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Augmented-Reality Ikemen Dance Vocal Group ARP Gets Anime

posted on by Egan Loo
Avex AR quartet produced by LovePlus/Tokimemo Girl's Side's Akari Uchida

The ARP Artist Convention announced at Tokyo's Belle Salle Takadanobaba venue on Saturday that an anime adaptation of the augmented-reality "ikemen dance vocal group" ARP has been green-lit.

ARP (nominally an abbreviation for Artists Republic Production) is a dance vocal group which holds live performances — featuring singing, dancing, and interactive talking with the audience — in real-time using the latest augmented-reality technology. The ikemen (handsome) group members include their de facto leader Shinji, the talented dancer León, and the members of the Rebel Cross duo (designer Daiya and composer/writer Rage).

ARP's executive producer Akari Uchida once produced Konami's LovePlus and Tokimeki Memorial Girl's Side game franchises before leaving Konami in 2015.

ARP mainly holds concerts in the winter and summer under a talent contract with Avex. The "A'Live" concert in January 2017 drew 2,000 attendees over two days, and this past January's "A'Live 3" concert drew 5,400 attendees over two days. The group held the live event "Kick A'Live" at Belle Salle Takadanobaba on Saturday.

The TV Asahi program Break Out will also feature the group in its monthly segment "Freak Scene" in September. The group will release a new album in December, and the next live event, "Kick A'Live 2," is scheduled for January 5 and 6 at Kanagawa's Yokohama Cultural Gymnasium. Sunday's final "Kick A'Live" concert session will be streaming — the first such live streaming of the AR group — from 5:00 p.m. Japan Time on the YouTube, Line Live and bilibili services.

Sources: ARP's official website, Comic Natalie

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