Women in Music 2016

Babymetal to Star in New Animated Series

Taku Fujii
Babymetal perform at at SSE Wembley Arena in London on April 2, 2016.

Japanese pop-metal band Babymetal are set to star in a live-action/animated hybrid series produced by Warner Bros.

The series will follow animated versions of members Yui Mizuno (“Yuimetal”), Suzuka Nakamoto (“Su-metal”) and Moa Kikuchi (“Moametal”) as they join together to save the metal genre from a lonely god named Kitsune.

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“In the series, Su-Metal, YuiMetal and MoaMetal join together to ultimately redefine the genre,” Warner Bros. said in a press release. “The series will also feature new live-action performances from the group, who will enter the animated world through a secret portal.”

“Babymetal have to be seen to be believed -- a mind-blowing, fun combination of pop vocals, heavy-metal music and dance choreography brought to life by three incredibly talented teenage stars,” said Sam Register, president of Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series. “We are huge fans here at Blue Ribbon Content and are extremely excited to help bring the Babymetal phenomenon to U.S. audiences through this upcoming digital series.”

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Warner Bros.’ digital studio Blue Ribbon Content teams up with Amuse USA for the project. Babymetal manager and creator Key Kobayashi is also producing.

Their self-titled debut album earned the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s World Albums chart. Their second album, Metal Resistance, charted No. 39 in the Billboard 200 during its first week of release, they are also the first Japanese act to achieve a spot on that chart in over 50 years.

While the project doesn’t have a release date set, fans in the United Kingdom can catch them as they open for the Red Hot Chili Peppers this winter.