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So following the success of the Japanese girl group AKB48 - the letters are an abbreviation for Akihabara, a district in Tokyo that is the girls' stamping ground, and 48 is how many members the group originally had - a Chinese girl group sprang up in 2013.
The je ne sais quoi is just plain missing, but I realize that's not remotely helpful to hear from a critic, so I'll try to explain a little better. If I had to blame this vague feeling of detachment on anything, I think the problem is the cast so far.