sponsors is nothing rare for idols. Tsubasa is suspicious because this is Zodiac we're talking about and she knows it's likely they're up to no good.
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Old 2013-01-15, 20:43   Link #2951
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IRL, the members are voted for top positions by means of ballots that goes with the singles, and the practice of bulk-buying multiple singles (regarded as very wasteful by critics) is even acknowledged by the management.

If Zodiac is covertly trying to position Chieri by this method through proxies and cutouts, then yes, it surely trips a wire and Tsubasa sees it as highly suspicious. I could also read Chieri's unease because of it, I mean, for a trainee to make it to the 9th position would be a huge upset (IRL, in last year's elections, the highest a trainee ever got to rank was 34th).
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Old 2013-01-15, 20:46   Link #2952
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I'm on that boat as well,don't really see how this episode was any different from something like episode 5 of season 1
I agree with Random Wanderer and totoum on this.

And I actually do like fanservice, as long as the story doesn't suffer because it. Which never happened in any episode of AKB0048 so far, imo.
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Old 2013-01-15, 20:54   Link #2953
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If Zodiac is covertly trying to position Chieri by this method through proxies and cutouts, then yes, it surely trips a wire and Tsubasa sees it as highly suspicious.
I don't think Zodiac is doing that. I think they're just backing Chieri's career. Like, maybe that gravure photo-shoot she was doing is to be published by a publishing company owned by Zodiac. Basically funding her career in different ways to create more visibility for her. That kinda thing.

I mean, the anime goes out their way to show that the fans like Chieri a lot. See how they react to her every time she appears. Being ranked is consistent with this so I don't think Zodiac would need to buy votes. Besides, that would indeed be suspicious as hell.
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Old 2013-01-15, 21:02   Link #2954
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I could also read Chieri's unease because of it, I mean, for a trainee to make it to the 9th position would be a huge upset (IRL, in last year's elections, the highest a trainee ever got to rank was 34th).
Chieri is right to be uneasy. Even knowing nothing about what her father is up to, she's knows she's good, but not that good, and she understands what she said at the trial made her popular, but it shouldn't have made her all that popular over true AKB members. Right now, the small size of AKB0048 may hide the ballot-stuffing we suspect Zodiac is up to, since Chieri didn't have to beat out anywhere near as many people as a trainee in regular AKB48 would have to to get that high in the elections, but if she gets that high or higher in the final count, or WINS the elections in the end, things will become a lot more than just "uneasy," I suspect. She won't believe she earned it fairly, and it will hurt her, just the way the mere suspicion of it was hurting her in this episode. Worse, if any of the people who get beaten in the elections are suspicious and blame her instead of looking for whoever was really responsible, it could tear her up inside.

The only plus side is that since Chieri's father seems to want her to become more in sync with her kirara and glow brighter so he can study it and her, using underhanded means to make her win the election will probably not get him what he wants.
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Old 2013-01-15, 21:05   Link #2955
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^ Again, I don't think Zodiac is buying her votes. That's not what Miichan implied when she was talking about sponsors imo.

Just my two cents.
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Old 2013-01-15, 23:03   Link #2956
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I would like to know just how many outfits these girls have in their wardrobes!
And each member's is a little different! So say if there have been five different sets of outfits for the girls, with nine main characters, we're talking more like forty-five individual outfits....and that doesn't include the 75TH GENERATION'S OUTFITS....

That's amazing!!
How do the artists come up with THAT many outfits!?

I wish I could look at them all at once!!
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Old 2013-01-16, 00:48   Link #2957
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How do the artists come up with THAT many outfits!?
Ask character designer Risa Ebata and the production staff; most of them were based on or inspired by actual performance costumes (the "Iiwake Maybe" ensemble is probably the most distinctive and famous), everyday clothing and outfits used by the real-life AKB members. The best thing about it is that it makes the characters more easier to identify by even one change to their ensemble.
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Old 2013-01-16, 00:50   Link #2958
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Heh, I figured it must have been something like that. Still really impressive.

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The best thing about it is that it makes the characters more easier to identify by even one change to their ensemble.
That's my favorite thing about the outfits.
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Old 2013-01-16, 01:17   Link #2959
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This was based on a Music ON! TV CM.

More Sonata fanart, just to mark Kumi Yagami's impending departure.
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Old 2013-01-16, 01:36   Link #2960
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She won't believe she earned it fairly, and it will hurt her, just the way the mere suspicion of it was hurting her in this episode. Worse, if any of the people who get beaten in the elections are suspicious and blame her instead of looking for whoever was really responsible, it could tear her up inside.
Just plain blaming her would be utterly stupid, after all, what could she possibly do on her own to alter the results? Besides, the successors probably wouldn't be as mean about it as the butthurt 76th gen (sans Megu). The true problem is that they start inquiring on HOW it happened, which would quickly lead to the whole group finding out about her dad, which not only would provide the perfect excuse to lash on her, but would also convince Chieri that EVERYTHING she has achieved so far, not just the elections, is because of her dad, since she's always been the type to be hard on herself.

So, yeah... it's even worse than you think.

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The only plus side is that since Chieri's father seems to want her to become more in sync with her kirara and glow brighter so he can study it and her, using underhanded means to make her win the election will probably not get him what he wants.
Yeah, he definetly knows at this point that there are no shortcuts to the kirara power, but I really doubt that will make a difference to anyone else, including Chieri.
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