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IKOMA RINA AND HORI MIONA INTERVIEW FOR NATALIE MUSIC (NOV 2013)

shibuya-blues:

Hey guys, I had some free time today and remembered a cool interview I saw of Ikoma and Miona. I liked it so much I decided to translate it to put on my tumblr ^_^

I thought it was interesting and I learnt stuff about them I didn’t know like Miona dropping out of high school lol I took out some parts because it was promo about Barette, not really relevant to them. Anyways it’s a bit long but enjoy x

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─ Hori when did you first realise you were interested in the entertainment industry?

Hori Miona: I’ve always been interested in idols but i’d only ever done one audition before and my singing and dancing was really bad (laughs) [AN: Miona actually auditioned for AVEX pre-debut but failed]. Around that time, Nogizaka’s first generation had debuted so when I saw an announcement for the second generation auditions, I applied straight away.

─ Before you joined, what were your thoughts on Nogizaka46?

Hori: They have a classic ‘idol’ aura, it’s very refreshing. I loved them.

─ So, now you’re a member of a group that you liked originally…

Hori: Yes. It reminds me of the lyrics to ‘Seifuku no Mannequin’ where the members sing ‘if you don’t try taking one step forward, nothing will start’. Whilst listening to it I thought to myself ‘nothing will happen unless I take this chance’.

Ikoma Rina: Really? I’m glad!

─ It seems that as soon as you passed the audition for Nogizaka46 this Spring (2013), that you have left high school?

Hori: Yes. I intend to put my full effort into Nogizaka46. Of course, I won’t deny that studies are important but my feelings changed when I realised I would be moving away from Gifu and leaving my friends and family behind. I just don’t feel that studies are compatible with my situation right now.

─ And did your decision to quit go smoothly?

Hori: Yes, I decided it immediately without talking to the staff.

Ikoma: Wow.

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─ Well it’s a sign of how conscious you are of your situation and take it seriously

Ikoma: Yeah, it’s amazing. If it was me, my first thought would be ‘Why quit school? That’s such a waste’. But I understand her feelings and respect her decision.

─ Hori have you been having dancing and singing lessons? How are they?

Hori: It’s difficult but I’ve been practicing hard. I’ve been watching the choreography in videos and I write notes to take home with me.

Ikoma: Hori-chan has been learning the 7th single choreography as well as past singles. I think it would be difficult for some at the beginning because the songs all have very different tempos like ‘Tsuki no Ookisa’ and ‘Barette’. But she’s doing amazing just remembering all the choreography with us.

─ Ikoma what are your thoughts on the second generation members?

Ikoma: In the first generation we have members like Nakada Kana who really likes idols but most aren’t really into that and act very mature. When I see the second generation, there are many cute and child-like members that we don’t have in the first generation.

Hori: There is a lot of personality in second gen.

Ikoma: Yeah, the first generation are generally quiet. The second generation are very lively.

Hori: I’ve been hearing this a lot.

Ikoma: They are interesting. I’m really surprised by the second generation’s momentum.

Hori: I was surprised too.

─ Hori, I get a sense that you and Ikoma have become very close?

Ikoma: I think she’s very close with her generation, but with the first generation she’s still shy.

Hori: I guess…

Ikoma: But I think that will change when more second gen members join in and interact with us. When it comes to the first generation, our bonds are very strong. Maybe some members worried that their relationships would be broken.

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─ At your handshake event in August at Makuhari Messe, the second generation members were introduced and performed in front of 10,000 fans. Was this the first time you saw them perform live?

Ikoma: Yes it was the first time. Watching them perform to their utmost with lots of energy made me very happy. It reminded me of our first performance…

─ Hori, did you ever get used to the idea that you’re a Nogizaka member after watching them on television and listening to their songs?

