This wasn’t just because currently AKB is in a completely different stratosphere. Also there was also the factor of Nogizaka 46 being produced by the exact same guy as AKB48. So how could two groups that are initially on the same team, be considered competing with each other? It just seemed like a conflict of interest.
Well here’s how…
I’d like to go on record and say that I believed in the project from the very beginning. I always looked at the concept as a very fresh idea and just another one of the ways that Producer Akimoto has been able to surprise fans.
They’ve now taken a song that is synonymous with AKB48 and made it uniquely something else. Aitakatta is still performed at almost every AKB48 event, even now at New Years and Christmas. They’ll play the song and people will go
“Wait is that AKB? I know that song but it sounds different.”
Nogizaka 46 will instantly have huge access like no other Idol Group. And this could only have happened because?
Akimoto is Producing both groups. Fucking Genius.
P.S. – He probably planned this all along. And that’s why all these years we’ve been all been wondering, why does AKB keep going back to perform Aittakata? Again, Genius.