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Wake Up, Girls! Voice Actress, Singing Unit to Disband in March 2019

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7 group members will continue activities as voice actresses

The official website for the Wake Up, Girls! voice actress and singing unit announced on Friday that the group will disband in March 2019. The group will host a final tour, and the post assured fans that the members will continue their activities as voice actresses. The post stated the group will disband so that the members can each pursue their individual goals and dreams and so they can walk their individual paths.

Avex and 81 Produce formed the Wake Up, Girls! group in 2013 after holding auditions in 2012. The group's seven members – Airi Eino, Kaya Okuno, Mayu Yoshioka, Minami Tanaka, Miyu Takagi, Nanami Yamashita, and Yoshino Aoyama – voiced characters with the same first names in the various Wake Up, Girls! anime series.

The first Wake Up, Girls! TV anime premiered in Japan in January 2014 along with a limited theatrical run. Crunchyroll streamed the series outside of Japan. Two sequel films, Wake Up, Girls! Seishun no Kage and Wake Up, Girls! Beyond the Bottom, opened in 2015. Sentai Filmworks released Wake Up, Girls!: The Movie and the television series on home video in 2016.

Additionally, an original net anime spinoff titled Wake Up, Girl Zoo! premiered in 2014. Crunchyroll also streamed that spinoff series. The voice actresses from the show also reprised their roles in a stage play that ran in January 2017.

The Wake Up, Girls! franchise received a new television anime series titled Wake Up, Girls! Shin Shō (Wake Up, Girls! New Chapter) last October. Crunchyroll streamed the anime as it aired in Japan.

The real-life idol group has also performed theme songs for anime, such as Restaurant to Another World (along with May'n). The group won the Special Award at the 9th Annual Seiyū Awards in 2015.

Sources: Wake Up, Girls! official portal website, Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web


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