Anime Songs Debuting in January 2019: Part 1

02.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. Here’s part one of a list of artists providing music for ongoing series and soon-to-air series.

Lead x Hinomaru Sumo

Three-member dance and vocal unit Lead will release their song Be the NAKED on January 30, 2019 which will be used as the opening theme song for the anime series Hinomaru Sumo starting on January 25. The series depicts themes of friendship, endeavor and victory.


Full Details:



Be the NAKED
Release Date: January 30, 2019
First Press Limited Edition A (CD+DVD): ¥1,700 (Tax Included)
First Press Limited Edition B (CD+DVD): ¥1,700 (Tax Included)
First Press Limited Edition A (CD+Special Booklet): ¥1,700 (Tax Included)
Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥1,200 (Tax Included)

Lead Official Website:

Hinomaru Sumo Official Website:


ЯeaL x Boruto: Naruto Next Generations

Popular rock band ЯeaL will release Tsuyogari LOSER on February 20, 2019, their new single that will be used as the new ending theme for the ongoing anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations. ЯeaL has released a string of smash songs for popular various anime series and they are gaining much attention from anime fans who are anticipating this new release.


Full Details:



Tsuyogari LOSER

Release Date: February 20, 2019

Price: ¥1,300 (Tax Included)

First Press Bonus: Boruto: Naruto Next Generations wide cap sticker

Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Official Website:


KANA-BOON x Karakuri Circus

KANA-BOON wrote their new song Haguruma as the second opening theme song for Karakuri Circus. A promotional video for the series was released that includes a snippet of the track. The video features scenes of the characters working together to knock down the circus. Be sure to check it out!


Full Details:




TV Anime “Karakuri Circus”

TOKYO MX: Every Thursday at 22:30 (JST)
BS11: Every Thursday at 00:00 (JST)。
Hokkaido TV: Every Monday at 01:55 (JST)


Streaming Services
Available to watch on Amazon Prime Video in Japan and overseas.


KANA-BOON Official Website:

Karakuri Circus Official Website:

©Kazuhiro Fujita・Shogakukan / TWIN ENGINE Inc.


The Quintessential Quintuplets

The Quintessential Quintuplets is set to begin airing in January 2019. A video teasing the anime’s opening theme song Go-Tōbun no Kimochi was recently released. The song is performed by the series’ five Nakano siblings themselves. It begins with the sisters calling out to the series protagonist Fūtarō Uesugi to wake up. It drops into a cute pop song where each sibling expresses their feelings towards Uesugi, from hate to love.


Full Details:



Go-Tōbun no Kimochi (Opening Theme)

Release Date: January 30, 2019

Unit Name: Go-Tōbun no Itsutsugo (Kana Hanazawa, Ayana Taketatsu, Miku Itō, Ayane Sakura, Inori Minase)

Price: ¥1,200 (Pre-Tax)

POS Code: 4988013296619


Sign (Ending Theme)

Release Date: March 6, 2019

Artist Name: Aya Uchida

First Press Limited Edition A (CD+DVD): ¥1,900 (Pre-Tax) [COZC-1514-1515]

POS Code: 4549767 05915 0


TV Anime “The Quintessential Quintuplets”

TBS: January 10, 2019 (01:28, JST)

Sun Television: January 11, 2019 (00:00, JST)

BS-TBS: January 12, 2019 (02:00, JST)

*Broadcast times subject to change.


©Negi Haruba・Kodansha / The Quintessential Quintuplets Production Committee


Continued in Part 2.


  • The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ Digital Stamp Rally Opens at Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto

    27.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto is one of several locations participating in the digital stamp rally that’s being held as part of the The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ Real Sisters War Again event taking place at Toei Kyoto Studio Park from June 26 to August 31. The hotel is offering food inspired by the series along with exclusive merchandise.

