Confession Executive Committee (告白実行委員会 Kokuhaku Jikkou Iinkai), originally known as Sound of Confession (コクハクノオト Kokuhaku no Oto) and later referred to as the Confession Series (告白シリーズ Kokuhaku Shiriizu), is a multi-media franchise created by the music circle HoneyWorks.
- The franchise was intended to have a "shoujo manga-like feel" when watching the videos or listening to the songs, which is reflected in the art style. Like the rest of HoneyWorks' discography, the series also explores themes of "youth" and "heart-tightening".
- Main Article: Songs
- The series began in 2011 with the PV for "Hatsukoi no Ehon", but it wasn't firmly established to be a shared universe of songs until "Yakimochi no Kotae" was released in 2013, and chronologically starts with "Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu". Currently, not accounting for uploads of songs with an alternate singer, there are 45 songs on the Niconico page for the series, with a few album exclusives and songs without PVs.
- Most songs in the series were made with Vocaloids as the primary vocals, in particular Hatsune Miku and GUMI, though Kagamine Len, flower, and IA have been used for songs for the series at least once. The rest of the discography is sung by CHiCO, sana, and the various seiyuu of the characters.
- Some of the songs used for the PVs were released as "N.Edits", shortened versions of the songs for that cut out the second verse and chorus, when it came to songs used in the animated adaptations; their complete versions made it onto singles and albums. In a few cases, PVs and the full tracks for certain songs would be included as tracks on different HoneyWorks CDs before their release on the internet.
- Four character albums have been compiled for the franchise as of 2021, which primarily use the seiyuu and singer version of the songs instead of the Vocaloid versions. The series also has a handful of singles released with the Vocaloid versions of certain songs.
Love Series (～恋愛シリーズ～, Ren'ai Series)
- Main Article: Love Series
- The main focus of this series is high school romance between a few groups of people; those of the third year characters from Class 3-2, those of the first year friends group from Class 1-1 going on into second year, and those of the freshman group of Class 1-4. Most of these stories intersect, but each love story is largely kept to themselves in the song series, only showing complications in the adaptations. This series also ends up encompassing other forms of affection besides romantic love.
- As of 2021, this series has nine EPs, three digital singles, and no official albums.
Idol Series (～アイドルシリーズ～, Aidoru Series)
- Main Article: Idol Series
- In 2019, The idol characters featured in the franchise spun off into a different series of songs: the Confession Executive Committee ~Idol Series~. This series of songs concerns itself with the idol activities of LIP×LIP, Minami, Mona Narumi, and other young performers, showing either their backstories prior to becoming an idol or providing in-universe music videos. Romance is a very minor factor in this series, and any character featured in this series with a romantic subplot would find it attributed to the Love Series instead.
- This series, as of 2021, features 16 original songs officially on the website and three character albums, one each for LIP×LIP, mona, and Full Throttle4. There are also a number of singles put out for the idol groups, as well as video and audio media featuring the idols scattered across various platforms.
- Main Article: Novels
- Fifteen light novels expanding on the premises of the songs were released, starting in 2014, all under the Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu label. This light novel series is treated as the main body of work from which the adaptations take most of their plots from. December 2020 saw to an Idol Series spinoff, and remains illustrated, written, and published by those involved with the Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu books.
- The animated features all have novelizations as well, and one novella exists related to characters from the Idol Series.
- All but one of the animated properties are distributed by Aniplex, and stream on Amazon Prime in their native country and Crunchyroll internationally. The animation franchise is dubbed the Confess Your Love Committee ~Romance Series~ in English.
- Main Article: Movies
- A movie series began running in 2016, animated by Qualia Animation, combining certain story arcs together and basing themselves on both the voiced comics and the light novels.
- A third movie focusing on the LIP×LIP duo ran in 2020, to celebrate the tenth anniversary of HoneyWorks.
- Main Article: Itsu Datte Bokura no Koi wa 10 Centi Datta.
- The third animated property, Itsu Datte Bokura no Koi wa 10 Centi Datta., ran as a six-episode mini-series in 2017, animated by Lay-Duce. The studio would later return to produce a full 12-episode anime, Heroine Taru Mono!, released in 2022.
- Main Article: Comics
- Currently, there are 4 comics in the series, included as bonus material in the special editions of HoneyWorks' studio albums. These comics are referred to as "short story digital comics" or "prologues", despite covering the entire plot of the songs they explore. All of the bonus comics have voiced versions as well.
- A comic also initially came before the project officially began, titled Confession Rehearsal ZERO, which tells a short story of the events before Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu. This, along with the first Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu novel and the PV for Kokuhaku Rival Sengen, were among the first three things announced for the Kokuhaku no Oto project.
- The Idol Series includes an official comic serialization covering the rise of Mona Narumi.
- Yamako has officially put out "HoneyCollections" during the Comiket season, which act as guidebooks to certain characters and events as well as containing never before seen illustrations. Four volumes of the HoneyCollection series are available, expanding on Haruki/Miou (vol.1), Yu/Natsuki (vol.2), Sota/Akari (vol. 3), and Midori/Sena (vol. 4).
- There are a number of mini voice dramas for the franchise, included on HoneyWorks' studio albums as a bonus. These voice dramas are short anecdotes concerning the third year and first year groups, featured on Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita., Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan wo., and Suki Sugite Yabai respectively.
- A stage play adaptation also ran in early 2019.
- Before the novels established that the first generation of characters was in its third year of high school, everything that took place was said to happen in the kids' second year instead, as seen in Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu 0 and the Kokuhaku Yokou Renshuu vomic. The initial profile images reflect that.
- The first generation's classroom number, 3-2, was switched from the initial room number of 2-3.
- This franchise shares a universe with many of HoneyWorks' other continuities:
- The PV for "Kotoba no Iranai Yakusoku" features Haruki as a child playing with the PV's protagonists.
- The school featured in "Sekai wa Koi ni Ochiteiru" and "Koi no Chord" also has students that appear in the background of this franchise. The girls Arisa knew in middle school, as well as Mona Narumi, share the uniform.
- Yurufuwa Jikkou Iinkai has the cast appear occasionally. Saku Akechi's cousin San also appears as a character in that series.
- Characters from the Dolce series appear occasionally, with leader Fuma Shirayuki being present for a LIP×LIP concert.
- HoneyWorks' studio albums have titles that reference this franchise, with pink or blue text also indicating the gender of the person who says it (pink is used for girls, blue is used for boys):
- Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita. references Natsuki Enomoto's confession to Yu Setoguchi, and the title is pink.
- Boku Ja Dame Desu Ka? references Sota Mochizuki's initial confession to Akari Hayasaka, and is in blue.
- Suki ni Naru Sono Shunkan wo. refers to Hina Setoguchi and her crush on Koyuki Ayase, and is in pink.
- Sukisugite Yabai. references Arisa Takamizawa's confession to Ken Shibasaki, and is in pink (limited edition ver.).
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