Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku

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Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku
Native name 私立恵比寿中学
Also known as Ebichu
King of Gakugeeeekai
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres J-pop, pop
Years active 2009–present
Labels Stardust Ongaku Shuppan
DefStar Records
Associated acts Momoiro Clover Z
Team Syachihoko
Takoyaki Rainbow
Website official.stardust.co.jp/ebichu
Members Rika Mayama
Ayaka Yasumoto
Aika Hirota
Mirei Hoshina
Rina Matsuno
Hinata Kashiwagi
Kaho Kobayashi
Riko Nakayama
Past members Kanon
Narumi Uno
Hinaki Yano
Rio Koike
Reina Miyazaki
Mizuki
Natsu Anno
Hirono Suzuki

Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku (私立恵比寿中学 Shiritsu Ebisu Chūgaku?, lit. "Ebisu Private Junior High School") is a Japanese girl idol group. The band's name is officially shortened to Ebichu (エビ中?),[1] which is a double entendre that can mean "in a shrimp". The group was created by 3B Junior, the third section of the talent agency Stardust Promotion. Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku is a "little sister" group to another Stardust Promotion girl group, Momoiro Clover.[2][3]

Biography[edit]

Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku is named after a fictitious school in Ebisu, a neighbourhood in Shibuya, Tokyo. It was planned as a group of elementary and middle school students. The band was officially nicknamed "King of School Play", and its concept was advertised as being a group with very rough singing and dancing skills. Or, more accurately, the band's slogan is "Unarticulated dance and shaky vocals."[4] Ebichu was formed as a quintet on August 4, 2009.[5][6] At present, there are nine members. The only two original members who still remain in the group are Rika Mayama and Mizuki.[6] Although in April 2012 they both entered high school, it was decided that they would remain in the group. They joke that they are middle school students forever.[7]

In June 2011, it was announced that Ebichu was to hold its first solo concert, on October 8 at Shibuya O-East.[8] Parts of it were released on the band's first solo live DVD, which appeared on February 15 of the next year.[9] In total, in October Shiritsu Ebisu Chūgaku gave three sold-out performances. After six self-published "indie" singles on the talent agency's recording label, the latest few of which charted on Oricon, the group signed a temporary contract with the major label DefStar Records to release a single titled, incidentally, "Karikeiyaku no Cinderella" ("Temporary Contract Cinderella"). The release date had already been determined as May 5, 2012, the Children's Day. The contract signing was made into a ceremony, which was held on March 4 in the presence of a large audience of fans.[10][11] The single "Karikeiyaku no Cinderella" debuted at number 7 in the Oricon daily ranking for May 1.[12] Having peaked in the daily chart at second position, it also debuted at number 7 in the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart.[13]

On June 25, 2012, Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku took part in Yubi Matsuri, an idol festival produced by Rino Sashihara from AKB48. The concert was held at Nippon Budokan before a crowd of 8,000 people and featured such girl groups as Idoling!!!, Super Girls, Tokyo Girls' Style, Nogizaka46, Passpo, Buono!, Momoiro Clover Z, and Watarirouka Hashiritai 7.[14][15]

On July 1, 2012, Ebichu held a three and a half hour solo concert at Nippon Seinenkan, their first solo concert at the venue. The show was called "Jā Best Ten" and featured an imaginary ranking of the band's songs, counted down in the style of 1980s TV shows. It also included the first public performance of the song "Go! Go! Here We Go! Rock Lee", a closing theme of the anime Naruto SD, to be released as the group's second single in August.[16]

The girls declared that they were aiming for third place in the Oricon chart with their third single, titled "Ume".[17][18] The goal was achieved — the single actually placed 3rd in the weekly chart.

