History Music / BabyMetal

16th Feb '18 9:48:38 AM XFllo
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%% * MetalScream: Su in "Headbanger!" which combines it with TitleDrop.
%% Explain the trope.



* RedOniBlueOni: Explicitly mentioned in the lyrics to "Catch Me If You Can".
-->''"Aka'oni-san, Ao'oni-san: Suteppu, suteppu (one, two! one, two!)"'' [-{Red Oni, Blue Oni, take your steps. 1, 2! 1, 2!}-]

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%% * RedOniBlueOni: Explicitly mentioned in the lyrics to "Catch Me If You Can".
%% -->''"Aka'oni-san, Ao'oni-san: Suteppu, suteppu (one, two! one, two!)"'' [-{Red Oni, Blue Oni, take your steps. 1, 2! 1, 2!}-] 2!}-]
%% Explain the trope and the example.



** Averted of course since Yui and Moa are ''not'' twins (though their birthdays are only 14 days apart); they're not even from the same area of Japan – Yui is from Kawasaki, a sliver-shaped city in between Tokyo and Yokohama; Moa is from Nagoya in the central Chuubu region. They didn't even meet until aged 9 or 10. Yet in a bizarre serendipity, these two often play these tropes straight despite not actually being related – they are often seen walking in lockstep, communicating via eye contact alone, have similar-timbre voices, and look surprisingly alike even out of costume.



* [[WidgetSeries Widget Musicians]]: Three {{Idol Singer}}s mix pop music with HeavyMetal. It's very weird and very Japanese, and… well, it ''works'', and has gained quite a dedicated following.

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* [[WidgetSeries WidgetSeries: Widget Musicians]]: Musicians. Three {{Idol Singer}}s mix pop music with HeavyMetal. It's very weird and very Japanese, and… well, it ''works'', and has gained quite a dedicated following.
16th Feb '18 9:44:25 AM XFllo
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* MetalScream: Su does it in several songs, most notably "Headbanger!" which combines it with TitleDrop.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Has increased over their years of the group's existence.
** Most of their SelfTitledAlbum is, on average, a hard 6 to a soft 7, although "Megitsune" is a borderline 8.
*** "Babymetal DEATH" seems to go as far as a 9, with most of the vocals being death growls and metal screams and having nearly none of the super-happy cuteness factor a lot of their other songs have. It also happens to be their album and live show opener. Going from this into straight into one of their lighter songs is quite the MoodWhiplash.
*** "Doki Doki☆Morning is a very poppy song even by Babymetal standards despite its heavier riffs.
*** "Iine!" completely and intentionally defies any attempt to categorize it.
** The second album ''Metal Resistance'' goes up to 9 in several tracks.
*** Most of its Su-Metal ballads, however, are a 6 at best, being slower and more melodic.
28th Jan '18 10:24:11 PM Soufriere
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2017 marked a shift as the group spent the first half of the year as the opening act for various larger bands, including Music/{{Metallica}} in Seoul – the first time the girls visited Korea – Music/GunsNRoses in Japan, and RHCP again along with Music/{{Korn}} in the USA. In between opening gigs, they played one headline concert (sold out, of course) at the Hollywood Palladium[[labelnote:*]] (capacity 4,000)[[/labelnote]]. After that, they returned to Japan and held a series of "Fox Festival" shows in Tokyo, Nagoya, Saitama, and Osaka, most of which had restrictions on audience and dress – i.e. women only, children and seniors only, corpse-paint dress code. They gave no interviews at all during the year[[note]] (and only two public addresses, both in English: one to promote their appearance on [=SummerSonic's=] Main Stage, and the other - in which only Su spoke - to thank fans for their winning Loudwire's "Most Dedicated Fanbase" award)[[/note]] – a stark contrast to 2015 and 2016 – which made it feel like the group had gone dark despite their extensive touring.

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2017 marked a shift as the group spent the first half of the year as the opening act for various larger bands, including Music/{{Metallica}} in Seoul – the first time the girls visited Korea – Music/GunsNRoses in Japan, and RHCP again along with Music/{{Korn}} in the USA. In between opening gigs, they played one headline concert (sold out, of course) at the Hollywood Palladium[[labelnote:*]] (capacity 4,000)[[/labelnote]]. After that, they returned to Japan and held a series of "Fox Festival" shows in Tokyo, Nagoya, Saitama, and Osaka, most of which had restrictions on audience and dress – i.e. women only, children and seniors only, corpse-paint dress code. They gave no interviews at all during the year[[note]] (and only two public addresses, both in English: one to promote their appearance on [=SummerSonic's=] Main Stage, and the other - in which only Su spoke - to thank fans for their winning Loudwire's "Most Dedicated Fanbase" award)[[/note]] – a stark contrast to 2015 and 2016 – which made it feel like the group had gone dark despite their extensive touring.
touring. That the group did not visit Europe, where they have a large fanbase, at all that year was also a significant factor in this.




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* AlterEgoActing: Type 3. They often claim that on stage, their Metal personas take over and the Fox God guides their movements.[[labelnote:*]]In psychology, this is known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_(psychology) flow]], colloquially known as getting in the zone.[[/labelnote]]

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* AlterEgoActing: Type 3. They often claim In multiple print interviews, Suzuka has referred to Su-Metal as almost a separate person inhabiting her body, allowing her to accomplish things she never could as regular Suzuka, and that on stage, it was only around the time of Tokyo Dome that she felt she was able to gain some control over Su-Metal so they could progress in tandem. Officially, the band's management says that onstage, their Metal "Metal" personas take over and as the Fox God Fox-God guides their movements.[[labelnote:*]]In [[labelnote:*]] In psychology, this is known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_(psychology) flow]], flow,]] colloquially known as getting "getting in the zone.[[/labelnote]]zone". Not uncommon amongst artists and athletes.[[/labelnote]]
** Not nearly as clear-cut with Moa or especially Yui. Yui may not be a ShrinkingViolet onstage like she is off of it, but she has said she ''wishes'' she could reach Su's level of persona.



** "The One" has more English in it than Japanese. (The international edition of the song is entirely in English. This is now the version performed even in Japan. The original bilingual cut is only on Youtube and the domestic (Japan) release of ''Metal Resistance''.)

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** "The One" has more English in it than Japanese. (The The international edition of the song is entirely in English. This is now the version performed even in Japan. The original bilingual cut is only on Youtube and the domestic (Japan) release of ''Metal Resistance''.)



* GirlishPigtails: Moa and Yui wear pigtails and their style is darkly girlish/feminine. Suzuka wore this style until 2012, when she switched to a single high-set ponytail.

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* GirlishPigtails: Moa and Yui wear pigtails and their style is darkly girlish/feminine. Suzuka wore this style until 2012, when she switched to a the single high-set ponytail.ponytail seen in the photo above.



* HimeCut: When the girls let down their hair, it resembles this style and, given their genre of Heavy Metal, it makes quite the contrast with the trope's usual connotations of tradition and elegance. Suzuka plays it straight (figuratively, given her leadership, and literally too), and she's done so in certain music videos such as "Megitsune".
* IAmSong: "Babymetal Death" is an extreme example, since almost the only lyrics are the group introducing themselves. The word "death" is a [[FunWithHomophones homophone]] of the Japanese ''desu'' which in this context means "I am".

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* HimeCut: When the girls let down their hair, it resembles this style and, given their genre of Heavy Metal, it makes quite the contrast with the trope's usual connotations of tradition and elegance. Suzuka plays it straight (figuratively, given her leadership, and literally too), and she's done so in certain music videos such as like "Megitsune".
* IAmSong: "Babymetal Death" is an extreme example, since almost the only lyrics are the group introducing themselves. The word "death" is a [[FunWithHomophones homophone]] of the Japanese ''desu'' which in this context means "I am".



* {{Kayfabe}}: Enforced in two ways.
** Since graduating Sakura Gakuin, the girls are ''always'' referred to in print or on video by their stage names. Even when they were still the Heavy Music Club, their stage names would be used when talking about Babymetal. Nobody has interviewed Suzuka Nakamoto since 2013, or Yui Mizuno and Moa Kikuchi since 2015.
** The girls' handlers apparently have a LongList of topics considered off-limits to interviewers, especially non-Japanese ones. This results in the trio never breaking character on camera. Although given the extremely limited range of things that can be asked, there's not a lot of character to break. On the other hand, the girls still usually give genuine answers to most questions they can understand and can answer. (the tell they're not is if they answer "Music/{{Metallica}}" or [[CatchPhrase "Only the Fox-God Knows!"]])



* {{Producer|s}}: Kobametal, real name Kei Kobayashi. A lifelong metalhead who always covers himself with a skeleton costume for interviews.

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* {{Producer|s}}: Kobametal, real name Kei Kobayashi. A lifelong metalhead who always covers himself with a skeleton costume for interviews.interviews, although plenty of photos of him exist.



* PrettyInMink: Black Babymetal wore what looked like fur-lined coats in the Legend 1997 performance of "Onedari Daisakusen", due to its greed-oriented theme (and also the concert happening four days before Christmas).

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* PrettyInMink: Black Babymetal wore what looked like fur-lined coats in the Legend 1997 performance of "Onedari Daisakusen", due to its greed-oriented theme (and theme… and also the concert happening four days before Christmas).Christmas.



** "Song 4" also features a reggae section.

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** "Song 4" also features a reggae section.



** Su has a weird tendency to invert this. She has a history of mouthing lyrics even when she ''isn't'' meant to be singing. The full-group dance of "Motteke! Sailor Fuku" from that same 2010 show is a good example, as is her duet with [[Music/JudasPriest Rob Halford]] six years later where she mimed his part of "Breaking The Law".

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** Su has a weird tendency to invert this. She has a history of mouthing lyrics even when she ''isn't'' meant to be singing. The full-group dance of "Motteke! Sailor Fuku" from that same 2010 show is a good example, as is her duet with [[Music/JudasPriest Rob Halford]] nearly six years later where she mimed his part of "Breaking The Law".



** "Tales of the Destinies", the group's stab at Music/DreamTheater-style music, constantly switches time signatures and tempo at the drop of a hat. It's such a complicated song that many wondered if it was even ''possible'' to perform it live. They did so at Tokyo Dome Red Night.
** TOTD's companion song, "THE ONE", is mostly in 6/8 or 12/8, but the bridge mixes in measures of 4/8. It also switches tempo in several places.

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** "Tales of the Destinies", the group's stab at Music/DreamTheater-style music, constantly switches time signatures and tempo at the drop of a hat. [[labelnote:*]] To put this in perspective, a sample of the opening in ''Young Guitar'' magazine showed it starts off in 11/8, switches immediately to 6/4 for two measures, then to 4/4 for two measures, then a measure of 3/4, then another measure in 11/8, then two measures of 12/8, a measure in 4/4, and finally a measure in 5/4. Most of the rest of the song is just as nuts, although the parts where Su sings are easier to follow, as is the end.[[/labelnote]] It's such a complicated song that many wondered if it was even ''possible'' to perform it live. They did so at Tokyo Dome Red Night.
** TOTD's companion song, "THE ONE", is mostly in 6/8 or 12/8, 12/8 (or a fast 4/4), but the bridge mixes it up being mostly in measures of 4/8. It also switches 6/8 with a single fast 4/4 bar thrown in every fourth measure (or 4/8 depending on how you count it). The tempo in several places.also subtly changes.
26th Jan '18 9:56:55 PM Soufriere
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In reality, Kei Kobayashi (known as [=KobaMetal=]), a producer at Amuse Inc. and a longtime metalhead with connections in Tokyo's underground metal scene, discovered Suzuka during her time as one of the [[Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren Karen Girl's]]. Realizing her potential, he decided to form a group around her once she joined Sakura Gakuin, figuring her unusually powerful voice would be a good fit for metal. Yui and Moa were chosen as backup due to their unique chemistry – the same reason they were often featured together during Sakura Gakuin – and also their smallness, as Koba liked the idea of Su being flanked by two tiny girls.[[labelnote:*]] Koba lucked out there as Yui and Moa ''both'' turned out to be very late-bloomers, ended their growth periods oddly close in height (Yui is ~2cm taller), and are ''still'' shorter than Su – albeit by an inch or less in Yui's case. Su's trademark high ponytail and use of 1" heels during performances make her appear taller than she actually is (160cm/5'3").[[/labelnote]]

The very first [=BabyMetal=] song, [[https://youtu.be/cirhQ8iLdbw "Doki Doki☆Morning",]] was recorded in October 2010, first performed in public a month later, and appeared as a track on Sakura Gakuin's ''2010 Nendo: Message'' CD. The music video for the song was released online and as a DVD single in October 2011 and quickly caught the attention of the Idol fanbase. During this time, they recorded and premiered their second song, "Ijime, Dame, Zettai". Their first CD single, "BABYMETAL × Kiba of Akiba", came out in March 2012 and reached 3rd place on the Oricon indie charts and number one in the Tower Records Shibuya weekly indie ranking. That July, they released their second single [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IzR_ClTE8Y "Headbanger",]][[labelnote:*]] (also stylized as "Headbangya!" or "Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!!!")[[/labelnote]] and the next month made their first appearance at Japan's [=SummerSonic=] music festival – at the time, the youngest group to ever perform there. They have performed at the festival every year since.

In March 2013, Suzuka graduated from junior high school, and by extension from Sakura Gakuin. At this point, Babymetal was spun off as an independent group (although Yui and Moa continued to perform with Sakura Gakuin until their own graduations in March 2015). During this period, they released "Ijime, Dame, Zettai" as a single and premiered their first post-Juonbu song, "Megitsune". Near the end of 2013, it was announced that the girls would be performing in future shows with a live band[[note]] ([[FakeBand the people dressed as skeletons, called BABYBONES, mimed to a backing track]])[[/note]] known as the Kami Band, a group of top-tier musicians who have built up a fanbase in their own right.

On February 25th 2014, Babymetal uploaded the music video [[https://youtu.be/WIKqgE4BwAY Gimme Chocolate!!]] (using footage from the "Legend 1997"[[labelnote:*]] Su's 16th birthday[[/labelnote]] concert at Makuhari Messe). The video went viral, catching the attention of J-pop and metal fans outside Asia, to the point that non-Japanese UsefulNotes/MainstreamMedia picked it up. The next day, they released their first studio album, [[SelfTitledAlbum self-titled]]. Three days after that, they performed two sold-out shows at the legendary Budokan Arena[[labelnote:*]] (capacity ~10,000 each day)[[/labelnote]] – the youngest group ever to perform there. At the end of the second day, it was announced that "the latest chapter of the Metal Resistance [was] over" and the band would continue their work overseas. Concert dates in Paris, Cologne, London, and Los Angeles followed, along with a few openings for Music/LadyGaga. The highlight of this tour, though, was their appearance at [=SoniSphere=] 2014 – again the youngest act ever to perform there – where they got shifted to the Main Stage at the last minute and performed in front of some 50,000 skeptical British metalheads. The result, [[https://youtu.be/Ro-_cbfdrYE well...]] The tour went well enough that further shows in New York and Brixton were quickly arranged. At Brixton, they premiered a new song, "Road Of Resistance", the first time they debuted a song outside Japan. The 2014 tour concluded in January 2015 at Saitama Super Arena[[labelnote:*]] (capacity 20,000 and coincidentally the place where Karen Girl's had their final performance in 2009; Babymetal have played the venue at least twice since)[[/labelnote]]

2015 was relatively quiet early on as Yui and Moa prepared for their graduation from Sakura Gakuin. Afterwards, the group embarked on another world tour, during which they (at the invitation of British metal group Music/DragonForce, with whom they had collaborated on "Road Of Resistance") played "Gimme Chocolate!" at Download Festival 2015 despite its promoter saying publicly he would never invite them. The tour ended with two sold-out shows at Yokohama Arena[[labelnote:*]] (capacity 17,000)[[/labelnote]], the debut of a new song, "THE ONE", and the announcement of a second studio album.

On March 17th 2016, the music video for "Karate" debuted as the first part of a massive international promotion for their second studio album, ''Metal Resistance'', which was released worldwide on April 1st – hitting #1 on the US Billboard World Chart and becoming the first Japanese act in 53 years to chart on Billboard's Top 40. The next day they performed at Wembley Arena[[labelnote:*]] (capacity 12,500)[[/labelnote]], and three days after that performed "Gimme Chocolate!" on ''Series/TheLateShowWithStephenColbert'' before continuing their tour, which ended with two sold-out nights at the 55,000 capacity Tokyo Dome. Towards the end of the year, they opened for the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers during their UK tour.

