AKB48 couldn’t give her spot to another idol, so they found a way to put her in the video even if she wasn’t physically present.
If you’re filming a music video for Japanese idol supergroup AKB48, it doesn’t seem like it should be such a big problem if one of them is out sick. AKB48 is made up of four dozen idols, so if one of them needs to take the day off, just pick one of the remaining 47 to fill in, right?
Except it’s not quite that easy. One of the reasons Japan’s idol industry is so robust, despite being marketed to a much narrower niche than mainstream J-pop, is because fans are