Anime Songs Debuting in January 2019: Part 1
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: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/155895
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: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/155887
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: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/155647
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: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/155625
Continued in Part 2.
Grab Your Copy of The Quintessential Quintuplets Ultra Kawaii Album at Comiket 96
Presales of the upcoming The Quintessential Quintuplets album Gotoubun no Hanayome ~Kawaisa Max Re-mix~ will take place at Comiket 96 before the record’s official release. The album will include the opening theme Gotoubun no Kimochi, a coupling track Gobun no Ichi, and character songs for each of the five sisters which will play as a nonstop medley.
The album remixers include PandaBoY who has created tracks spanning anime, J-pop and commercials, and up-and-coming remixer colate. The two of them have included plenty of lines spokeb by the quintuplets in the anime series.
Hearing each of the sisters’ lines to the beat of the melodies is making us want to watch the anime series all over again. Like the songs themselves the album’s summery cover art is kawaii to the max too!
©Negi Haruba・Kodansha / “The Quintessential Quintuplets” Production Committee
Gotoubun no Hanayome ~Kawaisa Max Re-mix~
Stock No.: BRCG.67
Price: ¥2,500 (Tax Included)
Official Website: https://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/5hanayome/
Location: Comiket 96, Tokyo Big Sight, Pony Canyon booth (Ao Exhibition B Hall No.2232)
Date: August 9, 2019 – August 12, 2019
*A certain number of CDs are prepared each day. However, please note that stock is limited.
Pony Canyon Comiket 96 Website: https://special.canime.jp/comiket/96/
TV Anime Karakuri Circus Soundtrack Releasing On July 24
The final episode of the TV anime adaptation of Kazuhiro Fujita’s manga series Karakuri Circus is drawing to a close with its final episode set to air next week. In the run up to the show’s climax, it has been announced that the series soundtrack will be released on July 24.
The soundtrack features all 62 insert songs composed by Yuki Hayashi as well as all of the opening and ending themes. It also comes with a 28-page special booklet which features the lyrics for the themes as well as iconic scenes from the anime which Hayashi wrote music for, images of the animation process for the opening and ending theme videos, and a long interview between Hayashi and the manga’s author Kazuhiro Fujita.
The CD cover was illustrated by Kazuhiro Fujita himself and is the only piece of artwork he has drawn for a product associated with the anime adaptation.
The themes features on the CD are the edited versions for the anime series and include the first opening theme Gekkou by BUMP OF CHICKEN, the first ending theme Marionette by Lozareena, the second opening theme Haguruma by KANA-BOON, the second ending theme Yūdachi by Memai Siren, and the current opening and ending themes Over me by Lozareena and Gekkou again by BUMP OF CHICKEN.
©Kazuhiro Fujita・Shogakukan / Twin Engine
Actress Haruka Fukuhara To Make Solo Debut With Ending Song for BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
It has been announced that Haruka Fukuhara will be making her debut as a solo artist for Sony Music Associated Records with the new ending song for the anime BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS. Her debut song Mikansei na Hikaritachi (The Incomplete Lights) was picked out as the perfect song to end each episode of the anime. It will be released on August 7th.
Fukuhara became very popular at the start of this year for her impressive performance in the drama Mr. Hiiragi’s Homeroom. She has appeared in many shows and films, including 4-gatsu no Kimi, Spica and Kakegurui, for which she played the leading roles. She was also the third generation guide on the show MOSHIMO TOURS. She is now more of a hot sensation than ever before.
When she was younger, she played the leading role of Main Hiiragi in the show Cooking Idol Ai! Mai! Main! and even sung the show’s opening theme song. In 2013, she was the character voice behind the song Nameko no Uta, which became very popular. Last year, she appeared with actress Haruka Tomatsu on the show Koe Girl!. Since then, Tomatsu and Fukuhara released songs together under the name Haruka Tomatsu X Haruka Fukuhara. Haruka Fukuhara was previously only ever involved in music from time to time, but now she is going full on with her new release.
The single visuals have been released along with the information on her debut. Now that she is debuting solo, there’s no doubt that the song is going to have a completely different feeling to the rest of her songs. It is no surprise that the tension is rising while we wait!
