The idea behind Project 575 was to create a way of forming songs to share online.
The franchise is set in Kamakura , a city which was said to be the unofficial capital of Japan a long time ago. The plot behind the series is described as: A group of schoolgirls, bored of the daily routine, decide to perform songs in a haiku-esque format; and share them across the net (the concept itself being similar to the utaite and odorite fandoms).
The franchise consists of two main characters, Matcha and Azuki, and two side characters Koume and Yuzu.
The voicebanks of Azuki and Matcha were originally exclusive to video games released as part of the franchise, and were utilized in different features that needed VOCALOID's realtime synthesis.
Updated voicebanks of Azuki and Matcha were commercially released for the VOCALOID4 engine in July 2017, with no prior public announcement.
The side characters introduced in the series, Yuzu and Koume, do not have voicebanks, and no announcement has been made specifying a future release.
|Kobayashi Matcha (小林抹茶) is one of the main characters of Project 575. Matcha is described as being a bit of an introvert who is cool, calm and collected. She hides her emotions and is quite blunt; her words are sharp and hurtful. In her spare time, she likes making fanzines/doujinshis.|
Debut episode: 01 / Voiced by: Ayaka Oohashi / Main: Kobayashi Matcha
|Masaoka Azuki (正岡小豆) is one of the main characters of Project 575. Azuki is described as being cheerful and positive, unlike Matcha. She's very open towards her feelings, although she tends to act first and think later.|
Debut episode: 01 / Voiced by: Yuka Ootsubo / Main: Masaoka Azuki
|Yosano Yuzu (与謝野 柚子) is a side character featured in "Go! Go! 575!". Yuzu is said to be Azuki and Matcha's classmate, whose name and color scheme is based on citrus fruit. She is described as being the "big sister type" who is always smiling, kind and caring. She is also paranoid and often forgets to clean. In episode 3 it is shown that she is a fan of 'girls love' and often re-enacts such scenes with Matcha and Azuki in her head.|
Debut episode: 02 / Voiced by: Kotobuki Minako (Trivia: Seiyuu of Kotobuki Tsumugi from K-ON).
|Ono Koume (小野 小梅) is a side character featured in "Go! Go! 575!". Much like the other girls her name and color scheme is based on a type of food, in her case a kind of japanese apricot or plum.|
Debut episode: 05 / Voiced by: Yu Serizawa
うた詠み５７５ (575 Utayomi), translated as Song Reader 575, was an iOS app which was released on the 26th July, 2013 and holds the lite version of the VOCALOID software.
The game was classified as a word communication tool, allowing you to compose the lyrics for the different pre-established melodies available within the game in a haiku format. The game also included the option to interact with the characters in different events and had an augmented reality photography option, which included the possibility to change pose and the attire of the girls.
On July 18th, 2014 the app was taken off the iTunes store and support was terminated.
Uta Kumi 575Edit
Uta Kumi 575 (うた組み５７５), translated as Song Builder 575, is a game for the PS Vita that was released on the 23rd Jan, 2014. It is a rhythm game that allows users to input their own lyrics into the songs.
- Main article: Uta Kumi 575
Miracle Girls FestivalEdit
Miracle Girls Festival is a game for the PlayStation Vita that was released in Japan on December 17, 2015. It is a crossover rhythm game developed by SEGA. The game features characters and songs from the anime series, Go! Go! 575, and other Japanese anime series.
Matcha and Azuki are featured on two album releases.
A manga and novel was announced for Project 575. More info on the manga will come soon as it is unveiled.
The Go! Go! 575 page also features comics of the girls.
GO! GO! 575 is an anime released on January 9, 2014 for TOKIO MX and January 12 for tvk. The anime consists in a series of 3 minute animated shorts featuring both of the protagonists along with a new character to the series; Yosano Yuzu. On 10th March, 2014 an announcement was made that a 5th episode was being produced with another new character for the series; Ono Koume.
|Screencap||Title||Translated||Episode - Airdate|
|この街全部、抱きしめて。(Kono Machi Zenbu, Dakishimete.)||Embrace This Entire Town||Episode 01 - 9th, January, 2014|
|A restless Azuki decides she wants to be more "wild". After reading a poster with a haiku written on it Azuki wishes to sing with Matcha in haiku, which Matcha agrees to. They end the episode in a bath house after being soaked in the rain.|
|制服もまた、ずぶ濡れで。 (Seifuku mo Mata, Zubunure de.)||My Uniform Is Soaking, Just Like The Last Time.||Episode 02 - 17th Jan, 2014|
|As the girls try to get ideas for 5-7-5, Azuki decides they should go to a crepe shop, even though Matcha is scared to go past a particular pond she claims is full of evil spirits. After chasing down a cat both girls get wet and yet again end up in a bath house. Meanwhile, Yuzu seems to be keeping a watchful eye on the girls.|
|きゃっきゃうふふで、いただきます。(Kyakkyaufufude, Itadakimasu.)||Heh Heh Heh Hee Hee Hee Hee, Thank You For Sharing.||Episode 03 - 24th Jan, 2014|
|After days of watching the girls, Yuzu finally gathers up enough courage to ask to join to their 5-7-5 idea. However as she spends time with the girls, it's difficult for her avoid fantasizing about how "intimate" her classmates are. Yet again the episode ends in a bath house, which doesn't help Yuzu's imagination.|
|コトノハにのせ、つたえたい。(Kotonoha ni Nose, Tsutaetai.)||Through Words, I Want To Tell Everyone||Episode 04 - 31st Jan, 2014|
|While the girls were practicing on the roof of their school, Yuzu suggests that they put their dance up on the web. After uploading it Yuzu shows a song her friend wrote after seeing the two girls dance. Matcha and Azuki then perform the song and dance for the internet to view.|
|めいっぱいに、はじけてる？ (Me-ippai ni, Hajiketeru?)||Are You Living Life Fully, The Best That You Can?||Episode 05|
22st Oct, 2014 (DVD release)
|The group are eating some ice cream along the newest member of the crew, as they remember how awkwardly introduced herself offering her help with the 5-7-5 project. After that the girls go to a park near the coast to discuss what to do for their debut and spend the time, however Koume gets distracted and ends completely soaked. As usual, the girls end in the bath house, and Yuzu makes one of her "typical" suggestions, which Koume agrees much to the confusion of Azuki and Matcha.|
Vocaloid Producer involvementEdit
As part of the promotional campaign, it was revealed several people related with the Vocaloid stage participated in the project. Aside the participation of the illustrator and trance producer, Hiro Kanzaki, various producers participated, composing the songs included in the game.
|The image gallery for Project 575 may be viewed here.|