Idol group Nogizaka46 appeared at the opening ceremony of Nogizaka46 Cafe 2015 and talked about the group shuffle which occurred at AKB48’s solo concert in Saitama Arena yesterday. SKE48 Matsui Rena and Nogizaka46 Ikoma Rina, who have been holding concurrencies in each other’s group for 1 year now, will have their appointments cancelled.
When asked about Matsui Rena leaving the group, captain Sakurai Reika expressed her regrets. “We felt pressure having to work with a big senior for 1 year, but actually it went by in a flash. We’d have liked to show more of Nogizaka, and do more things.” As the official date for Matsui’s departure hasn’t been fixed, Sakurai hoped to treasure the remaining time with her.
She also added that Nogizaka had “changed drastically” since Matsui joined, from the way they spent time backstage to their positionings onstage during live performances. They had learnt alot from Matsui
Nishino Nanase also commented that it feels lonely after hearing the shuffle announcements. “But Ikoma chan has been busy so she’ll probably be able to take it slowly from now. “(With regards to stories about AKB) We hope she’ll share it,” she said.
The Nogizaka46 Cafe 2015 is a temporary cafe which will operate from now till 10th May 2015 at Harajuku Omotesando’s Q Plaza.