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AKB48 Thumbnail Album

AKB48’s 8th studio album Thumbnail will hit stores on January 25, 2017. For H!P fans this is normally something they ignore. After all, AKB48 is the enemy and are dirty whores compared to the purity and innocence that is the world of Hello! Project right?

Well thanks to Sashihara Rino what was once unthinkable is about to happen and a collaboration between members of Hello! Project’s flagship group and Sashihara called Get you! will appear on Type A of AKB48’s upcoming album.

The unit that has formed from this is called Sashining Musume. The members consist of HKT48’s Sashihara Rino and Morning Musume 17’s Fukumura Mizuke, Ikukta Erina, Iikubo Haruna, Ishida Ayumi, Sato Masaki, Kudo Haruka, Oda Sakura, Ogata Haruna, Nonaka Miki, Makino Maria, Haga Akane, Kaga Kaede and Yokoyama Reina.

For many this combination has violated the most sacred of all life lessons that the original Ghostbusters movie has taught us all:

Whether you believe this is the idol apocalypse is going to depend on many factors, the most important being your own personal bias. Obviously there will be strong opinions on both sides on whether this is the end of the world or if it will finally lead to a bridge of unity between fans of both idol collectives.

Of course (and without fail) the predictable fan faction mud slinging over nothing has already started with this announcement. I do understand why as there is some risk involved in alienating a very small percentage of vocal, hardline fans with what could be considered an unholy union to them.

But let’s face it. Those people probably live a miserable existence overall so of course they’re going to be unhappy.

Those who are looking forward to whatever this may end up being in the minority. Stuff like this isn’t exactly a daily occurrence after all. Especially when you speak of anything AKB related and Hello! Project. Besides all the unhappy people I mentioned above, who would not want to see more idol group collaborations?

Given that this is on an AKB48 album it is highly likely that the collaboration song probably won’t deviate too much from the AKB type of sound. However, the prospect of hearing Momusu on anything outside of the typical UP-FRONT type of production? I don’t know about you, but that is enough to generate my interest.

I doubt that whatever this song is will be the olive branch of peace between the warring states. That might be too lofty of an expectation for any idol song to live up to. Still, it’s something to look forward to when AKB48’s album drops at the end of January.