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/
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.
BiSH Collab Poster Available in Tower Records Monthly Push Campaign!
04.August.2021 | MUSIC
Tower Records have been promoting artists in-store with their Monthly Tower Push campaign, and the next group to be getting the big Tower Push will be BiSH as they promote their 4th major album, GOiNG TO DESTRUCTION, releasing on August 4, 2021.
Monthly Tower Push August | BiSH Collab Poster
Tower Records Limited Bonus: Jigsaw Puzzle *Not available with HAKAI-BAN (AVCD-96749).
Between August 1 and 31, these special collaboration posters will be available at all Tower Record and TOWERmini store. Each store will be promoting the release alongside a commemorative panel exhibit to mark the release of GOiNG TO DESTRUCTiON, BiSH’s first full-length album in over 2 years.
10 lucky customers who purchase the album, available from August 4, enter the draw between August 3rd and 9th at participating stores, will win a free Monthly Tower Push A2 poster.
Those who purchase the album in store can enter the lottery on the Tower Record website using a QR code on the receipt, while customers buying online can enter the draw using the special lottery page.
A limited edition receipt will also be provided to customers who purchase BiSH’s GOiNG TO DESTRUCTiON during the promotion period.
This special campaign celebrating the groups 4th anniversary is a a must-visit for any BiSH fan!
BiSH x Tower Records
Availability: August 1 ~ August 31, 2021
Official Site: https://tower.jp/
Shibuya PARCO’s Dwiky KA Exhibition Collaborates With Japanese Brands and Artists
PARCO opened the Dwiky KA Exhibition at its Shibuya branch on Friday where it’s set to run until August 9. Dwiky KA is an Indonesian artist who has collaborated with many music artists and apparel brands.
Dwiky KA x HYSTERIC GLAMOUR
Dwiky KA x BiSH
Dwiky KA x Kosuke Kawamura
Dwiky KA x Kosuke Kawamura
Dwiky KA x Tappei
As part of the exhibition, a line-up of merchandise and original items is being sold, including collaborations with brands Hysteric Glamour and balansa x YAGI, artists Kosuke Kawamura and Yappei, and idol punk band BiSH.
YAGIBOY & GALLERY X presents Dwiky KA exhibition “LABRAX”
Running: July 30, 2021 – August 9, 2021
Location: GALLERY X
Address: Shibuya PARCO Floor B1F, Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo
Opening Hours: 11:00-20:00
Price: ¥500 (Tax Included)
Official Website: https://art.parco.jp
BiSH Releases Kingdom Anime Opening Theme ‘STACKiNG’ Music Video
Japanese idol group BiSH, often called the ‘punk band without instruments,’ released the full music video for their new song STACKiNG on Monday. The track will feature as the second opening theme for the anime series Kingdom from July 18.
BiSH / STACKiNG [OFFiCiAL ViDEO]
The song is also available to listen to on major music streaming and download services. It will feature on their upcoming 4th album GOiNG TO DESTRUCTiON set to release on August 4.
Official Website: https://kingdom-anime.com
BiSH, the Japanese idol group often nicknamed ‘the punk band without instruments,’ have announced that their 4th studio album GOiNG TO DESTRUCTiON will be released on August 4, 2021. It comes over two years since their last album release.
The album will be available in four versions: the CD Edition, First Press Limited Edition, DVD Edition, and Destruction Edition.
The CD edition features just the 14-track album, including STORY OF DUTY written as promotion for Call of Duty: Mobile, STAR which was written as the main theme for a Japanese TV drama, and in case…, the opening theme for the anime series Godzilla Singular Point. The album includes 10 new songs
BiSH – “GOiNG TO DESTRUCTiON” Promo
The aptly-named Destruction Edition comes in special packaging and includes signed cards by the members inside. The First Press Limited Edition and DVD Edition features 60-minutes of live video footage, with the former also coming with the STORY OF DUTY music video, STAR lyric video, music videos for new songs, behind-the-scenes footage, and a photobook.
BiSH / BiSH SPARKS “This is not BiSH except BiSH” EPiSODE 4
GOiNG TO DESTRUCTiON
Release Date: August 4, 2021
First Press Limited Edition (CD+Blu-ray Disc+Photobook): ¥11,00 (Tax Included) [AVCD-96748/B]
Destruction Edition (CD-Only): ¥3,300 (Tax Included) [AVCD-96749]
DVD Edition (CD+DVD): ¥6,380 (Tax Included) [AVCD-96750/B]
CD Edition (CD-Only): ¥3,300 (Tax Included) [AVCD-96751]
Official Website: https://www.bish.tokyo/
Tokyo Mew Mew New Anime Cast Music Group Smewthie Performs Live
In promotion of the upcoming new anime series adaptation of Tokyo Mew Mew New, which is releasing in 2022, the cast hosted an event titled ‘2nd MEW♡ting’ on Saturday May 22 where they read their lines aloud to fans.
