SEKAI NO OWARI Announce Simultaneous Album Release & 2019 Tour

07.December.2018 | MUSIC

SEKAI NO OWARI have announced that they will release two new albums titled Eye and Lip simultaneously on February 27, 2019. They will subsequently embark on a tour in Japan from April to August.


The new records will come almost 4 years after their previous album Tree which dropped in January 2015. Having waited so long, fans can look forward to double the music.



Eye is described as being everything ‘crazy’ to do with the band while Lip is an all-out pop record. The first press limited edition copies of Eye will come with a DVD featuring footage of their INSOMNIA TRAIN performance while the first press limited edition copies of Lip will include a compilation of the band’s music videos.


The band will release their first overseas album Chamelon under their translated name “End of the World” next spring.


SEKAI NO OWARI are set for success as they ready themselves for the new year.


  • Celebrities Comment on CAPSULE’s 25th Anniversary, New Album ‘Metro Pulse’ to be Get Vinyl Release

    07.February.2023 | MUSIC

    To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the electro-pop duo CAPSULE, 18 celebrities with close ties to the duo have commented on this auspicious occasion. These celebs are active across a wide range of industries, including music, film, fashion, and manga. Music Natalie’s 25th anniversary special feature, which has just been released, includes plenty of favorite songs and events from CAPSULE’s past releases along with comments from various contributors.


    As part of the 25th anniversary celebration, an analog version of the duo’s synth wave and city pop-centric 16th album Metro Pulsereleased last December will be released on May 24, 2023. This is the first time since the release of the single JUMPER in November 2008 that CAPSULE’s works have been released on analog vinyl. Fans shouldn’t miss this exclusive product!


    ▶︎25th Anniversary Comment Contributors

    AMIAYA / Ayase / Souichiro Uchida / Eiichiro Oda / Kyary Pamyu Pamyu / Kenmochi Hidefumi / Kentaro Shinozaki (Rittor Music) / Shonan no Kaze / Toshio Suzuki / Kazuaki Seki / Goro Taniguchi / Teddyloid / Toshihiro Nagoshi / Perfume (A-chan, Kashiyuka, Nocchi) / MIKIKO / MEG

  • 【KAWAII LAB.】New Idol Group「CANDY TUNE」Debut Concert Planned for March 14 at Spotify O-EAST

    07.February.2023 | MUSIC

    A new idol group is coming in March 2023 from KAWAII LAB. , to promote Japan’s growing idol culture to the world.


    So far, four members have been announced ahead of the group’s debut concert. The group name and details of their debut concert have just been revealed!


    Following IDOLATER and FRUITS ZIPPER, the third idol group born from KAWAII LAB. has been announced as CANDY TUNE. The name is meant to evoke the image of both kindhearted girls and catchy melodies and harmonies.KAWAII LAB. will continue to focus on its concept of promoting Harajuku culture to the world.


    The four members announced so far are Mizuki Kirihara, Rino Fukuyama, Natsu Minami, and Nanako Ogawa. More members will be announced in the near future.

    Clockwise from top: Mizuki Kirihara, Nanako Ogawa, Rino Fukuyama, Natsu Minami


    CANDY TUNE’s debut concert titled KAWAII LAB. SESSION ~CANDY TUNE~ will be held on March 14 at Spotify O-EAST! IDOLATER and FRUITS ZIPPER, both created by KAWAII LAB., will also perform, with the members of CANDY TUNE performing on the same stage as their seniors for the first time.

  • Yutaro to Appear in ‘How many sins are there?’ Stage Play

    06.February.2023 | MOVIE

    Yutaro will appear in the upcoming stage production of How Many Sins are There, written, directed, and performed by Shigeyuki Totsugi. The play will begin in April 2023.


    5D2-FIVE DIMENSIONS is a solo project by members of TEAM NACS, giving each member space to express themselves. This play will be Shigeyuki Totsugi’s first new work in nearly four years.


    Yutaro will play the role of Raido Beppu, a transgender inmate on death row who is interviewed by the reporter protagonist.


    <Comment from Shigeyuki Totsugi>
    “Four whole years have passed since my last solo project, MONSTER MATES. I’m incredibly happy to finally be able to return to my professional solo career in this big way.


    Moreover, as with previous performances, I’ve assembled the best possible cast. We’re all grateful for this opportunity and we’re determined to bring audiences the best possible performance. Please look forward to it!”

  • Utano Aoi Appears in PR Videos for TV Asahi’s ‘The Future Starts Here’ Project

    06.February.2023 | MOVIE

    TV Asahi’s company-wide The Future Starts Here project is aimed at supporting people and inspiring them to grow and improve. Utano Aoi is now appearing in two heartfelt PR videos for the project, with one focusing on sharing your personal strengths and one about sharing your favorite things.


    Even the smallest actions and the tiniest shift in a person’s mindset can move the future in a positive direction. The current theme is easy to understand–Start moving, and the future will too. These short PR videos show moments of change that can take place during a normal day in a person’s life.



  • Blue Lock Anime Series Inspires New Collaboration Items from SuperGroupies

    05.February.2023 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Japanese apparel brand SuperGroupies has released a new collection of bags and watches inspired by the anime adaptation of Blue Lock. The items feature the four main strikers aiming to become the best in the world. All items are made-to-order, so be sure to order while you can!


    Tote Bag (Yoichi Isagi ver.)
    This tote bag features a Blue Lock-inspired chain.
    A perfect size for taking to practice or for use in everyday life, the inside pocket is modeled after a soccer field.
    The front pocket is Isagi’s representative green color and features his name and his jersey number, 11. It also features his iconic quote “I… I want to win by my own goal!!!”
    Fans will also notice the letter Z and number 299, referring to his initial team and Blue Lock rank.


    Watch (Rin Itoshi ver.)
    This wristwatch features a chain design and the Blue Lock logo on the back.
    The metal piece at 12 o’clock is shaped after the Blue Lock emblem and features a crown motif reminiscent of the world’s best striker rank and Itoshi’s jersey number 1 during the Second Selection. The second hand is turquoise, Rin’s representative color.
    The turquoise stone at 9 o’clock is a subtle reference to Itoshi’s birth month of September. This is a perfect addition to any casual or formal outfit!


    ©金城宗幸・ノ村優介・講談社/「ブルーロック」製作委員会 ®KODANSHA

  • Singer-Songwriter Minami Releases ‘Rude, Lose Dance,’ Opening Theme for Record of Ragnarok Season 2

    05.February.2023 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Singer-songwriter Minami has been in the spotlight lately, performing the opening theme for the new Urusei Yatsura anime series alongside MAISONdes and SAKURAmoti. In October 2022, she also performed the vocals on the mash-up track Suisei x Konyawa Boogie Back nice vocal meets Yuri on Ice. The track was used in a hugely popular Suntory Horoyoi commercial.


    Following this wave of popularity, Minami has released the song Rude, Lose Dance on all major streaming services! The singer also announced that her upcoming EP LOSE LOOSE DAY, her first EP in over a year and a half, will be released on March 22.


    Minami made her major label debut in January 2019 with Kawaki wo Ameku, the opening theme for the Domestic Girlfriend anime series.


    Since her debut, the singer has become popular both in Japan and abroad, with her YouTube channel filled with supportive comments from fans around the world. Her new song Rude, Lose Dance has been chosen as the opening theme for the second season of the Record of Ragnarok anime series, now available to stream on Netflix worldwide.


    The fast-paced animated music video for the song, along with the jacket cover, was created by Kazuki Oekaki, a manga artist and illustrator.


    Be sure to check out the music video on Minami’s official YouTube channel!


    Rude, Lose Dance

    In addition to the main character, many background characters appear in the video. A campaign is currently underway on social media, asking fans which of these curious characters they’d like to see in one of Minami’s future music videos. Check out the website below for more information and to place your vote!


    Minami will release the EP LOSE LOOSE DAY on March 22, a year and eight months after the release of her previous EP DROP. The release will include last year’s hit GOOD LUCKER, Rude, Lose Dance, and three brand-new tracks.


    In addition to the standard CD-only Blue Check disc, the Red Check disc comes with a 14-page original comic by Kazuki Oekaki. The Yellow Check disc comes packaged with the music videos for GOOD LUCKER and Rude, Lose Dance along with original playing cards. The Green Check disc will be released in a total of four formats including a radio CD, a first for Minami.


    Minami will kick off her FREEZING CANDY TOUR 2023 on March 25, visiting 18 cities across Japan and performing 20 shows.

  • BABYMETAL Completes 2-Day Performace at Makuhari Messe, More Shows Announced for Next Chapter

    04.February.2023 | MUSIC

    To coincide with BABYMETAL’s 10th anniversary last year, the group announced that it would “seal” itself off from the world until further notice in October 2021. On January 28 and 29, 2023, the band held BABYMETAL RETURNS -THE OTHER ONE-, a two-day performance at Makuhari Messe. After a year of silence, the girls are finally back ahead of the simultaneous worldwide release of their concept album THE OTHER ONE on March 24, 2023. The two successful shows welcomed fans into the new world of BABYMETAL, attracting over 30,000 people.

    On January 27, the Japanese government revised the country’s guidelines for dealing with COVID-19, abolishing the restrictions on maximum attendees allowed in concert halls. The first performance on January 28 felt even more celebratory as a result, with masked fans able to participate as if they had returned to a time before the Coronavirus. The audience cheered and the girls performed their hearts out, reviving BABYMETAL in a whole new way. BABYMETAL held the ‘LEGEND – METAL GALAXY’ concert at Makuhari Messe in January 2020–the last show prior to the world-changing pandemic.

    BABYMETAL performed a total of 13 songs on January 28 and January 29, including five new songs from the upcoming concept albumTHE OTHER ONE. As the audience watched on, the venue was filled with quiet tension as the band returned to the stage for the first time in a year and a half. Fans were given Savior Masks to wear–the dress code for the BABYMETAL unsealing ceremony. At the start of the show, a story video began playing to announce the ten parallel worlds that are represented in the upcoming concept album. Ten apostles appeared on the runway stage, walking from one side to the other in veils and holding wands. A massive stone fox gate appeared, where the members of BABYMETAL were said to be frozen in eternal sleep. Arriving at the gate, the apostles raised their wands and the gate opened in a flash of light and smoke, revealing SU-METAL and MOAMETAL. The two took to the throne and the ceremony began!


    The audience’s excitement rose to a fever pitch as SU-METAL rose from the throne to perform METAL KINGDOM. The audience began to get even more excited by the dynamic dancing and powerful singing of the Avengers, who joined in on the next song Divine Attack. Following, BABYMETAL’s more popular tracks began playing in rapid succession including Distortion (feat. Alissa White-Gluz), PA PA YA!! (feat. F.HERO), Gimme Chocolate!!, and Megitsune.


    In the video shown before the song Doki Doki Morning, it was announced that the door to the new world, the METALVERSE, was ready to open, revealing new lifeforms and plenty of new experiences. While the first half of the song was the same as always, the second half featured a new arrangement. Suddenly, a mysterious trio appeared on another stage. It was as if a parallel world was appearing before the audience’s eyes, with both groups dancing and singing in unison.


    The second half of the live performance featured the new song Light and Darkness, telling the story of a world where light and darkness intersect. The group also performed Monochrome, with the audience’s smartphones beautifully illuminating the venue and adding color to the monochrome world.


    As the concert began to come to a close, the audience responded by dancing along to an intense performance of Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!! The girls also performed their signature track Ijime, Dame, Zettai and Road of Resistance. BABYMETAL screamed “We are BABYMETAL,” causing the audience to respond in kind.


    For the finale of BABYMETAL’s revival, the group performed the new song THE LEGEND.  SU-METAL and MOAMETAL stood on two moving stages each representing the symbol of THE OTHER ONE (∞), soon starting to float in the air, moving slowly from the two ends of the stage to the center of the venue as if the two circles overlapped. The audience was soothed by SU-METAL’s singing voice, which gently enveloped the venue, and MOAMETAL and her choir in white.


    As the ending movie played, it was announced another seal would soon be opened, and that BABYMETAL would soon be standing on a new stage. SU-METAL and MOAMETAL appeared on stage again and began to climb the steps of an aerial staircase, reminiscent of the stairs to the living legend that appeared in the infinite universe. Two crystal coffins appeared and the girls got in, prepared to be sucked into the gate to the multiverse. Suddenly, an arrow of light was shot between the two coffins, and another crystal coffin appeared, with someone new appearing in front of the third coffin. As the three coffins came together and the gate to the new universe pulsed bright red, the performance came to an end with a flash of intense light.


