Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s New Song ‘Kizunami’ to Feature as Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata’s Main Theme

06.September.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

2018 is the year of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who released her new song Kimino Mikata earlier this year and recently concluded her 4th world tour. Excitement and anticipation surrounding the singer has been high, and this has become even more so with the recent announcement of her first new album in four years. Titled Japamyu, the brand new record will drop on September 26.

In more recent news, it’s just been announced that one of the new songs on the album, Kizunami, will be used as the main theme song for the upcoming anime film Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata set for release on October 5. The film is an original anime adaptation of the hit mobile game Monster Strike which has over 45 million players worldwide.

 

The new song Kizunami will be released as a standalone single on September 7 ahead of the album’s release.

The feature film was created by XFLAGTM, who produce entertainment under their slogan Ketahazure na Bouken o (“Embarking on an Exceptional Adventure”). It is produced by Orange who are one of the foremost leading studios in the production of gorgeous CG animation. The film is graced by an exceptional voice cast including Masataka Kubota who plays protagonist Kanata, Alice Hirose who plays the heroine Sora, and voice actor veteran Kōichi Yamadera who plays Senju.

 

■Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata Music Video

 

The story takes place in a world where 13 years ago, part of Tokyo suddenly breaks away and floats up into the sky. Our protagonist Kanata (Masataka Kubota) is your every day high school student who began living with his grandmother after his parents passed away. He encounters Sora (Alice Hirose), a mysterious girl who came from the sky. The two of them work together to help save the citizens whose worlds are fated to war. Kanata, who still doesn’t know exactly who he is, must learn to mature alongside Sora and his allies as they navigate through the war.

 

The film’s main theme song Kizunami was written by music producer Yasutaka Nakata who ensured to maintain the story’s theme of strong friendship. It’s an oriental and jaunty track in which you can very much feel Kyary’s essence and outlook. A collaborative music video was also released that features the song together with scenes of the movie.

 

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Comments
In the movie, the protagonist Kanata meets characters like Sora and the vampire siblings Tōya and Yūna who he fights and grows alongside while discovering the importance of the bond between friends. I think the lyrics [of the song] convey things like how it’s good to have friends and how wonderful it is to be connected to the heart of those important to you you want to protect. I particularly love the title ‘Kizunami.’ I believe it’s a heartwarming pop song that makes you think about the people precious to you.

 

The full tracklist has also unveiled, including new songs like Oto no Kuni and Enka Natrium, as well as a cover of CAPSULE’s famous song Koi no Hana (2001). They are all songs that Yasutaka Nakata himself has much confidence in. Digital pre-orders for the album will open on the iTunes Store on September 7 so be sure to check it out.

 

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will hold a special live event at LakeTown’s 10th Anniversary Special Live on September 30 at 4:00pm to promote the release of the album.

 

It’s time to get excited about the next big release from one of Japan’s most internationally celebrated artists.

 

■Information

“Japamyu”

On Sale: September 26, 2018

・First Press Limited Edition: CD+DVD – ¥4,800 (Pre-Tax) [WPZL-31480/1]

*First press limited edition includes digipak packaging, special photo book and 23-track live DVD at “KPP Japan Iyahoi Tour 2017.”

・Regular Edition: CD – ¥3,000 (Pre-Tax) [WPCL-12900]

 

“Kizunami” Standalone Release

On Sale: September 7, 2018
Download Link:  https://kyary.lnk.to/Kizunami

 

Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata
Release Date: October 5, 2018
Cast: Masataka Kubota, Alice Hirose, Kōichi Yamadera, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Aoi Yūki
Theme Song: “Kizunami” by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

 

Album Release Event
LakeTown 10th Anniversary Special Live – “Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Original 4th Album ‘Japamyu’ Commemorative Special Event”
Venue: AEON LakeTown mori
Date: September 30, 2018
Time: 4:00pm
Location: mori 1F (Ki no Hiroba courtyard)
Programme: Mini live show and handshake session
*Free to watch
Full Details (Japanese): https://wmg.jp/kyary/news/82084/

 

Tour Schedule
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu JAPAMYU HALL TOUR 2018 “Hoshikuzu”: http://2018hall.kyary.asobisystem.com

 

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Official Website: http://kyary.asobisystem.com/

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  • MMN INTERVIEW: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu speaks about her experiences performing abroad in the run up to her 4th World Tour

    20.April.2018 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s 4th world tour, officially titled Kyary Pamyu Pamyu World Tour 2018 THE SPOOKY OBAKEYASHIKI -PUMPKINS STRIKE BACK-, begins on May 20.

