After releasing the new MANINGEN EP on August 16, the members of ATARASHII GAKKO! announced that they would embark on their first overseas tour, ATARASHII GAKKO! The SEISHUN Tour, this November.
The group’s song OTONABLUE has reached an astounding 3.1 billion views on TikTok, winning the TikTok Trending Award for the first half of 2023 with over 14 million followers on the social media site. ATARASHII GAKKO! performed in New York in May and at the Head in the Clouds festival in Los Angeles in July, continuing to make headlines. Their tour will kick off at the Fonda Theater in Los Angeles and continue for 10 shows across North America, Hong Kong, and Bangkok.
Before embarking on their global tour, the group will perform a solo show at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium on October 29. Tickets sold out quickly, and the group’s more dedicated fans can’t wait for the rare opportunity to see ATARASHII GAKKO! perform solo in Japan.
ATARASHII GAKKO! The SEISHUN Tour
(All dates local time)
11/7 Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
11/8 San Francisco, CA – The Regency Ballroom
11/10 New York, NY- Music Hall of Williamsburg
11/11 Washington, D.C.- Black Cat
11/13 Toronto, ON- The Axis Club
11/15 Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
11/16 St. Paul, MN- Amsterdam Bar & Hall
11/18 Mexico City, MX- Corona Capital (https://www.coronacapital.com.mx/)
12/2 Hong Kong- Clockenflap Festival (https://www.clockenflap.com/) *Tickets available anytime
12/3 Bangkok, TH- Maho Rasop Festival (https://www.mahorasop.com/) *Tickets available anytime
Spotify Presale: August 17, 2:00AM ~ Limited 1-day sale
General Sales: August 18, 10:00AM (August 19, 2:00AM JST)
Special Tour Site
MANINGEN EP – ATARASHII GAKKO!
Release Date: August 16
M3: Que Sera Sera
M4: OTONABLUE – From THE FIRST TAKE
M5: NERAIUCHI (50 th anniversary cover)
Streaming URL: https://lnk.to/MANINGEN_EP
ATARASHII GAKKO! Appointed as Image Characters for the 61st Sendenkaigi Awards
25.August.2023 | FASHION
The members of ATARASHII GAKKO! have been chosen to appear as image characters for this year’s Sendenkaigi Awards. The monthly Sendenkaigi magazine sponsors the event focusing on creativity and trends in the world of marketing.
Many people from both inside and outside the advertising world submit their creations, and the Sendenkaigi Awards has become a place for creatives to discover words that shine. This year’s applicants were encouraged to explore new ways of expression to break stereotypes and foster new ideas. The members of Atarashii Gakko! are a fitting addition to this year’s event, as the group is known for its unapologetic individuality.
ATARASHII GAKKO! will appear on official posters displayed at train stations and bookstores. The group will also appear on the cover of the October/November issue of Sendenkaigi magazine.
Sendenkaigi Awards Official Site
ATARASHII GAKKO! Wins Grand Prize in the TikTok Trend Awards for the First Half of 2023 with ‘ATARASHII GAKKO! Wins Grand Prize in the TikTok Trend Awards for the First Half of 2023 with ‘OTONABLUE’
04.July.2023 | MUSIC
The wildly popular track OTONABLUE by ATARASHII GAKKO! won the top prize for the first half of 2023 in the TikTok Trend Awards.
Although the track was initially released years ago, OTONABLUE became popular this year after its curious neck-swing dance became a popular subject on TikTok. As of June 21, 2023, the total number of videos using the song on the short video app exceeds 3.1 billion. The award recognizes the track’s incredible impact on TikTok, considering the total amount of likes and views on related videos. The neck-swing dance has become a major trend with young people both on the app and outside of it.
The group performed OTONABLUE live at the awards ceremony, wowing the crowd with their rendition of the iconic choreography. The award was bestowed by Ichiro Yamaguchi of Sakanaction, a TikTok ambassador and presenter at the ceremony.
■ TikTok Trend Awards 2023 (First Half) Overview
The first half of the TikTok Trend Awards nominates popular hashtags, challenges, music, food, items, and other trending subjects on TikTok during the first half of 2023. The most popular trend in each category is chosen after a comprehensive evaluation of the app’s data, and the winners are picked by measuring the number of total posts and the number of views inside the app.
‘MANINGEN’ by ATARASHII GAKKO! Chosen as Theme Song for TV Asahi Drama Series ‘Keibuho Daimajin’
22.June.2023 | MUSIC
MANINGEN, a new song from ATARASHII GAKKO!, will be the opening theme for TV Asahi’s Friday Night Drama series Keibuho Daimajin.
The series is an adaptation of the popular manga series of the same name by Richard Wu (Takashi Nagasaki) and will star Toma Ikuta. Directed by Takashi Miike, fans are excited to see artist Kouji Kouno and Richard Wu reunite to create something new following the successful drama series Inspector Kurokocchi. A special teaser trailer featuring the new theme song is available on the TV Asahi YouTube channel.
An EP featuring MANINGEN will be released physically on August 16. The track will be available to stream worldwide on August 9.
<Comment from Keibuho Daimaijin Star Toma Ikuta>
“I’ve been a massive fan of ATARASHII GAKKO! for years. I love the girls’ music and performances, so I’m thrilled to be able to work on this project together with them. They put so much effort and energy into their dance routines and stage performances, and they always have this over-the-top presence. I’m looking forward to seeing what kind of performance they come up with this time. The track starts with Suzuka’s elongated vocals, which sound incredible as expected. I think it matches the series perfectly, and listeners will get the sense that the drama will only continue to grow. You’ll feel as though the story has only just begun.”
Keibuho Daimaijin (TV Asahi Friday Night Drama)
Airing: Fridays at 11:15 starting July 7
Directed by: Takashi Miike, Ryusuke Kurahashi
Original Series: Keibuho Daimaijin (Written by Richard Wu / Art by Kouji Kouno / Published by Nihon Bungeisha)
MANINGEN – ATARASHII GAKKO! (EP)
Release Date: August 16, 2023
EP to include MANINGEN, the opening theme for the TV Asahi Friday Night Drama series Keibuho Daimaijin, Otonablue -From THE FIRST TAKE, and Koibun
MANINGEN – ATARASHII GAKKO! (Digital Single)
Release Date: August 9, 2023
Available to stream worldwide on all major music download and streaming services
ATARASHII GAKKO! Releases Legendary ‘OTONABLUE’ Performance from THE FIRST TAKE on Streaming Services
21.June.2023 | MUSIC
On June 16, the girls’ vocal and dance group ATARASHII GAKKO! released OTONABLUE – From THE FIRST TAKE on streaming services.
Originally released in 2020, OTONABLUE has become incredibly popular over the past year, with its ‘neck-dance’ choreography trending on TikTok. With views on the social media site surpassing 2.5 billion, a music video was thrown together and released, pulling in over 20 million views in two months.
On April 7, ATARASHII GAKKO! performed a special version of OTONABLUE on THE FIRST TAKE, commemorating their first time on the program with new choreography. Filmed in a single take, their appearance pulled in 20 million views in record time, becoming the channel’s most popular video of 2023. This special live version is now available to stream.
OTONABLUE – From THE FIRST TAKE / ATARASHII GAKKO! (Digital Single)
Streaming URL: https://linkco.re/6BR95fRV
ATARASHII GAKKO! Named as Ambassadors for NIKE Gamma Force
Nike’s Gamma Force line, a modern interpretation of classic 80s sneakers, will be available at ABC-MART and ABC-Mart Online. To celebrate the launch, a new visual and collaborative video featuring the members of ATARASHII GAKKO! have been released.
In the video, the girls are seen performing a flashy dance while wearing shoes from the Gamma Force line. The featured song, SUKI LIEwas featured on the group’s new EP ICHIJIKIKOKU and in standard ATARASHII GAKKO! style, the members express themselves freely while holding absolutely nothing back.
ATARASHII GAKKO! x Gamma Force Bonus Campaign
Those who purchase shoes from the Gamma Force line at ABC-MART stores or online will receive original stickers featuring ATARASHII GAKKO! One sheet will include special edition stickers, including key visuals and illustrations of the members wearing Gamma Force and their signature socks.
*One sticker sheet per purchase will be available while supplies last
*Bonus campaign begins May 11 both in stores and online
*The campaign will end once all stickers are gone
‘SEISHUN WO KIRISAKU HADO’ by ATARASHII GAKKO! Chosen as Theme Song for New Drama Series ‘Young Ladies Don’t Play Fighting Games’
On May 19, the drama series Young Ladies Don’t Play Fighting Games will begin airing on NTT Docomo’s Lemino streaming service. SEISHUN WO KIRISAKU HADO, a new song from ATARASHII GAKKO!, will serve as the theme song.
Inspired by Eri Ejima’s manga series of the same name, the over-the-top comedy series follows female students at an elite finishing school as they fall in love with fighting games–the furthest thing from a dignified hobby. The fast-paced song SEISHUN WO KIRISAKU HADO was written and composed by Kenta Matsukuma and has a catchy melody and passionate lyrics that perfectly fit the energy of the series.
<Comment from ATARASHII GAKKO!>
“SEISHUN WO KIRISAKU HADO, a song from our new EP ICHIJIKIKOKU, has been chosen as the theme song for Young Ladies Don’t Play Fighting Games! We’re so incredibly honored! The enthusiasm that the characters feel for video games is channeled through this feel-good track, and the choreography has provided us with a brand-new challenge! The excitement is exploding!”
Aya Mitsuki (Mizuki Kayashima) is a commoner and a new student at Kuromi Girls’ Academy, a refined and elegant school that expects the best from its young ladies. She aims to become as perfect as her fellow student and idol Shirayuri (Ririka Tanabe). One day, Aya catches her passionately engaged in a fighting game in an empty classroom. Sworn to secrecy about her idol’s secret pastime, Aya is actually a gamer herself. As the two begin competing against each other in no-holds-barred virtual combat, they start to become closer!
Young Ladies Don’t Play Fighting Games
(Lemino original drama series)
Streaming Date: May 18, 2023
Where to Stream: Lemino, Hikari TV
Original Work: Young Ladies Don’t Play Fighting Games by Eri Ejima (Serialized in MF’s Monthly Comic Flapper / KADOKAWA)
Theme Song: SEISHUN WO KIRISAKU HADO
– ATARASHII GAKKO! (Lyrics & Composition: Kenta Matsukuma)
Where to Stream
Atarashii Gakko! concluded the first performance of their current solo concert tour in Tokyo and Osaka with some major news. At Zepp Osaka Bayside on April 30, the girls announced that they would be kicking off their first arena tour on October 29.
The Osaka stop on the current tour, titled We’re in Japan but this is Only Temporary Tour 2023, will be broadcast on TV Asahi CS Channel 1 on June 25 and will include an exclusive interview.
Atarashii Gakko! Arena Tour
Date: October 29, 2023 / Doors open 16:00, Show starts 17:00
Venue: Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
*No admission for children under 3 years old. Ticket required for all guests above the age of 3.
① Incredible Up-Close Ticket: ¥15,000 (Preorder) / ¥15,500 (Day-of)
*Front block of the arena (Rows 1-20)
② Arena Ticket: ¥8,500 (Preorder) / ¥9,000 (Day-of)
*Area behind the front block of the arena.
③ Standing Ticket: ¥7,000 (Preorder) / ¥7,500 (Day-of)
④ Sneak-Peek Rehearsal Ticket: ¥3,000 (Preorder) / ¥3,500 (Day-of)
*Ticketholders can watch a live rehearsal for approximately 20 minutes on the day of the performance.
<Fan Club Presale>
Atarashii Gakko! – We’re in Japan but this is Only Temporary Tour 2023
Broadcast Date: June 25, 2023 at 16:00~
Channel: TV Asahi CS Channel 1
*The broadcast date, time, and content are subject to change without notice.
FRUITS ZIPPER to Embark on First National Tour in September
18.April.2023 | MUSIC
Idol group FRUITS ZIPPER will embark on its first nationwide tour, FRUITS ZIPPER JAPAN TOUR 2023 -AUTUMN-, this September.
FRUITS ZIPPER has been climbing to the top of the idol scene at a breakneck pace. Their first overseas solo performance in Taiwan was recently a huge success, and tickets for their first anniversary live shows at Toyosu PIT in Tokyo and Namba Hatch in Osaka in May sold out immediately after going on sale.
The tour will begin with a concert in Osaka on September 3, followed by performances in Aichi, Fukuoka, Hiroshima, Hokkaido, and Kanagawa. Tickets for the presale lottery are now on sale for members of the KAWAII LAB fan club.
FRUITS ZIPPER’s single Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, released last year, has inspired over 700 million related videos on TikTok, while the music video has been viewed over 10 million times. Keep an eye on their activities in the near future!
FRUITS ZIPPER JAPAN TOUR 2023 -AUTUMN-
Date: September 3, 2023
Venue: Zepp Namba / Osaka
Time: Doors open at 16:00 / Show starts at 17:00
Contact: Kyodo Information – 0570-200-888
Date: September 5, 2023
Venue: Zepp Nagoya / Aichi
Time: Doors open at 17:30 / Show starts at 18:30
Contact: Sunday Folk Promotion – 052-320-9100 (12:00～18:00)
Date: September 8, 2023
Venue: Zepp Fukuoka / Fukuoka
Time: Doors open at 17:30 / Show starts at 18:30
Contact: Kyodo West Japan – 0570-09-2424 (11:00～15:00 / Closed on Sundays and Holidays)
Date: September 10, 2023
Venue: BLUE LIVE HIROSHIMA / Hiroshima
Time: Doors open at 16:00 / Show starts at 17:00
Contact: YUMEBANCHI (Hiroshima) – 082-249-3571 (Weekdays 12:00~17:00)
Date: September 13, 2023
Venue: PENNY LANE24 / Hokkaido
Time: Doors open at 17:30 / Show starts at 18:30
Contact: Mount Alive – 011-623-6555
Date: September 16, 2023
Venue: KT Zepp Yokohama / Kanagawa
Time: Doors open at 16:00 / Show starts at 17:00
Contact: HOT STUFF PROMOTION – 050-5211-6077 (Weekdays 12:00~18:00)
VIP Standing: ¥16,500 (Including Tax, excluding drinks)
miniVIP Standing: ¥7,700 (Including Tax, excluding drinks)
General Standing: ¥5,500 (Including Tax, excluding drinks)
2F Reserved Seat: ¥5,500 (Including Tax, excluding drinks)
*Available tickets for Hiroshima and Hokkaido are VIP and General Standing only
KAWAII LAB. Fan Club Presale Tickets (Lottery)
Entry Period: April 10 at 21:00 ~ April 17 at 23:59
*Up to 2 tickets available per person per show
New information will be announced on the official FRUITS ZIPPER social media pages when available.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu World Tour: Future Funk Guru Moe Shop to Perform at 3 U.S. Shows
17.April.2023 | MUSIC
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will embark on her world tour POPPP in May, performing in seven cities around the world. Trackmaker and DJ Moe Shop, a leader in the world of Future Funk, will appear as the opening act for three U.S. tour dates.
Moe Shop’s unique fusion of French house music and Japanese pop and club tunes has earned the artist over 26 million views per year on YouTube and over 31 million views per year on Spotify, making them one of the most popular electronic music artists around the globe. The artist has gone on record to say that they have been largely influenced by Yasutaka Nakata, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s producer, and their addictive sound is making waves in both Japan and abroad.
To celebrate this incredible collaboration, a playlist of songs selected by Moe Shop is now available on Spotify. Be sure to give it a listen!
