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Old 2013-01-21, 02:58   Link #3041
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I don't know if anyone else noticed this during this episode but when Chiri was watching the noodle commercial the fake Chiri they showed had a spade in her hair an d not a heart.

What would that mean?
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Old 2013-01-21, 03:15   Link #3042
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I almost feel ashamed to admit that him going Aitakatta was awesome, because he might've as well punched Chieri in the face.
I loved that part. Chieri's father is just as cool as she is, except his powers of awesomeness are used for the purposes of being a magnificent bastard.

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The closing shot was very nice, though I found the revival of the original's opening theme a bit awkward. Is a secondary character getting 10th place really important enough to warrant that? >_>

And yeah, I'm with Kazu in thinking that Nagisa's twinge was jealousy.
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Old 2013-01-21, 03:53   Link #3043
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I loved that part. Chieri's father is just as cool as she is, except his powers of awesomeness are used for the purposes of being a magnificent bastard.
Yeah, I gotta admit the bastard is pretty fabulous. Too bad he's a fucking asshole too. ><


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Is a secondary character getting 10th place really important enough to warrant that?
Well, none of the kenkyusei should have ranked. I mean, it should be obvious the successors are more popular than the kenkyusei, and there's like 18 successors. Yet, Mimori somehow managed to beat at least 9 of them!! Pretty big deal imo.

I wonder about the other kenkyusei. Chieri aside, Mimori seems to be the most popular, so we probably won't see any of the others girl in the ranking. Chieri could rank, but she probably dropped out, so I wonder what will happen...
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Old 2013-01-21, 04:25   Link #3044
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I wonder about the other kenkyusei. Chieri aside, Mimori seems to be the most popular, so we probably won't see any of the others girl in the ranking. Chieri could rank, but she probably dropped out, so I wonder what will happen...
To be completely honest, I think there may be 2 kenkyusei who might still rank. Chieri's the obvious choice, though I think at this point she'd be offended because of her father's underhandedness tainting her votes. That leaves only one other possible kenkyusei with any chance at all of ranking in the top 10. And if any others do rank, 8 is the absolute highest they should rank.

Anyways, IF Chieri ranks in, I see her at either 9 or 8, which is dependent on if only 1 or if 2 of the remaining kenkyusei end up ranked. At present, I think only Nagisa and Chieri have any chance of filling those slots.

In my personal opinion, I'd rather see Chieri fall out of the rankings completely (which would fit in with her personality, and would probably not upset her at this moment) in favor of Nagisa ranking 9. Let's face it, of the main cast, Nagisa's the primary focus of the series, and she does simply outshine everyone else OTHER than Chieri. I hate to say it, but her character path is fairly formulaic at this point, with Chieri being her primary rival, and her only obstacle among the kenkyusei.


And, I hated how episode 16 ends as it did. The animators/writers could have at least had enough consideration to at least show all 10 (even as an aside before the credits without the drama of the announcing ceremony), because most of the fans will be curious, especially since this "election" has been hyped up for the entirety of the 2nd season at this point.
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Old 2013-01-21, 05:06   Link #3045
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I doubt Nagisa will rank at all. I am Nagisa supporter but let's be honest. She is not as popular as Chieri or any successor. It will be a troll move from the writer to put Nagisa in the top 10 without an explanation since she has not done anything super great to get popular. Moreover, what's bothering Nagisa is not just what's going on with Chieri but also she is falling behind. I believe she is jealous because she is falling behind Chieri in terms of achieving her goal of being a successor.

I support the idea of Makoto for Center Nova.
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Old 2013-01-21, 05:36   Link #3046
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I hope the elections are not rigged... Because if it did, I'll blame it to Mr. Sono.

And besides, I think Chieri doesn't like her father supporting her career by underhand tactics!
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Old 2013-01-21, 05:50   Link #3047
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Wait... a minute. They said something about episode 5 being a star war "kind" scenario. I am thinking this might relate to what's going to happen to the AKB0048 home planet after the General Election. (maybe I am over thinking this but it can happen)
There is that, although we are still unsure the star wars epic was supposed to mean space battles or light saber battles.
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Sometimes Nagisa acts like she's in love with Chieri.
This show have quite a lot of yuri innuendo, a pity it's very unlikely for anything to actually happen regarding that... even though Megu was being Sae's wife this episode-
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I doubt Nagisa will rank at all. I am Nagisa supporter but let's be honest. She is not as popular as Chieri or any successor. It will be a troll move from the writer to put Nagisa in the top 10 without an explanation since she has not done anything super great to get popular. Moreover, what's bothering Nagisa is not just what's going on with Chieri but also she is falling behind. I believe she is jealous because she is falling behind Chieri in terms of achieving her goal of being a successor.
If Chieri didn't retire (or didn't plan to retire only after her votes and rank are announced), then I think she will be the only other KKS to rank in.

If she did retire, then I can see Nagisa ranking in too. Remember that all the KKS should have gotten quite a boost with all the promotion they have been doing, and between then Chieri and Nagisa should be quite more popular, being the starts of the concerts, the two that tend to shine quite more than the others.