It was announced that the 3 members Mizuki, Natsu Annno and Hirono Suzuki will leave the group in a concert, held on April 15, 2014 at the Nippon Budokan. After leaving, they will study to enter universities and get trained to be actresses. Especially Natsu Anno will study abroad, and not return to Japan for a long time.[19]

Members[edit]

The members are assigned so-called attendance numbers, just like in Japanese schools. Initially the numbers were given in the order of joining the group, but once, when several members left, the remaining members held an election to reassign their numbers.

Current members[edit]

  1. Rika Mayama (真山りか?), born (1996-12-16) December 16, 1996 (age 18)
  2. Ayaka Yasumoto (安本彩花?), born (1998-06-27) June 27, 1998 (age 16)
  3. Aika Hirota (廣田あいか?), born (1999-01-31) January 31, 1999 (age 15)
  4. Mirei Hoshina (星名美怜?), born (1997-11-02) November 2, 1997 (age 17)
  5. Rina Matsuno (松野莉奈?), born (1998-07-16) July 16, 1998 (age 16)
  6. Hinata Kashiwagi (柏木ひなた?), born (1999-03-29) March 29, 1999 (age 15)
  7. Kaho Kobayashi (小林歌穂?), born (2000-06-12) June 12, 2000 (age 14)
  8. Riko Nakayama (中山莉子?), born (2000-10-28) October 28, 2000 (age 14)

Former members[edit]

  1. Kanon (奏音?), born (1997-02-07) February 7, 1997 (age 17)
  2. Narumi Uno (宇野愛海?), born (1998-03-19) March 19, 1998 (age 16)
  3. Hinaki Yano (矢野妃菜喜?), born (1997-03-05) March 5, 1997 (age 17)
  4. Rio Koike (小池梨緒?), born (1998-01-18) January 18, 1998 (age 16)
  5. Reina Miyazaki (宮﨑れいな?), born (1997-08-24) August 24, 1997 (age 17)
  6. Mizuki (瑞季?), born (1997-02-27) February 27, 1997 (age 17)
  7. Natsu Anno (杏野なつ?), born (1997-07-12) July 12, 1997 (age 17)
  8. Hirono Suzuki (鈴木裕乃?), born (1998-03-24) March 24, 1998 (age 16)

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

No. Title Release date Charts
Oricon
Weekly
Singles
Chart

[20]
Indie (Stardust Digital)
"Asa no Chime ga Narimashita!"*
(朝のチャイムがなりました!?, "The Morning Bell Has Rung!")
February 14, 2010 (2010-02-14)
1 "Ebizori Diamond!!"
(えびぞりダイアモンド!! Ebizori Daiamondo!!?,
"Shrimp Jump Diamond"[11][21] or "Ace at Saying 'I Am Sorry' ['Ebizori']")
August 7, 2010 (2010-08-07)
2 "Chime!"
(チャイム! Chaimu!?, "School Bell!")
January 10, 2011 (2011-01-10)
3 "The Tissue (Tomaranai Seishun)"
(ザ・ティッシュ~とまらない青春~?, "The Tissue (Unstoppable Youth)")
April 27, 2011 (2011-04-27) 73[22]
4 "Oh My Ghost? (Watashi ga Akuryō ni Natte mo)"
(オーマイゴースト? ~わたしが悪霊になっても~?,
"Oh My Ghost? (Even If I Turn into an Evil Spirit)")
July 27, 2011 (2011-07-27) 59[23]
5 "Motto Hashire!!"
(もっと走れっ!!?, "Run Faster!!")
October 5, 2011 (2011-10-05) 46[24]
Major (DefStar Records)
1 "Karikeiyaku no Cinderella"
(仮契約のシンデレラ?, "Temporary Contract Cinderella"[11][21])
May 5, 2012 (2012-05-05) 7
2 "Go! Go! Here We Go! Rock Lee / Otona wa Wakatte Kurenai"**
(Go! Go! Here We Go! ロック・リー / 大人はわかってくれない?,
"Go! Go! Here We Go! Rock Lee / Adults Won't [Can't] Understand")
August 29, 2012 (2012-08-29) 7
3 "Ume" (?, "Plum") January 16, 2013 (2013-01-16) 3
4 "Te o Tsunagō / Kindan no Karma"
(手をつなごう / 禁断のカルマ?, "Let's Hold Hands / Forbidden Karma")
June 5, 2013 (2013-06-05) 5
5 "Mikakunin Chūgakusei X"
(未確認中学生X?, "Unidentified Junior High School Student X")
November 20, 2013 (2013-11-20) 4
6 "Butterfly Effect"
(バタフライエフェクト?, "Butterfly Effect")
June 4, 2014 (2014-06-04) 3
7 "Haitateki!" (ハイタテキ!?) November 5, 2014 (2014-11-05)
"—" indicates that the single didn't chart

