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BATTLE OF TOKYO (shortly known as BOT) is a comprehensive entertainment project created in 2019 and led by the Jr.EXILE groups. EXILE HIRO is the planning producer and chief creative officer of the complete franchise and it follows the same structure as the multimedia project HiGH&LOW.[1]

About

As a project centered on Jr.EXILE including GENERATIONS, THE RAMPAGE, FANTASTICS and BALLISTIK BOYZ, it depicts a new story which unfold in TOKYO in two parallel worlds, the real world and a fantasy world in another universe.

In the other universe, the groups and its members have alternate names: MAD JESTERS (GENERATIONS), ROWDY SHOGUN (THE RAMPAGE), ASTRO9 (FANTASTICS) and JIGGY BOYS (BALLISTIK BOYZ). Additionally, each group is based at a specific location.

History

BATTLE OF TOKYO ~ENTER THE Jr.EXILE~ logo

2019

The project was announced on April 20, 2019, on the same day as the formation of Jr.EXILE. The project would initially focus on the 4 groups of the Jr.EXILE unit, with them releasing an album titled BATTLE OF TOKYO ~ENTER THE Jr.EXILE~ on July 3 and doing a 4-day live concert with the same title, from July 4 to July 7 at Makuhari Messe.[2][3]

In June 2019, the groups of Jr.EXILE released two music videos for their collaboration songs every week, sorted by "Rounds": ROUND1: GENERATIONS vs THE RAMPAGE ("SHOOT IT OUT"), ROUND2: THE RAMPAGE vs BALLISTIK BOYZ ("Dead Or Alive"), ROUND3: GENERATIONS vs FANTASTICS ("Supersonic"), ROUND4: FANTASTICS vs BALLISTIK BOYZ ("SHOCK THE WORLD"), ROUND5: THE RAMPAGE vs FANTASTICS ("MIX IT UP") and ROUND6: GENERATIONS vs BALLISTIK BOYZ ("BREAK DOWN YA WALLS").[4] The concept of those music videos revolves around a battle of the groups in both the real world Shin TOKYO (新TOKYO; New TOKYO) and the space of a parallel universe, BABYLONIUM, of Cho TOKYO (超TOKYO; Super TOKYO).[5][6] To promote the album release on July 3, different members of each group were mixed together for interviews and TV appearances.[7] Prior to the live concert, Nikkan Sports released the original newspaper BATTLE OF TOKYO Shinbun (BATTLE OF TOKYO新聞), which includes interviews and more content from the members of Jr.EXILE, on July 2.[8]

After the 4-day live concert BATTLE OF TOKYO ~ENTER THE Jr.EXILE~ attracted about 120.000 attendants, it was announced on July 9, 2019, that the project would continue as 2020 BATTLE OF TOKYO LIVE in the next year.[9][10]

2021

On February 25, 2021, the first original novel of the project, titled Shosetsu BATTLE OF TOKYO vol.1 and introducing the story of BATTLE OF TOKYO, was published. The novel is set in Cho TOKYO, a metropolis that has rapidly recovered from the devastation caused by the Great Storm. Rumors of the MAD JESTERS, a group of thieves, begin to circulate in the peaceful Tokyo, where many people live in affluence, controlled by a highly evolved network. And so begins the battle between ROWDY SHOGUN, Astro9, and JIGGY BOYS, all young men with special abilities.[11][12][13][14]

In the same month, it was revealed that each individual team had a new song and music video that would be released in March 2021. MAD JESTER's song would be titled "LIBERATION", ROWDY SHOGUN's "CALL OF JUSTICE" and Astro9's "PERFECT MAGIC", while JIGGY BOYS song title was not yet revealed. The music videos were announced to be a mixture of live-action performance and 3DCG animation.

