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Girls2 (ガールズガールズ; Stylized as Girls² and pronounced Girls Girls) are a Japanese girls performance group that debuted on June 26, 2019, from EXPG Studios graduates.

They are managed by LDH Japan[1]and signed to Sony Music Japan. [2]

The members who portrayed main characters in the first 3 seasons of the Girls x Heroine! series were officially announced on March 29, 2019. They debuted with 8 members in June of the same year with Ran later joining the group in July.

Their name is reminiscent of the Girls x Heroine series, where the idol units doubled a single word as their group name.

They are often referred to as "GaruGaru" (ガルガル) by their fans.

History

Pre-debut

On March 29, 2019, during Magical2's Special Live in Osaka, a new girl group was announced. A video was shown to the audience which was later uploaded onto social media. It was revealed that four girls from Magical2 would join along with the three (at the time) members of Mirage2. Finally announcing the final member, Yuzuha Oda from Miracle2.

The video revealed that their debut song would be used as the 1st opening theme song for the 3rd Girls x Heroine series, Secret x Heroine Phantomirage! They performed for the first time during that stage with 'Daijoubu' as well as Mirage2's “Janken Pon”. After the performance, the group performed Miracle2's debut song, “Catch Me”. Misaki was also announced to be the leader of the group.

Fans wondered why only 8 members were in the group, and Yuki from Magical2 as well as the four from Miracle2 weren't participating. However, it was later clarified that the girls were all still EXPG students which later became graduates. All 8 girls were the main cast of each season of the Girls x Heroine series and members of their idol groups.

2019: Debut, New Member & 1st Mini-Album

Later, news also released that the girls2 members (except Mirage2) were to be Oha Girls on the show OhaSuta called Oha Girl from Girls2 starting from April 1, 2019, with each girl taking a particular day of the week.

On June 26, 2019, Girls2 debuted with their first single 'Daijoubu'.

In the show "Phantomirage", a new cast member was added called Seira Kureha who was played by Ran Ishii. Fans already knew she would join the idol group Mirage2 but it was unknown if she would join Girls2.

On July 6, 2019, Ran was announced to be the newest member via social media. With the announcement of the new member, a mini-album was revealed to be released on October 30, 2019. The title track "Koisuru Kamo (Mini-Album) (Maybe Falling in Love) was then used as the second opening of the show.

Just like Magical2 who were Alvark Tokyo's cheer girls, Girls2 were previously the cheer girls for the 2019-2020 season.[3][4]

A new subunit was announced called Misaki Kurea from Girls2, where the duo released a digital single Friendship No.1 which was used as the ending theme for anime Puzzle & Dragons X.

2020: 2nd Mini-Album, Live Tour, and Anime

On November 17, 2019, Girls2 announced that they will have a Live Tour called "Girls2 Live Tour 2020 ~Chuwapane~ from March 7 to June 28, 2020, in 8 towns in Japan. However, due to COVID-19, all of their performances from March to May were cancelled, including their release events for Chuwapane.

They were announced to provide the theme song "Guru Guru" for February 22, 2020 movie release "Movie Meow Meow Japanese History ~Ryoma's Crazy Time Travel!~" (映画 ねこねこ日本​史 ~龍馬のはちゃめちゃタイムトラベルぜよ!~). It was also revealed on January 12 that Chuwapane is also the name of the title track for their 2nd mini-album where the title track is also used as the 3rd opening for Phantomirage. To celebrate their first live tour, Girls2 held a Girls2 Cafe available in Harajuku, Tokyo from March 20 until April 6.[5]

For the entire month of March, Girls2 released a series of news through a project named "10 Made Todoke" (in reference to the Miracle2 song). A documentary about the success of Girls2 will air on TV Tokyo on March 22 and March 29 called "Girls2 ~The Miracle of 9~ which will be narrated by E-girls member, Nonoka Yamaguchi.[6]

On March 3, 2020, a Girls2 based anime "Girl School. ~St. Girls Square Academy~ was announced via OhaSuta. It will air on April 6 every Monday with Girls2 voicing their own characters, as well as providing the opening theme.[7] Girls2 will also make a cameo appearance in the live-action 2020 of the manga "Kiss Him, Not Me" with the same name whilst also providing the theme song "Watashi ga Motete Dousunda".

Announced through OhaSuta on March 27, 2020, the four Mirage2 members will join the OhaGirls, making all 9 Girls2 members part of the OhaSuta cast.

Due to the cancellation of their first live tour, a free live streaming event Girls2 Live Streaming Event ~Chuwapane! at home~ is to be held on July 12 instead.

On September 24, a new project "Asadan" was announced where Girls2 members, Misaki, Kurea, Kira, and Youka, would appear on KBC's "Asadesu." with dance exercise instructors KEIJI (Exile Keiji) and Bobby (Exile Nesmith). The theme song "Dancing" was released digitally on October 1st with Keiji and Bobby as features.[8]

Two new songs were announced on October 6 and will be used as the opening and ending themes for the anime Meow Meow Japanese History. "Japanese STAR" and "Neko Neko Nihonshi Oboe Uta ~ Zenjidai Maruwakari♪~" will be released digitally on October 7.

On October 14, Girls2 digitally released "#Kizuna Plus" which will be used as the first image song for Takeshita Street, Harajuku. They will also perform on "TGC Teens 2020 Winter Live" on November 13.

On December 1, Girls2 announced they will hold another collaboration with Takeshita Street, but with GaruGaku called "Girls²×GaruGaku=Happy²Winter2020 Takeshita Street". The song used will be South2's newest song Holy Magic ~Otona ni Natte mo Tokenai Mahou~.

On December 23 via Oha Suta, Girls2 were revealed to provide the theme song "STARRRT!" for the Lovepatrina film.

2021: Girls2 REVOLUTION, GaruGaru Youtube

After Girls2 Online Live in November, Girls2 announced a second documentary that would be uploaded to Youtube every Wednesday and Saturday. The documentary will have 24 episodes, beginning on January 2.

In the new year, Girls2 revealed a new youtube channel titled "GaruGaru Channel" that will show the other side of Girls2 and will upload their first video on January 11. GaruGaru is a channel where they'll play games and challenges unique to teens. The channel is stated to be planning various collaborations! They will upload every Monday and Thursday!

Girls2 appeared in the special edition of the March Issue of Nylon Japan which released on January 28, due to winning "Nylon's Next 2021" under the category “Girl Groups”.

On February 18, 2021, Girls2 were announced to be the image models for ABC Mart's "HAWKINS Loafer", with their posters and behind-the-scenes videos to appear in various stores. 3 days later, on February 22, it was announced that Girls2 were to appear as one of the opening acts at Tokyo Girls Collection 2021 S/S. After their performance, Girls2 revealed their 4th EP "Girls Revolution/Party Time!" will be released on April 28.

On March 1, all 9 Girls2 members were announced as cast in the upcoming Lovepatrina movie, starring as their Heroine roles.[9] After their Garugaku Anime Live, they revealed that they were to have a live action sequel to their anime titled ”Garugaku. Girls Garden” which will start air July 7 on TV Tokyo.

With the release of their 4th EP, Girls2 renewed their website.

Members

Name Birthday Color Position Notes
NTM Yuzuha.JPG Yuzuha Oda
(小田柚葉)
November 7, 2004 (2004-11-07) (16)       Sky Blue
      Teal
Vocalist
Performer
from miracle2
East2 member
Former Oha Girl
NTM Momoka.JPG Momoka Sumitani
(隅谷百花)
November 20, 2004 (2004-11-20) (16)       Blue
      Red
Vocalist
Performer
from magical2
West2 member
Former Oha Girl
NTM Misaki.JPG Misaki Tsuruya
(鶴屋美咲)
April 18, 2003 (2003-04-18) (18)       Orange
      Pink
Leader
Vocalist
Performer
from magical2
South2 member
Former Oha Girl
NTM Youka.JPG Youka Ogawa
(小川桜花)
April 2, 2004 (2004-04-02) (17)       Purple
      Green
Vocalist
Performer
from magical2
South2 member
Former Oha Girl
NTM Kurea.JPG Kurea Masuda
(増田來亜)
August 19, 2003 (2003-08-19) (17)       White
      Blue
Vocalist
Performer
from magical2
South2 member
Former Oha Girl
NTM Minami.JPG Minami Hishida
(菱田未渚美)
December 26, 2006 (2006-12-26) (14)       Pink
      Purple
Youngest
Vocalist
Performer
from mirage2
West2 member
Oha Girl
NTM Kira.JPG Kira Yamaguchi
(山口綺羅)
January 20, 2004 (2004-01-20) (17)       Yellow
      Sky Blue
Vocalist
Performer
from mirage2
South2 member
Oha Girl
NTM Toa.JPG Toa Harada
(原田都愛)
April 2, 2005 (2005-04-02) (16)       Green
      Orange
Vocalist
Performer
from mirage2
East2 member
Oha Girl
NTM Ran.JPG Ran Ishii
(石井蘭)
August 7, 2004 (2004-08-07) (16)       Red
      Yellow
Vocalist
Performer
from mirage2
East2 member
Oha Girl