* "Asa no Chime ga Narimashita!" is a cover single.
** The song "Go! Go! Here We Go! Rock Lee" is an ending theme for the new Naruto anime series "Rock Lee & His Ninja Pals" (Ep. 14 – present).

Albums[edit]

No. Title Release date Charts
Oricon
Weekly
Albums
Chart

[25]
Ebichū no Zeppan Best: Owaranai Seishun
  (エビ中の絶盤ベスト~おわらない青春~?,
 "Ebichu's Best of Out of Print: Neverending Youth")
November 21, 2012 (2012-11-21) 19
1 Chūnin (中人?, "Middle-schooler") July 24, 2013 (2013-07-24) 7

DVDs[edit]

Concerts[edit]

No. Title Release date Charts
Oricon
Weekly
DVD
Chart

[26]
Indie
1 Shiritsu Ebisu Chūgaku 1st One-man Live
(私立恵比寿中学1stワンマンLIVE?)
February 15, 2012 (2012-02-15) 37
Major
1 DefStar Wars Ebisode 1: Gakugeikai no Gyakushū
(デフスターウォーズ EBISODE1 ~学芸会の逆襲~?)
June 27, 2012 (2012-06-27) 88
2 Shiritsu Ebisu Chūgaku First Concert "Jā Best Ten"
(私立恵比寿中学 ファーストコンサート「じゃあ・ベストテン」?)
November 21, 2012 (2012-11-21) 70

TV variety shows[edit]

No. Title Release date Charts Notes
Oricon
Weekly
DVD
Chart

[26]
Oricon
Weekly
BD
Chart
1 Ebichū no Eien ni Chūgakusei (Kakkokari)
(エビ中の永遠に中学生 (仮)?,
Ebichu's "Middle School Students Forever (preliminary title)")
December 12, 2012 (2012-12-12) Limited-press box set
(6DVD or 6BD)

Videography[edit]

Music videos[edit]

Single No. Title Official video on YouTube
Indie singles
2 "Ebizori Diamond!!" ("Shrimp Jump Diamond"[11][21] or "Ace at Saying 'I Am Sorry' ['Ebizori']") watch a clip from the shooting of the video on Nico Nico
4 "The Tissue (Tomaranai Seishun)" ("The Tissue (Unstoppable Youth)") watch
5 "Oh My Ghost? (Watashi ga Akuryō ni Natte mo)" ("Oh My Ghost? (I, Too, Became an Evil Spirit)") watch
6 "Motto Hashire!! (Short Ver.)" ("Run Faster!!") watch
Major singles
1 "Karikeiyaku no Cinderella (Short Version)" ("Temporary Contract Cinderella"[11][21]) watch (The video is not available outside of Japan.)
"Hōkago Getabako Rock 'n' Roll MX" ("After-school Shoe-locker Rock 'n' Roll MX") watch (The video is not available outside of Japan.)
2 "Go! Go! Here We Go! Rock Lee" watch (The video is not available outside of Japan.)
"Otona wa Wakatte Kurenai" watch (The video is not available outside of Japan.)
3 "Ume" watch (The video is not available outside of Japan.)

References[edit]

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