Wednesday, June 29, 2011

AKB48 vs. Nogizaka46

AKB48 vs. Nogizaka46

It`s now official, as AKB48 is so big that no other unit can match them, their creator has
entered “Castle Akimoto” and a rival will be born.

Please welcome to the idol wars Nogizaka46.

Confirmation has come that Akimoto Yasushi will in fact create an rival unit to go head to head against AKB48. This unit will be called Nogizaka46.

Nogizaka46 name comes from as I mentioned yesterday from being the office location of Sony Music Entertainment .The 46 is the number of members this unit will have. The reason that the unit will have 46 and not 48 was explained by Akimoto “Although there are fewer members than AKB48, they will not lose.”

Auditions will start on July 20, with follow up rounds on August 6 and 7 nationwide in 7 cities. Everyone that passes stage two will move to stage three on August 20 and 21.

20 girls will be selected for debut in October.  The unit will be a major label artist for Sony and will take part in music releases, live events and variety shows with the mission to become more popular then AKB48.

One thing to keep in mind, years ago Akimoto mentioned in an interview that AKB48 was something that he could see lasting around ten years.  Could this new unit not only be a new rival for AKB48, but the building blocks for the day that AKB48 ends and this concept of Idols that you can meet will live on in Nogizaka46?  If that is the case, then Akimoto looks set to control the top spot in the genre for years to come.

So much could have been different today in this genre, if companies had viewed AKB48 for the rivals they truly are, instead the sands of time moved on and Nogizaka46 will now carry the flag of battle to AKB48.

Will this be a true idol battle of rivals or more of the same? , Only time will tell and the idol community and media  will be watching closely.

Nogizaka46 HP

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  1. aren't all the other 48 groups akb "rivals"... what's the difference with this? that they won't participate in the shukan thingy?? nvm it starts as another akb group it'll end like that

  2. Its true. I mean look at H!P UFA didn't take the threat of AKB48 seriously at all.

  3. Dude, Aki-P.: if you wanna create a rival group not affiliated with all the 48 units, at least come up with a better name (it doesnt even have to be original), like maybe new-Onyanko Club. :\

  4. ^yeah, something like new onyanko club would have been cool.

  5. I thought a better name would have been better, rather than one that sounds similar to what AKB48 means...

    This makes me really confused as to what they're trying to do, but that's the whole aim of it I suppose..

    The biggest rival is yourself, or in this case, a group that's similar to them.... =P

    Not sure if that made sense, lol

  6. To me, this is just another 48 group like HKT48, NMB48 etc. If he would just change the name and the amount of members, maybe it could work. 46, yeah because 2 members makes a difference. He should of done like 15 members or 30. 46 is way too close to 48. Face it. It's just another 48 group.


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