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Kougeru



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 5:23 pm Reply with quote
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Kawai claims that there is a "silent majority of Japanese who are apprehensive of a future entertainment industry that emphasizes artists without talent who only push marketing and personal branding and set up special interests and exclusive economic zones."


Uh...that's entertainment all over the world. Time to get use to it Neutral
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suprememoonempress



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 5:26 pm Reply with quote
All that's in my head is Akira when I here about them hosting it . I'm sure he will do fine
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 6:08 pm Reply with quote
take my sign as well. Cool
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Hoppy800



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 6:35 pm Reply with quote
Ugh, can I have something related to the Olympics that won't affect Japanese media in a negative way. All I'm hearing on the subject of the Tokyo olympics Olympics is the guarantee of a terrible outcome for Japanese media.
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walw6pK4Alo



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 6:46 pm Reply with quote
Eh, whatevs. I'm still concerned about the razing of the anime and manga industry before the Olympics to present a more "wholesome" image.
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Hoppy800



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walw6pK4Alo wrote:
Eh, whatevs. I'm still concerned about the razing of the anime and manga industry before the Olympics to present a more "wholesome" image.


I still think 2020 will be the end for Japanese media as we know it and it's going to hit the crapper very quickly maybe as little as a few months before or after the Olympics.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 7:05 pm Reply with quote
Yeah I heard about the backlash, and I don't understand why's that an issue. Whoever wrote up that petition must really hate this guy and the J-idol culture.
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Utsuro no Hako



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 9:27 pm Reply with quote
There are legitimate reasons to oppose Akimoto's participation -- there are some huge issues with how the idol industry operates and treats girls -- but AKB48's musical abilities are not one of them. Using this as an excuse to trash the group members is slimy.
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configspace



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:09 pm Reply with quote
walw6pK4Alo wrote:
Eh, whatevs. I'm still concerned about the razing of the anime and manga industry before the Olympics to present a more "wholesome" image.

Definitely my biggest concern too. It's been going on silently and the arrests of eromanga publishers had set off a chain of events. Only
Dan Kanemitsu has been covering what's going on, with some of the things behind the scenes.

mdo7 wrote:
Yeah I heard about the backlash, and I don't understand why's that an issue. Whoever wrote up that petition must really hate this guy and the J-idol culture.

The dude sounds like an anti-pop-culture progressive hipster, which is what change.org tends to attract unfortunately. How can he claim to make an "objective" judgement and conclude none of these idols who make it "have no talent"? Personally, I think the producer was selected primarily because of his political connections through Abe, but that's a different matter than being opposed to it because of opposing pop culture.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:57 pm Reply with quote
configspace wrote:

mdo7 wrote:
Yeah I heard about the backlash, and I don't understand why's that an issue. Whoever wrote up that petition must really hate this guy and the J-idol culture.

The dude sounds like an anti-pop-culture progressive hipster, which is what change.org tends to attract unfortunately. How can he claim to make an "objective" judgement and conclude none of these idols who make it "have no talent"? Personally, I think the producer was selected primarily because of his political connections through Abe, but that's a different matter than being opposed to it because of opposing pop culture.


That person has to be a hater/anti, maybe this person hate Akimoto for a reason, or here's another theory: maybe a former trainee who didn't make it on AKB48 wrote up this petition as an act of revenge for not making the cut. Geez, even the name Gee Kawai doesn't sound like a real name, maybe it's an alias. I wouldn't be surprised if this was done by a former trainee who didn't make the cut.

There could be other theory for writing up this petition.
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kanechin



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configspace wrote:
It's been going on silently and the arrests of eromanga publishers had set off a chain of events. Only
Dan Kanemitsu has been covering what's going on, with some of the things behind the scenes.


This is still going on?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 1:22 pm Reply with quote
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Kawai claims that there is a "silent majority of Japanese who are apprehensive of a future entertainment industry that emphasizes artists without talent who only push marketing and personal branding and set up special interests and exclusive economic zones." While acknowledging that Akimoto boasted of "various glittering accomplishments," he writes that an objective interpretation of Akimoto's projects leads to his appointment symbolizing "the Japanese entertainment industry's further decline" and "a decline in quality of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics."


Thank god, I thought they were completely oblivious.

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Uh...that's entertainment all over the world. Time to get use to it


Even the American pop music industry is less creatively stagnant and image based than the Japanese industry.
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EricJ2



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 2:52 pm Reply with quote
Let's hope he's never, ever heard of Russell Brand, Willy Wonka or Queen. Mad

(And have to admit, the only watchable moment of that London closing-ceremonies train-wreck was the salute to the 2016 Rio Olympics, and seeing the Brazilian athletes actually tearing up at the Brazilian national anthem, which, no offense, sounds like something out of a Rossini comic opera.)
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Dimlos



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 11:44 pm Reply with quote
mdo7 wrote:
Whoever wrote up that petition must really hate [...] the J-idol culture.
As any sane person should.
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