    The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ Real Sisters War Again

    Menu inspired by the Nakano quintuplets

    Receive an original pin for going to all of the rally spots

    Receive one of 7 possible coasters for every menu item ordered

    ‘For Happy Wedding’ Parfait | ¥1,452

    Non-Alcoholic Tropical Cocktail w/Cookie | ¥1,089

    Nino’s Seasonal Vegetable & Ham Dutch Baby Pancake | ¥2,057

    Miku’s Matcha Soda w/Cookie | ¥1,089

    Yotsuba’s Non-Alcoholic Green Apple Cocktail w/Cookie | ¥1,089

    Itsuki’s Iced Dessert | ¥1,452

    The event taking place at Toei Kyoto Studio Park is based on the Sisters War arc of The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬. Rihga Royal Hotel Kyoto and Fushimi Inari Taisha are both spots for the digital stamp rally. The hotel’s all-day dining restaurant KAZA is serving up the delicious food, drink, and dessert pictured above, along with a special wedding dress-inspired parfait called For Happy Wedding. For every menu item ordered, customers also receive a free coaster.


    The digital stamp rally is being held to allow people to enjoy safely walking around Kyoto as the city has seen a major drop in tourism due to the pandemic.



  • Celebrate Sasuke Uchiha’s Birthday at Fuji-Q Highland’s Naruto x Boruto Summer Event

    11.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Fuji-Q Highland began its ‘NARUTO x BORUTO Fuji Hidden Leaf Village’ event on Wednesday which is set to run throughout summer until August 29. The event is taking place to celebrate the birthday of the popular character Sasuke Uchiha from the Naruto franchise.


    During the event, a keyword rally will take place, and a special menu will be served up.


    Keyword Rally

    Guests must play and ride six Naruto-themed attractions at the park where they will be able to collect keywords related to the Uchiha family. Those who manage to answer all the questions correctly will receive one of two free exclusive pins. The Sasuke & Itachi design will be available from June 9 to July 22 and the Uchiha Family design from July 23 to August 29. Check out the designs below, both of which are must-grabs for fans of Sasuke and the Uchihas.


    Pin Design 1: Sasuke & Itachi (Uchiha Brothers) | Available: June 9, 2021 – July 22, 2021 


    Pin Design 2: Sasuke & Sakura & Sarada (Uchiha Family) | Available: July 23, 2021 – August 29, 2021



    Special Menu

    Guests will also be able to enjoy a special menu line-up including a ramen dish served at Ichiraku, the ramen bar at Fuji-Q Highland which is themed on the same eatery of the same name in Naruto, and two cakes at Fuji-Q Highland’s official hotel resort and spa.

    Uchiha Brother’s Spicy Ramen | ¥1,500 (Tax Included)

    Uchiha Brother’s Print Cake

    Uchiha Family’s Print Cake

    ⓒ岸本斉史 スコット/集英社・テレビ東京・ぴえろ

  • The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ School Rock Themed Merchandise Releases in Ikebukuro

    11.June.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    The The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ anime series teamed up with THE CHARA SHOP for a special event inside Ikebukuro Marui in Tokyo which is set to run until June 17.


    Merch Line-Up


    Pins | 6 Designs (Chosen Randomly) | ¥440 Each (Tax Included)

    Micro Fibre Clothes | 5 Designs | ¥660 Each (Tax Included)


    Key Rings | 5 Designs | ¥880 Each (Tax Included)


    Mug | ¥1,650 (Tax Included)

    Large Acrylic Stand | 5 Designs | ¥1,980 Each (Tax Included)

    Mini Acrylic Art | 5 Designs | ¥2,200 Each (Tax Included)

    B2 Tapestry | 5 Designs | ¥3,300 (Tax Included)

    Fans of the anime series can get their hands on presales of a collection of ‘school rock’ themed merchandise. And for every ¥3,000 spent on items, you can enter for the chance to win extra free he Quintessential Quintuplets ∬  goodies too.

  • The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ to Release Season Two Postcard Book

    22.May.2021 | ANIME&GAME

    Kodansha is set to release a postcard book featuring designs from the TV anime series The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ on May 25.

