7 AKB48 Idols Form Yo-kai Watch Sub-Group for Ending Theme
posted on by Egan Loo
Haruka Shimazaki and six other members of the idol group AKB48 are forming a sub-group called "NyaaKB with Tsuchinokopanda" for the new ending theme song of the Yo-kai Watch television anime. The announcement was made at the 4th AKB48 Red and White Competition Song Battle event at the Tokyo Dome City Hall. The new ending theme will begin airing on January 9.
In the anime itself, the major character Jibanyan declares that he is a huge fan of NyaaKB48, an idol unit formed by "Nyasushi Nyakimoto-sensei" — a reference to AKB48's real-life creator and producer Yasushi Akimoto. Jibanyan collected all the NyaaKB48 CD, goods, and "sexy shot" photo collections, and his room is plastered with posters. The anime even depicts Jibanyan going to NyaaKB48's handshake events, just like the ones AKB48 holds so fans can meet their idols.
The members of NyaaKB are Shimazaki (nicknamed Paruru), Jurina Matsui (Jurina), Sakura Miyawaki (Sakura), Rina Kawaei (Ricchan), Yuria Kizaki (Yuria), Rena Katō (Renacchi), and Mako Kojima (Kojimako). Akimoto personally selected the sub-group's roster. Shimazaki is also a guest voice actress in the first Yo-kai Watch film, Yo-kai Watch: Tanjō no Himitsu da Nyan! (Yo-kai Watch the Movie: It's the Secret of Birth, Meow!) Shimazaki will play Yukippe, the grandmother of main lead Keita, when she was a child.
During the announcement, the idols dressed in outfits with cat ears and the franchise's signature Yo-kai Medals. The franchise's Jibanyan, Koma-san, Fuyunyan, and Tsuchinokopanda joined them on stage.