TV Anime Run with the Wind Opening Theme to be Performed by Q-MHz

25.December.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

Japanese music group Q-MHz which is composed of Aki Hata, Tomokazu Tashiro, Katsuhiko Kurosu and Tomoya Tabuchi (UNISON SQUARE GARDEN) are teaming up with AAA member Mitsuhiro Hidaka―who is also active as a solo rapper under the bane SKY-HI―to release a new digital single called Kaze Tsuyoku, Kimi Atsuku on January 23.

The song will be used as the second opening song for the ongoing anime series Run with the Wind. It features a running-like melody coupled with SKY-HI’s vocals and rapping.

 

The sports anime is an adaptation of Shion Miura’s award-winning novel of the same name.  It is being directed by Kazuya Nomura (Robotics;Notes, Ghost In The Shell: The New Movie) at Production I.G.

Comment: Q-MHz
“We are Q-MHz and we have been handed the baton from the first opening theme to perform the second one! It has a colourful rock sound that looks towards the climax of the story. Hidaka’s numbing rapping too makes it mega exciting. [People’s] emotions are sure to rise when the song doesn’t play for a second time at the end.”

 

Comment: Mitsuhiro Hidaka a.k.a. SKY-HI
“Tabuchi was my upperclassman in high school. This is the first time we have worked together, so getting to sing for Q-MHz felt like going back to being a high school student. I also got to sing in a style different to what they usually do! In receiving a request as singer I feel that though the weight is fairly heavy that pressure is thrilling and ties in with the anime and the song. It’s an eternity of youth packed in an instant into 3 minutes!”

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    The rapper and singer began posting vlogs on his channel at the end of February amid the coronavirus outbreaks and continues to together with his band SUPER FLYERS.

     

    SKY-HI has made the vocal track and system data for #Homesession public, so fans can download it and try recording their own home session.

     

    “#Homesession -0406-” / SKY-HI”

     

    SKY-HI | Message

    “How’s everyone holding up? We’ve gotten to a point where starting off with greeting like that has taken on a special meaning. But I really miss being around people as well. I’d thought to myself, well, this would be around the time I’d be sessioning with SUPER FLYERS every year, we can’t return to life before the novel coronavius, and I want to session with everyone during the time of the coronavirus, so I’m releasing the song #Homesession. The song isn’t done yet though. Now the baton will be passed to each member of SUPER FLYERS, so if you’d like, please try recording yourself too at home and send it to me. I’ll put them online, and the last one will be the version with SUPER FLYERS! I look forward to sharing with you. I hope we can have fun together like we always do even if we’re at home. That’s what’s going through my head!”

     

    He continues: “I myself get so much energy from Gen, Origami, and all the other musicians out there too. I really believe that thinking about the future and enjoying the moment are one in the same. I’m going to work to drop music and stems, so if anyone wants to mix them then please feel free to mix them whenever you like. That being said, let’s all meet at home together!”

  • SKY-HI Releases Saucy Photos For His Upcoming Greatest Hits Album ‘SKY-HI’s THE BEST’

    27.March.2020 | MUSIC

    SKY-HI will drop his first ever greatest hits album SKY-HI’s THE BEST on June 17, 2020. Today, the CD covers for the album have been released, with SKY-HI flaunting his power of seduction.

    The photos taken during this photo session will be compiled in a photo book exclusive to Limited Pressing Edition copies of the album. This edition of the album is jam-packed: it will include 3 discs compiling the best of SKY-HI’s pop songs, rap songs, and collaborative songs respectively, as well as new songs, fully-remastered tracks, and songs with re-recorded vocals.

    Live Edition copies of the album can be bought with either a DVD or Blu-ray which features footage of SKY-HI’s entire “Round A Ground 2019 ~Count Down SKY-HI~” live concert held at Toyosu PIT on December 11, 2019. For this show, fans submitted their favourite songs of SKY-HI, of which 20 of the most popular were chosen and performed in a “countdown” style. SKY-HI was joined by his band, SUPER FLYERS, on stage for the show.

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    SKY-HI also posted a teaser video of a piano arrangement of his song Iris Light which can be watched below.

  • SKY-HI Starts Vlogging On His Official YouTube Channel

    02.March.2020 | MUSIC

    Japanese rapper and singer posted his very first vlog on his official YouTube channel, SKYHICHANNEL, on February 29, 2020.

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    SKY-HI’s new vlog series is set to cover not only the Japanese artist knee-deep in the recording process, but will also feature in-depth talks with other artists and production staff from the music world, as well as other related technical music content. SKY-HI has also expressed his desire to post based on what viewers want to see too.

     

    SKY-HI stated that if he reaches 100,000 subscribers, he will post the video of his recording of the song Uren which he did during a previous livestream on his channel. The video will have the song played over it and the lyrics will be shown on screen. If he reaches 150,000 subscribers, he’ll post the song’s music video. And if he makes it to 1 million subscribers, he’s going to collaborate together with someone famous in the YouTube community.

     

    Subscriber to SKY-HI’s YouTube channel at the link below and stay tuned for the next vlog upload.

  • Q-MHz’s ‘Babylon’ Anime Theme Songs Released On Spotify and Apple Music

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    Q-MHz’s new digital-only album Babylon Theme Songs, which compiles the band’s theme songs for the TV anime series Babylon, was released on major download and streaming services on January 31. Additionally, a select number of the band’s other releases up to now have also hit the music platforms.

    As well as Babylon Theme Songs, fans can listen to the band’s self-titled Q-MHz which was released on January 27, 2016;  Kaze Tsuyoku, Kimi Atsuku, which features Mitsuhiro Hidaka a.k.a. SKY-HI and is the opening theme for the anime series Run with the Wind; a collection of character songs from the two anime series Welcome to the Ballroom and Elegant Yokai Apartment Life; the character songs and soundtrack of the anime Yozakura Quartet, and more.

     

    Q-MHz’s future releases are also scheduled to hit streaming platforms, so be sure to follow them on Spotify or Apple Music to keep up to date.

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    02.February.2020 | MUSIC

    SKY-HI released the first of a series of upcoming songs together with Thai pop star STAMP. The song is now streaming on major music platforms including Spotify.

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    Don’t Worry Baby Be Happy feat. STAMP (Prod. its) -Lyric Video-

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    He continues: “The songs we make these days end up having such heavy bass no matter what, and even I don’t like it, but thanks to STAMP’s rich voice, and his nature, this is the song I have been most encouraged for. He said to me, ‘Having a mountain of things you don’t like is part and parcel with life, but more than anything, time keeps on ticking. No matter how big things may seem, or how many of those things you have, while ever you’re alive, you put those things to work.’ Thanks to him, now the moment the intro starts, I feel lifted up <laughs>.

     

    SKY-HI finishes by saying: “It was so much fun doing this song live too. As an artist, and as an individual, getting to meet STAMP for me was really fortunate. I pray this song becomes the same for everyone that hears it too. Don’t Worry Baby Be Happy!!”

    STAMP was also interviewed about the new song. When asked to give his impressions on it, he said: “The beat is groovy, cool-sounding, and melodic. I really like how it speaks to the heart. It’s become my favourite song. Even if you don’t understand the Japanese rap lyrics, SKY-HI’s rap parts are just the best. It moves me how it transcends the barriers of language. The melodies for the hook were written by me when we first met in the studio. It was my first time writing a half-Japanese, half-Thai song.”

     

    He also commented on how the recording process was. “When we were recording, SKY-HI was always dancing to the rhythm while singing. I had such a fun time working in there. I haven’t met many artists that are overflowing with energy like him. It was really exciting. Now I want to try dancing next time I’m in the studio.”

     

    Finally, STAMP was asked to give a message to Japanese listeners. “Like other people, I’m really pleased with this collaboration too. I am honoured to have been able to do this with such a genius artist like SKY-HI. I hope everyone likes hearing the Thai lyrics as well as the Thai music influences too.”

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    SKY-HI will now be performing in a total of 28 cities, 24 of which are in Japan. This is a big chance to see him live! If you’re worried about tickets selling out, there are preorder tickets available for each live performance. More information on the Asia Tour will be announced in the future so stay tuned. 

     

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  • TV Anime Babylon’s First Arc Main Theme ‘Live and let die’ by Q-MHz Released Digitally

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    Q-MHz just dropped their new song Live and let die today for digital download. The song is being used for the first arc of the new TV anime series Babylon. 

