AKB48 Otaku “Now Treated Like Paying Criminals”



The first AKB48 performance since two of their girls were maimed in a saw attack has finished, but with steel fences between them and the girls, body searches, metal detectors, police guards and physical contact banned there have been complaints AKB48 otaku are now paying for the equivalent of a prison visit – perhaps appropriately enough, as soon after an AKB fan was arrested for a series of arson attacks in the middle of Akihabara.

AKB48’s first event since their sawing took place in their Akihabara stronghold, and incorporated some of the basic security measures police demanded.

The event – which finished without incident – saw fans groped and screened with metal detectors in full TSA style, a metal fence erected between them and the stage to keep them where they belong, and extra guards and six police officers to keep an eye on them, with post-event “high-touching” banned for good measure.


They were unfortunately not able to stop AKB otaku causing trouble outside the venue, as a 26-year-old man was arrested on 4 counts of arson after he started setting fire to garbage bags near Akihabara station, saying he “came to Akihabara as an AKB48 fan” and “watch the police and firefighers rush about made me feel better.”

A 25-year-old woman in attendance witnessed the new measures:

“It was a magnificent performance, some fans were moved to tears. Security was tight and I was subjected to a full body check and a metal detector screening, but I hope the members don’t give in to this incident and keep performing!”

A 46-year-old man who traveled in from the wilds of Ibaraki prefecture, perhaps closer to their core constituency, was somewhat less enthused:

“The first row of seats is now walled off from the girls by a metal fence, there is no high-touching, so there is now a very regrettable distance between us and them, but we should make their safety the number one priority.”

Online the reaction is even less diplomatic:

“What is this, a zoo?”

“Like a prison now isn’t it – amazing they still go even so.”

“Police, seriously? What are they wasting our taxes on this for.”

“Using our taxes to police AKB events is crime in itself.”

“Who’d want to go to an AKB event with no opportunity to get close to the girls. That’s the only point in going.”

“This is the beginning of the end for them.”

“Unbelievable that they use taxes to support AKB48’s despicable business model now.”

“What is this, the UFC?”

“May as well go to the zoo to watch the primate exhibits.”

“Can’t be helped given the latent criminality of AKB48 fans. When one of them finally offs a member it would cause the police to lose a lot of face.”

“Well if there is no touching it is not hard to see their business model failing shortly.”

“Amazing the kind of treatment creepy otaku will pay money to endure!”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    04:16 04/06/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    As soon as AKB48 lose the crazy fans who will buy 100s if not 1000s of CDs for the vote slips, the group will be finished. Here's hoping the police are successful in dismantling this commercialized idol group.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:22 04/06/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    yes, the bubble has already burst, only a matter of time now.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Man with the saw - modern world sanity saviour.

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    Comment by Hikyuu Mikado
    10:08 06/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The man with the saw was an insane monster still in human form, who seriously injured two young women, and now because of the monster, there is a fence between the fans and the performers.

    The people who spend so much time and effort, singing, dancing, dressing up just for the fans.. they deserve to be treated like the idols they are.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:26 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Just for the money*

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:32 08/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The monster now made media and costly investments. As someone interested in business, would I consider AHKB after such scandals?

    My investments would certainly go somewhere else very quickly.

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    Comment by VZ
    03:56 04/06/2014 # ! Quality (+1.0)

    "but with steel fences between them and the girls, body searches, metal detectors, police guards and physical contact banned"

    Please incorparate this in the upcoming im@s Cinderella Girls anime.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:55 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Oh, I got a better idea. A concert...in an actual high security prison.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:30 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    This sounds like just about any pop concert in the United States.

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    Comment by aoitoriko
    03:31 04/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.7)

    "What is this, a zoo?"

    If it is, it's obviously not a "petting" zoo.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:24 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    until fans start throwing seaman, then glass panels will be put up, until fans start rubbing their nude bodies on the glass panel, a brick wall with a projector screen will be put up, until fans drill holes in the walls, the girls will be replaced with animatronic arms with pieces of paper with the image of the girls faces, until fans start raping the robots.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:34 05/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's an asian idol exhibit where you can take a look at mass-produced idols fresh from the factory.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:25 06/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Not any different from western artists that gets their voice mainly adjusted and sells more of their face than the actual song.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:39 06/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I know right? Western "artists" can't perform live and is mostly using lip-syncing on stages, their music not just voices are synthesized to the point that we had no idea how many percent is actually left untouched, but this is show-biz for ya.

