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NMB48 Offered a Spot on Kouhaku! Everyone “Took the top!”
The sister group of AKB48 based in Namba, Osaka known as NMB48, has been offered an appearance on the 64th NHK Kouhaku Utagassen on New Year’s Eve today on November 18. Continuing with AKB and SKE, NMB is the third group to make a solo appearance. This year they performed under the slogan of having their own solo appearance on Kouhaku, and thus have made it true to their word. Singer-Songwriter Miwa (23 years old) has also been confirmed.
For the group that has set their sights on appearing on Kouhaku, their ticket has been punched to appear on the stage of their wildest dreams.
Last year, the sister group SKE had their solo appearance. NMB was filled with a lot of regret and accordingly this year they aimed to appear on Kouhaku. In January, they released their first album “Teppen Tottande!” in January. The front cover of the album featured NHK Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo, the site of Kouhaku, and energetically offered us the words “Take the top!” in Osaka dialect.
Then, in June, they had their East Japan tour in June. There, on that same stage, Team N Captain Yamamoto Sayaka promised to her fans, “We shall return to this stage, running with all of our might!” on a show that was broadcast on the NHK-BS Premium channel.
They didn’t just have passion, but they also had results. For the first half of the year, Teppen Tottande! held the number one spot on Oricon. From last year’s single “Virginity” to their latest song “Kamonegix,” they have 4 straight singles that entered the number one ranking.
Also appearing on Kouhaku for the first time is miwa. After making her major debut in 2010, she had a string of hits with songs like “Hikari e” and had musical tours with her acoustic guitar and was able to show her ability. In this 4th year (March of this year), she had a successful performance at Nippon Budoukan and gained attention for her amazing ability. She continues to raise the bar on New Year’s Eve with this performance.
I’m actually somewhat mixed. I’m pretty happy just because it’ll get them some attention. I had this conversation many times with friends in Japan.
“Oh, you’re into idols, right?”
“Actually, I’m more into NMB48.”
“What’s that? What’s NMB?”
“Oh, it’s in Osaka…”
So it’s good to see them finally getting out there and possibly enter the vernacular of regular Japanese people. Maybe I won’t have to be embarrassed all the time for liking idols!
The reason why I’m not too thrilled is because it doesn’t seem like they did much that really differed from previous years. They went on tour and made a movie, which is kinda cool. But I don’t feel like they were that much better than before. They certainly did not make up any ground between them and any of the 48 groups, and it feels more like it’s Yoshimoto’s money talking than it is getting there through talent or popularity.
I wanted them not to make it this year just so that they have to try even harder, pushing themselves to do new and creative things, improving on their variety, and so on. I’m somewhat concerned that this is all that it takes to achieve their goal. Perhaps the goal isn’t lofty enough anyway, and they’ll set even more goals in the future, and I’m just being a downer.
Still, I have to say, it’s always great when you fulfill one of your dreams! We made it, guys!
I’m also hype that miwa is on there. Some of her music is great, particularly “Hikari e”. Lately I’ve been liking her ballad version of “Delight,” and she also performed a lot with MomoKuro and they have a lot of great collaborations.