Haruka Fukuhara’s statement:
I have been given the responsibility of singing the ending theme song for the wonderful anime BORUTO. I just cannot express my happiness. I am truly honoured. I am going to give it my all when I sing ー not just for the sake of representing the anime, but to also provide those watching with strength and courage, and energize them. Please listen to my song!
Mikansei na Hikaritachi
Release Date: August 7, 2019
First-press limited edition:（CD＋DVD）
Limited Pressing Edition （CD)
Haruka Fukuhara Official Website: https://www.ken-on.co.jp/haruka/
BORUTO: NARUTO NEXT GENERATIONS
TV Tokyo, every Sunday from 5:30 pm
Official Website: https://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/boruto/onair/
Boruto Opening Theme ‘Golden Time’ by Fujifabric to Receive CD Release
Fujifabric digitally released their newest song Golden Time on May 19. The song is used as the opening theme song for the ongoing anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations, and it’s just been announced that it will be released on CD as a single on July 24.
The song was written and composed by the band’s bassist Shinichi Katō with sentimental lyrics and a melody that has that feeling of of running that Naruto and Boruto songs are known for.
The single will also include O.N.E, a fast-paced and energetic song which was used as part of a campaign for Suntory Tennensui Green Tea. The song was written and composed by the Fujifabric’s own vocalist and guitarist Soichiro Yamauchi.
Regular Edition copies come with anime design packaging as well as the TV edit version of the title track. Limited Edition copies are coupled with a DVD featuring the band’s performance at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo on April 14 as part of their “FEVERMAN” tour.
As Fujifabric celebrate their 15th anniversary, they show no signs of stopping anytime soon.
First Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,800 (Before Tax) [AICL-3725～3726]
First Press Regular Edition (CD Only): ¥1,200 (Before Tax) [AICL-3727] *Includes anime design packaging
Fujifabric Official Website: http://www.fujifabric.com/
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Official Website: https://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/boruto/
Manga Series ‘The Quintessential Quintuplets’ Gets Exhibition in Ikebukruo
An exhibition centred on the hugely popular Weekly Shonen Magazine manga series The Quintessential Quintuplets by Negi Haruba is set to take place on the 4th floor of the Ikebukuro Sunshine City World Important Mart building from August 17 to September 1 this year.
Its theme is “an exhibition that both guys and girls can enjoy.” Though the series is serialised in a magazine aimed at males, it enjoys huge support from female readers. The anime’s first season ran from January to March this year which bolstered the fan base on both sides. It has become the most read romance series serialised in a male magazine by women.
Girls have taken to social media to express their love for the series, with some saying how the worries the quintuplets experience and their growth overlaps with their own. Others have described how cute the heroines are even from a female perspective.
The exhibition will house a plethora of illustrations, including hand drawn pictures by Negi Haruba, unfinished and completed illustrations, as well as outfit displays and more. Original merchandise will also be sold.
If you’re a fan of the quintuplets and are in Tokyo in August then be sure to drop by the exhibition.
The Quintessential Quintuplets Exhibition
Locations: Ikebukuro Sunshine City World Important Mart Building Floor 4F (3-1-1 Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo)
Running: August 17, 2019 – September 1, 2019
For details on advance tickets and more check out exhibition’s official website here: http://www.gotobun-exhibition.com/
Lozareena Unveils CD Cover For Karakuri Circus Opening Theme ‘over me’
The anime adaptation of Kazuhiro Fujita’s manga series Karakuri Circus began airing on October 11 last year and has since gone on to be praised as a “legendary masterpiece.” Japanese singer-songwriter Lozareena sang the series’s first ending theme Marionette which was well-received by fans. Her newest song Over me is now being used as the third opening theme.
Lozareena enjoyed a strong debut with Marionette which was played on over 40 radio stations across Japan when it was released last year. It become a favourite amongst anime fans and was dubbed “Shirogane’s song,” one of the main characters in Karakuri Circus.
At the time of releasing Marionette, Lozareena chatted with Kazuhiro Fujita, the author of Karakuri Circus, and both of them exchanged opinions on both the series and their creative endeavours. For the new song Over me, the singer sent letters back and forth with Fujita regarding the content of the song lyrics. Like Marionette, the song was once again produced by the internationally acclaimed artist TeddyLoid.
Details on the content of the CD, which is set to drop on May 22, as well as the CD cover of the Limited Pressing Edition have also been released.