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In reality, Kei Kobayashi (known as [=KobaMetal=]), a producer at the Amuse Inc. talent agency and a longtime metalhead with connections in Tokyo's underground metal scene, discovered Suzuka during her time as one of the [[Manga/ZettaiKarenChildren Karen Girl's]]. Realizing her potential, he decided to form a group around her once she joined Sakura Gakuin, figuring her unusually powerful voice would be a good fit for metal. Yui and Moa were chosen as backup due to their unique chemistry – the same reason they were often featured together during Sakura Gakuin – and also their smallness, as Koba liked the idea of Su being flanked by two tiny girls.[[labelnote:*]] Koba lucked out there as Yui and Moa ''both'' turned out to be very late-bloomers, ended their growth periods oddly close in height (Yui is ~2cm taller), and are ''still'' shorter than Su – albeit by an inch or less in Yui's case. Su's trademark high ponytail and use of 1" heels during performances make her appear taller than she actually is (160cm/5'3").[[/labelnote]]

The very first [=BabyMetal=] Babymetal song, [[https://youtu.be/cirhQ8iLdbw "Doki Doki☆Morning",]] Doki☆Morning", was recorded in October 2010, first performed in public a month later, and appeared as a track on Sakura Gakuin's ''2010 Nendo: Message'' CD. The music video for the song was released online and as a DVD single in October 2011 and quickly caught the attention of the Idol fanbase. During this time, they recorded and premiered their second song, "Ijime, Dame, Zettai". several more songs. Their first CD single, "BABYMETAL ''BABYMETAL × Kiba of Akiba", Akiba'' came out in March 2012 and reached 3rd place on the Oricon indie charts and number one in the Tower Records Shibuya weekly indie ranking. That July, they released their second single [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IzR_ClTE8Y "Headbanger",]][[labelnote:*]] single, "Headbanger"[[labelnote:*]] (also stylized as "Headbangya!" or "Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!!!")[[/labelnote]] "Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!!!")[[/labelnote]], and the next month made their first appearance at Japan's [=SummerSonic=] music festival – at the time, the youngest group to ever perform there. They have performed at the festival every year since.

In March early 2013, Suzuka graduated from junior high school, and by extension from Sakura Gakuin. At this point, Babymetal was spun off as an independent group (although Yui and Moa continued to perform with Sakura Gakuin until their own graduations in March 2015). During this period, they released "Ijime, Dame, Damé, Zettai" as a single single[[labelnote:*]] (this was only the second song Babymetal ever recorded – "Iine!" was third – and they had been performing it for over a year)[[/labelnote]] and premiered their first post-Juonbu song, "Megitsune". Near the end of 2013, it was announced that the girls would be performing in future shows with a live band[[note]] ([[FakeBand the people dressed as skeletons, called BABYBONES, mimed to a backing track]])[[/note]] known as the Kami Band, a group of top-tier musicians who have built up a fanbase in their own right.

On February 25th 2014, Babymetal uploaded the music video for [[https://youtu.be/WIKqgE4BwAY Gimme Chocolate!!]] (using footage from the "Legend 1997"[[labelnote:*]] Su's 16th birthday[[/labelnote]] concert at Makuhari Messe). The video went viral, catching the attention of J-pop and metal fans outside Asia, to the point that non-Japanese UsefulNotes/MainstreamMedia picked it up. The next day, they released their first studio album, [[SelfTitledAlbum self-titled]]. Three days after that, they performed two sold-out shows at the legendary Budokan Arena[[labelnote:*]] (capacity ~10,000 each day)[[/labelnote]] – the youngest group ever to perform there. At the end of the second day, it was announced that "the latest chapter of the Metal Resistance [was] over" and the band would continue their work overseas. Concert dates in Paris, Cologne, London, and Los Angeles followed, along with a few openings for Music/LadyGaga. The highlight of this tour, though, was their appearance at [=SoniSphere=] 2014 – again the youngest act ever to perform there – where they got shifted to the Main Stage at the last minute and performed in front of some 50,000 skeptical British metalheads. The result, [[https://youtu.be/Ro-_cbfdrYE well...]] The tour went well enough that further shows in New York and Brixton were quickly arranged. At Brixton, they premiered a new song, "Road Of Resistance", the first time they debuted a song outside Japan. The 2014 tour concluded in January 2015 at Saitama Super Arena[[labelnote:*]] (capacity 20,000 and coincidentally the place where Karen Girl's had their final performance in 2009; Babymetal have played the venue at least twice since)[[/labelnote]]

2015 was relatively quiet early on as Yui and Moa prepared for their graduation from Sakura Gakuin. Afterwards, the group embarked on another world tour, during which they (at the invitation of British metal group Music/DragonForce, with whom they had collaborated on "Road Of Resistance") played "Gimme Chocolate!" at Download Festival 2015 despite its promoter saying publicly he would never invite them. The tour ended with two sold-out shows at Yokohama Arena[[labelnote:*]] (capacity 17,000)[[/labelnote]], the debut of a new song, [[https://youtu.be/TZRvO0S-TLU "THE ONE", ONE",]] and the announcement of a second studio album.

On March 17th 2016, [[https://youtu.be/GvD3CHA48pA the music video for "Karate" "Karate"]] debuted as the first part of a massive international promotion for their second studio album, ''Metal Resistance'', which was released worldwide on April 1st – hitting #1 on the US Billboard World Chart and becoming the first Japanese act in 53 years to chart on Billboard's Top 40. The next day they performed at Wembley Arena[[labelnote:*]] (capacity 12,500)[[/labelnote]], and three days after that performed "Gimme Chocolate!" on ''Series/TheLateShowWithStephenColbert'' before continuing their world tour, which ended with two sold-out nights at the 55,000 capacity Tokyo Dome. Towards the end of the year, they opened for the Music/RedHotChiliPeppers during their RHCP's UK tour.
tour, which ended in London with drummer Chad Smith surprising Su-Metal with a cake, as her 19th birthday was the next day (Japan-time).



