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11:01 am - 01/16/2012

True rival of AKB48 set for new Meiji CM + their version of Aitakatta!

On January 12th, AKB48’s “official rival”, Nogizaka46, attended a press conference for the new “Meiji Tezukari Chocolate” CM, where they performed their debut song “Guru Guru Curtain” for the first time.

Member Ikoma Rina, who gained the ‘center’ position in the CM, commented, “I can’t believe we were able to appear in a widely known CM even before our debut. It feels like Christmas, New Year’s Day, my birthday and Valentine’s Day all came at once!”

The CM is titled “Curtain Watashi”, and features 16 chosen members from Nogizaka46. The girls are seen exchanging “Tomo-Choco” or ‘friendship choco’ in a classroom while “Guru Guru Curtain” plays in the background. (In Japan, many girls exchange chocolates with their female friends on Valentine’s Day.)

Member Nakada Kana happily revealed that it was a personal delight for her to work with Meiji. “It was my dream to work at Meiji’s development lab for confectioneries. I’m happy to be able to be involved with Meiji in this way.”

When asked about their “rivals” AKB48, fellow member Sakurai Reika said, “They are more like a goal we want to surpass, and are also the mental pabulum for us to work hard on our lessons. Someday, I hope we can be their rivals.”

Below are the “Meiji Tezukuri Chocholate Senbatsu members”:

- Shiraishi Mai
- Nakada Kana
- Takayama Kazumi
- Ikoma Rina
- Ichiki Rena
- Sakurai Reika
- Ikuta Erika
- Iwase Yumiko
- Eto Misa
- Hoshino Minami
- Ando Mikumo
- Saito Asuka
- Saito Yuuri
- Yamato Rina
- Fukagawa Mai
- Miyazawa Seira

Nogizaka46's Aitakatta!


we need new tag for this group
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kozumifan 16th-Jan-2012 03:32 am (UTC)
!!!!! they are so qt!
mailnosecret 16th-Jan-2012 03:36 am (UTC)
omg i love their unifooooorms ;w;
taylorniw 16th-Jan-2012 03:37 am (UTC)
If you're going to make them rivals, at least make them different than the original.
ma_i_do_a_ri 16th-Jan-2012 03:46 am (UTC)
then what exactly are they rivals for?
xfirekites 16th-Jan-2012 03:40 am (UTC)
AKB's version is so much better.
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convenience93 16th-Jan-2012 03:41 am (UTC)
I like this version!!! It's so refreshing. I like the original too but this is EPIC as well.
wow they got my interest already 8D
maclou 16th-Jan-2012 03:42 am (UTC)
The costumes for Guru Guru Curtain are weird but the song is ok. I wish they were more fierce like "RWAR WE'RE COMING TO GET YOU AKB48" XD; But I guess that wasn't happening. I like Ikoma Rina...
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funkaliciousss 16th-Jan-2012 03:45 am (UTC)
will never understand the point of this.
liime_arix 16th-Jan-2012 03:51 am (UTC)
So AKS can have the rights for the lost stages back?
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eishastan 16th-Jan-2012 03:51 am (UTC)
I kinda like the song, and the girl at 0:26 in the cm is cute, does anyone know who she is?
singlouder 16th-Jan-2012 04:33 am (UTC)
I'm not positive, but I think she /might/ be Shiraishi Mai?
kanokobunny 16th-Jan-2012 04:03 am (UTC)
Guruguru Curtain is nogizaka's ver. of Skirt, Hirari.
taylorniw 16th-Jan-2012 04:15 am (UTC)
anyway, I think I'm going to stan them for now because even though they can't sing, they aren't filled with busted faces and their aitakatta was cool. I'll overlook that they're going to use the boring and ever-fetishized (I don't mean it in a sexual way so no response necessary) schoolgirl concept.
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yuki_yang 16th-Jan-2012 04:19 am (UTC)
I was all excited when I heard Acchan has a rival.
But..uh...Acchan's rival is so...basic and...not even pretty or cute.
I expected more, Aki P.

Itano's rival, at least, is very pretty.
taylorniw 16th-Jan-2012 04:19 am (UTC)
Maeda's pretty basic herself, tbh.
kuumin 16th-Jan-2012 04:21 am (UTC)
dont like the center but will probably end up stanning them anyways
visionfactory1 16th-Jan-2012 04:27 am (UTC)
They don't really look like rivals... I mean what they have that AKB doesn't?
kanokobunny 16th-Jan-2012 05:11 am (UTC)
Nothing. "Rival" is a word to catch people's attention; Nogizaka is just another excuse for Aki-p to milk AKB wotas' wallets.
siha 16th-Jan-2012 04:28 am (UTC)
keeping my eyes on them~
i like both their debut song and their version of aitakatta
song_jihyuk 16th-Jan-2012 05:01 am (UTC)
i like the center and the song
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