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Momoiro Clover Z
Kanji

ももいろクローバーZ

a.k.a

Momoclo, momokuro, MCZ

Years Active

2008 - present

Origin

Tokyo, Japan

Label

Starchild Records (former)
Evil Line Records

Website

momoclo.net

Member

Kanako Momota
Shiori Tamai
Ayaka Sasaki
Momoka Ariyasu
Reni Takagi

Former Member

Akari Hayami (2008-2011)
Yukina Kashiwa (2008-2009)
Sumire Fujishiro (2008)
Miyu Wagawa (2008)
Manami Ikura (2008)
Tsukina Takai (2008)
Runa Yumikawa (2008)

Momoiro Clover Z (ももいろクローバーZ, abbreviated Momoclo (ももクロ)) is a five member idol girl group represented by Stardust Promotion under Section 3's 3Bjunior. The group was formed in 2008, originally under the name Momoiro Clover. The group gradually garnered popularity and fanbase following their single debut in 2009 and major debut in 2010.

They are known for their energetic and acrobatic performances, color-coded system and unconventional concepts.

Group NotesEdit

"We are the idols you can meet right now! The weekend heroines, Momoiro Cloveeer... Z!" — Introduction line
私たちいま、会えるアイドル!週末ヒロインももいろクローバー Z~っ!

Momoclo Live Ozzfest

Momoiro Clover Z's colorful and acrobatic gimmicks.

  • The members were originally the chosen girls who have preference for dancing from Stardust Promotion. The group was formed on May 17, 2008 in a Stardust Promotion Section 3 audition event under the name Momoiro Clover, which carries the meaning of "girls with pure hearts who wants to spread happiness" (ピュアな女の子が、幸せを運びたい). [1]
  • The group was renamed to Momoiro Clover Z following the withdrawal of their sub-leader Akari Hayami on April 10,2011.[2]
  • Their catchphrase is "Idols you can meet right now!" (いま、会えるアイドル), which is intentionally derived from AKB48's concept "Idols you can meet".[3]
  • The group tagline, Shuumatsu Heroine (週末ヒロイン, Weekend Heroines) was named as most members were students attending school on weekdays and the group was active mainly on weekends.[4]
Momoclo Wa Concept

Momoclo's initial concept of traditional Japanese.

  • The original concept of the group is "wa" (和, a term to describe peaceful and harmonious traditional Japanese style) as seen on the Momoiro Punch and Mirai e Susume! singles and music videos.[5] The concept had been changed over time, along with the addition of acrobatic performances in their choreography.[6]
  • The group has a color-coded system for each of the members. It is incorporated to their costumes and accessories starting from their second indie single.[7]
Momoclo Pinky Jones Perf

They're known for their energetic and unconventional dance movements.

  • Their live performances are known for their energetic dances and always at full energy (常に全力)[8] while incorporating elements of acrobatic stunts, ballet, gymnastics, and action movies.[9][10] The back-bending jump performed by Kanako Momota in Ikuze! Kaitou Shoujo also become the highlight of their shows.[10] The girls are also known for their no lip syncing policy. The idea came up after their performance in Idol Unit Summer Festival 2010, where the management thought to amp up their singing and dancing abilities after watching S/mileage performance.[3][11]
Momoclo Konosuke

Momoclo with 70's folk singer Konosuke Sakazaki.

  • The group is also praised for their attempt to break down stereotypes of idol by emerging unconventional gimmicks and incorporating various subcultures, such as professional wrestling[12], sentai heroes [13] and popular cultures from Showa period.[14]
Momoclo Street Live E

Momoiro Clover originally started as a street live act.

  • They have been known for their emotional stories throughout their history, Going from their street live act and set their goal to perform in Kouhaku Uta Gassen, to the performance at the largest venue in Japan, Kokuritsu Kyogijou. The mixture of their high-spirited, challenge pursuing characteristics, various hardships, and goals are the aspects that charmed the fans to continue to support the group. The fans stated that loving them more resembled supporting a school club activity or a high-school baseball team than an affection because of their attractive looks, unlike the other idol groups.[15][7][16]
  • Fans of the group are called Mononofu (モモノフ), derived from the word mononofu (武士, lit.Warriors or Samurai).[17] The group has drawn adult fans, as well as children and women. Some of their live concerts are thematically specified for women-only and children-only. Their official fan club was established in 2012, under the name ANGEL EYES (AE). The official fan have privileges, including AE only live concerts, ticket priority and exclusive goodies.[18]
  • The group are also famously known for having fans from entertainment and sport industries, including Shitara Osamu (Bananaman), Ryota Yamasato (Nankai Candies), Show Ayanocozey (Kishidan), miwa, Jado (New Japan Pro Wrestling)  and Masahiro Tanaka (New York Yankees) [19]
Momoclo Chai Maxx Perf

Keiji Mutoh's Puroresu LOVE pose in Chai Maxx. Pro Wrestling references are often incorporated in their acts.

  • Their "famous" manager, Akira Kawakami, is the one behind the conception of the group and set their concepts and gimmicks. He is shaping the group through well-planned road maps.[20]. He is also an avid professional wrestling fan and incorporated references and homages to wrestling to their performances so that they can differentiate themselves from other idol groups. [21][22]
  • Unlike other idol groups, Momoiro Clover Z and its sister groups are rare cases of idol groups that don't wear swimsuits in any of their releases since its a Stardust Promotion's policy to prohibit swimsuits or gravure on their talents.[23][24]
  • The group is unaffiliated with any TV stations[15]. Their main TV programs were being broadcasted on different major TV stations so far. Momoclo Chan (2010-present), Bessatsu Momoclo Chan (2011-present) and Momoken!! (2011-2012) on TV Asahi. Momoclo-Dan (2012) on TBS, Aoyama 1Seg Kaihatsu (2012-2013) and Tenshi to Jump (TV Drama Special, 2013) on NHK. They also become regular guests on Fuji TV's programs such as GIRLS' FACTORY, Bokura no Ongaku and FNS Kayousai.
  • The group is the "oldest sister" of their sister groups from Stardust Promotion's 3Bjunior, namely Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku and Team Syachihoko.[25]

HistoryEdit

2008:Initial Concept, Member Formations and Street Live EventsEdit

Momoclo Gen 0

Momoiro Clover gen.0 members: Reni, Manami, Tsukina, Miyu and Runa

Momoclo Kawasaki Azalea

Momoiro Clover performing Ano Sora e Mukatte in their debut event

Momoiro Clover Road Live July 6 2008

Momoiro Clover's first street live event. The original members, from left to right, starting from top are: Miyu, Tsukina, Reni, Manami, Shiori and Kanako

Momoclo Street Live D

July 6, 2008 street live event

Momoclo Aozora Live 2

August 9, 2008 street live event

Momoiro Clover Member August 2008

August-November 2008 lineup. Sumire (left-top) replaces Tsukina

Momoiro Clover November 2008

November-December 2008 lineup. The members, from left to right, starting from top are: Sumire, Manami, Miyu, Yukina, Kanako, Reni, Shiori, Akari and A-rin

The Momoiro Clover project was kicked-off in late 2007. It was originally intended as one of the two groups in the newcomer training program for young Stardust Promotion would-be actresses.[26] The group, which consisted of Reni Takagi, Tsukina Takai, Manami Ikura, Miyu Wagawa and Runa Yumikawa appeared only in a small photo session. At that time this group didn't even have a name. This group is referred as the Generation 0 members (0期).[27]

The group was officially introduced on May 17, 2008 at Kawasaki Azalea shopping mall in the Stardust Entertainment Section 3 Audition event under the name Momoiro Clover. The group consisted of Reni Takagi, Tsukina Takai, Manami Ikura, Miyu Wagawa, Kanako Momota and Shiori Tamai.[26] Akira Kawakami has been their manager in charge and Reni was their leader during that time. May 17 has become established as the anniversary date of today Momoiro Clover Z. These girls were selected for having a dancing speciality listed on their agency profile. At first, the management had no idea how to handle the group since it's their first time to create an idol group.[3] They chose the concept of "wa" (和, a term to describe peaceful and harmonious traditional Japanese style) to incorporate their early musics and costumes. The idea came from section 3's president Ryoji Fujishita, after watching his would-be favorite member Tsukina Takai, who excels at traditional Japanese dance.[28]

In around July to September, the group held several street live events for free at Tokyo Yoyogi Kouen (Yoyogi Park). The event announcements were published regularly on their blog.[29] The street live event series were meant to teach them the basics of public activities, such as handing out pamphlets and dance lessons, yet then gave an idea to the management to seriously work on their first idol group.[30] In this street live event era, they also had a goal to participate in the annual prestigious new year show Kouhaku Uta Gassen, since the streets is located just across the show venue, NHK Hall.[15]

Sumire Fujishiro officially joined the group during the fourth live event on August 9, 2008, however this event marked the graduation of Tsukina Takai following the SKE48 audition announcement, which she passed. The member lineup at this time was Reni, Kanako, Shiori, Manami, Miyu and Sumire.[26]

The members participated in a series of live events that were held by BLT magazine began at B.L.T.PRESENTS Girls Woodstock Vol.4 on August 9, 2008. Momoka's would-be group at that time, Power Age also participated in this event. On August 30, the group, along with several 3Bjunior members performed in their agency's first live event titled Natsu Suta! '08 ~STARDUST section three 3-B Jr. LIVE~. In the end of summer 2008, Yoyogi Kouen management banned the use of microphone and amplifier in street events. As a response to this, the management moved their free live events into Iidabashi Ramla Department Store beginning on October 26.