    Babylon is a Japanese crime thriller novel series written by Mado Nozaki and illustrated by Zain. In an age where morals and compliance are at the centre of attention, viewers will be asked to question the meaning of life and justice. Keywords surrounding the series are “suicide” and “evil.” The anime series jumps the hurdle on adapting Nozaki’s challenging work.

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    The band’s new song Live and let die written for the first arc features female Japanese singer uloco. It was arranged by music group Gesshokukaigi, marking Q-MHz’s first time working with them. It’s a dark, cool and heavy rock song wrapped in a blanket of unrest.

    Live and let die is now rolling out across major digital music platforms. The first arc, which consists of three episodes, are now available to watch in Japan and overseas on Amazon Prime Video.

     

    ©Mado Nozaki・Kodansha / Twin Engine Inc.

  • Babylon Anime 3 New Cast Members Revealed, 3-Arc Story With 3 Theme Songs by Q-MHz Announced

    17.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    A new promotional video for the upcoming anime series Babylon, which is set to air on TOKYO MX from October 7, has revealed three new characters and cast members.

    The new characters include include Ariyoshi Hanta (voiced by Kazuyuki Okitsu), who is the best friend of protagonist Zen Seizaki; the politician Ryūichirō Nomaru (Katsuhisa Houki); and Kaika Itsuki (Ryotaro Okiayu).

    The anime will have three arcs: Itteki no Doku (One Drop of Poison), Erabareta Shi (The Chosen Death), and Magaru Sekai (Twisted World). Japanese music group Q-MHz will write a different theme song for each respective arc.

     

    The song for the first arc Itteki no Doku is titled Live and let die and will by performed by Q-MHz feat. uloco. The song is described as fast-paced, with the lyrics centring around seeking the possibility of life.

     

    Stay tuned for the latest updates on Babylon.

     

    ©Mado Nozaki・Kodansha / Twin Engine Inc.

  • Japanese Music Artists Performing Overseas in 2019: Part 4

    09.July.2019 | FEATURES / MUSIC

    More and more announcements have been rolling out about Japanese artists set to perform overseas in the latter half of 2019. Let’s take a look and see if one of them is coming to a city near you in Part 4.

     

    ・Aimyon

    Singer-songwriter is set to take her enthralling set to Shanghai with a headline show. The music video for her hit song Marigold, taken from her album Shunkanteki Sixth Sense which released in February, was shot on the streets of Shanghai. Currently knee-deep in her Japan tour to promote her new album, this will mark Aimyon’s second time performing overseas following up from a successful show in Taiwan. Her popularity is steadily surging across the globe, be sure to check out her music available on Spotify as well as her many music videos.

     

    Related Article: Aimyon Releases Music Video Teaser & CD Cover For New Song ‘Manatsu no Yoru no Nioi ga Suru’

     

    ▶︎AIMYON 2019 LIVE in SHANGHAI

    Date: July 13, 2019

    Venue: 世博中心—紅庁, Shanghai 2019

    Japan Enquiries: http://www.accessbright.com/aimyon/

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

     

    ・OKAMOTO’S 

    Celebrating 10 years since their debut, OKAMOTO’S are currently touring Japan nationwide in promotion of their new album BOY. The four-piece rock band performed what they called their “first and last” Nippon Budokan show on June 27 but are following that straight up with two concerts in Beijing and Shanghai. OKAMOTO’S are veterans when it comes to having performed overseas. They are the younger Japanese male act to play SXSW in Texas, US when they performed back in 2010. They also embarked on a 7-city US tour and have toured Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam and other countries. Don’t miss out!

     

    Related Article: OKAMOTO’S New ‘Dancing Boy’ Music Video Features Lots Of Guest Artists

     

    ▶︎OKAMOTO’S “BOY” CHINA TOUR 2019
    2019/7/19 @ Beijing MAO Live House, Beijing
    2019/7/21 @ Shanghai MAO Live House, Shangai

    Tickets: https://www.showstart.com/event/list?type=1&tag=22685

    OKAMOTO’S Official Website: https://www.okamotos.net

     

     

    ・MY FIRST STORY

    Since debuting in 2012, Japanese rock band MY FIRST STORY have performed at some of Japan’s biggest music festivals and have also collaborated with foreign musicians. Their lyrics are fluent English which have racked them up some real attention outside Japan. This will mark their first headline show in mainland China.

