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Sunday, July 30, 2017

10 Reasons why I love EBiDAN

*This is a post I first shared on JPop Amino but I felt like posting it here too!*

EBiDAN is my all time favorite group of artists! It's actually a dance and acting school for boys under Stardust but grew bigger and bigger and is now known for a handful of great groups. Today I want to tell you 10 reasons why I love EBiDAN so much and maybe if you never heard of them you might get interested!

I didn't intent to write so much but yeah... it's actually quite a lot I wrote!

#01 EBiDAN the Street


EBiDAN the Street is a project of EBiDAN that focuses on groups that mostly do street performances. I personally only know about two. Satori Shonen Dan, which I think are the most well known (and in my opinion most talented) and Edamame Beans! EBiSSH (former known as Monochrome Rainbow) have been a group under this project before as well but they got their own little project and are not under this project anymore!

#02 awesome musicians


What I love a lot is that EBiDAN has a handful of awesome musicians under them! And with this I don't mean the vocalists but all the awesome guys who play an instrument! When it comes to playing instruments I always liked CustomiZ the most, sadly they already disbanded but at least their drummer Daichi is now a member of DISH//! However I hope to be able to watch Hiroki performing on stage someday again! I always loved how his whole appearance changed as soon as he started playing the bass! That is one giftet bassist! But Daichi is an incredible drummer as well and coming to DISH// I really like the guitar playing of Takumi and Masaki as well and even thought not as good as Hiroki I also love Ryuji as a bassist! Besides them SakuraShimeji members Hyouga and Gaku are really good with playing the guitar as well! I hope with more groups coming there will be more who play an instrument!

#03 variety in music

When it comes to the EBiDAN groups and bands you will find they all have a different style! DISH// who have a rock sound to them, Chotokkyu with their electronic influences, Magic Boyz who doing Hip Hop music, Starmen Kids with their very childish pop, PrizmaX who are very much influenced by western pop, Super☆Dragon who create a mix of EDM and rock, M!LK who mostly produce very fun and energetic pop and last but not least SakuraShimeji with their very sweet and pure jpop!

#04 awesome vocalists

Watching as many lives of them as I can I know that some of them have stunning voices! My favorite being Tsuyoshi of Super☆Dragon because he has a very outstanding voice and I enjoy listening to him a lot! But when it comes to Super☆Dragon I also appreciate the voices of Koki, Hyoma and Tomoya a lot and Jean is a great rapper! After Tsuyoshi my second favorite vocalist of EBiDAN is Takumi, his voice is incredible, very powerful and extremely nice to the ears and it's one you easily recognize! Thought Masaki has a nice voice too and again I really appreciate the rap of Ryuji and To-i! PrizmaXs Win and Tim have very beautiful and strong voices as well! I saw them live once and they blew me away with their great voices! And then they have Daiki who is my favorite rapper of all the EBiDAN members! Then there are Takashi and Koichi of Chotokkyu who have super beautiful voices too! I prefer Koichi a little over Takashi but they both have very beautiful voices! When it comes to M!LK I really like the voices of Jinto and Sano thought they still can improve! To be honest I am not a big fan of Harukis voice! It's a little to high for my taste! Another great vocalist of EBiDAN is Eiku of Satori Shonen Dan! His voice is super beautiful, he still needs more training but there is SO much potential in him! Sakura Shimejis Gaku and Hyouga have very nice and soothing voices as well! At least I want to mention Mahiro of Magic Boyz. Even thought I am not the biggest MagiBo fan I can't deny that I really appreciate his voice! He is definitely the best rapper in this group and the one I see the most potential in! About all the other vocalist they need more training but I am sure they will get better with time!

#05 EBiDAN songs


Despite that of course each group has their own songs, there are a few songs that are sang by all of them together! They are like the theme songs for EBiDAN! They mostly sing these song at the "EBiDAN the Live" events. My favorite of these songs is "Koigokoro" but all of them are extremely beautiful! The other songs are "Believe Yourself", "Sparkling Adventure" and "Koi no Ding Dong". I often get emotional watching them all performing together because even thought they all have a big age gap, their popularity is very different and the music is so different they are like a huge family supporting each other and getting along really well!

