A bunch of fans of Aimi Eguchi, the newest member of the Japanese idol group AKB 48, were shocked to discover that she was actually a computer generated composite of the "best features" of other members of the group. This must happen every day in Japan.

Aimi Eguchi made her debut in a candy commercial last week. Some fans quickly pieced together that she was actually a fake, thanks to some clues. Here are just some of the great only-in-Japan details about the story:

  • Eguchi is the newest a member the popular AKB 48 idol group, which has 61 other members. That's basically an NFL team of dolled-up, giggling Japanese women.
  • The slogan of Ezaki Glico, the candy company the commercial is for, is: "Hitotsubu 300 meter." No news reports have been able to explain what that means, but apparently fans used that as a clue to reveal Eguchi's non-humaness because Eguchi's profile on AKB 48's website listed her favorite sport as "track-and-field." Seriously, someone please explain what this slogan means because we are going crazy trying to figure it out.
  • Eguchi isn't actually even Japan's first virtual pop star. That would be Hatsune Miku, who plays stadium concerts via hologram.
  • This is so different than in the U.S. We don't learn that our pop stars aren't human until their carefully calibrated cyborg brain chip malfunctions and they go on a murderous rampage. That reminds us: Has anyone checked Lady Gaga's head for screws? [Singularity Hub]