On April 18, 2021, LDH held a press conference announcing the future plans of the project. There, it was revealed that Jr.EXILE would be turned into avatars, and various digital and virtual contents such as animation, games, live performances and music videos would be developed. All in all, BATTLE OF TOKYO would be a "Mixed Reality Entertainment" project. CRAFTAR STUDIOS Inc. would be in charge of the animation production, and the production staff would include Azuma Hiroaki as the video director, Kozaki Yusuke as the character designer and Izubuchi Yutaka as the mechanical designer.[15][16] Additionally, the first voice actors for the animation were announced: Kaji Yuki for ZERO (Shirahama Alan), Kimura Subaru for PARTE (Sekiguchi Mandy), Ishikawa Kaito for LUPUS (Kawamura Kazuma), Horie Shun for LUCAS (Yoshino Hokuto) and Takeuchi Shunsuke for TEKU (Sekai).[17] Lastly, it was revealed that Jr.EXILE would release their second album titled BATTLE OF TOKYO TIME 4 Jr.EXILE on June 23, 2021.[18]

On July 16, the second novel of the project was published.[19]

Members

MAD JESTERS

GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBEMAD JESTERS
MAD JESTERS
MAD JESTERS logo

"Faster and more elegant than anyone.
They'll always claim what they aim.
The group of seven phantom thieves MAD JESTERS."

ROWDY SHOGUN

THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBEROWDY SHOGUN

ROWDY SHOGUN
ROWDY SHOGUN logo

"Protecting the weak and your darkest secrets.
There's nothing they’re unable to protect.
The ultimate group of bouncers ROWDY SHOGUN."

ASTRO9

FANTASTICS from EXILE TRIBEASTRO9

ASTRO9
ASTRO9 logo

"Solving every problem in this world with entertainment.
The group of nine troubleshooters ASTRO9."

JIGGY BOYS

BALLISTIK BOYZ from EXILE TRIBEJIGGY BOYS

JIGGY BOYS
JIGGY BOYS logo

"The cold shadow no one is able to see, takes over the light quietly.
The mysterious group lurking in the city JIGGY BOYS."

Discography

Jr.EXILE promoting BATTLE OF TOKYO ~ENTER THE Jr.EXILE~

Jr.EXILE promoting BATTLE OF TOKYO TIME 4 Jr.EXILE

Albums

  1. [2019.07.03] BATTLE OF TOKYO ~ENTER THE Jr.EXILE~
  2. [2021.06.23] BATTLE OF TOKYO TIME 4 Jr.EXILE

Bibliography

Books

Shosetsu BATTLE OF TOKYO vol.1.jpg Shosetsu BATTLE OF TOKYO vol.2.jpg

  1. [2021.02.25] Shosetsu BATTLE OF TOKYO vol.1 (小説 BATTLE OF TOKYO vol.1)
  2. [2021.07.16] Shosetsu BATTLE OF TOKYO vol.2 (小説 BATTLE OF TOKYO vol.2)

Concerts/Tours/Events

Concerts
  1. [2019.07.04-2019.07.07] BATTLE OF TOKYO ~ENTER THE Jr.EXILE~

Trivia

  • The members of Jr.EXILE chose the names and traits of their BATTLE OF TOKYO characters themselves.
  • In an interview in 2021, HIRO mentioned that he wants to expand BOT as a platform for all of LDH and make it another business pillar of the company, with artists who have access turning into avatars so that it will serve as a second career for members who have retired from live performances and help introduce newcomers of the company.[1]
  • The avatars of the members were created with motion capture system.[16]