    The Quintessential Quintuplets is a manga series written and illustrated by Negi Haruba that was serialised in Weekly Shonen Magazine from August 2017 to February 2020. The story follows the life of high school student Futaro Uesugi who is hired as a private tutor for a group of identical quintuplets. The manga has over 15 million copies in circulation, and a film is slated for release in 2020.


    The postcard book features anime illustrations from season two of the anime series,

    Kodansha is set to release a postcard book featuring designs from the TV anime series The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬, which aired from January to March this year.


    Postcard Book | ¥1,650 (Tax Included)


    There are 20 postcards in the hardcover book with designs including solo pictures as well as group pictures.


    The books are available to purchase at bookshops and online in Japan.



  • The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ OP and ED Themes Released Digitally

    14.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬, the second season of the popular TV anime series The Quintessential Quintuplets, began airing on January 8, 2021. The full-size versions of the opening and ending themes, titled Gotōbun no Katachi and Hatsukoi, are now available on music streaming and download services in Japan.

    Below are comments from the main voice cast for the five sisters about the second season which were released after the airing of the first episode. Comments are translated by MMN.


    Ichika (voiced by Kana Hanazawa), Nino (Ayana Taketatsu), Miku (Miku Itō), Yotsuba (Ayane Sakura) and Itsuki (Inori Minase)


    Kana Hanazawa (Voices: Ichika Nakano) | Comment

    “After checking out the first episode, I can’t help but want to see the second episode already. There are so many elements I’m interested in, and like with the first season it leaves you wondering who Futaro will end up with. Ichika plays a particularly important part in this second season, so I hope you watch over her.”


    Ayana Taketatsu (Voices: Nino Nakano) | Comment

    “I felt a little restless when season two finally started. But [the sisters] are going to fight since they all think mutually. I thought how clumsy they really are when voicing [my character]. But I really felt the connection between the five girls, and I hope everyone watches over them warmly until everything’s fixed. You’ll see that this is something that will cause Nino to change.”


    Miku Itō (Voices: Miku Nakano) | Comment

    “The second season shows the five sisters growing up. Their appearances change really suddenly, as do their general feelings, dreams, and feelings towards Futaro. Lots of different things. There’s also some realistic parts so please look forward to them.”


    Ayane Sakura (Voices: Yotsuba Nakano) | Comment

    “It’s a continuation from season one and brings a whole new atmosphere for people to experience. And since it’s the second half [of the story], the characters themselves have changed a little too. I hope everyone enjoys the human aspects of the series, both the positive and negative things.”


    Inori Minase (Voices: Itsuki Nakano) | Comment

    “There’s a riddle going into the second season which speaks of an incident that happened with Futaro five years ago in Kyoto that he can’t forget, and it questions which of the sisters was involved. But how does Futaro feel at seeing that girl again, with all the memories coming back? This is something I want people to pay attention to. The series follows not only the siblings’ growth, but considers Futaro’s decision and what he’s determined on. I hope everyone supports Futaro’s growth too.”


  • Boruto Anime’s New Trailer Teases Upcoming Vessel Arc

    22.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    A new visual and promotional video for the TV anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations was showcased at Jump Festa 2021 on Saturday (December 19).

    The visual teases the new Vessel Arc along with new characters including Kawaki and the members of Kara.

    The promotional video showcases scenes from the new arc including Boruto and Kawaki facing off. Check it out below.

    Some of the new cast members have released comments talking about their roles, as has the author of the Boruta manga Mikio Ikemoto. Read them below.


    Mikio Ikemoto (Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Author) | Comment

    It’s already been a year since my comment about Kawaki finally getting voiced in the anime, and it’s finally happened – he’s walking and talking! Thanks to the divine work of the anime staff and voice cast, he has come to life, and is sure to demonstrate a charm that is on par with Boruto and Naruto. Those currently reading the manga are now reaching the climax of a life or death struggle with a certain powerful enemy. It’s a turning point in the series. Do you remember the beginning of the manga’s first chapter? That’s right, it was grown-up Boruto fighting with Kawaki. But how will that play into the rest of the story? I can’t talk about it just yet, but the time when they have both matured and reached that age actually isn’t that far off. Why are they both fighting? And what of Naruto’s safety? Don’t miss out on the continuation of the developing story!”


