AKB48 “Simply Garbage”

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The pitiful sight of thousands of AKB48 CDs discarded as rubbish after creepy otaku fans have extracted the all-important voting and handshaking event tickets has finally answered the question of where they all end up, and perhaps shed some light on their musical value.

Their latest single sold 1.1 million on its first day, and organisers report a total of 1.38 million votes were cast in the popularity contest itself.

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The main popularity contest received hours of TV coverage, and broadcasters claim ratings as high as “28%” – although given their chart success evidently relies on a tiny core of creepy otaku fans and how difficult it appears to be to actually find anyone with anything good to say about their music, there are some lingering doubts as to just how “national” their popularity really is.

The handshaking event after the popularity contest, evidently the main event in more ways than one for many fans, also earned the group more notoriety when one of their number gleefully told a fan who had just blown ¥530,000 of his savings to cast 2700 votes “Don’t bankrupt yourself, OK?” as she shook his hand.

Just where all their CDs end up after the vote and event tickets have been extracted has been the subject of speculation for some time, and fortunately Twitter denizens were able to take a break from describing their latest meals in order to describe and photograph the contents of their local rubbish dumps:

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“So this is where all their CDs end up…”

“They were just put out with the garbage at my apartment…”

“I found 150 CDs at my rubbish collection point. On closer inspection, they turned out to be AKB48 CDs released the day before.”

“I went to sell some and they offered ¥5 each. The gas I used to get there cost more!”

“The local library will give you dirty looks if you try to donate them to them.”

“Second-hand copies are on sale in Akiba for ¥50 each. I wonder if anyone will buy them…”

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    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    19:43 07/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    On sale? 50yen each?

    Put them on Mandarake, I'm going to buy those :)

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:46 07/06/2012 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    lol, go to the mandarake in nakano broadway, or anywhere in akihabara, they're already there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:45 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Poor CDs...they need to find a good home.

    Avatar of Hong Xiang Yue
    Comment by Hong Xiang Yue
    16:54 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Yes. We will buy them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:50 07/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    God damn, cheaper than a bottle of tea.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:39 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Nothing there looks apealing for fifty yen not even that WiiFit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:46 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did you break your first Wii Fit board? I've seen them before, cheap crap.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:12 10/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:46 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Did you break your first Wii Fit board? I've seen them before, cheap crap.

    That's what fat bastards say ...

    Avatar of awindslowly
    Comment by awindslowly
    13:36 11/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    >>Did you break your first Wii Fit board? I've seen them before, cheap crap.

    >That's what fat bastards say ...

    Well that's what you typically are if you want to use it. DUH. |´▽`)ノ

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:58 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You want to buy someone else's garbage.

    Well, that's disgusting.

    Avatar of Mauvais
    Comment by Mauvais
    18:56 08/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    "One man's trash is another man's treasure" applies perfectly here.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:34 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Comment by Mauvais
    18:56 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)
    "One man's trash is another man's treasure" applies perfectly here.

    You say all ^^
    Old_Nash

    Comment by Anonymous

    Also applies to women.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:04 07/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Y 50 is the price of pirated CDs in Indonesia.

    Oh... I could think how "well" the market of their first international sister in Indonesia and also their other international sisters in Taiwan & China.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:39 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    actually those cds are worth a tiny bag of chips

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    Comment by Joshi Chugakusei
    20:07 07/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    well, in the digital age, once you've ripped the music off the cd (or in this case, taken out the event tickets), it's not like that circular piece of plastic has much worth anyways.

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    Comment by caiooa
    00:03 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    well, you can keep it preserved and try to sell it 10 years later for collectors.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:31 13/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    This.

    We all know 30 years down the road, people will be collecting these CDs merely for the infamy 30 years prior.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:19 13/03/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    top kek

    NO THEY WON'T!! This mass produced shit will never hold value because enough copies won't be destroyed to drive up the cost of 2ndhand copies. You idiot.

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    Comment by TOM
    05:14 10/10/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I would like a set of Lion king cassette , never this shit.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:37 29/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Infamy investment found lol
    If you want to have them for 30 years rofl

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    Comment by Chen-04
    23:57 07/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe in the future, once these become rare, people are willing to spend a fortune on them. Like with NES Games.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:27 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You are missing the point. NES games are actually good.

