Combining Rock With Fun Personalities - TA Joshi (TA女子) - New Age Idols Spotlight
This article is going to be a fun one indeed.
May I proudly introduce you to one of my favorite groups, TA Joshi (TA女子) / Toriaezu Atsumatta Joshi / Girls who are gathered for now
Whilst doing some research on the group, I noticed that there are no English sources of information regarding them. I was quite surprised to be honest.
I had the luxury of watching them perform live back in December 2019 when I visited Tokyo. I will detail that experience and the others I have had later in the article.
First and foremost, let me introduce the group and the members themselves.
The group was formed in 2016 with a total of eight members but currently sits at five as of August 2021.
They are currently under the agencies Artifact Music and J-Beans.
The group held their first one-man live on October 22nd, 2017. If you go look back at the video of the concert, you can see how much they have grown since then.
Their second one-man live was held on held on March 11th, 2018 and followed by their third one on October 7th, 2018.
TA Joshi's fourth one-man live held on July 30th, 2019 was performed in front of a sold out audience.
As for their fifth one-man live that was set to happen on April 21st, 2020 was postponed due to the current coronavirus pandemic that is taking the world by storm.
As I mentioned, there are five members in TA Joshi and each of them are color coded.
I will link their SNS profiles for you to follow them if you would like. I think they would appreciate it.
Name: Nanaco Oosawa (大澤菜々子)
Birthdate: March 10th
Color: Black / White
Name: Yukina Yamaguchi (山口 有紀奈)
Name: Saki Asahina (朝日奈咲季)
Birthdate: November 9th
Name: Miyu Ujie (氏江美憂)
Birthdate: May 18th
Name: Kanae Ito (伊藤 奏恵)
Eri Yamaguchi - Graduated October 31st, 2019
Natuno Miyauchi - Could not find graduation date but sometime in Fall 2019
Ayami Ishibashi - Graduated February 17th, 2021 - Twitter
A random fact is that Miyu-chan has her own YouTube channel where she does a variety of things on there. From variety challenges to a radio show, she covers it all.
It is fun to watch.
Here is a link to her YouTube channel: Uji Entertainment
The group has released five digital and soon to be two physical singles.
On release, their first single reached #1 on the Oricon Daily Chart and also finished #1 on the Oricon Weekly Chart. That is such a really cool and amazing thing for them!
1st Digital Single - Mikansei - December 28th, 2016
2nd Digital Single - Punch - December 29th, 2016
3rd Digital Single - Harukaze - December 29th, 2016
4th Digital Single - Summer Chance - August 16th, 2017
5th Digital Single - Reboot - July 17th, 2018
1st Physical Single - Yubisasare Hero - November 10th, 2020
No Cover Art Yet...
2nd Physical Single - Ashita ni Tsunage Sayonara / Crazy Sunlize (明日に繋げサヨナラ/Crazy Sunlize)
To be released on September 14th, 2021
You can stream their music on a variety of platforms, but these are the ones I like the most:
Also, since they have physical singles, you can purchase those lovely items here:
Music Video Information/Review
I will showcase some of my favorite videos or songs of the groups. They have one full music video and the other ones are from the one-man lives.
The first video is one of my favorites, Summer Chance. It was released on August 29th, 2019, a little over two years since the song was recorded. It includes all eight members of the group at that time.
It makes you want to go to the beach, right? I absolutely love this song. It is really catchy and even if you hear it in winter time, it makes you want to either rewind or fast forward to the summer time.
The members are all so cute and the personalities shine throughout. The outfits are really modest and that is a big plus compared to other idols in bikinis and such. The choreography is very easy to imitate and you can just jam along with it. If you have a towel during one of their concerts, you better wave that towel like no tomorrow. If you don't feel free to use your hand in a swirling motion. The production company FINDOUT, did a really nice job with the cinematography with sweeping dance views and the individual member scenes, It must have been hard to do that on a beach.
The second video is from a live concert they did at Shibuya Club Asia. The song is called Reboot.
This song is another one of my favorites. It has that rock vibe that I really love when it comes to idols.
The reason it is one of my favorites is because it was the first song I heard of theirs. It features the current lineup of the group as well. Don't forget to listen to the MIX that the crowd performs. When I listen to it in my car, I can't help but do the chants as well. The pure enthusiasm the members put forward and the stage presence is fantastic. I can't deny that this song gets stuck in my head quite often.
I noticed the update I made in November 2020. At that time, they released the music video for their song from the first physical single Yubisasre Hero...
The song is so gosh darn good that I can't handle it. I love the rock chords and it gets you jamming pretty quickly. The members look super pretty in their stage outfits. The individual shots of them look really cool and especially the flag waving shot. The choreography is good because you can easily follow along with it and pump your fist during the chorus. The music video was filmed really well but it kind of stinks that it rained that day but nonetheless, it looks absolutely stunning, so shout out to that crew. I apparently didn't have a lot to say back in November 2020. This song is still one of my favorites out there.
