Babymetal is moving into the digital series arena. The Japanese pop-metal music sensation is teaming with Warner Bros digital studio Blue Ribbon Content and Japan’s Amuse Inc. subsidiary Amuse USA to develop an original hybrid live-action and animated shortform series. Babymetal creator and manager Key Kobayashi, aka Kobametal, also is producing.
The action-adventure will take viewers inside the magical world of heavy metal music as it comes under attack, and one lonely god, Kitsune, forms the warrior band Babymetal to save the day. In the series, Su-Metal, Yuimetal and Moametal join together to ultimately redefine the genre. The series also will feature new live-action performances from the group, who will enter the animated world through a secret portal.
Fronted by three teenage girls with choreographed dance moves to accompany their vocals, Babymetal is making waves in the music industry with two albums that have solidified the Japanese pop-metal band’s cross-continent success. The group recently caught the attention of Red Hot Chili Peppers, who are taking them on their first UK tour in five years.
The group’s first studio album earned the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s World Album chart, and the official live music video for their debut album’s lead single,“Gimme Chocolate!!,” has garnered more than 60 million views on YouTube (watch it below). Their sophomore album, Metal Resistance, made them the first Japanese act in 53 years to make the Billboard 200 album chart’s top 40.
“Babymetal have to be seen to 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.”