This Could Be The Start Of Something…

Maybe I am stretching myself a little thin.  Trying to keep two blogs AND doing regular writeups for IW occupies a lot of my time!  But I want Chuo Dori to grow, even if I still have a lot to learn about AKB48.  So I’m sorry that I haven’t posted here in a while…

Recently it was announced that AKB48 would be teaming up with Idoling!!! for joint promotion and a single in early February.  Some members of AKB48 appeared on Idoling’s television program recently, and in turn Idoling!!! is appearing on the next two episodes of AKBingo.

Between the two groups, obviously I am a much bigger fan of AKB48.  And like most of the regulars at Stage48, my initial reaction was a big WTF!  Maybe I am completely ignorant, but it seems to me like Idoling!!! has a lot more to gain by this cross-promotion.  Both units are extemely entertaining on television, but AKB48 are much stronger performers.  And I believe they are more popular.  Although I don’t check Oricon enough to know that for sure.  Idoling!!! has surprised me before.  But enough speculation.  Things are beginning to happen.  And if this week’s episode of AKBingo is any indication, it should be a lot of fun…

I must admit I was cracking up the moment the show started.  AND that intro really made me want to watch an episode of Idoling!!! (I think I have only seen 2 or 3).  I never realized how much I like their theme song.  It’s catchy!

Awww, Look how excited the girls of Idoling!!! are to be there.  It becomes more and more evident throughtout this episode that they are in awe of AKB48.  But not so fast…

Territoriality?  Uh oh, this “idol friendship” thing may have a few growing pains to go through.  This was obviously staged.  And I am getting the idea that a lot of the “friction” that goes on on this show is staged too.  Especially when it comes to Meetan.  Don’t get me wrong, I still love AKBingo, and I watch it every week!

I love the way the Bad Boys and the Director/Cameraman (His name is Tony, right?) get into the act and become Idoling!!! fans, much to the chagrin of Megumi.  Why are they always effing with her?

Anyway, it’s time to introduce the new meat to our favorite game, “Guess what’s missing in the pic, or be thrown into a vat of flour by a bulldog in a suit and look like the freaky chick from The Ring” Here’s your host…Oshima Mai! (Yaaaay!!!)

Oops!  This guy is shot out of a cannon!

Wait a sec, that isn’t the regular dog.  This guy looks about a hundred pounds lighter than the guy who usually does it.  Or maybe my screen is messing with me.

Round one, Acchan for the win.  Tonooka Erica, uhhh sorry!  I wish I had Silverbolt from Acchi Muite Pie!!! here to help me with this, because I am total fail when it comes to naming the girls from Idoling!!!.  No matter, it’s nice that the girls wear numbers!  Now onto the new belle of AKB48.  I love Haruna.  She has a real “regular girl” quality about her.  She doesn’t have a perfect physique, and when she smiles she looks like Shibata Ayumi from Melon Kinenbi.  But she is still adorable.  Will she pass the round…

Splat!!!  Poor Haruna!  And Kikuchi Ami passed.  So we are all tied up.  In the next round Mayuyu and Sakai Hitomi have a little drawing contest…

Kawaii!  Hitomi wins!  Mayu’s looked like Fred Flintstone, or Homer Simpson.  I wasn’t sure.

By the way, Matsui Jurina from SKE48 gets a lot of “love” on AKBingo.  Is she on every week?  It seems like it.  What’s going on at their theater anyway?  Are they doing a stage?  Obviously they don’t perform every day.  I asked around the theater when I was in Japan, but no one seemed to know.

Finally the fun I have been waiting for, the Meetan moment of the week.  I thought it was cute the way she and Kato Sayaka (The leader of Idoling!!!) got along so well.  But it was a brief moment of bliss before she was terrorized yet again.  Poor Meetan!  Last week they dropped her cell phone into a bowl of soup.  I felt so bad when I saw the look on her face!  But as I said earlier I am beginning to realize that all of the Megumi “bits” are made up.  At least I think they are.

That’s great!!!  Apparently she’s a two-face.  I will forego the obvious dirty joke here.  This leads to another funny moment involving the cameraman…

I understand the dynamic between the Director and Meetan because I watch the show.  He was the one who did the “nude” filming of her in a couple of episodes last year.  And he is also the one who bought the 13 copies of Amai Kokansetsu (puts to shame my one, but at least I got the poster!)  Is this other guy an Idoling!!! staff member who is in love with Saya-nee?

She is so hot when she is pissed off!!!  The show ends with an Acchan PB Promo and Skirt, Hirari?

I am not going to be an AKB48 snob.  I thought the show was really good.  And it probably did a great job of cross-promoting the groups to the others’ fans.  And it brought something fresh to AKBingo, which has essentially been doing the same four “bits” (two involving flour) for a while now.  I have no idea what this song is going to sound like.  Whatever…so far it has been a fun ride.  And as a fan, I am enjoying it.

CK in California

BTW, Special Thanks to Forever…Idoling!!!, which is a great blog I discovered while researching this post!  And you can see this episode on YouTube in three parts…one, two, and three.