6th Single Election: The Game We Don’t Want to Play but Have To

Richardson Kilis

Richardson H. Kilis is a U.S.-educated Indonesianist who studies the relationship of technology and cultural exchange.

6 Responses

  1. Wotaliano says:

    Thank you for the article. I especially liked and concur with the conclusion; it is necessary evil, and surely will increase anxiety between members and fans (who have not-so-popular oshis).

    One thing I would like to point out is that the nature of the 6th single will influence a lot the impact of these elections. If it will be the long-awaited original one, it would make this new JKT senbatsu into a milestone in the history of the group…thus raising the members’ and fans’ enthusiasm to unprecented levels (making us hope for a performance to remember too); but if it will be another cover, well…I dunno, it will leave a not so sweet taste in our mouths, I fear.

    • gorgom says:

      yep, i absolutely agree with you. i really hope the next single will be an original…but somehow, deep down inside, i doubt it :(

  2. Verranzo says:

    I’m wondering why the writer of the article you refer to was not willing to buy the single and considering the election was like a bullshit, another helpless fan i suppose.

    Afterall, 48 group election is none other than a popularity contest, though it’s a bit vague whether the popularity comes from good or bad deeds (Sasshihara case) #ulala

    I’m agree with you on this local idol election is promising and so frightening at the same time, and we are eager to know the result ironically, don’t we?

    When we’re talking about tranparency, i’d rather remain calm, at least until the first preliminary period :wink:

    A sharp piece, sir.

  3. Zf says:

    Haruka’s G+ post just after the shuffle seems to say just that: its the “frightening” stuff that makes 48 group different and exciting (“AKB48Group itu ada yang banyak kaya gitu!!tapi kalo gak ada apa-apa semuanya bosan kan??”etc) though perhaps it’s just because she’s doing so well like in the calendar election hahaha…

    one other thing, no one is forcing us to spend money on these elections, it’s our choice. mind you, though, the same thing can be said by Pachinko corporations to their bankrupt “clientele”, and when AKB held an event for one such companies all hell broke loose. but when it comes to elections, it’s all kosher after all hahaha… (no offense, peace)

  4. Kechak says:

    Selamat datang tahun pemilu buat Indonesia.

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