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Kourin and the Nakamoto Suzuka/Su-metal legend

This may help to support the idea that Nakamoto Suzuka actually transforms under the Kourin actions of Kitsune-sama at performances.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fYmL5O4CLo

The Cant of Words Part 1 (From the BAW booklet 1)

The Cant of Words

The Encyclopedia of Metal Resistance

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Use the words correctly and carry out your missions undercover and in accordance with the divine instructions of Kitsune-sama.
(あ) (Ah) line
あいどる
(アイドル)
Aidoru
Idol

A very powerful and gigantic force that skillfully manipulates everything including the “Media”, “Politics” and the “Economy”. All forms of music other than Idol songs are considered to be hazardous, including Metal, and it has stolen the soul of Metallers(??)

あいどるかいのだーくひろいん
(アイドル界のダークヒロイン)
Aidorukai no Da-ku hiroin
The dark heroine of the Idol world

This does not mean they are the so-called “bad guys (girls)”, this is a different name given to Babymetal who radiate a completely unique sense of existence in the Idol world wearing a costume coordinated with their theme colors of black and red and possessing a sense of incongruity between their cute visual appearance and their energetic and wild live performances.

いちごのよる
(15の夜)
Ichigo no yoru
The night of a 15 year old

A brief time that does not come ever again. On December 20th, 2013 a solo live performance, “I,D, Z~Legend ” was held to celebrate Su-metal’s 15th birthday, and this became a Legend known exactly as the words describe, (Ichigo no yoru) “the night of a 15 year old”. In the year that Su-metal was born, 1997, a legendary band that was “without equivalent enemies” brought their activities to a close at the Tokyo Dome around the end of this year, and a teens group that possessed the secondary name of “the Speed King of Okinawa” created a huge trend of excitement in the World of the “Idol”. Even if one feels one has been set a bit free on the “night of a 15 year old” one is not to steal a motorcycle and drive around-Dame, Zettai (It is bad, absolutely so).

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ういーあー!! べびーめたる!!
(We are!! Babymetal!!)

This is a call-and-response that is performed at the ending section of each live performance. After Su-metal calls out, “We are!!”, Yuimetal, Moametal and the fans gathered in the concert hall respond with the powerful vocal of “Babymetal!”.

うおーる おぶ です 
(ウオール オブ デス)
The Wall of Death

When the Intro to “Ijime, Dame, Zettai” echoes throughout the concert hall the fans separate into two groups and in unison with Su-metal’s piercing scream they run towards the center of this open space and swirl in a gigantic Mosshusshu. Simultaneous with this on the stage, Yuimetal and Moametal chase each other around the stage at full throttle.

えーきば 
(Akiba)

This is the Holy location of the gigantic force, “Idol”. Taking responsibility for cornering Su-metal into a critical and dangerous situation, Yuimeta and Moametal charge in and are transformed into “Black Babymetal”. This is the town where this takes place.

おりたたみ
(おりたたみ)
Folding up

This is a Hedoban term that appears in the middle of “Hedobangya!!”. This is a form of headbanging wherein the person bends at the waist to a 90 degree angle and performs Hedoban in a form similar to a bow. It can also be called “Koshiori” (Bent at the waist) Hedoban.

(か) (Ka) line
かみこうりん
(神降臨)
Kamikourin
God(s) descending into a person

Due to the fact that god enters into the members during Babymetal activities, and especially during the times the members are performing on stage, it is reported that they have almost no degree of consciousness. It seems that even after a performance the girls have only partial memories of what took place. In ordinary life as well the girls will suddenly switchover between “times when god has descended into them” and “times when god has not ”.

きつねがくだん
(キツネ楽団)
Kitsune Gakudan
The Fox God band

This refers to an air band that was summoned by the Fox God when “Megitsune” was released and who perform wearing Fox masks and white gowns. This ancient band crossed over Space/Time and danced their way into the present time, transformed a Noh theatre into a live house and their Metal drum kit composed of double bass Japanese drums and their break down revolving around the motif of “Sakura Sakura” played with Shamisen and other Japanese traditonal instruments has caused a huge stir not only in Japan but also to the peoples living in lands on the other sides of the seas outside of Japan.

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きつねさま
(キツネ様)
Kitsune-sama
The Fox God

The Fox God is a “god who rules over Metal” and who gave birth to Babymetal. The prayers of Metal messengers to revive and restore Metal reached the ears of the Fox God and he thus summoned together the 3 girls and gave them the name of Babymetal with the intent and meaning of “giving birth to a new Metal”. The members of Babymetal carry out their activities in accordance with the numerous divine instructions provided by the Fox God. Since the Fox God’s divine instructions come all of a sudden, the members are often without knowledge of what will come as a result of them.

きつねさまのもくしろく
(キツネ様の黙示録) 
Kitsunesama no mokushiroku
The Apocalypse of the Fox God

The “prophecies” regarding the future activities of Babymetal are all recorded, and the Metal resistance will proceed to unwind in accordance with this Apocalyptic record. Further, the numerous “Legends” that have occurred in the past are also recorded and these serve as historical reference books for Babymetal.

Who is Himetan?

All I can say is you have to watch this one-cute, alluring and slightly bizarre, but definitely Himeka all the way.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LsPnoIDVkY

Nakamoto Himeka is a member of Nogizaka46’s 1st Generation.
Name: Nakamoto Himeka (中元日芽香)
Nickname: Himetan (ひめたん)
Birthdate: April 13, 1996 (17)
Birthplace: Hiroshima, Japan
Height: 158cm
Sibling: she is the sister of Nakamoto Suzuka aka Su-Metal

Nakamoto Himeka know how to rock in this Nogizaka46 track!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PYp-WMBqnA

SU-METAL (Suzuka Nakamoto) Costume for sale on Yahoo Auction

Well, if you wanna own a SU-METAL costume replica here is your chance!!

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Right now their is a Su-Metal costume like the one she wear on Ijime Dame Zettai video, the roman soldier top with red skirt. Here is the link to access the auction

http://page11.auctions.yahoo.co.jp/jp/auction/n137934509

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Karen Girl’s at Oha Suta morning TV show

Here is some olds clips from Karen Girl’s (Su-Metal first band) as they were guest at the Oha Suta TV show.

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Oha Suta (おはスタ Oha Suta?) is a children’s TV show which airs in Japan in the morning on weekdays, and it is produced by TV Tokyo. The show’s full title is “Oha Suta: The Super Kids Station”.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cdhKWP5Zpg
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fJP0ionI8T0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjA0Eu9V_mQ

675 Shades of Su-Metal – Live! (2011-2014)

Psion001 from BABYMETAL on Reddit has post this awesome Su-Metal photo collection.

Special graduation interview with Su-metal (Nakamoto Suzuka)

A very special interview with Nakamoto Suzuka carried out by Namba-san and Minewaki-san on March 20, 2013 just prior to her graduation ceremony.

Note: at 10:13 it should read..”my sister and my father play guitar”, not “my brother”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t54bkRqF2LI

Five moments that differentiated BABYMETAL as what it is today

Prologue: To the Metal Resistance

Many reactions, reviews and news have been issued about BABYMETAL. Many of those referred to their forming as an Idol unit, their ignorance of Heavy Metal before the beginning, their going viral with Gimme Chocolate MV, and their successful performance at a main stage of Sonisphere festival.

But how many people know what happened between these moments? Everything has a chain of cause-and-result cycles. The same does to BABYMETAL. Here reviews a series of five critical moments from its birth to date that became causes/results made them what they are now.

1. Kobametal the producer found the way to shine Suzuka Nakamoto aka Su-metal, the talented lead vocalist most

Suzuka Nakamoto has been in show biz over 10 years even she’s 16 now. She’s said to have been always recognized as special talent and had already proved her powerful and distinctive voice and live performance skill when she was ten as a member of Karen Girl’s, one-year-only idol group act. They fired up an arena with 10,000 audiences by their performance. When the group disbanded as planned in 2009, her bright future was promised as an idol singer in Japan.

