My Pure·Pride – Nagiichi 1st Week Sales

The weekly battle between NMB48’s Nagiichi and Arashi’s Face Down has seemed to come to a conclusion and Arashi has finished the week on Oricon as #1. I tip my hat to them and congratulate them for taking the #1 spot.

But even though I’m a bit sad that NMB48 finished #2 for the week, I’m still proud of NMB and the sales Nagiichi was able to make. The theater copies midweek surge finally occurred on Saturday, leading to 91,990 copies sold for the day, the lone day NMB48 was #1 on the daily Oricon chart over Arashi and Super Junior. While it is not the 4th #1 single for NMB48, it is another NMB single outselling its predecessor. The Saturday theater edition surge helped Nagiichi exceed Junjou U-19‘s 1st week sales of 329,438 copies sold. Nagiichi has sold almost 376,000 copies in its 1st week.

I think it shows that NMB48’s popularity has not peaked yet. I will always think that NMB48 is awesome, but there is still untapped potential in them. Can’t wait to see what NMB has in store for the future.

And Aki-P, please get N3 going and allow LODs, so I can watch it already.

My Pure·Look – Nagiichi 1st Day Sales

The 1st day sales figures for NMB48’s 4th single Nagiichi are out and NMB48 find themselves in 2nd place. Not completely unexpected, of course, but I’m slightly concerned after with the first day sales figures. Nagiichi sold 231,200 copies on its first day, trailing Arashi’s Face Down, which sold 250,415 copies. Also, it’s a drop from the 280,367 1st day copies sold of NMB48’s previous single Junjou U-19.

It’s unsure if the theater editions of Nagiichi were sold and counted first day like Junjou U-19 or if we’ll see a midweek surge like Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo and Oh My God!. Of course, I’m hoping it’s the latter.

As I said before, I’m still concerned for the single, but 231,200 copies is nothing to sneeze about and I’m still hopeful that Nagiichi will gain momentum and eventually pass Junjou U-19‘s sales. I always want to see NMB48 to do well because they’re so amazing, so let’s go NMB48!

My Pure·NMB48 – Nagiichi’s Battle for #1

I’m not sure how coherent or what purpose this post will have. But I just felt like writing something.

With this week’s Oricon single battle seemingly over between Nogizaka46 and Sashihara Rino (Sasshi), my focus turns to the next ***48 single set to release on May 9th: NMB48’s 4th single Nagiichi.

A little under 10 months ago, on July 20th, 2011, NMB48 released their debut single Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo. Releasing on the same week was Tohoshinki’s 2nd Japanese single Superstar. There was real doubt that NMB48 would be able to debut at #1, but the group announced that if they didn’t end up #1 for the week, they would wear bloomers at one of their theater performances. Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo would go on to sell 131,654 copies on its first day, eventually ending up with 218,441 sold copies for the week and the #1 weekly slot on Oricon.

NMB48’s 2nd and 3rd singles Oh My God! and Junjou U-19 would continue NMB48’s success, which each outselling its predecessor’s 1st week sales and gaining the #1 spot for the week. And now NMB48’s Nagiichi will go against Arashi’s Face Down for #1. I admit wholeheartedly that I really don’t know anything about Arashi other than the fact that their previous single Wild at Heart sold 550,014 copies in its first week.

The belief is that Arashi will prevent NMB48 from getting their 4th consecutive #1 single, but I’m keeping my faith in NMB48 and I’m doing my best to support NMB. I myself have bought Type A & B & C of Nagiichi, the very first ***48 single I’ve bought all three types of. To me, Nagiichi is another great NMB single and I’m hoping that the single sells really well.

So yeah, in the end, all I wanted to say really was this. Go NMB48!

My Pure·Delight – Nagiichi Covers Revealed

The covers for NMB48’s 4th single Nagiichi have leaked online and unsurprisingly, the 1st summer-style single for NMB48 has summer covers. The covers features the senbatsu members in the proper beach attire, bikinis.The first thoughts I had when I saw the covers were Ponytail no Shushu and Everyday, Kachuusha. The Nagiichi covers are not exactly the most  original and they probably won’t be my favorite NMB48 single covers when all is said and done, but no question the girls are very beautiful in the covers. I can’t complain.

From the theater cover, it looks as though the NMB 7 this single will consist of Ogasawara Mayu (Maachun), Jo Eriko (Jo), Watanabe Miyuki (Milky), Yamamoto Sayaka (Sayanee), Yamada Nana (Nana), Fukumoto Aina (Ai-nyan), and Tanigawa Airi (Airi). Interesting that Airi would make NMB 7 since this is her first single in senbatsu. Excited to see how much of a push Airi gets.

NMB48’s 4th single Nagiichi releases on May 9th.

My Pure·Look – NMB48′s 3rd & 4th ROUND1 CMs

I always have a fondness for the NMB ROUND1 CM and luckily two new ROUND1 CMs featuring NMB48 have been released. The 3rd CM once again features the NMB48 members as ROUND1 employees, cheering on the patrons enjoying all the fun, different activities found at ROUND1. And the 4th CM features the members back in bowling pin attire with Kuidaore Taro. Needless to say, NMB48 always makes ROUND1 look amazing.

Both CMs feature a preview of NMB48’s 4th single Nagiichi playing in the background. It sounds a little generic on first listen, but I’m liking it more and more now.

Screencaps and video after the jump.

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My Pure·Want – NMB48 4th Single Titled “Nagiichi″

Details on NMB48’s 4th single have been announced on NMB48’s official website. The title of the next NMB48 single is Nagiichi and it seems it will be a summer jam. Just like in Junjou U-19, there will a solo coupling song included in the single. This time the solo song goes to Team N member Watanabe Miyuki (Milky). The senbatsu members for Nagiichi include:

Team N: Ogasawara Mayu, Kadowaki Kanako, Kotani Riho, Kondo Rina, Jonishi Kei, Shiroma Miru, Fukumoto Aina, Yamada Nana, Yamamoto Sayaka, Yoshida Akari, Watanabe Miyuki
Team M: Kinoshita Momoka, Jo Eriko, Tanigawa Airi, Murakami Ayaka, Yagura Fuuko

I know it’s inevitable and necessary, but I’m always sad to see more Team N members removed from senbatsu. I’m ecstatic that Yoshida Akari (Akarin) is back in senbatsu. She appeared on NMB48 no Kagaijugyo recently and she performed with her fellow NMB48 members during AKB’s 3 day SSA concert. Looks like she’s getting back in the flow of things and I hope she’s in senbatsu to stay.

NMB48 4th single Nagiichi will be released on May 9th.