Monday, April 22, 2013

Nogizaka46's 6th Single Senbatsu

Back row: Ito Marika, Inoue Sayuri, Nakada Kana, Wakatsuki Yumi, Hoshino Minami, Akimoto Manatsu, Fukagawa Mai, Saito Yuuri
Top 8: Sakurai Reika, Ikuta Erika, Ikoma Rina, Nishino Nanase, Takayama Kazumi
Center: Matsumura Sayuri, Shiraishi Mai, Hashimoto Nanami

In: Ito Marika, Saito Yuuri
Out: Nagashima Seira, Ito Nene

Announced during the 4/20 Handshake Event and then later on 'Nogizakatte Doko?', the 6th single line-up is revealed! Ikoma Rina, Ikuta Erika, and Hoshino Minami are no longer center of Nogizaka46 for their 6th single. Instead, the new centers are Matsumura Sayuri, Shiraishi Mai, and Hashimoto Nanami. The hachifukujin division of the line-up is somewhat consistent of popularity, while the back row there is some bias as well. Generally, the response to this line-up is positive because fans have been awaiting a new center; however, there are no new additions to the line-up which is disappointing considering there are 9 girls who still haven't been on it yet. With the 2nd generation group of members arriving soon, I don't think they will have a chance.. Instead of having new additions, Ito Marika and Saito Yuuri returns. 

Furthermore, Akimoto Manatsu and Hoshino Minami were left out of the hachifukujin and enters the back row. Minami has been in the back row before during Oide Shampoo era with Ikuta. Now that Ikuta is still part of the hachifukujin whereas Minami isn't, it could possibly foreshadow something in the future. Although Manatsu has been doing great on handshake events, she leaves hachifukujin also. Let's look foward to the new Nogizaka with a Maiyan center!



  2. Did I miss something?
    As far as I know, Ikoma had always been the center of NGZ46 not the Ace.
    I never understood why Ikoma got the center position over Mayian who has been the Ace since the beginning. I'm quite satisfied with that new formation.
    I'm sure that Hoshino will make her come-back she ought to be ngz46 face somedays.

  3. This new formation causing a lot of discussions everywhere.
    Some people believe that Maiyan aren't deserve the center position because she's already overexposed. But the others believe it is the best way to increase the popularity because she's the most popular Nogizaka46 member.
    Well it's interesting though. Let's see how it will turns out.