Time is just about up for the girls of TipToe., and their latest PV “Tokubetsu janai watashitachi no monogatari (特別じゃない私たちの物語)” may be the last we see of them. TipToe get an upbeat tune in front of us for this time out complete with energetic choreography on the school auditorium stage. I watch “Toku janai watashitachi no monogatari” and I reflect on how far these girls have come since their beginnings three years ago, and this PV feels like a graduation ceremony. As the girls dance in front of the exposed spotlights, you will no doubt notice the members of TipToe in the audience cheering themselves onwards: it doesn’t take a genius to decipher the metaphorical language here.
TIPTOE (ティップトウ, stylized tipToe.) is an idol group formed in December 2016. Launched as an in-house project of production joint company SOVA, it was formed by members selected from the public in audition conducted in the summer of 2016 . “Shall we all be youthful?” is the concept lifelong sentimental idol group “tipToe.” Music and visuals with motifs of youth and schools are characteristic. Members are required to graduate in three years from joining with a three-year term system. Each member will run through with utmost effort for the limited time. The name of the group is “stand on tiptoe” which means “stretch” (“stand on tiptoe”) with the thought “to stretch slightly and reach higher than now”. tipTOE.’s current lineup includes members Hanasaki Natsumi (花咲なつみ), Totsuka Nene (都塚寧々), Mihara Umi (三原海), Mukumoto Manaka (椋本真叶), Hino Ami (日野あみ), and Naruse Yuyuka (成瀬ゆゆか).