Monday, May 11, 2015

Nogizaka46's 12th Single Senbatsu revealed!

Nogizaka46's 12th Single Senbatsu election was announced on the May 11th in TV Tokyo's Nogizaka46 new show, Nogizaka Under Construction or "Nogizaka KojiChuu". The single is currently untitled, and according to the official website will be released on July 22nd, 2015.

Previously, Nishino Nanase served as Nogizaka46's center for the 11th single, "Inochi wa Utsukushii", whom she's returning to become the center for the 3rd times as in the previous, for the 8th single "Kizuitara Kataomoi" and the 9th single "Natsu no Free&Easy". For this 12th single, it still consists of 18 members and 10 "Jyuu-Fukujin" members as same as in the last single. The formations are 8-5-5 line-up with the two five-membered rows being part of the Jyuu-Fukujin.

The members includes:

(8) Matsumura Sayuri, Saito Yuuri, Hoshino Minami, Saito Asuka, Ito Marika, Inoue Sayuri, Shinuchi Mai, Eto Misa

(5) Takayama Kazumi, Wakatsuki Yumi, Sakurai Reika, Manatsu Akimoto, Fukagawa Mai

(5) Shiraishi Mai, Nishino Nanase, Ikoma Rina, Ikuta Erika, Hashimoto Nanami

For the 12th Single, Nogizaka46 has appointed Ikoma Rina (19) as their new center. Ikoma, whom returned in becoming the center for the 6th times after have become center, in five consecutive Nogizaka46's first 5 singles and the last single in which Ikoma centered was the 5th single "Kimi no na wa Kibou" back in 2013, and now she will be making a comeback to the center position for this 12th single. In the previous single which Nanase was the center, Nogizaka46 is breaking the record of obtaining 10 consecutive #1 singles as the fastest for a female group within 3 years and 1 month. In addition, their 11th single "Inochi wa Utsukushii" is their first single to sell over 500,000 copies within the first selling week.

Ikoma Rina, whom her concurrent position - kennin in AKB48 has just been canceled and ranked #14 in AKB48's 6th Senbatsu Sousenkyou while she was there, saying that she want to make use of her experience in AKB, and expressed herself that she have only been center for singles where Nogizaka's fame was growing, so she'll learn from the other center experienced members, she was also said that she will work hard for a spot of Nogizaka46 to be in Kouhaku this year.

In addition, Matsui Rena who held her kennin position in the group has officially been canceled, marked 3 Nogizaka46's singles she's ever participated in, all be part of Jyuu-Fukujin. Shinuchi Mai enters as the first-timer to be in senbatsu, making her the 4th 2nd gen member to be included in Nogizaka46 single's senbatsu. Meanwhile, Hori Miona dropped out of senbatsu for the first time since she centered the 7th single "Barrette", as well as Sagara Iori from the previous single making Shinuchi the only 2nd gen member in this 12th single. Securing one Jyuu-Fukujin spot Ikoma left to be the center, Takayama Kazumi made it through, while Saito Yuuri and Inoue Sayuri make it way back to senbatsu.

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