06 March 2014
AKB48 Looking for a Member Aged 30+
On March 4th, AKB48 made a surprising announcement: they are holding an audition for [Otona AKB48] (Adult AKB48) looking for a member aged 30 and above. The membership will be only temporary but the new member will participate in AKB48 events like handshake events, stage shows and also concerts.
There is no upper age limit for the applicants, it also does not matter whether they have experience in the entertainment industry or not. Marital status doesn't matter as well. Application period started on March 4th and will continue until March 28th.The second audition round (interviews) will be hold on April 5th and the final dance and vocal audition on April 12th where one new member will be selected.
This project is a cooperation with Papico, an ice cream brand from Japan's famous sweets company Glico which is why the selected adult member will also work as "image character" for the brand appearing for example in its CM. The Papico campaign is planned for the period from April 12th until August 31st. With the campaign end, the Otona AKB member automatically graduates AKB48.
AKB48 imitators Kintaro and Yahata Kaoru have already expressed interest in auditioning.
Official audition homepage: https://papico-otona-akb48.jp/
CM for the audition: