I do not know what kind of group will surpass AKB48, but I do know how they will be surpassed.
What the hell ever happened to THIS, huh? I ASK YOU.
It is not an answer I could have figured out without watching another once-legendary idol group plunge into irrelevance. Over the last few years, surely everyone has asked themselves at least once, “What the hell ever happened to Morning Musume?” and of course many stupid ass opinions have been thrown about in an attempt to answer that question. “Because so-and-so graduated!” “Because the new leader has no personality!” “Because the arrangements suck!” “Because TSUNKU.” And all of these may have had some whiff of correctness to them, a reflection of the prevailing attitudes at the time, but none ever truly cut to the core of the issue.
Here's the Earth. And you say, DAMN, that is a sweet Earth.
We are like ancient astronomers staring at the sky, believing that the sun and the planets all revolve around the earth, until something weird happens and we have to make an excuse for why Mercury went backwards, so we start making up weird celestial maps with tons of interlocking circles and crap to make up for all the orbital irregularities we keep seeing, until Nicolas Copernicus is like, “HAY GUYS what if maybe the EARTH goes around TEH SUN?”
And everyone’s like, “WHY U TROLLIN”
Because you would have to be CRAAAAAZAY to think that the Earth is not the center of the universe, I mean LOLOLOLOLWAT next are you going to tell me that we get sick from breathing in tiny little creatures floating around in the air?
Anyway the point is, after watching Morning Musume, not to mention most of the rest of Hello! Project, sink like a shapely, slender-limbed Titanic (culminating in their last-blaze-of-glory appearance IN AMERICA), I finally saw, out of everywhere and nowhere at once, the answer. The heliocentric view of the idol universe. And it is this: