Idol Group BiSH to Disband in 2023, Promises to Make 2022 the ‘Year of BiSH’
29.December.2021 | MUSIC
Punk-idol group BiSH will disband in 2023. The announcement was made at an emergency live show held at Nakano heavysick ZERO on December 24, 2021, with over 420,000 people tuning in. Nakano heavysick is where BiSH held their first solo concert in 2015.
During the live show, the members performed the setlist from their first concert. The group’s breakup was announced at the end of the show, and although it’s a sad time for fans, the members promised to make 2022 the ‘Year of BiSH’ with an expansive number of activities announced.
BiSH made four exciting announcements regarding 2022: 12 new releases, a nationwide tour, a BiSH Festival, and a 67-stop live-house tour.
1. 12 consecutive months of releases starting January 2022
2. The nationwide ‘COLONiZED TOUR’
3. A BiSH Festival
4. A live-house tour at 67 locations in 33 prefectures across Japan with proceeds from the best album ‘FOR LiVE -BiSH BEST- being donated
Comment from Cent Chihiro Chicchi
BiSH will disband in 2023.
We started here at Nakano heavysick ZERO, a live house with only an 80 person capacity. We’ve been so lucky and so happy to have the support of so many people.
Thank you for loving us and giving us a place to be ourselves.
On our way to 2023, we’re going to give back to our fans with tons of exciting projects.
Each of us has a distinct personality, and I think that BiSH was a place where we could each be ourselves without restraint.
We promise to make 2022 our best year ever. Before we hit the finish line, there’s so much we want to do!
We hope that we can properly convey our gratitude and love during our live performances. Everyone, come out and party with us until the end!
BiSH iS OVER! Special Site: https://www.bish.tokyo/BiSH_iS_OVER/
KAWAII LAB. Report #2: FRUITS ZIPPER Group Interview ①
FRUITS ZIPPER, a new idol group from ASOBISYSTEM, has a simple concept: “From Harajuku to the World.” Ready to transmit what they call ‘NEW KAWAII’ from Harajuku, an area known for fashion and individuality, to their soon-to-be global fanbase, the group consists of seven members: Amane Tsukiashi, Suzuka Chinzei, Yui Sakurai, Luna Nakagawa, Mana Manaka, Karen Matsumoto, and Noel Hayase.
Three members of FRUITS ZIPPER sat down with us for an interview.
“Could you introduce yourself?”
“Hi, everyone! I’m the youngest member of FRUITS ZIPPER, Noel Hayase, and I’m 18 years old. I’m half-German and half-Japanese, but I attended an international school, so I’m pretty good at languages. I speak Japanese, English, German, and a little French! I like to play games, watch videos, and just hang out with friends, but I also love dancing and moving my body. I also like to work with technology, and edit my own videos and songs.”
“Everyone reading this on Moshi Moshi Nippon, it’s nice to meet you!
My name is Suzuka Chinzei, but you can call me Osuzu!
I spend about ⅓ of my waking hours thinking about food, especially gyoza 🥟and fried tofu. I’d prefer my gyoza with a thin skin and filled with veggies. I’m a big fan of pairing alcohol with my food too!
I grew up in Nishinomiya in Hyogo Prefecture. Fans of the anime series The Melancholy of
Haruhi Suzumiya will be familiar with the town–I used to do the dance from that show all the
time. I’ve loved dancing since I was a kid. My mom told me that once when I was young, I
started dancing to the song Kawaii Kakurenbo, but I was crying because I didn’t WANT to dance–I just couldn’t help it. I guess I just want to dance on a cellular level.
I started appearing on NHK Educational TV’s Tensai Terebi-kun MAX when I was in 5th grade.
Since then, I’ve started appearing on different variety shows, and I’m currently working on
Nyanchuu! Uchuu! Housou Chu-! and German for Travel.
“Nice to meet everyone!
I’m Mana Manaka–nicknamed Manafy–and my member color in FRUITS ZIPPER is light blue!
Previously, I worked at KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU, and I did my best to transmit ‘KAWAII’ from Harajuku to the world❤️
This is my first time working as an idol, but I’m going to work hard to embody the idea of ‘KAWAII’ and to create the ‘NEW KAWAII’ that FRUITS ZIPPER has to offer through music, dance, and by sharing Japanese idol culture!”
“A question for Mana–what is KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU?”
“KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU is part-restaurant, part-entertainment venue, part-art installation. It was directed by Sebastian Masuda, the ‘king of kawaii,’ and guests can order really unique and colorful dishes in an amazing space designed to look like the inside of a monster’s belly!”
“Nice to meet you! Here’s a question from readers: why did you decide to become an idol?”
“Since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to be center stage. When I saw an artist performing live, I started to think “wow, I’d love to see what they’re seeing,” so I decided to pursue a career in the music industry. Thanks to some of the connections I’ve made over the years, I’m now able to pursue the idol life! I’m glad that I chose this path because I love being on stage with the other members of FRUITS ZIPPER.”
“I decided I wanted to be an idol a long time ago when I ended my time on Tensai Terebi-kun MAX. Right after, I was photographed in a school uniform for Shueisha’s Aoharu Magazine. The problem was that I was already in my mid-teens at that point. I thought it was too late to become an idol, so I just put those feelings away.
After that, I had so many different opportunities to appear in different plays and variety shows, but there was always this nagging feeling in my chest. It’s hard to describe, but I just felt like something was missing.
During that period of stress and confusion, there was a lot of discussion about my joining ASOBISYSTEM. When I looked at their website, I saw that they were recruiting members for a new idol group. I started freaking out, and my mom–who was standing next to me at the time–
said that I should talk with them about it. I went to the person in charge and asked them about what it would take to be an idol. I realized, in that moment, that I didn’t want to go the rest of my life without trying it out. Now I can say that I made the right decision, I guess. (laugh)
“Harris, the content director of KAWAII MONSTER CAFE and the current manager of FRUITS ZIPPER, contacted me out of the blue and asked if I was interested in idols. When he brought up the subject, I followed my gut. I instantly knew it would be fun, so I decided to just take a leap of faith!”
“Moving on, tell us about what you’ve worked on the hardest up until this point in your life.”
“When I was a student, I tried to balance my studies with my performing arts activities. I had done a little modeling work before I started working as an idol, but once I joined FRUITS ZIPPER I got incredibly busy. My final exams coincided with my prep period and my idol debut! Once I
overcame all of that and successfully graduated, I felt so much stronger. (laugh)
“In my teens, I wanted to find a balance between being ‘normal’ and being ‘special.’
From a young age, I had been working in a space where I was surrounded by adults. I think that made me feel special, compared to my peers.
But living in that world was difficult as well. There were so many things that I felt I was missing out on–things that I felt I couldn’t catch up to.
One day, I was riding the bullet train alone. I lived in Hyogo Prefecture, but I commuted to Tokyo at least three days a week. When I passed by Nagoya, I suddenly got really sick with a fever, and my parents rushed me to the hospital.
I remember wondering how adults dealt with things like that. There were so many days that I would call my mom from Yamagata as a fifth-grader, crying my eyes out.
The world of entertainment is so vastly different from the real world, and I desperately wanted a sense of normalcy. I needed that comfort. I’m not sure what the definition of ‘normal’ is, but I
guess I didn’t want anyone to take away that innocent childishness from me. Looking back, I worked so incredibly hard to protect it.”
“During my time as a poster girl for KAWAII MONSTER CAFE HARAJUKU, I worked hard to create a space that people could enjoy. I wanted everyone to leave satisfied and smiling and I wanted them to come back again. Looking back on those days, every day was so happy and the space was just so welcoming. I don’t think that the KAWAII MONSTER CAFE could have been successful without the team members who worked so hard to create the best possible experience. Every moment was heaven.”
“Thanks for sharing. FRUITS ZIPPER’s concept is “From Harajuku to the World.” If you end up
going abroad, what would you like to do?”
“I’d love to do a special concert in each of the countries I’ve been to. Each concert would be created for each country–we’d wear unique costumes and have unique sets. At the same time, I feel like we can bring Japanese idol culture to the world by staying true to ourselves. I can dream. I want to do something really spectacular!”
“Right now, I’m working on an educational program called German for Travel. I’ve learned so many phrases, so I’d like to try them out in real life–things like ordering a meal and explaining my thoughts about the food to the waiter. I do a cute dance on the show too, so I’d like to do that with the waiter too! I’m still a little too nervous to try it alone, so I’d ask our half-German member Noel Hayase–who speaks 3.5 languages!–to be next to me the whole time.
I’d also like to lay down in the middle of the Sedona desert and see a UFO!”
“I want us to appear in a major festival!
After that, I’d love to represent Japan on the world stage at something like Japan Parade or Japan Expo. I want to spread Japanese idol culture to the world through ‘KAWAII,’ something that’s so universally loved!
Personally, I love musicals and theme parks, so I’m hoping to travel a lot in the future.”
“Last question. What is the most important thing about being an idol to you?”
“Being an idol means always having a goal. It’s more fun and more useful to keep thinking about where I want to go and how I want to be. If I were to take part in idol activities without a goal, I’d lose sight of why I’m doing what I’m doing. I started down this path because I had a goal in mind, and I intend to keep doing so.”
“I think the most important thing is to make everyone happy and to increase the Earth’s
vibrations! Human beings can’t be happy-go-lucky every day–we all have our own problems and negative feelings. But I hope that our music, our videos, and our live performances can support everyone during those difficult times.
I also think that ‘fun’ is something that spreads from person to person. When I’m performing
live, I’m truly enjoying myself from the bottom of my heart. The other members can sense
those honest feelings, and they carry them home to their families, to their friends at school, and maybe to their grandparents who they haven’t seen in a while. That sense of ‘fun’ is contagious–it lets us connect with people. I want everyone to have fun more than anything. Maybe we can make the entire world happy, in time. (laugh)
“FRUITS ZIPPER wants to give everyone strength and happiness through our activities. Above all else, I value always being energetic and positive, and I always want to have fun!”
“Thank you so much for chatting with us. Is there anything you’d like to say before we
“It’s only been a short time since I debuted and I have zero experience as an idol, so there’s a
ton that I don’t know. Even still, I have a dream that I want to achieve and I will do my best to achieve it. Because I want to show everyone my dream, I’ll do my best to make it come true
with energy and a smile. I hope you’ll come along with us and support us as much as you can!”
“FRUITS ZIPPER will keep spreading ‘NEW KAWAII’ around the world in all kinds of ways!
I hope that we can awaken the ‘NEW KAWAII’ that’s been inside of you all along!”
“We’re just getting started, but we’re going full speed ahead! I can’t wait until we can travel and meet fans around the world. Through Japanese idol culture and our ‘NEW KAWAII,’ we hope to
connect the world and bring happiness to everyone we meet!
From Harajuku to the world!!!”
From Harajuku to the world! Chasing the bright future of a rising star, FRUITS ZIPPER
FRUITS ZIPPER is a group quickly rising to stardom, debuted from “KAWAII LAB.” KAWAII LAB is a new project to introduce Japanese idol culture from “Harajuku”, a fashion town where various cultures and personalities gather, to the world. Members of the group include Amane Tsukihashi, Suzuka Chinzei, Yui Sakurai, Runa Nakagawa, Manaka Mana, Karen Matsumoto, and Noel Hayase.
Even before their debut, the group garnered attention for their breathtaking visuals. Their performances are so powerful, you would never expect such refined skill from such an adorable aesthetic, which is known to captivate the hearts of their fans. The group is produced by Misa Kimura, a model and TV personality who is also the general producer of “KAWAII LAB. She will utilize her experience and creativity as the leader of the idol group “Musubizm” to introduce idol culture to the world.
Expressing FRUITS ZIPPER’s world through collaborations with creators
Furthermore, even before their debut, the group drew a lot of attention because of their collaborations with many different renowned creators. Among the collaborations includes the artist photos created by video director/art director/3DCG artist YUKARI. She uses a cutting-edge trend of CG-moving techniques, in addition to still-images. The mysterious colors of bright light that embraces the girls are definitely eye-catching.
Catchy and cute choreography of FRUITS ZIPPER
Followed by the debut song “Kimino Akaruimiraiwo Oikakete,” a song with a positive message for the future, “Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro,” with its cute choreography and lyrics, won the hearts of people and was selected as one of the “TikTok Hot Songs in Japan” and charted on the Billboard. More than 13,000 videos using ”Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro” have been posted on TikTok with the hashtag “#わたしの一番かわいいところ (Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro).” The long-awaited third single “Kanpeki Syugide☆”, which was released on May 20, is an energetic tune created by music producer Manaka Suzuki.
Performances that reach into people’s hearts and minds
A pop-culture event presented by Asobisystem “ASOBE!!,” was held at Spotify O-EAST on May 26th. In addition to FRUITS ZIPPER, fellow Asobisystem members Atarashii Gakko! and IDOLATER, who is also a member of “KAWAII LAB.”, performed at the event. Many other remarkable idol groups also took part in the event, enlivening the venue.
Alongside their regular performances, they are scheduled to participate in a number of events, including the “LEADING PALETTE! and “HYPE IDOL! vol. 20” at Nihonbashi Mitsui Hall both June 12th. Make sure to come and see their live performance, it’s sure to steal your heart!
Additionally, KAWAII LAB. will be serialized on “Moshi Moshi Nippon,” a website that provides the latest news of Japan to the world. The articles will be published in hopes of sharing the charm of IDOLATER and FRUITS ZIPPER with people not only in Japan, but also around the world. Details will be announced soon. Stay tuned for more from KAWAII LAB.!
Idol Group FRUITS ZIPPER Announces First Solo Concert
11.May.2022 | MUSIC
FRUITS ZIPPER, a new idol group from ASOBISYSTEM, has a simple concept: “From Harajuku to the World.” On May 3, the girls held a free solo concert titled “Find my Cutest Part,” attracting tons of new fans and lighting up social media.
Tickets for the group’s first concert on April 10 at Shirokane-Takanawa SELENE b2 sold out instantly, and the girls have been looking for a way to give back to their incredibly passionate fans. Sadly, the April 10 performance was postponed after the members and staff tested positive for COVID, so the content was changed and admission was free!
During the show, FRUITS ZIPPER announced that their introductory live show will now be held on July 16 at the same venue. The girls also announced that their first solo concert will be taking place on September 12 at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM.
Stay tuned to see what FRUITS ZIPPER does next!
FRUITS ZIPPER Debut Rerun Performance ‘Towards the Future’
Date: July 16, 2022
Venue: Shirokane-Takanawa SELENE b2
Doors Open 16:00 / Show Starts 17:00
Tickets: VIP ¥10,000 / Advance Tickets ¥3,000 / Day-of Tickets ¥3,500
FRUITS ZIPPER 1st Solo Concert (Title to be Announced)
Date: September 12, 2022
Venue: Ebisu LIQUIDROOM
Time: To be announced
Official Site: http://asobisystem.com/
KAWAII LAB. Group IDOLATER Adds Two New Members, First Live Video with Five Members Unveiled
28.April.2022 | MUSIC
IDOLATER is now a five-member group after adding two fresh faces! The idol group is part of KAWAII LAB., a project aiming to introduce the world to popular Japanese idol culture. Announced at the group’s solo concert ‘New IDOLATER’ on April 24, Fuuka Oishi and Ririka Satsuki have joined the current lineup, Ayu Okuda, Kurumi Tsukishiro, and Yukino Fushiki.
IDOLATER was formed after becoming finalists in the ASOBISYSTEM THE AUDITION 2018 competition, and the girls are known for exploring the boundary of music, fashion, and other unique aspects of culture through an idol perspective.
Ririka Satsuki is a solo artist based in Fukuoka with an incredible husky voice. Fuuka Oishi has previously worked as a model and is popular with creators for her sweet yet listless atmosphere. This is the first time either has worked as a model.
Check out the group’s first performance as five members below!
Swipin’ Flickin’ – IDOLATER (Live at Ebisu CreAto, April 24, 2022)
IDOLATER will also begin holding regular concerts at Ebisu CreAto starting in May 2022.
Comments from New Members
My name is Fuuka Oishi, and I’ve just joined IDOLATER.
When it comes to singing and dancing, I’m very inexperienced, but with the help of the other members, I’ll practice hard each and every day!
The first time I stood on stage, it really hit me–I’m becoming an idol. When I saw the fan’s kind faces in the audience, my nervousness turned into fun!
IDOLATER will continue to grow and evolve into something great, so I hope you’ll keep an eye on us!
Although I’ve just started my life as an idol, I have big dreams. I’ll do my best to make it to Budokan!
I’ll do my best as a member of IDOLATER, a group I love so much.
Please support me!
I’m Ririka Satsuki, a new member of IDOLATER.
I used to be a solo singer, and this is my first time as an idol. I’m really nervous but also incredibly excited about what the future will bring. The other members are always making me laugh and giving me the strength to do my best.
If there’s one goal that drives me more than anything, it’s my dream of performing at Budokan.
We want our fans to come along too!!!!
I’ll do my best, so please continue to support me!
