this is just a theory I submit that friendships between members of the 48\46 groups (akb48 related) are more believable than standard idol groups in jpop or kpop why? expectations nobody expects all the members of such a huge group to be friends. they don't even expect them all to be close, so there is no reason to pretend. Members can naturally form friendships with a few members other without feeling pressure to fake anything. group bonds amongst standard groups isn't just expected it's a promotional tool. groups that don't seem like close friends often lose popularity too. thoughts?