Then there is also that comment about someone wondering whether Chieri or Nagisa would rank it higher, which can mean Nagisa may be getting enough votes for people consider the possibility of her getting more votes than Chieri, although I don't think that would happen.
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Old 2013-01-21, 07:59   Link #3048
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Then there is also that comment about someone wondering whether Chieri or Nagisa would rank it higher, which can mean Nagisa may be getting enough votes for people consider the possibility of her getting more votes than Chieri, although I don't think that would happen.
That comment doesn't mean anything since the fans don't have the numbers except for the early results given by Tsubasa, in which Nagisa didn't even rank. More importantly, Nagisa's line in the handshake event wasn't even half as long as Chieri's line (this was stated) so there's really no way Nagisa could out rank Chieri. It would be a complete asspull.
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Old 2013-01-21, 11:19   Link #3049
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I don't know if anyone else noticed this during this episode but when Chiri was watching the noodle commercial the fake Chiri they showed had a spade in her hair an d not a heart.

What would that mean?
Presumably that they can't duplicate whatever it is that puts the hearts in girls' eyes and hair. Beyond that who can say? It was probably just a means of easily telling that the girl in the shot wasn't Chieri, but it's possible it may have more significance. If so, we'll have to wait and see.

Anyway. As for Nagisa, all she has going for her is that she's one of the leads when the trainees perform, and she's good at making her kirara glow. She hasn't done anything else to make herself stand out, positively or negatively. She has fans, yes, all the kids have fans, but it wouldn't make sense for her to rank in the elections. There is simply nothing to her to make her have that kind of popularity. Makoto stands out more than Nagisa.
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Old 2013-01-21, 11:27   Link #3050
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As for Nagisa, all she has going for her is that she's one of the leads when the trainees perform
Nagisa and Chieri are the centers of the understudies in pretty much all their songs. That could be a reason for Nagisa to be a little more popular than the average understudy. Although I don't think that would be enough to rank in the election, but we'll see.


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and she's good at making her kirara glow.
Yeah, in their latest performance it was made obvious that Nagisa and Chieri can make their kirara glow at will. The other girls still don't have that kind of control over their kirara. Then again, maybe that's meant to show the Center Nova potential that Nagisa and Chieri have.
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Old 2013-01-22, 04:47   Link #3051
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Old 2013-01-22, 10:40   Link #3052
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So it's a limited-edition of the Blu-Ray, huh?

Then again, I guess I'll have to wait for the release date for Next Stage.
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Old 2013-01-22, 14:03   Link #3053
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That's an interesting point, although I would guess it means Akibastar isn't really in a secret place. It's part of the Absolute Entertainment Protection Sphere. Considering that name, they either have an army or protection system of some kind so DES can't just enter that easily, or there may be some kind of agreement with the government that they can't breach too easily without bad consequences they would want to avoid.
There may be some info about it on these six pages from one of the booklets. But we need to wait until someone who can read it can translate it for us.
Apparently the original Akibastar settlements got bombed to hell and back by the anti-entertainment side, so what we see right now is actually a humongous underground shelter with a copula imitating the sky. You can see the copula in almost every scene on Akibastar, but I actually didn't get the fact that they are underground till reading that.

I don't think it's easy to enter a place like that, since you can only get underground through special shafts, and I would imagine that they do have a customs office. That said, being related to Zodiac doesn't seem like reason enough for somebody to be denied entry. With how large the company is, I'd guess thousands of people connected to it are AKB0048 fans.
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Old 2013-01-22, 16:46   Link #3054
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There may be some info about it on these six pages from one of the booklets. But we need to wait until someone who can read it can translate it for us.
Do you have full scans of the booklets? This looks like really interesting information. I could definitely try to get it translated.
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Old 2013-01-23, 06:40   Link #3055
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Interesting news from Tsubasa blog (I'm not entirely sure about it, so would like if someone with better Japanese could verify):

Tomorrow she will announce the rank of the girls on the elections. It seems she will only announce the rank of the girls who did worse than 10. Or will she announced 1-10? I'm not sure. XD She also said with it she will tell more information about each the 10 "new" successors together with it.
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Old 2013-01-23, 07:22   Link #3056
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They were just done performing live a few hours ago.


and this:
http://girls48.tumblr.com/post/41274371916
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Old 2013-01-23, 10:07   Link #3057
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DAT Kawamori on the group pic!
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Old 2013-01-23, 12:27   Link #3058
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Old 2013-01-23, 13:15   Link #3059
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Interesting news from Tsubasa blog (I'm not entirely sure about it, so would like if someone with better Japanese could verify):

Tomorrow she will announce the rank of the girls on the elections. It seems she will only announce the rank of the girls who did worse than 10. Or will she announced 1-10? I'm not sure. XD She also said with it she will tell more information about each the 10 "new" successors together with it.
The information to be released concerns the preliminary results (where Chieri was 9th). The staff urges viewers to imagine the final results to be announced next episode based on that information.

Apparently, places 1-10th of the preliminary results were already released during some limited event. While this is not stated for 100%, the information released tomorrow should contain all places. This will necessarily mean that new character information for some members-proper that were not shown/focused on in the anime to date will also become available.
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Old 2013-01-23, 15:32   Link #3060
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The information to be released concerns the preliminary results (where Chieri was 9th). The staff urges viewers to imagine the final results to be announced next episode based on that information.

Apparently, places 1-10th of the preliminary results were already released during some limited event. While this is not stated for 100%, the information released tomorrow should contain all places. This will necessarily mean that new character information for some members-proper that were not shown/focused on in the anime to date will also become available.
A preliminary, makes sense. Interesting, with it one could really have a closer idea about how the end result will look like.
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