Nogizaka46

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Nogizaka46
Nogizaka46 at Japan Expo 2014
Nogizaka46 at Japan Expo 2014
Background information
OriginTokyo, Japan
GenresJ-Pop
Years active2011–present
LabelsSony Records/N46Div
Associated actsSakamichi Series
Websitewww.nogizaka46.com
MembersSee current members
Past membersSee graduated members

Nogizaka46 (乃木坂46, Nogizaka Forty-six) is a Japanese female idol group produced by Yasushi Akimoto, created as the official rival (公式ライバル, kōshiki raibaru) of the group AKB48. They are the first group from the Sakamichi Series, which also includes sister groups Keyakizaka46, Yoshimotozaka46, and Hinatazaka46.

The group's musical catalogue includes twenty-five singles and five compilation albums. Starting with their third single, each of Nogizaka46's single releases have reached the top position on the weekly Oricon chart, and each single since "Influencer" has sold at least one million copies. The group has also created radio shows, theater productions, television programs, and films, including NogiBingo!, Hatsumori Bemars, Nogizaka Under Construction, Asahinagu, and a series of documentary films about the group.

Nogizaka46 has twice won the Grand Prix at the annual Japan Record Awards, with consecutive wins for "Influencer" in 2017 and "Synchronicity" in 2018. The group has sold nearly 18 million CDs in Japan.

History[edit]

2011–2012: Formation and early chart success[edit]

The formation of Nogizaka46 was first announced on June 29, 2011, when it became the first group to be labelled as the "official rival" to the group AKB48, rather than a sister group like NMB48 or SKE48. The group was named after the location of the Sony Music Japan offices near Nogizaka Station. Producer Yasushi Akimoto said that the number "46" was chosen as a direct challenge to AKB48, implying that Nogizaka46 would succeed with fewer members.[1] In contrast to AKB48 and its sister groups, the image of Nogizaka46 is based on the Japanese people's perception of conservatively-dressed private all-girls high school students in France, which carries the connotations of elegance and refinement.[2]

Overall, 38,934 people applied to join Nogizaka46. Final auditions for the group were held from August 20–21, 2011, with 56 finalists competing for 36 available places, and 16 members joining as "senbatsu" members specially selected for performances and media appearances.[3] On October 2, 2011, the group launched its first television variety show, titled Nogizakatte, Doko? (乃木坂って、どこ?, Lit: Where is Nogizaka?) and hosted by the comedy duo Bananaman.[3][4]

On February 22, 2012, Nogizaka46 released their debut single "Guruguru Curtain". It ranked second on the Oricon chart and sold 136,309 copies in the first week.[5] Their second single, "Oide Shampoo", was released on May 2 of the same year, and became their first number one song on the Oricon weekly chart, with sales of 156,000 copies.[6] The choreography for "Oide Shampoo" caused a brief controversy, as critics disapproved of the members lifting their skirts over their faces during one part of the performance.[7]

In June 2012, Nogizaka46 took part in Yubi Matsuri, an idol festival produced by Rino Sashihara, performing before 8,000 people at Nippon Budokan.[8][9] They debuted their first musical theater production, titled 16 nin no Principal, at Shibuya Parco Theater in September 2012.[10] By the end of 2012, Nogizaka46 reached number one on the Oricon yearly chart in the newcomers sales category, with annual sales of 870 million yen.[11]

2013–2015: Second generation and national exposure[edit]

Nogizaka46 held their first anniversary concert at Makuhari Messe in Chiba in February 2013, performing for 9,000 fans.[12] From December 2012 to April 2013, an audition for the second generation of Nogizaka46 members was held, with 14 new members chosen out of 16,302 applicants.[13] Thirteen of these new members were introduced at the musical theater performance of 16 nin no Principal deux, the sequel to the 2012 musical, in May 2013.[14] The group also launched their first radio program, titled Nogizaka46no, No (乃木坂46の「の」, Lit: Nogizaka46's No),[15] and released their first photobook, titled Nogizaka Ha.[16] The photobook, released in October, ranked fourth on the Oricon weekly book ranking with 27,000 copies sold.[17]

Members of Nogizaka46 performing on stage
Nogizaka46 performing at the Japan Expo in Paris in 2014

