AKB48‘s Sashihara Rino has been caught up in controversy recently, as on June 14th, tabloid Shukan Bunshun published a story from an alleged ex-boyfriend of hers. As you can see above, the article included photos and e-mails as evidence.
As for the story itself, it’s quite detailed and long, but I did my best to cut to the chase.
“When I first went to visit her in her house, I was full of nervousness and my entire body was stiff. I couldn’t even lift my head up. All I did was to keep nodding my head, saying “Yeah. Yeah.” to what she said. Despite her being a year younger than me, she seemed advanced for her age. “Why are you always looking down?” “Come closer to me!” she said, as she put my hands on her thighs. Something inside me exploded, I pushed her down, then kissed her for the first time.”
The person who confessed this was a Mr. A, who dated with Sashihara Rino (19yo) from 08 till 09. A Johnnys-styled, good-looking university student living in the metropolitan area.
Hence the “sexually aggressive” part.
The beginning of Mr. A’s comments about dating with Sashihara happened at right this time. They met in the AKB theatre in Akihabara.
Mr. A, looking back at those times, said: “I was originally an AKB fan, frequently commuting to the theatre. I was focusing on my part-time job of 80,000 yen a month. At first I was a fan of a different member, but at the theatre my eyes often met with Sashihara, so I then “oshihen”ed (change your oshimen). I took part in the theatres events, the handshake events among other things. In order for her to remember my name I also sent her many fan letters. Then on the summer of 08 I got a message from a kid named “Sashihara’s friend” on Mixi on my HP.
It wrote, “Are you a fan of Rino-chan? I’m her friend so shall I tell you her email address?””
Her name was “Miho”. Mr. A then immediately jumped into the email address he was told of. “It became that I would send mail to her phone, and we became mail buddies. But I just didn’t want to let her know that I was an AKB otaku, so we didn’t talk about AKB at all. I let the secret out (that I was an AKB otaku) on my birthday. But she just replied with a “I knew that”. (laughs) It seems as though the name “Miho” was actually Sashihara. We soon started dating after that. She was super-sexually aggressive. (laughs) She was also an idol otaku so the things we talked about also matched.”
The confession occurred during October, Mr. A spoke via phone without holding anything back, ““Is there someone you like?” I asked. She then replied with a “No, there isn’t.” So then I said “Then let’s go out”, after that it turned out fine without troubles. I was living in another prefecture so I asked “We do live far away, is that okay?”, to which she replied “It’s fine”. I was so happy at that time.”
I don’t have any vested interest in whether this is true or not, but man, this strikes me as something from fucking fan fiction.
AKB48 otakus must have been fapping/crying to this story non-stop.
Nonetheless, on Mr. A’s phone are several photos of his memories of those times. Photos such as covering half her face and making a kissy face, up-close photos of her in her room of her breasts and legs, among others. There were some even fairly sexy ones.
“There have even been times when she suddenly sends me a photo of her breasts saying “My breasts have gotten bigger.” She took many photos of her on her bed and blanket.”
“What we did together was that because we were in the age of independence, we‘d flirt/make out in her room, we’d go bathe together, and other stuff. Her shampoo was Kracie’a “Ichikami”, it had a nice smell. But we both didn’t have any experience so it took us 4 months till we did it.”
They only spent the night together one time. They stayed in a business hotel in front of Higashi-Shinjuku station. “In terms of a love hotel (a type of hotel which couples rent to spend the night), we were both still in senior high, so we gave up with that idea. I checked into the hotel first, she then afterwards stealthily went into the room. Even there we were extremely cautious and alert about our surroundings.”
Half of the otakus were jerking off at the thought of having sex with her, the other half are probably burning her stuff and crying themselves to bed.
We also half seriously talked about getting married. We also talked about her work and also of the fans. She also received gifts from her fans such as Nintendo DS games and Idol DVDs.”
Again, fan fiction or what?
Their relationship ended during autumn (fall) of 09. Mr. A told her of the break up. “There were so many things piled together, like we couldn’t meet when I wanted to meet her, we couldn’t even talk about our relationship to other people. I have also met her mother by chance, acting like another person. For all that when I began to talk to her about us breaking up, she replied with mail such as “No!” “I don’t want it to end!” “Even though we did it!? Don’t bullshit me!” After that I also heard that she’d started to date another fan. As far as it goes, because there is a prohibition on relationships in AKB, I think she’ll say “We didn’t go out”.
She swears too? Oh the humanity!
For the finishing of the covering of this story, we called Sashihara through the phone number that was saved on Mr. A’s mobile. Once we did Sashihara herself answered.
—-Is this Ms. Sashihara?
—-Did you go out with a Mr. A previously?
“No, I didn’t, we were friends.”
—-Did you exchange mail with him?
“I don’t remember. Sorry, I’m about to leave my house.”
Because she then immediately hung up, right before the live broadcast of “Waratte iitomo” on the 11th of June we directly confronted Sashihara for the second time in front of the main entrance of Studio Alta.
But she declared in the same way that Mr. A was her friend.
—-But if you were friends then you don’t do anything like send any photos of yourself in swimsuits or underwear, right?
“Yes, I don’t. I don’t do any of that. I don’t send any!”
The fuck did you expect?
“OH YEAH LET ME RUIN MY CAREER I’M GONNA ADMIT IT TO YOU I’M SURE YOU’LL BE RESPONSIBLE WITH MY SECRETS”
As a result of this scandal, Akimoto Yasushi announced that he would be moving Sashiharo Rino to HKT48.
During the morning of the 16th, Sashihara appeared on “AKB48’s All Night Nippon” radio show to issue an apology to her fans. “That person an I were honestly just friends. I’m really sorry about all of this”, she explained while crying.
On this particular broadcast, AKB48’s producer Akimoto Yasushi was also present and formerly moved Sashihara to AKB48’s sister group HKT48 as a ‘restart’ rather than a ‘punishment’.
Sashihara apologized, “When I was first asked about this, I didn’t know what people were talking about. I was really surprised when I read the article. There were so many things in the article that weren’t true, but I really was friends with him. I threw up my food over and over again. I hyperventilated during our tour. I couldn’t even talk to my mom. Seeing my fans’ comments on my blog really broke my heart. I am so sorry.”
Bullshit. It’s a punishment to move her to that group and everybody knows it. As such, we can only assume part of this is true and that she’s being taken out of the limelight for a while until it dies down. If she was an irrelevant member, she would be gone for sure.
Regardless of what’s true and what’s not, at least this is one rumor that actually has legs.