What You Need to Know:
- It has been announced that Nao Toyama and Kiyono Yasuno, two popular voice actresses, have officially formed a new special unit called “Pokapoka Ion.” They will be singing “Yajirushi,” the OP theme of the TV anime Slow Loop, which will air in January in Japan.
- Nao Toyama and Kiyono Yasuno are also both members of the tactical music unit Walküre from Macross Delta. After performing together on a TV show in 2017, they hit it off and unofficially formed a unit in the hopes of one day singing as a duo. Now, five years later, the unit is official, and they will be singing the OP theme of Slow Loop. Pokapoka Ion, which was formed under the concept of “soothing people’s hearts and delivering vitality ‘vitamins’ for tomorrow,” seeks to deliver comfortable pop tunes that warm people’s hearts (“pokapoka” in Japanese) and shower them with negative ions!
- An official website has been launched along with the announcement. On this website, you can see the latest photos of the artists wearing matching outfits, as well as a video of the two of them commenting on their long-awaited “official” formation. There is also a notice that says “December 19: Keep this date open!” The details of what will happen on this day have yet to be announced, so please keep an eye on it. Official Twitter and YouTube channels have also been set up, and a follow and retweet campaign will be held until 23:59 on December 5 (JST) to commemorate their formation. Ten lucky winners will be chosen by lottery to receive a New Year’s card autographed by Pokapoka Ion.
- The TV anime Slow Loop will be airing in January 2022 in Japan. Please look forward to the anime and the future activities of Pokapoka Ion!
- Pokapoka Ion (Nao & Kiyono) official website: https://www.pokapokaion.com/
- 2nd PV for Slow Loop released! Please see the official anime website: https://slowlooptv.com/
Pokapoka Ion (Nao & Kiyono)
Nao Toyama and Kiyono Yasuno are both members of the tactical music unit Walküre from Macross Delta. After performing together on a TV show in 2017, they hit it off and unofficially formed a unit in the hopes of one day singing as a duo. Pokapoka Ion, which was formed under the concept of “soothing people’s hearts and delivering vitality ‘vitamins’ for tomorrow,” seeks to deliver comfortable pop tunes that warm people’s hearts (“pokapoka” in Japanese) and shower them with negative ions!
Official website: https://www.pokapokaion.com/
Official Twitter: ＠pokapokaion
Official YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSkrbyd-WqOhJQoMPYL7P3A
Date of Birth: March 11
Place of Birth: Tokyo
Hobbies/Special Skills: Singing, dancing
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Nao Toyama debuted as a singer in 2017 and held her first solo concert at the Nippon Budokan in February 2018. In 2019, she completed her first Asian tour. In 2020, her 10th anniversary as a voice actress, she released the character song best album Special Thanks! In 2021, she released a mini-concept album titled Off on the theme of “rest and healing” and her 5th single “Samenai Maho.”
Official website: http://toyamanao.com
Official Twitter: @naobou_official
Official YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/naobou_channel
Official Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/naobou_official/?hl=ja
Official fan club “Niji no Waka”: https://fc.toyamanao.com/
Date of Birth: July 9
Place of Birth: Miyagi Prefecture
Hobbies/Special Skills: Saké, singing
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Kiyono Yasuno made her artist debut in 2017 signing “Chiisana Hitotsubu,” the ED theme of the anime Isekai Shokudo, under the FlyingDog label. She has released four singles and three mini-albums to date. In addition to regular tours, she also holds acoustic live performances and did a character song billboard tour to commemorate the 10th anniversary of her voice acting debut.
Official website: http://avex.jp/kiyono-yasuno/
Official Twitter: @Yaskiyo_manager
Official YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEQScK4V7gy34xEFGjNH6Hw
Official fan club “Yasuno Family”: https://global-fc.net/yasuno/
Source: Official Press Release