In February 2014, Nogizaka46 held their second birthday concert for 13,000 fans at Yokohama Arena.[18] During the show, the group announced that their musical 16 nin no Principal trois would open at Akasaka ACT Theater on May 30 and run until June 15.[19] The group also released the DVD and Blu-ray versions of their first birthday concert, which reached number one on the Oricon weekly DVD chart, selling 12,000 copies in the first week.[20] On February 24, 2014, at an AKB48 group event, it was announced that Rina Ikoma would join AKB48's Team B, and that Rena Matsui from SKE48's Team E would hold a concurrent position with Nogizaka46.[21] On July 5, 2014, the group performed overseas for the first time, as part of a slate of Japanese performers at the Japan Expo 2014 in Paris.[22]

On January 7, 2015, Nogizaka46 released their first album Tōmei na Iro, selling over 220,000 copies in the first week.[23] The album reached number one on the Oricon weekly albums chart.[24] The following month, the group held their third birthday concert, this time in front of 38,000 people at Seibu Dome in Saitama.[25] Rina Ikoma returned to Nogizaka46, with Rena Matsui returning to SKE48.[26] The group also launched a new television variety show, Nogizaka Kōjichū (乃木坂工事中, Lit: Nogizaka Under Construction), to replace Nogizakatte, Doko?[27] Their first television drama, Hatsumori Bemars, premiered on the TX network in July.[28] Nogizaka46 concluded the year by appearing for the first time on the NHK nationally-broadcast New Year program Kōhaku Uta Gassen, where they performed their fifth single, titled "Kimi no Na wa Kibō".[29][30]

2016–2017: Third generation and Japan Record Award[edit]

From February 20 through February 22, 2016, Nogizaka46 broadcast an Internet TV program titled Nogizaka46 4th Anniversary Nogizaka 46 hours TV, in which the members produced and performed their own material for forty-six consecutive hours, on six websites simultaneously.[31] In the week following the performance, the group's twelfth single "Taiyō Nokku" was selected for the 30th Japan Gold Disc Award.[32] On May 25, 2016, they released their second album Sorezore no Isu, which reached number one on the Oricon weekly albums chart.[33][34] The group promoted the second album with a second broadcast of Nogizaka 46 hours TV.[35] On August 5, they released their second photobook, titled 1 Jikan Okure no I Love You, which sold 41,000 copies in the first week and ranked 1st on Oricon weekly book ranking.[17]

From July 19 to September 4, 2016, the 3rd generation audition took place, with 13 finalists chosen out of 48,986 applicants.[36] The final stage of the audition involved an appeal by 13 finalists to internet audiences using the SHOWROOM internet streaming service.[13][37] Twelve candidates passed the final screening.[38]

The group's fourth birthday concert was held during the last three days of their summer tour, instead of earlier in the year, due to booking issues caused by 2020 Summer Olympics construction.[39][40] In November 2016, Nogizaka46 released the 16th single "Sayonara no Imi". It reached number one on the Oricon weekly single chart, selling 827,717 copies in the first week.[41] "Sayonara no Imi" became the group's first Million single certified by RIAJ.[42] Nogizaka46 ended the year with their second appearance on NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen.[43]

In February 2017, Nogizaka46 performed their fifth annual birthday concert over 3 days at Saitama Super Arena.[44] The first day of the concert was the final performance of group member Nanami Hashimoto, who retired from the entertainment industry.[45] In May 2017, the group debuted a new theater production based based on the manga series Asahinagu, performing in Tokyo, Osaka and Aichi.[46] That same month they released their third album, titled Umarete Kara Hajimete Mita Yume.[47] Nogizaka46's first feature film, a live-action adaptation of the manga Asahinagu starring Nanase Nishino in the lead role, opened in cinemas across Japan in September 2017.[48] The theme song for the movie, "Itsuka Dekiru kara Kyō Dekiru", was released as their 19th single.

