Location: England, Japan in 2 weeks.
Gender: One of them "monsters without cocks".
Favorite AKB48 Member: Akimoto Sayaka
Favorite Team: A
Favorite Graduated AKB48 Member: Oshima Mai
Favorite AKB48 Group/Subgroup: No Sleeves
Absolute Favorite AKB48 Song [ONE ONLY]: This is cruel. Himawari.
When/how did you become an AKB48 fan: I blame Dave. I heard about them from Redux/Dave, and had a little listen, the singles were the ones that hooked me at first. I still stayed a fairly casual AKB fan, only knew a few girls' names, hadn't seen the dramas (except Men-Dol), and wasn't too bothered about the stage DVDs. I still preferred MoMusu, because I found their songs too catchy. However, I started to get bored with them, and their new songs just weren't "doing it" for me like the older ones had. They took too long to get into, didn't really catch me at first and were too mature. Then I started to listen to team A's stages and went through A1, A2 , A3 and A4 relatively quickly, and became quite a fan of Team A, but I didn't really focus on the other teams other than the occasional listen. I couldn't quite get the sheer energy and pep that is involved with them with just listening, then came Paris. During the two months before, I delved further into AKB, watched some of their personal vids, and concert clips of my favourite songs. Seeing them live really changed everything; I saw how much they put into their performances, and the girls' personalities shone through. Since then, I can't stop loving them!
Reason why you like AKB48: They can actually sing. One of my problems with MoMusu stems from girls like Sayumi and Koharu who can't sing. Although Kasai has an "interesting" voice, she's still got the talent, and all the other girls range from good to excellent. They're all normal girls who have a passion for singing and doing what they do. I enjoy watching them for their talent, their stage presence, and the daft things that they do otherwise. They're definitely my favourite artists, and if my iPod would scrobble properly, they'd have beaten MoMusu to a pulp on my Last.fm.