    Yūma Uchida (as Kawaki) | Comment

    “Naruto was the first manga I ever purchased. The fact that I get to be involved with Boruto, a new story that ties into that world, is something I can’t get my head around. I’m extremely happy about it! I feel overwhelmed by Kawaki’s sharp gaze and strong presence, but I hope to get his part down to a tee.”


    Yūichi Nakamura (as Koji Kashin) | Comment

    “Koji Kashin is a particularly interesting character as you read the Boruto manga. I’m filled with gratitude that I get to play his part. His true identity has been recently revealed in the latest volumes, but I still can’t contain my excitement! I can’t wait to voice those scenes. I will put my all into the series.”


    Akio Ohtsuka (as Amado) | Comment

    “Looking back, I’ve been tied to the series since Naruto, and I’m honoured to once again be part of it like this. Amado seems like an eccentric character, but I think that we’ll walk together with him in the shinobi’s story from here on out.”


    ©岸本斉史 スコット/集英社・テレビ東京・ぴえろ

  • TV Anime The Quintessential Quintuplets’ Season 2 OP and ED Themes to be Performed by Nakano Sisters

    16.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    It has been announced that the opening and ending themes for the upcoming TV anime series The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬, which will serve as the second season of The Quintessential Quintuplets, will be performed by the five Nakano sisters who are the main characters of the series: Ichika (voiced by Kana Hanazawa), Nino (Ayana Taketatsu), Miku (Miku Itō), Yotsuba (Ayane Sakura) and Itsuki (Inori Minase).


    The opening theme is entitled Gotobun no Katachi (‘The Shape of Quintuplets’) and follows series protagonist Futaro Uesugi’s feelings from the first season leading into his realisation of love in the second season. It was written, composed, and arranged by Masahiro Takeda.


    The ending theme is titled Hatsukoi (‘Puppy Love’ or ‘First Love’). It’s a ballad that sings about the sings you come to learn and realise after falling in love. It was written by Aira Yuki, composed by Art Neko, and arranged by Shuho Mitani.

    The full version of the opening theme will be released two days after the second season’s first episode airs on January 9, 2021. The ending theme will be released on the same day as the season airs on January 7, 2021.


    Hear part of the opening theme on Pony Canyon’s official YouTube channel below:

    Below are comments from the main cast of the Nakano siblings translated by MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON.


    Cast Comments

    Ichika Nakano (Voiced by: Kana Hanazawa)

    “I’m sure there are a lot of you who have read the manga and can picture where the story is going to go. You’ll be seeing even more of the sisters this season, and seeing them all together. The first season went down the path of focusing on each individual character, but this time they’ll all be together in the same scenes, and each with their own thoughts and feelings, so there won’t be many times where they haven’t talked about something. Basically, you’ll be spending a lot of time with the sisters. I hope people will be able to see their bond with each other, but each of them think differently, so I’d like for people to watch the situations bit by bit and enjoy their changes.”


    Nino Nakano (Voiced by: Ayana Taketatsu)

    “The second season was originally meant to start in October 2020, but production got pushed back because of the coronavirus, so now it’ll begin in January. You’ve all waited a really long time for this, so everyone in the staff is pouring their strength into it, as are we, the cast, into the voice recording, especially since we can’t all be together. I think because of that we’ve been able to make something really wonderful. All the characters in the promo video are super cute! I got to see Nino-chan’s promo video too. I think that sparkle in her eye when she shows her determination was really incredible. The new director is female, so she was really able to add her female perspective to the series, small details lke how the girls move and their cuteness. I’d love it if you all enjoyed those things too. Look forward to when it airs!”