    Avatar of Chen-04
    Comment by Chen-04
    05:55 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Watch every video on AVGNs site and you know how ridiculous high the prices of extremely crappy games are. They are expensive because they are rare and there are crazy people paying cash for rare stuff.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:58 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They are, that's why collectors want them in the first place :) Though unlike these CD's.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:33 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    ugh sorry but more then half of nes games are shit the rest are gold have over 200

    Avatar of KiTA
    Comment by KiTA
    05:26 11/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except NES games tend to be at least a little rare. These are literally being thrown out by the truck load. And the band, and it's music, and it's members, are all festering piles of shit, anyway.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:20 07/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    Not like any of you are gonna care, but those CDs in the first picture AREN'T AKB's.

    Avatar of Shizu's Waki Obsessor: MaidNiac
    02:13 08/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Neither do the cover photos look like something of a Music CDs..

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:55 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't recognise their faces so the covers are meaningless to me but that promotional poster is 100% advertising AKB48's new single for 50yen. Of this, I am certain.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:36 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I was wrong, actually :P
    I thought I recognised the one with three girls in grey but when I checked it wasn't what I thought it was. Still, all old(ish) singles.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:33 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    You're wrong, actually. None of the cds in that cart are the new one. Some are the CD from Feb and I actually recognise a few non-AKB ones, but I have the new single and it's not there.

    Avatar of GANTZ Playboy!
    Comment by GANTZ Playboy!
    11:53 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    I am more curious about which girl was so important that she needed 2,700 votes. I'm pretty new to AKB48 but even I could tell who the top 8 were before it happened. I didn't even need to vote - I knew all my fav's would be top 5 and I even predicted #1 & #2.

    If this person voted for Yuko Oshima, it was a sucker deal as she was already #1 in the pre-count and Mayu had Top 3 locked & she won #2 with thousands to spare. The only real 'upset' was Sasshi (#4) who inched past Minami & Mariko (#5 & #6) - it was #7 Kojima then he deserves a lap-dance (cause she was like #11-13?).

    Comment by Anonymous

    Jurina? She took a huge leap since last year without changing anything. Yeah, she was super pushed but she was always super pushed. I think she gained some thick-walletted fans.

    Avatar of GANTZ Playboy!
    Comment by GANTZ Playboy!
    12:20 09/06/2012 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Yeah, I'd say that would be a likely estimation. I based my initial assessments on who was most featured (and how they were) in the AKB48 Doc. Jurina is 'pushed' and she was even a featured "player character" in the "Beginner" PV Video several months back, so I knew the 'Org' thought she was fan worthy.

    They give a lot of air-time to Minegushi even though she is only ranked #14. Average & Nerdy girls seem to like her so they want her 'visable'. I often wonder if the "Yuko & Kojima" antics were developed to boast Kojima's base (people will like her if Yuko does) and maybe she gets 'flack' for being "too pretty" from female fans. AKB48 really wants both Male & Female fans so it's a hard cocktail to mix successfully.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:42 07/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    And yet I am not surprised... Who the hell would keep hundreds of the same music disk anyway... Keep one.. if any.. and throw/give out the rest.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:51 07/06/2012 # ! Good (+0.7)

    keep 3 if you know what i mean

    Avatar of cuppatea@yahoo.co.jp
    19:41 07/06/2012 # ! Quality (+0.8)

    Konata explains why you need three of something: one to read/hold yourself, one put away still mint-in-box-never-opened to preserve it, and one to lend out.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:15 07/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    ugh, and i consider lucky star to be my favorite anime as well. i am ashamed.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:09 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    First episode is the only bad one. Stop being lazy. Always try at least the second episode. You don't get to judge it unless you've watched 3.

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    Comment by Some Guy
    02:52 10/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The life of an otaku sure is expensive...

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:01 07/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Anon at 22:49, I mean

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:11 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    @cuppatea

    Do you have an account on cruchyroll? I've seen someone with a .gif of your avatar.

    Comment by Anonymous

    vote this motherfucker down!

    Comment by Anonymous

    What a terrible terrible character that growth stunted, insanely boring character is. I barely made it through the first episode.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:37 07/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    i don't know what you mean, help this poor anon out

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:25 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    Adding "if you know what I mean" to the end of a sentence makes everything a sexual innuendo!!

    Avatar of TC-man
    Comment by TC-man

    Why would they buy the CDs if they hate the AKB48 so much? For the votes, but they hate the AKB48. Obviously, these otakus have too much time on their hand.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:35 07/06/2012 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    This is somewhat what happened to the AOL internet CD's back in the 90's.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    06:57 08/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    They could use them for target practice though in japan they can only get airsoft guns.

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    Comment by Some Guy
    02:48 10/06/2012 # ! Neutral (0)

    I used to use those as frisbees.







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