Allow me to start off with a euphemism. I am not exactly the biggest fan of the Japanese pop-idol group AKB48. This presents me with a problem. With 12 number-one singles since 2009, the popularity of AKB48 in Japanese culture is to the point where I can enter my local 7-11 and buy anything from "AKB48 the lunchbox" to "AKB48 the flamethrower." Their popularity is so great that the question is no longer "Do you like AKB48?" but rather "Which AKB48 singer do you like?" To which I answer: "The one who dropped out to do porn." (This is not exactly the most well-received response.)
With popularity like this, it was only a matter of time before they spread into other mediums of entertainment. (An AKB48 dating sim was released in 2010 on the PSP and an Idolm@ster clone is coming to the 3DS later this year.) Thus last week, the all-consuming mass that is AKB48 began its conquest of the world of anime with their new show AKB0048.