Profile of NiziU members from name to special skills! Songs from their debut to the present⁉

| Published on Sep 20, 2022| 15 Minutes Reading
The article will provide a profile of the NiziU members, as well as a summary of their singles and albums since their debut. The band name NiziU is named after "Nizi" and "U", meaning the birth of the Nizi Project. The "U" represents the band members and "you," the fans who support them.

NiziU is a nine-member girl idol group born out of the Nizi Project, a joint audition program between Japanese record company Sony Music and Korean giant JYP Entertainment. This article will provide a comprehensive profile of the NiziU members as well as their singles and albums since their debut.

NiziU, a girl group selected from 10,000 people

NiziU is a nine-member girl idol group born out of the Nizi Project, a joint audition program between Japanese record company Sony Music and Korean major JYP Entertainment.

JYP Entertainment is one of Korea's leading integrated entertainment companies and has produced many popular groups including TWICE.

The Rainbow Project audition, held with the aim of discovering and nurturing girl groups that can perform on the world stage, attracted more than 10,000 applicants.

The band's name, NiziU, is named after "Nizi" and "U," meaning the birth of the Nizi Project.

The "U" represents the band members and "you," the fans who support them.

The "U" is also an acronym for "you are needed," and the band's philosophy is clear: the girls need their fans as much as they need their fans.

The Girls are scheduled to make their major label debut on December 2, 2020, but prior to that, they hastily released a four-song distribution mini-album, "MakeYouHappy," on June 30.

At the same time, the music video for the title track "Make you happy" was posted on YouTube, and in less than a week, it received over 40 million views.

It is clear that even before their debut, the girls were attracting worldwide attention.

NiziU members with unique profiles.

NiziU holds full-scale auditions in eight cities in Japan, global auditions in 10 locations including Hawaii and Los Angeles, and a training camp in Korea.

Here are the nine members who made it through the auditions and successfully debuted as NiziU.

MAKO

Real name

Mako Yamaguchi

Date of birth

April 4, 2001

Place of birth

Fukuoka Prefecture

Blood type

Type A

Hobbies

Studying languages, watching TV dramas, keeping a diary

Special skills

Big appetite, eating lemon without expression

Member Color

Orange (PANTONE 1645C)

The oldest member of NiziU, Mako is the leader of the group.

She became a trainee of JYP after placing third in the JYP 13th open audition held in February 2017.

Also as a side note, when the topic of a Japanese version of TWICE came up in 2018, JYP fans started a rumor that Mako, who was a trainee at the time, would be a member of the Japanese version of TWICE. The rumor was so spot on that the fans wondered if they had foresight.

After about two years and seven months of training as a JYP trainee, he joined "Project Bottom. At a training camp in Tokyo, she won first place in dance and vocals, as well as the overall score.

In addition, at the training camp in Korea, she perfected her dance and vocals and won first place in both ability and personality, and was selected to debut in the final ranking of "ProjectNizi".

RIKU (Riku)

Real name

Riku Oe

Date of Birth

October 26, 2002

Birthplace

Kyoto, Japan

Blood Type

AB type

Hobbies

Watching Moppan

Special skills

Karate, remembering people's birthdays

Member Color

Yellow (PANTONE 2003C)


Many NiziU members have experience in singing and dancing, but Riku does not have much.

In dance, he makes good use of his karate-trained torso, but when it comes to singing, he asserts, "I have never sung properly.

In the final ranking, however, Nizi Project came in a respectable second place behind Mako.

She also sang on the chorus of the digital mini-album "Make you happy" before her debut.

Rik is very popular in Japan, but his charming bijou and lively character are also popular in Korea.

With his bright and energetic personality, Riku is a mood maker of NiziU.

== Riku

RIMA

Real name

Rima Nakabayashi

Date of birth

March 26, 2004

Place of birth

Tokyo, Japan

Blood type

Type O

Hobbies

Skin care, make-up, managing my schedule, games

Special Skills

Big and fast noodle eating, lettering

Member Color

Red (PANTONE 200C)

Lima revealed that her father is hip-hop MC and rapper Zibra and her mother is model Miwa Nakabayashi.