     

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    This tour is a continuation of her Halloween themed concert inspired by obakeyashiki, or Japanese haunted houses, which was first held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium in late October last year. The concert received widespread attention, such as for its promotional horror inspired trailer, as well as the on-stage performance itself and its many elements. Now, Kyary is set to take her Halloween show overseas. I spoke to her about the concept behind the live show, her thoughts on her three previous world tours, and her new single that was just released this month.

     

    Interview & Text: Mami Naruta / Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

     

    ――Your fourth world tour will take on the same ‘Japanese style haunted house’ theme as your Halloween event THE SPOOKY OBAKEYASHIKI ~PUMPKINS STRIKE BACK~ that was held in October 2017, correct?

     

    Up until now, my world tour shows have had a sort of “Hi, I’m Kyary Pamyu Pamyu!” self-introductory kind of feel to them. I think there are a lot of fans overseas who have come to like what I do after seeing the content of my music videos, so when I performed live, I wore the same looks from those videos, and mostly sang songs that foreign fans would know. I think if I do that it’s what will please them the most.

     

    But this time, I want to take my Halloween show that I did in Japan overseas and perform it exactly as I did in Japan, for everyone to enjoy. And since the theme is Japanese haunted houses, it would be nice if they liked that unique, characteristic cuteness that Japanese monsters have.

     

    ――Will the show have parts that you performed in Japan arranged in a certain way for overseas?

     

    I think it would be difficult to convey the entire story to people overseas, so some parts will be omitted. But the vision for the set is exactly the same, and so are the monster characters, so we’ll still be able to give them a Japanese haunted house live show.

     

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    ――You have been on three world tours to date. In 2013 you took 100% KPP WORLD TOUR to 13 cities in 8 countries; in 2014 you took NANDA COLLECTION WORLD TOUR 2014 to 11 countries, and in 2016 you toured 6 countries with KPP 5iVE YEARS MONSTER WORLD TOUR 2016. Please tell me about any instances that left an impression on you, or any memories that have stuck with you.

     

    My first world tour was tough. I went there with all the same staff that accompany me at concerts in Japan, but there were many things that were new for them too. Things like interviews, the schedule for moving from place to place, rehearsals. I remember a lot of difficulties we had. And we weren’t used to local coverage. It was my first time, so I was also worried about whether people would show up, and there were mentally challenging things too. But after all that, I was able to enjoy sightseeing at each location, so I got used to being there.

     

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    ――Does each region have its own particular way of enjoying a concert, and are overseas fans different?

     

    There aren’t any huge differences from country to country, but people abroad are very enthusiastic, and their cheers are amazing. Everyone is sort of animalistic, in a good way. They move their bodies and let their voices out in line with their emotions. They dance, they cry. I can see that they are enjoying themselves.

     

    ――What are you conscious of during performances abroad that you aren’t at a concert in Japan?

     

    I learn greetings in the language of each country, then later write it onto paper to read. English is still okay, but German pronunciation is pretty tough. They have a sound that’s sort of between ‘ke’ and ‘ko,’ like ‘qu’. Chinese pronunciation hard too.

     

    ――What has been been your most enjoyable or happy moment at an overseas concert?

     

    I was a little anxious about my last world tour because there was a two-year gap. I wondered whether people would come, and thought “Man, it’s been two years.” But once I went, everyone was was pleased, and they said “We’ve waited TWO years!” That made me really happy.

     

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    ――You released your first new song in a while, Kimino Mikata, on April 11th. It would be great if this one reaches people inside and outside Japan too.

