Last December the day after Christmas Kodansha released the first two mook volumes with AKB48’s Yellow and Green Albums which were later followed up by two more volumes with the release of the Red and Blue albums on March 26th. What makes these photo books extraordinarily special is literally in their titles themselves as the “YUU SATSU” series are exactly just that! An astounding collection of photographs taken not by professional photographers or staff but rather by the girls themselves!! Well over 200 member shot photographs appear in each color coded edition creating what is the most unique and easily the most candid collective collage of idol♥ photographs ever assembled in such a manner! Each edition features the chosen photographs by particular girls whose names are credited upon each color coded volume’s cover as the photographers for that mook and furthermore each individual photograph is captioned by naming the girl(s) whom appear in each photo, the context in which the photo was taken as well as whom took the photograph.
Each volume’s first press edition also includes a randomly inserted member’s photo, and while I’m not sure of how many possibilities of photos were out there it does feel really lucky to have received Mayuyu, Takamina and Kitarie as three of my photo extras =).
These are truly some of the most amusing books! Just reading caption by caption along with the wildly candidly taken photos, trust me, if you’ve not gotten these yet be sure to put them all on your wish list!
To say that these four photograph collections are one of the most most funny and humorous idol collaborations ever!!!..is nearly an understatement!!! It’s like getting a rarely to never before seen behind the scenes candidness with countless moments of laugh out loud wackiness, emotional times, lots of affection and the most timely of timely photographs you could ever take of one or more of your comrades! There’s simply no other idol publications out there with the extent of personal photographs that you’ll see in each volume and the girls of the AKB family are so so awesomely funny, unguarded and just so timely with their instincts! Okay and as far as the sexual innuendo that’s here and there and also there and here and over there again, I’m beginning to wonder if perhaps contrary to my previous beliefs that it is actually the idols modeling during photo book shoots whom are running the show so to speak as in they’re the ones telling the professional photographers just where they should be holding the banana/anything phallic shaped that’s nearby or how to pose extra sexily and it’s not actually the photographers’ ideas at all, lol I wonder?!?
Anyway and in any case, while those aforementioned individual captions included with each photograph proves to be most eye opening and informative, they do lend themselves to a bit of one’s own imagination at times I must say!……
…….and really just being reminded over and over and over again each time a ‘scandal’ ~’non-scandal’ appears and that a product of mostly the no dating ‘rule’ which idols must promise to, maybe does shed some light on some of the girls’ images caught by their fellow idols at times I wonder?? I mean can you imagine (you know if you’re a girl =D) not having any guys around like ever? And staff guys so don’t count!! =/ No dating rule huh? Being surrounded by fellow girls all the time through dance rehearsals, chats, your dressing rooms, time spent eating out, even when you go home from work nothing but other girls. ???? Just imagine what life would be like with no romantic relationships possible? No sex? Well perhaps after awhile the other girls around you will start to look just as alluring and sexy I
wonder? And not even being able to hug a guy as Friday magazine is probably stalking your every move and ready to say you’ve slept with him? (hugging staff doesn’t count xD) And after flipping through all four books I noticed there seems to be an abundance of naughty Yuko～♡ in every which way imaginable whether in front of or behind the camera lens which of course was to be expected as she is the yummiest idol of them all ^^.
So it is in the spirit~* of all of the above which brings me to imagine….
~Where the Boys Aren’t~
In a not so long time ago in an AKB galaxy not so far,
(And again I blame all of this on the idol no dating rule lol (*≧∀≦)☆★↑ ！)
And now for the complete Yellow Album:
And now for the complete Green Album: