Aimyon to Perform Theme Song for Japanese TV Drama Series ‘Kemono ni Narenai Watashitachi’

21.September.2018 | MUSIC

It’s been announced that Japanese singer-songwriter Aiymon, born and raised in Nishinomiya, Hyogo, will perform the main theme song Konya Kono Mama for the upcoming Nippon TV drama series Kemono ni Narenai Watashitachi starring Yui Aragaki and Ryuhei Matsuda.

The drama was written by Akiko Nogi (Unnatural, The Full-Time Wife Escapist). It’s a romantic comedy and drama that follows Akira Shinkai (Yui Aragaki) and Kosei Nemoto (Ryuhei Matsuda) who bump into each other through music at a bar.

 

The theme song was written specifically for this series and will be released on CD on November 14. The single will come in a sleeve case containing a 12-page booklet.

A short video was posted on YouTube directed by Tondabayashi Ran who was worked with Aiymon in the Past. It features new artist photos from Aimyon and offers an early listen of the new song.

 

Comment: Nobuo Mizuta (Character in the Drama Series)
“I handed the script that Nogi wrote to Aiymon and said to her, ‘First of all, try making the song as you please.’ When the demo tape arrived, I felt admiration to this 23-year-old singer-songwriter’s reading comprehension and her power to fuse it with her own world of music. That voice and the world of those lyrics layered over the guitar in ‘Konya Kono Mama’… Before the real shoot began, all of us, who cannot become beasts*, started moving around ferociously. There are wolf fangs behind that innocent smile of the beautiful Aimyon, a woman of the modern times.”

*Translator’s Note: This refers to the title of the drama series, Kemono ni Narenai Watashitachi (“We Cannot Become Beasts”).

Comment: Aimyon
“The drama is about to start soon. I felt a real sense of accomplishment when the song was completed. I’ve been able to write a new kind of song I’ve never done before. In getting to read the script too I saw the personalities and emotions of an irritable guy and girl change as well as their expressions that ooze from their lines. I think those things stimulated all my senses [for writing the song]. Although it’s faithful to the drama I was really give the chance to write and produce the song freely.”

 

Aimyon will head on tour in November. All shows have sold out including the additional shows in December. Her music videos on YouTube have been viewed over 60 million times. Stay tuned for more news on the singer.

 

■Information

“Konya Kono Mama”
On Sale: November 14, 2018

Price: ¥1,080 (Tax Included)

*Coupling track TBA
*Includes 12-page booklet and sleeve case

 

CD Bonus
“Konya Kono Mama Original Clear File” (A5 Size)
*Limited in stock. Will discontinue once all have been sold.
*Select music stores won’t stock the clear file. Enquire in-store for more details.

 

AIMYON TOUR 2018 –HONEY LADY BABY- (*All dates sold out)
11/21 @ PENNY LANE 24, Hokkaido
11/23 @ RENSA, Miyagi
11/26 @ DIAMOND HALL, Aichi
11/28 @ Zepp Namba, Osaka
11/30 @ MONSTER, Kagawa
12/03 @ CHICKEN GEORGE, Hyogo
12/04 @ CLUB Quattro, Hiroshima
12/08 @ Mynavi Blitz Akasaka, Tokyo
12/12 @ DRUM Logos, Fukuoka
12/14 @ Caparvo Hall, Kagoshima
12/17 @ Zepp Tokyo, Tokyo

 

Aimyon Official Website: http://www.aimyong.net/

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    I’ve never once had to rewrite lyrics over once I’ve written them, but for this song, I read them over and over, sang them, and rewrote them over again. 

    I kept fine-tuning the words, trying to keep them from being too cute, or too clumsy. 

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    The lyrics appeared on the monitors for Ikiteitan da yo ne during which the performance shifted to a dramatic tone as red lights beamed, resulting in a theatrical atmosphere.

    “When I told my mum the news that I would be performing live at the Budokan, she was even more overjoyed than when it was announced I would perform at Kōhaku [Uta Gassen]. So I decided to put the year she brought me into this world in the title [of the tour]. 1995 is my origin, the origin of me as a singer-songwriter.”