Upcoming Regular Performances
IDOLATER Performance Vol. 1 “A Certain Woman”
May 22, 2022
Doors Open 14:30 / Show Starts 15:00
Venue: Ebisu CreAto
Lottery for Priority Tickets: April 25, 19:00 – April 28, 23:59
Announcement of Winners: April 29
Advance Sales Period: April 30, 20:00 – May 21, 23:59
Idol Group Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku to Open One-Day ‘Ebisen Cafe’ in Omotesando
The popular idol group Shuritsu Ebisu Chugaku will open a one-day-only cafe in Omotesando on May 1, 2022! The location will open in conjunction with CookpadTV, which hosts the popular show ‘Shiritsu Ebisu Culinary Institute.’
The members of Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku are passionate about cooking, making this the perfect project. Since October 2021, the girls have streamed their cooking stories and ideas on CookpadLive, and now, they’re ready to put their hearts and souls into each and every item on this cafe menu. Visitors will also be able to purchase original merchandise on-site and see some of the member’s costumes!
Reservations for the cookpadLive Ebisen cafe are required, and the lottery for reservations is open now. Some of the menu items and original goods offered at the cafe are also available for purchase on cookpadLive’s official E-commerce site, so don’t worry if you aren’t able to attend in person on May 1!
The cookpadLive Ebisen Cafe will feature a special lunch time, dinner time, and cafe time. The nine members of Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku will appear in three teams for each session.
cookpadLive Ebisen Cafe
Address: cookpadLive cafe Omotesando
Open: May 1, 2022
Lunch 12:30 – 13:30
Cafe 16:00 – 17:00
Dinner 19:30 – 20:30
E-commerce Site: https://cookpadtv.stores.jp/
BiSH Appears on First Front Cover of the Reborn Fashion Magazine Zipper
19.March.2022 | FASHION
DONUTS and ASOBISYSTEM will begin reprinting the legendary fashion magazine Zipper starting March 23, 2022! The commemorative first issue will feature girls group BiSH on the cover, and the girls will also take center stage in a six-page special feature.
The first feature will feature plenty of what Zipper is known for–Harajuku street photography. The magazine is filled with unique talents who are looking towards the future of Tokyo’s style. The theme, simply put, is “I decide what’s fashionable!”
The grand prize winner of the Zipper model audition will also be announced in the first issue. Seven finalists were selected via a live streaming audition and a professional photo shoot. The winner will work as a Zipper model for a full year.
FRUITS ZIPPER, the New Idol Group from ASOBISYSTEM, Reveals 7 Members
01.March.2022 | MUSIC
ASOBISYSTEM’s recent KAWAII LAB project seeks to introduce Japan’s growing idol culture to the world. The new group FRUITS ZIPPER was born from this idea, and the girls will hold their debut concert at Shirokane-Takanawa SELENE b2 on April 10, 2022.
The group’s concept is ‘from Harajuku to the world.’ FRUITS ZIPPER will transmit what they call ‘NEW KAWAII’ from Harajuku, an area known for fashion and individuality, to their soon-to-be global fanbase.
Although the name seems strange, it has a meaning–FRUITS, to bear fruit, and ZIP, meaning ‘to give energy,’ is the perfect title for such a young and exciting group. The girls hope to ‘grow through idol activities, starting as seeds and growing into something more.’ They also hope to bring some happiness to those around the world. The producer of the group is model and celebrity Misa Kimura, who is also the general producer of KAWAII LAB. A lover of idols for years, Kimura previously served as the leader of the idol group Musubizm. This will be her first time acting as a producer.
Images of the seven members of FRUITS ZIPPER have been unveiled. Rather than being still images, they are dubbed as CG ‘moving art photos.’ A style that has been trending overseas in recent years, these images were created by YUKARI, a video director, art director, and 3DCG artist from the digital creative company OFBYFOR TOKYO.
The lottery for VIP tickets to the first FRUITS ZIPPER concert will open on February 26.
Keep your eyes on FRUITS ZIPPER and get ready for their exciting debut!