As to what the future holds for Babymetal? Well, [[CatchPhrase Only The Fox-God Knows!]] [[labelnote:Temporary Note -]] As far as 2018 goes, the group are playing several summer music festivals they've played before, but the first quarter of the year will see zero activity as Yui and Moa prepare to graduate from high school. Also, the out-of-left-field death of Kami Band guitarist Mikio Fujioka means Koba must find a new guitarist since Leda is likely to be too busy.[[/labelnote]]



As to what the future holds for Babymetal? Well, [[CatchPhrase Only The Fox-God Knows!]]



* "Doki Doki☆Morning" (2011)[[note]] (DVD-only; the track itself debuted on Sakura Gakuin's 2010 Nendo album)[[/note]]
* "BABYMETAL × Kiba of Akiba" (2012)
* "Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!" (2012)
* "Ijime, Damé, Zettai" (2013 – the group's first major release)
* "Megitsune" (2013)[[note]] (the first single produced independently of Sakura Gakuin)[[/note]]
* "Road of Resistance" (2015)
* "Gimme Chocolate!!" (2016)
* "Karate" (2016)[[note]] (digital release only)[[/note]]

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* [[https://youtu.be/cirhQ8iLdbw "Doki Doki☆Morning" Doki☆Morning"]] (2011)[[note]] (DVD-only; the track itself debuted on Sakura Gakuin's 2010 Nendo album)[[/note]]
* [[https://youtu.be/qVdBBOpSoN4 "BABYMETAL × Kiba of Akiba" (2012)
Akiba"]] (2012)[[note]] A-side was "Iine!", its MV is linked here; B-side was "Answer for Animation with You"[[/note]]
* "Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!" (2012)
[[https://youtu.be/2IzR_ClTE8Y "Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!"]] (2012)[[note]] B-side was "Uki Uki★Midnight"[[/note]]
* [[https://youtu.be/nDqaTXqCN-Q "Ijime, Damé, Zettai" Zettai"]] (2013 – the group's first major release)
debut)[[note]] B-side was "Catch Me If You Can"[[/note]]
* "Megitsune" [[https://youtu.be/cK3NMZAUKGw "Megitsune"]] (2013)[[note]] (the The first single produced independently of Sakura Gakuin)[[/note]]
Gakuin – B-side was "Akatsuki" in the regular edition and "Onedari Daisakusen" in the limited edition[[/note]]
* [[https://youtu.be/zTEYUFgLveY "Road of Resistance" (2015)
Resistance"]] (2015)[[note]] Digital release, but ''was'' later included on EU/NA release of ''BABYMETAL''[[/note]]
* [[https://youtu.be/WIKqgE4BwAY "Gimme Chocolate!!" (2016)
Chocolate!!"]] (2015)[[note]] (UK release only)[[/note]]
* "Karate" [[https://youtu.be/GvD3CHA48pA "Karate"]] (2016)[[note]] (digital release only)[[/note]]only)[[/note]]




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26th Jan '18 11:51:35 AM petewarrior
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* MusicForCourage: "Road of Resistance", made in collaboration with Music/DragonForce's Herman Li and Sam Totman.
--> Our hearts are one.\\
If you believe in your way,\\
go on even the way without a path!
20th Jan '18 10:48:37 PM petewarrior
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--> (said in turn while holding the fox sign) Su-metal DEATH! Yuimetal DEATH! Moametal DEATH!\

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--> (said in turn while holding the fox sign) Su-metal DEATH! Yuimetal DEATH! Moametal DEATH!\DEATH!\\
20th Jan '18 10:46:40 PM petewarrior
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* AlterEgoActing: Type 3. They often claim that on stage, their Metal personas take over and the Fox God guides their movements.[[labelnote:*]]In psychology, this is known as the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_(psychology) flow]], colloquially known as getting in the zone.[[/labelnote]]


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* InTheNameOfTheMoon: They have introduction lines and pose they use during interviews and award ceremonies. For those unfamiliar with the ritual (such as public officials), this may be confusing.
--> (said in turn while holding the fox sign) Su-metal DEATH! Yuimetal DEATH! Moametal DEATH!\
We are... (posing as shown in the top image) BABYMETAL DEATH!
18th Jan '18 9:24:07 PM Soufriere
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* ZettaiRyouiki: Grade B when wearing socks. Non-operative now that their costumes now employ stockings.

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* ZettaiRyouiki: Grade B when wearing socks. Non-operative now that their costumes now employ stockings.
17th Jan '18 12:06:17 AM Soufriere
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Originally a sub-unit of the idol group Music/SakuraGakuin, [=BabyMetal=] (also stylized as BABYMETAL) was formed by the members of the Heavy Music Club (Juonbu) of Sakura Gakuin under the concept of a fusion of heavy metal and idol music, now known as "kawaii metal". They are known for their energetic live shows, which feature intricate yet fun choreography mixed with soaring vocals from lead singer Su-Metal, backed up by a quartet of some of Japan's top metal musicians. Officially, they claim belief in "The Fox God" who brought them to metal and uses them as conduits to spread its message of "love and joy through metal" across the world. Instead of the standard "devil horns", they use a modified "kitsune" sign (seen in the photo at right).

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Originally a sub-unit of the idol Idol group Music/SakuraGakuin, [=BabyMetal=] (also stylized as BABYMETAL) was formed by the members of the Heavy Music Club (Juonbu) of Sakura Gakuin under the concept of a fusion of heavy metal and idol Idol music, now known as "kawaii metal". They are known for their energetic live shows, which feature intricate yet fun choreography mixed with soaring vocals from lead singer Su-Metal, backed up by a quartet of some of Japan's top metal musicians. Officially, they claim belief in "The Fox God" who brought them to metal and uses them as conduits to spread its message of "love and joy through metal" across the world. Instead of the standard "devil horns", they use a modified "kitsune" sign (seen in the photo at right).



