You’ll notice a distinct lack of election coverage on my blog.
To be honest, I don’t really care about the election. My interest in AKB has decreased that much.
I guess it’s cool that there were some surprises here and there, like Sasshi being #1. What the heck? So much for her “punishment.” Kinda weird when your top is not even AKB but HKT.
“But don’t you care about NMB?”
I do, but I don’t care about their relation to AKB. I just like NMB being NMB and doing NMB activities. Back in the day, I remember thinking that I wanted Sayaka in Senbatsu, but now it doesn’t even feel right to me.
For me, there’s a type of music that I like because I have an emotional attachment to it. It could be the theme song for a drama that evokes memories of the more powerful scenes, or it could even just be background music for an RPG that calls to mind both the story and the nostalgia of my childhood., or For AKB, it was AKBingo and the ensuing relationship it had with my Japanese studies. But AKBingo started to bore me and I stopped listening to the songs. And without that emotional anchor, I don’t feel like the songs really stick to my heart anymore.
With that said, when it comes to the election, it’s NMB as compared with AKB, but I would rather just see NMB by themselves. I don’t even know anybody in HKT or SKE anymore, and to me it seems like the top AKB people don’t even appear on the shows I like anyway. It’s similar to how the NMB’s song ranking differed from their songs in AKB’s song ranking, because NMB fans are different and want different things compared to the all-inclusive fans.
My mindset is completely different than last year, when I actually went. Well, that time, because I went, I felt like I had a duty to report to everyone. On top of that, I actually had to sit there and be there, and when you listen to so many girls cry for all sorts of reasons, it does get to you. But this time, instead of watching the election, I fell asleep, so I didn’t have to subject myself to that.
On top of that, I still had an interest in AKB, and the times were pretty tense because of the whole new generation vs. old generation rivalry that was heating up, and I knew almost all the storylines behind many of the members.
Times have changed.
It’s too bad my interest has waned that much…