The latest triumph of AKBnomics arrives in the form of an AKB otaku who proudly shows off the stack of 4,000 votes (at a cost of some 6.4 million yen) he is casting on young Anna Iriyama.
The explanation accompanying the stack of votes:
“My wife is angry that I took the day off work to vote, so you guys be sure to stick at it too!”
The object of his ardour – duck-faced 17-year-old Anna Iriyama, formerly languishing at 27th place in the general election, and standing to almost double her votes:
Amongst those charged with watching these maniacs opinion is divided as to whether this fan and the many like him are utterly deranged, religiously devoted, or – as the more hyper-cynical surmise – in fact plants inserted by promoters to further cultivate the perception that such behaviour is normal and stoke creepy otaku to further extremes of mass-voting frenzy.