The very first [=BabyMetal=] song, [[https://youtu.be/cirhQ8iLdbw "Doki Doki☆Morning",]] was recorded in October 2010, first performed in public a month later, and appeared as a track on Sakura Gakuin's ''2010 Nendo: Message'' CD. The music video for the song was released online and as a DVD single in October 2011 and quickly caught the attention of the idol fanbase. During this time, they recorded and premiered their second song, "Ijime, Dame, Zettai". Their first CD single, "BABYMETAL × Kiba of Akiba", came out in March 2012 and reached 3rd place on the Oricon indie charts and number one in the Tower Records Shibuya weekly indie ranking. That July, they released their second single [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IzR_ClTE8Y "Headbanger",]][[labelnote:*]] (also stylized as "Headbangya!" or "Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!!!")[[/labelnote]] and the next month made their first appearance at Japan's [=SummerSonic=] music festival – at the time, the youngest group to ever perform there. They have performed at the festival every year since.

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The very first [=BabyMetal=] song, [[https://youtu.be/cirhQ8iLdbw "Doki Doki☆Morning",]] was recorded in October 2010, first performed in public a month later, and appeared as a track on Sakura Gakuin's ''2010 Nendo: Message'' CD. The music video for the song was released online and as a DVD single in October 2011 and quickly caught the attention of the idol Idol fanbase. During this time, they recorded and premiered their second song, "Ijime, Dame, Zettai". Their first CD single, "BABYMETAL × Kiba of Akiba", came out in March 2012 and reached 3rd place on the Oricon indie charts and number one in the Tower Records Shibuya weekly indie ranking. That July, they released their second single [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IzR_ClTE8Y "Headbanger",]][[labelnote:*]] (also stylized as "Headbangya!" or "Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!!!")[[/labelnote]] and the next month made their first appearance at Japan's [=SummerSonic=] music festival – at the time, the youngest group to ever perform there. They have performed at the festival every year since.



* CoordinatedClothes: Their outfits are CoordinatedClothes that are perfectly mirrored – Yui's glove is on her right hand, Moa's is on her left. Several of their dance moves also mirror each other. They make the Fox-Sign mirrored too – Moa's is left-over-right; Yui's is right-over-left. Koba's vision for what would become Babymetal had always included employing TwinTropes to become "Twin Fairies" dancing around the lead singer. As such, he deliberately invoked these for Yui and Moa. However, they are not twins or sisters – they're not even from the same part of Japan (Yui is from Kawasaki, a sliver-shaped city smack in between Tokyo and Yokohama; Moa is from Nagoya in the central Chuubu Region) and didn't meet each other until age 9 or 10, and they look surprisingly alike both in and out of costume. The official backstory to "Onedari Daisakusen" is that an evil entity corrupted them into becoming TricksterTwins.
* CreepyCoolCrosses: They use it a lot, both during big shows and in TheMerch. Special mention goes to the concert on Suzuka's 16th birthday, when she was ''crucified''. Su has been crucified on stage several times.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to other idol groups, when they were still a subunit of Sakura Gakuin.

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* CoordinatedClothes: Their All three girls' costumes are a metal take on the Gothic Lolita fashion style, complete with fancy hair decorations, petticoats, and poofy dresses.
** Yui's and Moa's
outfits are CoordinatedClothes that are perfectly mirrored – Yui's glove is on her right hand, Moa's is on her left. Several of their dance moves also mirror each other. They make the Fox-Sign mirrored too – Moa's is left-over-right; Yui's is right-over-left. Koba's vision for what would become Babymetal had always included employing TwinTropes to become "Twin Fairies" dancing around the lead singer. As such, he deliberately invoked these for Yui and Moa. However, they are not twins or sisters – they're not even from the same part of Japan (Yui is from Kawasaki, a sliver-shaped city smack in between Tokyo and Yokohama; Moa is from Nagoya in the central Chuubu Region) and didn't meet each other until age 9 or 10, and they look surprisingly alike both in and out of costume. The official backstory to "Onedari Daisakusen" is that an evil entity corrupted them into becoming TricksterTwins.
right-over-left.
* CreepyCoolCrosses: They use it a lot, both during big shows and in TheMerch. Special mention goes to the "LEGEND 1997" concert on Suzuka's 16th birthday, when she was ''crucified''. ''crucified'' in front what appeared to be a giant statue of the Virgin Mary, which promptly shattered. Since that concert, Su has been crucified on stage several no fewer than four times.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Compared to other idol Idol groups, when they were still a subunit of Sakura Gakuin.



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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their first song, "Doki Doki☆Morning", has a more distinct "idol-like" sound than their following songs. ''Doki Doki☆Morning'' appeared to have a very low budget – and most of that probably went to the music. The costumes used in the video were made from a combination of the girls' own clothes plus some from a staff member for Suzuka. The next video (as uploaded to Youtube) for "Iine!" shows them in the same costumes. The third video, ''Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!'', sees them in the costumes that are recognizably related to their established look.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Their first song, "Doki Doki☆Morning", has a more distinct "idol-like" "Idol-like" sound than their following songs. ''Doki Doki☆Morning'' Doki☆Morning'''s MV appeared to have a very low budget – and most of that probably went to the music. The costumes used in the video were made from a combination of the girls' own clothes plus some from a staff member for Suzuka. The next video (as uploaded to Youtube) for "Iine!" video, "Iine!", shows them in the same costumes. The third video, ''Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!'', sees them in the costumes that are recognizably related to their established look.



* ExcitedShowTitle : In this case, it is Excited Song Title!
** Their second song, "Iine!".

