New ‘Tales’ Game Concept Trailer Features Original Music by Yasutaka Nakata

12.September.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

A concept trailer for the newest entry to the Tales video game franchise entitled Tales of Crestoria has been released and features original music by Yasutaka Nakata.

The Tales franchise is a series of fantasy role-playing video games developed by Bandai Namco that has shipped 16 million copies worldwide. The series first dropped in 1995 with Tales of Phantasia and since then has been sold in over 100 countries and regions.

Tales of Crestoria is a new game for smartphone. A concept teaser trailer and website have officially been made public.

The video is a thrilling collaboration with music producer Yasutaka Nakata that teases the start of a new adventure with an original protagonist.

Another version of the concept trailer was also released featuring the same scenes but from the protagonist’s perspective. The ‘Another Version’ video is displayed vertically but can be viewed in full screen by accessing the official website via your smartphone.

More information on the new title will be revealed via the series’ Twitter page and LINE account, so be sure to keep up to date.

 

■Information

Tales of Crestoria Official Website: https://crestoria.tales-ch.jp/

Yasutaka Nakata Official Website: http://yasutaka-nakata.com

 

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    22.February.2020 | MUSIC

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Yasutaka Nakata performed a two-man show entitled “Yasutaka Nakata x Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Presents SPECIAL DJ & LIVE TOUR 2020 YSTK×KPP Vol.02” at Toyosu PIT in Tokyo tonight on February 21, 2020.

    The background music provided before the start of the show was music that was like from a car game. As excited fans waited with bated breath, the PlayStation startup sound rang throughout the room, at which point Kyary shouted “Time to dance!” and appeared on stage together with Nakata. They opened the show with Invader Invader -Extended Mix-.

    Dancers joined the stage next for Minna no Uta -Extended Mix- and PON PON PON. The audience responded with great pleasure to Nakata and Kyary’s high-speed and ingenious song mashup. It was non-stop jumping and dancing as the performers continued to roll out more bangers like Enka NatriumNinja Re Bang Bang, and Mi, the bass grabbing hold of the crowd’s heart at every moment.

    When Kyary and Nakata’s set reached its middle portion, they went full hardcore club mode as they performed Level Up from Nakata’s solo album Digital Native. Things got crazy when they mashed Kyary’s Fashion Monster into a trap beat with Star Wars as a Star Wars-style opening reel ran across the LED monitors.

    They continued with a string of internationally-known pop songs, like Kyary’s Tsukema Tsukeru and Sokenbicha no Uta, as well as Harajuku Iyahoi. The ever-changing set kept the crowd on their feet with its mix of live music and club music.

    Kyary and Nakata weren’t anywhere near finished yet however. They returned to mashup mode with Kyary’s Cherry Bon Bonーa track from her early days with a Eurobeat soundーand performed a cover of AIAIAI, which Nakata wrote for virtual YouTuber Kizuna AI, during which Kizuna AI appeared as a hidden character.

    The internationally iconic SEGA logo sound then rolled across the venue before Nakata and Kyary performed a special version of Ichibanka which Nakata wrote for Japanese reggae band Shōnan no Kaze. The song is used as the main theme for the PS4® game Yakuza: Like a Dragon which will be released worldwide this year. Kyary provided some cute “Soiya Soiya!” chants during the song.

    In the last spurt, they rolled out the hit tunes Kizunami and Mondai Girl before wrapping up with Oto no Kuni. Kyary pulled fans into her “Japamyu” world while Yasutaka Nakata smashed out some 8-bit video game beats.

    But fans needed more, and the call for an encore didn’t die down. Kyary came out and said excitedly, “Thank you for the encore! Who’d’ve thought I’d sing some Shōnan no Kaze?! ” She also thank Nakata, before announcing the release of a new digital single entitled KAMAITACHI. Release details are TBA.

    She also announced a mini 5-show tour to promote its release. The song’s lyrics have a traditional Japanese-feel to them, and so the tour too will take place at kabuki theatres around Japan.

     

    To wrap up the concert, Kyary and Nakata performed KPP’s pop anthem Sai & Co -Extended Mix-.

     

    Pre-sale tickets for Kyary’s “KAMAITACHI TOUR 2020” will go live on her fan club, KPP CLUB, on February 22, 2020 at 10:00 A.M (JST). Check her official website for the latest information.

     

    Original Text: Fukuryu (Music Concierge)

    Photo: Aki Ishii

    Translation: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga

     

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    18.December.2019 | MUSIC

    ageHa is set to host one of Japan’s biggest countdown parties again this year, falling on December 31, 2019 once more.

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    Japanese idol group CY8ER recently performed at Shinkiba ageHa in Tokyo on November 23 for “CY8ER FES,” where they performed their new track Renai Reality Shou (feat. Yasutaka Nakata) for the first time, a song produced by Japanese music producer and DJ Yasutaka Nakata. They also revealed details on their forthcoming first studio album Tokyo which is set for release on January 22, 2020.

    Renai Reality Shou (feat. Yasutaka Nakata) was made before CY8ER made their major debut, making it a significant track to include on their first major album.

    The concept of Tokyo is “Neo-Kawaii Tokyo in 2020” and serves to promote Tokyo’s various subcultures, including the club scene of Shibuya, the otaku and “moe” culture of Akihabara, Harajuku’s kawaii fashion scene. The record includes 8 tracks and sees 8 producers on board, including Yasutaka Nakata, Yunomi, Moe Shop, Pa’s Lam System, Masayoshi Iimori, KOTONOHOUSE, Tomggg, and Neko Hacker.

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    22.November.2019 | MUSIC

    In 2020, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Yasutaka Nakata will be following up on their ultimate three-city tour that took place in Tokyo, Osaka and Nagoya in 2016, returning to the three cities on tour again for vol.02.

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  • Yakuza 7: Yasutaka Nakata and Shōnan no Kaze Collaborate On PS4® Game’s Theme Song

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  • Gamers! Rally Your Teammates For A New Quest: TOKYO GAME SHOW

    05.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

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    September 14 (Sat)  From 12:00 ー Cosplay Runway  From 15:30 ー Cosplay Runway

    September 15 (Sun) From 13:30 ー Cosplay Runway From 14:30 ー Cosplay Dance and Combat Shows From 15:30 ー Cosplay Runway

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    September 14  13:00-13:30 Final Fantasy Series Gathering  14:00-15:00 Final Fantasy Tales Series Gathering 

    September 15 12:30-13:00 Dynasty Warriors and Samurai Warriors Series Gathering

    More information on the exhibitions, booths and events will be announced on the morning of September 12 so please check it out. 

     

    There is no better way to multi kill your time than to spend the entire day at TOKYO GAME SHOW 2019 ー get your tickets and GLHF!

  • Interview: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu & Yasutaka Nakata Joined by Kizuna AI at SUMMER SONIC 2019

    27.August.2019 | MUSIC

    Kizuna AI recently performed at SUMMER SONIC 2019 on the RAINBOW Stage on August 18. She also interviewed various acts who performed at the music festival, including Yasutaka Nakata and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The full interview was posted on her YouTube channel.

     

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    Kizuna AI released a cover of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s song Kizunami on August 16 which is taken from Kyary’s fourth studio album Japamyu which dropped back in September 2018. To celebrate the release of the new song, Kizuna AI appeared as a surprise guest on Yasutaka Nakata and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s set at SUMMER SONIC 2019 where her and Kyary performed Kizunami.

     

    Below is a translated summary of the interview.

     

    Kizuna AI: “Our first collaboration together! Was I okay…?”

    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!”

    Kizuna AI: “Nakata, when did people start calling you Ouji [Prince]?”

    Kyary: “He has a lot of out-there nicknames! [laughs]

    Yasutaka Nakata: “Battery Eater is another one [laughs]

    Kizuna AI: “What does ‘chumete‘ mean?” [Referencing a word taken from the chorus of Kizuna AI’s song AIAIAI, written and produced by Nakata]

    Yasutaka Nakata: “That’s a secret! Because you can interpret it in many different ways.”

    Kizuna AI: “What’s a word or occurrence [in music] that’s stuck with you the most, Kyary?”

    Kyary: “Ninja Re Bang Bang. The title was originally ‘tentative.’ I feel it’s a mysterious word that anyone can get behind. Even when touring overseas everyone sings it together.”

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

    Kyary: “It was so much fun getting to stand on stage together with Nakata. I hope we can do something together again!”

    Kizuna AI: “Kyary, can you put these ears on?”

     

    Kizuna AI has posted lots of other interviews from the festival on her YouTube channel too including with SHAED, SOFI TUKKER, Alan Walker, the telephones, and AI. Be sure to check them out.

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu & Yasutaka Nakata Joined by Kizuna AI at SUMMER SONIC 2019

    19.August.2019 | MUSIC

    Yasutaka Nakata is the internationally acclaimed architect of kawaii music and music producer of huge Japanese names such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Perfume.

