I actually liked SDN48... really sad to hear that they were disbanding. Anyway I kinda skimmed through the thread and correct me if I'm wrong but I do agree that the whole 48 franchise is probably ruining Jpop. They're dominating and leaving no room for competition and it's making rookie Jpop groups suffer a bit. I mean, I love some AKB48 girls but, you know...
I think the 48 era is at the beginning of their end though. Maeda Atsuko just announced her graduation a few days ago and she's the
face of AKB48. She is
AKB48. It's gonna be a steady downfall after that especially when the other popular members graduate as well. It happened with Morning Musume and it's gonna happen with AKB48 too... Any new girls that join the group(s) just won't become as popular as the original members were.
Kpop is just a tad bit better in my opinion. Jpop has a little of like a funky type 90's pop and Kpop sounds like pop here, but it's a hundred times better cause it doesn't sound like they took five minutes to make the song like the bullshit they do here
. And plus most of their songs have meaning not just words. J pop has a alot people in their groups too. GG has 9 but i'd rather learn nine girls names and faces then 42
I disagree about Kpop being better. If you stay in the Kpop fandom for about a year or more and follow a ton of Kpop groups you will really start to notice how poor the quality of music is in general. Especially most rookie groups.
The music is very formulaic and the kids in these groups usually aren't that talented. It's because a lot of Korean companies are taking advantage of this 'Kpop boom' and popping out groups like crazy with awful songs that are usually the cliche teenage love confession types.
Boy groups especially are no different than Justin Bieber here in the states. These groups are targeted to teenagers in S. Korea like JB is targeted to teenagers in the west.
Granted, there are
groups that have quality music and performers but they're only a handful compared to the all the bad groups that are littering Kpop.
Oh and for me personally, I have no problem remembering the faces and names of a ton of girls. I'm a fan of tons of Kpop girl groups to some extent so I know well over 100 different faces and names.