    Miku Nakano (Voiced by: Miku Ito)

    “To everybody who has been waiting for it: it’s finally here! Like all of you, I’ve been wanting season two to hurry too, when we were recording, and now too while we’re waiting for it to start, so I’m super happy we’re able to deliver it now. I feel really grateful. Each of the five sisters have levelled up in the second season. I feel like their feelings towards Futaro really comes through, as do their personalities, so please look forward to it.”


    Yotsuba Nakano (Voiced by: Ayane Sakura)

    “If you’re waiting for season two, that means you’ve already seen season one, right? I’m sure you had a hunch how the first season was going to go, but in season two, you’ll really get to see the siblings battle it out! But it really has a lot of different elements, like how this is a story of the sisters’ bonds with each other, and how it’s become popular as a story about family. It introduces new staffs, although it has a different tone to it from the first season, so hope those who have read the manga will think about how that tone from the manga will translate into animation as they wait for it to be released.”


    Itsuki Nakano (Voiced by: Inori Minase)

    “Season two is finally going to air. I think it’s a fitting and gorgeous start for 2021. There will also be a level of sadness that wasn’t in the first season, like how your chest hurts as a result of love, and coming to dislike yourself a little. The five of them have swung from Futaro until now, and the story of season two will explore where they are going with that. I hope you all see from Futaro’s perspective and show your love The Quintessential Quintuplets again. We will work hard so that you all look forward to the series each week!”


    ©Negi Haruba・Kodansha / The Quintessential Quintuplets ∬ Production Committee

  • Fuji-Q Highland’s Hidden Leaf Village Theme Park Area Adds New Photo Spots

    08.December.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Fuji-Q Highland, an amusement park in Yamanashi, Japan, added new photo spots to its popular Naruto x Boruto Fuji Hidden Leaf Village area on Friday (December 4).


    The new spots

    New statues of Jiraiya, Tsunade, Gaara, and Itachi have been placed around the park, making the perfect for a photo opportunity and to make guests feel even more like they’re in the world of Naruto.


    A new Gaara-inspired ramen dish

    ¥1,180 (Tax Included)

    The area is home to Ramen Ichiraku which is inspired by the ramen bar seen in the Naruto series. There, they have cooked up a new ramen dish inspired by Gaara which comes with a boiled egg with the kanji for ‘love’ (愛) that’s written on the character’s forehead.


    Naruto themed hotel rooms at Highland Resort Hotel & Spa

    Fuji-Q Highland’s official hotel, Highland Resort Hotel & Spa, has its own special Naruto-themed rooms with references to shinobi and the Hidden Leaf Village dotted everywhere. A new batch of amenities are also set to roll out for guests from February 1, 2021 which will include yukata that dress you like Naruto and Sasuke, face towels with Naruto and Sasuke on them during their final battle, and more.


    If you’ve always wanted to feel like you’re in the world of Naruto, look no further than Fuji-Q Highland.


    ⓒ岸本斉史 スコット/集英社・テレビ東京・ぴえろ

  • Ikimonogakari’s ‘BAKU’ Announced as Boruto: Naruto Next Generations’ New Opening Theme

    24.November.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    It has been announced that Ikimonogakari’s new song BAKU will be used as the next opening theme for the ongoing TV anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations from January 2021.

    Ikimonogakari are known for having performed the songs Blue Bird and Hotaru no Hikari for the anime series Naruto: Shippuden, the latter being 12 years ago now. BAKU was written, composed, and arranged by Ikimonogakari guitarist Yoshiki Mizuno who also wrote the Naruto: Shippuden tracks.

    BAKU will be released digitally on January 18, 2021, with a CD release slated to hit shelves on February 24, 2021. The single will also include the Naruto: Shippuden songs Blue Bird and Hotaru no Hikari, making is a must-have for fans of the franchise.


    Yoshiki Mizuno | Comment

    “We’re back for a third time. I am so happy we get to return to Naruto/Boruto again. Our story has evolved too since our debut 15 years ago. We put all of our efforts into ‘Blue Bird’ and ‘Hotaru no Hikari’ for Naruto, and it’s the same this time too. I believe this lucky third encounter is going to be a wonderful, intense one. Please look forward to it.”


