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000-011-1024x768 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.

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

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. This is unlike other groups related to AKB48, like NMB48 and SKE48, because these groups are created as AKB48's sister groups. Even their name "Nogizaka46" also carries the meaning that "even with fewer members than AKB48, we won’t lose".

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

Nogizaka46 have their own variety show on television, hosted by the comedian duo Bananaman, which started to air on October 2, 2011. 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.

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.

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. 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. 

Controversies Edit

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

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.

Members Edit

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

Discography Edit

Singles Edit

Release Date Title Chart positions Oricon

sales

Album
Oricon

Weekly
Singles
Chart

Billboard Japan

Hot
100

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 3 242,053 318,162
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?) 1 1 457,837 546,832
July 9, 2014 "Natsu no Free & Easy" (夏のFree&Easy?) 1 1 421,622 526,564
October 8, 2014 "Nandome no Aozora ka?" (何度目の青空か??) 1 1 478,788 616,555
March 18, 2015 "Inochi wa Utsukushii" (命は美しい?)

Album Edit

  • Tōmei na Iro. Tokyo: Sony Music Records, 7 January 2015. ASIN B00P9N3OD8

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. ASIN B00M360OCS

GalleryEdit

Videos 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

Members Edit

Pages in category "Nogizaka46"

The following 9 pages are in this category, out of 9 total.

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