The “Babymetal” phenomenon is coming to America.
The Japanese pop-metal group, made up of teenage girls, are set to star in a new original shortform series for Warner Bros.’ digital studio Blue Ribbon Content.
Here’s the logline: “The action-adventure will take viewers inside the magical world of heavy metal music as it comes under attack, and one lonely god, Kitsune, forms the warrior band BABYMETAL to save the day. In the series, SU-METAL, YUIMETAL and MOAMETAL join together to ultimately redefine the genre. The series will also feature new live-action performances from the group, who will enter the animated world through a secret portal.”
The deal was announced Wednesday by Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series. “Babymetal have to be seen to believed — a mind-blowing, fun combination of pop vocals, heavy metal music and dance choreography brought to life by three incredibly talented teenage stars,” Register said.
The series will also be produced by Amuse USA, while Babymetal creator/manager Key Kobayashi (“KOBAMETAL”) is a producer.
Babymetal already has a fanbase in the U.S., including the Red Hot Chili Peppers, which is taking the group on the U.K. leg of its tour. The group’s first studio album hit No. 1 on Billboard’s World Album chart, and sophomore album “Metal Resistance” made it on to Billboard’s top 200 album chart.
Here’s a taste of Babymetal: