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Babymetal set to appear in new anime series debuting in U.S.

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By Oona McGee, RocketNews24

Ever since we interviewed Babymetal back in 2013, the Japanese metal-idol band has taken the world by storm, topping iTunes sales charts, appearing on The Late Show with Steven Colbert and even performing with Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford onstage. Now, fresh off their 2016 world tour, the group has announced that they will be teaming up with Warner Bros’ digital studio Blue Ribbon Content and Japanese powerhouse Amuse Inc’s subsidiary, Amuse USA, to star in an original short anime series set to debut in the States.

According to the group’s Facebook announcement, the three baby-faced teenagers fronting the group, SU-METAL, YUIMETAL, and MOAMETAL, will travel through a secret portal to enter an animated world. The press release from Warner Bros goes one step further, revealing that the action-adventure series will revolve around a magical world of heavy metal music under attack, with one lonely god, Kitsune, creating warrior band BABYMETAL to save the day.

As they go about saving the world of heavy metal, SU-METAL, YUIMETAL and MOAMETAL will ultimately redefine the genre, much like they have in real life, according to the release.

The series will also feature new live-action performances from the group. With the girls known for their cute choreographed moves set against a background of heavy metal, we can’t wait to see what they’ve got in store for the upcoming anime storylines.

Whatever they come up with, we’re sure they’ll find a way to get their awesome karate moves in there (video below).

With the manager and creator of BABYMETAL Key Kobayashi (aka KOBAMETAL) also collaborating on the new digital series, we’re hoping the new anime will retain all the crazy Japanese pop idol elements we’ve grown to love from the fusion band. While the release date is yet to be announced, we’ll be watching developments carefully so keep an eye on this space for more details.

Source: Warner Bros Press Release

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RIP metal.

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I have found that they aren't that well known here....

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Thank god for BABYMETAL! Best metal band today

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Babymetal is more well-known outside Japan than in Japan.

Also, this isn't the first time something like this happened - there was the Puffy AmiYumi show:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hi_Hi_Puffy_AmiYumi

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BABYMETAL is awesome.

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Not convinced. This appears to be an attempt to merge idol pop with heavy metal and while I can't deny that the appearance is good, this song sounds a little too much like Give Me Chocolate for my liking. The video is too clean cut and formulaic, a similar problem to a lot of other music I've been hearing lately, especially anime themes where no matter what style they choose, it's always done to a set formula which increasingly annoys me. And I hate being...

I don't doubt that Babymetal will have its fans and may possibly do well but the idea that they will "ultimately redefine the genre" is unlikely given that metal has no one central genre. Possibly they might create their own genre but they are too light to go up against the death or thrash derivatives, too heavy to go up against the softer AOR types and the language barrier will put some fans off that might otherwise like this approach. Yes, I remember Puffy AmiYumi too.

I suspect that time will tell. Personally I think that the three are very cute but musically I'm in two minds about the whole thing.

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According to the group’s Facebook announcement, the three baby-faced teenagers fronting the group, SU-METAL, YUIMETAL, and MOAMETAL, will travel through a secret portal to enter an animated world. The press release from Warner Bros goes one step further, revealing that the action-adventure series will revolve around a magical world of heavy metal music under attack, with one lonely god, Kitsune, creating warrior band BABYMETAL to save the day.

This sounds familiar... oh yeah. "Show by Rock" which just started a second season. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Show_by_Rock!!#Anime

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Nothing more than just Kawaii faces with no real musical content for human growth anther than just to stimulate and promote pedophilia abroad so most japanese men can say 'hey, they also do it abroad too!' while i do think they are somewhat cute, as ALL J-girls,.. this kind of culture doesnt seem to end and is continually recycled and made new by them. But yeah,..its their country and their rules. It would be nice if they actually hooked up with some foreign guys (who didn't have the japanese hairstyle((the old Bieber hair))) and changed their style up, but most likely they just get recycled with the typical japanese salaryman who later goes to kaybakura and has mistresses. it never ends.

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