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=LOVE, 2021

=LOVE (イコールラブ Ikōrurabu), also known as Ikorabu (イコラブ) is an 11-member Japanese seiyuu idol group produced by Sashihara Rino. They are signed to Yoyogi Animation Academy and release their music under Sacra Music. They released their major first single =LOVE on September 6, 2017.

Members[]

Current[]

  • Otani Emiri
  • Oba Hana
  • Otoshima Risa
  • Saito Kiara
  • Saito Nagisa
  • Sasaki Maika
  • Takamatsu Hitomi (Center)
  • Takiwaki Shoko
  • Noguchi Iori
  • Morohashi Sana
  • Yamamoto Anna (Leader)

Former[]

  • Satake Nonno (Graduated March 6, 2021)

Sister Groups[]

  • ≠ME

History[]

2017[]

On January 28, Sashihara Rino held a press conference and announced that she would produce a seiyuu idol group and that member auditions would start. It was also announced that the group would sign with Yoyogi Animation Academy. The final examination of the audition was held on April 29 and 13 candidates passed. On the same day, it was announced that the group's name would be =LOVE (イコールラブ Ikōrurabu). 12 of the 13 candidates successfully signed contracts with the company.

On August 5, they held their first live concert in TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL 2017.

On September 6, their debut single =LOVE was released.

On September 25, their first regular show called "Ikorabu Dai Tokkun Chuu!" (イコラブ大特訓中!) started to run on live streaming service Showroom. Each episode aired once every two weeks and the MC was Shibata Hidetsugu.

On October 4, a second web show called "=LOVE no Kitto Kimi da" (=LOVEのきっと君だ) started on other streaming service "FRESH LIVE". It aired weekly and required a paid subscription to watch. It had an incognito MC that didn't appear on camera and was called Love-sama, but later it became know that he was Morita Satoru from manzai duo "Sparrows".

On October 7, their first regular weekly radio show called "Ikoraji "RADIO=LOVE" (イコラジ “RADIO=LOVE”) started on "Cho! A&G" internet radio.

On December 6, 2nd single Bokura no Seifuku Christmas was released.

2018[]

On February 15-18, =LOVE members performed in their first stage play "Kemono Friends". It was based on the multimedia franchise by the same name.

On March 24, =LOVE had a first overseas live in Taiwan in "Megaport Music Festival". On March 25, they also had their first solo live in Taiwan.

On June 16, 3rd single Teokure Caution was released.

On July 6th and July 7th they hold two lives in "Japan Expo 2018" in Paris.

On July 16-22, =LOVE members performed in the second stage play "Girl Friend BETA". Yet another adaptation of a famous multimedia franchise.

On August 2, it was announced that Sasaki Maika will take a break from group activities and won't participate in the promotions of 4th single.

On August 3-5, they performed on all 3 days of TOKYO IDOL FESTIVAL 2018.

On September 6, they held a Debut 1st Anniversary Premium Event in Zepp Diver City Tokyo where they performed their 4th single for the first time.

On October 17, 4th single Want you! Want you! was released.

On November 12, audition for =LOVE's sister group was announced.

On December 9, Sasaki Maika returned to group activities from her 4 month hiatus.

On December 23, they hold a christmas live at Galaxy Theater.

2019[]

On February 16, they hold their first concert at Hitomi Memorial Hall "Hajimemashite, =LOVE desu". it was announced that their fifth single will be released on April 24 and that they would make their first tour "Ima, Kono Fune ni nore!"

On February 24, they hold a live at Galaxy Theater and they introduced they first sister group ≠ME.

On April 5, =LOVE had a "SUPER SUNSHINE" special stage in "C3 in Shanghai 2019" event in Shangai.

On April 6, a new weekly TV show called "Mezase! Programming Star ~Purosta★Kids Daishuugo~" where =LOVE and ≠ME members were regulars has started.

On April 11, 13 and 19 they hold their first tour "Ima, Kono Fune ni nore !" in Nagoya, Osaka and Tokyo.

On April 24, they released their fifth single Sagase Diamond Lily.

On August 5, they hold a live at Tokyo Idol Festival.

On August 17, they hold a live with their sister group ≠ME named "24 girls" in which they announced their 6th single will be released on October 30 and that ≠ME would get an original coupling song in it.

On October 30, they released their 6th single Zurui yo Zurui ne.

On December 25 they started their Winter tour in Sendai. Other tour dates: 2019.12.27 - Fukuoka, 2020.01.10 - Nagoya, 2020.01.12 - Osaka, 2020.01.17 - Tokyo.

2020[]

On March 8 they planned to start their new tour titled "=LOVE Kanto Tour - 〜We are "Sweetie pie"〜♡" (tour dates: 3.8 - Tochigi, 3.29 - Ibaraki, 5.3 - Gunma, 6.20 - Tokyo), but it was cancelled due to the Coronavirus issue.

On April 17th, the group appeared on the variety show "Idol no Chikara" (The Power of Idols). On April 29, they planned to release 7th single. However due to the Coronavirus issue, the group had to postpone it.

On June 27, they had their first live streaming concert without audience called "Tsugi ni Aeta Toki Nani wo Hanasou Ka na".

On July 8, they released their 7th single CAMEO .

On September 2, =LOVE released two of their concerts on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time: First Concert "Hajimemashite, =LOVE desu" (19.02.16) and "=LOVE 2nd Anniversary concert " (19.09.12).

On September 6, they had =LOVE's "3rd ANNIVERSARY PREMIUM CONCERT " in Pacifico Yokohama. Takamatsu Hitomi returned after her hiatus. At the concert, they announced their 8th single and performed Shukipi.

On September 13, =LOVE's first TV variety show called "Kimi wa LOVE wo Aiseru ka!" (キミは=LOVE を愛せるか!) started to air on Fuji TV TWOsmart. MC was a comedy duo Sissonne. From the very beginning it was known that it will run only for 3 months.

On October 2nd, they performed at the Tokyo Idol Festival 2020. ≠ME performed as well, although separately. On October 24, they will hold a concert with their sister group ≠ME named "24 girls 2020". The concert took place in Pia Arena MM, which was their biggest venue to date (capacity of 10,000). On October 24th, the title of the 8th single was revealed to be Seishun "Subliminal". A music video was also posted on YouTube the same day. On the same day, they also performed a concert together with ≠ME, called "=LOVE ≠ME Special Concert 24girls 2020," at Pia Arena MM.

On November 22nd, the official blog announced that Kimi wa =LOVE wo Aiseru ka! would receive more episodes starting from 19th of December. On November 25th, Seishun "Subliminal" was released and reached the Oricon #1 spot. On November 27th, the first concert of their winter tour, =LOVE Winter Tour You all are "My ideal", was held in Tokyo Dome City Hall. It was also announced that an additional date for the Nippon Budoukan was added for the end of the tour. The Nippon Budoukan broke their previous record for biggest venue, with a capacity of 14,000.

On December 12th, they were the headlining artist at AYAKARNIVAL 2020.

2021[]

On January 16th, it was announced that Otani Emiri would release her first photobook, Suki na Hito (好きな人). On January 17th, it was announced that =LOVE would release their first album in spring 2021.

On March 3rd, the title and incomplete setlist of their 1st album, Zenbu, Naisho. was released. It would feature all the previous singles, an overture and 8 new songs (two versions both with the same 6 songs and then one exclusive song per edition). On March 6th, the group's first graduation concert, =LOVE Satake Nonno Graduation Concert ~Kimi no Iru Sekai, was held.

On April 19th, it was announced that the group would hold a tour from May to July of the same year, called =LOVE Zenkoku Tour "Zenbu, Naisho.". It was announced that the final concert would be held at Yokohama Arena, once again breaking the record for their biggest venue (17,000). On the same day, the first episode of their joint variety show with ≠ME aired, called IkoNoi, Dou desu ka?.