In November 2008, Reni was asked to step down from her leader position since the management thought she was too serious and it was never good for her development. Kanako is chosen as their second generation leader.[31] In the November 23 Iidabashi Ramla live concert, Yukina Kashiwa, Akari Hayami, and Ayaka Sasaki joined the group during the show. They first appeared with wrestling masks obscuring their identities until they were revealed as new members in the middle of the show.[32] Their first single song, Momoiro Punch also debuted in this event, but there was no talk about a single until around a year later. The member lineup at this time was Kanako, Reni, Shiori, Manami, Miyu, Sumire, Akari, Yukina and A-rin.[26]

On December 29, the group performed in the first annual 3Bjunior live event titled Nenmatsu Da yo! Zenin Shugo[33]. Their first three songs: Ano Sora e Mukatte, MILKY WAY and Rough Style were released on this day in the 3Bjunior compilation album 3-B Jr. Petit Album. A new 3Bjunior group called Creamy Parfait was announced and both Manami and Sumire moved out there. Miyu took a break from idol activities until she appeared in Creamytation two years later. The member lineup at the end of 2008 consists of Kanako, Reni, Shiori, A-Rin, Akari and Yukina.[26]

2009: Indie Debut and First Nation-Wide TourEdit

Momoiro Clover Member January 2009

Momoiro Clover January 2009 - March 2009 lineup.

Momoiro Clover March - July 2009 Lineup

Momoiro Clover March - July 2009 lineup. The five members that was featured in Momoiro Punch.

Momoiro Punch Promo

Momoiro Clover promoting Momoiro Punch. The six members lineup from July 2009 - April 2011: Akari, A-rin, Kanako, Momoka, Shiori and Reni. Momoka joined a week before the single release.

Momoiro Typhoon Van

Momoiro Clover toured across Japan with minivan

Momoclo Mirai e Susume Promo

Momoiro Clover promoting Mirai e Susume! The single marked the start of their color-coded system

The group, along with another Stardust Promotion idols including Creamy Parfait, Power Age, Natsuko Aso and later-formed Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku participated in monthly live events titled Suta☆Fest. The event was a cross promotion between Ishimaru Denki electronic store chains and Stardust Promotion.

Yukina Kashiwa left the line-up on March 9, thus leaving only Kanako, Shiori, Akari, A-rin and Reni.[34] On May 2, they announced their indie debut single Momoiro Punch and their first national wide tour to promote the single, titled Yamada Denki Presents ~Momoiro Clover JAPAN Tour 2009 Momoiro Typhooooon~ from May to August.

They toured from Hokkaido to Fukuoka, giving a total of 104 concerts in 24 electronic stores of the Yamada Denki retailer home and electronic appliances store chains. The girls slept in the minivan and group's manager Kawakami drove.[35] They took advantage of the summer vacation ETC (Electronic Toll Collection) discount for highway pass which was a single fixed fee at 1000 Yen. They performed around three times plus a handshake session in a day.[36] Since the tour was low-budget, there was an instance where they arrived in the late afternoon and the van headlights were needed to light on the stage.[26] Around this time, they were known as "ETC Idol" and "Electronic appliances idol".[37][38]

Momoiro Punch was originally scheduled to be released on July 22, 2009 but was postponed until August 5. As an apology for the delay, they distributed the limited event-only item CD-R containing their unreleased song Dream Wave. Around a week before the debut release, it was announced in the Suta☆Fest vol.006 live concert on July 26 that Momoka Ariyasu joined the group to make a six members group. The member line-up consisted of Kanako, Akari, Shiori, A-rin, Momoka and Reni. Momoka only appeared in the promotional pictures of Momoiro Punch. This member lineup stayed the same until Akari's withdrawal in 2011.[26]

The single debut Momoiro Punch was finally released on August 5, 2009. They debuted in the average age of 14. The management made a surprise Oricon Daily Ranking result announcement of the single, which was ranked in #11, in the middle of one of the tour in Yamada Denki Labi Shinagawa-Oimachi. It is considered a high number for an indie release.  All the six members shed in tears by the time the announcement was made. This surprise announcement event was also released on their youtube channel on the same day. They announced their second single Mirai e Susume! on the last day of the tour on August 16.[26]

On September 19 to 21, they held a 5-days straight event in Akihabara UDX Theater titled Momoiro Clover CHAMPION CARNIVAL AKBA 5DAYS as a prelude event for Mirai e Susume! tour, where they introduced their color-coded system along with Mirai e Susume! costume. All of 172 seats were booked out on the last day of the event.[26]

The promotional tour of Mirai e Susume! titled Momoiro Clover '09 Shinsuu Giant Series was started from October 3 to November 23, giving out a total of 89 performances. The second single Mirai e Susume! was released on November 11, 2009. It was charted #6 on Oricon Daily Ranking and #11 in the Weekly Ranking.[26]

2010: Major DebutEdit

Momoclo Public Signing Reni

Reni failed in the public weighing, with only 0.8kg over the "Idol weight". This event also said to be the reason behind her severe weight loss in the following months.

Ikuze Kaitou Shoujo Promo

Momoiro Clover promoting Ikuze! Kaitou Shoujo, their major debut was ranked 3rd in Oricon Weekly Chart.

Ebizori Music Japan

"This jump will rewrite the idol history" as written by former HMV CD shop staff Morimichi Sato. Sato currently become a staff in Stardust Promotion music department.

Idol Unit Summer Festival 2010

Momoiro Clover attending Idol Unit Summer Festival 2010 with SKE48, Bump.y and S/mileage

Momoclo Shirome Promo

Momoiro Clover promoting their first film Shirome

King Records Yomeiri Event

Signing event ceremonial with King Records

Momoclo Pinky Jones Promo

Momoiro Clover promoting their "second debut" single, Pinky Jones. The single is about an adventure to conquer the idol world. The idol scene at that time is called Warring Era of Idol

Momoclo K-1 GP Perf

Momoiro Clover performance in a MMA ring in the final match of K-1 Grand Prix. They were supporting the champion Alistair Overeem.

Momoclo Believe Perf

Momoiro Christmas 2010 in Nippon Seinenkan. Their first solo concert at a concert hall. The concert is produced by former MMA stage producer Sasaki Atsunori and featured the MMA-esque stage works including the opening VTR video narrated by Fumihiko Tachiki

On February 7, 2010, the group was invited in the next-generation idol groups live concert event by SKY PerfecTV titled GIRLS POP NEXT with other participants, including Nakano Fujo Sisters, SDN48, YGA, Passpo and HAPPY! STYLE. Kanako Momota stated their goal to participate in 2010 Kouhaku Uta Gassen.[39]

Momoiro Clover finally made their major debut on March 3, 2010, after went indie for about two years. They signed a contract with Universal Records to release their first major-label single Ikuze! Kaitou Shoujo on May 5, the Children's Day in Japan.

The signing was held in the Public Signing Ceremony event. The public contract signing ceremony featured the weighing of each members to determine if they passed the weight requirement set by the record label for idols. If the group passed the requirement, they would sign a permanent contract. Reni Takagi failed, and the ceremony resulted only in a temporary contract until she could re-weight a week before the release date. At the same ceremony, the girls stated their goals for the year ahead, setting them as "To take first place on Oricon, to participate in Kouhaku Uta Gassen, to perform at Budokan, and in Budokan to hold a handshake meeting with all the fans who came".[40]

On March 3 to May 10 the group held a promotional tour for their major debut titled Momoiro Clover Major Tour 2010 Haru no Sekai Saikyou Tag Kettei League-Sen ~Honoo no Yaku 28-Ban Shobu no Maki~, that consisted of 28 live concerts. The tour mostly took place in the central Akihabara in order to attract more from idol fans, mainly AKB48's.[26]

Their debut single Ikuze! Kaitou Shoujo was released on May 5, 2010 and is produced by Kenichi Maeyamada a.k.a hyadain. The single debuted at #1 on the Oricon Daily Ranking and #3 on the Oricon Weekly Ranking, selling approximately 22,537 copies in the first week. The members were on a live concert in Akihabara UDX Theater when the staff announced the daily result. They shed the tears of gratitude and thanked the fans for their support.[41]

On May 30, 2010 the group appeared in MUSIC JAPAN Idol Dai Shuugou SP TV show, which is a special episode of idol gathering guests, consisting of AKB48, Idolling!, S/mileage, Tokyo Girls Style, Vanilla Beans, Morning Musume. Their first Ikuze! Kaitou Shoujo performance on TV also triggered their initial fame among the idol group fans. The famous back-bending jump, "Ebizori Jump" by Kanako Momota was also highlighted in this show.[26]

They appeared in two idol gathering festivals in August: TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL 2010 @Shinagawa on the 8th and Idol Unit Summer Festival 2010 on the 31st. The Idol Unit Summer Festival 2010 became their turning point to improve their quality of singing and dancing. Their manager felt that they had a lot of work to do after watching S/mileage performance.[3]

On August 13, Momoiro Clover released their first movie Shirome. The film is a mockumentary horror movie directed by Koji Shiraishi. While it was being filmed, the girls were tricked into believing that they were participating in a documentary TV series about an urban legend and that everything happening was genuine. The song Koko Natsu which debuted in TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL 2010 becomes the soundtrack of this movie.[42]

In less than four month after Kaitou Shoujo Release, Momoiro Clover switched their label into King Record's sub-label Starchild Records in the Marriagement to King Records press event on August 23, 2010. Akira Kawakami felt that Universal J was too restrictive about what they can do, including their original demand to make Hashire! a single song.[3] This label transfer announcement took place in Mejiro St. Catherine Church, Tokyo, the girls wore white wedding dresses as a symbolic representation of vows to create a hit with their first single with Starchild, Pinky Jones.[43] The promotional tour for the single was held from September 19, titled Momoiro Clover Second Debut Tour Aki no Jin ~Tenka wo Tori ni Ikuzeee!!~ and consisted of 37 performances.

The second single Pinky Jones was released on November 10, 2010. The single debuted in #6 on the Oricon Daily Ranking and #8 on the Oricon Weekly Ranking. The final concert of Pinky Jones tour was held as a free event at Tokyo Yoyogi Park, which was the place of their first performances as an idol group and successfully garnered about 3000 audiecnes. The live show was also a reminiscent of their streets performances, including their yukata costume and short comedy skits.[44]

Their first weekly TV program Momoclo Chan ~Momoiro Clover Z Channel~ was started on November 26, 2010. Momoclo Chan is a currently running TV vareity show broadcasted on the video-on-demand TV Asahi Douga on every Friday.

On December 11, 2010, they appeared in FieLDS K-1 WORLD GP 2010 FINAL, a mixed martial arts tournament, as a half-time show performer. They showed up with an entrance song, akin to the entrance song of a MMA fighter. The said opening song is Overture, which becomes their opening theme tune for their live concerts.[45]

they held an event titled Kotoshi no Last Zenin Shugo! ~DD Dai Kangeide ta, San Daibunshin no Jutsu no Maki~ in From Chubu department store rooftop located in Tachikawa, Tokyo On December 12, 2010, along with Minitia Bears and Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku. The place later became venue of history where they declared their goal to perform in Kokuritsu Kyogijou.

Their first Christmas live concert was held on December 24, 2010 titled Momoiro Christmas in Nippon Seinenkan ~Dappi: DAPPI~. This is also their first solo concert at a concert hall and this venue with a capacity of 1,300 seats, was sold out in 30 minutes.[46] Atsunori Sasaki started working with them as a live stage producer.[26] They also sold their first limited christmas single Momokuri and announced their third single Mirai Bowl / Chai Maxx in the live concert. They didn't receive an invitation for Kouhaku Uta Gassen this year.

2011: Withdrawal of the Blue and the Beginning of Z eraEdit

3Bjunior 2011 Zero Mata Ashita Perf

3Bjunior performed Mata Ashita in the annual new year live concert

Akari Withdrawal Announcement

Akari announced her withdrawal from Momoiro Clover

Akari Withdrawal Announcement Lalaport

"There were times when I was fed up of being in Momoclo". Akari announced in front of 500 fans, the graduation would take place in the Haru no Ichidaiji live concert on April 10

Mirai Bowl Promo

Momoiro Clover promoting their 3rd single Mirai Bowl / Chai Maxx

Momoclo Tsuyoku Tsuyoku Perf

Momoclo Haru no Ichidaiji 2011 live concert

Akari Kanako Sun Plaza

"Promise me you'll become a good leader even without me". One of the biggest turning point in Momoiro Clover, Akari Hayami officially left in April 10, 2011.

Ichiro Mizuki Teach Z

The anison "big brother" Ichiro Mizuki teached how to do the "Z" pose properly in the sixth day of Shiren no Nanaban Shoubu

Momoclo Fantastic Tour Zepp Tokyo

Momoiro Clover Z legendary 60 songs-straight-in-a-day performance in the final day of 2011 Hall Tour in Zepp Tokyo

Z Densetsu Promo

Momoiro Clover Z promoting Z Densetsu ~Owarinaki Kakumei~. This is their first single after the name change and is marked as the beginning of Z era

D' no Junjou Promo

Momoiro Clover Z promoting D' no Junjou

Momoclo Battle Promo Event

Battle and Romance promotional event across Tokyo with an election campaign car

Orange Note PA Incident

The famous Orange Note power failure incident, one of the remarkable moments in the history of the group. The girls continue to sing until the end of the song even when the music had stopped.

Momoclo Japan Media Arts Dortmund 2011

The group's first overseas expansion in Germany. They were waving german flags in the Wani to Shampoo performance

Great Clover Z

Great Clover Z made an appearance

Momoclo Kokuritsukawa

Momoiro Clover Z performed in "Kokuritsukawa". A small stage in a department store in Tachikawa which the setup emulated Kokuritsu concert venue setup

Roudou Sanka Promo

Momoiro Clover Z promoting Roudou Sanka

Momoclo Momodra Promo

Momoiro Clover Z promoting their first omnibus drama Momodra

Momoclo Marty Momokuri 2011

Momoiro Clover Z with Marty Friedman in Momoiro Christmas 2011

On January 3, the group visited Gokoku-ji shrine to pray at a hatsumode event. They wrote on the ema, the small wooden board to write your prayers on with, "This year we are definitely going to appear on Kouhaku Uta Gassen!!!". They also announced the promotional tour for Mirai Bowl, started from January 22 to March 6, 2011, titled Momoclo Shinshun Spectacular Tour Mirai Bowl ga Yattekita.[47]

They performed with Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku, Minitia Bears, Mignon, Me Star and momo in the 3Bjunior annual event that was held on January 10, titled 3Bjunior 2011 New Year LIVE: 3Bjunior no ZERO Kara Start Mattero Sun Plaza!!. The double side A song for their 3rd single Mirai Bowl, Chai Maxx debuted in the live event.[26]

On January 13, their sub-leader and the blue member Akari Hayami announced that she had decided to withdraw from the group on April 10. She explained that her character was not suited to being an idol and that her dream was to become an actress. The official announcement was made three days later in the live event at Lalaport Kashiwanoha in front of 500 fans that were present.[48]

The group appeared wearing panda make-ups in a live concert to celebrate Aika Hirota birthday on January 31. The idea behind the make-up was to cheer her up, since she loves panda but their local zoo was without a member of this species since 2008. Among fans, these panda skits are famous for their creative introduction ideas and Reni's KISS makeup instead of panda.[26]

On February 28, they held a joint live concert with rock band Shinsei Kamattechan in HMV THE 2MAN ~Minna Nakayoku Dekiru Kana?-hen~ at SHIBUYA-AX. Momoiro Clover performed 12 songs in front of 1,500 fans, some of which were rock fans.[49]

The third single Mirai Bowl / Chai Maxx was released on March 9, 2011. The single debuted at #3 on both Oricon Daily Ranking and Weekly Ranking, selling approximately 25,070 copies in the first week.[26] Chai Maxx is one of the singles to feature an homage to Japanese pro wrestling. In the chorus, the members strike a "Puroresu LOVE" pose, the signature pose of professional wrestler and the chairman of All Japan Keiji Mutoh.

