AKB48’s Haruna Kojima Makes Surprise Appearance at Nogizaka46 Concert to Debut “Kojizaka 46” Song!
Nogizaka46 may have been formed with the intention of being “the official rival of AKB48″ but recently, relations between the two factions have been getting increasingly friendly.
On October 15, AKB48 member Haruna Kojima made a surprise appearance at Nogizaka 46’s Under Concert at Roppongi’s Blue Theater. Even though Rina Ikoma (Nogizaka46) is concurrently in AKB48’s Team B and Rena Matsui (SKE48 Team E) is concurrently in Nogizaka46, this was the first time for an AKB48 member to appear on an “enemy stage”.
Nearly a month earlier, Kojima had surprised Ikoma at the 5th AKB48 Janken Tournament when she appeared in a Nogizaka46-styled outfit accompanied by Nogizaka46 members Hina Kawago, Seira Nagashima, Yuuri Saito, and Kana Nakada under the name “Kojizaka46”. Impressed by the idea, producer Yasushi Akimoto wrote a song specifically for the new unit, “Kaze no Rasen” which was performed for the first time, receiving warm applause and loud cheers from the fans.
“Kaze no Rasen” will be included on AKB48’s 38th single “Kibouteki Refrain” which will be released on November 26th and there will also be a music video made for the song. At this rate, will Akimoto have to make another group to be the new “official rival of AKB48”?
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