I’m more interested in seeing the first performance of the new AKB single than who wins janken tomorrow. Isn’t it kinda less stakes now that it’s just a solo single?
Stakes-wise, you could argue both ways - for the groups as a whole, it’s indeed lower, assuming that this single will be on top of the December release (in which case it will not count towards or against the awards we’re gunning for if it is indeed released under a separate solo artiste/label). For the individual members, though, the stakes are definitely higher - it could kickstart a brand new career option for those eagerly awaiting their big break, inject some new life into an ailing, stagnant one, or cement a soloist’s position at the top of the food chain.
Personally, though, I probably won’t care too much about the results (not in an apathetic way - it’s more along the lines of ‘I’m open to the possibility of anyone winning, and am willing to accept and support the winner, whoever it is’). Janken Taikai has always been less about the winners, and more about the spectacle surrounding the event as a whole. It’s about the guts and the glory, the rock-star entrances, the crowd going wild at every twist and turn, and most of all, the intense battle of wits and will between the two souls on stage.