Perfume is a Japanese techno-pop trio girl group with members Yuka Kashino (a.k.a. KASHIYUKA), Ayaka Nishiwaki (a.k.a. a~chan), and Ayano Omoto (a.k.a. NOCCHi). The group has been active since early 2000 and is known within JoJo's Bizarre Adventure for one of their songs being the namesake of Chocolate Disco, the first Stand in the series to be named after a Japanese language song.
The group was formed in 2000 by Nishiwaki, Kashino, and former member Yuka Kawashima (河島 佑香 Kawashima Yuka) in the youth talent academy Actor's School in Hiroshima. Because the three of them had the kanji for "fragrance" (香 ka / kaori) in their names, they decided to name themselves after "perfume" (香水 kōsui). Although Kawashima left the group and was replaced by Omoto before they released any music, they kept the name "Perfume".
Yuka Kashino (樫野 有香 Kashino Yuka) is known by her stage name KASHIYUKA.
Out of all of Perfume, KASHIYUKA is the biggest fan of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Her favorite part is currently Vento Aureo and her favorite character is Giorno Giovanna; she also likes Bruno Bucciarati and Jotaro Kujo. When Perfume appeared on the TV show Music Fighter in April 2009, KASHIYUKA revealed that JoJo's Bizarre Adventure was something she was extremely interested in at the time. She said she initially disliked the series because of its "crude" art style but began reading it after a JoJo fan passionately recommended it to her. KASHIYUKA also revealed that JoJo was the manga series that she was recently addicted to in an interview with Perfume in the music magazine What's In from March 2009.
While on stage during the Perfume Second Tour in October 2009, KASHIYUKA talked about the appearance of Chocolate Disco in Steel Ball Run, saying that she was happy to hear that one of her songs made it into her favorite manga.
Perfume made a guest appearance on the show Happy Music hosted by TV personality, Becky, on April 16, 2010. During the show, Becky asked KASHIYUKA to show something that made her happy, to which she then held volumes of Steel Ball Run to the camera to discuss JoJo. She also presented photos revealing various figures in her room, including a copy of JOJO A-GO!GO!. KASHIYUKA also showed her bookshelf containing over a hundred volumes of JoJo lined up side by side. At the end of the show, Becky and the members of Perfume re-enacted the cover of The Victor's Rights.
On March 1, 2010, KASHIYUKA got invited to Araki's house for an interview. Details on the interview are lost as it was only posted on a since deleted "Members Only" blog. The blog also featured a JoJo style picture of the members of Perfume. In 2012, Kashino was also invited by Araki to the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure's 25th Anniversary commemorative party in Tokyo.
KASHIYUKA has incorporated JoJo poses into the group's choreography, notably in the cover art of the "Fushizen na Girl" (不自然なガール Fushizen na Gāru)/"Natural ni Koishite" (ナチュラルに恋して Nachuraru ni Koishite) double A-side single and in the "Natural ni Koishite" music video.
Ayaka Nishiwaki (西脇 綾香 Nishiwaki Ayaka) is known by her stage name a~chan.
Ayano Omoto (大本 彩乃 Ōmoto Ayano) is known by her stage name NOCCHi. She joined Perfume in 2001 after it was founded, replacing original member Yuka Kawashima. Prior to joining Perfume, she was a member of earlier idol groups Happy Baby (ハッピーベイビー Happī Beibī) and La Ayanota (ラ・アヤノータ Ra Ayanōta).
|Cover||Single Name||Artist||Use||Release Date|
|1||"Fan Service [sweet]"
||Perfume||Name of Chocolate Disco||February 14, 2007|
"Chocolate Disco" (チョコレイト・ディスコ Chokoreito Disuko) was included as one of the two tracks featured on "Fan Service [sweet]", Perfume's ninth single. It was released on February 14, 2007. The song "Chocolate Disco" was later included as the fifth track on Perfume's debut studio album GAME, released April 16, 2008. Following its release, GAME has been cited as one of the most successful techno-pop albums of all time, with many of the tracks being compared to French duo Daft Punk.
The song "Chocolate Disco" was used as the namesake for the Stand Chocolate Disco in Steel Ball Run, making it the first Stand in the series to be named after a song from a Japanese artist. People at the time speculated that the first Japanese Stand name would either be a song from Shoko Nakagawa or SOUL'd OUT, since both had close ties to Araki and were notable fans of the series. The inclusion of "Chocolate Disco" was very unexpected, as Araki is rarely known to listen to Japanese music.
Music producer Yasutaka Nakata, who wrote and composed "Chocolate Disco" for Perfume, said in an interview that his favorite manga was JoJo's Bizarre Adventure and that he was impressed to find out about the appearance of Chocolate Disco in the series. Nakata was very happy to have his song featured as a Stand and would advertise it as such whenever he played it at events.
The names of both D-I-S-C-O and the Stand Chocolate Disco were later changed in SBR Volume 17. The Stand's name was changed to Chokorēto Disuko (チョコレート・ディスコ), making it slightly different from the song's title in Japanese, while the user's name was changed from Disuko (ディスコ) to Di-Su-Ko (ディ・ス・コ).
- A popular fan comic depicting the members of Perfume with different Stands was created in June 2008. The comic showed Yuka Kashino with the Stand "Chocolate Disco." Interestingly, this was posted two months before Chocolate Disco's reveal in Steel Ball Run.
- "While I was out shopping I met a~chan from Perfume. What are the odds? Was it Fate? (maybe not...)" (SBR Chapter 81)
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