DAOKO x Yasutaka Nakata’s New Song ‘Bokura no Network’ Used as Insert Song in Dragalia Lost™

06.November.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

DAOKO has teamed up with music producer Yasutaka Nakata to release a new song titled Bokura no Network under the official name DAOKO x Yasutaka Nakata.

 

The song will be used as an insert track in the action role-playing game Dragalia Lost™ which is developed and published by Nintendo in collaboration with Cygames.

 

The song will be released digitally on November 17 at midnight (JST) and also feature on DAOKO’s upcoming third album Shiteki Ryoko.

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  • DAOKO Reveals Upcoming New Album ‘anima’ CD Cover

    10.June.2020 | MUSIC

    The CD cover for DAOKO’s upcoming 4th album anima, which was announced last week and for which pre-orders opened today, has been revealed. The illustration was drawn by Shihatsu-chan.

    DAOKO is set to release anima initially on June 24, 2020 across music subscription and download services before it hits shelves as a CD on July 29, 2020. The record comes as her first album since Shiteki Ryoko dropped back in December 2018.

     

    anima will also be released with Limited Edition and Regular Edition copies.

    The album is being co-produced by DAOKO herself and Akito Katayose (GREAT3) who was also the sound producer for DAOKO’s self-titled album—her first to be released from a major label.

     

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    DAOKO | Comment

    “I first encountered Shihatsu-chan’s work on Twitter. It was love at first sight. Her art makes me feel somehow nostalgic and lonely… but it also feels close and warm. The penny dropped when I actually got to meet Shihatsu-chan. She’s a very warm and kind person in real life. I grew to love her work even more. The scenery we saw when we took a stroll together through Shibuya became the basis for the album artwork. It’s wonderful, I felt a wave of emotions seeing it. It fits the outlook of the song perfectly and itself is an important part of this record. I’m honoured to have come together with her, so I’d like to thank her. I want to see your work enlarged, so now I want an art book of your work!”)

     

    Shihatsu-chan | Comment

    “When I went to see DAOKO live, her music touched my heart. She’s powerful, transient. As I watched her, she shone brighter than any one, and in my heart I knew I had to draw something for her. And she let me. Every piece I do is my best – I put my all into all of them. I hope you enjoy the artwork alongside DAOKO’s wonderful music.”

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    Japanese singer DAOKO is set to release her fourth album anima initially on June 24, 2020 across music subscription and download services before it hits shelves as a CD on July 29, 2020. The record comes as her first album since Shiteki Ryoko dropped back in December 2018.

     

    The album is being co-produced by DAOKO herself and Akito Katayose (GREAT3) who was also the sound producer for DAOKO’s self-titled album—her first to be released from a major label.

     

    The 12-track album invites a diverse range of track makers and musicians on board who DAOKO respects. Songs will see a return to DAOKO’s iconic rap style, as well as enter new territory for the singer.

     

    First Press Limited Edition copies of anima are coupled with a DVD featuring DAOKO’s concert at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM held in February this year as part of her “2020 Otogi no Mitoshi Tour.”

    A new artist photo of DAOKO has also been released in promotion of her new album. The photo was taken by Shinkai Baba who also worked together with DAOKO on an exhibition held at Ebisu KATA.

     

    DAOKO | Comment

    “When I heard the final mastered version of my album ‘anima,’ I teared up. The album is intertwined with philosophical ideas, something which I often think about. It has an amazing sound. I felt beauty from my heart. The album is one which helps brings the light closer—a light which until now could only be seen from a distance—and one which illuminates the path ahead. I’m thankful from the bottom of my heart to all the musicians [involved] whom I admire and respect, and who helped me find a new DAOKO. This album saved me, and I hope it becomes a ray of light to those who hear it.”

     

     

    Akito Katayose | Comment

    “Her words stir my heart, and her voice brings about a fiery pleasure to my ears. DAOKO has been special since I met her when she was 17-years-old. Her talent is endless, and it shows on this album. She feels liberated on it. It was an incredible experience to work with her […] as well as all of the wonderful musicians who followed along, including my former friend John McEntire. I hope this beautiful and curious album echoes as a source of strength to all the unstable hearts and the world.”

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    DAOKO released her last single Otogi no Machi in February this year and promoted it with a mini solo tour in Nagoya, Osaka, and Tokyo.

    Her new single and the second of 2020, Ocharaketayo, was released yesterday on March 25, and features Indonesian hitmaker pxzvc. It is a coming together of cultures to bring listeners next generation music.

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    Original Text: Fukuryu (Music Concierge)

    Photo: Aki Ishii

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    DAOKO – “Otogi no Machi” MUSIC VIDEO

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  • Watch the Teaser for DAOKO’s New Dragalia Lost Album

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    Dragalia Lostis an action role-playing smartphone game developed by Cygames and published by Nintendo. It has been one year since the game launched last year on September 27, and to commemorate, young famous singer DAOKO is collaborating with the title to release an anniversary album on October 9 called DAOKO x Dragalia Lost.

     

    Check out the epic album teaser below released just moments ago.

     

    The teaser gives us a cheeky taste of many songs that are included on DAOKO’s new album and follows DAOKO’s journey with Dragalia Lost. The range of game scenes in the teaser is enough to make any Dragalia Lost fan lose themselves in excitement. 

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  • DAOKO’s Song Used for Hit Film Kaguya-sama: Love Is War. Check Out the Official Music Video.

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    Young singer and rapper DAOKO created the insert song “Hajimemashite no Kimochi ofor the hit film Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, which features Sho Hirano (from idol group King & Prince) and actress Kanna Hashimoto. Now, the music video for Hajimemashite no Kimochi o has been released.

     The music video paints a picture of romance that viewers can easily relate to in real life. Teens from across Japan have fallen in love with the video upon learning that the video even features their favourite illustrator fusedy. DAOKO’s lyrics spell out the story of the pure love of a young girl who easily blends into her surroundings. The music video has become a big hit.

     

    Hajimemashite no Kimochi o Official Music Video

    Kaguya-sama: Love Is War is a current high-tension hit film which has grasped a wide audience. Through her song, DAOKO has widely influenced the feelings involved in the world of the film. Please check it out. 

     

  • Dragalia Lost Anniversary Song by DAOKO Used in 1st Anniversary Commercial For Mobile Game

    28.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The song a n n i v e r s a r y, written by DAOKO and TAKU INOUE for the one-year anniversary of Dragalia Lost, was used in a new commercial for the celebrations.

    DAOKO herself also appeared in the commercial alongside the characters in the game. Check it out below.

     

     

    An anniversary event titled “DRAGALIA LOST Celebration Party” will also be held at Shinkiba STUDIO COAST on January 8 next year where DAOKO will perform live alongside TAKU INOUE as the DJ.

    To attend this event, you must sign up via the application card included with copies of DAOKO’s upcoming album DAOKO x Dragalia Lost releasing on October 9.Winners will be chosen randomly to attend.

     

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