The Akimori Hero Billboard (commonly known as the AB) is a separate entity from the Hero Billboard Chart of Japan. Although Akimori Prefecture is in Japan, located in the northern reaches of the country, the complex relationships between its government, its state-sponsored hero companies, and its use of contracts make it unique among its neighbors. The national government allowed the leaders of the prefecture to establish the Akimori Hero Billboard to better suit their needs. Though the widely-known heroes of Japan's primary billboard are well-respected, the government of Akimori and the people of the prefecture formally recognize the AB as their standard.
Only twenty ranks are open in the Akimori Hero Billboard, as opposed to the hundreds of its national counterpart, and only heroes registered with one of the many state-sponsored companies (or the Akimori government itself) qualify for these coveted positions. While the greater Japan billboard announces their rankings biannually, the