AKB48 Creator Apologizes for Sub-Group’s Nazi Costumes




Keyakizaka46, one of several AKB48 (-related all-girl musical groups), is in hot water after its members appeared on October 22 dressed in outfits that resembled the Nazi Officers.

Now both Keyakizaka46’s producers and label have apologized, for citing a ” lack of oversight.”

Yasushi Akimoto, creator of AKB48 and its sub-groups , wrote on the Keyakizaka46’s website:

“Those stage costumes were unacceptable. I had no advance notice of it so I couldn’t check them. I don’t think the staff purposefully made costumes reminiscent of Nazis, but I failed to execute proper oversight as producer and I am truly sorry for that.”

Seperately, Sony Music Entertainment wrote,  “We express our heartfelt apology for causing offense … because of our lack of understanding. We take the incident seriously and will make efforts to prevent a recurrence of a similar incident in the future.”

This is not the first time the Japanese pop group has gotten into trouble for an incident showing a clear ignorance of history. Though, as both Akimoto and SME noted, it  is unlikely any offense was intended, an an ignorant excuse only goes so far as of 2016

Keyakizaka46 are a sister group of Nogizaka46. ” Silent Majority”, Their single debut was released in April.

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Seven Seas Licenses Otome Mania!!! Manga

First volume debut to June 20, 2017

Seven Seas Entertainment is celebrating its 12th university, and by doing so they’ve announced a slew of new licenses. First one up is Otome Mania, the manga series by Yurino Tsukigase, an author known for her manga adaption of the popular game, Ozmafia!!!

The manga will be release as two single volume editions, with the first volume to launch on June 20, 2017. The second volume will follow as well on September 2016, 2017!

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Here’s how Seven Seas describes it:

Yuzumi Otome is a master gamer and game creator, and has finally landed her dream job in an otome game company. Now, she will do whatever it takes to conquer the industry. But is success worth it? Will it truly bring Yuzumi happiness? Or will she spend her days wallowing in anger and anxiety? What must Yuzumi do to release a successful game?!