With her father's rap sense and her mother's looks, Lima humbly tells Project Niji that she does not think she is great just because her parents are famous and wants to accomplish everything on her own.

Rima, who has attended international school since the age of two, says she is better at writing and speaking English than Japanese.

She also took Korean language classes for seven months when she came to Korea, which enabled her to understand and answer questions.

She works hard at learning English and Korean as well as singing and dancing, which shows her serious nature.

RIO

Real name

Rio Hanabashi

Date of Birth

February 4, 2002

Birthplace

Aichi Prefecture

Blood Type

Type B

Hobbies

Fashion, food

Special skills

Free Dance, Eating eggs quickly

Member Color

Light blue (PANTONE 297C)


Rio started dancing when he was in the second grade of elementary school and attended EXPG (dance school run by LDH, to which EXILE and others belong) studio in Nagoya, Japan, where he was a member of Bannies.

==Bannies

His dance skills are high, and the creative dance he performed in the regional qualifying round of Niji Project attracted J.Y. Park.

In fact, the creative dance she performed was not prepared in advance, but was completely realistic. The experience and ability to dance in Rio may have been enough to make it possible.

At the training camp in Tokyo, Rio must have felt frustrated at not being praised for her signature dance, but she honestly listened to J.Y. With Park and the flexibility to understand and accept the essence of dance, she further developed herself, received more and more accolades, and now has established herself as a talented dancer in NiziU He has established himself as one of NiziU's most talented dancers. She is currently one of NiziU's most talented dancers.

Rio is the most talkative dancer in NiziU, with so much to talk about that you can hardly find the time to catch up. She is the best talker and listener in the group, and her fun personality keeps the group going.

She is also the youngest in the family, and her family considers her the youngest. However, while she has the cuteness of a younger child, she also has the dependability to take care of the group members as the older sister Nijiu.

MAYA

Real name

Maya Katsumura

Date of Birth

April 8, 2002

Birthplace

Ishikawa Prefecture

Blood type

Type O

Hobbies

Painting, skin care, collecting

Special skills

Cooking

Member Color

Purple (PANTONE 2084C)


Maya is a former trainee of YGJ, the Japanese division of YG Entertainment, a major Korean entertainment company that includes BIGBANG and BLACKPINK.

Hailing from Ishikawa Prefecture, Maya won the Hokuriku dance contest "Starts" when she was in junior high school and participated in the national competition.

She also won second place in the "Runup. Dance Contest" in Hokuriku and participated in the national competition.

Before becoming a trainee of YGJ, she was a member of a local girl group "Tiny Tony".

At first glance, Maya appears to be demure, but once she starts acting, she instantly radiates sex appeal.

MIIHI (Miihi)

Real name

MIIHI SUZUNO

Date of Birth

August 12, 2004

Birthplace

Kyoto, Japan

Blood Type

Type O

Hobbies

Eating a lot of delicious food

Special ability

Special ability to sleep anywhere

Member Color

Pink (PANTONE 203C)


Mihi is a JYP intern who was spotted before TWICE's concert in Kobe in January 2018.

Mihi was spotted at a nearby train station before the concert, and it is said that she auditioned for JYP in Osaka shortly thereafter and became a JYP trainee.

She must have a strong singing background, as she has been taking voice training and lessons at Tinkerbell, a music school in Kyoto, since she was in elementary school.

Biichi has a strong, fluffy voice, but in reality he is competitive and focused.

When appointed leader in the team judging, he cries under pressure and loses a lot of weight, showing his sensitive side.

In October 2020, before her debut, she took a leave of absence due to health problems, but she announced her return on December 20 of the same year, which must have been a relief to her fans.

We hope she will continue to be active and healthy.

MAYUKA

Real name

Mayuka Ogou

Date of Birth

November 13, 2003

Birthplace

Kyoto, Japan

Blood Type

Type A

Hobbies

Watching movies

Special ability

Piano

Member Color

Light green (PANTONE 2239C)


At the beginning of the nizi project, Mayuka was not very prominent. At the Tokyo training camp, she was ranked 21st in dance and 24th in vocals out of 26, and some questioned whether she would be able to participate in the training camp in Korea.

However, at the live performance after the training camp in Tokyo, they gave a terrific performance with the song "DALLA DALLA. Their dancing, singing, and star power surpassed the previous reputation, and they were chosen as contestants for the long-awaited Korean training camp.

Despite the difficult situation in which their fellow contestants were praised, they smiled as if they were being praised themselves. Because of such a humble attitude and good personality, he received the highest score in the personality assessment by the director and staff at the time of the acceptance announcement. Once Mayuka was eliminated from the regional qualifying rounds and her training camp in Tokyo was in jeopardy, but her miraculous transformation is described as a Cinderella story, as she performed numerous miracles at Niji Project and made her debut.

Mayuka may have an image of being a quiet person, but she is surprisingly savvy and is NiziU's go-to person for tongue-in-cheek comments in her Kansai dialect!

AYAKA

Real name

Ayaka Arai

Date of birth

June 20, 2003

Birthplace

Tokyo, Japan

Blood Type

Type A

Hobbies

Eating delicious food, watching Moppan

Special ability

Breaststroke, sleeping anywhere

Member Color

PANTONE WHITE


Ayaka lacks the singing and dancing skills of the other members, but she is considered the number one star of the group.

As Puck said when he saw Ayaka at Regionals. "She reminded me of MissA's Suzy when I first met her," and her visual resemblance to Suzy is overwhelming.

Ayaka's star-making job was to assess the star quality of ProjectNizi, #1.

Ayaka, who appeared in tennis attire, has been playing tennis for about three years.

Her ability is such that she has won small tournaments, and she used her special skills to perform "a slightly different course of tennis," which strangely attracted the audience.

NINA

Real name

Hillman Nina

Date of Birth

February 27, 2005

Birthplace

Washington, U.S.A.

Blood Type

Type O

Hobbies

Listening to music, sports

Special Skills

Mouth tricks, pampering

Member Color

Blue (PANTONE 293C)


Nina, the youngest member of NiziU, is half American and half Japanese.

She lived in the U.S. as a child and worked as a child actress; she moved to Japan at the age of 12, and in the two years leading up to the NiziU project, she learned to speak Japanese well.

After qualifying for the NiziU project, she showed her outstanding singing ability, captivating the audience with her smooth voice and high range. 14-year-old J.J. Park said, "You're a star now. Nina has a strong reputation for her vocals.

Although Nina is well known for her vocals, her dancing was harshly criticized. Despite her talent, she lacked confidence in her dancing. However, she did not give up and grew every time she appeared on stage. "ICY," which she performed at the Korean training camp, received high praise for her longed-for dance.

With their dance performance, high notes, and singing ability that is unmatched among the group, they are now the voice of NiziU.

As the youngest in the group, she has a pampered and friendly personality. She often spoils the members and loves to cuddle.

NiziU's Songs from Debut to Now

The mini-album "Make you happy" was released on June 30 and ranked No. 1 on the weekly digital album ranking.

In addition, the title track "Make you happy" ranked No. 1 on the weekly digital singles ranking and the weekly streaming ranking for the first time, becoming the first artist to simultaneously rank No. 1 in three categories on the weekly digital ranking.

From "Make you happy," which set a major record even before its debut, to its latest song, here is a look at the newest song.

NiziU EP "Make you happy

Make you happy" is the title track of the mini-album.

Like the title track, it is a song that shows off NiziU's charm to the fullest.

The lyrics are in Japanese, but many of the phrases and melodies are pronounced as if in English.

As the name suggests, the song is written to be popular around the world as "an idol band that can perform on the world stage.

The songs also feature cute sound effects and choruses interspersed throughout the songs.

