The absolutely without question GREATEST~*~~* idol calendar ever created!~!
And I’m speaking of this year’s official 2016 group version calendar here as unlike in year’s past, the solol 2016 AKGirls calendars were not being offered through second party store sellers (ex: Cdjapan)…. but rather they’re exclusively being sold through the Idol-Mothership itself aka: The official store of AKB48 =). And while I’d surely been tempted to pay the extra middle man charges for the likes of a solo 2016 Mayuyu, Kitarie, Paruru or Sakura calendar I instead opted for the official group collectible instead ^^.
Now just recently Cdjapan began selling said solo B2 sized wall style AKCalendars for a few of the girls, however if you check them out you’ll notice that oh so HIGH middle man fee =O!… which echoes the sentiment along the lines of YIKES!!
Now if you’ve been collecting AKB48 official calendars for a few years now, you’re most accustomed to their usual format, that being of a nicely packaged box set which has varied a bit over the years with the inclusion of such calendar goodies as a glossy wall hang up, clear files, poster, randomly inserted member photos, stickers and MORE! Oh! and let’s not forget that one time they included an actual piece of idol clothing as in idol-pants =)! No no NO it wasn’t of the previously worn nature….(sigh*) “thank you” Ivan for that everlasting thought of men actually collecting girls’ used underwear, and for WHAT? (・д・`*)！！ please never tell!!!!!! LOL =O.
So first let’s take a quick little memory lane visual of these calendars from years past:
~AKB48 2011 Official Calendar~
Yup! this was the year of the 3D Acchan x Yuko special card!
~AKB48 2012 Official Calendar~
And this was the year of the cute uchiwa!
~AKB48 2013 Official Calendar~
Here’s the aforementioned “idol-pants” which the girls are sporting in the sticker images just below…
~AKB48 2014 Official Calendar~
And the 2014 calendar featured what is officially still the longest thing I’ve ever scanned!~!
THE AMAZINGLY LONG WALL SCROLL!!!!!!!
I did it in sections and while it’s not perfectly lined up I got it pretty close =).
~AKB48 2015 Official Calendar~
2015 was the year of the AKB~Post It! =)
Of course they’re much too cute to ever actually use =P.
And now we’ve finally reached what this post is actually
about, this year’s 2016 AKB48 Official Group
While the previous box set designs were certainly nice!….. I do believe that this year’s calendar design certainly takes the cake!! To begin it’s an all new desktop design and from the very moment you hold this massive desktop calendar one thing is immediately notable, that being just how HEAVY it is! And why so HEAVY? We’ll get to that in just a moment.
First though are the dimensions which are approximately 16 1/2” x 12”!! making it pretty much the LARGEST desktop calendar I’ve ever seen in this type.
Secondly is the style of this desktop calendar as it’s the type which utilizes a cardboard backing stand which then is slipped through a thick clear plastic protective casing which holds all of the calendar pages in place.
Now you may have notices atop that the cover indicates that there are thirty one AKGirls in all being represented inside which then hints at the possibility that this isn’t your normal run of the mill bi-monthly calendar where two months occupy a single page. Nope. You see, read a bit further across the bottom of the cover page atop and you then realize that this desktop calendar actually has thirty one calendar pages (front & back) inside!!!!
That is to say one AKGirl per calendar page per DAY! YES day!! So you won’t be lingering onto a single page for a month…. nor a week as you’ll be changing up the images each and every single day of each and every month of 2016!! Not too shabby wouldn’t you say? Now there are indeed a couple of other goodies inside to speak of beforehand and so let’s check on those first and then I’ll be revealing which AKGirls made the cut for this year’s official AKB48 Group Calendar.
Above is an image of the calendars backing sheet which shows all of the ingredients for this year’s gorgeous “what day is it?” planner =).
The first extra are the three randomly inserted member photos which is pretty much a staple for Family48 as they’re regularly included in their single releases, concert releases, books and collectibles.
Here I was particularly excited to receive Sasshi’s~♥ photo!~!
The other extra goody is this adorable poster, suitable for kissing…well you know if you’re into that sort of thing =P. Just saying as one of the girl’s quotes here actually is implying that you do just that =).
So here’s the aforementioned pop-up/fold-out backing stand which is then inserted into the thick clear plastic holder (also pictured).
And now that you’ve gotten your calendar stand all set-up and ready….
..it’s time to place your calendar pages into order, selecting the current day of the month. Now let’s say today is the 1st of the month, above reveals that it is indeed my most favorite day of the month as Mayuyu is represented =)!… not to be confused with “that time of the month” which may or may not coincide =P.
So you see each day brings an entirely new AKimage and thus the aforementioned thirty one girls being represented herein on individual (two-sided) pages as indeed the longest possible number of days in any given month is 31 =).
Think of this calendar as being your personal AKB48 daily slide show!
Now let’s take a look at an individual day as there’s a lot of fun facts and info on each and every card!
So here I’ve chosen “randomly” the twenty sixth day of the month, note the most adorable girl in the world is well represented with Sakura~♥.
So each girl’s card (calendar day) also serves as a teaching tool for those interested in learning how each day of the month is pronounced in Japanese. Here the 26th day of the month is pronounced as “Nijuurokunichi” and it’s pretty simple as your actually just counting with the added suffix of “nichi” although there are a few exceptions such as the first nine days being uniquely pronounced: the 1st day of the month is “Tsuitachi”, the second is “Futsuka”, the third is “Mikka”, the fourth is “Yokka”, the fifth is “Itsuka”, the sixth is “Muika”, the seventh is “Nanoka”, the eighth is “Yoka”, the ninth is “Kokonoka” and the tenth day of the month is pronounced “Tooka.” Now after that it’s just basically counting with the added suffix of “nichi” as the eleventh would then be “Juuichinichi” , the twelve “Juuninichi”…. and so forth with an exception to the rule occurring on the fourteenth and twenty fourth which both exclude the “nichi” suffix (nichi means “day”) and the twentieth day of the month which is simply called “Hatsuka”. Simple, yes =). In any case each card of the month here has the day notated in its Japanese reading.
Below I’ve enlarged Sakura’s 26th day of the month card:
Central to each card are a few fun facts about the AKgirl being represented including their nickname (always useful!), date of birth, birth sign, blood type, birth place and YES their hobby! ^^
And so here’s all thirty one calendar days,
now these cards are way too large for the
scanner so I took snapshots of them instead:
(note: I had to turn the flash off as it was obscuring the images a bit too much)
Huh… and who knew that “ear cleaning” and
“sleeping” could be hobbies?? That’s so cute!
Thank you Paruru, Sae & Sasshi~♥!~!