Reports are surfacing of AKB48 fans who have somehow managed to get married, and of how tenuous this status appears to be in light of their creepy obsessions with shaking the hands of underage girls – including one case in which a wife threatened her husband with divorce after he bought 480 copies of the same AKB48 CD so he could attend a handshaking event.

One 37-year-old creepy otaku fan afflicted with AKB48 mania for the last 4 years reports how his wife threatened him with divorce when she found out he had bought 480 AKB48 CDs so he could attend a handshaking event:

“And you didn’t even get me a birthday present!” she told me.

She was saying stuff like “If you buy lots of them again, I’ll divorce you!” I was just enjoying the savings I had from my bachelor days, why can’t she just let me be…

On the other end of the spectrum, one 38-year-old accountant is trying to brainwash his wife and unborn child into becoming loyal AKB48 fans:

My pregnant wife and I used to listen to classical music together as part of our baby’s antenatal training, but at 6 months she started listening to AKB48 with me, saying ‘this rhythm will be good for the baby, won’t it!’

If it’s a girl, I’ll name her after one of AKB48’s members and hopefully she will join them one day, though I am trying to work out how to broach this with my wife…

Online there is continuing exasperation at the antics of AKB48 fans, and more than a little amazement at the fact some of them managed to get hitched:

“At least buy your wife a birthday present!”

“So how much did he actually spend?”

“480*1600 = ¥768,000 [$10,000]”

“You could keep a family for a year on that…”

“I’d want to kill someone who did that.”

“She’d be better off divorcing him. He’s clearly an imbecile. Having his kid was a mistake.”

“How did he get married in the first place!”

“This is really no different to spending it on a hobby like cars or golf. Whatever you spent it on, your wife would still moan about it.”

“What an age to still be an idol otaku. These guys are the acme of creepiness.”

“Amazing that someone thinks AKB48 will still be around in 10 years.”

“Wives are probably better off with them going with prostitutes than with them turning to AKB48…”

“At least the money would be in better hands if you spent it on some idol-level prostitute.”

“They should at least curb the waste and sell the votes on their own for ¥500 or whatever.”

“How much of an idiot do you have to be to be married at 37 and still falling for AKB’s marketing tricks? She ought to divorce him. He’ll just be the first to get sacked in any case.”

“These guys are obviously not satisfied with their wives. For their own sake, they should divorce these guys as soon as possible!”

“Buying more than 10 AKB48 CDs ought to be grounds for a divorce.”

“Being divorced just for going to a handshaking event might be a bit much, but for 480 CDs I can sympathise with her.”

“He could have spent it on his kids or on a trip for the family. Instead he offered it up to Akimoto. A painful tale!”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    22:35 08/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    To the wife, divorce sounded like a good idea, until she realized that she was essentially being payed to cook for, have sex with, and get the bath ready for her husband, and now she has no source of income...

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    Comment by Joshi Chugakusei
    22:44 08/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Especially because in Japan, divorce is nothing like the divorce most readers here will be familiar with, American divorce, where the woman gets half the money even though she didn't work for any of it.

    So unless the woman works, in Japan, she really is screwed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:51 08/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Most women fail to realize that one's change in value is opposite for men and women. Men generally get more valuable (more money) as they grow older, while women get less valuable (more ugly) as they grow older.

    The wife was probably used to holding all the cards when they were young, with her husband/boyfriend willing to do anything, or pay any amount of money (nice dinner/car/house) as long as she teased sex at the end of it. If she is old now, she's in for a big surprise.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:08 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    lol, this is so true. and women aren't really allowed to work in japan beyond having a secretary job anyways.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:27 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @ Anon 22:51 - In America, men get *less* valuable as they age, because management says to themselves, "This guy is making a lot of money. Let's fire him and bring in two younger guys, the combined salaries of which will be less than the one old guy."

    I wonder if Japan business are starting to think that way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:52 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    lol women

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:23 23/07/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Um no Japanese wives do get 50 percent of thier husbands money as per a new law that was passed some time ago to curb the high divorce rates.


    Comment by Anonymous
    01:33 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Now I was curious? And the husband has no legal obligation to support their children? If they are with his wife she does not get indirectly? Very complicated situation to a jealous woman, the guy spends money on cds for teens, which at most will shake his hand (since it is to feel ashamed)
    I doubt he just think the music in the bathroom and sleeping dreaming ,serious fap fap and no bang wife.
    Or worse still crying the name of the little AK girls while bang his wife...

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    Comment by awindslowly
    13:21 11/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Anyways, my opinion, the guy's an idiot. Once you have a wife, you don't need much else. Idols don't care about you. Your wife does. He has failed to see what is in front of him. He should smarten the fuck up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:10 10/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe if this was Meiji/pre-war Japan your comments would be valid - but this is 2012 and even though Japan is still rather backward regarding many current 'women's issues', get yourself a good lawyer and you can get just as much as the US (or many other country for that matter). As for this bloke, well AKB48 are utter shite and he is a complete cock!!!

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    Comment by an orgasmic loli
    22:55 08/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Exactly. If the husband is rich enough to throw around $10,000 on AKB48 cds, and the wife is used enough to have already had a child, then I'm more worried about the future of the wife than the husband...

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:14 09/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    in japanese corporate culture, if a woman tries to ask for a promotion, she's usually told, "why don't you settle down instead of continuing to work? you're not getting any younger..."

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    Comment by ChaosConsuming
    05:59 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm more worried for the future of the child.

    The husband is clearly incapable of caring for a child (he wants to make the child an AKB slave if it's a girl) and as far as everyone here seems to indicate, the wife would have no way of making money to enable good care for the child.

    The only possible and viable outcome of a divorce would be for the mother to move to a western country, by doing so she would be encouraged (let alone allowed) to get a job and be able to care for the child.

    Sadly I worry that such an action would go unconsidered.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:24 09/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    naw, the child will be fine, because the wife won't be stupid enough to divorce her husband just because of some petty grudges (since you probably don't know, divorces almost NEVER happen in Japan, since unlike governments in white countries, the Japanese government doesn't take the husband's money and gives it to the wife in the case of a divorce)

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:47 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    Wrong, especially with kids involved.

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    Comment by ChaosConsuming
    19:47 10/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    So she has no real options then. Well I guess marriage in japan is like digging yourself into a hole.

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    Comment by Red

    "I was just enjoying the savings I had from my bachelor days"

    This little claim differentiates him from your average earn-a-ton guy.

    So I'm not really all that sure about who does a favor to who in their family.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Wow, you're gross.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Wow, you're virgin.

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    Comment by Elizebeth
    11:50 23/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Your all virgins!

    Comment by Anonymous

    What a shallow view of marriage...

    Either you came from pre Lincoln era or you're delusional.

    Saying a man and a woman doesn't need financial security in a relationship in today's world is ignorant, but money can't save a marriage if either side's an asshole. In this case, the guy clearly is one.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:40 09/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)

    naw, it's called japan. look it up.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:57 09/06/2012 # ! Drivel (-0.7)

    Why are you assuming that she is unemployed?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:36 09/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    because this story isn't about a couple from a white country, where apparently, as you describe, men are okay with their wives working for someone else besides them even after they're married.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:25 09/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Its not so much that husbands allow their wives to work, as it is almost impossible to take care of a family in a single income household in most white countries.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:11 08/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    With that kinda money, ya might as well visit some soapland of your favourite girl there and do whatever ya want rather than just get a simple handshake and can't do whatever ya want!

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    Comment by Zavulon
    20:55 08/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    He should have spent the money on 48 hookers, at least that way he would be sure to get his money worth of "handshakes".

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    Comment by Erranty
    05:48 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If he went with enkou it would've prolly got him cuter teen girls too.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:12 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's all down to marketing and myths, yo. Believing that those girls are pure and shit. Hell, we're talking about a country where the mainstream kids would feel ashamed of themselves if they are about to finish high school and are still virgins. What the fuck were those guys thinking?

    I couldn't care less about the woman because we don't know her side of the story, but that man's destroying himself. I mean drugs ain't no good, but at least you can feel them physically. Men like this though spend millions of yen for repeat copies of a single album just to shake hands with a carefully crafted myths of a pop idol. Just a product, yeah product, of Japanese mainstream media marketing machine. Man oughtta do better picking up whores and shake more than just hands, know what I'm sayin'?

    Being that this site is catered towards Japanese entertainment industry whores though, including the ignorant weeaboos who know jackshit thinking they're so smart, I can't say this comment will survive downvoting, if the shitty site displays it properly anyway. Well fuck them. They ain't that popular really, with less than a few thousand guys buying dozens of copies making them look like they sell to more people than they really do. Let them with their circlejerking.

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    Comment by Gradius
    00:20 09/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    "And you didn’t even get me a birthday present!"

    Holy holy! I'll laugh for 10 years now!! nonstopping!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:19 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    Well, at least if married life ever becomes unbearable he knows how to earn a quick divorce.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:22 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Here's a question: How many CD's does it take to get a handshake ticket? I can understand the guys buying massive amounts of CDs to skew popularity polls but if it only takes 5 or 10 CDs for a ticket why the fuck would they need to buy more?

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    Comment by Erranty
    06:44 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Noticing a shit-ton of people being rated Bad when having a good point. Must be a lot of AKB48 fans on this site... Well suck it you pathetic idol otaku!

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:22 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Well, I'm their 2nd biggest fan

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:42 10/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would just say "Do it now" XP

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:56 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You know what I've noticed, AKB is Arte's new Aya. It may sound wrong, but it's true. There is no more news about Aya, but he's finding buttloads about AKB.