#06 the Trainees


Ok Trainees are nothing special when it comes to Japanese music but what I really like about the Trainees of EBiDAN is that you can find them all over Japan! There is not only a Tokyo and maybe Osaka trainee group but also one of Okinawa, Sendai, Nagoya and Fukuoka! All of these Trainees have activities in their surrounding and even small events hold just for them! They get dance and vocal lessons and have their own merchandise. What I also like about the Trainees is that they not only have an own blog but also their own twitter and instagram account not to forget the website "EBiDAN.jp" on which you can find all the important news about them!

Besides all that what I love the most about the trainees of EBiDAN is that they have not only their own live events but also their own tv show! The first one was called just EBiDAN and after that EBiDAN Amigo started to air and is still ongoing! There was a show called EBiDAN Bomba but it didn't last long and their is a show on YouTube that is called EBiDAN station but it's not released regular! However these shows mostly focus on the trainees means you can really get to know and like them before they eventually have a debut! That's an awesome thing I love and the reason I like the members of M!LK, Magic Boyz, Super☆Dragon, Sakura Shimeji, Starman Kids and ZeeBra Star a lot!! I got to know all of them before their debut I liked some of them a lot when they were still trainees!

#07 Stardust Channel

As an EBiDAN fan living outside of Japan you might think it's hard to find all the shows and lives they did online but it's actually not because there is the Stardust Channel! This is a website you can creat an account on even when living outside of Japan!! It costs 400 yen a month and you need a credit card but it's really not much for the content you get! You can watch many of their lives including the "EBiDAN the Live 2016", full concerts of some groups, all the shows they release and special content! It's really amazing and I love that it's available for us international fans as well!

If you have interests in joining I did a post on that on my blog, klick here to go there! I absolutely recommend it if you love EBiDAN!!

#08 their promotions


EBiDAN was able to get quite big in such a short time because of their great promotions! Besides having various shows that air on tv, and them appearing on various other variety shows, they also held events and concerts regular and their groups attend other big events!

They have an own magazine which only focuses on them and are regular featured in magazines like JUNON and Backstage Pass!

They have temporary fan cafes (I went to an chotokkyu one this year, see picture above, and loved it) and do quite a lot of free lives, especially the newer groups!

Besides that they are cooperating with HMV and therefore have their own EBiDAN space at every HMV store in Japan, which gives them more of a spotlight! But even in other stores like Tower Records or Tsutaya you will most eventually find at least a small EBiDAN corner!


(At Tower Records Shibuya)

#09 their concerts/lives


(From Time Limit Museum 1.1.2017 of DISH//)

I own most of their concert DVDs and love all of them! They always do a great show and include something special in their concerts! For e.g. DISH// always do a special challenge and show the results at the concerts e.g. for the Time Limit Museum their challenge was to master playing the Shamisen (a tradition Japanese instrument). They honestly did so well with that! I was super excited listening them playing it while wearing beautiful traditional clothes! Chotokkyu's concerts are very fun too because in general these boys have a lot of fun at stage and their songs are fun but what I love about them is that they focus so much on the dancing! I mean they are said to have 5 main dancer and two back vocalists so it's obvious that they focus on their dancing a lot! However seeing their concerts is much better then you might think! Their dancing is very powerful and outstanding and I always enjoy their performances to the fullest!

I also love the simplicity of Sakura Shimejis lives and the cute lives of M!LK! Super☆Dragon on the other hand has a very strong badass image and that's what their performances always feel like! I was lucky enough to see them live for real and I enjoyed those three songs they performed SO much! Their dancing feels powerful and the vocals of Tsuyoshi made me melt!

Same goes for the vocals of Win and Tim of PrizmaX! A dream came true when I saw them live and they are really adorable! Win is such a flirty guy what made the performance even more fun to watch and the others were awesome too! Always kind of outstanding for me is Tsubasa who is really dorky and super lovely!

All in one I would always recommend watching a live of them! All of the EBiDAN groups are wonderful live!!!!! 

#10 The groups

Best for last, the groups! To be honest each group is already one reason to love EBiDAN but that would have been to easy so I decided put them all together under one point! I can honestly say that I like all the groups under EBiDAN thought there is some I like more and some less! For example my least favorite group is MAGiC BOYZ and my all time favorite is DISH//! But In general they are all incredible and I enjoy everything of them, may it be their music, lives, tv shows or anything else I can find of them!

Does any of you like EBiDAN? What are your reasons for liking them? If you didn't know EBiDAN are you interested now?

Saturday, July 29, 2017

About EBiDAN + EBiDAN History 2010 - 2015



EBiDAN is a project started by Stardust, a well known company/label.
It is an all boys dancing, singing and acting school that is most well known for their already debuted bands like DISH// and Chotokkyu. The popularity of EBiDAN grew a lot within the few years of its excisting. Besides releasing their own magazine, calander and TV Shows, their live events are also very well-attended. So far they have 8 debuted bands. Two of them already had their majo debut.


[Groups]


     
 
DISH//                                                    Chotokkyuu

     

PrizmaX                                                   EBiSSH

     

Sakura Shimeji                                            MAGiC BOYZ

     

M!LK                                                 SUPER☆DRAGON

    

Satori Shonen Dan                                      STARMEN KiDS

    

ZeBRA☆STAR                                        EDAMAME BEANS


AMEZARI RED STARS


[Disbanded Groups]



CustomiZ


[History]




~[2010]~

On the 1st May 2010 the auditions for EBiDAN officially started and did last until the 20th June 2010. Exactly one month later the 56 members who did it have been announced. Besides many new to the scene members also PrizmaX joined EBiDAN and from then on are seen as the older-brother-members that will guide and help the other members. In August the official blog (the same they still have) already went online and shortly after profiles of the member have started to get shared. Also they aired first videos with the members getting shown. Here are a view ones.


From 27th to 29th August they had their first live performance called "EBiDANの文化祭はまぁ〜文化のカヲリがしないのだの巻" (If anyone can translate this I would be happy!!). It was a stomp play and even has been released on DVD (I assume you were only able to buy it at the event).


The first EBiDAN Live has been held on the 22nd November and was called "EBiDAN The Live After School Vol. 1". At the concert they performed the songs "Sparkling Adventure" and "Koi no Ding Dong" for the first time. For "Sparkling Adventure" the PrizmaX member have been in focus and the mein vocalists for "Koi no Ding Dong" have been Masaki, Koichi (later from Chotokkyu) and Hayakawa Yushou (I don't know if the third name is correct).
At the end of the year (25th December) they released their first single called "Sparkling Adventure / Koi no Ding Dong". It was released in four different versions, with different people on the covers.

(If I find bigger versions I will exchange the pictures!)

~[2011]~

On 11th March the second EBiDAN Live was supposed to be held but because of the big earthquake it has been cancled. It later was held on the 2nd April and was called "EBiDAN The Live After School Vol.2".


They even held a very small second "EBiDAN The Live After School Vol.2" on the 4th June. This concert was held at a Tower Records venue in Tokyo with only 11 EBiDAN member. Thought at this event TR2Y2 made their first apperance as a unit.


"EBiDAN THE Live After School Vol. 3" has been held pretty soon on the 17th July 2011. The Opening song was "Ikenai Taiyou" and they also played "Koi no Ding Dong".

group photo of EBiDAN The Live After School Vol. 3

Starting from the 6th August up to the 20th August EBiDAN members regular held the event "EBiDAN The Street" in commemoration of the past of PrizmaX. Because since PizmaX has been formed they always did lives on the street. Here are two videos I found on youtube.



Also this was the frst time that fans could buy goods and tickets for their next event and they even did autograph sessions and the fans were able to take pictures with the members.

the booth with goods at the "EBiDAN The Street" event

From 24th to 28th August they held their second play called "Arashi no Rinkaigakkou hen". This time it was a normal theatrical play.






(click on the pictures to view in original size)

On the 1st November EBiDAN started new auditions and on the 11th November the following units have been official announced on the EBiDAN Blog.

Chotokkyuu - Bullet Train



Kuri-Mi-San

Hakenshitsu

Also PrizmaX was announced to offical have only 4 members from now on and TR2Y2 is decided to be still active. That made a total of 7 unites at that time.


On the 25th December they held the X-Mas One Man Show. At the event they sang the new EBiDAN song "KoiKokoro" for the first time. Also Chotokkyuu performed their original song "No More Cry" for the first time.


~[2012]~

In March Yuuki Byrnes announced that he will leave PrizmaX and therefor also EBiDAN because he wants to go to America to studie dancing over there. From then on PrizmaX has only three member left.


