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  • NMB48's Yoshida Akari to resume her activities

    January 25, 2012 @ 6:05 pm

    On January 24th, NMB48 announced that suspended member Yoshida Akari would be allowed to return to the group. As we reported earlier, Yoshida personally requested to return to the group, and the agency decided to hold a fan vote to help determine her comeback. Results showed that the majority was in favor of Yoshida's return and she will officially resume her lessons to participate in the group's activities starting mid-February. Yoshid

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  • NMB48's Shirogumi reveals short PV for "Doryoku no Shizuku"

    January 22, 2012 @ 7:17 pm

    NMB48's sub-unit, Shirogumi, has revealed their short PV for "Doryoku no Shizuku"! This medium-tempo pop song comes with a video that carries lush imagery. The girls seem like they're meant to embody the spirit of perseverance, and the scenes convey the message that even when you're feeling alone, keep holding on. Shirogumi's "Doryoku no Shizuku" will be included in the 'Type A' and 'Theater' versions of NMB48's upcoming single, 'Junjou

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  • Okada Risako to graduate from NMB48

    January 19, 2012 @ 10:12 pm

    On January 19th, NMB48 second generation member Okada Risako updated her official blog stating that she will be graduating from the group. Okada wrote, "When I entered NMB48, I was determined to manage both work and school. When I was chosen as a member, lessons started and I got to participate in performances and handshake events." She continued, "I got to meet everyone at events, and I got to work with the members I love. Everyday was

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  • Check out the full PV for NMB48's "Junjou U-19"

    January 19, 2012 @ 3:46 pm

    Earlier, tokyohive revealed the short PV for NMB48's upcoming single, 'Junjou U-19'. The full version of the video has just been released, and its production is top-notch. This fun PV is set in a glitzy circus, and the NMB48 girls fit right in with the tumblers, magicians, and clowns. A lot of idol PVs tend to go a little overboard with their gimmicks, but NMB48's "Junjou U-19" managed to blend just the right amount of quirk without losing

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  • NMB48 Yoshida Akari's return to be determined by fan votes

    January 16, 2012 @ 6:55 am

    NMB48 has announced that they will be holding a fan voting to determine the return of member Yoshida Akari. Back in September, Yoshida suspended her NMB48 activities due to personal insecurities. According to related sources, Yoshida had personally requested, "If possible, I want to return to NMB48." As such, the company decided to enlist fans to help determine her comeback. If fans vote in favor of Yoshida's return, she will resume her

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  • NMB48's Yamamoto Sayaka challenges her first solo

    January 15, 2012 @ 11:49 pm

    On January 15th, NMB48 announced that captain Yamamoto Sayaka will be making her "solo debut" with their third single, "Junjou U-19". As we reported earlier, the single will be available in four different versions: Type A (CD+DVD), Type B (CD+DVD), Type C (CD+DVD), and 'Theatre' (CD-only). Yamamoto's solo song, "Jungle Gym" will be included in the 'Theatre' edition of the single. "Jungle Gym" was written by AKB48 mastermind Akimoto Yasu

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  • NMB48 reveals their short PV for their third single, "Junjou U-19"

    January 11, 2012 @ 8:45 pm

    On January 11th, AKB48's sibling group NMB48 released the short version of their PV for their upcoming single "Junjou U-19" through their their official YouTube channel. The single is scheduled for release on February 8th. Surrounded by colorful rays of light, this dance shot version of this PV features the girls in golden outfits along with this upbeat music. Check out this 1-minute video below! Tip: joe.oppa

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  • NMB48's Shimada Rena chosen as the captain of the 2nd generation

    January 3, 2012 @ 11:18 pm

    On January 3rd, it was announced that NMB48 member Shimada Rena (18) was chosen as the captain of the 2nd generation. The surprise announcement was made through a letter from Akimoto Yasushi during "the New Year special stage" held at NMB48 theater.  Though Shimada couldn't hide her astonishment from this sudden nomination, she gladly accepted this new role.  She stated to the audience, "Since I want to repay my obligations to NMB48, I will tr

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  • NMB48 reveals tracklist + jacket covers for "Junjou U-19"

    January 3, 2012 @ 12:01 pm

    Idol group NMB48 have finally revealed their jacket covers and tracklist for their upcoming 3rd single, "Junjou U-19"! On January 2nd, NMB48's official website posted an update with the tracklist info as well as all four album covers. As reported previously, "Junjou U-19" will be available in four editions: Type A (CD+DVD), Type B (CD+DVD), Type C (CD+DVD), and 'Theatre' (CD-only). The single is scheduled to hit stores on February 8th.

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  • 210 members of AKB family to perform special medley on 'Kohaku'

    December 30, 2011 @ 3:27 am

    On December 29th, AKB48 took part in the rehearsals for the "62nd Kohaku Uta Gassen" at Shibuya's NHK Hall. Last year, 130 members from AKB48, SKE48, and NMB48 took the stage. This year, the family upped the ante by sending a record 210 members! AKB48, SKE48, and NMB48 will return to the spotlight, along with HKT48, JKT48, and SDN48. Member Maeda Atsuko commented, "I think we're going to exceed 300 members next year," while Oshima Yuko

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