Hori: It took a while to sink in until recently. I asked myself if I actually passed the audition…

─ That would be shocking if you didn’t pass but got to appear in handshakes and live performances (laughs)

Ikoma: Like a huge prank (laughs)

Hori: After passing, I was at home in Gifu for so long that I started to think to myself ‘am I really a Nogizaka member?’. The initial feeling was warm and fuzzy, but now everything is becoming more real and exciting as I get to perform more and more.

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─ By the way, what was your life like living in Gifu?

Hori: Pretty repetitive. I would just eat and sleep at home. Then do the same again (laughs).

Ikoma: Ahahahaha

─ I see (laughs). What about school?

Hori: I was only close with one or two people. We would play together. I was also made class president…

Ikoma: Hori-chan…

Hori: Yes

Ikoma: That’s awesome…

Hori: The thing is people have this impression of me because of how I look. I look quiet and serious but they didn’t know the real me. I became very unreliable over time (laughs). I would always think about going home to sleep.

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─ Did you ever fall asleep at school? (laughs)

Hori: Yes a lot (laughs)

─ Any hobbies?

Hori: My hobbies are eating and going to the hot springs.

─ Your life must have changed a lot after joining Nogizaka?

Hori: Yes. I have to get up really early in the morning now and my local friends back home are really excited when they see me and always ask what’s happening…

─ Ikoma did you think any second generation members would enter senbatsu for this single?

Ikoma: Honestly, yes. I had been wondering who the center of the second generation was. I actually expected it to be Miona.

─ Really?

Hori: Why?

Ikoma: Just by looking at her i thought she would be center of second gen.

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─ So, intuition?

Ikoma: Yeah, it was intuition. On that day, the second generation members came for the filming of ‘Nogizaka tte Doko?’, and I instantly thought a member of second gen would be chosen. Plus the number was increased from 16 to 17 members, yet the front row was changed from 3 members to 5. When they got to the last person, in the back of my mind I thought ‘yes it’s definitely Hori’.

─ Ikoma had the most refreshing smile during the announcement too…

Ikoma: I thought to myself, if I keep crying every senbatsu announcement, I would look pitiful to people. I would rather be kind to myself and not break down my confidence.

─ Is this mentality based on the Girl’s Rule senbatsu announcement?

Ikoma: Maybe. I probably shouldn’t say this but I may have become spoilt after being center for so long. But now I’m not, I’m relieved from the pressure I once had and feel a lot better now. I’m not center anymore, but it’s okay. It’s actually more fun.

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─ Hori when your name was called as center, how did you feel?

Hori: I was confused. I had no experience, special merits or skills but I was made center. I was already shocked when I passed the audition, but during the senbatsu announcement all I felt was panic.

─ Apparently you called out to her Ikoma?

Ikoma: For Hori-chan, at the time she must have been very nervous and scared around the first generation members, so I decided to give her some words of encouragement.

Hori: I was really grateful…

─ What do you want to become in the future Hori?

Hori: Well, I would like to be seen as a fun character. I would like to have an important role for the group and help strengthen it as well as becoming a stronger individual. I would like to experience new things and enjoy my time in Nogizaka. If you aren’t enjoying yourself, you can’t project that feeling when you are performing live or appearing on television. It becomes unnatural. So, in general, I just want to be happy.

Ikoma: That was amazing, Hocchan. I’m so impressed! Really, Hocchan is very interesting. She came out with an instant answer…

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─ With that said, do you think you have a chance at being Nogizaka’s sole center?

Hori: It’s too early to tell, I still have mixed feelings about being center now, but from this experience, I think it would be better for me to build up my self-confidence slowly.

─By listening to the two of you and your conversations today, I wonder if Hori becoming a senbatsu member has benefited Ikoma?

Ikoma: Yes, it’s definitely a plus. At first, I was confused. I was like “wow! a second gen member has come” but now I think, ‘Hocchan is great!’ when I see her. I felt like this talking with her today too.

Hori: I’m glad!

