Voting is under way in this year’s AKB48 General Election. The preliminary results are out and there have been quite a few eyebrows raised at the way things have panned out thus far. Perhaps even the final rankings might not be as predictable as everyone thought they would be.
Trying to come up with an introduction to this article is probably one of the harder things I’ve had to write recently. I had toyed with the idea of making some very bold and in your face statements to rile people up but ultimately decided against it. This is a fairly serious opinion piece so to detract from the message just for “shock value” seemed to be an unwise decision.
All I’ll say is this; if you would like to read some words about my views on how Morning Musume (and by extension Hello!Project) are rather unfairly treated by the western fan community then keep reading. There will be snark, sarcasm and all the rest as well as mentions of AKB48 and various other things. None of the things I am about to say are intended to cause offense to anyone and you certainly don’t have to agree with my views. I just want to try to get your synapses firing and generate some rational discussion.