    © 岸本斉史 スコット/集英社・テレビ東京・ぴえろ

  • Celebrate Naruto’s Birthday at Fuji-Q Highland’s Hidden Leaf Village Theme Park Area

    03.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Naruto Uzumaki’s birthday falls on October 10, so to celebrate, Fuji-Q Highland, an amusement park in Yamanashi, Japan, is holding a birthday festival for the titular character of the popular anime series. The event will be held at the park’s Naruto x Boruto Fuji Hidden Leaf Village area.

    Naruto Ramen | ¥1,280 | Available: October 10, 2020 and October 11, 2020

    Customers who order the special ramen dish from the ramen bar at the park, which is called Ramen Ichiraku after Naruto’s favourite eatery in the series, will get a huge topping of naruto, a type of Japanese steamed fish-paste cake. Only 100 of these hearty dishes will be served a day.


    The park is also holding a social media campaign. If they can reach 7,610 followers—a number which can be read as “na-ru-to” in Japanese—this year, then they’ll hold a lottery for fans to win a special prize.

    Naruto Print Cake / Naruto Team 7 Print Cake

    Fuji-Q Highland will also serve up two cakes, one with just Naruto and the other with Naruto and the rest of Team 7 including Sasuke, Sakura, and Kakashi.

    Jiraiya / Tsunade / Gaara / Itachi

    Lastly, from the end of November, life-sized portraits of Jiraiya, Tsunade, Gaara, and Itachi will be set up at the park for fans to take photos with.


    ⓒMasashi Kishimoto Scott / Shueisha・TV Tokyo・Pierrot

  • Anime Theme Park Nijigen no Mori Announces New Naruto & Boruto Event

    28.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    NARUTO & BORUTO SHINOBIZATO is an area of Nijigen no Mori—an anime theme park located on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture—with attractions and more based on Naruto and his son Boruto. The park has released information on an upcoming new event in the Naruto and Boruto themed area.

    The event in question will celebrate the character Kakashi Hatake’s birthday with a special Kakashi and Obito themed escape game. The game will have park guests running around the park looking for panels with hints on how to progress through the game. Just 30 minutes are needed to complete it, and it’s not too difficult, so anyone can join in.

    Guests who buy a ticket will receive one of four limited-edition mini acrylic stands (pictured above) chosen randomly. Exclusive merchandise will also be sold for the event, and there will be photo spots where Naruto and Boruto fans can take a photo next to Kakashi and Obito panels.

  • Review: Tokyo’s The Quintessential Quintuplets MAKEOVER Exhibition

    22.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Everybody’s favourite sister quintuplet has rolled up to an all-new, revamped exhibition this summer. The Quintessential Quintuplets Exhibition MAKEOVER is currently taking place at Tokyo’s Sunshine City World Import Mart Bulding in Ikebukuro until August 30 and will subsequently move to Osaka’s Nanko ATC Museum from November 26 to December 6.

    Tokyo Report

    At the entrance to the exhibition is a message and signature from Negi Haruba, the author and illustrator of the The Quintessential Quintuplets manga series. Nearby are messages from the five sisters, as well as a special video, both of which can only be viewed by attending the exhibition.

    Dotted throughout the exhibition are numerous displays that look back at the series, as well as interviews with the author that can be read, and plenty of illustrations of the characters.

    There are also photo spots where fans can take photos alongside life-sized panels of the sisters, a full display of the final chapter and turning point of the manga, the sister’s dresses, and more.

    As it says in the message from Negi Haruba, the exhibition is like a photo album into the daily lives of the Nakano sisters.


    All visitors to the event also receive a free mini card. Depending on the day you visit, the design will be different.

    Fans can get their hands on exclusive merchandise, including items with original illustrations drawn by Negi Haruba for the exhibition, superdeformed figurines, and plenty more.


    ©Negi Haruba / Kodansha