If youíre a fan of anime or manga, itís somewhat inevitable youíll come to learn of the wider landscape of the Japanese entertainment industry.† One of the biggest parts of this is idol culture, where celebrities (mostly female) are subject to intense scrutiny by a near-obsessed fanbase. Pretty much every culture is celebrity obsessed but none perhaps more than Japan. Western culture might morbidly thrill to watching a celebrity's public image crumble, but in Japan, the public image is something to be maintained at any cost. This can reach the rather tragic situation that if one of these women dares...

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