     

    ▶︎MY FIRST STORY TOUR 2019 IN SHANGHAI

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    Related Article: Yuzu Joined By Crayon Shin-chan On Stage to Sing New Song ‘Muscat’

     

    ▶︎YUZU ASIA LIVE 2019 YUZUNOMI

    2019/9/28 @ Legacy MAX, Taipei

    2019/9/29 @ Legacy MAX, Taipei

    Tickets: https://ticket.ibon.com.tw/Web/ActivityInfo/Details/36025

    YUZU Official Website: http://yuzu-official.com

     

    MAN WITH A MISSION

    MAN WITH A MISSION recently announced their US headline tour. They joined Jimmy Eat World and Stone Sour on tour back in fall 2017, but which is their first North American solo tour in five years. Full details can be found over on their official website.

     

    Related Article: MAN WITH A MISSION To Embark on First North American Solo Tour in 5 Years

     

    ▶︎MAN WITH A MISSION presents Chasing the Horizon World Tour 2018/2019 -North American Tour-

    2019/9/6 @ Great American Music Hall, San Francisco

    2019/9/8 @ The Regent Theater, Los Angeles

    2019/9/10 @ Canton Hall, Dallas

    2019/9/16 @ Gramercy Theatre, New York

    MAN WITH A MISSION Official Website: https://www.mwamjapan.info/

     

    ・BABYMETAL

    BABYMETAL will released their new album METAL GALAXY this year on October 11 and follow it up with their GALAXY WORLD TOUR where they will hit up Europe, US and Russia. BABYMETAL’s unmatched force continues to be felt across the globe.

     

    Related Article: BABYMETAL Announce New Album ‘METAL GALAXY’ & World Tour

     

    ▶︎BABYMETAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR

    *For full dates, please check the band’s official website below.

    BABYMETAL Official Website: http://www.babymetal.com

     

    ・SKY-HI

    SKY-HI will release his second collaborative album with SALU entitled Say Hello to My Minions 2 on September 4 which will be promoted with the “Say Goodbye to the System” Asia tour. SKY-HI has performed in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, London, Shanghai, Taiwan and Hong Kong in the past. Be sure to keep up to date with his tour schedule via his official website.

     

    ▶︎Say Goodbye to the System -ASIA TOUR-

    2019/9/29 @ Seoul (Venue TBA)

    2019/10/1 @ Hong Kong (Venue TBA)

    2019/10/4 @ Taipei (Venue TBA)

    SKY-HI Official Website: https://avex.jp/skyhi/

     

    If you love Japanese music and an artist you like is heading to a city near you, be sure to show them love and support by getting your hands on a ticket!

  • TV Anime Run with the Wind’s Opening Theme by Q-MHz & Mitsuhiro Hidaka Revealed in New Trailer

    06.January.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    A new promotional video has been released featuring the new opening theme of the upcoming TV anime series Run with the Wind. The song, titled Kaze Tsuyoku, Kimi Atsuku, was written by Q-MHz and Mitsuhiro Hidaka―also known as SKY-HI―and will be released as a digital single on January 23.

    The song features a running-like melody coupled with SKY-HI’s vocals and rapping. Check out the video below which showcases the 10 members of the athletic club in Kansei University in their uniforms.

     


    Run with the Wind will continue with episode 12 on January 8, 2019.

  • Anime Songs Debuting in January 2019: Part 2

    03.January.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FEATURES / MUSIC

    Japanese anime is popular worldwide, and one part of the watching-experience that makes a series so memorable is its opening and ending themes.

     

    This is part two of our list of bands and artists providing music for ongoing series and soon-to-air series. Click here for part one.

    Q-MHz & SKY-HI x Run with the Wind

    Japanese music group Q-MHz which is composed of Aki Hata, Tomokazu Tashiro, Katsuhiko Kurosu and Tomoya Tabuchi (UNISON SQUARE GARDEN) are teaming up with AAA member Mitsuhiro Hidaka―who is also active as a solo rapper under the bane SKY-HI―to release a new digital single called Kaze Tsuyoku, Kimi Atsuku on January 23. The song will be used as the second opening song for the ongoing anime series Run with the Wind. It features a running-like melody coupled with SKY-HI’s vocals and rapping.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/155436

     

    Kaze Tsuyoku, Kimi Astsuku.