─It looks like Hori has now joined the first generation members, but isn’t standing on the same battlefield as them?

Ikoma: She’ll make us all collapse like in the Tsuki no Ookisa PV~

Hori: *evil laughs* Yes!

Ikoma: Now or Never!

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Very nice interview! People, you should read it!

sidhme:

Preparations for Sakura’s seitansai and two after shots…

kongruppi:

Hi everyone! The Google+ Headquarters for Supporting Haruppi has just finished creating its own website: “Vote for Haruppi”http://www.haruppi.jp/
This website offers a “vote agency service” through which Haruppi fans overseas can buy votes for Haruppi without buying the AKB48 CD “Labrador Retriever”. - One vote card is 1110 yen. - Payments are accepted through Paypal, between April 12, 2014 and April 26, 2014.
This should be cheaper than buying the CDs and having them shipped to your house. Specific instructions are on the website. If you have any questions, or would like to use the vote agency service, please ask through the “Request form” on the website.
As of now, the website is in four languages besides Japanese: - English: http://www.haruppi.jp/en/ - Chinese (simplified characters, Mainland China): 中国語(簡体字 大陸):http://www.haruppi.jp/zh/ - Chinese (traditional characters, Hong Kong, Taiwan): 中国語(繁体字 香港・台湾):http://www.haruppi.jp/zh-TW/ - Korean http://www.haruppi.jp/ko/
Please advertise this to Haruppi fans overseas as much as you can!

kongruppi:

Hi everyone! The Google+ Headquarters for Supporting Haruppi has just finished creating its own website: “Vote for Haruppi”

http://www.haruppi.jp/

This website offers a “vote agency service” through which Haruppi fans overseas can buy votes for Haruppi without buying the AKB48 CD “Labrador Retriever”.
- One vote card is 1110 yen.
- Payments are accepted through Paypal, between April 12, 2014 and April 26, 2014.

This should be cheaper than buying the CDs and having them shipped to your house. Specific instructions are on the website. If you have any questions, or would like to use the vote agency service, please ask through the “Request form” on the website.

As of now, the website is in four languages besides Japanese:
- English: http://www.haruppi.jp/en/
- Chinese (simplified characters, Mainland China): 中国語(簡体字 大陸):http://www.haruppi.jp/zh/
- Chinese (traditional characters, Hong Kong, Taiwan): 中国語(繁体字 香港・台湾):http://www.haruppi.jp/zh-TW/
- Korean http://www.haruppi.jp/ko/

Please advertise this to Haruppi fans overseas as much as you can!

mrmarikko:

Takamina: I registered last minute so I haven’t really talked about this anywhere but… I’d like to go higher than #7.

 The leader has spoken!!! TAKA Army are you ready!!!!!!!

Vote For Takahashi Minami in this Sousenkyo 2014 !

oh really well done! Deserve a reblogg

48ocean

NMB singles dischography 2011-now

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jurinaoshi:

yukooshi-ma:

Q. I live abroad [outside of Japan], so I can’t register my address. 
So am I unable to register for an AKB48 Group ID in the AKB48 Group Ticket Centre?
A.Currently over-seas residents cannot register for an AKB48 Group ID on the main site.
However we are preparing a special site for over-seas fans so you will be able to register for an AKB48 Group ID.
Until then, the following Q&A has about how to use Super Enpou 
————————————————
Just read this on the official ticket site. The other section about applying for Super Enpou tickets is the same as its been for ages, you have to send an email (only ONE email its quite specific about that) stating the length of your stay in Japan, name, country you come from and the the two preferred teams you’d wish to see, then you wait…forever since apparently no one gets tickets anyomore
all in all its a lot of messing about so hopefully the new site will be an improvement (this was my main point)
[AKB48 Group Ticket Centre Q&A]

Please do not worry. We are now working on services for international fans, such as the ticket centre, Super Enpou seats, Handshake events and more. 
Please bare with us, I will personally make sure to get it done. 