    BABYMETAL was successfully resurrected, sharing their determination to start anew with the audience. The BABYMETAL RETURNS – THE OTHER ONE – performance opened a gate to unknown worlds filled with mysteries far beyond our imagination. What was the third coffin? What three lifeforms appeared on the opposite stage? During the ending movie, fans were excited to see that BABYMETAL BEGINS -THE OTHER ONE- would be held at Pia Arena MM on April 1 and April 2, 2023. A new METAL will be born on Fox Day on April 1, the same day that BABYMETAL will begin the journey to a new world.


    The quickest way to preorder tickets for BABYMETAL BEGINS – THE OTHER ONE – is to register for THE ONE 2023. Preorders will start on January 30 at 18:00. See the special website for more details!


    BABYMETAL BEGINS – THE OTHER ONE –  will also be broadcast exclusively on WOWOW on March 25, 2023.

  • Voice Actor Daiki Yamashita Releases ‘Action,’ the Second Ending Theme for Yowamushi Pedal LIMIT BREAK

    04.February.2023 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    On March 8, 2023, voice actor and singer Daiki Yamashita will release his first album, from here. Ahead of this exciting date, the songAction is now available on streaming services! The track was chosen as the second ending theme for the anime series Yowamushi Pedal LIMIT BREAK.

    Action is a duet with fellow musician and personal friend Saeki YouthK. The song pairs both voices expertly, and it’s clear to listeners that these two performers are incredibly close. Focusing on those with belief and those who are believed in, the horn arrangement was provided by Saeki YouthK and is a unique element of the song. The recently released jacket cover illustration was created by the up-and-coming artist Aruta and depicts one character looking forward as another looks back. More information on the upcoming streaming release campaign for Action has also been announced, with a Twitter sharing campaign having already begun. See the official website for more details.


    The Limited First Edition release of from here will include a set of three clear cards, and images of these cards have been released! A release event and online autograph event will also be held in Tokyo in March.



  • Upcoming One Piece Netflix Series Coming in 2023, First Live-Action Visual Revealed

    03.February.2023 | ANIME&GAME

    Netflix has announced that it will release the live-action adaptation of One Piece worldwide in 2023.


    One Piece is one of Japan’s most popular and long-running manga series. Created by Eiichiro Oda, the manga has sold over 500 million copies worldwide.


    The series was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump in 1997, starting with the protagonist Monkey D. Luffy going on a journey with the Straw Hat Pirates to find the One Piece, a treasure that was left behind by the legendary “Pirate King” Gol D. Roger.


    The live-action project has gained a ton of attention on social media, with the cast being revealed in 2022. As the world awaits more production news, the first live-action visuals have been released along with the news that the series is coming in 2023.


    Following the hugely positive feedback for ONE PIECE FILM RED, fans are ready to see the Monkey D. Luffy once again in the first episode of the Netflix series titled ROMANCE DAWN – Dawn of Adventure-.


    In the original series, Luffy, who admires the great pirate Shanks after meeting him in his hometown of Foosha as a child, decides to become the Pirate King, taking to the open seas to make his dream come true.


    During his unpredictable adventures, Luffy meets a group of friends who he can always trust.


    The newly-released visual shows Luffy (played by Iñaki Godoy) in his trademark straw hat, raising his right fist to the sky.


    On his Instagram page, Godoy often posts pictures of his friends and fellow cast members including Mackenyu (Roronoa Zoro) and Jacob Gibson (Usopp). Fans have been largely pleased with the casting choices.


    The extraordinary success of ONE PIECE FILM RED made headlines in 2022, as the film topped the yearly box office in Japan. It finally ended its theatrical run on January 29.


    Will you be tuning in to the live-action Netflix series?


  • KAWAII LAB. Report #18: The Lowdown on FRUITS ZIPPER’s New Track ‘Happy Chocolate’ ♡

    03.February.2023 | MUSIC

    FRUITS ZIPPER released the new song Happy Chocolate on February 1, 2023. Happy Chocolate was written by Shou Yamamoto, who previously wrote the group’s smash-hit second single Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, which currently has over 600 million views on TikTok.


    In this new report, we sat down to interview the members about their new song Happy Chocolate. Read on to see more about the new track’s cute choreography, highlights of the lovey-dovey music video, and much more!♡

    What kind of a song is Happy Chocolate?


    Luna: “This Valentine’s Day song is packed with tons of cuteness. It’s one of those songs you’ll catch yourself humming to and can’t get out of your head! My favorite lyrics are “I want to reward myself with my love,” and “I want to reward myself starting today!” I want to reward myself every day for my hard work.”


