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[GENERAL] The NGT48 Thread

Discussion in 'General NGT48 Discussion' started by ForrestFuller, Jan 25, 2015.

  1. Cisalpine88

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    Someone called?

    Nah, considering that Cocoichi had a long history of collaborations with 48 groups, starting with NMB, and continuing with HKT, SKE and more recently (not longer than a few months ago, in fact) even with a group with a much minor pull such as STU, the fact they would've suddenly skipped NGT in favor of what is just an appendage of Keyakizaka isn't all that normal and kinda suspicious, in fact.
    And before anyone wishes to dowplay NGT as a potential business partner for big firms to team up with, let me point out that it turns out that since the group formation, NGT has collaborated with about 30 local companies and government agencies alone.

    Regardless of whether Nakai was a negative factor in this decision or not, because of that tweet from back in September, a problem still remains: You have to seriously be retarded in the skull to call a company directly by their name while you make up a ~funny~ story on Twitter, about how "bad" their service was to dare charging you an extra delivery fee after you didn't come to pick up their shit the first time (for fuck's sake, anywhere I look at, people with a hint of intelligence at least write "某...", "this certain..." in case they really need to speak out about a company, and I say really). Whoever in the management is answerable for Nakai's actions has to be equally retarded in the skull to let that post stay there in public view. And in turn both of them have to be retarded in the skull not to realize that said company wouldn't be willing to have any business with you after you have publicly attempted to paint them in a negative light for the ~epic lulz~ of it. This is, after all, nothing but Common Sense 101 and Business 101.

    Of course, shit such as this is done for no purpose except starting some little shitstorm for cheap attention, coming from someone too idiotically maladjusted to be able to handle even ordinary things with any kind of tact or judgement (the only claim to fame of Nakai at this point beyond that dud of a scandal -- and the only thing going for her, which wouldn't have been as bad if only she would have also been made responsible for the consequences of her actions sometimes, instead of being free to act like a yellow-bellied coward of the lowest grade while everyone else had to do damage control on her behalf, another sign of cowardice. Girl had already been given too much leeway for what was essentially a little bit of novelty camwhoring, and should have just stuck to it.).
    Too bad for her that at the time the only thing she succeeded in was becoming a laughing stock on the Internet as it usually happens -- first for not having the basic understanding of how commission fees work in this world, secondly for being absolute shit at expressing herself (a favorite passage of that net article: "Her usage of Japanese is incomprehensible. But since there's the slight possibility she might be a foreigner or a girl raised abroad who just returned back in Japan, it would be cruel of us to blame her in this regard")

    The only thing I'm thankful for at this point is that the local NGT management wised up quickly enough, as it can be seen in the promotion of the 4th single, where she was quietly removed in favor of a more appropriate lineup of members like Katomina, Ogiyuka, Hinatan, Maho, and Miharu, for the round of media interviews.
    Yuck. Publicity from her is the least thing we all need.

    @Arinko Depends, actually. Taimuzu used to be much worse in the past, in the sense it was pretty much the only matome to hold contempt for NGT but at the same time praising (or white-knighting) Nakai up to an embarrassing degree. Things changed after the scandal where the situation pretty much reversed.
     
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  2. Arinko

    Arinko Kenkyuusei Stage48 Donor

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    Well those that tries to praise NGT48 get told to move it to the NGT48 Matome and/or then adds Nakai into the thread which has nothing to do with her since she is never around at NGT48. Like the one talking about Takakura Moeka.... what does 'Nakai being at fault' have to do with Moeka's popularity?

    Cocoichi .... I think I MAYBE only saw 1 store near the Niigata station while I was in Niigata for 10 + 4 days. It was quite quiet the few times I passed by. Could have been more branches, but I didn't notice. With the food available in Niigata, every other store around it looked a lot more inviting.
     
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  3. Arinko

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    Koko Dake November 2018
    NGT48 X JR
    2nd Gen reveal performance.
     
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  4. Cisalpine88

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  5. ForrestFuller

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    The NGT48 Girls that will be taking part in AKB48G Singing Contest
    https://twitter.com/AKB48G_singer/status/1060869368660209665
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    • Team NIII: Ogino Yuka, Anju Sato, Seiji Reina, Nishigata Marina, Yamada Noe
    • Team G: Oguma Tsugumi, Sugahara Riko, Nakamura Ayuka, Hasegawa Rena
    • KKS: Takahashi Nanami, Ogoe Haruka, Kawagoe Saya, Hagiri Runa, Mashimo Kaho, Mimura Hino, Yamazaki Mirii
     
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  7. antares

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    I am waiting for a translated news about NGT’s 2nd bowling festival :^^;:
    From my understanding, Maho, Mofu, Otsuka got 1st, 2nd, and 3rd?
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  8. Cisalpine88

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    The official Twitter account hasn't even got around to posting the results of the tournament yet, I mean... :whistle:

    Actually, that photo of Maho that you posted was from the previous bowling tournament (the date on the trophy should make it clear), where she came in 3rd. She actually went on posting that and many others on SNS before the beginning of the games as a sign of encouragement.

    The first place this time went to Mimura Hino. No photos yet of her holding the trophy to complete the lineup, but I see Mofu shared on Twitter this little video of her on the moment she was announced as winner.
    https://twitter.com/mofu_idoll_/status/1064524502325854208
     
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  9. antares

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    I see. Thank you :chuffed:
    So only Mofu (or her fans) are consistent in bowling.
     
  10. Arinko

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  11. Arinko

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    I thought I might share here my NGT48 Theatre experience and getting tickets for NGT48 performances.

    The staff speak minimal English but are more than happy to help you and will guide you through the process at the Theatre. They do use Google Translate too.

    Getting tickets....
    1. Make an account at https://global-ticket.akb48-group.com/en/home/top.php
    2. Use a Japanese address and say you are resident (Reason: NGT48 has no allocation for foreign/International customers which will automatically block you from applying for any tickets)
    3. You can still put your passport as ID (I had no problem using my passport as proof of ID... so as long it is the same on as in your account when at the Theatre)
    4. If you put a Tokyo address, you can apply 'For Outsiders' tickets.
    4a. If you are female, you will have the option to apply for 'For ladies and kids' tickets.
    4b. Applications for 'For General People' tickets normally opens a few days before the performance. It is the last slot to open.
    5. You can put a credit card like AMEX to pay to the ticket if you win any of the slots. You can still pay Cash at the Theatre if you don't have AMEX or a Japanese credit card.

    Performance Day
    1. If you win a ticket directly, you will have to line up in front of the Theatre gate if you are there 2 to 1.5 hours before the performance.
    1a. Have your winning barcode on your mobile to show to the staff (not a screenshot!)
    1b. If you come like an hour before performance, and the outside line is no longer there, just show the staff at the gate your barcode and you can walk right in.
    2. If you are on a standby waiting list, 45 minutes before the start of the performance, go to the staircase (next to where the washroom is located) on the 4th floor, go wait in line there according to your standby number (they will have number ranges pasted on the wall).
    2a. Staff will come to count the number of people turned up on standby and everyone will then fall in and form a queue but still according to your standby number rank. Two staff may come around with paper cups and big bottles of a Pokka drink and Water if the waiting time is taking too long.
    2b. If some ticket winners don't turn up, the front of the queue will get allocated those ticket winners' spots.
    2c. If there still standing spots, you will get allocated a spot according to your place in the queue.
    2d. If and when you get allocated a spot to get in, have your barcode on your mobile ready.
    2e. Standby spot allocation will require cash payments for the ticket.
    3. So you got in (either point 1 or 2), you will be given a small white basket for your wallets and coins (clear your pockets for inspection).
    3a. You will be given a big plastic bag to put your backpack if you have one so that stuff don't fall out of side pockets and go missing when in the cloakroom.
    3b. Umbrellas and backpacks/shopping bags need to be put into the cloakroom. There is a charge of 300 yen if I am not wrong.
    4. You can bring in the NGT48 Uchiwa (fans), NGT48 lightsticks (penlights), keys, harmless pocket junk and your wallet (so they go into the white basket for inspection).
    5. When you get to Information counter, you show your barcode to be scanned, show your ID and pay in cash for the tickets (if not already paid by credit card).
    6. You will get an invisible stamp on the back of your right hand after you pay.
    7. Pass the stuff you cannot bring into the theatre for the cloakroom here, pay the cloakroom charge and get a tag number.
    8. Refresh your barcode page to show that you have been allocated an actual 'spot/seat' number.
    9. Follow the line to have the staff scan the barcode and check for the stamp that shows up under ultraviolet light.
    10. You will need to go through an 'airport' style security.
    10a. Pass your white basket for the staff to check
    10b. A uniformed security personnel will check you with metal detector wand.
    11. You get the basket back and you walk into the theatre.
    12. Just before the performance starts, you get the chance to return the empty white basket to the staff after you have taken everything back.

    Watching the performance in the lobby via the monitor screens
    If you are in the standby waiting list and it so happened that you missed the cut off to get a standing spot in the theatre, you will be allowed to go into the lobby to watch the performance via the monitors.
    or
    If you didn't win any tickets or standby or didn't even try at all, just turn up at the gate, and if there are not a lot of people, you might be able to get in to watch the performance in the lobby. Just ask the staff at the gate.

    During a seitansai performance, a benefit of watching the performance in the lobby even if you can't get to watch it in the theatre is, you get to buy the photo set with the piece of message from the member whose seitansai is for. That is not included if you come buy the photo set later.

    You don't have to pay to watch in the lobby, I think.

    After the performance
    1. You get to do a wave pass the members before you leave the theatre.
    1a. If you haven't returned the white basket at this point, you pass it to the staff who is collecting it just before you reach the stage to wave pass.
    2. Go join the line collect your stuff from the cloakroom.
    3. Go join the NGT48 Shop line to buy any merchandise and pay for any photo/photosets.
    4. If you paid for any photos, go collect at the Information Counter on your way out.
    5. Return the big plastic bag for your backpack into the bin near the exit.
    6. Fill in any Sentansai message cards set up by committee members of up coming seitansai
    7. If you went for the 18:30 performance, LoveLa2 would be closed by the time you get out, so you will be going out via the stairwell where the standby group lined up.


    NOTE:
    The NGT48 Shop does not open everyday.


    The NGT48 Shop will normally open to the general public on performance days from 12pm to 3pm and close before the performance (It is exceptionally busy on seitansai performance days for the obvious reasons). The queue can end up outside the gate on these days.

    Eg. Gatanee's seitansai muffler sold out before the end of the day. So fans that missed out only other option was to wait for the muffler to be available online the next day on the AKB48 Shop and before it sold out online, if they had wanted the muffler.

    I know because I was there during the General Public sales period on Gatanee's seitansai day and I didn't win a ticket or get on the standby list for the performance. I bought other goods.

    The shop does reopen for Ticket winners just before the performance and right after the performance.
    Monitor Viewers in the Lobby are given the opportunity to purchase stuff in the 1st 30 minutes at the start of the performance and also after the performance.

    There are days the Shop will open on non performance days and the opening hours are longer.

    Easier to check the NGT48 Schedule Blog http://ngt48schedule.blog.jp/

    Example: Today's schedule - Riko's Seitansai
    (Google Translated)
    ● ① 12: 00 ~ 15: 00, ② 16: 30 ~ 17: 30, ③ 18: 30 ~ 19: 00, ④ After the night performance concert ~ 30 minutes
    NGT 48 Theater Goods Sales Booth
    New item sales
    https://ngt48.com/news/detail/100002931
    ■ "NGT 48 birth memorial T-shirt · Raw photo set Riko Sugawara" 3,100 yen (tax included)
    ■ "NGT 48 birth memorial muffler towel November 2018 Sugawara Riko" 2,100 yen (tax included)
    ※ The sale in the time zone of ② is only the performance winner of the day.
    ※ The sale in the time zones ③ and ④ is only for the performance winner of the day and those who are watching the monitor

    ● 12: 00 - 15: 00
    NGT 48 Theater lobby general opening & goods sale

    ● ⑤ 16: 30 ~ 17: 30, ⑥ 18: 30 ~ 19: 00, ⑦ After the night performance concert ~ 30 minutes
    NGT 48 Theater Goods Sales Booth
    New item sales
    https://ngt48.com/news/detail/100002931
    ■ "NGT 48 Theater Performance Memorial Picture Birthday Festival Limited Ticket Set Sugawara Riko Ver." 1,500 yen (tax included)
    ※ ⑤, ⑥ and ⑦, sales in all time zones will be only the winning performers applicable on the day.

    (Untranslated)
    ●①12:00~15:00、②16:30~17:30、③18:30~19:00、④夜公演終演後~30分間
    NGT48劇場グッズ販売ブース
    新商品販売
    https://ngt48.com/news/detail/100002931
    ■「NGT48生誕記念Tシャツ・生写真セット 菅原りこ」 3,100円(税込)
    ■「NGT48生誕記念マフラータオル2018年11月度 菅原りこ」 2,100円(税込)
    ※②の時間帯の販売は当日の公演当選者のみとなります。
    ※③と④の時間帯の販売は当日の公演当選者とモニター観覧されている方のみとなります

    ●12:00 - 15:00
    NGT48劇場ロビー一般開放&グッズ販売

    ●⑤16:30~17:30、⑥18:30~19:00、⑦夜公演終演後~30分間
    NGT48劇場グッズ販売ブース
    新商品販売
    https://ngt48.com/news/detail/100002931
    ■「NGT48劇場公演記念生写真 生誕祭限定チケットセット 菅原りこVer.」 1,500円(税込)
    ※⑤と⑥と⑦、すべての時間帯の販売は当日該当する公演当選者のみとなります。

    Sending gifts/letters to members
    1. There is a box in the lobby for you to drop your gifts.
    2. Fill in the form with your contact details and attach it with your gift.
    3. The contact details are used to contact you if the gifts cannot be accepted.
    4. Ask the staff if you need help, especially when the form is all in Japanese
    5. Letters or gifts that fit into envelopes can be passed to the staff assisting you.
    6. The gift rules are the same as on AKB48 website. Under 10000 yen.
    7. Yes, during the NGT48 Shop hours.
     
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    Took me a while to get this one done, but here's a translation. There's really a bit of everything being discussed inside.
    Toward the 3rd anniversay of the NGT theater, we ask theater manager Imamura
    Virtual Theater Manager Booth


    At the handshake events by NGT48, a corner is set up inside called the "Theater Manager Booth", in which one can express one's own opinions and questions directly to the theater manager himself. Before we reach the 3rd anniversary of the theater on January 10, 2019, we thus conducted a real interview with theater manager Imamura Etsuro (59), imagining this to be the same theater manager booth.

    ■■The 1st generation has held out strong
    Q: If you were to look back at the activities over these last 3 years and give it a score, what points would it be?

    60 points, more or less, maybe? The fact that so many of the 1st generation members are still around and well is something that surpassed my predictions. Even those girls who have already graduated truly worked hard at their jobs, and since this is a decision they agreed upon of their own accord, I think there is no problem about that, either. But the fact remains that the 1st generation girls have endured through a lot of things.
    What I am trying to say is that, like in the case of shuffles and rank positions, which are also part of the defining traits of the AKB Group, girls like them kept being tossed around based on the decisions of the higher-ups, which when seen from the girls' perspective might look unreasonable. This is a condition that these girls from the Niigata countryside with their hearts of gold had understood clearly. And the fact that, all the while going through lots of plights, they still chose to remain up until this point is something where my calculations turned out to be pleasantly wrong, and I am grateful for that.
    Even speaking of the way the fans propelled the members so far up in the rankings at the AKB Sousenkyo, I was dreaming for something like this to happen, but it still surpassed my own estimates.
    Regarding the other 40 points missing, it has to do with the fact that since the inception we had "locally-rooted" as our catchphrase, and yet, while we ought to have performed a more extensive caravan tour across the various municipalities within the prefecture, we never got around to doing it yet.

    Q: What was the reaction of the people from the Niigata prefecture?

    A conservative one at first, but we have received a warm welcome once they had come to embrace us. They had been following us along with much investment and interest during our start dash. That aside, the issue at hand now is to avoid that this enthusiasm from the beginning will cool down.

    Q: What's a way to prevent this enthusiasm from cooling down?

    There's much talk about how television is losing audience, but at least in Niigata I feel there's still this a culture of gathering in front of the TV with all the family to watch it together. Even on my part, given how I used to work in television productions, I am mindful about such things, but we must necessarily utilize media much more than we do now. That is, I want to do what is possible to let NGT show up there on a normal basis, every day and at a time slot when all people are gathered before the screen.

    ■■Fans too are growing up along the way
    Q: What's a distinctive trait of the fans of Niigata?

    They are thrifty with words, they wouldn't say to me directly what they have in their minds when at the venue. Even when we are setting up a "Theater Manager Booth" at nationwide handshake events over in Niigata, I still wouldn't see any particularly fiery fans coming in. I come from Nagoya's SKE, and I have to say they are of an absolutely different kind from the fans that are in Nagoya. However, they also know how to act quietly and responsibly.

    Q: At voting-based events like Request Hour and Sousenkyo, NGT was exceptionally strong.

    This is where the true characteristics of the prefecture's population show through, in my opinion. And I feel truly thankful for that.
    By founding a new group outside of the five largest cities in the country, it means that the near entirety of their fans would be new to the ways of the AKB Group. How should one support them? What's the way one is supposed to deal with the members? Those are things that they need to learn from scratch.
    Even the more invested of our fans are just into their 3rd year. This is completely different from a SKE fan of 10 years, let alone an AKB fan of over 10 years. On top of that, being them taciturn as they are, when it comes to NGT fans, it is me who would go out of my way to speak up to them, instead. Yet, once this happens, it is then that they lay bare their soul.
    Fans and the group itself are two entities who are growing up together along the way, but the point is that both the members, the staff, and the fans are still 3 years into, at the end of the day.

    ■■"Connected with the territory" and "Reaching out nationwide" aren't mutually exclusive
    Q: I'd like to move on to ask about the locally-rooted model, which can also be said to be NGT's own concept. How are you thinking to reconcile "being connected with the territory" with "reaching out to the entire country"?

    I argue that those are two things to be carried out simultaneously. Being locally-rooted doesn't have the same meaning as being inward-focused, it means more like having people feel cheered up from watching our members, collaborating with the enterprises in the region so as to make local people rejoice, and such. By doing this properly, it also opens the door toward the whole country.
    If the inside of the Niigata prefecture is teeming with vitality, the message will also be passed along to the outside of the prefecture. If you are asking how, it's because we are part of the AKB Group, consequently if NGT is giving their best in Niigata, even AKB fans and fans of the other groups will get to see that. They'll become curious about it, and maybe consider paying a little visit to Niigata along with that, too.
    On those times when they are having activities outside of the prefecture, I would always tell to the members "Please do your best to make a pitch for Niigata while there". The other groups wouldn't go around talking about "our territory, our territory", but when it comes to us, don't you see how they often say "We are giving our efforts for Niigata"? That is an aspect that we have thought long and hard about.
    But what's more important than anything is to make sure the natives of the Niigata prefecture living in Tokyo can be proud of it. With them being surrounded by many people from other different regions of the country, I can put my hopes in a ripple effect to result from it.

    Q: One aspect that became a matter of debate at the time of the group's creation was how, compared to the other groups affiliated to AKB, Niigata had an overwhelmingly low population, which is to say that the market there is rather small. How are you managing to overcome this disadvantage?

    Actually, we still haven't overcome it yet. At present, we still are right in the process of doing so. However, it's just the playfield that is small, but the rules of the game do not change. If the playfield is small, then there are moves and techniques intended for a small playfield, so to speak. With that said, we belong to a group of a nationwide scale such as AKB, and with that in mind, by engaging in activities outside of the prefecture using this as our identification badge, we have the possibility of attracting people from the other prefectures over to Niigata, also.

    Q: We get the impression that the members born in other prefectures are carrying out promotional activities more and more frequently back in their own native region. Is this also part of the strategy to attract people from outside the prefecture?

    That's correct. And even speaking of the members, I figure they would be happy to be able to make a triumphal homecoming there, as well. To have people, not to mention their family and close relatives, take pride in the fact that a girl from their own region is in NGT, is of great importance.

    ■■I put down the low number of theater shows to my own lack of ability
    Q: The theater stage has passed the 400 performances mark already, and with all audience seats filled to full capacity, by the looks of it. What is your view on the current situation?

    Well, when compared to the other groups, the number of theater performance is still low, by a great margin. But I can argue that this is because of my own lack of ability. On the other hand, I find that the members have truly given their utmost efforts at it, all the while being no more than 22 people up until this last August. So I want to express my admiration to all those girls. Between people suffering injuries one after another, and the necessity to also attend school, it is simply not possible to fill in the theater schedule in the same way as the other groups do.
    Starting from this Autumn we will have the 5 Kenkyuusei members from the Draft go fully operative at last, we are also helping the 2nd generation Kenkyuusei torward their theater debut day one person at a time, not to mention that the regular members of NIII and G are also crossing over from their own team into the other, all of which keeps the theater show schedule filled in some way or another. In the future, once the 2nd generation members will begin stepping up little by little in their level, it will help take some of the workload off the 1st generation's shoulders. That will allow the schedule program to be on par with that of the other groups at last, and in doing so it would also allow to maintain a stable number of theater shows.

    Q: For sure, they have been performing with a small number of people, although good ones at that. But anyway, if the goal was indeed to increase the number of theater performances, I guess this is also how you came to the assessment that you had to start looking for new members faster than intended, or to promote the Kenkyuusei as soon as possible...

    This was dictated rather by the circumstances of the group. While in this current state, this was the course of action we couldn't avoid taking.

    ■■We selected the members in the same way as one makes a school baseball club
    Q: From time to time, Imamura-san would go on to describe the 1st generation members as a "collection of super-unique characters". And you have gathered together people of all different talents, that's for sure. Now that the Draft members and the 2nd generation members joined in as well on top of that, what are your views about this 2nd chapter of NGT?

    In the case of the 1st and 2nd generation members, I was the only one who checked the application documents, at the initial screenings. I didn't take into the consideration the input from any other staff employee at all. It was 6,000 applications for the 1st generation, and roughly the same for the 2nd generation as well. It took me about 2 months to get through it, but I read them all thorougly, in order to find out what the peculiarities of that specific girl were.
    I selected those applications which I found curious and interesting, and it is those girls that were left, as a result.
    I have repeated the same operation even with the case of the 2nd generation, which means they are also a lineup of members with peculiar characters that can give the 1st generation a run for their money. In a good, or a bad sense.

    Q: What are your criteria for something being "interesting"?

    It's the same as building up a school baseball club. You cannot have just a pitcher, you need also an outfielder, and then a catcher, and that's how creating a team is like. If I have to name the only policy that I have, it's indeed to aim for an assortment of unique characters.

    Q: We get the impression that, in terms of the members' birthplaces, things are leaning heavily toward East Japan. Is there any intention to draw a line between yourselves and West Japan groups, like STU is instead?

    With the 1st generation, rather than it being about East and West Japan, I kept an eye on things within the prefecture itself. It was about keeping a balance between the Jouetsu, Chuuetsu, and Kaetsu areas.
    Being this the northernmost team within AKB, the Touhoku and Hokkaido regions were also taken into consideration. But nonetheless, if there were any great girls even in the South part of Japan, they were more than welcome.
    To tell the truth, on the first stage of the auditions for the 2nd generation, we received applications coming from all 47 prefectures. However there are also people who, after they had come over from far away on their own decision, then decided in a hurry to withdraw, after I had explained in detail about the climate in Niigata, the kind of lifestyle and anything else about how things would be like after moving over here. But I think that these changes of heart are to be expected anyway. Even making them move over to Niigata this simply, especially after taking personal responsibility for it, would be a source of problems, I say.

    ■■Counseling with the members happens on a daily basis
    Q: The members are also in an age where they are emotionally delicate, so I imagine this too is another difficult part of the job. How do you normally approach them?

    There are times when I act as a brother, others when I am more like a classmate, and other times still when I turn into a rather intimidating grandpa. When dealing with a specific girl, I avoid going over the line when speaking with her. When dealing with another girl, I make sure not to be severe with her, at least for the moment, etc... Depending on the times and the circumstances, as well as each single member, the ways of approaching them tend to vary.
    Problem counseling happens on a nearly daily basis. But the way to handle them is different every time. The only rule is not to be too gratuitous with the encouragements. I would hand out advices to them, granted, but I would always conclude it by saying "In the end, make your decisions by yourself".
    I would look back at how things were like back in my twenties-something, and then tell them: "You may think so right now, but do you know how things will be 2 years from now? There's a lot of things still to figure out", "Those worries you have now may already be water under the bridge in 3 days, maybe one week time; this is going by my personal experience". Also, "First of all, don't rush things", "Don't fret", I remember having told such things to pretty much all members in the past.

    ■■Getting things started to make the tour a reality
    Q: For all those people who have taken an interest in NGT but don't know it very well yet, what show pieces are you considering to provide them in the near future?

    For one thing, I wish them to come over and watch the theater shows, but for those who are unable to, well, how about a tour? It is my personal thought that it's about time we need to hold one.
    I am not saying that it must be a nationwide tour. It would take us 2, 3 years at best if we were to cover the whole country. But as far as the inside of the prefecture is concerned, I want to offer and opportunity for people to take a look at the member's performance.
    I keep being asked this often even at the theater manager booth. I have never said once that we wouldn't do it, but at the same time, I don't want to cause any unintentional implications, either. So I'll say it clearly that the time has come for us to finally get working on it.
     
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    Arinko Kenkyuusei Stage48 Donor

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    ^ Reading this here is so different from what the antis on the matome sites try to pass Imamura off as incompetent.

    Having been to the performances and the nationwide handshake event in Niigata, I can say, forget what people say that NGT girls have very low dance skill. The girls put in a lot of effort to be engaging, serious where needed and playful whenever possible. The girls will look rusty for songs they don't normally dance.

    My Japanese friend who was a NMB fan, was at the mini live at the handshake event in Niigata with me. She said 'the people (fans) really want to support the girls' when I asked her about impression of being at a NGT48 live performance event afterwards. Seeing Ogiyuka perform and emcee in real life changed my friend's impression of Ogiyuka. My friend said Ogiyuka is the most idol like of all the girls. Her initial impression of Ogiyuka before the live was like... How did she get chosen to become a NGT48 member?
     
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  14. Arinko

    Arinko Kenkyuusei Stage48 Donor

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    Koko Dake 201812
     
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    Hopefully this will be a EN song for the upcoming KKS Stage.

    Main Song Title
    ひまわりのない世界
    Himawari no nai sekai
    A world without sunflowers

    Ogiyuka will be VERY sad!
     
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    Billboard Year End Stuff is out
    Top Artists

    4th: Nogizaka46
    5th: Keyakizaka46
    8th: AKB48
    http://www.billboard-japan.com/special/detail/2543

    Hot 100
    3rd: Glass wo Ware! (Keyakizaka46)
    6th: Synchronicity (Nogizaka46)
    7th: Jikochuu de Ikou! (Nogizaka46)
    10th: Teacher Teacher (AKB48)
    11th: Ambivalent (Keyakizaka46)
    21st: Kaerimichi wa Toomawari Shitaku Naru (Nogizaka46)
    32nd: Sentimental Train (AKB48)
    33rd: Jabaja (AKB48)
    37th: Kaze ni Fukaretemo (Keyakizaka46)
    38th: Ikinari Punch Line (SKE48)
    43rd: Muishiki no Iro (SKE48)
    47th: Silent Majority (Keyakizaka46) (lol)
    50th: Fukyouwaon (Keyakizaka46)
    57th: Warota People (NMB48)
    65th: Influencer (Nogizaka46)
    71st: Boku Datte naichau yo (NMB48)
    80th: Hayaokuri Calendar (HKT48)
    81st: Yokubomono (NMB48)
    92nd: Itsuka Dekirukara Kyou Dekiru (Nogizaka46)
    98th: Sekai wa Doko Made Aozora na no Ka? (NGT48)
    http://www.billboard-japan.com/charts/detail?a=hot100_year&year=2018