【Spotify】Kyary Pamyu Pamyu meets Moe Shop
▼Moe Shop Performances
New York｜Webster Hall
Los Angeles｜The Novo
Barcelona｜PRIMAVERA SOUND 2023 Parc del Forum
London｜London EartH Hall
Madrid｜PRIMAVERA SOUND 2023 Ciudad del Rock
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Official Website: kyary.asobisystem.com/
Facebook (Japanese): https://www.facebook.com/kyaryofficial/
Facebook (English): https://www.facebook.com/KPP.FC/
Fan Club: https://kyary.net
Atarashii Gakko! Appears on Popular YouTube Channel THE FIRST TAKE
12.April.2023 | MUSIC
Atarashii Gakko! took to the stage on THE FIRST TAKE for the first time. The members performed their hit song Otonablue, which has become a major hit on social media for its unique choreography during the chorus.
Since its release, Otonablue has continued to be a hot topic, with the live performance video racking up over 8 million views on YouTube and related TikTok videos pulling in over 400 million views.
Atarashii Gakko! will release a new EP titled Ichijikikoku (Temporary Return to Japan) on April 12, 2023.
The 7-track EP will include the popular hit Otonablue. The live version of the song has attracted over 8 million views on YouTube and over 400 million plays on TikTok. Ichijikikoku will also include Janaindayo, the theme song for the film Baby Assassins 2, and Suki Lie, the theme song for the TV Tokyo drama series Nani ka Okashii 2. Additionally, the song Seishun wo Kirisaku Hadou was produced by Kenta Matsukuma, who has worked alongside BiSH and other popular music acts. The songs Odoru Honnou 001 and Otome no Bigaku were produced by H ZETT M, who also produced the group’s first and second albums.
The EP is now available to preorder on iTunes. As a preorder bonus, fans will receive a video of Atarashii Gakko! performing Otona Blueduring last year’s solo concert Unnamed but triumphant return solo concert ~Welcome to Snacktime Um-hum~.
On the EP’s release day, Atarashii Gakko! will hold a commemorative TikTok Live from Tokyo Tower starting at 20:00 (JST). The music video for Janaindayo will be released immediately following the broadcast at 21:00.
The title for the group’s 2023 solo concert tour in Tokyo and Osaka has also been revealed–We’re in Japan but this is Only Temporary Tour 2023. Tickets have already sold out for two performances, and an additional date has been added at Zepp Shinjuku on May 1. Tickets are now available via lottery.
Atarashii Gakko! continues to impress audiences around the world. With 10 million followers across social media and the highest TikTok follower count of any female artist in Japan*, the girls aren’t slowing down in 2023, performing at the Head In The Clouds music festival in New York City in May.
*According to TWIN PLANET
Ichijikikoku (Temporary Return to Japan) – Atarashii Gakko! (EP)
Release Date: April 12, 2023
Preorder Bonus: Live performance video of Otona Blue from Atarashii Gakko!’s 2022 solo concert Unnamed but triumphant return solo concert ~Welcome to Snacktime Um-hum~)
We’re in Japan but this is Only Temporary Tour 2023 – Atarashii Gakko! *Additional Performance
Date: May 1, 2023
Venue: Zepp Shinjuku (Tokyo)
Time: Doors open 18:00 / Show starts 19:00
・e+ : https://eplus.jp/sf/detail/2526720001-P0030022P021001?P1=0175
・Lawson Ticket: https://l-tike.com/concert/mevent/?mid=601480
・Ticket pia: https://t.pia.jp/pia/artist/artists.do?artistsCd=F9030057
Atarashii Gakko! Collaborates with Rohto Pharmaceuticals on Youth Support Project
03.April.2023 | Uncategorized
Rohto Pharmaceuticals has teamed up with the popular group Atarashii Gakko! to launch a new cross-brand youth support project for Gen Z titled MOTTO MOTTO MOTTO / Want More, Get More.