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But her voice and dance was just out of standard from Japanese idol, even too powerful and straight. The fact that her office Amuse didn’t promote her like that was the proof of it. Here was the one who worked at the office. His name was Key Kobayashi – future Kobametal the producer.

Key was decades-long fan of Heavy Metal, had experience on PR and an administrative job of some rock bands back then. He thought carefully about the best way for Suzuka to make full potential of her unique talent of singing and dancing out to the world. He saw her as a limitless type of performer. She said by herself that she didn’t remember anything when she’s in the zone on stage. And everyone saw her hit unexpected quality in singing and dancing.

An idea finally hit the man that a speed and loudness of Heavy Metal was the answer that could bring chemistry with Suzuka’s full power. At the same time he went to Lollapalooza festival in Chicago, US to see Japanese Metal band X Japan performing. He saw many people there finally jumping around here and there along with its Japanese-lyrics song with their X-shaped arms high up to the sky, even hard-looking reggae guy.

He felt confident in these jumping clouds that Japanese heavy music could transcend a border of languages, nationalities and music preferences to touch and move people who even didn’t understand Japanese at all.
So he was sure he could make it by blending two powerful weapons together – one was Suzuka Nakamoto the quality-proven performer and the other was heavy music, his lifetime devotion and profession.

2. BABYMETAL was formed with twins-like enchanting girls Yui Mizuno and Moa Kikuchi with Suzuka

Suzuka was a powerful asset but she’s so distinctive by any means. Also in Japan a solo idol became out of fashion. So he thought to add partners to her but at the same time standard girls’ group format didn’t seem to work. In the recruiting period, he wanted a feel of little twins dancing around of Suzuka like former famous twins idol The Peanuts signing for Mothra, and finally Yui and Moa caught his eye.

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Both of them were eleven years old, almost identical outfit like twins also had years of experience of CMs, fashion shows and stages at the time. The miracle was that those twins-like two girls were in the same office along with Suzuka. The two are becoming less identical now but they kept almost identical like twins in years.
Both of them easily cleared average qualities in performing, but each of them have different strong points. Yui is good at dancing and more modest and Moa is good at charming and communicative type. And Suzuka is also well known as gno-brainerh type of person at her own pace. They are capable also professional, synchronized also complementary like a stable triangle.

3. BABYMETAL came with a unique and quality coupling of Heavy Metal sound, J-pop melody, dynamic dance and Idol appearance by their debut song Doki Doki Morning

Doki Doki Morning was released on 2011/10/24 from Juuonbu Records label that was just built for BABYMETAL only. Juuonbu means a heavy music club that is a name of a subsidiary of Sakura Gakuin that is an idol academy in their office, Amuse Inc. The song is catchy J-Pop number with cute choreography of three little girls, but once you listen to its instrumental version you’ll find how heavy its sound really is. It uses some of PANTERA drum sounds (how many other girls’ groups use sounds from PANTERA?)

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It didn’t become a big hit but it could make BABYMETAL survive, and it set the tone of its sound since then – brutality of Heavy Metal and catchiness of J-Music with complexity of Idol song. Japanese Idol song is even chaotic. It can allow almost anything under the name of Kawaii girls. Many music talents from other genres have come to the genre and create vast range of songs, and it became like a meta-genre that holds a lot of genres underneath because it would be said that music industry has been shrunken much in Japan and Idol is now the only genre that generates enough sales to be able to sustain Japanese music industry.

In fact, there have been a lot of songs of Idols with heavy taste and Heavy Metal bands with cute girls in Japan. But the genius of Key and greatness of the girls are that they never accept BABYMETAL to stay just a taste but challenge to be a real thing. Their Heavy Metal sound is real. So is their Pop melody, choreography, Idol charisma, Suzuka’s voice and Yui and Moa’s cuteness, too. That makes the difference. You can tell by yourselves and those who came to see them live left their comments that even metalheads in decades really enjoyed their performance, held their breaths away by Su-metal’s voice and melt their hearts by Yui and Moa’s cuteness. And to our surprise their performances seem to keep improving from comments and reviews.

4. BABYMETAL made a successful first appearance to a big rock festival, Summer Sonic with the youngest performer record

Summer Sonic is a big rock festival in Japan with a long history since 2000 which now hosts over 120,000 audiences in two days. Its headliners were big names like Green Day, Marilyn Manson, Guns N’ Roses, Oasis, Linkin Park, Metallica, Stevie Wonder and more.
BABYMETAL appeared there in 2012 by invitation from its host which saw BABYMETAL as something new with potential though they had only 5 songs, released only 3 singles and no album and little appearance on TV and magazine back then. They played at sub stage rather small. But it was their first exposure to many non-Idol fans, musicians and persons in music industry and media of broader music genres.

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The band got into the second level from the performance. They didn’t play at small event space anymore, held first solo live with 1,300 audiences and did first performance abroad in Singapore. And these lead them to their major debut and to their back band, Kami Band.

5. BABYMETAL acquired authentic Heavy Metal feel with their major debut song Ijime, Dame, Zettai and introduced Kami Band as a back band in their live

And early in 2013 their major debut came with Ijime, Dame, Zettai. It was actually their second song, but it was their fourth single. It might be that Kobametal kept waiting for the release until the time came. It was a straight and strong power metal number with well-structured melody line that could maximize power of Su-metal’s power with impressive shredding guitar solo and endless twin bass drum roams.

Kobametal said that he “thought it’s time for a fast ball hard enough to surprise metalheads,” and they won the bet. He “finally got some credit to talk with metalheads,” and it earned “pretty good sales figure. The CD sales kept its moment long in the front of stores.”

And at the same time, he made a decision to introduce live back band into their stage performances. BABYMETAL had played with pre-recorded track till the period. Despite of financial and temporal cost, the back band could improve their live performance a lot. And it needs mentioning to the quality of these band players.

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It’s named as Kami Band. Kami is a word that refers to god. All the member deserve the name because every one of them is regarded as top notch musician in Japan. But why these best of the best join to this three-piece idol girls’ unit? They are the ones who never be pressed for good offers. More money? Maybe. A pressure of big music agency? Maybe.
But some of them said playing in BABYMETAL behind of these hard-working talented girls and trying different types of well-produced music are just so much fun also challenging. Also they said they felt confident that BABYMETAL was going to be something before it became as it is now. They even said these girls were so professional enough to respect as a musician. They are all top notch performers. Both the girls and the band. And here would be chemistry between them. So is there any reason that BABYMETAL is NOT going to be a real thing in the world?

Epilogue: The Metal Resistance is going on

So these are critical moments that BABYMETAL has had until it became the Internet viral with Gimme Chocolate. Maybe many of you know what happened after the song. And I want to say. The song IS – or was – viral. It is watched over 17,000,000 times from last April on YouTube. Some said it’s another WTF thing from Japan. Yes it’s very different from American or Europian Pop, Heavy Metal or any other music. It might have surprised tons of people in the world in various senses.

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But is BABYMETAL itself just a viral in the Internet? Three months later when BABYMETAL appeared into curios eyes from 60,000 people and left from a main stage of Sonisphere with great amount of applause under the opening-up UK sky on July 5, audiences there and so many other people in the world who watched it via YouTube later would have felt that BABYMETAL was something in the real world. Or anything different with potential to the future.
Now they just closed the Metal Resistance Episode II with live performances in Japan, Germany, France, UK and US. Audiences and media people from various countries felt their performance live by their own eyes, ears and hearts. They must have felt BABYMETAL was not another WTF from Japan but something new that can deliver quality experiences that  can trancend borders of languages, nationalities and music preferences to touch and move people who even didn’t understand Japanese at all. And BABYMETAL declared the beginning of Metal Resistance Episode III from O2 Academy, Brixton in UK.
We don’t know what it is yet. But whatever it will be we already know this will come next year with quality. It will come. We will see it before long.