The group's 2017 national tour held performances in Tokyo, Sendai, Osaka, Nagoya, and Niigata, and concluded on November 7 and 8 at Tokyo Dome, where they drew in over 55,000 fans each day.[49][50][51] Three weeks later they performed overseas for the second time, with a selection of group members performing live at C3AFA Singapore.[52] The group ended the year by winning the grand prize at the 59th Japan Record Awards for their seventeenth single, titled "Influencer",[53] and by making their third consecutive appearance on NHK's Kōhaku Uta Gassen.[54]

2018–present: Departures, fourth generation, and overseas expansion[edit]

Members of Nogizaka46 performing on stage
Nogizaka46 performing in Taiwan in 2019

From July 6 to September 2, 2018, the group held a national tour, starting with their birthday concert from July 6 to 8.[55] On December 1, the group held their first standalone overseas concert at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai.[56] At the 60th Japan Record Awards, Nogizaka46 won the main Japan Record Award for their 20th single "Synchronicity", marking their second consecutive Japan Record Award win.[57] In January 2019, Nogizaka46 visited Taiwan, where they performed at the KKBox Music Awards and held a concert at Taipei Arena.[58][59] The group returned to Shanghai in October 2019,[60] and returned to Taipei in January 2020.[61]

A series of first generation member graduations started in 2018, when Rina Ikoma, who had centered six of the group's singles, graduated from the group in April.[62] The final day of the 7th Birthday Live in February 2019 was a graduation concert for first generation member Nanase Nishino, who had centered or co-centered seven singles.[63] In March 2019, Misa Etō held a solo concert as her final public appearance with the group.[64] Nogizaka46's first captain, Reika Sakurai, graduated from the group on the final day of the 2019 national summer tour, and was succeeded as captain by Manatsu Akimoto.[65]

On January 7, 2020, Mai Shiraishi announced her plans to leave the group after the release of its twenty-fifth single.[66] On April 28, via her official blog, Mai Shiraishi announced that, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, her graduation would be delayed until it is safe to hold a graduation concert.[67]

In the summer of 2018, a joint audition was held with Keyakizaka46 and Hinatazaka46. After the auditions, 39 members were accepted with 11 being assigned to Nogizaka46, forming the group's fourth generation. On February 16, 2020, five Sakamichi Series trainees were assigned to Nogizaka46 as fourth generation members.[68]

Members[edit]

Current members[edit]

