Kobayashi Yoshinori is a manga artist and writer, well known in Japanese AKB fandom as a very vocal supporter of AKB48. He even wrote an entire graphic novel about his history with AKB. Already established as a person with strong opinions on controversial political issues, what’s his stance on the Yukirin scandal?!
Kobayashi sums up his stance very clearly in a most recent of his public blog posts: “I saw Yukirin and Tegoshi’s shocking pictures in Shukan Bunshu; I also read the article. At best, I ignored it. I can’t be shocked anymore. ” (「週刊文春」で柏木由紀と手越の衝撃的な写真を見て、記事も読んだ。どうせスルーだろう。もうショックも受けなくなった。)
He then goes on to mention Watanabe Mayu: “It seems that Mayuyu is the most trustworthy one after all.” (やっぱり渡辺麻友が一番信じられる。)
He talks a little bit about Mayuyu’s new single, and then closes with the following comments: “Everytime we discover new member scandal, my suspicions that other members are doing the same grows much stronger. Mayuyu’s value just goes up. This year, let’s support Mayuyu”. (メンバーのスキャンダルが発覚するたびに、どうせ他の子もやってるんだろうという疑いが強くなり、まゆゆの価値だけが上がっていく。今年もまゆゆを応援しよう。)
Tough words, but actually pretty level-headed as far as fan commentary goes about the Kashiwagi Yuki scandal.
I’m writing about useless and stupid things a lot, and I like to laugh. My policy is 一期一会。It means treasure your meeting with everyone!