Nogizaka46

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Nogizaka46
Nogizaka46 at Japan Expo 2014 (1).jpg
(Nogizaka46 at Japan Expo 2014)
Background information
Origin 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?, Nogizaka Forty-six) is a Japanese female idol group produced by Yasushi Akimoto, 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 comedian duo Bananaman, 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.[* 1] 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.[4][5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

Controversies[edit]

In April 2012, the choreography for Nogizaka46's second single, "Oide Shampoo", has been the subject of criticism.[8] 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.[9] Some also found that the dance was sexually suggestive.[9]

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.[10]

Members[edit]

Name Birth date (age) Native Height Generation Leaving date
Manatsu Akimoto (秋元真夏?) (1993-08-20) August 20, 1993 (age 22) Saitama 156 cm 1
Mikumo Andou (安藤美雲?) (1993-05-21) May 21, 1993 (age 22) Kanagawa 156 cm 1 June 16, 2013
Erika Ikuta (生田絵梨花?) (1997-01-22) January 22, 1997 (age 19) Tokyo 160 cm 1
Rina Ikoma (生駒里奈?) (1995-12-29) December 29, 1995 (age 20) Akita 153 cm 1
Rena Ichiki (市來玲奈?) (1996-01-22) January 22, 1996 (age 20) Chiba 153 cm 1 July 21, 2014
Nene Ito (伊藤寧々?) (1995-12-12) December 12, 1995 (age 20) Gifu 148 cm 1 October 19, 2014
Marika Ito (伊藤万理華?) (1996-02-20) February 20, 1996 (age 19) Kanagawa 155 cm 1
Sayuri Inoue (井上小百合?) (1994-12-14) December 14, 1994 (age 21) Saitama 154 cm 1
Yumiko Iwase (岩瀬佑美子?) (1990-06-12) June 12, 1990 (age 25) Saitama 153 cm 1 November 18, 2012
Misa Etō (衛藤美彩?) (1993-01-04) January 4, 1993 (age 23) Ōita 162 cm 1
Yukina Kashiwa (柏幸奈?) (1994-08-12) August 12, 1994 (age 21) Nagasaki 158 cm 1 November 17, 2013
Hina Kawago (川後陽菜?) (1998-03-22) March 22, 1998 (age 17) Nagasaki 158 cm 1
Mahiro Kawamura (川村真洋?) (1995-07-23) July 23, 1995 (age 20) Osaka 156 cm 1
Asuka Saito (齋藤飛鳥?) (1998-08-10) August 10, 1998 (age 17) Tokyo 154 cm 1
Chiharu Saito (斎藤ちはる?) (1997-02-17) February 17, 1997 (age 18) Saitama 166 cm 1
Yūri Saito (斉藤優里?) (1993-07-20) July 20, 1993 (age 22) Tokyo 156 cm 1
Reika Sakurai (桜井玲香?) (1994-05-16) May 16, 1994 (age 21) Kanagawa 156 cm 1
Mai Shiraishi (白石麻衣?) (1992-08-20) August 20, 1992 (age 23) Gunma 161 cm 1
Kazumi Takayama (高山一実?) (1994-02-08) February 8, 1994 (age 22) Chiba 161 cm 1
Seira Nagashima (永島聖羅?) (1994-05-19) May 19, 1994 (age 21) Aichi 158 cm 1