Name Birth date (age) Native Generation Notes
Manatsu Akimoto (秋元真夏) (1993-08-20) August 20, 1993 (age 27) Saitama 1 Captain
Erika Ikuta (生田絵梨花) (1997-01-22) January 22, 1997 (age 23) Tokyo 1
Asuka Saitō (齋藤飛鳥) (1998-08-10) August 10, 1998 (age 22) Tokyo 1
Kazumi Takayama (高山一実) (1994-02-08) February 8, 1994 (age 26) Chiba 1
Hina Higuchi (樋口日奈) (1998-01-31) January 31, 1998 (age 22) Tokyo 1
Minami Hoshino (星野みなみ) (1998-02-06) February 6, 1998 (age 22) Chiba 1
Sayuri Matsumura (松村沙友理) (1992-08-27) August 27, 1992 (age 28) Osaka 1
Maaya Wada (和田まあや) (1998-04-23) April 23, 1998 (age 22) Hiroshima 1
Junna Itō (伊藤純奈) (1998-11-30) November 30, 1998 (age 21) Kanagawa 2
Hinako Kitano (北野日奈子) (1996-07-17) July 17, 1996 (age 24) Chiba 2
Mai Shinuchi (新内眞衣) (1992-01-22) January 22, 1992 (age 28) Saitama 2
Ayane Suzuki (鈴木絢音) (1999-03-05) March 5, 1999 (age 21) Akita 2
Ranze Terada (寺田蘭世) (1998-09-23) September 23, 1998 (age 22) Tokyo 2
Miona Hori (堀未央奈) (1996-10-15) October 15, 1996 (age 24) Gifu 2
Rena Yamazaki (山崎怜奈) (1997-05-21) May 21, 1997 (age 23) Tokyo 2
Miria Watanabe (渡辺みり愛) (1999-11-01) November 1, 1999 (age 21) Tokyo 2
Riria Itō (伊藤理々杏) (2002-10-08) October 8, 2002 (age 18) Okinawa 3
Renka Iwamoto (岩本蓮加) (2004-02-02) February 2, 2004 (age 16) Tokyo 3
Minami Umezawa (梅澤美波) (1999-01-06) January 6, 1999 (age 21) Kanagawa 3
Momoko Ōzono (大園桃子) (1999-09-13) September 13, 1999 (age 21) Kagoshima 3
Shiori Kubo (久保史緒里) (2001-07-14) July 14, 2001 (age 19) Miyagi 3
Tamami Sakaguchi (阪口珠美) (2001-11-10) November 10, 2001 (age 19) Tokyo 3
Kaede Satō (佐藤楓) (1998-03-23) March 23, 1998 (age 22) Aichi 3
Reno Nakamura (中村麗乃) (2001-09-27) September 27, 2001 (age 19) Tokyo 3
Hazuki Mukai (向井葉月) (1999-08-23) August 23, 1999 (age 21) Tokyo 3
Mizuki Yamashita (山下美月) (1999-07-26) July 26, 1999 (age 21) Tokyo 3
Ayano-Christie Yoshida (吉田綾乃クリスティー) (1995-09-06) September 6, 1995 (age 25) Ōita 3
Yūki Yoda (与田祐希) (2000-05-05) May 5, 2000 (age 20) Fukuoka 3
Sakura Endō (遠藤さくら) (2001-10-03) October 3, 2001 (age 19) Aichi 4
Haruka Kaki (賀喜遥香) (2001-08-08) August 8, 2001 (age 19) Tochigi 4
Sayaka Kakehashi (掛橋沙耶香) (2002-11-20) November 20, 2002 (age 18) Okayama 4
Saya Kanagawa (金川紗耶) (2001-10-31) October 31, 2001 (age 19) Hokkaido 4
Yuri Kitagawa (北川悠理) (2001-08-08) August 8, 2001 (age 19) Tokyo 4
Yuna Shibata (柴田柚菜) (2003-03-03) March 3, 2003 (age 17) Chiba 4
Rei Seimiya (清宮レイ) (2003-08-01) August 1, 2003 (age 17) Saitama 4
Mayu Tamura (田村真佑) (1999-01-12) January 12, 1999 (age 21) Saitama 4
Ayame Tsutsui (筒井あやめ) (2004-06-08) June 8, 2004 (age 16) Aichi 4
Seira Hayakawa (早川聖来) (2000-08-24) August 24, 2000 (age 20) Osaka 4
Mio Yakubo (矢久保美緒) (2002-08-14) August 14, 2002 (age 18) Tokyo 4
Haruka Kuromi (黒見明香) (2004-01-19) January 19, 2004 (age 16) Shizuoka New 4
Rika Satō (佐藤璃果) (2001-08-09) August 9, 2001 (age 19) Iwate New 4
Runa Hayashi (林瑠奈) (2003-10-02) October 2, 2003 (age 17) Kanagawa New 4
Miyu Matsuo (松尾美佑) (2004-01-03) January 3, 2004 (age 16) Chiba New 4
Nao Yumiki (弓木奈於) (1999-02-03) February 3, 1999 (age 21) Kyoto New 4

Graduated members[edit]