The next two videos I want to share are from their second digital single I mentioned above. I have not seen these yet, so this will be my first impressions.
The first one is titled, Ashita ni Tsunage Sayonara (明日に繋げサヨナラ), or in English, Tomorrow's Connected Goodbye. I am curious about how this one will be. This song is also the tie-in for the TBS show "King Brunch" for August 2021.
My first initial reaction is that I immediately love this song. I'm not even joking. When I think of music by TA女子, this is the kind I think of. It has the playability that I love so much. Multiple times during this song gave me chills, especially towards the solo parts. The song is so good. I'm not pandering by the way. I watched it a couple of times back to back so I could get a better listen. Of course, you have the rock vibes but there is something very pop-ish about the song. My finger can't place it anywhere on the spectrum. Each of the members voices mesh well with each other more and you can see how they have transformed in the past few months to get to where they are. I'm excited to listen to it while working or on the way or back from work. I have a lot of things to say about this song but I want to dive into the video. It is in crystal clear 4K by the way (in case you were wondering). The whole story line is nice for a summer drama or even a summer anime. School life, wanting to be an idol, starting a group, group breaks down, members come back to make it whole. Each of the members look really pretty. That is an understatement. the choreography is a nice in person type, where the audience can sway back and forth with each other. It builds bonds, I swear. I also like the inception of watching the previous music video on the phone during this one. Nice job! Their school outfits are cute and their stage outfits are cool. I will gladly watch this over and over while also sharing it with people I know.
The last video for this time, is their summer song, Crazy Sunlize. From the thumbnail, it looks like it will be a summer song.
Truth be told, I had a dumb smile on my face throughout the entire video. This is a nice, calming summer song. The song itself is really good. I will listen to it a lot on a perfect sunny day. It has a lot of solo parts from the members which is a plus because you can hear their individual talents. I really think that is has a classic rhythm from the early times (60s - 80s). The choreography is catchy and is definitely one of those songs that would be nice to see performed in person. The video is cute. The members outfits are modest, which is good. They all look very pretty. I would like to know what beach that is. Also, who is YOSS? Pardon my ignorance. The whole storyline is kind of funny. The beach competitions looked like they were a lot of fun to film, yet I have a feeling there was a bit of actual competition going on. It seemed like a fun day over all, especially with eating watermelon. Overall, it will be a lovely song and video to go back and listen to.
When I visited Tokyo for Christmas time in 2019, I saw that Banzai Japan was having a concert that was delayed back in the summer.
It included a couple of artists that I knew about (Desu Rabbits and We-Mukashibanashi) and a few others that I had no idea about.
TA Joshi was in the latter category.
When they came onto the stage, I honestly had no idea what I was in store for. They had quite a few fans there and I was nervous about their music.
As their set started, I began to get more comfortable with the group and join their fans in the front to cheer them on to the best of my knowledge.
At one point toward the end, some of the groups came into the audience and I glanced behind me to see if there were any members there and Kanae-chan was behind me and I glanced away because I was a little nervous.
I was hooked on them from there on out.
After the concert, there was a merchandise table where you could purchase their goods. I had settled on a member I wanted to meet, which was Miyu-chan and payed my yen to get a two-shot cheki with her,
There was some nervousness on my part because I didn't know a lot about the group besides that afternoon.
It was an amazing experience to say the least. I'm not going to go into full detail because that would be embarrassing for the both of us.
By the way, she speaks really good English. So if you meet her, let her try it out on you because it allows you to break the ice a little bit.
This part is for the members themselves:
To the TA Joshi Members,
For one, I apologize for me writing this in English.
Secondly, I want you to know that you all are amazing ladies.
You are so talented both in singing and dancing.
There are sometimes I can't help but laugh when you are on Showroom-Live because you are so funny.
You all have different personalities that draw fans to you and it is amazing to watch you all grow both as individuals and as a group.
I also realize that there may not be a big foreign fan base of yours and that is all right. The domestic fans that you have are really caring and show up to so many concerts to cheer you all on. They were so nice when I was there, involving me in the choreography and the Mix.
I, as a foreign fan, am lucky to have seen and met you via in person or Talkport. There is not much that I can do personally to support you all that much. I can't attend concerts or purchase goods even if I wanted to. The only way I can support is through social media on Twitter.
You all have become a integral part of the past year and a half of my life and I thank you so much.
From the bottom of my heart, I thank you.
I wish you all the success in the world. Always keep being yourself!
I would love to meet you all again if time allows.
Much love and support from the United States!
If you made it this far (which I hope you did), thank you so much for reading. I really appreciate it.
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