Kana Nakada (中田花奈?) (1994-08-06) August 6, 1994 (age 21) Saitama 157 cm 1
Himeka Nakamoto (中元日芽香?) (1996-04-13) April 13, 1996 (age 19) Hiroshima 158 cm 1
Nanase Nishino (西野七瀬?) (1994-05-25) May 25, 1994 (age 21) Osaka 159 cm 1
Ami Noujou (能條愛未?) (1994-10-18) October 18, 1994 (age 21) Kanagawa 163 cm 1
Seira Hatanaka (畠中清羅?) (1995-12-05) December 5, 1995 (age 20) Osaka 150 cm 1 April 4, 2015
Nanami Hashimoto (橋本奈々未?) (1993-02-20) February 20, 1993 (age 22) Hokkaido 163 cm 1
Hina Higuchi (樋口日奈?) (1998-01-31) January 31, 1998 (age 18) Tokyo 157 cm 1
Mai Fukagawa (深川麻衣?) (1991-03-29) March 29, 1991 (age 24) Shizuoka 162 cm 1
Minami Hoshino (星野みなみ?) (1998-02-06) February 6, 1998 (age 18) Chiba 152 cm 1
Sayuri Matsumura (松村沙友理?) (1992-08-27) August 27, 1992 (age 23) Osaka 162 cm 1
Seira Miyazawa (宮澤成良?) (1993-10-29) October 29, 1993 (age 22) Chiba 166 cm 1 November 17, 2013
Rina Yamato (大和里菜?) (1994-12-14) December 14, 1994 (age 21) Miyagi 162 cm 1 December 15, 2014
Honoka Yamamoto (山本穂乃香?) (1998-03-31) March 31, 1998 (age 17) Aichi 162 cm 1 September 22, 2011
Ayaka Yoshimoto (吉本彩華?) (1996-08-18) August 18, 1996 (age 19) Kumamoto 147 cm 1 September 22, 2011
Yumi Wakatsuki (若月佑美?) (1994-06-27) June 27, 1994 (age 21) Shizuoka 157 cm 1
Maaya Wada (和田まあや?) (1998-04-23) April 23, 1998 (age 17) Hiroshima 157 cm 1
Karin Ito (伊藤かりん?) (1993-05-26) May 26, 1993 (age 22) Kanagawa 154 cm 2
Junna Ito (伊藤純奈?) (1998-11-30) November 30, 1998 (age 17) Kanagawa 165 cm 2
Hinako Kitano (北野日奈子?) (1996-07-17) July 17, 1996 (age 19) Chiba 157 cm 2
Iori Sagara (相楽伊織?) (1997-11-26) November 26, 1997 (age 18) Saitama 164 cm 2
Kotoko Sasaki (佐々木琴子?) (1998-08-28) August 28, 1998 (age 17) Saitama 161 cm 2
Mai Shinuchi (新内眞衣?) (1992-01-22) January 22, 1992 (age 24) Saitama 164 cm 2
Ayane Suzuki (鈴木絢音?) (1999-03-05) March 5, 1999 (age 16) Akita 157 cm 2
Ranze Terada (寺田蘭世?) (1998-09-23) September 23, 1998 (age 17) Tokyo 155 cm 2
Nanami Nishikawa (西川七海?) (1993-07-03) July 3, 1993 (age 22) Tokyo 165 cm 2 March 22, 2014
Miona Hori (堀未央奈?) (1996-10-15) October 15, 1996 (age 19) Gifu 160 cm 2
Risako Yada (矢田里沙子?) (1995-03-18) March 18, 1995 (age 20) Saitama 158 cm 2 October 18, 2014
Rena Yamazaki (山﨑怜奈?) (1997-05-21) May 21, 1997 (age 18) Tokyo 164 cm 2
Kyouka Yonetoku (米徳京花?) (1999-04-14) April 14, 1999 (age 16) Kanagawa 163 cm 2 October 18, 2014
Miria Watanabe (渡辺みり愛?) (1999-11-01) November 1, 1999 (age 16) Tokyo 151 cm 2
Rena Matsui (松井玲奈?) (1991-07-27) July 27, 1991 (age 24) Aichi 162 cm 3aExchange student from SKE48

