Exclusive Interview With KAMIYADO From the Set of Their 1st MV “Zenkai! KAMIYADO World”!

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Exclusive Interview With KAMIYADO From the Set of Their 1st MV “Zenkai! KAMIYADO World”!


Harajuku indies idol group KAMIYADO has just released their first MV for “Zenkai! KAMIYADO World” (release date: June 27)! It was filmed “on a certain day in May” and it was on that day that I was able to interview the members of KAMIYADO and the director Hirofumi Ohashi.

KAMIYADO was formed in September of 2014 and has been rapidly getting attention in the underground idol scene. Their introduction can be seen at the following link: The five members experienced their first MV shoot in May of 2015.

KAMIYADO’s focus up until now has mainly been live performances. In a month, they have an average of 10-20 lives, mostly on weekends and sometimes even on weekdays. Their lives are often organized by a group and have many other groups performing at the same venue (tai-ban) where they are on stage for about 20-30 minutes. After the performance, they have a photo shoot gathering for the fans. Some of their lives are uploaded on Youtube but, there has not been any indication that they would release a CD or online music files.

However, KAMIYADO announced the release of “Zenkai! KAMIYADO World” through leading Japanese karaoke company, JOYSOUND and because the karaoke will be played with a background music video, they were able to have this MV made. The director is Hirofumi Oohashi, who created “beef stroganoff” and “Higehigehi Ponpon” for NHK’s children’s music TV program “Minnna no Uta” and is a director of video and animation for several other TV programs.

Starting from early in the morning, I want to say that the video shooting went smoothly but, it did not go that way. Even they set aside extra time to compensate for any trouble due to it being the first time for KAMIYADO to shoot a video, it ran way over time and there was not have enough time to film in front of the 3 different backgrounds (black screen, white screen, and green screen) because KAMIYADO had a live to perform that afternoon. They had to leave things unfinished and resume the filming on another day.

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Yasuhiro Okada
Yasuhiro Okada

Editor/Writer – Co-author (with Shinshi Okajima) of “Group Idol Shinkaron” (Evolutionary Theory of Idol Groups), one of the first books to analyze the “Idol Warring States Period” (popular media term for the current idol boom in Japan). Author of the book “Idol no iru Kurashi”(Living With Idols), a collection of interviews talking about idols from the perspective of idol fans.

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