A9 (Alice Nine)


A9 (Alice Nine)

Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop Rock, Visual Kei
Members: Shou, Hiroto, Tora, Saga, Nao
Formed: 2004

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Alice Nine was finally collected in August 2004 at the initiative of drummer Nao (but the official leader is Tora), who had previously played in bands Fatima and Rush. To joined Shou Shou (ex-Givuss), Tora (ex-Givuss) , Saga (ex-Visage), Hiroto (ex-BAQUEPIA) that the former group of guys were pretty well known, the Alice Nine very quickly became popular.

In September 2004 the band signed a contract with PS Company. This became their starting point on the path to glory. Thanks to this contract, the band gave its first concert at Ikebukuro Cyber. Moreover, the guys immediately released the first single "Namae wa madanai" and then the next "Gion Shouja no Kane ga Naru"Together with the second single left and DVD contains a video clip.

The next step was the successful exit of the album "ALICE IN WONDEYALAND" and participated in the round "Peace & Smile Carnival" organized by PS Company, together with Kagrra, Kra, the GazettE and Miyavi.

In 2006, the song alice nine. "Akatsuki" and "Ikuoku no Chandelier" were used in the anime "Meine Leibe", and the album "Zekkeishoku" started in the Oricon charts with 13 positions and reached 4th place. In support of the album, the boys went on a tour called "Kacho Fugetsu Vol. 1". A DVD "NUMBER SIX", released in the same year, came in 10th place on the Oricon charts in the DVD section.

Their debut in the United States can be considered speech at JRock Revolution festival, which took place in 2007 in Los Angeles, California. August 6, 2008, they released the single "RAINBOWS", which reached the third line in the Oricon charts. After the release of Alice Nine. went on tour "Discotheque play like A Rainbows", in which 29 October was released on DVD "Discotheque play like« A »

December 10 new single, " 'Cross Game" was released, used as the ending theme of the fourth season of Yu-Gi-Oh !. In October 2009, Alice Nine have taken part in the biggest Visual Kei festival - V-ROCK FESTIVAL.
January 14, 2009, the band released a full length album "VANDALIZE", then conducted a tour of Japan in support of the album.

June 1, 2009 the name of the group with alicenine. (アリス九號.) Officially changed to Alice Nine, and in August, the band celebrated its fifth anniversary. Then went on sale single "華/ Hana". In 2010, it was released as a single Senkou (閃光) (25 August) and Stargazer: (November 10).

January 6, 2011, the first performance in Alice Nine Nippon Budokan. February 9th, the band released "GEMINI" album.

In August 2012, Alice nine announced that they were switching record labels to Universal Music's Nayutawave Records. The band stated on their Niconico web talk show "Alice9 Channel" that in order to make up for having only one release in 2012, they would release 3 new singles in 2013 three months in a row. They later went on to release "Daybreak" on March 20, 2013, "Shadowplay" on April 17 and "Shooting Star" on May 29.
On March 19, 2014, Alice Nine released their sixth studio album Supernova which contains the previously released singles "Daybreak," "Shadowplay," "Shooting Star," "Kaizen Zenya," "Exist," and "Shining," as well as six new songs.

On August 25, 2014, they parted ways with PS Company after ten years. On October 29, 2014 the [Resolution -Alice in Asia-] DVD containing selected performances from concerts in 2014 and a documentary detailing their travel experiences, behind-the-stage footage and interviews with the band members.

On March 1, 2015, the group announced that they will now be known as A9. They also announced the EP “Ginga no wo to”, which they hoped to finance through a crowdfunding program. The EP was released in August of 2015. Most of the crowdfunding went to the production of the EP's title track, "Spiegel". Following “Ginga no wo to”, the band released another EP entitled “Light and Darkness”. Those that preordered the EP received the track "ANIMUS," ahead of its release.

On August 28th, the band held a tour by the name of XII ANNIVERSARY 2004-2005 ONLY LIVE “NO NAME”, in which they performed songs from their early era. Their single "MEMENTO" was released on February 28, 2017 and their new album “Ideal” is set to be released on April 12, 2017 with the title track "Adam".

Shou (将) - Vocal

He also writes all lyrics for the band. Since 2012 he's been the leader of A9. In 2015, along with his band-mate Tora he formed DIAWOLF, in which he goes under the name of Ohara Show.

