Contrary to popular hemming and hawing, the big problem with Oricon chart-dominating act AKB48 isn’t their music ... sounds like AKB’s “Gingham Check” mixed with “Ponytail to Shushu,” except with the peppiness reheated out.
So goes the opening cadenza of "RIVER," the late-2009 hit that catapulted AKB48 into the J-pop stratosphere ... the new summer single "Ponytail to Shushu," and finally—one more farewell song—"Hikoukigumo." After an hour and a half of unbridled joy.
The video shows Sawajiri in various states of dress and some semi-nude poses, including lying down on a bed in lingerie. The No. 1 watched music video was "Ponytail to Shushu" by AKB48.
That's... a lot! With hits like Aitakatta and Ponytail to Shushu, AKB48 has become the most popular female group in Japan. Depending how many members have left (or "graduated"), the Akihabara-based AKB48 typically has around 48 members at any given time.