Monday, August 22, 2011
Nogizaka46 Is Born
Nogizaka46 Is Born
38,934 girls auditioned for Akimoto`s self created rival unit for AKB48 of those 38,934 hopefuls 56 made it to the final round and 36 members were selected. In order to get this unit into the fight quickly 16 members were selected as short-term senbatsu members.
Akimoto in the press event declared Ikuta Erika the face of Nogizaka46, claiming that she carries a Maeda Atsuko presence about her.
In addition, keeping true to their declaration the new unit declared AKB48 their main rival’s .Member Matsumura Sayuri has targeted Mayu, claiming, “I love movies and anime. I definitely won’t lose to Mayuyu-san (Watanabe Mayu) who shares the same interest as me.”
Yoshimoto Ayaka declared, “My rival is Itano Tomomi-san. Right now, I can only say that I’m happy.”
Akimoto went on to explain that Nogizaka46 having their positions determined from the start will allow the new unit to have a clear focus. Unlike AKB48, this new rival unit will not at least for now have their own theater .Instead they will become a unit that will reflect upon the fans’ voices.”
Akimoto said that Nogizaka46 will announce new senbatsu members after their first half of performances and that the members will get new positions in the second half of their opening performance period. Akimoto compared it to holding an AKB48 yearly election everyday [ fans will have a senbatsu vote at every performance] . When asked about the groups future activates and style, Akimoto said, “They will do things that AKB48 cannot do“.
Nogizaka46 will start a national TV show in October and will release a CD and start a national tour before years end.
The new generation idol units are debuting at such a rapid pace ,the genre is shifting and only those willing to play the game will rise up.Nogizaka46 while being run by AKB48`s founder is willing to join other units in playing the game.
Nogizaka46 which is named after the area they will be based, mainly the SME Nogizaka Building are made up of the following members
Akimoto Manatsu (18), Asou Ririko (16), Andou Mikumo (18), Ikuta Erika (14), Ikoma Rina (15), Ichiki Rena (15), Ito Nene (15), Ito Marika (15), Inoue Sayuri (16), Iwase Yumiko (21), Eto Misa (18), Kashiwa Yukina (17), Kawai Hina (13), Kawamura Mahiro (16), Saito Asuka (13), Saito Chiharu (14), Saito Yuuri (18), Sakurai Reika (17), Shiraishi Mai (19), Takayama Kazumi (17), Nakada Kana (17), Nakamoto Himeka (15), Nagashima Seira (17), Nishino Nanase (17), Hashimoto Nanami (18), Hatanaka Seira (15), Higuchi Hina (13), Fukagawa Mai (20), Hoshino Minami (13), Matsumura Sayuri (19), Miyazawa Seira (18), Yamato Rina (16), Yamamoto Honoka (13), Yoshimoto Ayaka (15), Wakatsuki Yumi (17), and Wada Maaya (13).
The short-term senbatsu members are
Akimoto Manatsu, Ikuta Erika, Ikoma Rina, Ichiki Rena, Sakurai Reika, Shiraishi Mai, Takayama Kazumi, Nakada Kana, Hashimoto Nanami, Hatanaka Seira, Hoshino Minami, Matsumura Sayuri, Miyazawa Seira, Yamato Rina, Yoshimoto Ayaka, and Wada Maaya.
Side notes- The 48 family`s SDN48 quickly responded by making declarations to not loose to this unit ,expect the other units to follow quickly ,so battle has officially been joined ,giving a new meaning to the words idol war. This news is wide spread ,no fewer then 10 major news services are reporting on this new unit.
Kawamura Mahiro is a former H!P member Kansai office .
Yamato Rina, is a former member of SPL∞ASH
Hatanaka Seira is a former member of CHIMO
Kashiwa Yukina is a former member of Momoiro Clover
Etou Misa is a former leader of CHIMO
Kawai Hina is a former member of Seishun Joshi Gakuen
Nakamoto Himeka is a former member of SPL∞ASH and is the sister of Sakura Gakuin member Nakamoto Suzuka
Asou Ririko is a former member of Seishun Joshi Gakuen