List
Name Birth date (age) Native Generation Leaving date Notes
Honoka Yamamoto (山本穂乃香) (1998-03-31) March 31, 1998 (age 22) Aichi 1 September 22, 2011
Ayaka Yoshimoto (吉本彩華) (1996-08-18) August 18, 1996 (age 24) Kumamoto 1 September 22, 2011
Yumiko Iwase (岩瀬佑美子) (1990-06-12) June 12, 1990 (age 30) Saitama 1 November 18, 2012
Mikumo Andou (安藤美雲) (1993-05-21) May 21, 1993 (age 27) Kanagawa 1 June 16, 2013
Yukina Kashiwa (柏幸奈) (1994-08-12) August 12, 1994 (age 26) Nagasaki 1 November 17, 2013
Seira Miyazawa (宮澤成良) (1993-10-29) October 29, 1993 (age 27) Chiba 1 November 17, 2013
Nanami Nishikawa (西川七海) (1993-07-03) July 3, 1993 (age 27) Tokyo 2 March 22, 2014
Rena Ichiki (市來玲奈) (1996-01-22) January 22, 1996 (age 24) Chiba 1 July 21, 2014
Risako Yada (矢田里沙子) (1995-03-18) March 18, 1995 (age 25) Saitama 2 October 18, 2014
Kyouka Yonetoku (米徳京花) (1999-04-14) April 14, 1999 (age 21) Kanagawa 2 October 18, 2014
Nene Ito (伊藤寧々) (1995-12-12) December 12, 1995 (age 24) Gifu 1 October 19, 2014
Rina Yamato (大和里菜) (1994-12-14) December 14, 1994 (age 25) Miyagi 1 December 15, 2014
Seira Hatanaka (畠中清羅) (1995-12-05) December 5, 1995 (age 24) Osaka 1 April 4, 2015
Rena Matsui (松井玲奈) (1991-07-27) July 27, 1991 (age 29) Aichi SKE48 exchange May 14, 2015
Seira Nagashima (永島聖羅) (1994-05-19) May 19, 1994 (age 26) Aichi 1 March 20, 2016[69]
Mai Fukagawa (深川麻衣) (1991-03-29) March 29, 1991 (age 29) Shizuoka 1 June 16, 2016[70]
Nanami Hashimoto (橋本奈々未) (1993-02-20) February 20, 1993 (age 27) Hokkaido 1 February 20, 2017[45]
Himeka Nakamoto (中元日芽香) (1996-04-13) April 13, 1996 (age 24) Hiroshima 1 November 19, 2017[71]
Marika Itō (伊藤万理華) (1996-02-20) February 20, 1996 (age 24) Kanagawa 1 December 23, 2017[72][73]
Mahiro Kawamura (川村真洋) (1995-07-23) July 23, 1995 (age 25) Osaka 1 March 31, 2018[74]
Rina Ikoma (生駒里奈) (1995-12-29) December 29, 1995 (age 24) Akita 1 May 6, 2018[75]
Chiharu Saitō (斎藤ちはる) (1997-02-17) February 17, 1997 (age 23) Saitama 1 July 16, 2018[76]
Iori Sagara (相楽伊織) (1997-11-26) November 26, 1997 (age 22) Saitama 2 July 16, 2018[76]
Yumi Wakatsuki (若月佑美) (1994-06-27) June 27, 1994 (age 26) Shizuoka 1 November 30, 2018[77]
Ami Noujou (能條愛未) (1994-10-18) October 18, 1994 (age 26) Kanagawa 1 December 15, 2018[78]
Hina Kawago (川後陽菜) (1998-03-22) March 22, 1998 (age 22) Nagasaki 1 December 20, 2018[79]
Nanase Nishino (西野七瀬) (1994-05-25) May 25, 1994 (age 26) Osaka 1 December 31, 2018[80] Held graduation concert on February 24, 2019
Misa Etō (衛藤美彩) (1993-01-04) January 4, 1993 (age 27) Ōita 1 March 31, 2019
Karin Itō (伊藤かりん) (1993-05-26) May 26, 1993 (age 27) Kanagawa 2 May 24, 2019[81]
Yūri Saitō (斉藤優里) (1993-07-20) July 20, 1993 (age 27) Tokyo 1 June 30, 2019[82]
Reika Sakurai (桜井玲香) (1994-05-16) May 16, 1994 (age 26) Kanagawa 1 September 1, 2019 Former captain
Kotoko Sasaki (佐々木琴子) (1998-08-28) August 28, 1998 (age 22) Saitama 2 March 31, 2020
Sayuri Inoue (井上小百合) (1994-12-14) December 14, 1994 (age 25) Saitama 1 April 27, 2020
Kana Nakada (中田花奈) (1994-08-06) August 6, 1994 (age 26) Saitama 1 October 25, 2020
Mai Shiraishi (白石麻衣) (1992-08-20) August 20, 1992 (age 28) Gunma 1 October 28, 2020

Discography[edit]

Tours and concerts[edit]

Since their first "Birthday Live" concert in 2013, Nogizaka46 has held annual concerts during which the group performs all or most of the songs in their catalogue. At the first Birthday Live concert at Makuhari Messe, the group performed all of the songs from their first four singles to an audience of 9,000 people.[83] In 2014 they performed for 13,000 fans at Yokohama Arena,[84] and the following year they performed 69 songs in a seven-and-a-half hour birthday concert for 38,000 fans at Seibu Dome.[85] The group's growing catalogue and fan base led to longer concerts at larger venues, including three-day concerts at Meiji Jingu Stadium in 2016[86] and Saitama Super Arena in 2017,[44] and a four-day Birthday Live concert in 2019 at Kyocera Dome, at which the group performed all 177 songs in their catalogue.[87]

