So, I thought that I would look at this event in a bit more possitive way by now but not much have changed.
The stagnation that AKB is suffering from is now exported to the sister groups. Most fans are reffering to Acchan's graduation as the start of the 2nd chapter of AKB48, the time when changes were suppoed to happen, however management did not and with Yuko's announcement reality suddenly hit them hard. To their defence, it was a good business decission for a long time to include all 48-groups to sell the AKB CD, to sacrifice a few spots in senabtsu for great profit. This got out of hand though and now we stand with an AKB senbatsu without an identity or colour, ruled by sister groups on stage and in HS-events.
Did they learn anything? Apparently not! By the looks of it they now created two more 48-group senbatsu (SKENMB) but without the benefit of using the whole 48-group to sell their singles. The opportunity to push a new girl is now greatly crippled, the chances for borderline senbatsu girls are now gone as three or four spots in senbatsu willl be dedicated to already established outside girls.
Giving more girls a dual senabtsu wasn't enough... let us rejoice over the tripple senbatsu spots! Wellcome to HS-hell! Wellcome the stagnation. So, stupid.
I'm not really happy that also sister groups now have bigger teams when the limitation of 16 girls per team was lifted. Sure, more girls will be a part of a team but this also introduces the benchwarmer system. Already estableished girls will never be put on the bench while the new girls, that really needs to stand on stage to get a recognition, will be limited to fewer performances. I greatly enjoy what a fixed team becomes after a while, great in tune performances, units with great chemistry between them. Yes, shuffled units during concerts can be fun and fantasitic at times but seeing a great theater performance is what is it all about.
After seeing the effort that management put into celebrating the early gens that built the AKB legacy with special dome concerts and special TV appearanceis etc. To see how super special a certain 1st gen member became after a tabloid exposure.
Then reading about the transferes like Maachun and Chori and conclude that AKS only really cares about the wellbeing of AKB48
To not allow Shimarena announce her graduation as captain because the event needed more WTF moments... is stupid.
To tear highly functioning teams appart and give the aces/leaders concurrent or new concurrent positions instead of allowing them to fully devote their time to rebuild what was destoryed... is stupid.
I'm still so butthurt At least the emo rage quit tendencies have faded enough