Comment on Top 20 Singles of 2012: “Japanese Music = AKB48” by Imyou:

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Culturally right now: This doesn’t mean that much, since so many fans will buy boxes of CDs to push them up the charts.

Commercially, and culturally in the future: This sucks, because labels and producers will probably put more effort into making more groups like this when most people probably don’t really want that. Kind of like trying to find anime that isn’t all moe and ecchi these days – the hardcore consume it enough to more than make up for the mainstream dropoff, so they dictate the direction it takes.

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