AKB48′s Greatest Rivals? Momoiro Clover Z

Momoclo battle

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People are beginning to look for the next big thing. (post AKB48)
Nikkan sports and other news outlets finally think they may have found it. Some are taking notice of the group Momoiro Clover Z (ももいろクローバーZ), heralding them as ‘AKB48′s Greatest Rival’ group.

But what seems to be causing this explosion in popularity? Some say its because its fresh and different. Different, barely begins to describe this odd group of girls. So I broke it down to the top 3 reasons why they seem to be getting very popular.

1. They are stupidly fun.

2. Less formula and more WTH?

3. There’s a freaking ‘Z’ attached to their name. It’s like Mazinger or Gundam!

A lot of its is the management. Being pretty laid back and spontaneous, it allows for the members to be playful and do stupid things that make you go “what did I just watch?” As opposed to a competitive environmental, where members fight tooth and nail for popularity votes in order to get more screen time.

The management does random spontaneous stunts. To name a few, group has already parodied pro wrestling, sentai, space pirates on bikes, drunken salary men, and now they are Zaku robot things.

Very differnt from picking 3 new letters and adding 48 to it.

I’ve been keeping an eye on this group for a while now and would love to say I called it.