FLOW’s New Song ‘Break it down’ to Feature as Theme Song for New Naruto Game

17.August.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

 FLOW will release their new double A-side single Neiro / Break it down on August 29. It has been announced that Break it down will be used as the theme song for the PC browser game Naruto x Boruto Borutical Generations.

The song is described as the biggest hard rock song the band has produced to date. It marks the seventh track they have provided for the Naruto franchise, the previous of which have been cemented as classic in the minds of anime fans and are known for their music quality.

 

Full details regarding the game have yet to be announced, but it is described as a large-scale shinobi battle RPG. It will be free to play and accessible through Yahoo! Game.

 

Additionally, the other song on the single Neiro is being used as the main theme song for the ongoing Japanese drama series Sachiiro no One Room which began airing in July.

FLOW will hold a mini live show on the Laqua Garden Stage at Tokyo Dome City on September 1 to promote the new single. Those who purchase the CD will get to high-five the band and they will receive a signed sticker.

 

■Information

“Neiro / Break it down”

On Sale: August 29, 2018

First Press Limited Edition – ¥1,500 (Pre-Tax) [KSCL-3082~3083]

Regular Edition – ¥1,500 (Pre-Tax) [KSCL-3084]

Limited Pressing Edition – ¥1,500 (Pre-Tax) [KSCL-3085〜3086]

 

FLOW Double A-Side Single “Neiro / Break it down” Release Event

Date: September 1, 2018

Time: 2:30pm

Venue: Tokyo Dome City, Laqua Garden Stage

Priority Area Entry Time: 2:00pm

 

Attendance

Those who purchase any of the three editions of of Neiro / Break it down at the venue on the day of the release event will receive two tickets: 1) A numbered ticket to enter the priority area and 2) A ticket to high-five the band and received a signed sticker after the show. These two tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

 

Purchasing the CD at the event

On Sale: From 11:00am

Location: Next to the Laqua Garden Stage at Tokyo Dome City

 

FLOW Official Website: http://www.flow.mu

 

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