     

    It’s my first new song in a year, so I think people overseas have been waiting for it too. I challenged myself to rapping for the first time on this one. The music video was taken in one shot. Tablets are used in it to express the content of the lyrics. It’s full of numerous gimmicks, so I think people overseas can enjoy it too even if they don’t understand Japanese.

     

    ――Just to reiterate, what does a concert mean for you?

     

    Concerts are my favourite part of my job. It’s more fun than anything else! Of course I like performing and touring in Japan too, but the excitement overseas is amazing, so I’m looking forward to what’s to come!

     

    ――Please leave a message for all your fans waiting for you and your world tour.

     

    This will be my fourth world tour, you guys. I’m bringing a Japanese haunted house themed stage to you. Please look forward to it! I’m also looking forward to meeting all of my fans abroad!

     

     

     きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ ワールドツアー2018

    ■Information

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu World Tour 2018
    THE SPOOKY OBAKEYASHIKI 
    -PUMPKINS STRIKE BACK-

     

    05.20 @ LONDON – England – KOKO

    http://www.koko.uk.com

    Tickets: https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/kyary-pamyu-pamyu-koko-tickets/8036795

     

    05.22 @ GERMANY – Berlin – COLUMBIA THEATRE

    https://columbia-theater.de

    Tickets: http://x-why-z.eu/kyary-pamyu-pamyu-tickets-379.html

     

    05.23 @ GERMANY – Köln – Die Kantine

    https://kantine.com

    Tickets: http://x-why-z.eu/kyary-pamyu-pamyu-tickets-380.html

     

    06.18 @ USA – New York – Playstation theater

    http://www.playstationtheater.com

    Tickets: https://www.axs.com/events/351056/kyary-pamyu-pamyu-tickets

     

    06.20 @ USA – San Francisco – The Regency Ballroom

    http://www.theregencyballroom.com

    Tickets: https://www.axs.com/events/351004/kyary-pamyu-pamyu-ythe-spooky-obakeyashikiy-tickets

     

    06.22 @ USA – Los Angeles – The Fonda Theatre

    http://www.fondatheatre.com

    Tickets: https://www.axs.com/events/351133/kyary-pamyu-pamyu-ythe-spooky-obakeyashikiy-tickets

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Official Website: http://kyary.asobisystem.com/

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    Below is a translated summary of the interview.

     

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    Kyary: “I haven’t collaborated with that many people. It’s rare for me to sing with someone, but I was really happy with how it went!”

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    Kizuna AI: “Finally, please give a message to your fans!”

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    In addition, the single will also include the song “Departure”, which is featured in Monster Strike. Masayoshi will be commemorating the release of his single with two live performances which are free to attend: One at Abeno Q’s Mall, Osaka on August 24 and another at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, Tokyo on August 25. The CD single will be available to purchase at both events. Those who purchase one will be in for a treat as they will receive a signed poster directly from the hands of the singer himself. 

     

    A statement from Oishi Masayoshi

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    As with the Osaka show, the RAINBOW STAGE at the Tokyo concert had an admission limit due to how much music fans were anticipating this stage.

     

    When the intro to Fashion Monster started playing as the first song of Yasutaka Nakata’s set, the crowd’s excitement went straight through the roof. But it didn’t stop there however, as it shot into the stratosphere when Kyary Pamyu Pamyu walked onto the stage, clad in a beautiful white outfit.

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    He joined Kyary in front of his DJ booth for CANDY CANDY and waved his hands left and right with the crowd to Kyary’s directions. The two of them rolled out even more big numbers including Invader InvaderPON PON PON and Ninja Re Bang Bang which also had fun new arrangements.

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    The 19-song set was up with Mondai Girl and finally Oto no Kuni during which the crowd waved their towels in unison.

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    Suchmos

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    ▶︎ Suchmos ASIA TOUR 2019

    2019/6/2 @ Music Zone @ KITEC, Hong Kong

    2019/6/7 @ Legacy Taipei, Taipei

    2019/6/9/ @ YES24 Live Hall, Seoul (*w/ HYUKOH)

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    Suchmos Official Website: https://www.suchmos.com

     

    →News Update (June 1, 2019)
    Following unexpected illness of one of their members, Suchmos have cancelled all remaining dates on their upcoming overseas tour.