    Albums
    6th: Bokutachi wa, Ano Hi no Yoake o Shitteiru (AKB48)
    22nd: Hashiridasu Shunkan (Hiragana Keyakizaka46)
    36th: 092 (HKT48)
    38th: Bokudake No Kimi ~Under Super Best~ (Nogizaka46)
    61st: Masshiro na Mono wa Yogoshitaku naru (Kanji Keyakizaka46)
    http://www.billboard-japan.com/charts/detail?a=hot_albums_year&year=2018

    Stream Songs
    12th: Glass wo Ware! (Keyakizaka46)
    16th: Silent Majority (Keyakizaka46)
    22nd: Fukyouwaon (Keyakizaka46)
    32nd: Kaze ni Fukaretemo (Keyakizaka46)
    34th: Influencer (Nogizaka46)
    38th: Synchronicity (Nogizaka46)
    98th: Futari Saison (Keyakizaka46)
    http://www.billboard-japan.com/charts/detail?a=stsongs_year&year=2018

    Download Songs
    26th: Glass wo Ware! (Keyakizaka46)
    53rd: Synchronicity (Nogizaka46)
    80th: Kaze ni Fukaretemo (Keyakizaka46)
    92nd: Fukyouwaton (Keyakizaka46)
    99th: Ambivalent (Keyakizaka46)
    http://www.billboard-japan.com/charts/detail?a=dlsongs_year&year=2018

    Download Albums
    99th: Hashiridasu Shunkan (Hiragana Keyakizaka46)
    http://www.billboard-japan.com/charts/detail?a=dlalbums_year&year=2018

    Top Single Sales
    1st: Teacher Teacher (AKB48)
    2nd: Sentimental Train (AKB48)
    3rd: Synchronicity (Nogizaka46)
    4th: Jikochuu de Ikou! (Nogizaka46)
    5th: Jabaja (AKB48)
    6th: Kaerimichi wa Toomawari Shitaku Naru (Nogizaka46)
    7th: Glass wo Ware! (Keyakizaka46)
    8th: Ambivalent (Keyakizaka46)
    13th: Ikinari Punch Line (SKE48)
    15th: Muishiki no Iro (SKE48)
    21st: Warota People (NMB48)
    23rd: Boku Datte naichau yo (NMB48)
    24th: Yokubomono (NMB48)
    25th: Hayakouri Calendar (HKT48)
    28th: Sekai wa Doko Made Aozora na no ka? (NGT48)
    35th: Kurayami (STU48)
    37th: Sekai no Hitoe (NGT48)
    40th: Haru wa Doko kara kuru no ka? (NGT48)

    41st: Itsuka Dekiru kara Kyou Dekiru (Nogizaka46)
    58th: Kaze ni Fukaretemo (Keyakizaka46)
    http://www.billboard-japan.com/charts/detail?a=sales_year&year=2018

    Top Album Sales
    2nd: Bokutachi wa, Ano Hi no Yoake o Shitteiru (AKB48)
    18th: Hashiridasu Shunkan (Hiragana Keyakizaka46)
    20th: 092 (HKT48)
    25th: Bokudake No Kimi ~Under Super Best~ (Nogizaka46)
    77th: Masshiro na Mono wa Yogoshitaku naru (Kanji Keyakizaka46)
    http://www.billboard-japan.com/charts/detail?a=albums_year&year=2018
     
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    Yuka said that she'd work for 21 hours tomorrow. It's only her or NGT48 too?

    5th single? You better pray @ForrestFuller @Floris58
     
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    Wouldn't expect it that early (i'd say during spring is more likely)... Either way i'll be praying my Minamin ass off, considering she still hasn't made that huge announcement. ^^

    Any source to what Yuka said though?

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