Ok, so I bring you the latest news regarding AKB’s scandals. The full translation of Togasaki’s words is here, but in a few words, I’ll sum it up by saying that he is asking the fans to understand that before they auditioned to become idols, these girls were normal schoolgirls, and did stuff they usually do, like falling in love, even dating and such. However, they make a personal sacrifice in order to become idols and join AKB48, so instead of scrutinizing their past, he asks the fans to please support their present work, and the efforts they make everyday as members in order to grow up.
I’ve always been a huge fan of the theater manager for many reasons. The biggest one is personal (he was the one who allowed my 2-shot with Yuko even though she was already booked for that day), but I also admire him because he doesn’t only get his job done, but he also cares a lot about the girls.
The first time I realized this was when the first elections were announced, his comment to the girls was that regardless of how many people voted for them, they would always be Number One for all those who did. Isn’t that sweet? For all the heartbreak that is inherent to this fandom, I feel simply overjoyed that a good guy with a heart of gold is around taking care of my girls and always listening to the fans.
However, this was the highest proof of amazingness from Togasaki. He’s actually a part of the management of an idol group and has COMMON SENSE (!!!) this is completely unheard of, but it’s a very pleasing surprise <3
Seeing that I’ve been an idol fan for like 10 years now, I’m already used to ridiculous stuff going on left and right. The rules are clear, and even though AKB intended to follow the idol model pretty much down to the last little detail, I realized that maybe they were trying to be a little more rational about it ever since they decided to allow Ayarin back in the group, and as I pointed out back when I noticed what the “Renai Kinshi Jourei” lyrics meant, it looked like Akimoto was actually agreeing with the fact that it’s too difficult to keep teenage girls from falling in love and getting together with a boy, even if it was against the rules they already knew.
As I pointed out back then, Akimoto himself married an idol, so he knows first hand about this issues. But again, the point of the matter isn’t even whether the rule is going to be kept or not (because it looks like it is) but just to what extent are the fans willing to go in order to sling mud at the idols they’re supposed to love? Togasaki makes a fantastic point, even if he does say that this is just his personal opinion, when he says that people should be looking at the girls ever since they chose to become idols (he cleverly made an exception in stating that illegal activities are different, of course) he’s saying something that is crucial to understand the whole mechanics of the idol world: They are selling an image, and they are bound by a contract to keep that illusion of purity BUT they are human beings, and there’s no reason to subject them to the same ludicrous rules before they even signed up for it.
There’s a saying in my country “El que busca encuentra” which means something like “If you look for something, you’ll end up finding it” and fans should know better than to go through all the purikuras in the net because they will most definitely find familiar faces in there. So how far back are they going to go? And if you are paying for an illusion, shouldn’t you also do your part and stop poking around to crash your own dreams?
There’s still no final word on what is going to happen with Mori and Oba, nothing has been brought up about Matsui Sakiko or Nito Moeno, so we’re all assuming that they are safe. And it looks like Shimarena is not going anywhere either. If anything, Togasaki’s wise words should be taken to heart by people who are in favor of a witch hunt.