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    Comment by jamesownsall
    04:04 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    In a hindsight, it kinda is still a zoo.

    The tickets can be obtained by buying their shitty CDs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:15 04/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    AKB48 is a joke anyway

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    Comment by dom01374
    11:08 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The zoo and ufc comment is gold!

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:05 04/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    People used to spit in their hands to seal a deal or an agreement, I am sure that one girl with the hand full of warm man slime got a deal she can't ever forget.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:50 04/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    Can't forget? She probably get a lot of other warm manly things. Can't that memorable.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:00 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mhm. Barbeque sauce and chinktoes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:17 04/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    AKB48 Otaku “Now Treated Like Paying Criminals”

    What's the diference? LOL

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:24 05/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    They're now actually being treated properly!

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    Comment by cpc65
    08:29 04/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Those facial expressions are likely due to the fact that all the otaku's hands were so very sticky.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:03 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    The second picture isn't AKB48, it's a different group.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:26 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    It was a trick, and you fell for it, police will be at your door shortly, please put clothes on and maybe some deodorant before that get there.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:10 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    06:36 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    and in other news

    Suppose the US should block off all parks and not allow 12 year old girls near each other or on the internets.

    As an aside why does sankaku keep using that smileage picture?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:02 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I hate children and I am glad that they're going to be tried as adults. It's about time that the world stops pretending that they are incapable of understanding their crimes.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:30 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    most of that is probably all lies, for one, 12 year olds never face any years in prison. Second, they're obviously nuts, considering what they had told police, so they probably won't even face juvenile detention time.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:21 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I love the AKB48 girls taking all the otaku's money. To them its business as usual.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:23 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The girls hardly get any of the money tho, the agency does.

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:12 07/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    They get enough money to live in comfort, I would imagine a nice Tokyo Apartment(Or house), enough for food, bills, indulge in hobbys, fashion etc.

    They wouldn't do it otherwise. Idols live better than an average Japanese salaryman. Don't feel sorry for them.

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    Comment by Luke Skywalker
    03:26 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    “May as well go to the zoo to watch the primate exhibits.”

    So true, Ueno zoo isn't very far, 10 min. on foot, it's cheaper, you don't need to win a lottery to enter, and full of real young schoolgirls always happy to take pictures with you.

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    Comment by Rya
    04:36 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Security is the only thing about AKB48 that's tight.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:39 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.3)

    You forgot their nether regions too ;)

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:57 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    think you missed his point man, but hi-touch anyway

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:16 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Nah, some people just didn't get the joke. I've noticed the AKB48 defence force has been downvoting a bit haha

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    Comment by Anonymous
    03:49 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I hope a fan offs one of the girls out of spite lol.
    Maybe one of those villainous otaku will use a 3d printed gun!

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:24 04/06/2014 # ! Good (+0.6)

    no matter how you hate them, that's a terrible thing to wish for O_o;

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:19 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    3d PrIntedGun disgusting.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Bah, the fact that a death threat gets upvotex just shows hoe far humanity had vallen.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:32 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    only a +2, humanity has fallen deeper than that.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:58 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The AKB48 group are becoming less and less about "idols you can meet" which made them unique to begin with. The saddest part is you have fans defending them and forgetting their reasons for liking them in the first place.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:34 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Soo... does Japan have some sort of a debilitating otaku problem or something?

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:53 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I have a question? How many of the former AKB members are now MILF's? or are most still childless?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:16 09/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Police protection of this magnitude? If there's any doubt before that the yakuza owns a hefty part of AKB....

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:30 08/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    When the Japanese males cry that they cannot hand-shake their moe-models is on their own stupidity. Opportunities taken away by moron basement-dwellers in the society. Sucks for the rest of the guys now.

    Respect the ladies and this wouldn't happen. Look at them as lust-objects with fly-away deviousness and this is what happened. It's a shame those two idols didn't sue the living daylights out of the perpetrators and AHKB for not taking the measures in the first place to protect the safety of its clients.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:24 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    none of them obviously have been to america and seen our prison system...

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:55 05/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL so damn hilarious. Those stupid ass AKB48 fans are now going to be treated like shit for buying into these stupid ass scams of AKB48 bullshit, Making them buy thousands of copies of one fucking CD. Thats what you get for being goddamn greedy. Fuck AKB48 SHIT.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:26 04/06/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    at least they're getting them prepared for the real prison life

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