The first day sales figures are in for the long-awaited battle between Nogizaka46’s 2nd single Oide Shampoo and Sashihara Rino’s (Sasshi) debut solo single Soredemo Suki da yo. Nogizaka46 came out in 1st place for the day with 111,222 copies sold. Sasshi finished the day in 2nd place with 56,789 copies sold.
Really impressed with the sales numbers for both Nogizaka46 and Sasshi. I think the huge promotion of the Nogizaka46/Sasshi feud worked out really well. I know some people feel that this result is a disappointment for Sasshi, but the 56,789 copies sold is more than the 1st day sales of Itano Tomomi’s (Tomochin) last two singles and Watanabe Mayu (Mayuyu) debut single. And with the AKB election coming up, I think Sasshi’s fans might have been saving up their money to vote for her. And I think the result is more about how Nogizaka46 is gaining a lot of popularity and I’m happy to see it. A really nice increase from the 1st day sales of Guruguru Curtain. Let’s see how the sales numbers for the rest of the week come out.
It’s a few days old now, but I can’t stop watching the performance of Guuzen wo Iiwake ni Shite from the episode of Nogizakatte, Doko? this week. Nogizaka46’s 2nd single is releasing soon and one of the coupling songs will be performed by what looks like could be Nogizaka46’s first sub-unit. The group of four is made up Shiraishi Mai (Maiyan), Matsumura Sayuri (Sayurin), Hashimoto Nanami (Nanami), and Takayama Kazumi (Kazumin). I know the song itself definitely won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but Guuzen wo Iiwake ni Shite has a nice electric pop feel that’s right to my liking. And while the performance doesn’t have any complicated or big action dance moves, I actually like the small and simple hand gestures and whatnot. Maybe it’s just me, but I find a certain elegance in the slight movements of the dance sequence.
And no surprise, I have a weakness for really cute girls. Having four of my favorite Nogizaka46 girls in a sub-unit just makes me extremely happy.
Guuzen wo Iiwake ni Shite will be a coupling song on Nogizaka46’s 2nd single Oide Shampoo. The single releases on May 2th.