|Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku|
2009 - present
Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku (私立恵比寿中学, abbreviated Ebichu (エビ中)) is an idol girl group represented by Stardust Promotion under Entertainment Section 3's 3Bjunior. The group was formed in 2009, with the concept of a group of middle school students and was advertised as being a group with very rough singing and dancing skills. The group is nicknamed King of Gakugeeeekai (King of 学芸会, King of School Play).
- The morning bell has rung! We are Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku! —Introduction line
- （朝のチャイムがなりました! 私立恵比寿中学です！）
- The group was formed as a quintet on August 4, 2009 from a Japanese leading talent agency Stardust Promotion. Much like its sister group, Momoiro Clover Z, Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku (Ebichu) was originally started out as a newcomer training program for future actress of Stardust before went into a full fledged idol group in 2010. At present, there are eight members with average age at 15.2.
- Their debut stage was at the annual Starfest live where they covered two Hello!Project songs, Koi Kana and Hana O Puun.
- The group's name is translated to "Ebisu Private Junior High School". As the name suggests, its theme revolves around junior high schools and the group has a nickname of Eien ni Chugakusei (エビ中の永遠に中学生, Middle School Students Forever).. The members are introduced and identified by their student attendance number (出席番号, shusseki bangou) (i.e Student Number #03: Rika Mayama). Thir main costumes are school uniforms and the student numbers are often incorporated on their outfits.
- In addition, Ebichu's key-figures are referred in a way they are like school staffs: Ryoji Fujishita (Stardust Entertainment Section 3 Managing Director) as the "chairman", Yuichi Fujii (manager) as the "headmaster", Kenichi Maeyamada (main songwriter and music producer) as the "music teacher", Hiroshi Ishizaki (Stardust Music A&R department staff and social media admin) as the "substitute teacher" and Kineo Kondo (script and stage producer) as the "language teacher".
- The group is officially nicknamed King of Gakugeeekai (King of School Play) and its concept was advertised as being a group with very rough singing and dancing skills. Or, more accurately, the group's slogan is "Unarticulated dance and shaky vocals."
- The group also aims for subculture genre approach instead of idol fans. They are dubbed as Subdol (Subculture Idol). 
- The term for those who left the group or withdrew is referred as "moved schools" (転校, tenkou). A newly joined member is referred as the "transfer student" (転校生, tenkousei). Their event is often called as "lesson" and their fans are called "Ebichu Family".
- The group's name is derived from Ebisu, Shibuya, a neighborhood where Stardust Promotion has its headquarters.
- The group is Momoiro Clover Z's little sister and Team Syachihoko's older sister.
- Ebichu (エビ中) can also means "in a shrimp". A shrimp becomes their representative symbol and mascot and is featured in their logo.
- Although they are also known for not being color coded, Ebichu has a bit of a color coded system. Sometime their outfits (starting at the 9-member lineup) were colored with blue, green, or pink. Green is for students in the 1st year of either junior high or high school (Ayaka, Rina, Hinata, Aika). Pink is for 2nd year (Mirei, Kaho, Riko, and formerly Natsu, and Hirono), and Blue is for 3rd year (Rika, and formerly Mizuki). Since their major debut, they have implemented individual member colors as well, used frequently in fan goods and promotional items.
- With the exception of Hinaki Yano, who was from Hyogo, all members are from the Kanto region.
