Tokyo Girls' Style
(Tokyo Joshi Ru
) is a Japanese pop Girl Group
of Child Popstars
that debuted in 2010 under the avex label, put together due to demand for more Girl Groups
. They're known for their rather mature songs and lyrics, which feels dissonant according to their appearances. Of note is the fact that their ages are kept a secret for a wider age appeal (though their ages have been leaked onto the Internet) until their concert at Budoukan in 2012.
To some fans with Nostalgia Filter
for avex's former Girl Groups
, they bear a striking resemblance to SweetS and are seen as their Spiritual Successors
. It may have been intentional on avex's part, and Tokyo Girls' Style did do some Cover Versions
of two of their biggest hit singles, as well as practice to their songs prior to their major label debut.
Members of Tokyo Girls' Style consist of:
- Ayano Konishi, born December 15, 1997
- Miyu Yamabe, born June 24, 1996
- Hitomi Arai, born April 10, 1998
- Yuri Nakae, born June 28, 1997
- Mei Shyoji, born July 2, 1997
- Kodou no Himitsu (2010)
- Limited Addiction (2011)
- Yakusoku (2013)
- Killing Me Softly (2014)
Tropes that apply to Tokyo Girls' Style
- Action Girl: The music video for "Rock You!"
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: "Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru" and "We Will Win ~Kokoro no Baton de Po Pon no Po~n~" depict them in cheerleading outfits.
- All Love Is Unrequited: "Regret", highlighted in the line, "The one who is the most precious to you isn't me."
- All Your Powers Combined: All the girls manage to blow up a huge boulder with The Power of Friendship in the music video for "Rock You!"
- Animated Music Video: "LolitA Strawberry in Summer", which surprisingly averts You Gotta Have Blue Hair, making all avatars indistinguishable besides Hitomi, who's always in the center.
- Anime Theme Song: "We Will Win ~Kokoro no Baton de Po Pon no Po~n~" is the theme song for Pretty Rhythm Aurora Dream.
- Break Up Song: "Liar"
- Cannot Spit It Out: A couple of their songs but most notable in "Kodou no Himitsu", where the speaker can't seem to tell her crush that she likes him no matter what she does.
- Cover Version: Tokyo Girls' Style covered "LolitA Strawberry in Summer" and "Love Like Candy Floss", both songs originally by SweetS and rearranged. They also covered ZONE's "Boku no Tegami" for their second album.
- Crucified Hero Shot: In the music for "Jujika", there are several shots of the girls tied up to a crucifix.
- Cute Sports Club Manager: Possibly Ayano and Yuri are portrayed as one in the music video for "Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru", as Ayano is assigned with washing uniforms and Yuri has to clean baseballs. Of course, it goes without saying that the objects of their affection are on the baseball team.
- Dangerously Short Skirt: The outfits for "Limited Addiction" and "Liar." In "Liar", the girls tear off their skirts to dance in shorts during the instrumental break.
- Darker and Edgier: "Bad Flower"
- Expy: Of SweetS, of course.
- Gratuitous English: But of course.
- Lady in Red: Hitomi wears a red dress and poses sensually on top of a table while playing with an iguana in the music video for "Limited Addiction." Awkward when you realize that she was only 13 when the video was produced. Comes back again in a red dress in the music video for "Unmei."
- Love Confession: Each of the girls give one in the music video for "Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru", except for Ayano, who's just content with finding the uniform her crush wore.
- Love Nostalgia Song: "Sayonara, Arigatou" is basically about a person who parts ways with someone she loves without confessing and thanks the person for all the times they've spent together.
- Lucky Charms Title: "Kirari" and "LolitA Strawberry in Summer" have a star stylized in their original titles.
- Mind Screw: The music video for "Kodou no Himitsu."
- Proper Tights With Skirt: The Elegant Gothic Lolita costumes in the music videos for "Kodou no Himitsu", "Rock You!", "LolitA Strawberry in Summer", and "Tsuioku."
- The Rival: Ayano becomes this to Hitomi in the music video and teasers for Partition Love.
- Self-Backing Vocalist: The harmonies in the solo lines are usually done by the girls themselves.
- She's Got Legs: There are a couple of shots of their legs in some of the music videos, some of which seem uncomfortable when you realize they're still in Jailbait status.
- Sleep Cute: Hitomi and Miyu in the music video for "Tsuioku", complete with Intertwined Fingers.
- Teacher/Student Romance: The music video for Partition Love features all of the girls as fictionalized versions of themselves (complete with The Danza naming) and focuses on Hitomi's crush on a new teacher.
- Translated Cover Version: "Onnaji Kimochi" was translated into Mandarin Chinese in order to help them break out into the widespread Asian entertainment market.
- Unresolved Sexual Tension: A lot of their serious songs, like "Limited Addiction", for example.
- Vocal Tag Team: Hitomi and Ayano are usually the ones who tag team. In groups, it's often Ayano and Yuri with Hitomi, Miyu, and Mei.
- Who Wears Short Shorts?: Some of the girls wear short shorts in "Sayonara, Arigatou", and the costumes for "Onnaji Kimochi" and "Love Like Candy Floss" consist of them. In "Liar", they wear them underneath their skirts, which they rip off in the instrumental break.
- Woman in Black: All girls don black outfits in the music video for "Bad Flower", complete with sensual posing.
- Woman in White: In the music video for "Sayonara, Arigatou", there are a couple of shots of the girls singing in a gazebo in white clothing, whereas their individual and flashback shots depict them in normal clothing. This carries onto the music video for "Tsuioku", where each girl wears white in the present and reminisce their memories when they browse a large dresser holding Memento MacGuffins.
- You Are Not Alone: "Himawari to Hoshikuzu" is all about this. Tokyo Girls' Style's songs that are about encouragement, like "Ganbatte Itsudatte Shinjiteru" and "We Will Win ~Kokoro no Baton de Po Pon no Po~n~" has themes of this too.