Mirai Bowl promotional tour was canceled the following day due to 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11. The group held a performance in the closing event of Ishimaru SOFT Head Office on March 28 titled Ishimaru Saigo no Stage! ~Ima made Arigatou Gozaimashita~ 140 LIVE FINAL!. They conducted a direct sale event and garnered a total of ¥ 2,181,500. The sales then was donated to charity to the earthquake victims.[50]

Their first annual spring live concert Haru no Ichidaiji was held on April 10, 2011 titled 4.10 Nakano Sun Plaza Taikai Momoclo Haru no Ichidaiji ~Mabushisa no Naka ni Kimi ga Ita~. This event also marked Akari Hayami's last live concert and she officially left the group. There was one hour of special segment where she and the five members tearfully exchanged their goodbyes and memories about the two and half years they had been together. The group surprised her with a song called Akarin e Okuru Uta (A song for Akarin). At the end of the event, it was announced that the remaining five members will continue their activities under the name Momoiro Clover Z.[51]

On April 11, the very next day after Akari Hayami's resignation, the girls were assigned into a series of talk battle event in a full week with various important figures titled Momoiro Clover Z Shiren no Nanaban Shoubu . The purpose of the event is to deepen the strength of "Z" and to learn something and to think for themselves in a wide range of subjects. On the sixth day, with Ichiro Mizuki as the guest, they announced their first album Battle and Romance, two new singles and a music hall tour titled Momoclo Fantastic Tour 2011 Z de Ikutte Kimetanda Z!!.[52] On April 12, the group was featured in exclusive 100-pages report on a subculture magazine Quick Japan issue 95 by Ohta Publishing. The content includes over 15,000 words of interviews and message from Akari Hayami.[53] Up until now, Quick Japan has published several exclusive issues about Momoiro Clover Z and special issues featuring each member.

On May 14, the group held a free live event in Zepp Sendai as a prelude to the Zepp Hall Tour titled Momoiro Clover Z LIVE at Sendai Tsuyoi Nippon, Mirai e Susume!, to support the victims of the the 2011 Tohoku earthquake. Their 4th single Z Densetsu ~Owarinaki Kakumei~ debuted in the live concert.[26]

Their first Z tour, Momoclo Fantastic Tour 2011 Z de Ikutte Kimetanda Z!! was started from May 20, 2011 to July 3, 2011. The tour was held in 5 Zepp hall venues across 5 different prefectures. The final performance in Zepp Tokyo was held in three sessions of full stage performances with a total of 64 songs were performed. This 6 hours long live concert become a groundbreaking legend of the group since it portrayed how the girls were working hard in the beginning of their new era.[26]

The group celebrated three of their members' birthdays that take place during the month of June, each with an event. A-rin's event is titled Sasaki no Hitori Matsuri vol.1 on the 11th, Reni is Takagi Senbatsu Sousenkyo on the 18th and Shiori is Sonic the Shiorin on the 25th. Shiori's event was held in a Sega-owned amusement park Tokyo Joypolis. Their 4th single Z Densetsu was later announced as the promotional song for the park.[54]

Their first two singles under the new name Momoiro Clover Z: Z Densetsu ~Owarinaki Kakumei~ and D' no Junjou were released on July 6, 2011. Z Densetsu is their new introduction song after their name change. In the music video all members are wearing costumes in the style of sentai heroes, complete with helmets, scarfs, and transformation belts. D' no Junjou is their "darker" hero theme counterpart. Z Densetsu and D' no Junjou were charted on the Oricon Weekly Ranking at #5 and #6, respectively. Their manager Akira Kawakami held a talk event titled Stardust Kawakami no Zenra no Taishou on July 11. He revealed the story behind the formation of Momoclo and recounting their history. Several key-figures in Momoiro Clover Z were presented in the event, including Furuya Tomomi, Sasaki Atsunori, Kenichi Maeyamada, Hiromitsu Yonemura and Morimichi Sato. Akari Hayami also became a surprise guest in the event.[26]

Their first album Battle and Romance was released on July 27, 2011. The album reached #3 on the Oricon Weekly Ranking, selling 23,967 in the first week. The album is is described as the beginning of new Z era of Momoclo.[55] The group held a special promotional event across Tokyo with an election campaign car driving around the 23 wards throughout Tokyo. They visited Harajuku, Shibuya, and Aoyama before stopping at their final destination: Tokyo Tower. Kanako made her memorable speech of their dream into Kohaku, "Let's go together! To the other side of Kohaku!".[56]

On July 31, 2011 they held another free Battle and Romance promotional live concert in Tokyo Tower titled Miagereba Tokyo Tower Souda! Achilles Ken wo Nobasou. The rain that day prompted the power amplifier to stop functioning and stopped the music in the middle of their Orange Note performance on the first refrain part. They continued to sing in acapella to the end of the song. This accident is famously known as "Tokyo Tower Power Amplifier Outage Incident".[57]

They appeared in two annual summer festivals live concert in August: Jingu Gaien Hanabi Taikai 2011 on the 6th and Animelo Summer Live 2011 -Rainbow- on the 27th. The girls also held their own summer live concert and their first large-scale outdoor concert on August 20 titled Summer Dive 2011 Gokurakumon Kara Konnichiwa. They garnered 6000 audiences in Yomiuri Land amusement park. Shiori Tamai short haircut debuted in the live concert. The group made their first overseas performance in Germany in the pre-opening event of Japan Media Arts Festival: Dortmund 2011 event on September 9, 2011.[26]

On October 23 they participated in 2011 Puroresu LOVE in Ryoukoku vol.13, an actual professional wrestling match as Great Muta (Keiji Mutoh)'s disciples called "Great Clover Z". They aided the tag team of Great Muta and Kenso versus Dark Ozz and Dark Cuervo. They also performed Chai Maxx, song containing an homage to him, in the ring.

They held their time-limited live concert with requested songs for the first time, titled Dokusen! Momokuno 60-pun vol.1 on October 9. Their first autumn festival live concert series were also started, which are thematically specified for women-only Onna Matsuri and men-only Otoko Matsuri on October 30 and November 6. Their second hall tour for the 6th single was held on November 12 to December 17 titled Momoiro Clover Z Tamashi no Sprechchor Tour. Momoiro Clover Z and TOKYO GIRLS' STYLE released their respective new single on the same day on November 23. They performed their collaboration event at YOKOHAMA BLITZ titled YOKOHAMA BLITZ Goban Shoubu.[26]

On November 4, they held a promotional event for Roudou Sanka sponsored by Weekly Young Jump titled Momoclo Kaiga Concours in From Chubu department store rooftop. The department store is located in Tachikawa (立川), Tokyo which is adjacent to the largest venue in Japan, National Olympic Stadium (国立競技場). One of the group's dream is to perform in the venue, but it was only a small talk until they announced that this became their next goal after Kouhaku 2012 (later fulfilled in 2014), hence they named this place as Kokuritsukawa (国立川) that served as a combination pun to both place name. The stage setup in this event emulated the concert stage of Kokuritsu, including the catwalk.[58]

Their second variety TV show Momoclo Shiki Kengaku Guide Momoken!! was started on November 20. The sixth single Roudou Sanka was released on the Labor Day, November 23, 2011. The single is created in honor of labors and workers. Roudou Sanka is composed by a British musician Ian Parton of The Go! Team.

On December 1, they played lead roles in TV Asahi special omnibus drama Momodra momo+dra. The drama was delivered on five separate episodes wherein each member got their own lead role.[59]

Their second Christmas live concert was held on December 25, 2011 titled Momoiro Christmas 2011 Saitama Super Arena Taikai. This is their first arena live concert and all 10,000 tickets were sold out. Marty Friedman made an appearance in the encore as a special guest performing their new single Mouretsu Uchuu Koukyoukyoku Dai Nana Gakushou: Mugen no Ai.[60] They also sold their second limited christmas single Shiroi Kaze. They didn't receive an invitation for Kouhaku Uta Gassen this year.

2012: To the Other Side of KohakuEdit

Momoclo CD Shop Awards

Momoiro Clover Z won Grand Prize in 2012 CD Shop Awards for their album Battle and Romance

Momoclo Mouretsu Promo

Momoiro Clover Z promoting their 7th single "Mouretsu Uchuu Koukyoukyoku Dai Nana Gakushou: Mugen no Ai"

Momoiro Masashi Z

Momoiro Clover Z and Sada Masashi were performing together under the name "Momoiro Masashi Z"

Momoclo Aoyama Promo

Momoiro Clover Z promoting their TV program tie-in with NHK, Aoyama 1seg Kaihatsu

Dai Panorama Jigoku

The second day of Haru no Ichidaiji 2012 ended with numerous chants of "Sekai no Momokuro no.1" by the 14,000 audiences, sending the girls into tears.

Momoclo Malaysia Perf

Their second overseas performance in Malaysia

Momoclo Summer Dive 2012 NHK Hall

Summer Dive Tour 2012 opening performance in NHK Hall. This is their first tour where all of the performances were sold-outs

Otome Sensou Promo

Momoiro Clover Z promoting their 8th single "Otome Sensou"

Momoclo DNA Perf

Summer Dive 2012 in Seibu Dome make "Summer in Japan" as its theme. This sold-out live concert successfully garnered 37,000 audiences.

Momokurotei Portrait

Momokuro-tei Ichimon promoting "Nippon Egao Hyakkei"

Momoclo Budokan Otoko Matsuri

Otoko Matsuri 2012 performance in Budokan

Saraba Itoshiki Promo

Momoiro Clover Z promoting their 9th single "Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimitachi yo

Kouhaku Announcement 2012

63th NHK Kouhaku Uta Gassen participation announcement

NHK Rehearsal

The girls took a photo at the place they started - Yoyogi Kouen, before off to the Kouhaku rehearsal

63 Kouhaku Momoclo Perf

63th Kouhaku Performance. They performed the 6-person version of Ikuze Kaitou Shoujo, in which the lyrics "Reni, Kanako, Akari, Shiori, Ayaka, Momoka" is incorporated

Their third variety TV show, Momoclo Dan was started on January 16, 2012, each episode being 2 minutes, and completed on the 27th of December, comprised of a total 141 episodes. On February 3, Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Rival manga anthology also launched a 4-panels wrestling manga based on Momoiro Clover Z.[26]

Momoiro Clover Z performed a free live concert in the reopening event of Fukushima Spa Resort Hawaiian Dance titled Momoiro Clover Z Kizuna Live 2012 ~Ganbappe Iwaki~ as a support act and a repayment to their favor for hosting their music video filming for Koko Natsu back in 2010. The spa shut down after the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake for a rebuild.[61]

Their first tour in 2012 to promote their seventh single "Mouretsu Uchuu Koukyoukyoku Dai Nana Gakushou: Mugen no Ai" was started on February 25, 2012, titled Mouretsu Dai Koukai Tour 2012. The tour was held in five hall venues across 4 different prefectures. On February 27, Battle and Romance won the Grand Prix at the CD Shop Awards as the best CD of the year, selected by music shop employees from all over the country. Momoiro Clover Z is the first idol group to win the award.[26]

The 7th single, "Mouretsu Uchuu Koukyoukyoku Dai Nana Gakushou: Mugen no Ai" was released on March 7, 2012. The single debuted at number 5 on the Oricon Weekly charts. The title and coupling tracks were used respectively for the opening and ending theme songs of Mouretsu Uchuu Kaizoku TV anime series. On March 22, 2012 the group announced a tie-in with NHK TV program Aoyama 1seg Kaihatsu as the MC. The girls were hoping for a Kouhaku Uta Gassen appearance since the program is a part of NHK.[62]

Their main radio program Momoiro Clover Z Momoclo Club xoxo was started on April 8, 2012 in Nippon Broadcasting System. The program is broadcasted weekly in 23 radio stations across Japan. On April 10, they were invited by 80's folk musician Masashi Sada in his live concert titled Sada Masashi The Birthday Party in Masashi Super Arena in Saitama Super Arena.[26]

On April 21 and 22, they held a two day spring concert series in Yokohama Arena titled Momoclo Haru no Ichidaiji 2012 ~Momoclo All Stars 2012~ in the first day and Momoclo Haru no Ichidaiji 2012 ~Miwataseba Dai Panorama Jigoku~ in the second day. The concerts are their first live concert with two entirely different stage setup in both days. The first day is a live concert with various guest stars from different generations, including Duke Aces, Shigeru Matsuzaki, Zainichi Funk and Rino Sashihara. They managed to garner 11,000 audiences in the first day. They performed in a 360 degrees stage set in the second day in front of 14,000 audiences. Most of the dance choreographs had been changed to suit the circular stage.[63]

On May 5, the children day in Japan, they held a kid-only live concert festival titled Momoclo no Kodomo Matsuri 2012 ~Yoiko no Minna Atsumare!~ in Toda City Culture Hall, Saitama. They also announced a new song for anime series Pokemon Best Wishes titled Mite Mite Kocchicchi.[64] On May 26, the group performed overseas in Malaysia at a youth festival organized by the Malaysian government titled Hari Belia Negara 2012, where Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak personally greeted the group.[65]

They received a special 24 hours TV program by TV Asahi. BS Tele-Asa Channel broadcasted their special variety show on June 16, titled Momoiro Clover Z 24-Jikan Dai Housou da Z!!!. Their 8th single Otome Sensou debuted in the opening of the show.[26]. In the following day on June 17, they started their summer 2012 in NHK Hall tour titled Momoclo Natsu no Bakasawagi Summer Dive 2012 Tour. The national tour was held across 10 different venues, including the closing performance in Seibu Dome titled Momoclo Natsu no Bakasawagi SUMMER DIVE 2012 Seibu Dome Taikai.[66] All of the concerts were sold out performances with overwhelming successes.[26] The gained the fame as "idol with most hard to find ticket".[67]

Momoiro Clover's 8th single "Otome Sensou" was released on July 27, 2012; its lyrics can be interpreted as the start of a war against unknown enemies. The single also includes the ending theme song for Pokémon Best Wishes series Mite Mite Kocchicchi.[67] Momoiro Clover Z performed at Japan Expo 2012 in Paris on July 5 to 8. They took the J.E. Live stage. They appeared in Sailor Moon costumes and performed the anime’s opening song Moonlight Densetsu to original choreography. It was live-streamed worldwide. They also announced the production of a new Sailor Moon anime series and they would sing the new theme song.[68]

The final performance of summer 2012 tour was held in Seibu Dome on August 5, titled Momoclo Natsu no Bakasawagi SUMMER DIVE 2012 Seibu Dome Taikai. The stage at the sold-out Seibu Dome was in a 360-degree configuration, accommodating 37,000 audiences. Their Momokuro-Tei Ichimon alter-ego debuted in the live concert. The establishment of official fan club ANGEL EYES was announced in the end of their live concert.[69]

Momokuro-Tei Ichimon's single "Nippon Egao Hyakkei" was released on September 5, 2012. The single is a rakugo-themed song and was used as the ending theme of the anime Joshiraku. Traditional Japanese music performers Yoshida Brothers are participated in the shamisen.[70]. The single debuted at number 6 on the Oricon Weekly charts. They were invited to perform in Kishidan Banpaku 2012 on September 16 and covered Kishidan's song One Night Carnival. Kanako added the speaking line in the middle of the song "To the other side of Kohaku!".[26]

Along with its sister groups Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku and Team Syachihoko, they performed in Clover EXPO in Inasayama, Nagasaki. The city of Nagasaki appointed Momoiro Clover Z as the "Nagasaki Clover Ambassador". White clover is a symbol of international relationship in Nagasaki since it was introduced through the port of Nagasaki.[70]

They held their second autumn festival live concert series, women-only Onna Matsuri 2012 -Girl's Imagination- and men-only Otoko Matsuri 2012 -Dynamism- on October 5 and November 5 in Nippon Budokan. This is their first Nippon Budokan performance, the Onna Matsuri stage was a huge success with a an audience of 10,000 women. It was also Broadcasted in 19 movie theaters allowing 4,000 other women to see the concert.[26]

On November 12, informational magazine "Dime" held their awards ceremony in Tokyo for their "Shogakukan DIME Trend Winners". Momoiro Clover Z won the "Most Talked About" Award. The group's 9th single "Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimitachi yo", which was released on November 21, topped the Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart, becoming their first single to do so. It is a collaboration with the guitarist Tomoyasu Hotei and became the theme song for 2012 drama series Akumu-chan.[71] The single debuted at number 2 on the Oricon Weekly Ranking.