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Rumor of the Internet : BABYMETAL, DragonForce and Attack on Titan collaboration

The moment BABYMETAL played the bland-new song «The One», a rumor started to fly over the Internet. It says that the song indecates future collaboration of BABYMETAL with Attack on Titan, an Anime which went to the Internet phenomena last year.

Nothing has been confirmed at the point, but what makes people talking about the rumor? I am going to pick up some “coincidences” said in the Internet.

1. Coincidence of riding a horse
In the biginning of the song, Su-metal, Yuimetal and Moametal do choreography of riding a horse running fast with whipping. And in Attack on Titan, horses are main carrier and main characters ride their horses.

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2. Coincidence of salute posing
In the middle of the song, the three girls do saluting pose with putting their right hands on their chest. In Attack on Titan, the same saluting is using a lot of times as a sign of royality and bravery to their army against titans.

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3. Coincidence of motive and characteristics
From its early days BABYMETAL describes their lives and other activities as The Metal Resistance. They have a mission to save Heavy Metal and the world by introducing the new style of Heavy Metal. That mission started from nothing, has a lot of obstacles and difficulties. So it is called as resistance.
As for Attack on Titan, the story began from massive attack of titans with countless casualties, and almost no hope left with human race. The main characters faced a lot of obstacles and difficulties. The main character never give up and keep his heart burning, pushing him and his friends forward as he can.

The new song is a straight power metal number with shredding guitar and J-Rock melody. Lyrics of BABYMETAL brand-new song describes a resistance from solidarity to unity as one with keeping their inner fire burning up, overcoming obstacles and difficulties. In a word they have same storyline, motive and feeling.

4. Coincidence of release dates
The song had its debut last week. The first movie version of Attack on Titan is going to release next week in Japan. It is not likely to use the song in the movie as an image song with considering no official comment has done a week early of the release. But what if they would use the song as a secret collaboration BGM? All audience must be so hyped.
And the second Attack on Titan movie will come next year, furthemore a live-action version in two episodes is under production aiming to next year release. This new song would be a signal for future collaboration if it would not be this time.

5. Win-Win effect
BABYMETAL gets wide attention from this April with the Internet viral song Gimme Chocolate and got recognition from metalheads and little monsters through its first World Tour in France, UK, US and Canada including its performance on a main stage of Sonisphere, a big Metal festival  in UK and support acts for Lady Gaga’s US tour, artRAVE: The ARTPOP Ball. They would be able to get another big attention from new audience by a collaboration with movie business.
Also as for Attack on Titan, a collaboration with the Internet sensation would be able to get wider interests from non-Anime fans.

Some BABYMETAL fans are favorable about this rumor, others are not. Critical responses say such collaboration with Anime would ruin BABYMETAL’s core value as authentic “one and only” live unit that surprised the world by its quality of songs, voices, dances and sounds.

For the Dragonforce and BABYMETAL collaboration well, Herman Li have these on Facebook earlier this week.

I've been summoned by the Fox God along with Sam Totman of Dragonforce to join the Metal Resistance with BABYMETAL. 😉

Posted by Herman Li on Tuesday, November 11, 2014

So what do you think about that?

Metal Hammer: 3 Minutes With Babymetal (video)

A brief chat with the Japanese phenomenon

Last Saturday Babymetal played to a sold-out Brixton O2 Academy in what was only their third ever UK performance. But before they danced and partied all holy hell out of the 5000 strong crowd, we caught up with Su-metal, Yuimetal and Moametal to find out about the new album and the Fox God.

It’s hard to ignore the monumental success of Babymetal since their inception at Sonisphere this summer, so when we had the chance to meet up for a second time it was a no-brainer.

Here we talk to the three-girl tour de force about the experience of playing a metal festival, how Gimme Chocolate came together and how they’re planning on celebrating Christmas – seemingly by celebrating Su-metal’s birthday (which you know will be at last 60 times more bonkers than yours).

Check Metal Hammer review and gallery of Babymetal’s Brixton show.