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* ExcitedShowTitle : In this case, it is [[ExcitedShowTitle Excited Song Title!
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** Their second song, "Iine!"."Iine!"



* GirlishPigtails: Moa and Yui wear pigtails and their style is darkly girlish/feminine. Suzuka wore this style until 2012, when she switched to ponytail.
* HeWhoMustNotBeHeard: When the Baby Bones backing band and the band's producer get on-camera interviews, all they do is mumble and subtitles of what they're actually trying to say are shown.

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* GirlishPigtails: Moa and Yui wear pigtails and their style is darkly girlish/feminine. Suzuka wore this style until 2012, when she switched to a single high-set ponytail.
* [[GoodGirlGoneBad Good Girls Gone Bad]]: According to the video shown at the Budokan concerts, Yuimetal and Moametal were corrupted by a trickster sprite to become the greedy girls in "Onedari Daisakusen".
* HeWhoMustNotBeHeard: When the Baby Bones Babybones backing band and the band's producer get on-camera interviews, all they do is mumble and subtitles of what they're actually trying to say are shown.



* HimeCut: When they let down their hair, it resembles this style and, given their genre of Heavy Metal, it makes quite the contrast with the trope's usual connotations of tradition and elegance. Suzuka plays it straight (figuratively, given her leadership and literally, too), and she's done so in certain music videos such as "Megitsune".

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* HimeCut: When they the girls let down their hair, it resembles this style and, given their genre of Heavy Metal, it makes quite the contrast with the trope's usual connotations of tradition and elegance. Suzuka plays it straight (figuratively, given her leadership leadership, and literally, literally too), and she's done so in certain music videos such as "Megitsune".



** Their outfits deriving from the video for "Ijime, Dame, Zettai", featured in the picture to the right. An updated version is used in most live concerts.
** Babybones' skeleton costumes are easily recognizable by thier fans.
** Loose white robes & corpsepaint of the Kami Band.
* IdolSinger: All three members were members of the idol group Music/SakuraGakuin, and the band itself started out as one of several clubs (sub-units) within that group. When Suzuka was about to graduate from the idol group in 2013, the band was spun off into its own unit so that they could continue with the same lineup. They are sometimes still called "idol metal" or "idol fusion metal band" by the media.
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** Their outfits deriving from the video for "Ijime, Dame, Damé, Zettai", featured in the picture to the right. An updated version is used in most live concerts.
** Babybones' skeleton costumes are easily recognizable by thier the fans.
** Loose white robes & corpsepaint of for the Kami Band.
* IdolSinger: All three members were members of the idol junior Idol group Music/SakuraGakuin, and the band itself started out as one of several clubs (sub-units) within that group. When Suzuka was about set to graduate from the idol group Sakura Gakuin in 2013, the band Babymetal was spun off into an independent unit[[labelnote:*]] (not unlike how Mini-Pati was absorbed ''into'' Sakura Gakuin when its own unit entire lineup – Raura, Nene, Marina, and Suzuka – became part of S.G.)[[/labelnote]] so that they the project could continue with the same lineup. Su as lead singer. They are sometimes still called "idol metal" "Idol Metal" or "idol "Idol fusion metal band" by the media.
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* TheLeader: Suzuka, as the oldest member and lead vocalist. She's also the FaceOfTheBand.

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* TheLeader: Suzuka, as the oldest member girl and lead vocalist. She's also the FaceOfTheBand.



* LoudnessWar: Their music is all brickwalled and almost pure clipping from start to finish. This may be an intended effect though, as even the vinyl versions are like this.

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* LoudnessWar: Their music inaugural album is all brickwalled and almost pure clipping from start to finish. This may be an intended effect though, as even the vinyl versions are like this.



* MetalScream: The chorus of "HEADBANGEEEEERRRRR!!!!!" includes a scream of the song title.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Has increased over their years of the group's existence. Most of their SelfTitledAlbum is, on average, a hard 6 to a soft 7, although "Megitsune" is a borderline 8. "Babymetal DEATH" seems to go as far as a 9, with most of the vocals being death growls and metal screams and having nearly none of the super-happy cuteness factor a lot of their other songs have. It also happens to be their album and live show opener. Going from this into straight into one of their lighter songs is quite the MoodWhiplash. "Doki Doki☆Morning is a very poppy song even by Babymetal standards despite its heavier riffs. "Iine!" completely and intentionally defies any attempt to categorize it. The second album ''Metal Resistance'' goes up to 9 in several tracks.

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* MetalScream: The chorus of "HEADBANGEEEEERRRRR!!!!!" includes a scream of the song title.
Su does it in several songs, most notably "Headbanger!" which combines it with TitleDrop.
* MohsScaleOfRockAndMetalHardness: Has increased over their years of the group's existence. existence.
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Most of their SelfTitledAlbum is, on average, a hard 6 to a soft 7, although "Megitsune" is a borderline 8. 8.
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"Babymetal DEATH" seems to go as far as a 9, with most of the vocals being death growls and metal screams and having nearly none of the super-happy cuteness factor a lot of their other songs have. It also happens to be their album and live show opener. Going from this into straight into one of their lighter songs is quite the MoodWhiplash. MoodWhiplash.
***
"Doki Doki☆Morning is a very poppy song even by Babymetal standards despite its heavier riffs. riffs.
***
"Iine!" completely and intentionally defies any attempt to categorize it. it.
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The second album ''Metal Resistance'' goes up to 9 in several tracks.tracks.
*** Most of its Su-Metal ballads, however, are a 6 at best, being slower and more melodic.



* {{Producers}}: Kobametal, real name Kei Kobayashi. A lifelong metalhead who always covers himself with a skeleton costume for interviews.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: The single title "Ijime, Damé, Zettai" (officially: "No More, Bullying, Forever").