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    Comment by thcozard
    17:48 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The comment section is always so much more entertaining then any of the actual articles.

    Comment by 436345tgf36f4e
    04:15 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not even a birthday present? I mean cmon that is a bit douchy. There is such a thing as a hobby...and then there is this...

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:47 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seems like a troll.
    480 x 1600 or even 1100 (no dvd) is a completely random amount of money. For money to not be an issue, he'd need more financial security that the wife is letting on. If money was taken into consideration he wouldn't choose such a perfect number. 480? No one noticed the 48 in that figure?

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    Comment by Wapanese
    18:01 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Had to Google AKB48. Thought it was anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:14 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    “This is really no different to spending it on a hobby like cars or golf. Whatever you spent it on, your wife would still moan about it.”

    Well usually that stuff has some resale value, AKB CDs do not.

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    Comment by Firetribe
    11:07 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    A guy needs a hobby no matter what age or marital status, But buying a ton of CDs for a silly contest may be a bit much though.

    If it's just about him not buying her a Birthday gift, then there is a simple solution. :p

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:10 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol wut? is buying 400+ copies of the same cd a hobby now? obviously the wife would bitch if you stuff 480 copies of the same shit in the house; she probably won't care if you spent it all on one damn ticket to get in the event.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:58 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I wonder how many guys here actually are married to give crappy comments about the wife is jealous, he should spend his money as he likes, etc.

    If you are married and give crappy comments like that I dare you to say that in your wife's face.

    Also try to imagine how you would feel if your wife would blow all HER savings to buy something crappy you don't care about, while you desperately need it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:10 09/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    "If you are married and give crappy comments like that I dare you to say that in your wife's face."

    Right after I said that to her face, I asked her to suck my cock, and she obliged, seeing as how I'm her only source of her income so she doesn't really have any choice.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:42 09/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.5)

    damn, that's hot.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:22 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL women!

    Comment by Anonymous

    You're so full of shit. What are you, an edgy teenager living in his mom's basement? "lol i make the money my wife is my servant lolololol"

    7/10 for getting me to respond

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:25 09/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    this might be the most pathetic comment i've read in a long time

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:09 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol, 06:25 didn't even really say anything. i think 07:07 was just trying to come up with something clever, and fell flat on his face XD

    Comment by Anonymous

    Anon 06:25 you're wrong, the most pathetic comment seen in a very long time is yours.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:45 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I guess you're not married. Once you're married and have kids, add a decade or so and see what your thoughts are then. Generally he does what he does and she does what she does and if there is no divorce or cheating or murder it's considered a success.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Shit I meant @00:10.

    Comment by Anonymous

    @2:45 - Ya right. I guarantee it was more along the lines of she knocked your running lights out. But "cool story bro!" Because it's just that... a story.

    Comment by Anonymous

    23:58, it's hopeless. The more reasonable you are here the less likely the anon machine will listen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:37 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    i hope you're a woman

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:46 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Since when did reason have anything to do with marriage? Much less the net.

    Comment by Anonymous

    ...Because they always assume that all married women are unemployed? lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:23 09/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Ah, I'm assuming you're a white person who's new to Japanese culture, and you think that any Japanese man would accept a wife who is still working at her secretary job, instead of cooking his food, taking care of his kids, and preparing his bath?

    Don't worry. You'll learn to love the superior Japanese culture soon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:19 10/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.8)


    did 01:41 seriously just admit that he is black?

    you do realize that the black race has the lowest IQ and wealth in the world, right? i wouldn't advertise the fact that you're black if i were you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:17 10/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    LOL a jap who is a bit in over his head claiming 'glorious' culture about an island whose only talent is fucking themselves over is trying to talk shit? Believe me, other people laugh in your face for you being an yellow-monkey with a very wrong idea about your place in the world XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:13 10/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    @02:19 You really do demonstrate how little you know about IQ tests and other social indicators, just like a good little asian born with a silver spoon in his mouth. It's seriously LAWL how this little asian thinks anything will compensate them for being dickless effeminate race that even their own women shun....

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:36 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wow I watched/read a lot of anime/manga and never once was the girl portrayed as having an actual life goal outside of the guy O_O.

    I just realized this now with your comment thanks xD

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:52 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)


    no problem. glad to have done my part to spread knowledge of the glorious culture of nippon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:46 10/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)


    "Ah, I assume.." You got me laughing there trying to get back at previous comment while doing the same thing.

    lol cunt got owned.

    Comment by Anonymous


    You assume very wrong, I am black/part native american. Are nips so insecure as to deny their women a chance to work?

    Dumbass yellow pussy eyes are dumb. Try not to assume too much, your eyes are already slit enough as it is. You got that?

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