22 April 2011
AKB48 profile pictures updated
AKB48 finally updated their profile pictures on their official site today. The old ones were getting pretty outdated since most of the girls have since changed their hairstyle. Most of the profile pictures are much better this time round, due to better photography. The last time around the photographer didn't work with the stylist enough to get the girls to look their best and some ended up looking far worse than they actually were.
For some reason, the girls as a whole appear more tan-skinned this time. There is some photoshop work done to the eyes, to make them shine and essentially make them look "cuter". However, they are not visually distracting so it is okay. This time the girls are in the outfits they wore for the 61st Kouhaku Uta Gassen 2011, therefore Senbatsu members have a significantly different set of outfits from the rest. It might make things easier for new fans to identify the girls.
Some of the girls who look a lot better in their current profile pictures are Nakata Chisato, Uchida Mayumi, Kitahara Rie, Mori Anna, Oba Mina. However, there are also a few girls who look a bit weird or off, like Yokoyama Yui, Hirajima Natsumi, Nakamura Mariko and Yamauchi Suzuran. Bear in mind this opinion is limited to the profile photos and I'm not talking about their actual look.
The rest of the pictures are below the jump break because all these on the main page would lag the blog to a crawl. Really, I've tried. I just copied the whole table from the AKB48 page you see below the banner since it was too troublesome to make a whole new one just for this post. Took me 6 hours to get that page done. The rest of the group pages have been updated too by the way.