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Jun 30 2018

i☆Ris – Interview (2018)

i☆Ris
Interview by DJ Greg Hignight (Tune in Tokyo)
June 30, 2018

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i☆Ris is best known for starring in the popular franchise PriPara. The five-member idol unit’s ambitious undertaking as idols has encompassed voice acting in both anime and gaming as well as live music performances. Their cheery stage presence and contagious enthusiasm will be on full display as they make their U.S. debut at Anime Expo 2018.

i☆Ris has been together as a group for six years. How has this made you stronger as performers?

Yuuki Wakai: I think we’ve grown so much! At first, everyone was inexperienced in dancing, but now I’m able to express myself better in dancing. Since i☆Ris sings in many different genres such as cute songs, cool songs, and ballads, all of us in the group have expanded our range of singing skills.

You have a close relationship with PriPara as stars of the franchise. How do you feel your character performances have changed over the years?

Yuu Serizawa: Ever since we got involved with PriPara, people from Japan and overseas started watching us! Thanks to that, I think that everyone gained confidence as an idol and voice actor, and I think that made our performance higher in quality!

Do you feel your personalities are similar or different compared to your PriPara anime characters?

Saki Yamakita: I initially thought Shion was the complete opposite of me, but as I continued to perform the role, I realized how much we actually resemble each other. I think we’re exactly the same!

VIDEO: i☆Ris – Bright Fantasy (PriPara)

What is the difference in how you prepare for your performances for the PriPara game and anime, compared to your work as idols in i☆Ris?

Miyu Kubota: I try to switch off my personal emotions, and see things completely from Sophie’s point of view. I think that it’s best to create the character’s own habits, her own way of singing, and her overall vibe.

Your final song for Idol Time PriPara was released earlier this year. What are you most proud of after completing the third series?

Himika Akaneya: The PriPara series was able come this far because of the support of so many people! Everyone who supported us, thank you very much! Other than that… our stage performance made me really proud. We challenged ourselves with sword fights and complicated moves in our first live performance! Usually I’m not satisfied with myself, but I was able to honestly praise myself, saying “You did it!”

VIDEO: i☆Ris – Changing Point (Magical Girl Site)

Your new release “Changing Point” — the theme for the anime series Magical Girl Site — represents a dramatic turn for your image. How would you describe this new version of i☆Ris?

Azuki Shibuya: I thought that we could change the image of “i☆Ris = PriPara” by making the costumes mainly black, but carry a strong feeling and make it a gothic style. Please look out for the cool expressions I can make because of the new i☆Ris.

i☆Ris performs at Anisong World Matsuri’s “Japan Kawaii Live” concert on July 7, 2018 at Anime Expo.
http://www.anime-expo.org/anisong-world-matsuri

i☆Ris website: http://iris.dive2ent.com
i☆Ris Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iris.dive2.official
i☆Ris Twitter: https://twitter.com/iris_official_