okay this very quickly got too long for your ask box shades so,
After Sasshi’s comment last night I got thinking: what if we had gotten new stages?
they never would have come out on the schedule they gave us, but say that each existing team got a new stage by the end of 2015. This would be after most of the big grads, and these new units would have been tied to newer gen members. The new girls would have had their own images, their own memorable songs to put their mark on the idol landscape. RH would be more interesting with wota competing for their new favs.
Instead of new48 being a gigantic akb cover band, they could develop their own style and sound without being compared to the ori members every time they step onstage. because right now that’s what 48g is. a cover band of itself.
new songs/units could have easily brought the new lifeblood that the group needed over the past two years, and i may not be a marketing genius, but I feel like giving new music to the you know, music group, could have kicked off the new era way better than a chicken nugget promotion and a fucking boat.
The thing is, I fell in love with the ori girls through the stages and unit songs. This singles were great, but you only get to see so much of each member in them. It was the stages where their personalities came out and they shined the most.
I have members of the 10+ gens that I like, but I never fell in love with any of them (minus lemon obvs) because apart from in variety, they are just replacements for the girls I knew. Giving the new gens their own foundation of great songs could have captured all those fans of the ori gens who were now without oshis and favorite teams.
What should have happened is one big shuffle, then 2 solid years of new stages. Can you imagine how popular some of the 10-15 gen combos could have been? A Tano/Tomu unit? A 3 Musketeers unit? A Jurina centered unit to help propel some of the newer SKE girls?
Yeah there were the Chu units and stuff, but they seemed like an afterthought tacked onto existing singles.
HKT has been a group, and bc of Sasshi, a driving force in the 48G for more than 4 years. And there are no stage songs I associate with them because they don’t have any. A group supposedly based around stage shows has no songs. Minus Sasshi, and maybe Sakura, the HKT members as a whole have fewer original songs than Team A.
Watching concerts got boring because as much as I love the old stage songs, I’ve seen them each a dozen times or more, and they never live up to the wonder of the originals. not because the new girls are worse, but because the stage songs will always be tied to the original members in the heads of fans.
Call me a cynic, but even Sasshi can see that akb is dying, and no amount of new ngt wota money is going to change that. New stages might have. And I am bitter af. There was a passion in old 48, something you could feel through the staff, the fans, and the amount of work and care put into the concerts and events. Everything I hear about now and over the past two years just feels like aki milking the last out of cash cow hooked up to life support. There’s not heart left. No core of familiar faces and lovable characters. The stages could have been a fresh start for 48g, a solid foundation upon which to launch new and exciting idols, just as iconic as the ori gens in time.
but no. instead we got a ton of talented 10-15 gen girls burning out and leaving because they realized that it just wasn’t worth it, a totally new team full of possible stars that got almost completely ignored, and a super hyped new cover band who apparently has a lot of money but almost nothing to spend it on.
Oh, and a boat. Because fuck you.