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 favorably to Dream Theater.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Some of their songs will change genres partway through for no reason other than Rule of Cool.
    • The swag rap breakdown in the otherwise Power Metal-ish "Iine!". Worth noting that in live shows they don't perform the full song, using call-and-response instead of the original lyrics during the breakdown, though it still ends with the gloriously memetic "Kitsune da o!".
      • In a DVD Commentary on the music video, the girls openly wondered why they don't do the full rap anymore and expressed a desire to bring it back. So far, though, it hasn't happened.
    • "Song 4" has two reggae breakdowns in the middle of the song, plus what can only be described as a Black Metal interlude in between those. Oh, and there's a "boing!" sound effect thrown in there too yes, Yui and Moa jump there.
  • 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
    • Honestly, several concerts that were key to their evolution count SummerSonic 2012, Legend I, Budokan, SoniSphere 2014, Wembley, Tokyo Dome, and LEGEND S
  • 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.
  • 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 once 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 popular in their native Japan, but they also have many fans overseas. They've performed sold-out headline shows in the USA, France, Germany, Great Britain, and Canada, amongst other countries albeit in far smaller venues (Wembley Arena being the exception). 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 are on the cusp of becoming the first Japanese band to truly break through to America, well known as the toughest music market in the world to access for a number of reasons (language barrier being only part of it). Their second album, Metal Resistance, cracked Billboard's Top 40, the first album by a Japanese act to do so since 1963. Note that X Japan and Dir en grey, both of whom regularly tour the USA and have a significant fanbase there, never had any of their albums chart on Billboard's main index. Kobayashi has made it no secret that one of his ultimate goals is for Babymetal to sell out Madison Square Garden.
    • They're the first (and so far, only) Japanese band to lend a song to a WWE event!
      • "Karate" played in the background of an episode of the series Altered Carbon, which brought in a few new fans.
  • Internet Backdraft: The Yui incident has sparked one against their company. First she missed a concert without any explanation from her or the company, which upset many fans. The announcement that Yui would be missing out on their May 2018 tour, and that the group would be "changing/evolving", and that the group's "narrative/storyline" had changed has led to many fans saying they would not support the group until a clearer explanation for Yui's absence is given, causing the hashtag "#whereisyui" to begin trending on Twitter and Facebook.
  • It's Popular, Now It Sucks!: Some metal fans' reaction to their music, though they do sound legit for a metal idol group.
  • Moe: They are (or were) 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.
      • To add to this, Yui's brain tends to function on a different wavelength, so she'll often be slow on the uptake, not reacting until she sees others do so (and sometimes not even then). Fans refer to this as "Yui-lag" and consider it cute.
      • Yui is a fan of Ariana Grande and the band has met and taken a photo with her. However, when Nylon's Mickey Stanley asked her if she could sing an Ariana Grande song, she became all flushed and seemed ready to run away at "Can you sing..."
    • 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 shortest (by 2cm) and youngest (by 14 days) of the trio.
      • When she hurt herself during the beginning of "Ijime, Damé, Zettai" at Budokan Red Night and had to perform the rest of the (extremely taxing) choreography unable to put weight on her left leg, her face contorted in obvious pain even as she tried to smile, you just want to reach through the screen and comfort her, even knowing she was fine the next day.
    • 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.
      • Her true personality was showcased to a degree during her three years in Sakura Gakuin, and sometimes rears its head even in Babymetal despite herself. Suzuka is, at her core, a massive dork a Motor Mouth who has No Sense of Direction and can't tie her own shoes or ride a bike. She's also a huge music nerd her older sister Himeka said that, when they meet, they'll often do karaoke together, singing up to a hundred songs running the musical gamut (Western and Japanese) until their voices are shot.
      • When the girls were still doing variety shows, they participated in a mystery box game in Taiwan where they had to guess what was inside the box, which turned out to be a large bullfrog. After the reveal, all three girls were terrified at first, until Moa - remembering she had already touched it - came forward and picked up the amphibian; Yui also eventually let it sit on her forearm. Su, on the other hand, couldn't touch the frog until the end of the show, and we saw one of the only times she's been scared in a public appearance.
  • 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.
  • She 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.
    • Suzuka was given acting training (in addition to singing lessons) during her time at Actor's School Hiroshima and twice took part in musicals. She also appeared as herself on a later episode of Zettai Karen Children along with Ayami and Yuika. She enjoyed the experience and has expressed a desire to do voice work again.
    • Yui was a child actress before ending up in Sakura Gakuin, appearing in commercials and a few TV movies. One of those had her character writing a angry letter to her mother while she does just fine onscreen, the voiceover she provides is gloriously seething.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Their approach to J-metal. Earlier songs especially fit this.


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