References

External Links

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GENERATIONS
Gallery | Category | Songs navbox
Members
Members Shirahama Alan (L) | Katayose Ryota | Kazuhara Ryuto | Komori Hayato | Sano Reo | Sekiguchi Mandy | Nakatsuka Yuta
Discography
Studio Albums 1. GENERATIONS | 2. GENERATION EX | 3. SPEEDSTER | 4. Namida wo Nagasenai Pierrot wa Taiyou mo Tsuki mo Nai Sora wo Miageta | 5. SHONEN CHRONICLE | 6. Up & Down
Best Albums 1. BEST GENERATION
Digital Albums Start Up ~Oen Song Collection~ | GENERATIONS LIVE TOUR 2017 MAD CYCLONE SET LIST | GENERATIONS LIVE TOUR 2018 UNITED JOURNEY SET LIST | GENERATIONS LIVE TOUR 2019 "Shounen Chronicle"
Other Albums HiGH&LOW ORIGINAL BEST ALBUM | BATTLE OF TOKYO ~ENTER THE Jr.EXILE~
Singles 1. BRAVE IT OUT | 2. ANIMAL | 3. Love You More | 4. HOT SHOT | 5. NEVER LET YOU GO | 6. Always with you | 7. Sing it Loud | 8. Evergreen | 9. Hard Knock Days | 10. ALL FOR YOU | 11. AGEHA | 12. Namida | 13. PIERROT | 14. Taiyou mo Tsuki mo | 15. BIG CITY RODEO | 16. F.L.Y. BOYS F.L.Y. GIRLS | 17. Shounen | 18. G-ENERGY | 19. Brand New Story | 20. DREAMERS | 21. EXPerience Greatness | 22. Hirahira | 23. You & I | 24. Loading... | 25. Ame Nochi Hare | 26. Unchained World
Digital Singles 1. G-ENERGY | 2. You & I
Other Singles BURNING UP
Videography
Live DVD/Blu-rays 1. GENERATIONS LIVE TOUR 2016 "SPEEDSTER" | 2. GENERATIONS LIVE TOUR 2017 "MAD CYCLONE" | 3. GENERATIONS LIVE TOUR 2018 "UNITED JOURNEY" | 4. GENERATIONS LIVE TOUR 2019 "Shounen Chronicle"
Concerts & Tours
Tours 1. GENERATION EX | 2. SPEEDSTER | 3. WORLD TOUR 2017 ~SPEEDSTER~ | 4. MAD CYCLONE | 5. CHINA TOUR 2018 "MAD CYCLONE" | 6. UNITED JOURNEY | 7. Shounen Chronicle | PERFECT LIVE 2012▶2020
Concerts Online: 1. LIVE×ONLINE | 2. LIVE×ONLINE IMAGINATION | 3. GENERATIONS LIVE×ONLINE "STRANGE HALLOWEEN NIGHT" | 4. LIVE×ONLINE BEYOND THE BORDER
Concerts Featured In EXILE: EXILE LIVE TOUR 2013 "EXILE PRIDE"
Sandaime J SOUL BROTHERS: Sandaime J Soul Brothers LIVE TOUR 2012 "0 ~ZERO~"
EXILE TRIBE: EXILE TRIBE LIVE TOUR 2012 ~TOWER OF WISH~ | EXILE TRIBE PERFECT YEAR 2014 SPECIAL STAGE "THE SURVIVAL" IN SAITAMA SUPER ARENA 10DAYS | EXILE TRIBE PERFECT YEAR LIVE TOUR TOWER OF WISH 2014 ~THE REVOLUTION~ | EXILE TRIBE LIVE TOUR 2021 RISING SUN TO THE WORLD
Other: HiGH&LOW THE LIVE | BATTLE OF TOKYO ~ENTER THE Jr.EXILE~
Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts EXILE TRIBE | Jr.EXILE
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THE RAMPAGE
Gallery | Category | Songs navbox
Members
Members RIKU | Kawamura Kazuma | Yoshino Hokuto | LIKIYA (L) | Zin (L) | Kamiya Kenta | Yonamine Rui | Yamamoto Shogo | Iwaya Shogo | Urakawa Shohei | Fujiwara Itsuki | Takechi Kaisei | Hasegawa Makoto | Ryu | Suzuki Takahide | Goto Takuma
Discography
Albums 1. THE RAMPAGE | 2. THE RIOT | 3. REBOOT
Other Albums HiGH&LOW ORIGINAL BEST ALBUM | BATTLE OF TOKYO ~ENTER THE Jr.EXILE~ | THE RAMPAGE LIVE TOUR 2017-2018 "GO ON THE RAMPAGE"
Singles 1. Lightning | 2. FRONTIERS | 3. Dirty Disco | 4. 100degrees | 5. Fandango | 6. HARD HIT | 7. THROW YA FIST | 8. WELCOME 2 PARADISE | 9. SWAG & PRIDE | 10. FULLMETAL TRIGGER | 11. INVISIBLE LOVE | 12. FEARS | 13. MY PRAYER | 14. HEATWAVE | 15. LIVING IN THE DREAM
Digital Singles 1. MY PRAYER | 2. YOUR LIFE YOUR GAME | 3. ALL ABOUT TONIGHT | 4. LIVING IN THE DREAM | 5. Moon and Back
Concerts & Tours
Tours 1. GO ON THE RAMPAGE | 2. THROW YA FIST | 3. RMPG | 4. PROLOGUE REBOOT | 5. REBOOT
Concerts Online: 1. LIVE×ONLINE | 2. LIVE×ONLINE IMAGINATION | 3. LIVE×ONLINE BEYOND THE BORDER
Concerts Featured In EXILE: AMAZING WORLD
EXILE THE SECOND: WILD WILD WARRIORS
Sandaime J SOUL BROTHERS: BLUE PLANET
EXILE TRIBE: EXILE TRIBE PERFECT YEAR 2014 SPECIAL STAGE "THE SURVIVAL" IN SAITAMA SUPER ARENA 10DAYS | EXILE TRIBE PERFECT YEAR LIVE TOUR TOWER OF WISH 2014 ~THE REVOLUTION~ | EXILE TRIBE LIVE TOUR 2021 RISING SUN TO THE WORLD
Other: HiGH&LOW THE LIVE | BATTLE OF TOKYO ~ENTER THE Jr.EXILE~ | LDH PERFECT YEAR 2020 COUNTDOWN LIVE 2019▶︎2020 "RISING" | LIVE×ONLINE PREMIUM LIVE EXILE TRAIN | LIVE×ONLINE INFINITY "Trick or Treat!! R.F.B. Halloween Party!!" | LIVE×ONLINE COUNTDOWN 2020▶︎2021 "RISING SUN TO THE WORLD"
Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts EXILE TRIBE | Jr.EXILE | MA55IVE THE RAMPAGE
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FANTASTICS
Gallery | Category | Songs navbox
Members
Members Sekai (L) | Sato Taiki (L) | Sawamoto Natsuki | Seguchi Leiya | Hori Natsuki | Kimura Keito | Yagi Yusei | Nakajima Sota
Honorary Members Nakao Shota
Discography
Albums 1. FANTASTIC 9 | 2. FANTASTIC VOYAGE
Other Albums BATTLE OF TOKYO ~ENTER THE Jr.EXILE~ | BATTLE OF TOKYO TIME 4 Jr.EXILE
Singles 1. OVER DRIVE | 2. Flying Fish | 3. Dear Destiny | 4. Time Camera | 5. Hey, darlin' | 6. Winding Road ~Mirai e~ | 7. High Fever | 8. STOP FOR NOTHING
Digital Singles 1. Play Back
Videography
Live DVD/Blu-rays 1. BACK TO THE MEMORIES
Concerts & Tours
Tours 1. FANTASTIC NINE | FNT | 2. FANTASTIC VOYAGE
Concerts Online: 1. LIVE×ONLINE | 2. LIVE×ONLINE IMAGINATION | 3. LIVE×ONLINE BEYOND THE BORDER
Concerts Featured In EXILE: STAR OF WISH
EXILE TRIBE: RISING SUN TO THE WORLD
GENERATIONS: SPEEDSTER | MAD CYCLONE
Other: BATTLE OF TOKYO ~ENTER THE Jr.EXILE~ | LDH PERFECT YEAR 2020 COUNTDOWN LIVE 2019▶︎2020 "RISING" | LIVE×ONLINE PREMIUM LIVE EXILE TRAIN | LIVE×ONLINE INFINITY "Trick or Treat!! R.F.B. Halloween Party!!"
Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts EXILE TRIBE | Jr.EXILE
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BALLISTIK BOYZ
Gallery | Category | Songs navbox
Members
Members Hidaka Ryuta | Kanou Yoshiyuki | Kainuma Ryusei | Fukahori Miku | Okuda Rikiya | Matsui Riki | Sunada Masahiro
Discography
Studio Albums 1. BALLISTIK BOYZ | 2. PASS THE MIC
Other Albums BATTLE OF TOKYO ~ENTER THE Jr.EXILE~ | BATTLE OF TOKYO TIME 4 Jr.EXILE
Singles 1. 44RAIDERS | 2. ANTI-HERO'S | 3. Animal | 4. SUM BABY
Digital Singles 1. SUMMER HYPE
Concerts & Tours
Tours 1. BBZ | 2. PROLOGUE PASS THE MIC | 3. PASS THE MIC
Concerts Online: 1. LIVE×ONLINE IMAGINATION | 2. BALLI-X'mas ~Yume no Naka de~
Concerts Featured In EXILE TRIBE: RISING SUN TO THE WORLD
Other: BATTLE OF TOKYO ~ENTER THE Jr.EXILE~ | COUNTDOWN LIVE 2019▶︎2020 "RISING" | LIVE×ONLINE PREMIUM LIVE EXILE TRAIN | Trick or Treat!! R.F.B. Halloween Party!! | COUNTDOWN 2020▶︎2021 "RISING SUN TO THE WORLD"
Units & Other Acts
Associated Acts EXILE TRIBE | Jr.EXILE
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