On November 23, they performed in Pia publishing 40th anniversary event titled Pia 40th Anniversary: MUSIC COMPLEX 2012, along with MAXIMUM THE HORMONE, Scha Dara Parr, Kinniku Shoujo-tai, Gen Hoshino and Yasuyuki Okamura. In the same night, they appeared in MUSIC STATION, which is their first appearance in the program, performing their new single "Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimitachi yo".[72]

On November 26, they were invited to perform in the group's goal for a long time, Kouhaku Uta Gassen. The members cried and shed in tears when they first heard the announcement from NHK at the end of their Aoyama 1Seg Program.[73] In the next day, they appeared in special radio program segment All Night Nippon. The members commented upon how they felt about the announcement. It's their longtime goal since their conception in 2008. Reni remarked "Things aren't always easy after Akarin withdrew, but we became stronger even though only with five members. It isn't our final goal to appear in Kouhaku, I'm looking forward to know what is in the other side of Kouhaku". As Kanako said "Many members come and go in Momoclo, yet our goal hasn't changed. I think our former members who did their best together are also glad hearing the announcement. Kouhaku is everyone's dream, I want to deliver our impressive performance in Kouhaku". They played Ano Sora e Mukatte, their first song to be performed in front of fans, at the end in the broadcast.[74]

The third Momoiro Christmas live concert, Momoiro Christmas 2012 ~Saitama Super Arena Taikai~ was held on December 24 and 25. The live concert is a send-off party to wish good luck to their Kouhaku appearance.[26] The fourth limited single Bokura no Century was sold in the live concert.

On December 31, the group performed at the 63rd Kouhaku Uta Gassen, they performed a medley song of Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimitachi yo and Ikuze! Kaitou Shoujo, titled Momoiro Kouhaku da Z!. The original (6-person) version of Kaitou Shoujo was used, thus fulfill the dream of the six. They shed in tears in the backstage. Reni said "I'm sure our feelings have reached out to Akarin. We've seen the other side of Kouhaku"[75]

2013: A New Goal and New DimensionEdit

Momoclo 20130101 UST

January 1 Ustream live broadcast where the girls declared their next goal to perform in National Olympic Stadium

Momoclo 5TH DIMENISON PROMO

Momoiro Clover Z promoting the second album 5TH DIMENSION. The concept of three masked costumes represent their "Evolution".

Momoclo Tsuki Perf

Momoiro Clover Z performing one of the new songs in the new album, "Tsuki to Gingami no Hikousen", in a live concert of 5TH DIMENSION tour in Nippon Gaishi Hall.

Momoclo Soratobu Perf

Momoiro Clover Z performing "Soratobu! Ozashiki Ressha in 2013 Haru no Ichidaiji Live Concert. The live concert featured their live band Downtown Momoclo Band.

Momoclo 2013 Garden Party

Momoiro Clover Z striking the Z pose with Japan Prime Minister Abe

Rijicho Mask

Momoiro Clover Z 2013 UST 24-Hours Broadcasts. The live streaming featured several guests, the screening of their old footages and staff meeting talks.

Momoclo MTV VMAJ 2013 Perf

Momoiro Clover Z and Carly Rae Jepsen in MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2013. The group won the award for Best Choreography

Momoclo Hotei Bakasawagi 2013

Hotei Tomoyasu in 2013 Summer Live Concert at Nissan Stadium. With 60,000 audiences the performance was their largest live concert at the time and the group become the first female group to held a single-artist concert in the stadium.

Rin Asuka Twinkle5 Performance

Twinkle5 in the Momoiro Clover Z JAPAN TOUR 2013: GOUNN final performance in Miyagi.

Momoclo Gounn Promo

Momoiro Clover Z promoting GOUNN.

Momoclo Tenshi to Jump Promo

Momoiro Clover Z promoting their Christmas TV drama Tenshi to Jump.

Momoclo Kokuritsu Announcement

The girls moved to tears upon hearing National Olympic Stadium decision announcement and achieved the goal they have been set.

They broadcasted a live streaming in Ustream early in the morning of January 1.[76] The group made rounds around their memorable places riding on an open top double-decker bus, and they made the final stop at the National Olympic Stadium.[76] The group made several announcements: that the band set a new goal for itself - to give a concert at the National Olympic Stadium, an arena with 60–70,000 capacity, that they will release a new album in spring and that Momoka Ariyasu had to undergo a throat treatment and she would not sing or even talk until the end of January.[76][77] Momota Kanako said, "We declare to hold a live concert at this National Olympic Stadium in front of us, someday for sure.", and received big cheers from the fans.[77]

In the beginning of February, it was announced in the Shiren no Nanaban Shoubu episode.3 talk event that Momoiro Clover Z would hold a concert at Nissan Stadium on August 4. Nissan Stadium has a capacity of 72,327, surpassing the National Olympic Stadium the group was aiming for. The group also announced the title of the second album, 5TH DIMENSION and the accompanied promotional tour, Momoiro Clover Z JAPAN TOUR 2013: 5TH DIMENSION, from March 12 to March 31, across three prefectures.[78]

5TH DIMENSION concept is revealed in March, where the girls cover their face with mask which has thorns. As if they evolve, it has 3 stages, their face is slightly uncovered eventually.[79] It is said that the album represent the theme of "evolution".[79][80] The album tour, which was started in March 12, was also delivered with a different concept than their usual live concerts to represent two completely different sides of Momoclo.[81][82] The first half of the concert is started out with all of 13 tracks in the setlist as in album order and without MC segment.[82] The girls wore monochrome colored costumes and masks to obscure their face.[81] Cyalume and lightsticks were banned in the concert and the audiences were handed a time controlled "five-dimensional armband" instead, in order to give a feeling that audiences also took part in their album concept.[83] The second part of the concert is where they went back into their usual style, starting with Overture, they went with their classic songs, colored costumes and MC parts.[81]

5TH DIMENSION is released on April 10, 2013. The album sold 102,855 copies in its first day and debuted on top of the Oricon daily chart, with Momoiro Clover's first album re-release, Battle and Romance at number two.[84] This marks Momoclo’s highest chart position to date with the album selling over 180,000 copies in its first week. Holding both the No.1 and No.2 positions is also the first time such a feat in Oricon has been achieved by a female group.[84] With the theme of "evolution", 5th Dimension was said by members to be a concept album that you should listen to in the track order.[85] Momota cited that the songs have changed the previous rule that had been in Momoclo.[85]

Kenichi Maeyamada, one of the group's longtime music producers, stated in his twitter that the "evolution" in the album is just simply means they sing some difficult songs, and the album has lost their important essence.[12] The tweet was then deleted under in five minutes.[12] After the controversial tweet, Maeyamada ceased his involvement with them.

The 2013 spring concert Momoiro Clover Z Haru no Ichidaiji 2013 Seibu Dome Taikai was held on April 13 and 14. The concert included guest stars such as Kosetsu Minami, Fuyumi Sakamoto and mihimaru GT. It marked the first time the group used their own live band, named Downtown Momoclo Band, in their live concert.[86] In May 5, they held another children-only event at Tobu Zoo in Saitama titled Momoclo no Kodomo Matsuri 2013 ~Mamore! Minna no Tobu Doubutsu Kouen Tatakae! Momoiro Animal Z!~, the concert was delivered in a fashion reminiscent of popular hero show, where they appeared as Momoiro Animal Z and marked the first appearance of A-Rin Robo.[87]

On April 20, the group was invited to attend the cherry blossom viewing party at Tokyo’s Shinjuku Gyoen park where Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe struck the Z pose with the members.[88]

Momoiro Clover Z's official Ustream channel Momoclo TV ranked as the No.1 channel at the "Ustream Awards 2012" hosted by Ustream Asia and they received the right to takeover Ustream for a whole day in their anniversary day from May 16 to May 17.[89] They held a secret live concert at Tokyo Shinagawa Stellar Ball in the end of the broadcast.[89] They performed "Serai" with the staff from Stardust Promotion, guest stars and media staff who had participated in the live stream at the finale.[89] The group held a 3-day event in Yokohama Arena titled Daredemo Kamo~n! ~Tadashi, White Beret no Kata ni Kagirimasu in May 27 through 29.[90] The event was for official fan club ANGEL EYES only and was held in weekdays.[90]

