AKB48’s Official rival, Nogizaka 46 also produced by Akimoto Yasushi, released the result of their 1st audition, taking in 36 girls.
The 36 members of Nogizaka46 are: 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).
Meanwhile the 16 temporary 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.
It’s also reported that Aki-p mention that Ikuta Erika feels like Acchan of AKB48, 4 years ago…
Aki-p also said that this group will be one without their own theater, instead of being like AKB48’s Idols you can come to meeet concept. “NGZK46 will also be doing things AKB48 cannot do!” declared Aki-p, I wonder that will be?
Anyways, one of the girls, I’m looking forward to see perform is Ikoma Rina(15), since she looks like Rena’s Gekikara and her Sure name is the name of my Japanese School in Singapore.
Eitherway, do take note that NGZK46’s pictures and Copyrights are managed by AKB48 Official Rival Committee(©AKB48 公式ライバル委員会)… Now… where is Avex’s or JVC’s main office again?
So unofficially, AKB48’s rivals are? AKG48? Idoling? Hello Project?
PS: You did know that SONY Music Entertainment Japan’s office is at Nogizaka right?