     

     

    [ALEXANDROS]

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    ▶︎ Sleepless 2019 Asia Tour

    2019/6/21 @ Modern Sky Lab, Shanghai

    2019/6/23 @ Beijing Omni Space, Beijing

    2019/6/28 @ Jakarta (*Venue TBA)

    2019/6/30 @ Moon Star Studio 1, Bangkok

    2019/7/5 @ Music Zone @ E-Max, Hong Kong

    2019/7/7 @ Legacy Taipei, Taipei

    2019/7/19/ @ Bentley Music Auditorium, Kuala Lumpur

    2019/7/21 @ MUV HALL, Seoul

     

    [ALEXANDROS] Official Website: https://alexandros.jp

     

     

    Sakanaction

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    ▶︎ SAKANAQUARIUM 2019 “834.194”

    2019/6/28 @ Modern Sky Lab, Shanghai

    2019/6/30 @ A8 Live, Shenzhen

     

    Sakanaction Official Website: http://sakanaction.jp

     

    BAND-MAID

    Earlier this month, five-piece maid rock band BAND-MAID announced the European leg of their 2019 world tour, one which will begin this June and one whose decided theme is Gekidou, or “tumultuous.” All shows on BAND-MAID’s 2018 world tour sold out completely. The initial European leg of their long-awaited new world tour will take them to 3 countries for 4 performances. They will then head to the US in September.

     

    Related Article: BAND-MAID Announces European Leg Of ‘Tumultuous’ 2019 World Tour

     

    ▶︎BAND-MAID WORLD DOMINATION TOUR 2019 【激動】 ~gekidou~

    6/22 – London, UK @ Islington Assembly Hall

    6/23 – Paris, France @ Le Trabendo

    6/24 @ Bochum, Germany @ Zeche

    6/26 @ Hamburg, Germany @ DAS LOGOS

    9/26 @ NYC Gramercy Theater, US

    9/28 @ Dallas Cambridge Room, US

    9/30 @ LA ECHOPLEX, US

    10/1 @ LA ECHOPLEX, US

     

    World Tour Info: https://bandmaid.tokyo/contents/241952

    BAND-MAID Official Website: https://bandmaid.tokyo/

     

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, CAPSULE, m-flo & More

    The biggest names in Japanese pop music are set to take over Los Angeles at QTAQUEST LIVE and OTAQUEST KICK OFF PARTY which is set to take place at THE NOVO by Microsoft on July 3, 2019. Both OTAQUEST LIVE and OTAQUEST KICK OFF PARTY serve as the opener to Anime Expo, the biggest anime convention in the US, which will run from July 4 to 7. CAPSULE, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Crazy Boy, HIROOMI TOSAKA and m-flo are set to deliver Japanese entertainment to US lovers of Japanese music and entertainment.

     

    Related Article: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, Yasutaka Nakata & CRAZYBOY to Perform at QTAQUEST LIVE in Los Angeles

     

    ▶︎OTAQUEST LIVE

    Date: July 3, 2019

    Time: OPEN 17:00 / START 18:30

    Location: THE NOVO by Microsoft, Los Angeles, California, US

    Line-Up: CRAZYBOY / HIROOMI TOSAKA / m-flo / CAPSULE / Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

     

    OTAQUEST KICK OFF PARTY

    Date: July 3, 2019

    Time: OPEN/START 22:00

    Location: THE NOVO by Microsoft, Los Angeles, California, US

    Line-Up: ☆Taku Takahashi / TeddyLoid / Yasutaka Nakata (CAPSULE) / …and more

     

    Event Website: https://live.otaquest.com/

    Tickets: https://www.axs.com/events/372261/otaquest-live-tickets?skin=novo

     

    Ai Otsuka

    This year, Ai Otsuka celebrates her 15th anniversary since her debut. The singer-songwriter released her greatest hits album Ai am BEST, too in January this year, and she is currently in the midst of her nationwide Japan tour. 5 Asia dates have been added to the tour. Her previous Asia tour took her to just three cities: Taipei, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, but this year she is spreading her wings and will perform in Guangzhou, Chengdu, Shanghai and Taipei.

