Idol Otaku Spends $110,000 on 5500 AKB48 CDs


A crazed otaku fan of idol group AKB48 has been proudly showing off his ¥8,800,000 purchase of 5,500 of the group’s latest single.

The newly released AKB48 single “Everyday, Katyusha” retails for ¥1600 and sold 922,475 on its first day, securing Oricon’s number 1 spot.

Amongst the buyers, one fan posted on Mixi pictures purportedly showing himself with the 5,500 copies of the single he bought “to make absolutely sure Yuuko will win” (each copy contains a voting slip for a popularity contest for the girls of AKB48, giving him a possible 5,500 votes).


2ch airs a variety of alternatives to the obvious “crazy otaku” hypothesis:

“He’s crazy.”

“If you just offered this Yuuko girl 5 million yen to sleep with you she’d most likely go for it…”

“You could get a handjob from all 48 for that much.”

“How many times could you go to a soapland for that?”

“It must be a setup!”

“Perhaps this is stock for his own company?”

“AKB fans are truly insane.”

“It’s like a religion.”

“He’s got more money than you lot at any rate.”

“I’m jealous.”

“A real fan wouldn’t need to expose his purche to others!”

“What’ll he do with them all? A fan couldn’t just throw them away.”

“It doesn’t look like 5,500 – more like 500. His whole room would be piled high with 5,500.”

“Such greed.”

“You mean lust.”

“You get a handshaking ticket with one edition. Perhaps he intends to sell those to finance the purchase?”

“If you’ve got millions in the bank you can afford to play around, but he looks pretty poor…”

“With this much you could get a nice woman though.”

“With this much you could accomplish a lot. But he chose to use it on this…”

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    Comment by flood
    01:42 27/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    No one thinking about the Japan disasters? No?
    That he should've donated some money? No?

    Oh well.

    It would be such a waste if Yuuko didn't win though.
    (not that it isn't a waste already)

    And as always, epic comments are epic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:50 27/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Him buying all that shit helps the economy. It gets money flowing.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:01 27/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    YAY ecomomy!

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    02:15 27/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    the economy is the only creature i know of that the whole world must continually feed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:03 27/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.8)

    >"To be fair, it is his money, if he wants to spend it like this who are we to judge?"

    We are the internets, we judge everything.

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    Comment by Lonesnipa
    10:05 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    To be fair, it is his money, if he wants to spend it like this who are we to judge?

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    Comment by Alex
    10:28 11/11/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    like if you paid for that XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:36 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)


    Sane people

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    02:52 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Nice to know our dollars and taxes are sacrifices for the greater good.

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

    Rrrrrrrrreaganomics! It's trickling down, it really is!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:48 06/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @01:09 - it's /not/ trickling down. You're just being pissed-on by the rich.

    Comment by Anonymous

    This is SO japanese answer. xD

    Avatar of S|e|7|e|N
    Comment by S|e|7|e|N
    03:39 27/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Or someone that knows spending drives any economy.

    And Japan needs it more than most.

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    Comment by ItsDemo
    11:53 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Ya spending drives economy. that's why America has the best economy in the world with 3.something trillion dollar debt.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:58 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or you could spend money on something useful not multiple copies of a CD.

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    Comment by RaspberryKisses
    02:04 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    welcome to the earth. it's dirty little place.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:47 12/06/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yuko got second in the popularity contest to favorite Maeda Atsuko.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:37 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe he plans on reselling them. He bought them in bulk, so he probably didn't pay list price for them.

    Either way, he got totally ripped off. I skimmed through some of their videos, and those girls can't sing or dance particularly well. I guess the idea is to make up for quality with quantity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:30 11/07/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    lol a month late but all/a portion of the profits from this single went to Japanese Red Cross for the disaster.

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    01:15 27/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    “It doesn’t look like 5,500 – more like 500. His whole room would be piled high with 5,500.”
    i thought asians were good at math, pic 6 has about 500 just in the little blue/green stack...
    “You could get a handjob from all 48 for that much.”
    that right there is epic comment of the day (and the source of funds for the large purchases remains firmly confidential)

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    Comment by S|e|7|e|N
    02:15 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Regardless, the number is probably exaggerated by the Otaku himself.

    And look at that living space! It's tiny.
    If he had that amount of money to spare, assuming he is sane, he could buy a better apartment or a nice car.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:56 27/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Never watched Genshiken? It is explained in it how otaku save money... :D

    But seriously, I also think he's exaggarating with numbers but just that one box full of the same thing would be crazy, and he has many boxes!

