AKB48 is releasing their 32nd single “Koisuru Fortune Cookie” on the 21st Aug. Meanwhile, various staff across the 48 groups have come together to film their own MV for the song. Their MV was published on the official AKB48 YouTube account 2 weeks ago, and has since received almost 2.5 million views. What’s interesting is, the MV received raving reviews even when new Queen Sashihara Rino(HKT48) wasn’t there. Fans have started discussing her seemingly irrelevant role in this single.
In the official MV, Sashihara Rino is featured as the center for having won this year’s AKB48 General Elections. For the staff version of the MV, group general manager Togasaki(39) takes over as the center.
On the internet, netizens are raising doubts like:
“I think it’s ok if Sashiko is not the center?”
“Can the Sashihara’s MV surpass the staff version?”
It seems also that fans who voted for Sashihara in this year’s general elections are regretting their actions.
“I voted for her, but indeed she’s not suited for center position.”
As the fans’ voices continue to spread through various AKB sites, internal staff are also starting to lose their trust in new Queen Sashiko.
A spokesperson in the entertainment circle says “Even if you have no dance skills, this song can easily be followed by adults or children. That is why a staff version of the MV was made. But, this kind of overwhelming reception was unexpected. If i were to say it frankly, center Sashihara is not needed?”
After hearing various comments about the popularity of the staff version MV, Sashihara responded shortly “eh…..I’m not needed?If my MV loses to the staff version in views, then the netizens are going to write things like i lost to staff right? It’s all going to be my fault either way..”
Check out the official version of Sashiko’s PV here and let me know what you think!