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The second sister group of AKB48, and like that group, it has more than 48 members currently split into 3 teams: N, M and BII, as well as a group of trainees.

The group currently performs in its theatre at the Yes-Namba Building in Namba in Osaka, Japan, with each team performing stages-set lists of songs. It is owned and operated by prominent entertainment conglomerate Yoshimoto Kogyo, through its Showtitle subsidiary.

NMB48 provides examples of the following tropes:

  • A Cappella: This version of "Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo", performed at the 2012 Kouhaku.
  • Auto-Tune: Mostly averted, but still featured in "Kamonegikkusu" and "Must be now".
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: Most of their songs revolve around sexyness and Double Entendre... except the very cutesy "Kitagawa Kenji".
  • Asian Speekee Engrish: 7th generation youngest member Misaki Yoshino is fluent in English (she lived in the US). She has a routine with Miyu Wada, the oldest 7th gen, where she corrects the latter's Engrish in the middle of their duet.
  • Beach Episode: The PVs for "Nagiichi", "Bokura no Eureka", "Ibiza Girl" and "Dorian Shounen".
  • The Cameo: The producer for Majisuka Gakuen 3 and AKB's documentaries Kenji Kitagawa makes an appereance as the teacher in the song named after himself. Also, NMB theater's manager Takeshi Kaneko makes a cameo at the end of "Bokura no Eureka".
  • Cover Version: Teams M and BII perform existing AKB stages.
  • Crossover: Sayanee and Milky are common members of the senbatsu in AKB's singles, both holding concurrencies in AKB. Team M member Shiroma Miru holds a concurrency in AKB's Team A, too.
  • Culture Equals Costume: Their flag is a leopard print because it's the stereotypical pattern of choice for Osaka ladies.
  • Deserted Island: In "Bokura no Eureka" the girls arrive at one.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The cover of the second album shows the girls carrying bottles carrying some kind of liquid... which doesn't really look like champagne.
  • Exactly What It Says on the Tin: It is based in Namba and has at least 40 members.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: In an episode of "Geinin!! 2", Sayaka and Miyuki switched bodies after tripping and knocking over a magic daruma.
  • Friendly Rivalry: With SKE48.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Many of their songs fall under this, although they've tamed a bit since "Kitagawa Kenji".
  • Idol Singer
  • Intercourse with You: Averted in "Virginity" and "Junjou U-19". Probably played straight with "Bokura no Eureka".
  • Joshikousei: The girls act as these in many of their PVs such as "Takane no Ringo" and their official TV series, "Geinin!"
  • Ms. Fanservice: They have the sexiest image among the 48 Groups and appear most often in various bikini and lingerie photoshoots. In particular, Sumire Yokono was called the 48 Groups' "best body".
    • In their 10th anniversary concert, after Nagisa Shibuya gives a heartfelt speech thanking the audience for their continuing support, she "returns the favor" by calling the well-endowed members to stand at the front (and sending comparatively flat group captain Karin Kojima to the back) for their final bow.
  • Officially Shortened Title: "Nagiichi" is short for "Nagisa de ichiban kawaii-ko" ("The cutest girl in the beach"). "Kamonegikkusu" is also a portmanteau for "the duck shoulders its onion", a Japanese saying.
  • One-Man Song: "Kitagawa Kenji" is titled after a producer working for AKB48's management, who in 2020 became an executive for SKE48's parent company.
  • Poverty for Comedy: Despite being a relatively well-known group under Japan's biggest comedy talent agency, some members struggle financially.
    • In an AKBingo! episode, Ririka Sutou reveals that her salary cannot cover her monthly expenses and she subsists on very simple meals. To add insult to injury, host Muramoto points out that AKB member Yuria Kizaki once spent 5000 yen on a fancy breakfast.
    • Akari Ishizuka once went on a tearful rant on her Showroom live stream that she couldn't afford even small luxuries like going to Starbucks or buying matcha (green tea powder) cookies. Her fans responded by sending her boxes of matcha cookies. After she graduated from the group, she became a YouTube game streamer, and also produces the clothing brand Green Tea Cookie Fun Club.
  • Punk Rock: "Punkish". Enough said.
  • Refuge in Audacity: In her acceptance speech in the 2017 elections, Ririka Sutou took the opportunity to announce her upcoming marriage, breaking the so-called love ban in the most spectacular fashion. Even better, the management and Yasushi Akimoto, the AKB Group Producer himself, actually offered her to stay in the group as a married woman, but she declined.
  • Sailor Fuku: Worn by the girls in "Oh My God!".
  • Space Clothes: In "Kamonegikkusu".
  • Spell My Name With An S: Word of God hasn't confirmed how カモネギックス is spelled: most common spellings are Kamonegics, Kamonegikkusu and Kamonegiks.
    • Another very common spelling, and the most likely spelling of the title, is "Kamonegix"
  • Sugar Bowl: The PV for "Kitagawa Kenji".
  • Teasing from Behind the Language Barrier: When Misaki Yoshino portrayed a yankee character in 2021, she makes fun of her seniors' lack of English proficiency... in English.
    Misaki: [English] Most people in the other generations are not very smart, so nobody can speak English, so I'm gonna speak up. The future of NMB will be carried by us, the 7th generation, so people who are not very smart, please get out of here!
    Karin Kojima: No! No! [Japanese] Misaki-chan, you shouldn't say such things!
    Another member: Hang on! Kojima, you understood what she said?
    Karin: Not one word.
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: "Zetsumetsu Kurokami Shoujo" basically revolves around this trope, reivindicating the image of a pure black-haired girl (that's why most of the members of NMB have dyed hair).
  • Zip Me Up: The lyrics for "Zipper".