||This article provides insufficient context for those unfamiliar with the subject. (October 2009)|
|Also known as||MGT, Mihi, MihiGT, Maru|
|Labels||Universal Music Japan|
Mihimaru GT is a Japanese duet made up of composer, lyricist and vocalist, Miyake as well as vocalist and lyricist Hiroko. The group was formed due to the joint management of the two members during their solo careers. Before forming Mihimaru GT, each member had a relatively quiet career, with little to no major hits.
To remind each other that the success of the group comes from the hard work and contributions of both members, the name Mihimaru GT was created for the band, taking the first two letters in each members' first name and adding "maru", or "perfection", to the end of it, as well as the initials for Miyake's favorite video game—Gran Turismo.
Unlike many other groups, Mihimaru GT will often record songs featuring only one of their members, though because of each members' background, they are both involved with every song in some way. Hiroko is usually responsible for the main melody of the song, whereas Miyake is featured in the rap that may appear in a song. The band is known for its urban and pop-oriented songs, as well as slow ballad oriented songs. They are currently signed to one of the largest independent music labels in the world.
Prior to 2006, they have had an average career, with their singles ranking no higher than #16 on the Oricon charts. In 2006, however, their single, "Kibun Jojo" became the commercial song for Dariya's "Palty" and music.jp's commercial theme, as well as the ending theme for the variety program "Sukibara". The triple tie-up gave them considerable media exposure, and more people began to take notice of them. On May 5, 2006, they performed on the popular music show Music Station and was featured on the "Young Guns" corner. The appearance on the show boosted their popularity and made "Kibun Jojo" onto the #7 spot on the Oricon charts.
From then on, their sales peaked and eventually bottomed out, though "Itsumademo Hibiku Kono Melody/Magical Speaker" managed to reach as high as #3 on the Oricon charts.
The song "H.P.S.J." was featured as the third ending song for the anime Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo; "Kibun Jojo" itself has been covered in rhythm action games such as Taiko: Drum Master, Moero! Nekketsu Rhythm Damashii Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan 2 and you can dance to the song in Happy Dance collection for Nintendo Wii.
On November 7, Mihimaru GT released a hip-hop re-arrangement/cover of Kylie Minogue's "I Should Be So Lucky" as a double A-side single (the other A-side being Ai Kotoba.) Since Oct 16, "I Should Be So Lucky" became the ending theme for the Japanese drama "Abarenbou Mama" (Wild Mama) which stars Aya Ueto.
ギリギリHero is featured in the movie Shaoulin Shojou.
Switch was used for the 2009 World Table Tennis Championship in Japan.
The duo's most recent single, Masterpiece is currently being used as main theme for the TV animation Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal.
|1st / Debut Single||Yakusoku (約束 Promise )
|3rd||Negai (願 ～Negai～)
|4th||H.P.S.J.: Mihimaru Ball Mix/So Merry Christmas
|5th||Yurume no Lady (ユルメのレイデ)
|7th||Koisuru Kimochi/Yes (恋する気持ち／Yes)
|8th||Sayonara no Uta (さよならのうた Song of Goodbye )
|9th||Kibun Jōjō (気分上々↑↑)
|10th||Tsuyoku Tsuyoku (ツヨクツヨク)
|11th||Itsumademo Hibiku kono Melody/Magical Speaker (いつまでも響くこのMelody／マジカルスピーカー)
|12th||Kakegae no Nai Uta (かけがえのない詩)
|14th||Gazen Yeah! (俄然Yeah！)
|15th||I Should Be So Lucky/Ai Kotoba (I Should Be So Lucky／愛コトバ)
|17th||Girigiri Hero (ギリギリ Hero)
|18th, collaboration with Soffett||Nakinatsu (泣き夏)
|19th||Shiawase ni Narou (幸せになろう)
|21st||Torokechau Dandy (とろけちゃうダンディ〜)
|22nd||Un Lock (アン♡ロック)
|26th||Evo★Revolution (エボ ★ レボリューション)
|Compilation||Mihimania: Collection Album (Mihimania ～コレクション アルバム～)
|Best||The Best of Mihimaru GT
|2nd Compilation||MihimaniaII: Collection Album (MihimaniaII ～コレクション アルバム～)
|2nd Best||The Best of Asia
- Chosun Ilbo SS501's Park Jung-min to Perform in UN Charity Concert in Japan 25 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-26
- (Japanese) Official Mihimaru GT website
- (Japanese) Official Universal Music Japan profile
- (English) mihimacafe forum
- (Japanese) Official mihamaru GT blog