On June 6, they released a best album of their "Mujirushi" era (unmarked, pre-Z era) titled Iriguchi no Nai Deguchi, under their agency's indie label Stardust Records.[91] This album includes several of their rare classic songs in the beginning of their conception such as Ano Sora e Mukatte, MILKY WAY and Dream Wave.[92] The entire reimagined and rearrangement version of Rough Style is also included in the album, titled Rough Style for Momoiro Clover Z.[92]

The group won MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS JAPAN 2013 in for Best Choreography for Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimitachi yo. In the awards performance on June 22 at Makuhari Messe, the group teams up with Western pop princess Carly Rae Jepsen for a performance of Jepsen’s smash hit "Call Me Maybe".[93]

On August 4th, Momoiro Clover Z performed for 60,000 audiences at Nissan Stadium in the Momoclo Natsu no Bakasawagi WORLD SUMMER DIVE 2013.8.4 Nissan Stadium Taikai live concert.[94] Operating under the concept of "Momoiro Clover Z’s big game", the 4-hour show featured an array of guests and special performances spread across a stage that was closer to an amusement park than a concert.[94] The show opened with a torch relay similar to the Olympics, followed by a performance of the Japanese national anthem by famous guitarist Tomoyasu Hotei. Several other sports events were then introduced with various athlete guests.[94]

In September 28, the group announced their 10th single, GOUNN.[95] The single is a continuation to the "evolution" theme of 5TH DIMENSION.[95] Along with the single release, they began a national tour titled Momoiro Clover Z JAPAN TOUR 2013: GOUNN, starting from Wakayama.[96] They performed in eight different locations in the country, mainly at places they had yet to visit.[96]

The 10th single "GOUNN" was released on November 6. "GOUNN" has a theme "To find your own ideal self", as the title itself is a terminology that translates into the five functions or aspects that constitute the sentient being. (Goun (五蘊), the Japanese Buddhism terminology for Skandha).[97] The single debuted at number 1 on the Oricon Daily ranking and number 2 on the Oricon Weekly ranking. The single's coupling track, Itsuka Kimi ga, is a collaboration with singer-songwritter miwa.[97]

In the final performance of Momoiro Clover Z JAPAN TOUR 2013: GOUNN in Miyagi on November 22, the "mysterious idol group" Twinkle5 appeared with Rin Asuka replaced Momota as the red.[98] This was then revealed as an early promotion for Momoiro Clover Z's two-part special Christmas TV drama Tenshi to Jump that would be aired on December 23 and 24 in NHK. The plot revolves around the five members of the fledgling idol group Twinkle5 are forced to disband after their leader (played by Asuka) quits the group, a mysterious girl (played by Momota) seeks to reunite the four remaining members (played by Tamai, A-Rin, Ariyasu, and Takagi) just in time for Christmas.[99]

Their third Christmas live concert was held on December 23, titled White Hot Blizzard MOMOIRO CHRISTMAS 2013 Utsukushiki Gokkan no Sekai in Seibu Dome.[100] The temperature in the venue was -4 degrees Celsius since it used the semi-outdoor setup, yet 40,000 people gathered at the venue.[100] Near the end of the live concert, there was a surprise National Olympic Stadium concert announcement that brought them all to tears.[100] The 5th limited single "Naichaisou Fuyu / Hagane no Ishi" was sold in the live concert.[100]

2014: To the Other Side of Kokuritsu KyogijouEdit

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Momo

Momoiro Clover Z promoting their collaboration single "Yume ni Ukiyo ni Saitemina - 2015

January 29, the release of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Tribute Album was made

February 11, a live screening of 'Momoiro Clover Z thigh black club xoxo Valentine DE NIGHT Daa ~ Z! 2014' was streamed live across movie theaters in Japan

February 12, it was announced that they will release there new single on May the 7 titles [TBA] the coupling track Doudou Heiwa Sengen is the theme song for the movie Idai Naru, Shurabon

February 27, Petty Guardian Salor Moon live occurred at Zepp Tokyo

February 28, it was announced that they wont the Ustream awards for the second consecutive year and was awarded to 'hijack' Ustream for '1 day plus a month'. The 24 hour hijack occuredd on May 17.

Momoiro Clover Z performed the theme song of the upcoming film "Akumuchan The Movie".They have sung the theme song of the 11-episode Akumuchan TV Drama in 2012 (Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimi tachi yo) which Shiori Tamai guest-roled in and expected to reprise her role.

March 6, it was announced that Momoiro Clover Z along with actress Kitagawa Keiko, will form Kimoclo for the drama Akumu-chan Special.

March 15th and 16th, They performed a 2 day live at National Olympic Stadium.They will Be the first female group to hold a live at the stadium. The concert is called Haru no Ichidaiji

August 19, they participated in GIRLS 'FACTORY 14

August 30, they participated in Animelo Summer Live 2014-ONENESS-

September 14, they participated in Inazuma Rock Fes 2014

September 15, They participated in Kishidan Expo 2014

Name OriginsEdit

The name "Momoiro Clover" was coined by Kanako Momota's mother. Originally, the section 3 managing director Ryoji Fujishita wanted to name it based on a professional wrestling act, like Samoans, Yamaha Brothers or Malenko Brothers. The other staff disagreed with the name since it sounded too geeky. In the end, he asked for cute name ideas from the kids and then Kanako's mother came up with the name.[101] According to the official website profile, the name has the meaning of "girls with pure hearts who wants to spread happiness".[1]

There was a rumor that the name "Momo" from "Momoiro Clover" originally came from Momoko Kawakami (momo), a former 3Bjunior singer. Rijicho debunked the rumor and said that it just a hoax.[102]

After the departure of Akari Hayami, the management thought that they need to get a fresh start with a new name. The appending of "Z" in the name was suggested by King Records' chief producer Junnosuke Miyamoto. Their manager Akira Kawakami agreed with the name since it reminds him of Mazinger Z.[103] Ichiro Mizuki, the original Mazinger Z theme singer as well as the announcer of their Z name remarked that 'Z' is the final letter of the alphabet and thus the most prestigious.[35]

MembersEdit

Color Name Kanji Date of Birth Epithet Notes
Red Kanako Momota 百田夏菜子 July 12, 1994 (1994-07-12) (age 22) Cinderella from
the Tea Plantation
Leader
Yellow Shiori Tamai 玉井詩織 June 4, 1995 (1995-06-04) (age 21) Everyone's Little Sister a.k.a Shiorin
Pink Ayaka Sasaki 佐々木彩夏 June 11, 1996 (1996-06-11) (age 20) Momoclo's Idol a.k.a A-rin
Green Momoka Ariyasu 有安杏果 March 15, 1995 (1995-03-15) (age 22) Little Giant Former member
of EXPG and P-A
Purple Reni Takagi 高城れに June 21, 1993 (1993-06-21) (age 23) Electric Girl Former leader

Former MembersEdit

Color Name Kanji Date of Birth Epithet Notes
Blue Akari Hayami 早見あかり March 17, 1995 (1995-03-17) (age 22) Momoclo's Cool Beauty Ex-Sub Leader
2008-2011
  • Former members before debut
Name Kanji Date of Birth Active Notes
Runa Yumikawa 弓川留奈 February 4, 1994 (1994-02-04) (age 23) 2008
Gen. 0 member
Left Stardust in 2010
Tsukina Takai 高井つき奈 July 6, 1995 (1995-07-06) (age 21) 05.2008-08.2008
Original Member
Joined SKE48
Left Stardust in 2014
Miyu Wagawa 和川未優 December 19, 1993 (1993-12-19) (age 23) 2008
Original Member
Left Stardust in 2011
Manami Ikura 伊倉愛美 February 4, 1994 (1994-02-04) (age 23) 05.2008-12.2008
Original Member
Joined Creamy Parfait
Left Stardust in 2010
Sumire Fujishiro 藤白すみれ May 8, 1994 (1994-05-08) (age 22) 08.2008-12.2008 Joined Creamy Parfait
Yukina Kashiwa 柏幸奈 December 12, 1994 (1994-12-12) (age 22) 11.2008-03.2009 Left Stardust in 2011
Ex member of Nogizaka46

DiscographyEdit

Single and Album ReleasesEdit

Main article: Momoiro Clover Z Discography

Live Concert DVD and Blu-Ray ReleasesEdit

WorksEdit

PublicationsEdit

For full list of publication, book and magazine appearances, see Momoiro Clover Z Publications

