Musical Duo ClariS' 1st Live Telephone Broadcast Gets 25,000 Viewers
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The mysterious musical duo ClariS has never revealed their faces, even when performing live. Fans are so desperate for a hint of their true identities that 25,000 tuned in to a special Nico Nico live streaming broadcast when the pair came on via telephone on Saturday. The streaming event marked the musical unit's first live telephone appearance.
Clara and Karen politely answered fan questions at the end of the streaming event. Music critic Akihiro Tomita and Lis Ani! anime music magazine editor-in-chief Ryūichi Sumikawa hosted the broadcast, and about 7,000 fans were waiting to view the stream before it started. That number grew to 10,000 after the stream began. When the idols made their sudden live telephone debut, a remarkable 25,000 fans were viewing the live broadcast. The stream earned more than 20,000 comments.
The event announced the duo's new album Fairy Castle, which will go on sale in Japan on January 25. The album will be ClariS' first since Karen joined the group in 2014 after Alice's departure. The album will feature 12 songs plus new recordings of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica anime and film theme songs "Connect," "Luminous," and "Colorful." The special limited edition will include a B3-size character illustration collection and cost 5,500 yen (US$48), while the first-press limited edition will bundle a Blu-ray Disc of music videos and cost 4,000 yen (about US$35). The standard edition will cost 3,200 yen (US$28).
The live stream marked also two months before "ClariS 1st Budōkan Concert ~Futatsu no Kamen to Ushinawareta Taiyō~" (ClariS 1st Budōkan Concert: Two Masks and the Lost Sun), which will be held at Tokyo's Nippon Budōkan arena on February 10 at 6:30 p.m. The concert already began accepting advance ticket reservations, and regular ticket sales will begin on January 7. All tickets cost 7,500 yen (about US$65).
The duo is performing the theme song "again" for the role-playing game Akiba's Beat, which will ship in Japan on December 15. ClariS has also recorded theme songs for anime such as Qualidea Code, Oreimo, and Nisemonogatari.