It was back in 2012, when Babyraids JAPAN made their debut through their agency LesPros Entertainment.
Babyraids JAPAN consists of Rikako Ooya, Erika Denya, Manatsu Hayashi, Nao Takami and Rio Watanabe.
The group made their debut with the single “Babyraids”, followed by “Baby Revolution” that year but would eventually break into the top 10 in 2013 with their singles “Koyomi no Ue de wa December”.
And while their single debuted at #6 on the Oricon Charts, having been around for two years, the group made a goal, perform at Budokan and if it doesn’t happen, they’ll end the group.
Fortunately for fans, Babyraids Japan would make their dreams come true before Christmas of 2014 by performing at Nippon Budokan.
The group would release a string of hits that would debut on the Oricon top 10 such as “Koi wa Panic”, “Bucchake Rock’n Hachake Roll/Baby Step”, “Tora-Tora Tiger” and “2 Years”.
In 2016, the group’s “Hashire, Hashire” would have their best debut at #3 on the Oricon Charts and since then, have released a total of 14 singles and two albums. Plus one mini-album and five video releases.
J!-ENT’s Dennis A. Amith had the opportunity to interview two of the five Babyraids JAPAN members, Nao and Rikako, a few days before their live performance in San Francisco.