Nogizaka46

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Nogizaka46
Nogizaka46 at Japan Expo 2014 (1).jpg
(Nogizaka46 at Japan Expo 2014)
Background information
Origin Nogizaka, Tokyo, Japan
Genres Pop
Years active 2011–present
Labels Sony Records/N46Div
Associated acts AKB48
SKE48
SDN48
NMB48
HKT48
JKT48
SNH48
OJS48
Website www.nogizaka46.com

Nogizaka46 (乃木坂46?, read "Nogizaka Forty-six") is a Japanese female idol group produced by Yasushi Akimoto, and it is billed as the "official rival" (公式ライバル kōshiki raibaru?) of the group AKB48.[1]

Nogizaka46 was named after the place where the SME Nogizaka Building, which houses Sony Music Japan’s office, is located in.[1] Their producer Yasushi Akimoto also said that the number "46" was chosen as a direct challenge to AKB48.[1]

History[edit]

2011[edit]

The formation of Nogizaka46 was first announced on 29 June 2011, when it became the first group to be labelled as the "official rival" to the group AKB48.[1] This is unlike other groups related to AKB48, like NMB48 and SKE48, because these groups are created as AKB48's sister groups.[1] Even their name "Nogizaka46" also carries the meaning that "even with fewer members than AKB48, we won’t lose".[1]

The final auditions for the group was held over the weekend of 20–21 August, where 56 finalist competed for the 36 available places.[2] Overall, 38,934 people applied to join their auditions.[2] The list of the 36 selected members was announced on 22 August.[2] In a surprise announcement, it was also announced that another 16 girls would be joining the group as a provisional “senbatsu” member.[2]

Nogizaka46 have their own variety show on television, hosted by the Bananaman comedy team, which started to air on October 2, 2011.[2][3] This variety show is entitled Nogizakatte, Doko? (乃木坂って、どこ? Lit: Where is Nogizaka??), and is aired on the main television stations in the TX network, mainly TV Tokyo, TV Osaka, TV Aichi, TV Setouchi, TV Hokkaido, and TVQ Kyushu Hoso.[3]

2012[edit]

On June 25, 2012, Nogizaka46 took part in Yubi Matsuri, an idol festival produced by Rino Sashihara from AKB48.[4] The concert was held at Nippon Budokan before a crowd of 8,000 people and featured such girl groups as Idoling!!!, Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku, Super Girls, Tokyo Girls' Style, Passpo, Buono!, Momoiro Clover Z, and Watarirouka Hashiritai 7.[5][6]

2013[edit]

On April 7, Nogizaka46 began a radio program. This program is entitled Nogizaka46no, No (乃木坂46の「の」 Lit: Nogizaka46's No?) and produced by Nippon Cultural Broadcasting.[7] On the final leg of their national tour 「真夏の全国ツアー2013 FINAL!」 Nogizaka 46 announced their upcoming concert at the famed Tokyo Nippon Budokan which will take place on December 20. [8]

Controversies[edit]

In April 2012, the choreography for Nogizaka46's second single "Oide Shampoo" has been the subject of criticism.[9] When the music video for the song was published on YouTube, it became a hot topic on the Internet, receiving negative response from many viewers. As part of choreography, the girls lift their skirts over their faces, fully exposing their petticoats. Some commenters found the video obscene and stated that they felt uncomfortable watching it.[10] Some also found that the dance was sexually suggestive.[10]

On February 24, 2014, AKB48 group's big team shuffle, a.k.a. "AKB48 Group Dai Sokaku Matsuri", was held at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo. It was announced that Rina Ikoma would join AKB48's Team B, much to the audience's shocking surprise reaction. Also in the same event, it was announced that Rena Matsui from SKE48's Team E would hold a concurrent position with Nogizaka46.[11]

Members[edit]