Yeah, do improve paperwork about stage performance, handshake and website idea when i come back from Japan. You bastard.

jurinaoshi:

yukooshi-ma:

Q. I live abroad [outside of Japan], so I can’t register my address. 

So am I unable to register for an AKB48 Group ID in the AKB48 Group Ticket Centre?

A.Currently over-seas residents cannot register for an AKB48 Group ID on the main site.

However we are preparing a special site for over-seas fans so you will be able to register for an AKB48 Group ID.

Until then, the following Q&A has about how to use Super Enpou 

————————————————

Just read this on the official ticket site. The other section about applying for Super Enpou tickets is the same as its been for ages, you have to send an email (only ONE email its quite specific about that) stating the length of your stay in Japan, name, country you come from and the the two preferred teams you’d wish to see, then you wait…forever since apparently no one gets tickets anyomore

all in all its a lot of messing about so hopefully the new site will be an improvement (this was my main point)

[AKB48 Group Ticket Centre Q&A]

Please do not worry. We are now working on services for international fans, such as the ticket centre, Super Enpou seats, Handshake events and more. 

Please bare with us, I will personally make sure to get it done. 

Yeah, do improve paperwork about stage performance, handshake and website idea when i come back from Japan. You bastard.

( 51 ) 4 days ago - Reblog  #AKB48

「橋本環奈」+「WYM」(2014 No.20)

Wow. Is it 1000-years idol?? Hashimoto Kanna

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LOOOOOOOOOOOOOL MAYU

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( 402 ) 5 days ago - Reblog  #AKB48  #watanabe mayu  #mayuyu  #lol

shibuya-blues:

oshimen propoganda 1/16 | SNH48 Team NII Ju Jingyi

Nicknames: Little Ju, Kiku, Xiao Ju Ling
Date of Birth: 18th June 1995 (18)
Hometown: Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China

Trivia
- Jingyi was a model prior to joining SNH48 
- She can play the Piano and Violin plus she is trained in Ballet and Jazz Dance
- She is considered the best singer in the second generation as well as their ‘ace’
-Garnered attention from Japanese wotas after her rendition of 'Yokaze no Shiwaza'
-Was also branded the 'Chinese Maiyan' by some Japanese wotas for having similar features to Shiraishi Mai

Why I love her:
Jingyi is beautiful and has this elegant classy look, but she likes to fool around. She’s quiet and tends to not say much but will always speak up when she feels she needs to. She’s very passionate about performing and I can sense her drive. I watched a BTS clip of Team NII getting ready to perform their version of Koisuru Fortune Cookie (the easiest dance on the planet). While other girls were on their phones or just chilling, she was still practising the moves over and over seriously. And even though she’s barely 5 feet tall, she’s bursting with talent and I hope she can become SNH48’s center and bring them to success. If not she would make a great soloist…

nice. You got me interested

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shibuya-blues:

Nogizaka46’s 8th Single ‘Kidzuitara Kataomoi’ sold 387,122 copies on its first day!
This is a 39878 increase from their last single ‘Barette’. It also gives them the second best first day sales out of all 48 groups. 
Congratulations!


Can the 48 group REALIZE that Nogizaka is a rival group that shouldn’t be underestimated?? Can you open your eyes?? THey beat SKE and HKT finger in the nose, and almost NMB!!
I want Nogizaka to make the 48world trumble….

shibuya-blues:

Nogizaka46’s 8th Single ‘Kidzuitara Kataomoi’ sold 387,122 copies on its first day!

This is a 39878 increase from their last single ‘Barette’. It also gives them the second best first day sales out of all 48 groups. 

Congratulations!

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Can the 48 group REALIZE that Nogizaka is a rival group that shouldn’t be underestimated?? Can you open your eyes?? THey beat SKE and HKT finger in the nose, and almost NMB!!

I want Nogizaka to make the 48world trumble….