FRUITS ZIPPER Member Profiles
FRUITS ZIPPER Debut Concert ‘FIRST CONTACT’
Location: Shirokane-Takanawa SELENE b2
Date: April 10, 2022
Doors Open at 16:00 / Show Starts at 17:00
Tickets: VIP ¥10,000 / Advance Tickets ¥3,000 / Day-of Tickets ¥3,500
Ticket Sales: https://eplus.jp/
VIP Lottery Open: February 26 – March 2, 2022 at 18:00
Advance Ticket Sales Start March 5, 2022
VIP Benefits: Front-row seats, limited-edition T-shirt, limited-edition VIP Pass
Bullet Train Boy Band Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Coming-of-Age Ceremony Broadcast
11.January.2022 | MUSIC
The five-members dance and vocal group Bullet Train will hold a special 10th-anniversary broadcast exclusively on Hikari TV on January 14, 2022. The ‘Bullet Train Coming-of-Age Ceremony’ will also be archived after the scheduled broadcast at 18:00, but only for a limited time.
Bullet Train celebrated its 10th anniversary on December 25, 2021, and will spend 2022 celebrating with plenty of special events and releases. In Japan, the Coming-of-Age ceremony is held when an individual turns 20 years old and celebrates a person becoming an adult. The members of the group will speak about the last decade of their lives as idols, and will hold a live concert as well! The show will be available exclusively for those with access to Hikari TV nationwide, and an edited version of the event–including behind-the-scenes footage–will be streamed at a later date. Stay tuned for details!
Bullet Train 10th Anniversary Special (Talk & Concert) ‘Bullet Train Coming-of-Age Ceremony’Streaming Date: January 14, 2022 at 18:00~
Where to Watch: Hikari TV https://www.hikaritv.net
Price: Customers who subscribe to the Oneuchi plan, Special TV plan, Video Zanmai Plan, Basic Broadcast Plan, or Value Plan can view the special for no extra cost.
EBiDAN Special Program: https://www.hikaritv.net/sp/ebidan?cid=ent_video_ebdn_nr_29
Official Site: https://bullettrain.jp
Akihabara Maid Cafe Idol Group Maidin! to Release Major Debut Single
03.November.2021 | MUSIC
One of the most popular maid cafes in Akihabara, @home cafe is celebrating 17 successful years. With eight stores in both Tokyo and Osaka, a collection of maids have come together to form a new idol group, Maidin! The girls have announced that they will make their major music debut under the Purple One Star label on December 22, 2021.
Maidin! Debut Single – Kimi to Hareruya!
The group’s first track Kimi to Hareruya is available on streaming platforms now, and the girls announced their major debut during a live stream on October 23. They also let fans know that the CD will include three songs, and a huge 51-day release event will also be taking place!
Kimi to Hareruya is a bright and cheerful song, and the music video features the members dancing in their maid outfits while showing off their skills. The First Edition single will include a Blu-ray featuring the making-of video for the music video, as well as one random trading card (17 varieties) featuring one of the members.
Tokyo Color Sonic!! Announces Limited-Time Event & Live Announcement of Winning Pair
In July 2021, sprout unveiled details about a new 2D mixed-media franchise called Tokyo Color Sonic!! Featuring eight characters split into groups of two, each is played by a talented voice actor, and the story sees the boys promoting Japanese music to a global audience. On November 6 and November 7 at the Ikebukuro Sunshine City Animate location, the Animate Girls Festival will feature decorations from the series, and starting November 13 the ‘Tokyo Color Sonic!! Animate Fair ~Begin on buddy~’ event will begin, featuring tons of new goods! The winning team from Tokyo Color Sonic will be announced during a special vocal drama airing on the official series YouTube channel on November 7, 2021.
AGF 2021 Buddy Set
Ironoha Music Academy Notebook
Ironoha Music Academy Ball-point Pen
Mask Case (Bromide included)
AGF 2021 Special Purchase Gift at Venue: Non-Woven Bag
Tokyo Color Sonic!! Animate Fair ~Begin on buddy~
Bonus: Foil-stamped card featuring a message in each character’s handwriting
Acrylic Stand (Mini-Characters Vol. 1): ¥700 (Tax Included)
Tabletop School Calender 2022: ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
Motel Key Acrylic Keychain (8 varieties): ¥880 each (Tax Included)
Tokyo Color Sonic is set in the near future, where a government mandate aims to promote and develop the Japanese music industry as means to spread it worldwide. The movement is called “Coloration,” but after developing the program for years, things need to change. The Ironoha Music Academy trains singer and composer duos, and the country decides to start an annual music festival called Tokyo Color Sonic to shake things up! Popular illustrator Ryo Fujiwara, who has also worked on A3! and GAKUGEIDAI JUNES, is responsible for the character designs.
A number of goods featuring illustrations drawn by Ryo Fujiwara will be available at the Ikebukuro Sunshine City Animate location ahead of the AGF event starting November 6.