Nogizaka46 has also held a national summer concert tour each year at venues across Japan, concluding with a show in Tokyo. In 2013, the tour included ten performances in five cities, with a final three-hour concert at Yoyogi National Gymnasium.[88] Four years later, the national tour concluded with a two-day performance for 100,000 fans at Tokyo Dome.[89] In addition to the regular summer concert tour, the group has occasionally held concerts to commemorate holidays such as Christmas,[90] or to highlight members of the group who have not been chosen to perform on the main singles.[91]

Filmography[edit]

Documentary film[edit]

  • Kanashimi no Wasurekata : Documentary of Nogizaka46 (2015)[92]
  • Itsunomanika, Kokoniiru: Documentary of Nogizaka46 (2019)[93]

Live-action films[edit]

Television[edit]

  • NogiBingo! (NTV, 2013–2018)[94][95][96][97][98]
  • Saba Doru (TV Tokyo, 2012)[99]
  • Nogizaka Roman (TV Tokyo, 2012)[100]
  • Nogizaka Under Construction (TV Tokyo, 2015-)[101][102]
  • Nogizakatte, Doko? (TV Tokyo, 2011–2015)[103]
  • Hatsumori Bemars (TV Tokyo, 2015)
  • Nogizaka46 Eigo (TBS, 2015-)[104]
  • Sagara to Kiyoto no Nogizaka Pupupu (TVS, 2015)[105]
  • Watashi no Hatarakikata 〜Nogizaka46 no Double Work Taiken!〜 (Fuji TV, 2018–2019)[106]
  • Zambi (2019)
  • Nogizaka 46 no The Dream Baito! 〜Hatarakikata Kaikaku! Yume e no Chōsen!〜 (Fuji TV, 2019-)[107]
  • Nogizaka Doko e (NTV, 2019-2020)[108]
  • Samu no Koto (DTV, 2020)
  • Saru ni au (DTV, 2020)
  • Nogizaka Skits (NTV, 2020-)
  • Nogizaka46 Yamazaki Rena to Ohatsu-chan (dTV, 2020-)

Theater[edit]

  • 16 nin no Principal (Shibuya Parco Theater, 2012)[109]
  • 16 nin no Principal deux (Akasaka ACT Theater and Umeda Arts Theater, 2013)[110]
  • 16 nin no Principal trois (Akasaka ACT Theater, 2014)[111]
  • Joshiraku (AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo, 2015)[112]
  • Subete no Inu wa Tengoku e Iku (AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo, 2015)[113]
  • Joshiraku 2: Toki Kakesoba (AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo, 2016)[114]
  • Hakaba Joshikōsei (Tokyo Dome City Theater G-Rosso, 2016)[115]
  • 3 nin no Principal (3rd Generation members) (AiiA 2.5 Theater Tokyo, 2017)[116]
  • Asahinagu (Ex Theater Roppongi, 2017)[46]
  • 3 nin no Principal (4th Generation members) (Sunshine Theater, 2019)[117]

Awards[edit]

The following table lists some of the major awards received by the group.

Year Ceremony Award Nominated work Result
2013 Japan Gold Disc Awards[118] New Artist of the Year Won
2015 Japan Gold Disc Awards[119] Best 5 single Nandome no Aozora ka? Won
2016 Japan Gold Disc Awards Best 5 single Taiyō Nokku Won
2017 59th Japan Record Awards Grand Prix Influencer Won
50th Japan Cable Awards[120] Excellent Music Award Won
Japan Gold Disc Awards Best 5 single Sayonara no Imi Won
2018 60th Japan Record Awards Grand Prix Synchronicity Won
Japan Gold Disc Awards Best 5 single Nigemizu Won
2019 Japan Gold Disc Awards Best 5 single Synchronicity Won
Jikochu de Ikō! Won
61st Japan Record Awards Excellent work award Sing Out! Won

Notes[edit]

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