AKB48 Otaku Casts 1770 Votes – “Why Do They Do This!?”

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A maniacal AKB48 fan’s purchase of some $30,000 worth of CDs so he can cast 1770 votes for his favourite idol has inspired the usual speculation as to what drives creepy otaku to such extremes, and why they seem to be appearing in increasing numbers and with increasing budgets.

For those not familiar with AKB’s marketing model, fans have to buy multiple CDs to get tickets which allow them to attend handshaking events or cast votes in popularity polls so as to project their favourites to the top.

This has been honed to such a fine level of perfection that some creepy otaku have been conditioned to buy thousands of the discs, much to the general incomprehension even of less creepy otaku:

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“I love Sasshi too much! I put in like 1770 votes for her. Well done everybody!”

“Talk about the influence of money on elections…”

“Is this some form of mass suggestion in action?”

“This is a sickness.”

“He spent ¥2,000,000 on this. What an imbecile.”

“Is that how much he spent?”

“More like ¥2,500,000, at about ¥1600 a disc.”

“That many won’t even fix the outcome. You need to put in at least 5,000.”

“I bet this is faked by the organisers to make fans think they need to buy more.”

“Too moronic. There are limits even to what you can reasonably do with your own money.”

“1700! Most normal people only vote 100 times or so!”

“I still want to know what happens to all the CDs!”

“These guys are idiots. Think how many JKs you could buy for that.”

“How many trips to a brothel does this buy you?”

“They could at least give them a hand for that much!”

“I guess there must be others around who are even worse than these guys.”

“Spending may be good for the economy, but you have to consider where the money is actually ending up…”


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    Avatar of Trepiz
    Comment by Trepiz
    00:34 06/06/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    “1700! Most normal people only vote 100 times or so!” - normal indeed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:43 06/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    normal don't even listen to this shit

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:36 06/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    You obviously fail to see that this isn't about the music.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:58 07/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    And after the "vote ticket fever":

    https://twitter.com/narita8888/status/207046163269029888/photo/1

    http://matome.naver.jp/odai/2133826050573002201

    Avatar of Rya
    Comment by Rya
    02:39 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You think this is about music?

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:21 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder if the dead vote in these elections?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:37 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    How does music relate to AKB48?

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:31 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8Etn3H5gIw
    it's not that shit ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:55 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That was shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:24 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I listened to 3 songs... its shit. Generic idol shit, but with 12 or 16 mostly cute girls, used to hide how crappy they are. To hide lack-of-talent, you raise the number of singers. That is why there are boy bands with 3-5 guys singing.

    Idols = Same shit, different year.

    There are GOOD Japanese bands / musicians out there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:54 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd rather spend the money on the girl i meet in real life. may be go on a date, sexy time, married, family...
    wait, i forgot otakus don't get a chance to meet girl in real life! xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:46 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That awkward and regretful moment when you realized that the idol doesn't give a damn about him and his effort...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:39 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    "normal don't even listen to this shit"

    Amen for that.

    1 600 000 sales = 500 000 listened (or less)

    Avatar of GANTZ Playboy!
    Comment by GANTZ Playboy!
    10:42 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    All those votes are still nowhere near catching up to Mayuyu, Yuko and Yuki

    Comment by Anonymous
    Comment by Anonymous
    06:31 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    With all that money spent, he could have PAID for some girls and no longer be a virgin. $150 = no longer virgin.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:59 07/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Think of all the $20 schoolgirl BJs this guy missed out on!

    This guy should be ashamed of himself!

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:48 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Quite a few similar articles lately, much speculation in each case, but nobody really bothers to ask the buyers their reasons while assuming it's for personal use. Just as well he could be working as a purchase specialist or be involved in a contract-padding scheme. In which case he'd really have bought them.

    Comment by John Hayabusa

    Where do these creepy otaku even get their money?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:23 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They save a lot in soap, haircuts, clothes and beers in the pub with friends.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:28 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Even so I wonder. I mean, it saves them money to use just that once, right? What happens with the next monthly vote?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:49 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ahem, they save in having no irl friends so beers in pubs is definitely out :P

    Avatar of Adom Jensom
    Comment by Adom Jensom
    08:19 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Since Japanese women are supposedly only interested in money, they could have invested in hiring a wife and creating their own little loli or shota.

