Nogizaka46

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Nogizaka46
Nogizaka46 logo.svg
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]

First Generation[edit]

  • Manatsu Akimoto (秋元真夏?) (August 20, 1993 in Tokyo)
  • Erika Ikuta (生田絵梨花?) (January 22, 1997 in Tokyo)
  • Rina Ikoma (生駒里奈?) (December 29, 1995 in Akita Prefecture)
  • Rena Ichiki (市來玲奈?) (January 22, 1996 in Chiba Prefecture)
  • Nene Itō (伊藤寧々?) (December 12, 1995 in Gifu Prefecture)
  • Marika Itō (伊藤万理華?) (February 20, 1996 in Kanagawa Prefecture)
  • Sayuri Inoue (井上小百合?) (December 14, 1994 in Saitama Prefecture)
  • Misa Etō (衛藤美彩?) (January 4, 1993 in Ōita Prefecture)
  • Hina Kawago (川後陽菜?) (March 22, 1998 in Nagasaki Prefecture)
  • Mahiro Kawamura (川村真洋?) (July 23, 1995 in Osaka Prefecture)
  • Asuka Saitō (齋藤飛鳥?) (August 10, 1998 in Tokyo)
  • Chiharu Saitō (斎藤ちはる?) (February 17, 1997 in Saitama Prefecture)
  • Yūri Saitō (斉藤優里?) (July 20, 1993 in Tokyo)
  • Reika Sakurai (桜井玲香?) (May 16, 1994 in Kanagawa, Captain)
  • Mai Shiraishi (白石麻衣?) (August 20, 1992 in Gunma Prefecture)
  • Kazumi Takayama (高山一実?) (February 8, 1994 in Chiba Prefecture)
  • Kana Nakada (中田花奈?) (August 6, 1994 in Saitama Prefecture)
  • Himeka Nakamoto (中元日芽香?) (April 13, 1996 in Hiroshima Prefecture) (older sister of Suzuka Nakamoto)
  • Seira Nagashima (永島聖羅?) (May 19, 1994 in Aichi Prefecture)
  • Nanase Nishino (西野七瀬?) (May 25, 1994 in Osaka Prefecture)
  • Ami Nōjō (能條愛未?) (October 18, 1994 in Kanagawa Prefecture)
  • Nanami Hashimoto (橋本奈々未?) (February 20, 1993 in Hokkaido)
  • Seira Hatanaka (畠中清羅?) (December 15, 1995 in Ōita Prefecture)
  • Hina Higuchi (樋口日奈?) (January 31, 1998 in Tokyo)
  • Mai Fukagawa (深川麻衣?) (March 29, 1991 in Shizuoka Prefecture)
  • Minami Hoshino (星野みなみ?) (February 6, 1998 in Chiba Prefecture)
  • Sayuri Matsumura (松村沙友理?) (August 27, 1992 in Osaka Prefecture)
  • Rina Yamato (大和里菜?) (December 14, 1994 in Miyagi Prefecture)
  • Yumi Wakatsuki (若月佑美?) (June 27, 1994 in Shizuoka Prefecture)
  • Maaya Wada (和田まあや?) (April 23, 1998 in Hiroshima Prefecture)

Second Generation[edit]

  • Karin Itō (伊藤かりん?) (May 26, 1993 in Kanagawa Prefecture)
  • Junna Itō (伊藤純菜?) (November 30, 1998)
  • Hinako Kitano (北野日菜子?) (July 17, 1996 in Hokkaido Prefecture)
  • Kotoko Sasaki (佐々木琴子?) (August 28, 1998)
  • Mai Shinuchi (新内眞衣?) (January 22, 1992 in Saitama Prefecture)
  • Ayane Suzuki (鈴木絢音?) (March 5, 1999 in Akita Prefecture)
  • Ranze Terada (寺田蘭世?) (September 23, 1998)
  • Miona Hori (堀未央奈?) (October 15, 1996)
  • Risako Yada (矢田里沙子?) (March 8, 1995)
  • Rena Yamazaki (山崎怜奈?) (May 21, 1997)
  • Kyouka Yoneteku (米徳京花?) (April 14, 1999)
  • Miria Watanabe (渡辺みり愛?) (November 1, 1999)

Former members[edit]

  • Honoka Yamamoto (山本穂乃香?) (March 31, 1998 in Aichi Prefecture) Left on September 22, 2011.
  • Ayaka Yoshimoto (吉本彩華?) (August 18, 1996 in Kumamoto Prefecture) Left on September 22, 2011.
  • Yumiko Iwase (岩瀬佑美子?) (June 12, 1990 in Saitama Prefecture) Left on November 18, 2012.
  • Mikumo Andō (安藤美雲?) (May 21, 1994 in Kanagawa Prefecture) Left on June 16, 2013.
  • Yukina Kashiwa (柏幸奈?) (August 12, 1994 in Kanagawa Prefecture) (former member of Momoiro Clover) Left on November 17, 2013.
  • Seira Miyazawa (宮澤成良?) (October 29, 1993 in Chiba Prefecture) Left on November 17, 2013.
  • Nanami Nishikawa (西川七海?) (July 3, 1993 in Tokyo) (former member of AKB48 Kenkyūsei) Left on March 22, 2014.

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 3 136,309 213,186 TBA
May 2, 2012 "Oide Shampoo" (おいでシャンプー?, "Come on Shampoo") 1 2 155,677 224,102
August 22, 2012 "Hashire! Bicycle" (走れ! Bicycle?, "Run! Bicycle") 1 1 186,613 243,979
December 19, 2012 "Seifuku no Mannequin" (制服のマネキン?, "Mannequin in Uniform") 1 1 232,961 310,234
March 13, 2013 "Kimi no Na wa Kibō" (君の名は希望?, "Your Name Is Hope") 1 3 242,053 311,406
July 3, 2013 "Girl's Rule" (ガールズルール?) 1 1 337,138 457,271
November 27, 2013 "Barrette" (バレッタ?) 1 1 395,127 513,819
April 2, 2014 "Kizuitara Kataomoi" (気づいたら片想い?) 1 1 457,837 528,092
July 9, 2014 "Natsu no Free & Easy" (夏のFree&Easy?)

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. 2011-08-22. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  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. 2011-09-12. Retrieved 2011-09-13. 
  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. 2012-06-26. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  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. 2012-11-02. Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  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. 2013-04-28. Retrieved 2013-04-28. 
  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. 2012-04-21. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  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. 2012-04-17. Retrieved 2012-05-18. 
  11. ^ "The results of AKB48 group's big team shuffle!". Tokyohive. 2014-02-24. Retrieved 2014-02-24. 
  12. ^ "乃木坂46のシングル売り上げランキング". Oricon. Retrieved 22 January 2012. 
  13. ^ "Hot 100|JAPAN Charts|Billboard JAPAN" (in Japanese). Billboard. 

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