Name Birth date (age) Native Blood Height Generation Class Withdrawal date
Manatsu Akimoto (秋元真夏?) (1993-08-20) August 20, 1993 (age 21) Saitama B 156cm 1 Regular
Mikumo Andō (安藤美雲?) (1993-05-21) May 21, 1993 (age 21) Kanagawa O 156cm 1 Regular June 16, 2013
Erika Ikuta (生田絵梨花?) (1997-01-22) January 22, 1997 (age 17) Tokyo A 160cm 1 Regular
Rina Ikoma (生駒里奈?) (1995-12-29) December 29, 1995 (age 18) Akita AB 153cm 1 Regular
Rena Ichiki (市來玲奈?) (1996-01-22) January 22, 1996 (age 18) Chiba A 153cm 1 Regular July 21, 2014
Nene Itō (伊藤寧々?) (1995-12-12) December 12, 1995 (age 18) Gifu B 148cm 1 Regular October 19, 2014
Marika Itō (伊藤万理華?) (1996-02-20) February 20, 1996 (age 18) Kanagawa O 155cm 1 Regular
Sayuri Inoue (井上小百合?) (1994-12-14) December 14, 1994 (age 19) Saitama B 154cm 1 Regular
Yumiko Iwase (岩瀬佑美子?) (1990-06-12) June 12, 1990 (age 24) Saitama A 153cm 1 Regular November 18, 2012
Misa Etō (衛藤美彩?) (1993-01-04) January 4, 1993 (age 21) Ōita AB 162cm 1 Regular
Yukina Kashiwa (柏幸奈?) (1994-08-12) August 12, 1994 (age 20) Nagasaki B 158cm 1 Regular November 17, 2013
Hina Kawago (川後陽菜?) (1998-03-22) March 22, 1998 (age 16) Nagasaki O 158cm 1 Regular
Mahiro Kawamura (川村真洋?) (1995-07-23) July 23, 1995 (age 19) Osaka A 156cm 1 Regular
Asuka Saitō (齋藤飛鳥?) (1998-08-10) August 10, 1998 (age 16) Tokyo O 154cm 1 Regular
Chiharu Saitō (斎藤ちはる?) (1997-02-17) February 17, 1997 (age 17) Saitama A 166cm 1 Regular
Yūri Saitō (斉藤優里?) (1993-07-20) July 20, 1993 (age 21) Tokyo O 156cm 1 Regular
Reika Sakurai (桜井玲香?) (1994-05-16) May 16, 1994 (age 20) Kanagawa A 156cm 1 Regular
Mai Shiraishi (白石麻衣?) (1992-08-20) August 20, 1992 (age 22) Gunma A 161cm 1 Regular
Kazumi Takayama (高山一実?) (1994-02-08) February 8, 1994 (age 20) Chiba A 161cm 1 Regular
Seira Nagashima (永島聖羅?) (1994-05-19) May 19, 1994 (age 20) Aichi O 158cm 1 Regular
Kana Nakada (中田花奈?) (1994-08-06) August 6, 1994 (age 20) Saitama A 157cm 1 Regular
Himeka Nakamoto (中元日芽香?) (1996-04-13) April 13, 1996 (age 18) Hiroshima O 158cm 1 Regular
Nanase Nishino (西野七瀬?) (1994-05-25) May 25, 1994 (age 20) Osaka O 159cm 1 Regular
Ami Nōjō (能條愛未?) (1994-10-18) October 18, 1994 (age 19) Kanagawa A 163cm 1 Regular
Seira Hatanaka (畠中清羅?) (1995-12-05) December 5, 1995 (age 18) Osaka B 150cm 1 Regular
Nanami Hashimoto (橋本奈々未?) (1993-02-20) February 20, 1993 (age 21) Hokkaido B 163cm 1 Regular
Hina Higuchi (樋口日奈?) (1998-01-31) January 31, 1998 (age 16) Tokyo A 157cm 1 Regular
Mai Fukagawa (深川麻衣?) (1991-03-29) March 29, 1991 (age 23) Shizuoka O 162cm 1 Regular
Minami Hoshino (星野みなみ?) (1998-02-06) February 6, 1998 (age 16) Chiba B 152cm 1 Regular
Sayuri Matsumura (松村沙友理?) (1992-08-27) August 27, 1992 (age 22) Osaka B 162cm 1 Regular
Seira Miyazawa (宮澤成良?) (1993-10-29) October 29, 1993 (age 20) Chiba O 166cm 1 Regular November 17, 2013
Rina Yamato (大和里菜?) (1994-12-14) December 14, 1994 (age 19) Miyagi O 162cm 1 Regular
Honoka Yamamoto (山本穂乃香?) (1998-03-31) March 31, 1998 (age 16) Aichi O 162cm 1 Regular September 22, 2011
Ayaka Yoshimoto (吉本彩華?) (1996-08-18) August 18, 1996 (age 18) Kumamoto A 147cm 1 Regular September 22, 2011
Yumi Wakatsuki (若月佑美?) (1994-06-27) June 27, 1994 (age 20) Shizuoka O 157cm 1 Regular
Maaya Wada (和田まあや?) (1998-04-23) April 23, 1998 (age 16) Hiroshima O 157cm 1 Regular
Karin Itō (伊藤かりん?) (1993-05-26) May 26, 1993 (age 21) Kanagawa O 154cm 2 Regular
Junna Itō (伊藤純菜?) (1998-11-30) November 30, 1998 (age 15) Kanagawa A 165cm 2 Trainee
Hinako Kitano (北野日奈子?) (1996-07-17) July 17, 1996 (age 18) Chiba O 157cm 2 Regular
Iori Sagara (相楽伊織?) (1997-11-26) November 26, 1997 (age 16) Saitama O 164cm 2 Trainee
Kotoko Sasaki (佐々木琴子?) (1998-08-28) August 28, 1998 (age 16) Saitama A 161cm 2 Trainee
Mai Shinuchi (新内眞衣?) (1992-01-22) January 22, 1992 (age 22) Saitama B 164cm 2 Regular
Ayane Suzuki (鈴木絢音?) (1999-03-05) March 5, 1999 (age 15) Akita O 157cm 2 Trainee
Ranze Terada (寺田蘭世?) (1998-09-23) September 23, 1998 (age 16) Tokyo ? 155cm 2 Trainee
Nanami Nishikawa (西川七海?) (1993-07-03) July 3, 1993 (age 21) Tokyo A 165cm 2 Trainee March 22, 2014
Miona Hori (堀未央奈?) (1996-10-15) October 15, 1996 (age 17) Gifu O 160cm 2 Trainee
Risako Yada (矢田里沙子?) (1995-03-18) March 18, 1995 (age 19) Saitama A 158cm 2 Trainee October 18, 2014
Rena Yamazaki (山﨑怜奈?) (1997-05-21) May 21, 1997 (age 17) Tokyo B 164cm 2 Trainee
Kyouka Yonetoku (米徳京花?) (1999-04-14) April 14, 1999 (age 15) Kanagawa AB 163cm 2 Trainee October 18, 2014
Miria Watanabe (渡辺みり愛?) (1999-11-01) November 1, 1999 (age 14) Tokyo O 151cm 2 Trainee
Rena Matsui (松井玲奈?) (1991-07-27) July 27, 1991 (age 23) Aichi O 162cm 3aStudents Regular