    Instead they buy.... a handshake. One that's likely been previously soiled by semen stained hands.

    C'est la vie. :D

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:27 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    That's S/mileage, not AKB. :P

    they have staffs that personally guard the girl and check the fans before they even go near to see if there's anything suspicious. They used handsanitizers before too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:27 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    C'est la pyramid scheme.

    And most hands are much, much dirtier these days.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:33 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're working adults on the surface and only supporting themselves, shouldn't be too difficult to save.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:56 06/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    “I bet this is faked by the organisers to make fans think they need to buy more.”

    I'm going with this theory.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:20 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    at least some of these bizarre cases are surely faked to create hype but of course some are also real sadly..

    Avatar of Imyou
    Comment by Imyou
    00:43 06/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Congrats. The vote is meaningless. Not that the promoters mind, I'm sure.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    00:49 06/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    The promoters are laughing somewhere in a swimming pool filled with money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:05 07/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm pretty sure the votes do not actually affect the win/loss of any particular star. I'm sure it's all decided by the bosses so they can get people to spend more money in attempts to change the next event.

    Carefully crafted carrots-on-a-stick.

    Avatar of Riiku
    Comment by Riiku
    00:43 06/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    All this fanatism is purely sexual in nature. Those guys wanna fuck the shit out of those bitches. Those guys want to stick their fat, greasy cocks into those tiny tight assholes. Those guys want to lick their sweaty armpits, and i'm sure this lot would gladly have their face peed all over by one of akb48 girls.

    Oh do tell me i'm wrong, and a fat greasy men buying hundreds of CDs to vote 1770 times to feel closer to those girls and possibly score a chance to meet them live is purely because of love for their "music" and entirely platonic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:58 06/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Your 1st paragraph is really disgusting spite being true lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:12 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I want to preserve them with the other girls who are pretty and make music with the noises they make. I keep them close, like water and food because I want to see them and glance over and experience them again over and over again until I am done.

    Avatar of Riiku
    Comment by Riiku
    05:29 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    right. i know given the chance you'd stick your face downtown with them

    Comment by Anonymous

    Your brain is wrong. Get a refund.

    Avatar of Riiku
    Comment by Riiku
    05:27 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't underestimate human brain

    Avatar of Rene
    Comment by Rene
    05:24 06/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Jesus.

    I wish I had 30K to fuck around with.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:49 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    and then he finds out it's one vote per person

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:05 07/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    too bad that it doesn't work that way to vote Ishihara out of the government.

    Avatar of TonyBaka
    Comment by TonyBaka
    04:45 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ugh, this is worse than a rich dumbass driving his brand new Ferrari into a lake.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:28 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I guess some "hardcore" fans are willing to go over the limit.

    Some "hardcore" fan might have done this once and the others followed like sheeps.

    On the other hand the music industry might have spread the rumour someone did this and the others followed like sheeps.

    Anyway, it just shows again how people are sheeps and find bizarre to spend money.

    I wished I had that kind of money to pay off my loans. Seriously.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:48 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    man i'm wondering how much college tuition costs in japan? or just food on a daily basis? this is insane!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:34 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Why do they do it is a good question but a better question is where do they get the money to do it...

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:04 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Most of them get the money from their jobs.

    I know a few AKB48 fans who make quite a bit of money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:51 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Their parents.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:52 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ....I mean that is how I get it anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:32 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Where does the money come from?

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:42 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    My bet? Someone behind AKB48 faking interest to gather attention with silly articles like these that really ppl dont care about at all, except to come by and leave their snarky/silly/curious/etc comment about "this" otaku.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:37 07/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol pretentious much?

    obviously you know nothing about the group and their management.

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    Comment by cpc65
    07:12 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Is 1770 some sort of special number? Does it mean anything? Another 30 and you'd have 1800. Nice round number. He must of run out of money and organs to sell.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:56 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Things mean as much and as little as you agree them to. Rounds can be for firing or being counted, if walls have ears, they can always be sold. If something doesn't seem right, it may tell you you're on the wrong track.






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