WARNING: If you are a parent, the lyrics to this song will make your hair stand on end.
This live performance of “Dear My Teacher” is from the Akihabara Theater circa 2005, soon after the group formed. In those days, they had a hard time filling the seats. They were a group of teenage girls singing songs with risqué lyrics.
Note: I find the “schoolgirl lust” that is so much a part of Japan’s anime/manga/jpop/video game culture saddening. Of course, teenagers dating teenagers is part of school life, but an adult cannot have a relationship with a teenager. That fantasy does not appeal to me. I don’t watch anime with that theme.
In fact, sit down and let me tell you a little story …
In my younger days I was a lot wilder than I am today. You might not recognize me in those younger, carefree, unmarried days. I used to have a sense of humor. I used to go to strip clubs with my friends Frank, Dean and Sammy. We would drink, whoop it up and cheer for the girls as they danced in front of us. We thought it was a gas to stuff dollar bills in the ladies G-strings. Sometimes the girls would choose “theme” outfits to strip in. One would be a Cowgirl, another might be a Nurse (believe me, I would need something for PAIN), another might be a “Drill Sargent”. You get the idea. It so happened that once this chick came out doing the “little girl” routine. She wore a Shirley Temple dress, had her hair in pigtails, and had one of those huge “all day suckers” she used as a prop.
She must have thought I was crazy as I recoiled in horror, and cowered in fear. No! I don’t want a little girl! I know it was just dress-up, and a gag, but I thought the sexualization of a child was a terrible thing. I was retracting like a scared turtle. I hope to Buddha that the young-lady performing for me never had anything like that in her past.
Dean told me I was making too much of it, and said to lighten up. This from the guy that was always lighting up … but I digress.
“Lighten up, Denny .. enjoy the ride”
Sammy told me: “Look Denny … some cats like chicks. Some cats dig kittens. Some chicks dig cats that like kittens. Some chicks like kittens. Some kittens like cats. Some cats dig chicks that like kittens. Dig?”
Sammy makes a lot of sense.
Frank was father to a teenage girl. I knew he would never let anything happen to a teen. I am the same way. If anyone ever hurts a young girl, they are in for a major beating from Denny.
“Denny, kick that guys ass for me” … I am already on it Frank …
Thus, I have mixed feelings about this music video. The song describes a teenage girl’s love note to a teacher she has a crush on. She seeks a sexual relationship. Right there, that would be an illegal relationship. The lyrics indicate that the teacher is NOT a willing participant however. One lyric says: “Why are you just standing there with your arms crossed”. The girl throws everything out at the teacher, “I’m going to do it anyway”, “I won’t tell anyone”, “Mother and Father will never know” etc…
The AKB48 girls are all very young here. Atsuko Maeda looks like a child – not even a teenager yet. You may argue that the girls were TOO YOUNG to be singing a song like this. Is it a turn on? NO.
However, it IS art. Yasuhi Akimoto’s lyrics perfectly describe the psychology and fantasy of the young girl. That should be kept in mind, when viewing ths part of AKB48 History. Akimoto-san is always good at interpreting the hopes, dreams and desires of the young mind, without being overly nostalgic.
It makes me feel better that AKB48 updated the performance almost seven years later. In this video below, the girls are dressed in those same school girl outfits, but the ladies are now in their early twenties. They smirk as they sing this. They know that they were being naughty. The body language is saying, “It’s OK, we turned out alright”.
I only discovered AKb48 starlight in 2011-2012, so the ladies were already more mature by then. They were performing little of the “school girl” material by that time. Still, songs like “High School Days” were fun — but not lecherous … give me a break.
You might argue that a fully-grown woman dressed in a schoolgirl uniform is appealing. I have had several friends of mine that went to private Catholic schools tell me that.
Lyrics from Stage48 linkd here.
It is one thing if 15 year old Yuko sings it … it is different if 22-year old Yuko sings it? Would it be any better if a 22-year old college student had a crush on her teacher? A 22 year old would not have the same delusions as a 15 year old — or would she? Is it illegal for a college student to throw herself at her teacher? Maybe not, but it is still highly inappropriate.
It seems in Akihabara they enjoy the fantasy.
Oh! Thank you to my readers! I have been pushed up over SIX-THOUSAND VIEWS as of this weekend.