Awards and MilestonesEdit

Awards

  • 4th CD Shop Award - Grand Prize: Battle and Romance. Won.[104]
  • SKY PerfecTV! Award 2012: Domestic Drama Variety: Momoiro Clover Z 24-Jikan Dai Housou da Z!!!
  • 25th 2012 Shogakukan Dime Trend Award - "Most Talked About" Award. Won. [105]
  • Billboard JAPAN Music Awards 2012 - Animation Artists of the Year. Nominated.
  • 2013 MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Coreography: Saraba, Itoshiki Kanashimitachi yo. Won.
  • 2013 MTV Europe Music Awards - Best Japanese Act. Won.
  • Billboard JAPAN Music Awards 2013 - Top Pop Artist. Nominated.
  • 2014 MTV Video Music Awards Japan - Best Group Video: GOUNN. Won.
  • Ustream Award 2012: MomocloTV. Won. [106]
  • Ustream Award 2013: MomocloTV. Won. [106]

Milestones

  • 3 years a row of NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen performance as in 2014, starting from 63rd NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen, and become the first act from Stardust Promotion to achieve such feat.
  • Oricon - First female group to reach #1 and #2 in Oricon Weekly Album Chart (5th Dimension and Battle and Romance).[84]
  • Oricon - 4th music artist by total sales revenue in 2013 with 5,245,000,000 Yen.[107]
  • Nikkei Entertainment - 1st top female idol group and 2nd overall in 2013 Talent Power Ranking survey.[108]
  • Nikkei Entertainment - 1st top female idol group and 2nd overall in 2014 Talent Power Ranking survey.
  • First female idol group to perform in Tokyo Kokuritsu Kyogijou [109]
  • Nikkei Entertainment - 1st top female idol group and 9th overall in 2014 ranking artist by concert attendees.

TriviaEdit

  • Most of the their concert and tour titles are derived from professional wrestling event titles. See the list in List of allusions.
  • In their beginning of "Z" era, the girls often made a shout out to their "Z" name, including the "da ze" (sentence-ending particle signifying emphasis) remarks, the Zepp halls live concert tour and using "Z" instead of kanji "乙" in Otome Sensou.
  • Several of their songs are related to space and stars. Coincidentally, they are managed under the talent management Stardust Promotion and were under the record label Starchild Records. Some of the songs that related to the topic including MILKY WAY, MOON PRIDE, Mouretsu Uchuu Koukyoukyoku Dai Nana Gakushou: Mugen no Ai. The whole 5TH DIMENSION album also took space opera as the concept.
  • The average age of the members in 2008 when the group first debuted was 13.1 (six original members). They debuted with average age of 14 in 2009 (five members in Momoiro Punch).
  • Their current average height is 156.2 cm or about 61.5 inches.
  • Wearing Black to a Momoiro Clover Z live show is one way to show you support all the members.

ReferencesEdit

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  30. Himitsu no Arashi-chan. TBS, original broadcast November 15, 2012
  31. Quick Japan Volume 100. Ohta Publishing. Published on February 14, 2012
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  36. Nikkei - 名物マネージャーが明かす 「ももクロ」育成秘話 日経エンタテインメント!
  37. 47 News - “ETCアイドル”参上 「ももいろクローバー」
  38. Oricon News - 平均年齢14歳の“家電アイドル”ももいろクローバーがCDデビュー!
  39. Natalie - ももクロ、中野腐女子、SDN48らが品川で豪華絢爛ライブ
  40. Natalie - なるかメジャーデビュー!? ももクロ、異例の公開体重測定
  41. Natalie - ももクロ、ファンが見守るステージでドッキリ大号泣
  42. Movie Collection - “週末ヒロイン”ももいろクローバー、初主演映画が公開決定
  43. Natalie - ももクロ、KING RECORDSに純白ウェディングで嫁入り
  44. My Navi - ももいろクローバーが代々木公園でフリーライブ! ファン3,000人が熱狂
  45. Summer Dive 2012 Official Pamphlet
  46. Oricon - アイドル戦国時代の“風雲児”ももいろクローバー初の単独ホール公演が30分でソールドアウト
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  50. Natalie - ももクロ17日ぶりライブ&チャリティで笑顔の連鎖反応
  51. Natalie - ももクロあかり最後のステージ「私は本当に幸せ者です」
  52. Natalie - ももクロ初のアルバム7月発売だZ!! 5都市Zeppツアーも決定
  53. Natalie - QJ 最新号はももクロ特集100ページ、あかりグラビアも
  54. Natalie - ももクロZ「ソニック・ザ・しおりん」でアニサマ参戦表明
  55. Natalie Power Push - Battle and Romance Interview
  56. Natalie - 「一緒に行こうぜ!紅白の向こう側!」ももクロ所信表明
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  58. Natalie - ももクロ“国立川”で盛りだくさんのダブルイベントだZ
  59. Natalie - ももクロ初主演ドラマ「ももドラ」メンバーが語る見どころ
  60. Oricon - もクロZ、Xマスライブに大感激 単独初公演から1年で1万席完売
  61. Natalie - ももクロ、福島ハワイアンズライブでいわきを応援だZ
  62. Natalie - 「紅白狙ってます」ももクロ初NHKレギュラーに意欲満々
  63. Natalie - ももクロ、360度監視のパノラマ地獄を全力突破で天国に
  64. Natalie - ももクロ新曲はポケモンED曲!コント満載子供祭り大成功
  65. Sponichi Annex - ももクロ マレーシア公演で熱唱!首相もキター!
  66. Natalie - 寝不足注意!ももクロ24時間特番&NHKホール3D生中継
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  68. Kodansha Comics - Happy 20th Anniversary Sailor Moon! A Live Event from Tokyo and Paris: A Special Report
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  70. 70.0 70.1 Natalie - 桃黒亭一門×林家木久扇「ニッポン笑顔百景」コラボ配信
  71. Natalie Power Push - Saraba
  72. Natalie - スチャ×星野、ももクロ×オーケン共演も!ぴあフェス大盛況
  73. MUSIC JAPAN Kouhaku Chokuzen Special. NHK G. First Broadcasted on December 23, 2012
  74. Momoiro Clover Z All Night Nippon. Broadcasted on November 27, 2012.
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  77. 77.0 77.1 Tokyohive - Momoiro Clover Z sets their new goal
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  79. 79.0 79.1 Natalie - ももクロが異次元進化「5TH DIMENSION」衝撃ビジュアル
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  87. Natalie - アニマルZ登場!ももクロ「子供祭り2013」ジャケット公開
  88. Mainichi Shinbun - 桜を見る会:安倍首相、上機嫌…ももクロとポーズ決める
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  90. 90.0 90.1 公式ファンクラブ「ANGEL EYES」限定イベント「誰でもカモ~ン!~ただし、ホワイトベレーの方に限ります♡~」
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  92. 92.0 92.1 Natalie Power Push - 入口のない出口
  93. Crunchyroll - VIDEO: Momoiro Clover Z Joins Carly Rae Jepsen on Stage at the MTV VMAJ 2013
  94. 94.0 94.1 94.2 Yattar Japan - Momoiro Clover Z Perform Their Biggest Show Yet for 60,000 at Nissan Stadium
  95. 95.0 95.1 Natalie - ももクロ特設サイトで10thシングルの斬新ビジュアル公開
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  98. Natalie - ももクロツアー最終日に謎のアイドルTwinkle5登場
  99. Nihongogo - Momoiro Clover Z becomes Twinkle5 in Christmas Drama “Tenshi to Jump”
  100. 100.0 100.1 100.2 100.3 Natalie - ももクロ、極寒の西武ドーム公演で国立サプライズに号泣
  101. Rijicho Ebichu Blog - 理事長の御言葉
  102. 理事長 (自由人。勿論非公式)@iam1101 - 20 May 2013
  103. 理事長 (自由人。勿論非公式)@iam1101 - 7 Sep 2012
  104. Tokyograph - Momoiro Clover Z wins grand prize in CD Shop Awards
  105. Tokyohive - Winners of the 2012 "DIME" Trend Awards revealed
  106. 106.0 106.1 Tokyo Girls Update - Momoclo TV's 2nd Straight Victory of Ustream Award
  107. Tokyohive - Oricon 2013 Yearly Charts : Artist Total Sales
  108. SG Cafe - Perfume, Momoiro Clover Z ahead of AKB48 in Nikkei Entertainment’s ‘Top 14 Female (Idol) Groups’ ranking
  109. Nihongogo - Momoiro Clover Z to be First Girl Group to Appear at Tokyo National Stadium

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