YMMV / BABYMETAL

  • Awesome Music: TOO MANY TO LIST. MEGITSUNE, Headbanger, Gimme Chocolate, Iine... just the tip of the iceberg! "Road of Resistance", their collaboration with Dragonforce, is about as awesome as you could imagine. Meanwhile, "Tales of the Destinies", their clearest stab yet at Progressive Metal, has been compared favourably to Dream Theater.
  • Broken Base:
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: the swag rap breakdown in the otherwise Power Metal-ish "Iine!". Worth noting that in live shows they don't perform the full song, truncating the breakdown.
  • Colbert Bump: Subverted somewhat since they had become viral before appearing on his show, though that performance certainly helped raise their profile in the USA (the girls were already popular in the UK).
  • Crazy Awesome/Narm Charm: Girly and adorable? Got ya covered. Hilariously switching genres at the drop of a hat? But of course! Awesome? You bet.
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome: At the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards, Su duets with Rob Halford on "Painkiller" and "Breaking The Law", with Moa and Yui playing guitar on the latter. Link
  • Ear Worm: Most of their songs, with "Doki Doki☆Morning" and "Headbanger!!" being the most catchy.
    • "Give Me Chocolate" is another contender, which is probably why it was selected as their debut single in Western countries. However, it's probably safest just to say All of Them and leave it at that.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Of the Japanese Pop Music scene, as they are the only ones (so far) to have successfully fused J-pop and metal and made it sound legit (and awesome) for not just J-pop fans but also for metalheads.
  • Even Better Sequel: Most reviews rated the second album Metal Resistance somewhat better than the debut.
  • Fan Nickname: Officially, the genre of the music they play is called "kawaii metal". But, some people have dubbed it "moetal", among other names.
  • Gateway Series: They have been known to be this into metal for more than a few J-pop fans, and also into J-pop for metal fans. For that matter, they probably provide an easy access point into both genres for people familiar with neither.
    • Amusingly enough, this is precisely what Yui in an interview said she hoped would happen. Specifically, that Babymetal fans would be curious enough to check out Sakura Gakuin. She got her wish.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff:
    • They're pretty Big in Japan, but they also have many fans overseas. They've performed sold-out headline shows in the US, France, Germany, Great Britain, and Canada, amongst other countries. They were the opening act for Lady Gaga (who is a self-proclaimed fan) during various concerts on her Japan tour. Even Mikael Åkerfeldt is a fan.
      • In fact, they could be considered to be the first Japanese band to successfully break through to America, easily the most popular group to come from Japan. Their sophomore album Metal Resistance was the best-debuting Japanese album since 1963, and if you asked an American to name a Japanese band, it'll probably be them.
    • They're the first (and so far, only) Japanese band to lend a song to a WWE event!
  • He Really Can Act: In this case, She Really Can Scream. As live performances have shown, the girls were fully capable of switching from the expected sugary singing to genuine death growls even BEFORE they grew over 16.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks: Some metal fans' reaction to their music, though they do sound legit for a metal idol group.
  • It Will Never Catch On: What most of their detractors have said over the seven years [as of this edit] that the group has been around. Variants of "gimmick" and "just a fad" get thrown around all the time, along with predictions the girls will be fired as soon as they turn 16 (didn't happen), 18 (didn't happen), or 20 (if the speculation about "Legend S Baptism XX" is anything close to correct, it won't happen). Fans now joke about this.
    BABYMETAL: Passing fad that will be gone in a year since 2010
  • Metal Band Mascot: The Fox God fits the description to some degree.
  • Moe: They are idols after all.
    • Special mention goes to Yui, who is a Shrinking Violet, terrible at hiding it, unfailingly polite, and utterly adorable. She is a textbook example of the classic definition of the term.
    • Moa's no slouch in this department. She's far more outgoing than Yui or even Su, but wears her emotions on her sleeve. She's also the smallest and youngest of the trio.
    • Even Su, Queen of the death-stare, can become this if a foreign drummer unexpectedly gives her a cake for her birthday in front of over a thousand people.
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: In a genre dominated by many derivative acts, their unusual approach has earned them their own niche in the J-pop and metal scenes, and better reception compared to their contemporaries.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Their approach to J-metal. Earlier songs especially fit this.
  • The Red Stapler: Variant. the Saiai brand of saké has enjoyed a surge in demand ever since fans discovered the brand shares the same kanji characters with Moametal's given name. Now the brewery even puts Babymetal merch on display.
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