Their 6th Single barely a month away, Tsubaki Factory get back in action after nearly a year since their last single. “Dakishimerarete Mitai (抱きしめられてみたい)” gives the girls matching checkered minis with a bold tan front to the double-breast. The promotional video is a complete studio affair with the girls dancing in front of rectangular frames and a set of potted greenery encased in a shark cage of a prop. Perhaps the real story with this release is the limited participation of member Asakura Kiki. Out of the live lineup since May this year, Kiki (a key member of the group) hasn’t fully returned yet and will only participate in solo talk promotional events for the new single. To my ears, it sounds like Tsubaki Factory have been delaying further releases until Kiki’s recovery. Unable to go more than a year without a new single, perhaps this new work is being pushed out to the public more out of necessity than choice. None of this stops Kiki from participating in this promotional video, and it’s really great to see her with the rest of her group after such a long time. Well, I’ll take off my tinfoil hat now. “Ishiki Takai Otome no Dilemma / Dakishimerarete Mitai (意識高い乙女のジレンマ/抱きしめられてみたい)”, the sixth release from Tsubaki Factory goes on sale January 15, 2020.
Tsubaki Factory (つばきファクトリー; Camellia Factory) is a Japanese pop group under Hello! Project, originally formed with six members from Hello Pro Kenshuusei in late April 2015. On April 29, the group was announced through Japanese media, and confirmed through Hello! Project Station. The group made their first performance at the Hello Pro Kenshuusei Happyoukai 2015 ~Haru no Koukai Jitsuryoku Shindan Test~ on May 4. Tsubaki Factory released their major debut single on February 22, 2017. On November 16 that same year, Tsubaki Factory were also announced to have won a Newcomer Award from the 59th Japan Record Awards. At the ceremony on December 30, they were presented their award and were later announced as the winners of the Best Newcomer Award out of three other artists. Tsubaki Factory is the sister group of Kobushi Factory and are considered successors to Berryz Koubou due to the involvement of Berryz leader Shimizu Saki in their naming and their similar naming convention to Berryz Koubou (Berryz workshop). Tsubaki Factory’s current lineup includes Yamagishi Riko (山岸理子), Ogata Risa (小片リサ), Niinuma Kisora (新沼希空), Tanimoto Ami (谷本安美), Kishimoto Yumeno (岸本ゆめの), Asakura Kiki (浅倉樹々), Ono Mizuho (小野瑞歩), Onoda Saori (小野田紗栞), and Akiyama Mao (秋山眞緒).
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