     

    ▶︎ AIO PIANO at ASIA vol.2 

    2019/7/17 @ Dr. Sun Yat-sen’s Memorial Hall, Guangzhou

    2019/7/19 @ 特侖蘇音楽庁, Chengdu

    2019/7/27 @ BANDAI NAMCO SHANGHAI BASE DREAM HALL, Shanghai

    2019/7/28 @ BANDAI NAMCO SHANGHAI BASE DREAM HALL, Shanghai

    2019/8/17 @ ATT SHOW BOX 大直, Taipei

     

    Ai Otsuka Official Website:  http://avex.jp/ai/

     

     

    If you love Japanese music and a Japanese band or artist are coming to a city near you this year, then be sure to show your love and support by getting your hands on a ticket to see them live.

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu stars as herself in the drama My Family Goes Viral!

    13.May.2019 | MUSIC

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will make a guest appearance in the 7th episode of the drama My Family Goes Viral (Mukai no Bazuru Kazoku) which will air on 16th May! Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s latest song KIMIGA IINE KURETARA became the opening theme song for My Family Goes Viral which stars Rio Uchida as the main character. Kyary’s last appearance in a drama was four years ago on the CX Kei drama series A Restaurant with Many Problems (Mondai no aru restaurant).

     

    For this episode, Kyary has challenged herself to the role of… herself!

    So, what’s the episode all about?

    As main character Akari Kagari (Rio Uchida) spends her days working at a café, her mother Hinako, a housewife, gets stuck deep into a social media obsession after posting a cooking video which got a like from Kyary Pamyu Pamyu! Just one like from Kyary as she was casually scrolling social media and all of a sudden, the entire Kagari family is plunged into chaos!

     

    And what was Kyary’s opinion on all this?!

    Q. What are your thoughts on taking part in the drama?

    I haven’t really taken part in any dramas in my life. I’ve rarely ever even been to a drama set so I was really nervous! As I played the role of me, there wasn’t any need to create a new personality or anything, so I just acted like myself and I had so much fun!

    Q. What was your impression when you watched the drama?

    It’s so now! I watch this drama every day and it makes my heart thud uncontrollably! After the characters took a small step into the world of social media, so much drama started to unfold! The opening theme song KIMIGA IINE KURETARA is also perfect to describe the world of the drama! I want viewers to enjoy the song along with the drama!

     

    KIMIGA IINE KURETARA became available for digital download and streaming from 10th May so please check it out along with the drama!

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Becomes Beard-Wearing Hikikomori in ‘KIMI GA IINE KURETARA’ Music Video

    10.May.2019 | MUSIC

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has just dropped the music video for her new song KIMI GA IINE KURETARA which was also released digitally today. Written and produced by Yasutaka Nakata, the song serves as the main theeme for the Japanese drama Mukai no Bazuru Kazoku. It centers around social media and captures that jubilant feeling you get when someone ‘likes’ one of your posts.

    The music video begins with a scene of Kyary donning a long beard and moustache as she sings lonely sings to herself. Here she is insecure, unhappy, troubled and tired, having lost all of her energy. She has become a complete hikikomori, or “shut-in,” and is living life without self-care as shown in the fact that she hasn’t tended to her facial hair in a while, nor her head hair which has become messy. She continues in this state until the final scene where she bursts into song and dance in a bright and happier world.

    In the scene that plays backwards, we see that even if she herself goes backwards, she will continue the struggle forward. Kyary expresses in the first person the conflict that people get into on social media and the online world.

    The music video was created by Fantasista Utamaro, who worked on her previous video Oto no Kuni, and artist, creator and strategist Nakayaman. They took up the role of creative directors under their duo unit Nakayaman*Tasista Utamaro.

     

    The video is laced with social satire and relevant messages to the real world, so be sure to check it out.

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