News coverage of the recent AKB election by “Minna No News” reveals a slew of interesting types and genre of fans.
The news report starts off on election day, by interviewing a random set of fans near Yahoo Auction Dome.
The first set of fans appear to be a large group of Sashihara Rino supporters, conspicuously dressed in yellow T-Shirts. It’s later revealed that this group of fans has an average age of 47 years old! Whether this holds true for Sasshi fans in general is obviously not stated. But none-the-less, judgements aside, it’s … “unique” to say the least.
In the next segment, a reporter notices that while the election is happening, a lot of people seem to already be leaving the area. Upon stopping one fan and asking him why, he replies, “I’m a little old, so….”. The age issue rears its head again!
With regards to age, we see a little girl and her father also leaving early. When asked why, the little girl replies, “I want to eat ice cream.” Clearly, she has her priorities straight!
But one last interview seems to reveal yet another interesting type of fan: the one who only buys CDs for the handshake event tickets, which I wrote about a little in a previous article.
- Fan: “I’m not an AKB fan. I’m a Mayuyu fan. If Mayuyu isn’t in AKB, I wouldn’t follow AKB”.
- News: “The next single will feature Sashihara-san as the center though….”
- Fan: “I’ll buy it because it has a handshake event ticket. But I probably won’t listen to it.”
And the last type of fan, who I like to call the “third wheel” type of fan. He’s invited out for dinner with a group of his friends while they talk about the election. Unfortunately, he is not an AKB fan. When questioned, he says, “I was invited, so I went, but I can’t follow it.” When his friends break out in cheer for their oshimens, he again restates, “I don’t get it.”
I can relate. Perhaps someday, I’ll talk about my peculiar position in this fandom.
Original news report:
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!