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.
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.
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.
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"). 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). To promote the album release on July 3, different members of each group were mixed together for interviews and TV appearances. 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.
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.
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.
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. 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). Lastly, it was revealed that Jr.EXILE would release their second album titled BATTLE OF TOKYO TIME 4 Jr.EXILE on June 23, 2021.
On July 16, the second novel of the project was published.
"Faster and more elegant than anyone.
They'll always claim what they aim.
The group of seven phantom thieves MAD JESTERS."
THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE ⇆ ROWDY SHOGUN
"Protecting the weak and your darkest secrets.
There's nothing they’re unable to protect.
The ultimate group of bouncers ROWDY SHOGUN."
FANTASTICS from EXILE TRIBE ⇆ ASTRO9
"Solving every problem in this world with entertainment.
The group of nine troubleshooters ASTRO9."
BALLISTIK BOYZ from EXILE TRIBE ⇆ JIGGY BOYS
"The cold shadow no one is able to see, takes over the light quietly.
The mysterious group lurking in the city JIGGY BOYS."
- [2021.02.25] Shosetsu BATTLE OF TOKYO vol.1 (小説 BATTLE OF TOKYO vol.1)
- [2021.07.16] Shosetsu BATTLE OF TOKYO vol.2 (小説 BATTLE OF TOKYO vol.2)
- [2019.07.04-2019.07.07] BATTLE OF TOKYO ~ENTER THE Jr.EXILE~
- 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.
- The avatars of the members were created with motion capture system.
|Gallery | Category | Songs navbox|
|Members||Hidaka Ryuta | Kanou Yoshiyuki | Kainuma Ryusei | Fukahori Miku | Okuda Rikiya | Matsui Riki | Sunada Masahiro|
|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|