NIRGILIS (ニルギリス) had its beginnings in 1993 at Kinki University when fellow student Koki Ito responded to a flyer posted by Moyo Satake seeking anyone who wanted to form a band with him. Ito then came up with the band name, Nirgilis, which was taken from nirgilis black tea. At first the band line-up consisted of Satake, Ito and three girls. The three girls though quickly departed. New permanent band members were hard to find during this period. Nirgilis went through some 20 people before they would find a stable line-up years later.