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Tokyo, Japan (2005 – present)

AKB48 is an all-female Japanese theater/idol group. As of March 2014 AKB48 currently consists of 82 members divided into four teams: Team A, Team K, Team B and Team 4. Team A contain 21 members, Team K contain 18 members, Team B contain 22 members, while Team 4 contain 21 members. Unlike other idol groups in Japan, AKB48 are theatre-based and have their own theatre in Akihabara (a district in Tokyo, Japan) where they perform once every weekday, and twice on both Saturday and Sunday. The theatre is set up on the 8th floor of Don Quixote.

In December 2005, the group debuted in the theatre with only 20 girls, later known as Team A. A new audition was announced, this audition was held in cooperation with Japanese telecom company NTT DoCoMo. It was the first audition ever where the applicants had to send in their audition video with their mobile phones. 19 of the 11,892 applicants were chosen to join AKB48, but in the end only 18 girls joined the group to become Team K in April 2006.

Their debut single dropped in February 2006, which made it to #10 on Oricon charts and sold 22,011 units in its first week. By far, all title songs released as a single has been made a tie-up song for a tv show, a movie or for a commercial. On December 31 2007, 46 members of AKB48 appeared on the 58th Annual Kohaku Uta Gassen for the first time. They sang as part of the Akihabara performance, they became the most number of people in a single group to be on stage at one time.


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  • Aniulka1126

    center mayuyu <3 [8]

    6 hours ago Reply
  • xxxratedcunt

    VV I feel you, another one for the list of underrated members. Rena or Sasshi for senta would be nice. [2] Rena >>>> Jurina; I'm a Mayu supporter when it comes to center position this year, but I wouldn't be mad if Sasshi wins again.

    18 Apr 6:25pm Reply
  • sekai-no-hate

    Rena or Sasshi for senta would be nice

    18 Apr 3:44pm Reply
  • unsaidethings

    I'm so sad about Haachan, she was in AKB since 2006 and never participated in a A-Side.. :(

    18 Apr 8:48am Reply
  • mikiyakb48

    center mayuyu <3 [7]

    18 Apr 2:25am Reply
  • watwot

    rip junjou shugi :(

    16 Apr 11:43pm Reply
  • xxxratedcunt

    Big fan of Haachan's 純情主義 performance [2] I can't imagine who is gonna sing it after she leaves, the whole unit is gone. And 愛しきナターシャ might be gone as well...I'm pretty sure that if Tanamin doesn't rank this sousenkyo, she'll leave before ending this year. center mayuyu <3 [6]

    16 Apr 4:39am Reply
  • InseuFighter

    Big fan of Haachan's 純情主義 performance, don't care for Ayarin. AKB hasn't been the same for me since Tomochin left. ;(

    15 Apr 4:44pm Reply
  • nickblitz

    haachan and ayarin quitting akb. :(

    15 Apr 2:00pm Reply
  • watwot

    I don't mind a Namie rip-off tbh [2] preach it jfc

    14 Apr 1:42am Reply
  • ItadakiMayuyu

    center mayuyu <3 [5]

    11 Apr 2:51pm Reply
  • MisaeSagara

    center mayuyu <3 [4]

    11 Apr 1:20pm Reply
  • taengo

    center mayuyu <3 [3] queen

    9 Apr 12:24am Reply
  • InseuFighter

    Really looking forward to the Itano Tomomi album. :) Hope the new songs are good. I don't mind a Namie rip-off tbh.

    8 Apr 4:31am Reply
  • harajukuwander

    center mayuyu <3 [2] queen

    7 Apr 10:55pm Reply
  • meltycreme

    Happy bday Takamina!!

    7 Apr 5:18pm Reply
  • watwot

    I'd wear diapers for Chiyuu. That fucking baby touching my wife's tits tho damnnnnnn boy born winning already

    6 Apr 11:27pm Reply
  • mrZENO_

    I still miss Acchan, my love :c

    4 Apr 2:43pm Reply
  • unsaidethings

    center mayuyu <3

    2 Apr 6:37am Reply
  • nickblitz

    and then i realised its april fools day. :O

    1 Apr 11:53am Reply
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