For the first step of the new project, an original collaboration video was released that incorporates both the things that young people want and Rohto products in the lyrics. Trackmaker SASUKE appears as the male student in the video, and the members of Atarashii Gakko! support young people saying what they want to say as they live happy everyday lives.
The project aims to convey a powerful message, and through the new song, both Rohto and the members of Atarashii Gakko! want to remind young people to reach for their dreams without hesitation while not being afraid to try new things. The song itself is catchy, so be sure to give it a listen!
<Interview with Atarashii Gakko!>
Group: Hello, everyone! We’re Atarashii Gakko!, and we stand for individuality, freedom, and chasing after what you want!
Q. Tell us about something greedy you did when you were a student.
SUZUKA: I confessed to everyone I fell in love with in middle school.
Group: What–! That’s insane! How did you confess?
SUZUKA: I wrote letters, I sent LINE messages…but not all of those were received well. (Laugh) But when I like someone, I can’t help but want to tell them! My sister told me that it was too outspoken like that, men would run away from me, but is that true? (Laugh)
RIN: I was super greedy when it came to school lunch!
RIN: Anyway, I looked so forward to lunch every day, I just wouldn’t want it to end.
KANON: You’re still like that now! (The members laugh)
RIN: It was like, since we were having certain foods on certain days, I wanted seconds of everything while I could get them. I’d eat what I could get myself, and then if someone didn’t want theirs, they’d give it to me and I’d eat all of it.
Q. What’s something you’ve started doing lately?
KANON: I keep a record of what I spend each day. I couldn’t keep up with it when I wrote it by hand, so I use an app on my phone. Even if I spend a tiny amount at the convenience store, I track it. That way, I see if I stuck to my budget or if I was too greedy.
SUZUKA: I couldn’t do that! I just keep track of what I spend internally. It’s like having an internal metronome.
KANON: An internal metronome? I’ve never heard of this. (Laugh)
MIZYU: I’ve just started trying to breakdance! I’ve started watching YouTube videos lately and I’ve had friends tell me about it, so I thought I’d ask if they’d join me in the studio.
SUZUKA: Well, those dance moves will start popping up in our choreo. Maybe we pause for a breakdance performance, you can have the spotlight for five minutes. (Laugh)
Group: That’s so long! (Laugh)
Q. What Rohto products have you used?
Group: A ton!
MIZYU: Their face wash and eye drops!
RIN: I use their Mentholatum Repair One Lip Balm.
SUZUKA: I use their Gokujun All-in-One.
Group: We use a ton of their products, and we’re so thankful.
SUZUKA: I use the Gokujun gel every day.
RIN: I was browsing the website and I realized “oh, that’s what my mom would buy when my skin was itchy!” I didn’t realize how many Rohto products I’ve used!
SUZUKA: That’s why when we were approached for the collab, I was so excited. I didn’t realize how many products Rohto made; I use so many of them in my daily life. I’m super thankful.
MIZYU: You were a huge Rohto supporter without even realizing it.
KANON: I feel like they’ve really taken care of me for a while.
Q. What were your impressions after the shoot?
SUZUKA: We were in the same pose for about an hour and a half. (Laugh) They were shooting from above, so everyone was trying to balance and we constantly felt like we were going to lose our footing.
RIN: But the result was an incredibly awesome and very greedy photo.
SUZUKA: You were too greedy with what you had on the desk!
MIZYU: SUZUKA had a rice ball that was bigger than her face. (Laugh)
SUZUKA: I used enough for three rice balls and it was way too heavy. I had to hold it for an hour and a half so my arm is sore now. (Laugh) I’m getting rice ball vibrations.
Q. Give a message to the viewers.
MIZYU: If there’s something you want, go and get it now!
RIN: Before you lose sight of what you want, push forward with all your might and rush after it!
SUZUKA: Forgive yourself for being a little greedy sometimes!
KANON: It’s okay to be greedy!
Group: Want More, Get More! MOTTO MOTTO MOTTO! This has been Atarashii Gakko! Bow! School’s over!
MOTTO MOTTO MOTTO / Want More, Get More.