October 8, 2012
On the October 8th episode of ‘Nogizaka tte Doko?‘, the senbatsu members for Nogizaka46’s 4th single were revealed.
For their upcoming single, 3 members will be in the front line, 5 in the middle, and 8 in the back. Ikoma Rina will take center, and Ikuta Erika and Hoshino Minami will be at her sides.
The middle line will consist of captain Sakurai Reika, Hashimoto Nanami, Shiraishi Mai, Matsumura Sayuri, and Akimoto Manatsu, who had put a halt to her activities after passing the audition in August of last year. Akimoto will officially start her activities as a member of Nogizaka46 with this single.
Finally, Noujou Ami, Saito Asuka, Wakatsuki Yumi, Inoue Sayuri, Fukugawa Mai, Ichiki Rena, Nishino Nanase, and Takayama Kazumi will be in the back row. This will be Noujou and Saito’s first time being a part of the senbatsu since the group’s debut single, “Guru Guru Curtain“.
Until their previous single, the 7 members who stood at the front of their formation was called “Shichifukujin” by media outlets. For this single, the 8 members in the two front rows, which include Ikuta, Ikoma, Hoshino, Sakurai, Hashimoto, Shiraishi, Matsumura, and Akimoto have been named “Hachifukujin“.
Nogizaka46 will release their 4th single sometime this winter.
<4th Single Senbatsu Members>
Ikuta Erika / Ikoma Rina / Hoshino Minami / Sakurai Reika / Hashimoto Nanami / Shiraishi Mai / Matsumura Sayuri / Akimoto Manatsu / Noujou Ami / Saito Asuka / Wakatsuki Yumi / Inoue Sayuri / Fukugawa Mai / Ichiki Rena / Nishino Nanase / Takayama Kazumi
Ikuta Erika / Ikoma Rina / Hoshino Minami / Sakurai Reika / Hashimoto Nanami / Shiraishi Mai / Matsumura Sayuri / Akimoto Manatsu
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