    What were your first impressions of the song?


    Amane: “I thought it sounded so cute and happy. When I heard that it was a Valentine’s Day song, I was shocked that it was already that time of year!”


    Mana: “I couldn’t get the chorus out of my head, and even before I learned the whole thing, I was humming it constantly. I instantly thought that when the song was released, it would be stuck in people’s heads for a while!”



    The Happy Chocolate dance is super cute. What do you focus on to make it extra adorable?


    Karen: “The video is full of us eating chocolate, and the trick making that extra cute is to focus on how you take a bite!”


    Noel: “I think it’s pretty easy to make a dance cute if you dance with lots of chocolate in mind! When you’re dancing, think about how sweet chocolate is, how much you love it, and how yummy it is! ♡”



    Tell us your favorite part of the Happy Chocolate music video!


    Yui: “I hope everyone enjoys this music video with all of us eating chocolate together!
    There is a cutout with a hashtag somewhere, so be sure to take a look at it and see what it says.🥰 Personally, I hope you don’t miss the face about 3 seconds before the end of the music video!” ♡ (Laugh)


    Suzuka: “I love the scenes where everyone is dressed up cooks making chocolate.♡
    In the first take, everyone was really cooking without paying attention to the camera. It was a real FRUITS ZIPPER moment (laugh).
    Our outfits are so cute too! ♡♡
    Also, look at the rings on my fingers, they are so cute!”



    Do you have any messages for the fans?


    Yui: “I think this song is an interesting and extremely cute pop song. I think FRUITS ZIPPER shows off so many kinds of kawaii♡ It’s NEW KAWAII!” ♡ (Laugh)

    Happy Chocolate is a wonderful song that will not only make your heart pound this Valentine’s Day, but will also bring you plenty of happiness!

    Please listen to it! 🥰”


    Karen: “Sweet, sweet, sweet, sweet, please fall in love with Karen!”



    Happy Chocolate will be performed live for the first time at the FRUITS ZIPPER 1st One Man Tour 2023 -WINTER- ♡BE AT THE HEART♡ concert. Only general tickets are on sale for the expanded capacity show at Namba Hatch in Osaka on February 5 and the tour’s final show at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA in Tokyo on February 12, so grab them while you can!

  • Atarashii Gakko! Joins Amazon Music’s Family Friendly Series ‘Hee! Hee! Hoo!”

    02.February.2023 | MUSIC

    Amazon Music’s first music entertainment show for kids and families to be released in Japan is here! Hee! Hee Hoo! premiered on Prime Video on January 26. The four-member vocal and dance group Atarashii Gakko! is also participating in the project.


    Hee! Hee Hoo! is a body-themed four-episode series featuring surreal and psychedelic visuals along with Amazon Music Original music for young kids and their parents. This project was made to entertain and educate babies and children by using original images and music to address the physical changes they’ll experience from birth to death and to explain the sensations they feel.


    The members of Atarashii Gakko! appear in the first episode, performing the song BABY which was written exclusively for the show.


    <Comment from Atarashii Gakko!>
    “The theme for this show is so great–the four of us had so much fun coming up with ideas, writing lyrics, and making choreography! I hope even fetuses can enjoy it!!”

  • Vocaloid Producer Balloon Releases Hatsune Miku’s Image Song for Sony’s 360 Reality Audio

    02.February.2023 | MUSIC

    Keina Suda, also known by his Vocaloid producer name Balloon, has been rising in popularity with the release of the music video for his new track Darling. On May 24, he’ll release his second full album Ghost Pop, and his track Hana ni Kaze is being used to promote Hatsune Miku’s 360 Reality Audio Experience at the Sony Store. This catchy track will be released on all major streaming services on February 10, 2023. In addition, the cover for the song, created by Avogado6,  has also been revealed.

    The song was created exclusively as the campaign song for Sony Store’s exclusive Walkman and accompanying headphones featuring exclusive Hatsune Miku designs by Avogado 6. These are available to order now, and starting January 27, Sony Store locations are offering a new listening experience, allowing guests to enjoy Hana ni Kaze with Sony’s 3D Reality Audio.


    In addition to this listening experience, a special viewing event was held in theater rooms, making guests feel as though they were at a live concert. Reservations were required to participate.


    Visit the official Sony website for more information!