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kufirst



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:13 pm Reply with quote
It's weird but totally hot at the same time. Thank you Japan!
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mdo7



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 1:52 pm Reply with quote
I remember reading about this on Kotaku a few days ago. So Brian Ashcroft is nearly correct about AKB48 member is a virtual idol. So it looks like ANN and AKB48's official confirmed that for me and Brian.
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v1cious



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 4:37 pm Reply with quote
That's so weird, and yet somehow it works. Maybe she can open for Hatsune Miku.

I guess this means she has a permanent spot in the group, being that she doesn't age (or does she Shocked ).
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monkeyshinobi



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:01 pm Reply with quote
oh yeah there was a whole big fuss about whether she was real or not. Well finally it has been revealed o.o It works somehow lol
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jdnation



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 6:41 pm Reply with quote
Cool technique, but nothing new, and rather hard to pull off over and over, so it's inefficient in a sense, though they could probably use the base they have now to actually build a photorealistic version of her in CG I guess so they can animate her without requiring the use of all the other members whose parts she's made out of all the time.
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Apollo-kun



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 19, 2011 7:22 pm Reply with quote
Of COURSE AKB48 gets in on the virtual idol bandwagon. *sighs* Oh, Yasushi Akimoto, you sure know how to appeal to each decade's interests, dontcha? Very Happy

But seriously, I'm pretty excited about how this is going to pan out. I'm a pretty big fan of both Onyanko Club and Akihabara48, so in my eyes, Akimoto can do no wrong. I hope this goes well! ^^
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enurtsol



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 5:07 pm Reply with quote
Well, they're all so fake, so it fits. Laughing

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koinosuke



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PostPosted: Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:24 pm Reply with quote
As some one who lives here in Tokyo, to me AKB48 represents everything shallow and fake about Japanese pop-culture today, and their newest "member" not even being a real person is so representative of this.
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