‘Produce 48‘ is coming soon, and with it is Miyawaki Sakura of AKB48 and HKT48, which appears to be a thing for fans in Korea. Ever since it was been revealed she’ll be on the show, like a dozen fansites have popped up.
애깅이 ? 너무 고생많아 ,,, pic.twitter.com/LckVJARwD7
— Bendicion. (@bendicionSakura) April 16, 2018
— Team SKR! 팀 사쿠라 / 직찍.직캠 (@_teamskr) April 16, 2018
— CHERRY POP #宮脇咲良 (@cherrypop_skr) April 14, 2018
— 미야와키 사쿠라 짤봇? (@sakublossom39) April 17, 2018
— Kirsche. (@39_kirschesaku) April 15, 2018
— 라쿠 (@saku9839) April 9, 2018
— FLIPPED (@19980319kr) April 17, 2018
— ? (@_I_loveyourface) April 15, 2018
— SAKURAMOR (@SAKURAMOR980319) February 18, 2018
Shout out to the fansite that is just ‘I Love Your Face’.
Of course, this is understandable as there’s a reason why she ranked #4 in the most recent AKB48 Senbatsu Election, and it seems like the producers of the show themselves recognize it as they are reportedly making her the first center.
On April 18, a source from the industry told news outlet Ilgan Sports that a Japanese contestant named Miyawaki Sakura landed the center spot.
In response to these reports, a source from Mnet told news outlet Star Today, “It’s difficult to confirm anything. Please watch the show to find out.”
I get why people are confused as to why a popular member of AKB48 would even bother with the Korean market, but I honestly don’t really think it’s all about Korea. Rather, Korean entertainment now has a huge international foothold, so it’s probably just to take advantage of that to get seen by as many eyeballs as possible since the show has significant reach.
Anyway, kinda looking forward to this for once. Mess is coming.