     

    The DJ and music producer is known for having collaborated with a whole string of big artists, such as Kenshi Yonezu on the song NANIMONO as well as Charli XCX on Crazy Crazy. Despite having only just dropped his new song Pico Pico Tokyo (feat. Momo Mashiro) recently, he just released a new song entitled Kizunami (cover) for digital download on August 16. The track is a cover of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s song Kizunami taken from her fourth studio album Japamyu which Nakata Produced. It is covered by virtual talent Kizuna AI who has almost 2.7 million subscribers on her YouTube channel.

     

    To celebrate the release of the new song, Kizuna AI appeared as a surprise guest on Yasutaka Nakata and Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s set at SUMMER SONIC 2019 which was held in Tokyo and Osaka. In a very special collaboration, she sang the song alongside Kyary―the singer of the original track.

    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.

    Nakata and Kyary’s set was an energetic amalgamation of song mash-ups and alternative arrangements, treating the crowd to familiar hit after hit. It reestablished Nakata’s status as a spearhead of the industry.

     

    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.

    When the intro to Kizunami started up, Kizuna AI’s chorus entered the fray at which Kyary asked, “Whose voice is that?” Kizuna AI suddenly appeared on the giant LED screen at the back of the stage, and the crowd reacted instantly. She riled everyone up by calling “Summer Sonic!” before joining Nakata and Kyary in a dream collaboration.

     

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

    Kizuna AI’s cover of Kizunami is now available for digital download and is streaming on Spotify.

  • Yasutaka Nakata, DJ KAORI & More to Perform at ASOBINITE!!! Summer Party in Tokyo

    28.May.2019 | MUSIC / SPOT

    Driving the Japanese pop culture scene, ASOBISYSTEM’s annual grand party ASOBINITE!!! is back! The party will be held on Saturday 20th July at Shinkiba ageHA @STUDIO COAST.

     

    Japan’s most iconic producer Yasutaka Nakata will be firing up the party as the resident DJ. He will be accompanied by many sensational guest performers including the DJ queen DJ Kaori; who was the resident DJ for ageHa’s 15th anniversary concert THE BEST PARTY!! Nakata’s main music unit CAPSULE will also be performing on stage for the first time in two years! TJO, TeddyLoid and many more big name DJs will also feature at the event.  

    Filled with summer vibes, the WATER stage will be hosting the event BIKINI NIGHT. The lineup of famous performers includes MITOMI, TOKOTO, BUNNY, iamSHUM and SHOTA. This party is going to kick off by the spacious poolside and there’s no doubt the night is gonna be a splash!

     

    VIRTUAFREAK will be managing a spin-off stage with an army of famous VTubers who have influenced many creatives! Witness an army of wildly enthusiastic VTubers as they tear down the BOX stage at ageHa! The lineup includes Miori Ehara, Virtual Cat, and even Wani and Komori (Wani no Yaka & Hashiyan Takasaka)!

     

    Limited early bird tickets will be released on Tuesday 28th May during the afternoon.  This summer festival of Japanese stars is something you don’t want to miss so check it out as soon as you can!

  • Yasutaka Nakata Releases ‘Pico Pico Tokyo (feat. Momo Mashiro)’ Animated Music Video Produced by Somehoodlum

    17.May.2019 | MUSIC

    Yasutaka Nakata is lauded as a spearhead of the Japanese electro scene, as the creator of ‘kawaii’ dance music, as the producer for big names such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Perfume, for writing music for films, games―the list goes on.

     

    Nakata just released his new song Pico Pico Tokyo (feat. Momo Mashiro) today as a digital single.

    A music video was also posted on Nakata’s official YouTube channel. The video was posted by Los Angeles-based artist Somehoodlum, a visionary creator who has worked on music videos for such artists as 21 Savage, Getter, Future, and Lil Uzi Vert.

     

    The music and visuals are a mix of club culture, video game sounds and Neo-Tokyo. Check it out yourself and see the talented Yasutaka Nakata and distinguished artist Somehoodlum step into new creative territory.

  • Yasutaka Nakata Announces New Song ‘Pico Pico Tokyo’ Featuring Next Generation Artist Momo Mashiro

    07.May.2019 | MUSIC

    Yasutaka Nakata is lauded as a spearhead of the Japanese electro scene, as the creator of ‘kawaii’ dance music, as the producer for big names such as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Perfume, for writing music for films, games―the list goes on.

     

    Nakata is set to release his new song Pico Pico Tokyo (feat. Momo Mashiro) on May 17.

    As the title indicates, Momo Mashiro is on board to provide the vocals. She won the Grand Prix award at the Lawson Dream Artist auditions and made her major debut last year by featuring on Nakata’s song Jump in Tonight which was included on his solo album Digital Native released last year.

     

    We look forward to seeing how Nakata will use Mashiro’s pop vocals in the new track.

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