Backup dancers have a long history with BABYMETAL, going all the way back to their first solo shows, and still being used to this day. Read all about their history and members below.

2012-2014 – SISTERBONES

They appeared in older “big shows”, especially for Black BABYMETAL songs, as the “SISTERBONES”.

Their first show was LEGEND D where they backed Head Banger (night of 15 mix). Then they appeared in LEGEND 1999, where they backed Yui and Moa in their solo songs. In LEGEND 1997 they backed Yui and Moa during Onedari Daisakusen and played a big part during Head Banger (Night of 15 mix) and BABYMETAL DEATH. Their last shows were at Budokan, where they backed Yui and Moa for Onedari Daisakusen and Song 4 again.

2018 – Muscle Metal’s, The Chosen Seven, & SAYAMETAL

After that they didn’t have any backing dancers again until 2018, after Yui stopped appearing at shows. But these were different, as they no longer wore completely different outfits to the main members, but just slightly different outfits, and appeared throughout the entire show.

At least 1 backup dancer appeared at every show in 2018. For the US and EU tour’s there were 2 (Minami and Minako), nicknamed by some fans as the “Muscle Metals”, making a lineup of 4 with Su and Moa. Then, for the Japan tour, there were 5 (whole list below) making “The Chosen Seven”. Finally, for the last 4 shows of the year, Saya, nicknamed “SAYAMETAL by fans”, was the only backup dancer and basically filled in Yui’s position in the original 3 member lineup.

NameFirst ShowLast showNumber of showsSocial media
Minami Tsukui2018/5/82018/10/3119TwitterInstagramBlog
Minako Maruyama2018/5/82018/10/3119TwitterBlog
Shoko Akiyama2018/10/232018/10/315Instagram
Saya Hirai*2018/10/232018/12/99TwitterInstagram
Kotono Oomori**2018/10/232018/10/315TwitterInstagram

*Joined Torahime Ichiza in March 2019. She then stopped posting on her own social media (she appears on the Torahime social media and blogs)
**Joined IRONBUNNY in April 2019. She also deleted her social media.

2019-Present – The Avengers

At the start of the first show of the year (BABYMETAL AWAKENS – The Sun Also Rises) at Yokohama Arena, the kamishibai at the show announced that there will be a 3rd member supporting Su and Moa in the shows:

And to support SU-METAL and MOAMETAL

Three brave avengers were summoned by the FOX GOD.

Today, one out of these three CHOSEN DANCERS will be selected

But who will be summoned is something only the FOX GOD knows.

The first to appear, Riho Sayashi, is best known for being a Morning Musume member. Meanwhile the 2nd to appear, Kano Fujihira, is the Sakura Gakuin president for the 2019-2020 nendo, she has so far only performed in Japan. Finally, Momoko Okazaki appeared in Taiwan and became the 3rd Avenger, she is an ex-Sakura Gakuin member.

At LEGEND – METAL GALAXY (January 2020), all 3 members appeared on stage for both nights, performing together and rotating for different songs.

NameFirst ShowLast show (so far)Number of showsSocial media
Riho Sayashi2019/6/282019/11/2127
Kano Fujihira2019/6/292019/12/275Sakura Gakuin
Momoko Okazaki2019/8/42019/12/2829

Last updated mid-March 2020 (after European tour)