I didn't include this in the previous article because I thought it wasn't important but turned out it was. AKB48's rival group Nogizaka46 will be getting their own variety show starting October. The show will be titled [AKB48 History]. It is still unknown what channel it will air on and on whcih timeslot.
AKB48 History will be a show where the girls of Nogizaka46 will challenge the various things AKB had to go through the 5 years before they became national idols. The show's motto is "A show to challenge all the various hardships AKB48 had to go through in these 5 years in just some months. If going though the same things, will they be able to get as successful as AKB is now?".
Nogizaka46 is said to be "A project that will enormously change the lives of the members in a really short period of time". Auditions will end on August and the 1st generation of members are to debut on September.
I find the concept of the show quite interesting, the girls have to challenge AKB48's problems when they were still rookies. This could be an interesting promoting ploy to get both fans and haters to see a different side of AKB. There's a lot of fans who don't know what AKB went through to get to the top. The 7 people in the audience at AKB48's first theater show which went down to even 1 person in the audience some times, getting ridiculed by fans of other idol groups during the 2-3 years after AKB was formed for having too many members and other reasons, the various scandals and court cases. I'm not sure how far AKB History will go, but it definitely will be interesting.