It’s slightly harder to be an AKB48 fan in the United States these days. Allow me to rant, just a little.
This is not a secret or anything new by now, and will not effect everyone. Unfortunately, all of akbzine.com staff is in the United States.
I first noticed when I wanted to watch Ogoe Daimond (because I’m old school like that!):
Then I started poking around the AKB youtube channel. I saw this:
Oh. Emptiness and despair (T-T)
I started flipping around and took a look at the About page too:
What’s the description say? Glad you asked! Here’s a translation:
“This is AKB48’s Official Youtube Channel. To fans within Japan and, of course, to fans all over the world: in order for you to become more familiar with AKB48 and to fall in love with them even more, we’re officially streaming worldwide!” (AKB48 の YouTube 公式チャンネル。日本国内はもちろん世界のファンの方々にも、もっと AKB48 を身近な存在になって頂き、もっともっと好きになって欲しいという想いを込めて、世界中に公式配信！”).
Oh the irony (T-T)
Luckily we have “alternative” methods for enjoying AKB48 content. Still a fan of AKB, just not of AKS, like usual.
Sometimes editor. Sometimes translator. Mostly a proofreader. I like Japan and things.