    Comment by flood
    06:20 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not possible. Taniguchi was voiced by Shiraishi Minoru, and Kyon by Sugita Tomokazu.

    How do you suppose they're going to explain that?

    But yeah, Taniguchi does look like Kyon with combed back hair.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:27 27/05/2011 # ! Drivel (-1.0)

    also... all the hassle in the 10th novel of suzumiya haruhi its cause they think Kyon is Taniguchi >.< lame book is lame
    i think i have to tell you
    that the above text
    is spoilers so dont read it please.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:35 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    ahh the beauty of credit cards

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    02:49 27/05/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    If he still had to pay for shipping..... OTL

    Comment by Dark Mage
    12:01 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You could buy a Tesla Roadster or Corvette ZR1 for that much.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:39 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    this makes me wander how real is todays artist popularity.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:29 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dude, the box in the 7th image contains 100 copies. Now look at the pile og blue green ones on the floor. That's not 500. More like 300.

    Yes that mean the total is more than 500, but way less than 5 500...

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    Comment by Glublock
    03:30 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If you want to believe, then it's 5500.

    If you need proof, you need to see all of them at once. he can move the boxes for them to appear on all the images. Picture 6 appears to have about 500.

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    01:55 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i would say 2000-3000 copies total, considering the number and size of boxes, there might be more in the other corners of the room, but alas, pictures can only show so much.
    of course this could also be like an FAS for idol otakus, since most of the boxes are either stacked up or folded in just a way so you cant see whats inside them. anyways, new albums are only $20 over there? i remember paying at least 25-30 for some of the crappy CDs over here

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    02:07 27/05/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    He clearly went shopping for groceries.
    He just bought in bulk.
    Hope he likes optical rice for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

    Comment by Anonymous

    i thought asians were good at math, pic 6 has about 500 just in the little blue/green stack...

    just one japanese is bad at math, and you're blaming asians ?

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    02:12 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    if you were asian too, you would realize, there is no excuse

    Comment by Anonymous

    i want to troll fuck u

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    Comment by loplop
    01:11 27/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    Should have just gave the money Rina Nakanishi to have her made him a custom AV with him in it with that kind of money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:27 27/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    He could single-handedly fund several JAVs with her (or any JAV actress for that matter) with that kind of money.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:58 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Or just wait a couple of years until she's too old to be an idol and make her your personal whore/maid/wife.

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    Comment by VVayfarer
    22:58 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Why wait until she's too old?

    Just pay the Yakuza to blackmail/train her into your slave.

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    01:34 27/05/2011 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    And thats another threshold of fandom exceeded...

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    Comment by Megidola
    01:39 27/05/2011 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    ...or new depths of insanity sunk to.

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    Comment by Shima-kun989
    01:56 27/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    to insanity and beyond?

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    03:24 27/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)


    I find Ishihara anything but remotely enlightened

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    02:45 27/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Buying another 5,500 copies

    Avatar of S|e|7|e|N
    Comment by S|e|7|e|N
    02:43 27/05/2011 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Unicorns and the Easter bunny.

    For the record, Santa is real.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:53 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    >>Which makes me wonder, what exactly lies beyond insanity?


    The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom; for we never know what is enough until we know what is more than enough. ~ William Blake

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    Comment by derrty
    20:00 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If you log on to the adress at the bottom-right of the photos you'll find he's just a owner of a chinese net-shop who's about to sell all this CDs to fellow otakus in China (including me), beacuse there's no official release in China.
    Just a shop owner showing off his stockpile. Nothing special.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:14 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    i belive i know that: mental unstability wich could be had to contain unless one have surpreme mental self controll, do NOT cross that border.

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    Comment by toyNN
    13:03 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    His insanity.

    He could have had sex with atleast 3 AKB48'ers and still had about $10k left over....

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:38 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Which makes me wonder, what exactly lies beyond insanity?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:15 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    >Which makes me wonder, what exactly lies beyond insanity?


    Comment by Anonymous
    23:56 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't you mean "I've never seen someone so proud to waste all that money?".

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    Comment by Hatsune Miku
    13:21 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    Out of all the Otakus I've seen... this is just crazy... nothing left to say... I can buy like a house (not a great one, but a house) in NA with that money. This is complete insanity.

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    Comment by kanito
    22:54 27/05/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    and still, he covers his face in shame, maybe ashamed of himself...

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