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* {{Producers}}: {{Oni}}: "Catch Me If You Can" is about a hungry ''Oni'' who wants to eat the girls, who spend their time during the song playing hide-and-seek and basically trolling it. [[note]] They're playing the "Tag-extra" version of hide-&-seek; in Japanese, the seeker in both games is called the ''oni''; tag itself is called ''onigokko'' – literally, "game of the Oni".[[/note]]
* {{Producer|s}}:
Kobametal, real name Kei Kobayashi. A lifelong metalhead who always covers himself with a skeleton costume for interviews.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: The single title for "Ijime, Damé, Zettai" (officially: is written in katakana ''and'' punctuated to invoke this – 「イジメ、ダメ、ゼッタイ」. Rendered in English as "No More, Bullying, Forever").More. Bullying. Forever."



* PrettyInMink: Black Babymetal wore what looked like fur coats in the Legend 1997 performance of "Onedari Daisakusen", due to its greed-oriented theme (and also the concert happening four days before Christmas).

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* PrettyInMink: Black Babymetal wore what looked like fur fur-lined coats in the Legend 1997 performance of "Onedari Daisakusen", due to its greed-oriented theme (and also the concert happening four days before Christmas).



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%% * RedOniBlueOni: "Catch Me If You Can" is about the girls hiding from very hungry oni who want to eat them.

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%% Explain! Explain!
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* RedOniBlueOni: Explicitly mentioned in the lyrics to "Catch Me If You Can" is about the girls hiding from very hungry oni who want to eat them.Can".
-->''"Aka'oni-san, Ao'oni-san: Suteppu, suteppu (one, two! one, two!)"'' [-{Red Oni, Blue Oni, take your steps. 1, 2! 1, 2!}-]



%% * TitleScream: One of their singles is has the official English title "HEADBANGEEEEERRRRR!!!!!"
%% * TomboyishPonytail: Suzuka's usual hairstyle since about 2012.
%% Earlier entry mentions she wears girly GirlishPigtails. SO is she girly, or a tomboy?
%%% Her ponytail is not tomboyish, so this doesn't count.

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%% * TitleScream: One Happens at the very end of "Headbanger!" And also in the middle right before the bridge.
* TwinTropes: Intentionally invoked with regards to Yuimetal and Moametal. Koba's original vision for Babymetal had always included "Twin Fairies" dancing around the lead singer. This is why their outfits and many
of their singles is has the official English title "HEADBANGEEEEERRRRR!!!!!"
%% * TomboyishPonytail: Suzuka's usual hairstyle
dance moves are mirrored.
** Averted of course
since about 2012.
%% Earlier entry mentions she wears girly GirlishPigtails. SO is she girly, or a tomboy?
%%% Her ponytail is
Yui and Moa are ''not'' twins (though their birthdays are only 14 days apart); they're not tomboyish, so this doesn't count.even from the same area of Japan – Yui is from Kawasaki, a sliver-shaped city in between Tokyo and Yokohama; Moa is from Nagoya in the central Chuubu region. They didn't even meet until aged 9 or 10. Yet in a bizarre serendipity, these two often play these tropes straight despite not actually being related – they are often seen walking in lockstep, communicating via eye contact alone, have similar-timbre voices, and look surprisingly alike even out of costume.



** "Tales of the Destinies" constantly switches time signatures and tempo at the drop of a hat. It's such a complicated song that many wondered if it was even ''possible'' to perform it live. They did so at Tokyo Dome.
** TOTD's companion song, "THE ONE", is mostly in 6/8, but the bridge mixes in measures of 4/8.
* WidgetSeries: Widget Musicians -- Three {{Idol Singer}}s mix pop music with HeavyMetal. It works and it's very weird and very Japanese, and it has gained some dedicated following.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Features heavily in the song ''Megitsune'' (vixen, female fox), which says that girls and women nowadays are forced to reembrace the aspect of this archetype that is about keeping a calm front and going on despite turmoil even though the turmoil here is internal rather than external (or as they put it, "smiling on the outside, crying on the inside").
* ZettaiRyouiki: Grade B when wearing socks. (Later their costumes changed to stockings.)

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** "Tales of the Destinies" Destinies", the group's stab at Music/DreamTheater-style music, constantly switches time signatures and tempo at the drop of a hat. It's such a complicated song that many wondered if it was even ''possible'' to perform it live. They did so at Tokyo Dome.
Dome Red Night.
** TOTD's companion song, "THE ONE", is mostly in 6/8, 6/8 or 12/8, but the bridge mixes in measures of 4/8.
4/8. It also switches tempo in several places.
* WidgetSeries: [[WidgetSeries Widget Musicians -- Musicians]]: Three {{Idol Singer}}s mix pop music with HeavyMetal. It works and it's It's very weird and very Japanese, and… well, it ''works'', and it has gained some quite a dedicated following.
* YamatoNadeshiko: Features heavily in the song ''Megitsune'' "Megitsune" (vixen, female fox), which says that girls and women nowadays are forced to reembrace the aspect of this archetype that is about keeping a calm front and going on despite turmoil even though the turmoil here is internal rather than external (or as they put it, "smiling on the outside, crying on the inside").
* ZettaiRyouiki: Grade B when wearing socks. (Later Non-operative now that their costumes changed to now employ stockings.)
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%% * IdolSinger: All three members started out as this in Sakura Gakuin.

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%% * IdolSinger: All three members were members of the idol group Music/SakuraGakuin, and the band itself started out as this one of several clubs (sub-units) within that group. When Suzuka was about to graduate from the idol group in Sakura Gakuin.2013, the band was spun off into its own unit so that they could continue with the same lineup. They are sometimes still called "idol metal" or "idol fusion metal band" by the media.
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