  • Real Name: Ohara Kazumasa (小原 一将)
  • Stage Names: SHO, Shou (将), Ohara Show
  • Birthday: July 5, 1981
  • Birthplace: Hokkaido, Japan
  • Blood Type: O
  • Height: 180cm
  • Weight: 61kg
  • Foot Size: 26cm
  • Pets: 3 cats
  • Hobby: Playing video-games, searching for old clothes/second hand clothes, drinking coffee
  • Perfume: BVLGARI black
  • Favorite Color: Blue (color of the sky), Wain Red, White
  • Favorite Music: LUNA SEA, KoЯn, Atari Teenage Riot, The Used, Muse
  • Favorite Artists: Any Warhol, Thom Yorke
  • Favorite Manga: Nana, 20th century Boy, Berserk
  • Favorite Karaoke: Shiina Ringo and BOØWY
  • Greatest Influence: TOSHI-LOW (BRAHMAN)
  • Bands:
    • lost age (2002)
    • GIVUSS (2003-2004)
    • Kijintan (2003-2004) (session band)
    • A9 (2004-)
    • DIAWOLF (2015-)


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Alice Nine Hiroto
Alice Nine Hiroto

Hiroto (ヒロト) - Guitar

In 2009, he and four other visual-kei artists formed a session band called Karasu. Together, they released two singles in 2010.

  • Real Name: Ogata Hiroto (緒方 寛人)
  • Stage Names: hiroto, Hiroto (ヒロト)
  • Birthday: May 4, 1985
  • Birthplace: Tama, Tokyo, Japan
  • Blood Type: O
  • Height: 168cm
  • Weight: 51kg
  • Foot Size: 26cm
  • Pets: 1 dog
  • Hobby: Visiting famous places in Japan and photographing them
  • Perfume: Burberry
  • Favorite Brand: Effect clothes, ADIDAS, Velvet Lounge, John Lawrence Sullivan
  • Favorite Color: White
  • Favorite Music: NINE INCH NAILS, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Clammbon, Electro, Hot Post-Rock music
  • Favorite Manga: DragonBall Z
  • Karaoke: KinKi Kids, hide
  • Influence: hide
  • Bands:
    • BAQUEPIA (2003-2004)
    • A9 (2004-)
    • Karasu (2009-2010) (side-project)


Tora (虎) - Guitar

In 2015, along with his band-mate Shou, he formed DIAWOLF, in which he goes under the name of Amano Tora.

  • Real Name: Amano Shinji (天野真志)
  • Stage Names: Amano Tora (天野虎), Makoto (真), Tora (虎)
  • Birthday: September 17, 1981
  • Birthplace: Kanagawa, Japan
  • Blood Type: O
  • Height: 182cm
  • Weight: 70kg
  • Foot Size: 27,5cm
  • Hobby: Skateboarding and reading BMX
  • Perfume: Burberry
  • Favorite Color: Black
  • Favorite Music: KoЯn, metal, screamo
  • Favorite Manga: Kyo Kara Ore Wa
  • Bands:
    • Karasu
    • Arachne (support)
    • GIVUSS (2003-2004)
    • A9 (2004-)
    • THE TOKYO HIGH BLACK (2010, 2011)
    • DIAWOLF (2015-)


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Alice Nine Tora
Alice Nine Saga

Saga (沙我) - Bass

The main composer of the band A9.

  • Real Name: Sakamoto Takashi (坂本貴志)
  • Stage Names: Saga (沙我; before joining A9 written as 鎖河), Tomorrow Joe (in THE TOKYO HIGH BLACK)
  • Birthday: June 24, 1982
  • Birthplace: Fukushima, Japan
  • Blood Type: AB
  • Height: 175cm
  • Weight: 55kg
  • Foot Size: 27cm
  • Hobby: Walking with his dog
  • Pets: 1 Dog
  • Perfume: DOLCE&GABBANA, BVLGARI black
  • Favorite Brand: NCYHAIT, abx, Lounge Lizard, Dior Homme, LAD MUSICIAN, PUERTA DEL SOL
  • Favorite Color: Red
  • Favorite Music: UNDERWORLD, downy, NUMBER GIRL, music by idiots
  • Favorite Manga: Doraemon
  • Karaoke: Shiina Ringo and BOØWY
  • Bands:
    • Vall'na racill (200?-2002)
    • Visage (2002-2003)
    • Delta Ark (2003-2004)
    • A9 (2004-)
    • THE TOKYO HIGH BLACK (2010, 2011) (session band)


Nao - Drumms

Also, he used to be a leader, but in 2012 he was replaced by Shou.

  • Real Name: Murai Naoyuki (村井直之)
  • Stage Names: NAO, nao, Nao
  • Birthday: July 31, 1980
  • Birthplace: Miyagi, Hokkaido, Japan
  • Blood Type: A
  • Height: 170cm
  • Weight: 53kg
  • Foot size: 26cm
  • Hobby: Hikikomori (Social Withdrawal), PSP and Nintendo DS, exploring
  • Pets: a hedgehog (Tsuyoshi)
  • Perfume: BVLGARI black, BVLGARI blue, DIOR HOMME
  • Favorite Brand: PATRIC COX, RUPERT, LORD CAMELOT, Apple
  • Favorite Color: Red, Pink, Monotone, Gold, Silver
  • Favorite Music: Music which is comfortable to my ears
  • Favorite Manga: 3X3 Eyes
  • Bands:
    • Fatima (2000-2002)
    • RusH (2003)
    • A9 (2004-)


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Alice Nine Nao