There is also a rap part in the interlude, and the cool side that they show in their cute performance is also attractive.

The music video shows that the dancers are not only top-notch singers but also dancers.

In the music video, you can see the cute fashions and personalities of the contestants.

Baby I'm a star"
Starting with a distinctive guitar riff, this song gives a cooler impression than "Make you happy.

It is a mid-tempo song with a few rap-like phrases and a nice galloping feel in the chorus.

The lyrics depict the girls chasing after their dreams, and the song seems to be about the grueling audition process they went through to get started in the society.

Boom Boom Boom."


Unlike the previous two songs, this song has an EDM feel to it.

The chorus is all in English, and the song seems destined to spread across borders.

It will probably be popular as a live song at their upcoming shows.

Over the Rainbow."

This song, which closes the album, has many different elements.

It begins with a rap-style A track, followed by a Japanese anime-style B track.

The open chorus impresses with its cool beauty, and there seems to be a strength in its cuteness.

The lyrics, like "Baby I'm a star," seem to describe the girls' vision for the future.

NiziU's 1st single "Step and a step

The title track "Step and a step," written by J.Y.Park, the producer in charge of Nizi Project, talks about the importance of walking at your own pace. The message, "Let's walk slowly, one step at a time," seems to contain a cheerful sentiment that makes listeners feel positive, while replaying the stories the girls told and the thoughts they held in their hearts. The album also includes four other positive songs: the pop-sweet upbeat "Joyful," the bouncy beat of "Sweet Bomb!" and "Make you happy," which is also the title track of the pre-release digital mini-album.

Despite being a debut single, this album already has a "new charm" to it. Whether you have been supporting NiziU for a long time or you are new to NiziU with this album, this album will make you fall in love with NiziU even more.

NiziU's 2nd single "Take a picture / Poppin' Shakin'

NiziU's first new single of 2021 is a sweet and catchy double A-side single. Pop, fresh, and vibrant, "Take a picture" was written and arranged by producer J.Y. Park, and was the talk of the town even before its release. The shutter sound of Park's chorus seems to fully express the idea of "cherish every moment and burn it as a memory. The chorus of "One," "Two," and "Three" and the "number dance," in which numbers are expressed with the body, add to the atmosphere of the song, and the memories left in the pictures become eternal with the words "Remember me forever.

On the other hand, "Poppin' Shakin'" is a happy tune with the lyrics, "Let me get carried away, this way, we need U! It is a fun song and keeps you hooked. Dive into the world of NiziU with "It's time to GO!" and let your smile burst with even more skillful singing and dancing.

NiziU's 1st album "U

After causing a stir with their overloaded song "Make you happy," which symbolizes the year 2020, the girls have finally released their long-awaited first album. From their official major label debut "Step and a step" to "Take a picture", "Poppin'Shakin", "Super Summer", and even big hits like "FESTA" and "Twilight". Also included are the well-known songs "FESTA" and "Twinkle Twinkle", which are great tie-ins to the album and show the appeal and anticipation of this album.

NiziU Digital Single "ASOBO"

The first release for girls in 2022, "ASOBO" is a single with the message "If you have a "playful" spirit, you can change your everyday life. With a playful spirit, any everyday life can be fun. " The song carries the message that "with a playful spirit, everyday life can be changed. The song is a dance-pop number, something NiziU has never done before, incorporating elements of house music and Motown sounds. Expectations are high for what kind of dance moves will be performed in "ASOBO.

How can I download videos about NiziU?

Information released by NiziU can be found on NiziU's official website <https://niziu.com>. Here you can enjoy news, music videos, albums, and merchandise sales about NiziU. In particular, here you can watch the music videos in 4K quality as much as you want. Also, information about NiziU's appearances on NHK, TBS, Fuji TV, TV Asahi, HTB, etc. has been posted, so check here to make sure you don't miss anything.

But what if you miss a program directed by NiziU? Generally, each TV station's streaming service has a period of time when videos are available for viewing, so you can watch the missed shows on these services.

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