Friday, April 27, 2012


Nogizaka46 is an official rival of AKB48.

In my opinion, Nogizaka46 is more ladylike than AKB48.

Nogizaka46 (乃木坂46?) is a Japanese female idol group produced by Yasushi Akimoto, and it is billed as the "official rival" 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]



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, and this show 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 will be aired on the main television stations in the TX network, mainly TV TokyoTV OsakaTV AichiTV SetouchiTV Hokkaido, and TVQ Kyushu Hoso[3]


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