AKBingo, which has been running since 2008, features the stars of AKB48, an all-girl pop group that not only has to sing and dance but play dodgeball on television in order to keep the interest of their fans by paying ridiculous penalties that are fun only in the sense that watching human suffering in a carnival-like atmosphere is an enjoyable act for many. AKB48, cool Japan, cockroach http://jezebel.com/two-girls-one-bug-could-be-the-grossest-game-show-stun-1703989043
IIn the video for their latest single, Labrador Retriever, the members of Japanese girl band AKB48 frolic on a beach in their bikinis while a hungry dog eats their ice cream. The accompanying music is bubble gum pop so bubbly that the bubble bursts- - a relentless exercise in how-to-be-twee that makes One Directions Best Song Ever sound like, well, the best song ever. Needless to say, Labrador Retriever sold almost 1.5m copies. On the day it was released. In the weird world of AKB48, it was just another mad 24 hours at the office. But within a few days, things took a rather more sinister turn when two members of the band were attacked during a meet and greet with fans by a man wielding a saw. Rina Kawaei, 19, and Anna Iriyama, 18, sustained cuts to their hands and heads in the incident last week in the Japanese city of Takizawa. The attacker, a 24-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.