The event was held on the same date as Masaya Aoyama’s birthday – the male love interest of the series protagonist Ichigo Momomiya. There was a section of the event where Ichigo spoke about the cake she made for Aoyama the day before.
This was Smewthie’s first event with a live audience. They performed full versions of bitter sweet darling and Resolution of colors for the first time, amongst other fun things such as a segment similar to a Japanese variety show.
‘bitter sweet darling’ was the group’s first single
Smewthie「bitter sweet darling」Music Video
Smewthie「bitter sweet darling」Dance Performance Video
bitter sweet darling: Track Download ¥250 / Full Single Download ¥1,350 / His-Res Track Download ¥400 / Hi-Res Full Single Download ¥1,800
bitter sweet darling is available on music streaming and download services.
Will you be watching Tokyo Mew Mew New when it airs next year?
Smewthie 2nd MEW♡ting
Event Page: https://tokyo-mew-mew.com/news/article_012.html
Good Smile Company Releases New Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club Figures
Good Smile Company released two figures on May 13 as part of their POP UP PARADE series. They include Emma Verde and Rina Tennoji from the anime series Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club.
POP UP PARADE Emma Verde / POP UP PARADE Rina Tennoji – ¥3,900 Each (Tax Included)
POP UP PARADE is a new series of figures by Good Smile Company that are easy to collect with affordable prices and speedy releases! Each figure typically stands around 17-18cm in height and the series features a vast selection of characters from popular anime and game series.
A figure of Emma Verde in her “Nijiiro Passions!” costume! Emma has been recreated with a bright smile on her face.
A figure of Rina Tennoji in her “Nijiiro Passions!” costume! Enjoy her “Auto Emotion Convert Rina-chan Board” and slightly visible face underneath!
The figures are available to purchase worldwide from Good Smile Company – links below.
© 2020 プロジェクトラブライブ！虹ヶ咲学園スクールアイドル同好会
POP UP PARADE Emma Verde / POP UP PARADE Rina Tennoji
Order WIndow: May 13, 2021 – June 9, 2021
Release Date: September 2021
Idol Group Tsubaki Factory Features on Tower Records Shinjuku’s NO MUSIC, NO IDOL? Poster
14.May.2021 | MUSIC
In promotion of their upcoming album 2nd STEP, which will hit shelves on May 26, Japanese idol group Tsubaki Factory was featured in Vol.242 of Tower Record Shinjuku’s idol project NO MUSIC, NO IDOL?.
Tsubaki Factory in NO MUSIC, NO IDOL Vol.242
Tsubaki Factory formed in 2015 as members of Hello Project, an all-female idol group project managed by UP-FRONT AGENCY. The eight-member group made their debut with the release of their first single Hatsukoi Sunrise/Just Try!/Uruwashi no Camellia in 2017. In the same year, they receive the Newcomer Award from the 50th Japan Cable Awards.
Their forthcoming 15-track album 2nd STEP will include six singles from their fifth to their current as well as three additional tracks and six brand new ones. Tower Records is handing out posters and postcards to fans who pre-order or buy the record at select stores.
Receive a free NO MUSIC, NO IDOL? poster and postcard
Posters and postcards will be given to fans who purchase any of the three editions of 2nd STEP at the select Tower Records branches below. Available in limited stock on a first-come, first-served basis, those who pre-order the album will be given priority of posters and postcards over those who purchase it after its release.
Participating Branches: Sapporo PIVOT/Sendai PARCO/Shinjuku/Yokohama Vivre/Niigata/Shizuoka/Nagoya PARCO/Umeda NU Chayamachi/Hiroshima/Takamatsu Marugamemachi/Fukuoka PARCO/Naha
2nd STEP will be released in 3 editions
First Press Limited-Edition A (CD+Blu-ray+48 Page Booklet) | ¥8,800 (Tax Included)
First Press Limited-Edition A includes the album, all versions of the music videos from the group’s 5th single to their current release, a Blu-ray featuring a behind-the-scenes shoot of the album cover photos, and an 48-page A4-size photo book.
First Press Limited-Edition B (CD+DVD) | ¥5,500 (Tax Included)
First Press Limited-Edition B includes a DVD featuring the footage taken from a drama event hosted by the group.
Regular Edition (CD) | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Get a freebie with your purchase at Tower Records
Purchasing the new album at Tower Records, TOWERmini, or the Tower Records online store will earn fans the below-pictured A4 folder. Available in limited stock on a first-come, first-served basis, those who pre-order the album will be given priority of folders over those who purchase it after its release.
Tsubaki Factory – “2nd STEP”
Release Date: May 26, 2021
Tower Records Official Website: https://tower.jp