Kitagawa Kenji is the 6th single released by the girl group NMB48. I bought the Theater Edition of the single because of the song called Renai Higaitodoke. The song title in English is Love’s Damage Report.
Here is the track listing for the Theater Edition of Kitagawa Kenji:
- Kitagawa Kenji
- Hoshizora no Caravan (Stardust Caravan)
- Renai Higaitodoke
- Nemuku Naru made Hitsuji wa Detekonai (The Sheep Don’t Turn Up Til I Get Sleepy)
- Kitagawa Kenji (no vocal version)
- Stardust Caravan (no vocal version)
- Renai Higaitodoke (no vocal version)
- Nemuku Naru made Hitsuji wa Detekonai
Kitagawa Kenji was released on November 7, 2012.
It received impressive commercial success, selling 350,108 copies in its first month. The single would sell 353,160 copies. It would become the 17th best-ranking single of the year. Kitagawa Kenji would sell 56,249 copies in 2013. As of this writing, it has sold over 400,000 copies. The centers for Kitagawa Kenji are Sayaka Yamamoto and Miyuki Watanabe.
Here are a few interesting facts about the single Kitagawa Kenji:
Interesting Facts about Kitagawa Kenji
- This was the first NMB48 single to be released after the formation of Team B2.
- This was the only single to feature the appearance of Yui Yokoyama.
- This was the last single that member Aina Fukumoto took part in.
- Kitagawa Kenji is a staff member who is in charge of the AKB48 groups’ video visuals. He is also one of the producers of the AKB48 drama Majisuka Gakuen 3.
In addition to Yamamoto and Watanabe, the other members to sing on the song Kitagawa Kenji are:
- Mayu Ogasawara
- Kanako Kadowaki (graduated)
- Rika Kishino
- Riho Kotani
- Kei Jonishi
- Miru Shiroma
- Aina Fukumoto
- Nana Yamada (graduated)
- Akari Yoshida
- Airi Tanigawa
- Fuuko Yagura
- Yuuka Kato
- Shu Yabushita
- Yui Yokoyama
Now that you have learned about the single Kitagawa Kenji, here is some information about the group singing the song. NMB48 is a Japanese idol group formed in Osaka, Japan by Yasushi Akimoto. The group was formed in 2010. They have had many members including Yui Takano of Osaka. Similar to the theme used by AKB48, NMB48 is another group that has the theme of “idols you can meet.” This group is also divided into teams. Each one of the teams has a captain and a sub-captain. For instance, Ayaka Umeda, 27, is the sub-captain of Team B2 and Emika Kamieda is the captain. NMB48 has released 13 singles. Their latest single is the one called Must Be Now. NMB48 is one of several idol groups. Some of the other Japanese idol groups are HKT48, SDN48, JKT48, NGT48, SKE48, and SDN48. SDN48 was an idol group formed for the purpose of attracting a more mature audience. They broke up in 2012. That group had members like Sato Yukari and Ohori Megumi. SNH48 is an idol group based in Shanghai, China. JKT48 is an idol group based in Jakarta, Indonesia. That group has the cute Haruka Nakagawa. That group also had member Takajo Aki from 2012 through 2014. These idols also act in movies as well. For information about movie actresses, check out the post I did on Emi Takei.
These NMB48 girls also do work as swimsuit models. Miyuki Watanabe made an appearance as a lingerie model for Big Comic Spirits Magazine. Aki Takajo also made an appearance for that magazine in 2011. Miyuki has also shown her sexiness in a gravure modeling magazine and also as a lingerie model for Girls.TV. Yamamoto Sayaka also has had many modeling appearances. She made an appearance in Weekly Playboy Magazine in December 2014 with Shimazaki Haruka. The theme for that photo shoot was Shangri-La. In May 2015, Yamamoto would make another appearance in Weekly Playboy dressed in a beautiful one-piece swimsuit! Yamamoto also shows her sexiness as a lingerie model for Big Comic Spirits Magazine! Yamamoto is known by her nickname of Sayanee. She is the captain of Team N. Sayaka Yamamoto was born on July 14, 1993 in Osaka. She is also considered a gravure idol. I have written a tribute post about Sayaka Yamamoto because she is my favorite NMB48 member. Congratulations to NMB48 for releasing such a good song!