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

Release Date Title Chart positions Oricon
sales
[11]
Albums
Oricon
Weekly
Singles
Chart
Billboard Japan
Hot
100

[12]
First week Total sales
February 22, 2012 "Guruguru Curtain" (ぐるぐるカーテン?, "Coil the Curtain") 2 3 136,309 214,373 Tōmei na Iro
May 2, 2012 "Oide Shampoo" (おいでシャンプー?, "Come on Shampoo") 1 2 155,677 225,383
August 22, 2012 "Hashire! Bicycle" (走れ! Bicycle?, "Run! Bicycle") 1 1 186,613 245,069
December 19, 2012 "Seifuku no Mannequin" (制服のマネキン?, "Mannequin in Uniform") 1 1 232,961 312,677
March 13, 2013 "Kimi no Na wa Kibō" (君の名は希望?, "Your Name Is Hope") 1 3 242,053 318,372
July 3, 2013 "Girl's Rule" (ガールズルール?) 1 1 337,138 459,310
November 27, 2013 "Barrette" (バレッタ?) 1 1 395,127 516,469
April 2, 2014 "Kizuitara Kataomoi" (気づいたら片想い?, "If you notice a crush") 1 1 457,837 546,832
July 9, 2014 "Natsu no Free & Easy" (夏のFree&Easy?, "Summer Free & Easy") 1 1 421,622 526,564
October 8, 2014 "Nandome no Aozora ka?" (何度目の青空か??, "How many blue skies have there been?") 1 1 478,788 618,733
March 18, 2015 "Inochi wa Utsukushii" (命は美しい?, "Life is Beautiful") 1 1 500,297 619,754
July 22, 2015 "Taiyō Nokku" (太陽ノック?, "Sun Knock") 1 1 609,202 657,317
October 28, 2015 "Ima, Hanashitai Dareka ga Iru" (今、話したい誰かがいる?, "Now, there is someone who I want to talk to") 1 626,905 663,498

Albums[edit]

Filmography[edit]

Concerts[edit]

  • Nogizaka46 1st Year Birthday Live 2013.2.22 Makuhari Messe (2014)[14]
  • Nogizaka46 2nd Year Birthday Live 2014.2.22 Yokohama (2015)[15]

Television[edit]

DVDs[edit]

  • Nogibingo! (2014)[30]
  • Nogibingo! 2 (2014)[31]
  • Akimoto Manatsu no Oshi Doko (2015)[32]
  • Hoshino Minami no Oshi Doko (2015)[33]
  • Ikoma Rina no Oshi Doko (2015)[34]
  • Ikuta Erika no Oshi Doko (2015)[35]
  • Nishino Nanase no Oshi Doko (2015)[36]
  • Takayama Kazumi no Oshi Doko (2015)[37]
  • Shiraishi Mai no Oshi Doko (2015)[38]
  • Nogibingo! 3 (2015)[39]

Bibliography[edit]

Photobooks[edit]

Trading cards[edit]

  • Nogizaka 46 Trading Collection (2013, Ensky)[40]
  • Nogizaka 46 Trading Collection Part 2 (2014, Ensky)[41]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ at that time. She now belongs to HKT48.

References[edit]

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  31. ^ Nogizaka46 (12 September 2014). NOGIBINGO! 2. Tokyo: Vap. ASIN B00M360OCS. 
  32. ^ Nogizaka46 (25 March 2015). Akimoto Manatsu No Oshi Doko. Tokyo: Sony Music Records. ASIN B00U7Y216A. 
  33. ^ Nogizaka46 (25 March 2015). Hoshino Minami No Oshi Doko. Tokyo: Sony Music Records. ASIN B00U7Y21II. 
  34. ^ Nogizaka46 (25 March 2015). Ikoma Rina No Oshi Doko. Tokyo: Sony Music Records. ASIN B00U7Y21T2. 
  35. ^ Nogizaka46 (25 March 2015). Ikuta Erika No Oshi Doko. Tokyo: Sony Music Records. ASIN B00U7Y21QK. 
  36. ^ Nogizaka46 (25 March 2015). Nishino Nanase No Oshi Doko. Tokyo: Sony Music Records. ASIN B00U7Y21LU. 
  37. ^ Nogizaka46 (25 March 2015). Takayama Kazumi No Oshi Doko. Tokyo: Sony Music Records. ASIN B00U7Y21OM. 
  38. ^ Nogizaka46 (25 March 2015). Shiraishi Mai No Oshi Doko. Tokyo: Sony Music Records. ASIN B00U7Y2138. 
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  40. ^ Nogizaka46 (3 August 2013). Nogizaka 46 Trading Collection. Saitama: Ensky. ASIN B00CY8QJOW. 
  41. ^ Nogizaka46 (21 June 2014). Nogizaka 46 Trading Collection Part 2. Saitama: Ensky. ASIN B00JL49IO0. 

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