During the ‘Tokyo Color Sonic!! Animate Fair ~Begin on buddy~’ event, for every ¥1,100 spent on Tokyo Color Sonic goods and CDs (including tax), guests will receive a random code (8 varieties) to listen to a piece of newly-recorded audio from one of the characters! These clips are messages from each character to their respective buddies. In addition, for every ¥2,200 spent (including tax), guests will receive a random foil-stamped message card featuring messages from the characters written in their own handwriting.
Are you rooting for a particular team to win? Be sure to tune in on November 7 to see if your favorites walk away victorious!
Animate Girls Festival (AGF) 2021
Running: November 6 – 7, 2021
Hours: Main Venue 8:45-18:00 (Last admission at 16:30)
Address: Main Venue at Ikebukuro Sunshine City (3-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku, Tokyo)
Bunka Kaikan Building 4F, Exhibition Hall B – Booth G-1
Tokyo Color Sonic!! Animate Fair ~Begin on buddy~
Running: November 13 – December 5, 2021
Location: Animate stores nationwide, Animate Online, ACOS Online Shop
Tokyo Color Sonic!! Winning Pair Announcement Vocal Drama
Unit 1: Arashi Komiyama (CV: Shoya Chiba) & Sora Kirishima (CV: Yuto Uemura)
Unit 2: Iori Takarada (CV: Soma Saito) & Haruhi Kaji (CV: Yoshiki Nakajima)
Unit 3: Towa Sebumi (CV: Gakuto Kajiwara) & Mirai Zaizen (CV: Ryohei Kimura)
Unit 4: Kairi Kurahashi (CV: Shunsuke Takeuchi) & Kagura Takatsuki (CV: Takuya Eguchi)
Broadcast Date: November 7, 2021, 20:00~
Where to Listen: Tokyo Color Sonic!! Official YouTube Channel
Idol Group Sakurkazaka46 to Stream Final Performance of First Tour Live on dTV
21.October.2021 | MUSIC
Video streaming service dTV will broadcast the final performance of Sakurazaka46’s first tour on October 31, 2021, at 5:30 PM. dTV members will get ¥1,000 off the general admission price of ¥3,500. For those who aren’t able to watch the live broadcast, a repeat broadcast will begin at 10:30 PM on October 31.
Sakurazaka46 made their major debut on December 9, 2020, with the single Nobody’s fault. The group performed on Debut Countdown Live!! the day prior, and their incredible performance was aired in movie theaters across the country.
In April 2021, Sakurazaka46 released their second single, BAN. At July’s W-KEYAKI FES. 2021, they performed in front of a live audience for the first time. Their third single will be released on October 13, and the group will perform the new tracks during this concert. Their new music video was unveiled to audiences during this tour.
Using dTV, fans can watch the concert on their smartphone, tablet, computer, or television.
Sakurazaka46 1st TOUR 2021 – Saitama Super Arena
Streaming Date: October 31, 2021 at 17:30 (Doors open at 16:30)
Repeat Broadcast: October 31, 2021 at 22:30
Sales Period: October 9, 2021 at 12:00 until October 31, 2021 at 22:30
Price: ¥3,500 (Tax Included)
Special Price for dTV Members: ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
Where to Watch: dTV
dTV Ticket Page: https://bit.ly/3al4vQu
New Balance 327 Web Commercial Features AKB48 Performing New Single
AKB48’s new single Nemohamo Rumor has been making waves with its catchy beat and incredible choreography. The group’s first new single in a year and a half, members Nana Okada, Yui Oguri, Hitomi Honda, and others are performing the track in a new web commercial for New Balance 327 sneakers! The CM is available on ABC Mart’s official website, as well as AKB48’s official YouTube channel.
To commemorate the release of the new commercial, 48 lucky people will receive a purchase bonus, including an original photo card and snapbook in a new app lottery campaign. A special pop-up will also be held on the second floor of ABC-MART GRAND STAGE Ginza starting September 23, 2021.
ABC-MART GRAND STAGE Ginza 2F Special Pop-Up
Participating AKB48 Members
While the choreography for Nemohamo Rumor is incredibly complex and demanding, the members didn’t show a single sign of exhaustion or fatigue during shooting, instead happily chatting with each other and commenting on each other’s performance the entire time. As we checked the footage, we were incredibly impressed by how the shoes looked as they performed.