    Release Date: January 23, 2019
    To be released on iTunes Store, Recochoku and other digital platforms.

     

    Q-MHz Official Website: http://q-mhz.com

    SKY-HI Official Website: https://avex.jp/skyhi/

     

    Run with the Wind Official Website: kazetsuyo-anime.com

    ©Shiwon Miura・Shinchosha / 寛政大学陸上競技部後援会

     

    Taichi Mukai x Run with the Wind

    Japanese singer-songwriter Taichi Mukai released his second album PURE last month. The song Reset on his new album is used as the current ending theme for the ongoing anime series Run with the Wind and it has been announced that he is set to perform the second ending theme with his new song Michi. The series, currently on its 11th episode, is set to begin airing again on January 8, 2019.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/155274

     

    ■Information

    Michi (Run with the Wind Ending Theme)

    *Release Details TBA.

    Taichi Mukai Official Website: http://taichimukai.com/

     

    Run with the Wind Official Website: kazetsuyo-anime.com

    ©Shiwon Miura・Shinchosha / 寛政大学陸上競技部後援会

     

    Miku Itō x Ueno-san wa Bukiyou

    Singer and voice actress Miku Itō’s 5th single Hirameki Heartbeat will be used as the opening theme for the TV anime series Ueno-san wa Bukiyou which is set to begin airing in January 2019. The music video was shot in Kyoto where we get to see the city’s beautiful streets. The theme of the video is “manufacturing” which we see as Itō challenges herself to a range of different activities.

     

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/154889

     

    ■Information

    Hirameki Heartbeat

    Release Date: January 16, 2019

    Limited Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,800 (+Tax) [COZC-1497/8]

    Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥1,200 (+Tax) [COCC-17542]

    Miku Itō Official Website: http://columbia.jp/itomiku/

     

    Ueno-san wa Bukiyou will air in January 2019 on TOKYO MX, BS11 and J:COM.

    Official Website: http://www.miss-ueno.com

    © tugeneko・Hakusensha / Ueno-san wa Bukiyou Production Committee

     

    Maneki Kecak x Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan

    Japanese idol group Maneki Kecak will release their long-awaited new single Itsuka Dokoka de / One Chance on March 20, 2019. The track Itsuka Dokoka de will be used as the new ending theme for the anime series Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan which follows the adventures of the cute penguin Chitose-chan in Kyoto. It is described as a cute song that talks about the sights Chitose-chan sees while in Kyoto.

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/153841

     

    ■Information

    Itsuka Dokoka de / One Chance
    Release Date: March 20, 2019
    Type-A First Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD): ¥2,000 (+Tax)
    Type-B Miyuu Nakagawa Edition (CD): ¥1,111 (+Tax)
    Type-C Rin Miyauchi Edition (CD): ¥1,111 (+Tax)
    Type-D Reona Matsushita Edition (CD): ¥1,111 (+Tax)
    Type-E Mio Fukase Edition (CD): ¥1,111 (+Tax)
    Type-F Aoi Shinohara Edition (CD): ¥1,111 (+Tax)
    Type-G Regular Edition (CD): ¥1,111 (+Tax)

     

    Maneki Kecak Official Website: www.maneki-kecak.com/

    Okoshiyasu, Chitose-chan Official Website: http://vap.co.jp/chitosechan/
    ©Yukiko Natsume・Kodansha / VAP

     

  • TV Anime Run with the Wind New ED Theme to be Performed by Taichi Mukai

    21.December.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Japanese singer-songwriter Taichi Mukai is currently on a completely sold out 2018-2019 tour to promote his second album PURE. The first performance at Mynavi BLITZ Akasaka in Tokyo was a huge success.

    The song Reset on his new album is used as the current ending theme for the ongoing anime series Run with the Wind and it has been announced that he is set to perform the second ending theme with his new song Michi. The series, currently on its 11th episode, is set to begin airing again on January 8, 2019.

    At his concert in Tokyo Taichi Mukai announced two special live shows to celebrate his birthday. They will take place at Billboard Live Tokyo and Billboard Live Osaka in March. Early-bird tickets for Billboard members are now on sale. General sale begins on December 27 at 11:00am (JST).

    Following the Billboard shows Mukai will head on an Asia tour. He will also appear at Megaport Festival, one of the biggest music festivals in Taiwan. Ticket details will be announced at a later date.

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