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Release Date Title Chart positions Oricon
sales
[12]
Album
Oricon
Weekly
Singles
Chart
Billboard Japan
Hot
100

[13]
First Week Total sales
February 22, 2012 "Guruguru Curtain" (ぐるぐるカーテン?, "Coil the Curtain") 2 3 136,309 213,861 TBA
May 2, 2012 "Oide Shampoo" (おいでシャンプー?, "Come on Shampoo") 1 2 155,677 225,095
August 22, 2012 "Hashire! Bicycle" (走れ! Bicycle?, "Run! Bicycle") 1 1 186,613 244,812
December 19, 2012 "Seifuku no Mannequin" (制服のマネキン?, "Mannequin in Uniform") 1 1 232,961 312,130
March 13, 2013 "Kimi no Na wa Kibō" (君の名は希望?, "Your Name Is Hope") 1 3 242,053 315,432
July 3, 2013 "Girl's Rule" (ガールズルール?) 1 1 337,138 458,817
November 27, 2013 "Barrette" (バレッタ?) 1 1 395,127 515,965
April 2, 2014 "Kizuitara Kataomoi" (気づいたら片想い?) 1 1 457,837 546,369
July 9, 2014 "Natsu no Free & Easy" (夏のFree&Easy?) 1 1 421,622 497,292
October 8, 2014 "Nandome no Aozora ka?" (何度目の青空か??) TBA - - -

DVD[edit]

  • Nogizaka46 1ST YEAR BIRTHDAY LIVE 2013.2.22 MAKUHARI MESSE. Tokyo: Sony Music Records, 2014. ASIN B00H6WND1S
  • NOGIBINGO!. Tokyo: Vap, 2014. ASIN B00IAQXO36
  • NOGIBINGO! 2. Tokyo: Vap, 2014.

Bibliography[edit]

Photo book[edit]

Trading card[edit]

  • Nogizaka 46 Trading Collection. Saitama: ensky, 2013. ASIN B00CY8QJOW
  • Nogizaka 46 Trading Collection Part 2. Saitama: ensky, 2014. ASIN B00JL49IO0

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c d e ""AKB48公式ライバル"乃木坂46結成 一般公募でメンバー決定" (in Japanese). Sankei Sports. 22 August 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "乃木坂46のTVレギュラー番組「乃木坂って、どこ?」が10月にスタート" (in Japanese). TOWER RECORDS ONLINE. 12 September 2011. Retrieved 13 September 2011. 
  4. ^ at that time. She now belongs to HKT48.
  5. ^ "指原莉乃「ゆび祭り」で豪華コラボ版「ヘビロテ」実現" (in Japanese). Natalie. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "指原莉乃プロデュース「第一回ゆび祭り」、DVD&Blu-rayでの発売が決定!" (in Japanese). My Navi. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "乃木坂46が文化放送『乃木坂46の「の」』で初のラジオ冠番組決定!!" (in Japanese). Nogizaka46. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Nogizaka 46 Announces Budokan Concert Jeffrey To, Nihongogo
  9. ^ "乃木坂46、めくり"封印"ひらひら"解禁"" (in Japanese). Sankei Digital Inc. 21 April 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  10. ^ a b "【エロ動画か】女子中学生メンバーもいる乃木坂46がスカートめくって丸出し! 性行為のようなダンスも? 秋元康が苦言「だから言ったじゃないか!」" (in Japanese). Searchina. 17 April 2012. Retrieved 18 May 2012. 
  11. ^ "The results of AKB48 group's big team shuffle!". Tokyohive. 24 February 2014. Retrieved 24 February 2014. 
  12. ^ "乃木坂46のシングル売り上げランキング". ORICON STYLE (in Japanese). Oricon ME. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts". Billboard JAPAN (in Japanese). Billboard. 

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