     

    As Aimyon explained the origin of her tour title she performed her new song 1995. “I made this [song] specially for today.” Fans joined in with singing the “lalalas” of the chorus before Aimyon wrapped up with the final song of the night, Kimi wa Rock o Kikanai, which brought the crowd together as one.

    “Thank you for giving me the best seat in the house today!” she said, bringing her first-ever Budokan concert to its conclusion.

     

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    Director Kodai Kobayashi also commented: “Because we filmed her and went to places I didn’t know, I saw a lot of young guys and girls experiencing a ‘live’ show. It was my first time. For both me and them it’s a rite of passage that Aimyon gives an energetic performance, so I would be happy if people can feel that with this video too.”

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    It has been announced that singer-songwriter Aimyon will perform the main theme song for the anime film Crayon Shin-chan: Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hiroshi~ which is set to release on April 19, 2019.

     

    Aimyon is a huge fan of Cragon Shin-chan. The song she has written for the latest film is titled Haru no Hi (“Spring Day”). It focuses on the love between Shin-chan’s parents Hiroshi and Misae Nohara from their perspective and their honeymoon trip which they have never been on and which the film is based on.

     

    The song will also be used as the new ending theme song for the Crayon Shin-chan anime series from February 8. Aimyon’s 7th single to date, the CD will hit shelves on April 17, two days before the film’s premiere.

    Aimyon gave the following comments about the collaboration: “I have been given the opportunity to perform the main theme for Crayon Shin-chan: Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hiroshi~. I have loved the series since I was a child. I am so grateful to be able to say that. But at the same time I wondered to myself how I would be able to convey those loving memories, in my own way, in a song. When I heard that it was about ‘family love’ I thought I would write a song about the birth of the Nohara household. Crayon Shin-chan always taught me about the strength of family ties and happiness. Of course, that includes his bonds with everyone in the Kasukabe Defence Force too. There are of course times he stumbles too. The message the series gets across touches my heart. I am truly happy to be involved with this movie. Thank you for this lifetime treasure. I hope that the song Haru no Hi that I wrote reaches many places.”

     

    She continues: “This is a different film, but I watched [Crayon Shin-chan: Fierceness That Invites Storm!] The Adult Empire Strikes Back from 2001. That’s where I first saw the Tower of the Sun by Tarō Okamoto. Crayon Shin-chan also introduced me to Takuro Yoshida, Betsy & Chris and others. It might not be the same, but I would be happy if I’m able to return the favour even a little.”

     

    Shin-chan also made a comment himself: “Cheers for making such a wonderful song for us. It makes me feel relaxed all the way to the centre of my butt. It was a really good song! Ahh, I want Aimyon to propose to me… Be sure you all listen to it!”

     

    *Comments translated from Japanese.

  • Aimyon Announces Arena Tour, Budokan Tickets Sell Out On Release Day

    21.January.2019 | MUSIC

    Singer-songwriter Aimyon will perform at the legendary Nippon Budokan venue on February 18 for the first time. Tickets went on sale January 19 and sold out the same day.

     

    Aimyon has announced a tour titled AIMYON TOUR 2019 “Love Call” which is set to begin in May and where she will be joined by a supporting artist. She will perform 10 concerts in 6 locations in Japan. Ticket details and the supporting artist have yet to be announced.

     

    The singer will follow this up with her biggest ever solo arena tour dubbed AIMYON TOUR 2019 -SIXTH SENSE STORY- which will start in October. Aimyon will embark on 22 concerts across 22 places in Japan. Pre-sale fan club tickets went at noon today in Japan (JST).

    Aimyon performed at the 69th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen at the end of 2018 and will release her second album Shunkanteki Sixth Sense on February 13 this year. Copies of the new album will include a serial code that gives access to apply for early-bird tickets to her October tour.

     

    As she continues to stir the industry and make it into Apple Music’s Top 5, this year is looking to be another successful one for Aimyon.

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