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  • The Band Minus the Face: In early 2013, as Suzuka was set to graduate from Sakura Gakuin, fans were unsure whether the Heavy Music Club would be disbanded (as Scoopers was after Ayaka and Airi graduated) or if it would keep going with a new member (as Mini-Pati and Sleepiece do). Management ended up taking a third option, spinning Babymetal off as an entirely separate unit from Sakura Gakuin and keeping the same lineup.
    • This is technically what BLACK BABYMETAL was, as Yui and Moa performed without Su. However, one of the unstated reasons for the subgroup's existence is to allow Su to take a breather during a show. Su solos serve the same purpose for Yui and Moa.
    • "Mischiefs Of Metal Gods", only played at live shows (usually before "Rondo of Nightmare"), is literally this – the Kami Band spend a few minutes shredding so the girls can rest. This is also true for the untitled Kami intros to "Catch Me If You Can" and, more recently, "Awadama Fever" and "Yava!".
  • Breakthrough Hit
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    • For Japan, BABYMETAL × Kiba of Akiba (2012). This single reached 3rd place in the Oricon indie charts and number one in the Tower Records Shibuya weekly indie ranking.
    • For the rest of the world, "Gimme Chocolate!!". Earlier videos had gained attention from some of the metal press and blogs, but this one was big enough to get noticed by mainstream media.
  • But Now I Must Go: Here is Yui's message, posted upon the announcement of her departure from Babymetal on October 19th 2018. First, her own words…
    ファンの皆様へ

    しばらく欠席が続き、沢山の方にご迷惑をおかけして本当に申し訳ありませんでした。
    何度も考え直したのですが、私はこの度BABYMETALを辞めさせていただくことになりました。

    この決断でメンバーやBABYMETALを支えてくださっている方々にご迷惑をかけてしまうこと、申し訳なく思っております。そして、BABYMETALを応援してくださっているファンの皆様、悲しませてしまって本当にごめんなさい。
    もう1度ステージに立ちたいという強い思いもありましたが今も体調が万全ではないこと、そして以前からの私の夢、水野由結としての夢に向かって進みたいという気持ちもあり、今回このような決断をいたしました。

    BABYMETALとして、貴重な経験を沢山させていただき感謝しています。
    私は恵まれているなと感じる日々でした。みんなで笑ってひとつになれたライブ、楽しくて幸せな時間でした。
    またいつか水野由結として皆様にお会いできるように努力し邁進します。
    8年間本当にありがとうございました。

    水野 由結
    • Here is the English translation by Thomas Malone (edited to fix a couple of typos).
      A Message To My Fans

      I am truly sorry for the inconvenience I have caused so many people due to being absent for an extended period of time.
      I have mulled over this over and over again but, I have decided to leave BABYMETAL at this time.

      I feel very sorry that my decision will disturb the other members and so many fans who have supported BABYMETAL. I am further terribly sorry to sadden the staff who have supported BABYMETAL.
      I had the strong desire to appear on stage again but my physical condition is not at its best even now, and further I feel that I would like to pursue my dream, one that I have had from a long time ago, of going on my own as Yui Mizuno. It is these factors that led to my decision.

      I am thankful for the numerous and precious experiences I was able to have being a part of BABYMETAL. I always felt day to day that I was truly blessed. The live shows where we all smiled together and became as One were truly happy and enjoyable times.
      I will do my utmost best to be able to again one day meet all of you as Yui Mizuno.
      Thank you from the bottom of my heart for the last eight years.

      —Yui Mizuno
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  • 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).
  • Extremely Lengthy Creation: The group's creator and manager, Key "Kobametal" Kobayashi, is known to be a perfectionist, so most of the songs end up as this.
    • For "Road of Resistance", the guitarists from DragonForce who played on the studio version mentioned they started work on their sections a year before the single was released.
    • During the gestation of "Megitsune", the song was sent back and forward 36 times between the arranger and Koba before the latter was satisfied.
  • Fan Community Nickname: "Kitsune" in English. "Mosh'sh Mates" in Japan. Collectively and officially, the fanbase is called "The One".
  • Fan Nickname: The girls' "Angel" nicknames come in part from a series of promos the 2011-era Sakura Gakuin troupe did for Flet's Wifi where they all dressed as angels.note 
    • Suzuka: Angel of Song; several variations with "Queen", Metal Goddess
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    • Yui: Angel of Dance; Princess Yui; Yui-Bot
    • Moa: Angel of Love; Super Moa-chan; Princess Moa; Chairman Moa
      • In addition, the kanji characters in her given name literally translate to "beloved" or, if read individually, "give more, love".
    • As mentioned on the Sakura Gakuin page, Moimoi (or MoiMoi) to refer to Yui and Moa collectively. Unusually, this is a self-invoked fan nickname.
    • Officially, the genre of the music they play is called "kawaii metal". But, some people have dubbed it "moetal", among other names. The girls themselves have been referred to by NHK as a "metal dance unit", suggesting a continuing connection to the Idol world that may or may not actually still exist.
  • More Popular Spinoff: As mentioned on the main Music page, Babymetal started as a subunit of Sakura Gakuin, a fairly standard junior Idol group (sort of; see its page for details). By 2015, when Yui and Moa graduated Sakura Gakuin, Babymetal had become more popular than its former parent group in their native Japan, and eons more popular outside of it, where Babymetal plays music festivals all over the world but Sakura Gakuin is almost completely unknown.
    • In an unusual twist, the growing popularity of Babymetal in the West has translated into some of the group's Western fans discovering Sakura Gakuin and following it too. Yui and Moa had each expressed hope that this would happen.
  • No Export for You: One of the band's more popular songs, "Syncopation", was left off the international release of Metal Resistance in favor of "From Dusk Til Dawn". To this day, "Syncopation" has never been performed live outside Asia and not even Babymetal's own Youtube channel hosts the song. Official videos of concerts where the song was performed – Tokyo Dome and the Big Fox Festival – have yet to see the light of day outside of Japan.
    • By that same token and in an inversion, "From Dusk Til Dawn" is not on the album's Japanese edition and has only been performed live once to date – at the Hollywood Palladium in 2017.
  • Not Allowed to Grow Up: Discussed and Averted. In their 2019 PMC interviews, Suzuka and Moa both talked about how, as they graduated from high school and approached legal adulthood (which is 20 in Japan), they really wanted to move beyond the "cute" aesthetic they had been rocking since 2010, further saying they looked forward to showing a more "mature" Babymetal in 2019.
    • The interviews strongly suggest that Episode VI (LEGEND S) was always meant to be the final appearance of the pigtails and tutus – Suzuka hit majority age shortly thereafter – and that the 2018 costume change would have happened regardless of whether Yui had been able to perform or not.
      • For the record, Yui herself had mentioned in one on-camera interview a hope that the trio could eventually wear more "adult" outfits. Though, given Yui's near-worship of Ariana Grande, her idea of "adult" may have been vastly different than what everyone else had in mind.
    • That flies in the face of rampant fan speculation that the (largely unpopular) costume change had been something forced on them. The other side of the argument – which turned out to be correct – was that, as they are or would soon be adults, Su & Moa had likely grown tired of the Gothic-Lolita getup after seven years and were raring to ditch it.
      • This also extends to several of their earliest songs, many of which had already fallen out of regular rotation even before Yui's illness and departure. Su & Moa vaguely suggested they'd like to drop "Gimme Chocolate!" as well but can't because it's their most popular song.
      • For the record, the 2018 US/EU tour contained a mix of songs from all eras – the first-album songs on the setlist were "Gimme Choco" (natch), "Akatsuki", and "Megitsune". The latter two aren't really childish and can easily be performed credibly by twentysomethings.
    • However, some 'dead-ender' fans remain vehement against any major costume change, insisting Babymetal's viability rests on "being cute", and thus scrapping the tutus and pigtails is jettisoning what made the group popular to begin with. Who cares if the girls themselves wanted the change?
  • Viral Marketing: The first few singles, which had little or no marketing other than having the full videos on YouTube and the occasional plug by Yui and Moa on Japanese morning shows (short skits in which Sakura Gakuin girls made regular appearances).
    • For the rest of the world "Gimme Chocolate!!" is the obvious example of this. To the point that it was the song played on the band's Colbert appearance instead of the actual promo single from Metal Resistance ("Karate").

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