Momoiro Clover Z Idols Sing for & Dress as Pokémon
The five girls of the idol group Momoiro Clover Z announced during their Children's Day event on Saturday that their "Mitemite Kocchicchi" (Look, Look Over Here) song will be the ending theme for "Meloetta no Kirakira Recital" (Meloetta's Sparkling Recital). "Meloetta no Kirakira Recital" will be the first 2D short paired with a Pokémon feature in nine years. The short will precede the July 14 Pokémon film Gekijōban Pocket Monster Best Wishes! Kyurem Vs Seikenshi Keldeo.
Momoiro Clover Z performed the song for the first time in public at the "Momoiro Clover no Kodomo Matsuri da yo! Zenin Shūgō" event on Saturday. Before an enthusiastic crowd at the Culture Hall at Saitama's Toda City, the idols dressed in Pokémon-themed costumes: Kanako Momota as Charmander, Shiori Tamai as Pikachu, Ayaka Sasaki as Jigglypuff, Momoka Ariyasu as Bulbasaur, and Reni Takagi as Croagunk.
The idol group was known as Momoiro Clover until 2011. After sub-leader Akari Hayami left the group in last April, the group reformed under the name Momoiro Clover Z.
Their first album Battle and Romance topped Oricon charts last year at #3. The group went on to perform the opening and ending theme to last fall's Bodacious Space Pirate's opening and ending themes. Evangelion character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto designed the group's pirate costumes for the science-fiction series' theme performances.
Kodansha's Monthly Shonen Rival manga anthology launched a wrestling manga based on the idol group in February.
Their kigurumis are so cute! I want the Jigglypuff one!