Also Takemura Sho decided to leave Chotokkyu and therefor EBiDAN and Takuya joined the unit.
"EBiDAN The Live Haru no Jin" was held on the 20th March 2012. Before the Live was held they already announced that there would be a new unit. This unit was Customize and in May Customize was officially named "カスタマイズ" (Customize).


Also on the 12th May the "EBiDAN The Live Fuurinkazan" was held.
On the 10th June both DISH// and Chotokkyu had their indie debut. DISH// released the single "It's alright" and Chotokkyus single was called "Train". 
Their next EBiDAN The Live called "EBiDAN The Live 2012 Natsu" was held on the 4th August. Besides DISH//, Chotokkyu and Customize also Kuri-Mi-San, Hakenshitsu and E-Chary were performing in the live event.


On the 1st September some EBiDAN member started the acting group "Geki☆Dan" (劇☆男). This male only acting group exsits up until now.
In October Customize also had their indie debut but people were only able to get their debut single at live events. Their first single was called "Hare Hare Yukai".


~[2013]~

At the beginning of the year the first ever TV show of EBiDAN started to air. The name was Cho x D (超×D) and it focused on Chotokkyu and Dish//. The show started to air on the 10th January and did last until March.
At least also PrizmaX had their indie debut at the 27th March 2013 withe the single "Mysterious Eyes / Go" and for the debut Yuuki and Tsubasa joined PrizmaX. 


In April the show ChoxD Music+ (超×D Music+) started to air and besides Chotokkyu and Dish// Customize is staring in the show from now on as well.
Auditions for EBiDAN Tokyo has been started on the 1st April. Also DISH// is the first group under EBiDAN to have a major debut. Their major debut single is called "Can You Hear". While DISH// is gaining more and more popularity Customize is disbanding in September of 2013 because Matsui Kenta decided to leave the band.
On the 16th September aired the first episode of the show EBiDAN on Tokyo MX. In this show only the trainees of EBiDAN are in focus, despite a view apperances of Daiki (PrizmaX). 
Because of the gaining popularity of both the already debuted bands but also the trainees it has been decided that there will also be a magazine called EBiDAN just focusing around the trainees and bands. The first magazine got released on the 3rd December 2013.
On the 29th December the next EBiDAN Live has been held which holds the titel "EBiDAN The Live ~Tobidasu EBimoto 2013~". At this event they also announced the reunion of Customize, which is now called CustomiZ, and has a new member called Hama. Hama is now the main vocalist while Goro is mostly playing guitar now and is being more of a back vocalist now.


Also CustomiZ announced that they will held a one man live show next year and if they get lots of fans visiting the show then they will have their major debut.

~[2014]~

In January and Februray EBiDAN started to held auditions for new members again but this time not only for EBiDAN Tokyo but also for EBiDAN Osaka. Throuout the whole year auditions have been help. In April/May they also started auditions for Nagoya and later this year for Sandai, Fukuoka and Okinawa too.
On the 5th July the next EBiDAN Live has been held. It was called "EBiDAN The Live ~Tobidasu EBi moto 2014 Summer Party~". Here is a performance of that EBiDAN Live.



In August CustomiZ released a pre-major-debut single called "Life and Death".

~[2015]~

On the 4th February CustomiZ finally had their major debut with the single "Hitsuji no Hikari". CustomiZ is the second group of EBiDAN to have their major debut. Shortly after, it has been announced that three new units of EBiDAN will have their indie debut.
The first one was Sakurashimeji at the beginning of March. In the mid of March Magic Boyz had their indie debut and at least at the end of March M!LK had their indie debut.


On the 6th July the "Stardust Chanel" have been opend. On this chanel fans are able to watch the latest EBiDAN shows plus some Live events.
The "EBiDAN THE LIVE 2015〜Summer Party〜" event has been held on the 12th July.

Color Creation released 1st MV


I am sorry for being a little late with posting this. I actually wanted to post it right when it was released but I had really no time recently but now I finally have time again and here it is their first music video.


I was so extremly excited about this. I already love this group so much and I will support them with everything I got. "Waiting for you" is so extremly beautiful. They have all awesome voices thought I like Rioskes voice the most but the others are incredible too. I can't wait for the second music video and I honestly hope they will release the cd in online stores too. PLEASE!!

What do you think about the song and music video?