Japanese idol producer Yasushi Akimoto’s 22/7 multi-media project is getting ready to launch. The hybrid idol unit takes the form of many similar groups, like The iDOLM@STER, in which real singers will perform as anime characters.
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10,325 hopeful idols have applied for roles, and so far 8 of the 12 members have been selected. While it may not seem like a big deal since the 22/7 project is in its infancy, one of the idols is quickly becoming an internet icon.
Sally Amaki was chosen to voice Sakura Fujima. She appeared in a short introduction video so that future fans can get to know her better. In the video, Sally appears to be a typical idol: she’s clean-cut, enthusiastic, and was moved to tears after being chosen.
Sally is also a native-English speaker from Los Angeles, California. And yes, she speaks with a Valley accent.
In the video, Sally informs viewers, “I can’t talk in English for a very long time, because then, my like, inner…my inner ghetto Sally is gonna come out, and that can’t happen. Like, I need to keep my image as, like, a Japanese cute idol.”
However, Sally does create live streams and will sometimes talk about being a Japanese-American living in Japan. One of her musings relates to the fact if she is a weeaboo.
What foods she misses from America.
And how she acts towards haters.
The 22/7 unit is still in their early stages, but one of their members is already drawing a fan base on social media. In the past, Japanese music producers have said that appealing to the international crowd will be important if the industry wants to grow. Maybe Sally’s ability to speak fluent English can help 22/7 build an international fanbase.