Discography

Main Article: Girls2/Discography

Singles

EP

Album

Mini-Albums

Books

Title Number Note
Girls2 1st LIVE PHOTOBOOK "The Bond of 9" (Girls² 1st LIVE PHOTOBOOK 「9人のキズナ」) SSZX-99857 Release Date: February 25, 2021

Media

Filmography

Radio

  • FM Yokohama Radio Mashup (April 28, 2019) - Momoka & Kurea
  • FM Yokohama Radio Mashup (May 5, 2019) - Yuzuha & Misaki
  • FM Yokohama Radio Mashup (June 9, 2019) - Misaki, Minami & Toa
  • FM Yokohama Radio Mashup (June 16, 2019) - Minami & Toa
  • FM Okayama Ario Happy Saturday (September 28, 2019) - Yuzuha, Momoka, Misaki, Youka & Kurea
  • FM Yokohama Radio Mashup (October 6, 2019) - Youka & Kira
  • FM Yokohama Radio Mashup (October 13, 2019) - Yuzuha & Momoka
  • FM Yokohama Radio Mashup (October 20, 2019) - Kira & Ran
  • FM Yokohama Radio Mashup (December 8, 2019) - Kira & Ran
  • FM Yokohama Radio Mashup (December 18, 2019) - Momoka & Kurea
  • FM Yokohama Radio Mashup (February 16, 2020) - Youka & Toa
  • FM Yokohama Radio Mashup (February 23, 2020) - Kurea & Kira
  • FM Yokohama Radio Mashup (March 1, 2020) - Yuzuha & Ran
  • FM-NIIGATA "Swag" (March 6, 2020) - Yuzuha, Misaki, Youka and Kurea
  • FM Yokohama Radio Mashup (March 8, 2020) - Momoka, Misaki & Minami
  • JFN Keiretsu GENETALK (March 9, 2020) - Yuzuha & Kurea
  • Kiss FM KOBE "Kiss Music Presenter" (March 23, 2020) - Momoka, Kurea & Ran
  • Nippon Broadcast "GENERATIONS Hayato Komori's Good Laugh and Sleep" (March 23, 2020) - Misaki & Yuzuha
  • Nippon Broadcast "GENERATIONS Hayato Komori's Good Laugh and Sleep" (March 30, 2020) - Momoka & Minami

Magazine

  • Nikkan Sports Newspaper (August 15, 2019 - September 22, 2019) - Yuzuha, Misaki & Kurea
  • Monthly EXILE (November) - Misaki, Toa & Ran
  • Nikka Sports (December) - Youka, Kira & Ran
  • WEGO Magazine (March 2020) - Kira, Youka & Kurea
  • Top Yell NEO 2020SPRING (Spring 2020) - Yuzuha, Misaki, Youka and Kurea
  • Monthly EXILE (October) - Kurea & Ran
  • NYLON JAPAN (March 2021)

 Stage

Main Article: Girls2 Performances

Live Tour

WEB

  • BARKS (January 12, 2020) - Yuzuha, Toa, Misaki, Ran & Kurea (interview)
  • MIKAN (January 22, 2020) - Yuzuha, Toa, Misaki, Ran & Kurea (interview)
  • Real Sound (January 31, 2020) - Yuzuha, Toa, Misaki, Ran & Kurea (interview)
  • Real Sound (March 13, 2020) - Feature

Trivia

  1. Girls2 holds a few similarities to their senior group, E-girls. Both are combination units that include "Girls" in their name.
  2. For the entirety of the Chuwapane promotions, the girls swapped colors temporarily. However, the color white was replaced with a darker green.
    • These colors were then used as their GaruGaku. colors.
  3. Their name is in reference to the Girls x Heroine series and their iconic "²" groups.
  4. Though they initially debuted with 8 members, Ran has been a member of the group since the very beginning.
  5. Girls2 are always introduced in the order they made their Girls x Heroine appearance. With Yuzuha (Fuka) first and Ran (Seira) last. This can also go the other way, with Ran first and Yuzuha last.

References

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