One of the surprising outcomes from AKB48′s 2011 Jankenpon Tournament (aside from Acchan, Yuko, Tomochin, Yukirin et al. getting kicked in the early rounds, and Mika Komori throwing the Vulcan “live long and prosper” salute out of confusion) was the amount of fan wailing over who “should or shouldn’t” advance in the tournament. Trying to call a winner, or declare one participant more deserving than another, in what is essentially a game of chance is like saying that you “deserve” to win the lottery because you always play the numbers of your birthday and your relatives’ birthdays and you’ve lost the last 457 times so you’re due for a win. This makes about as much sense as insisting that Rina Izuta “deserves” to make center because She Is An Adorable And Wonderful Human Being or that Mayuchi “deserves” to advance past the first round because she won last year. Look, even the Los Angeles Lakers have to play a full season of basketball and beat several teams in the playoffs before they can be crowned champions; they can’t just stroll in and expect to be The Winner Of The NBA every year, right? That’s a lesson they quickly learned from the 2010-2011 Dallas Mavericks.
In case my shitty analogies didn’t make it clear, jankenpon/rock-paper-scissors is a game of chance and nobody “deserves” anything. But I guess that would be too logical, and the whole point of being a fan (short for “fanatic”) is to be illogical! AMIRITE?