Discography[]

Singles[]

  1. [2017.09.06] =LOVE
  2. [2017.12.06] Bokura no Seifuku Christmas (僕らの制服クリスマス)
  3. [2018.05.16] Teokure Caution (手遅れcaution)
  4. [2018.10.17] Want you! Want you!
  5. [2019.04.24] Sagase Diamond Lily (探せ ダイヤモンドリリー)
  6. [2019.10.30] Zurui yo Zurui ne (ズルいよ ズルいね)
  7. [2020.07.08] CAMEO
  8. [2020.11.25] Seishun "Subliminal" (青春“サブリミナル”)
  9. [2021.08.25] Weekend Citron (ウィークエンドシトロン)

Albums[]

  1. [2021.05.12] Zenbu, Naisho. (全部、内緒。)

Other songs[]

  • Tsugi ni Aeta Toki Nani wo Hanasou kana -with ≠ME-

Concerts[]

# Members Date
1 Tokyo Idol Festival 2017(東京アイドルフェスティバル2017) 2017.08.04–2017.08.06
2 =LOVE × Kitto Kimi da! presents =LOVE Special Live in Taiwan=LOVE×#きっと君だ!presents =LOVEスペシャルライブ in 台湾 2018.03.25
3 Japan Expo 2018 2018.07.06-2018.07.07
4 Tokyo Idol Festival 2018(東京アイドルフェスティバル2018) 2018.08.03–2019.08.05
5 =LOVE Debut 1st Anniversary Premium Event(=LOVE デビュー1周年記念プレミアムイベント) 2018.09.06
6 =LOVE Christmas Perfomance(=LOVE クリスマス公演) 2018.12.23
7 =LOVE First Concert "Hajimemashite, =LOVE desu"(=LOVE 1stコンサート「初めまして、=LOVEです。」) 2019.02.16
8 =LOVE Tennouzu Galaxy Theater Performance(=LOVE 天王洲 銀河劇場公演) 2019.02.24
9 =LOVE 1st Tour "Ima, Kono ni Nore!"(=LOVEファーストツアー 「今、この船に乗れ!」) 2019.04.11–2019.04.19
10 KYORAKU Presents SUPER SUNSHINE in Shanghai =LOVE Special stage 2019.05.04
11 Tokyo Idol Festival 2019(東京アイドルフェスティバル2019) 2019.08.02–2019.08.04
12 =LOVE ≠ME Special Concert "24girls"

(=LOVE ≠ME スペシャルコンサート『24 girls』)

2019.08.17
13 =LOVE 2nd Anniversary Concert(=LOVE 2周年記念コンサート) 2019.09.12
14 =LOVE National Winter Tour "866"(=LOVE 冬の全国ツアー「866」) 2019.12.25–2020.01.17
15 =LOVE No Audience LIVE "Tsugi ni Aeta Toki Nani wo Hanasou ka?"(=LOVE 無観客LIVE 『次に会えた時 何を話そうかな』)(Online Concert) 2020.06.27
16 =LOVE 3rd ANNIVERSARY PREMIUM CONCERT 2020.09.06
17 Tokyo Idol Festival 2020(東京アイドルフェスティバル2020) 2020.10.02–2020.10.04
18 =LOVE ≠ME Special Concert 24girls 2020 2020.10.24
19 =LOVE Winter Tour You all are "My ideal" 2020.11.27–2021.01.17
20 AYAKARNIVAL 2020 2020.12.12
21 =LOVE Satake Nonno Graduation Concert ~Kimi no Iru Sekai~(=LOVE 佐竹のん乃卒業コンサート 〜君のいる世界〜) 2021.03.06
22 =LOVE Zenkoku Tour "Zenbu, Naisho."(=LOVE全国ツアー「全部、内緒。」) 2021.05.08 - 2021.07.07
23 Tokyo Idol Festival 2021(東京アイドルフェスティバル2021) 2021.10.01-2021.10.03

TV Shows[]

  • Kimi wa =LOVE wo Aiseru ka! (キミは=LOVEを愛せるか!) (2020)
  • IkoNoi, Dou desu ka? (イコノイ、どーですか?) (2021) (with ≠ME)

Official Social Media[]

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