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|No.||Name||Kanji||Date of Birth||Active||Notes|
|03||Rika Mayama||真山りか||December 16, 1996||Aug.09 - present|
|05||Ayaka Yasumoto||安本彩花||June 27, 1998||Oct.09 - present||Former Minitia Bears member|
|06||Aika Hirota||廣田あいか||January 31, 1999||Apr.10 - present|
|07||Mirei Hoshina||星名美怜||November 2, 1997||May.10 - present|
|10||Hinata Kashiwagi||柏木ひなた||March 29, 1999||Jan.11 - present|
|11||Kaho Kobayashi||小林歌穂||June 12, 2000||Jan.14 - present||Former Team Daioh Ika member|
|12||Riko Nakayama||中山莉子||October 28, 2000||Jan.14 - present||Former Team Daioh Ika member|
Former Members (Moved Schools)Edit
|No.||Name||Kanji||Date of Birth||Active||Notes|
|01||Kanon||奏音||February 7, 1997||Aug.09 - Feb.10|
|02||Narumi Uno||宇野愛海||March 19, 1998||Aug.09 - Jan.11|
|07||Hinaki Yano||矢野妃菜喜||March 5, 1997||Feb.10 - Apr.11|
|10||Rio Koike||小池梨緒||January 18, 1998||May.10 - Jun.11||Former Minitia Bears member|
Currently in Ito Wokashi
|02||Reina Miyazaki||宮崎れいな||August 24, 1997||Aug.09 - Dec.11||Former Leader|
|01||Mizuki||瑞季||February 27, 1997||Aug.09 - Apr.14|
|04||Natsu Anno||杏野なつ||July 12, 1997||Oct.09 - Apr.14||Former Minitia Bears member|
|08||Hirono Suzuki||鈴木裕乃||March 24, 1998||May.10 - Apr.14||Former Minitia Bears member|
|Rina Matsuno||松野莉奈||July 16, 1998 - February 8, 2017 (Aged 18; deceased)||May.10 - Feb.17||
Former Minitia Bears member
The use of attendance number (出席番号, shusseki bangou) is a staple in this group. A member always uses "attendance number xx: (name)" in their introduction line. Each member is assigned to an attendance number since she has joined the group. The new member will be assigned as the last in attendance numbers. As of 2014, there were two instances of attendance number change (出席番号変更, shusseki bangou henkou) to rearrange their vacant number (欠番, ketsuban) after a member left the group.
Since their major debut, however, the attendance number hasn't been rearranged, thus leaving the number #01, #02, #04 and #08 vacant.
June 30, 2010
June 14, 2011
Single and Albums ReleasesEdit
- Indie Singles
- Major Singles
- Best Albums
- [2012.01.21] Ebichu no Zeppan Best ~Owaranai Seishun~
- [2016.11.16] "Chusotsu" ~Ebichu no Ike Ike Best~
- [2016.11.16] "Chukara" ~Ebichu no Waku Waku Best~
- Limited Albums
Live Concerts and DVD ReleasesEdit
- [2012.02.15] Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku 1st One-Man LIVE
- [2012.11.21] Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku First Concert: Jaa Best Ten
- [2013.03.24] Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku Toshiwasure Dai Gakugeikai: Ebichu no Jungle Daiboken
- [2013.07.24] Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku: Kuruizaki Ebi Road ~Owarinaki Shinkyu~
- [2013.12.24] Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku: Ebichu Natsu No Family Ensoku Ryakushite Famien In Kawaguchiko 2013
- [2014.03.25] Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku Toshiwasure Dai Gakugeikai 2013: Ebichu no Star Conductor
- [2014.08.27] Shiritsu Ebisu Chuugaku Goudou Shuppatsu Shiki ~Ima, Kimi ga Koko ni Iru~
- [2014.12.24] Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku: Ebichu Natsu No Family Ensoku Ryakushite Famien In Yamanakako 2014
- TV Variety Shows
- TV Dramas
- TV Commercials
- Magazine-Book Special Features
- [2013.10.17] Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku Omoide Album ~Rinkan Gakkou-hen~. (Tokyo News Mook Vol.384) Tokyo News Publishing.
- [2013.10.03] Shiritsu Ebisu Chugaku Omoide Album 2014 ~Kaihin Gakkou-hen~. (Tokyo News Mook Vol.446) Tokyo News Publishing.
- Their major debut was on the same date (May 5) with Momoiro Clover Z's major debut. May 5 is also the children day in Japan, which fits to their junior high school theme.
- The group is currently was the only main active group in Stardust Promotion that didn't adept the color coded system. Since recent they have semi-official member colors
- The group's name sets the pattern for Stardust idol groups' name that is based on sea animals: ebi (shrimp), syachi (killer whale), tako (octopus) and ika (squid).
- ↑ Marquee vol.94 - first published on December, 2012.
- ↑ Ebichu Official Profile
- ↑ Ohtabooks - “永遠の中学生”謳う私立恵比寿中学 「現役中学生は残り1人」に葛藤
- ↑ Dogatch - 今週のインタビューゲスト
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 5.2 Natalie Power Push - Ebichu Interview 1
- ↑ Natalie Power Push - Ebichu Interview 2
- ↑ Miyazaki Blog - (宮崎れいな)
- ↑ エビ中に新入生！スタダ3B小林歌穂と中山莉子が“転入”
- ↑ Ok Music - 旋風を巻き起こすサブカルアイドル！エビ中の握手会に潜入レポ！
- ↑ チームしゃちほこツアー初戦、リーゼント姿で新曲お披露目