The CD features both the title track as well as the already-released Marionette (Piano Ballad Ver.) and a new song titled Anemone which is based on the anime’s last boss character Faceless.
Limited Pressing Edition
The Limited Pressing Edition comes with a DVD containing the full music video for Marionette as well as the creditless anime opening video for Over Me. The CD cover features an illustration of the main three characters of the series.
This is the full Lozareena x Karakuri Circus package that any fan of the singer or series shouldn’t miss out on.
BUMP OF CHICKEN’s Song ‘Gekkou’ to Feature New Karakuri Circus Ending Theme
It has been announced that BUMP OF CHICKEN’s song Gekkou will be used as the third ending theme for the ongoing anime series Karakuri Circus from April 11 onward.
Gekkou was previously used as the anime’s first opening theme from October to December last year. The song features a unique fusion of acoustic guitar and accordion mixed with a fast-paced guitar sound.
The song was written and composed by the band’s vocalist and guitarist Motoo Fujiwara. All the members are known fans of the Karakuri Circus manga series which made them a perfect fit for performing the track.
It is extremely rare to see the same song used as both an opening and ending theme to an anime series. Perhaps it is an insight into the song’s deep connection with the series. This time, the second half of the song will be used as the ending theme. The new lyrics and deepening ensemble will serve to prop up the story as it draws to its conclusion.
An official new promotional video was posted YouTube which plays the new ending theme. Check it out below.
“Karakuri Circus” 6th Animated PV
TV Anime The Quintessential Quintuplets Character Song Mini Album Artwork Unveiled
A track-by-track preview as well as the CD cover of the upcoming character song mini album for the popular ongoing anime series The Quintessential Quintuplets have been released.
The album features five songs as well as instrumental versions sung by each of the five Nakano sisters: Ichika (voiced by Kana Hanazawa), Nino (Ayana Taketatsu), Miku (Miku Itō), Yotsuba (Ayane Sakura) and Itsuki (Inori Minase).
The songs were each composed and arranged by EFFY, Masaki Honda, Kazunori Watanabe, Keita Miyoshi and Hajime Mitsumasu respectively, a group of music makers at the forefront of the anime song scene.
The track-by-track preview showcases the cute choruses of each song and features original illustrations of each character. To hear the full versions, you’ll need to pick up a copy of the album.
The manga series has sold over 2.35 million copies. If you haven’t checked the series out yet, what are you waiting for?
The Quintessential Quintuplets Character Song Mini Album
Release Date March 6, 2019
Price: ¥2,000 (Before Tax)
The Quintessential Quintuplets Official Website: https://www.tbs.co.jp/anime/5hanayome/
©Negi Haruba・Kodansha / “The Quintessential Quintuplets” Production Committee
℗2019 PONYCANYON INC.
Memai Siren Releases TV Anime Karakuri Circus Ending Theme ‘Yūdachi’
Japanese rock band Memai Siren will release their new CD single Yūdachi on February 6, 2019. In the run up to its release, the anime edit version of the track is now available on streaming platforms.
The song serves as the second ending theme for the ongoing anime series Karakuri Circus. A creditless version of the ending video was also posted on TWIN ENGINE’s official YouTube channel.
Memai Siren have also released a new artist photo with art direction from INNI VISION who worked on the band’s 2017 EP Rikka.
Release Date: February 6, 2019
First Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD): ¥2,000 (Before Tax) [SRCL-11061～2]
Regular Edition (CD): ¥1,200 (Before Tax) [SRCL-11063]
Memai Siren Official Website: http://memaisiren.com/
ЯeaL Releases Visual For Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Ending Theme
Popular Japanese rock band ЯeaL has revealed a new visual for the release of their upcoming single Tsuyogari LOSER set to drop on February 20, 2019. The trio take on a more cool look compared to their previous release Mirai Connection which saw them having a cute appearance.
The song will be used as the new ending theme for the hit ongoing anime series Boruto: Naruto Next Generations from January 2019. It was written and composed entirely by vocalist and guitarist Ryoko. It’s described as a song to cheer on the people fighting every day.
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.
Release Date: February 20, 2019
Price: ¥1,300 (Tax Included)
First Press Bonus: Boruto: Naruto Next Generations wide cap sticker
ЯeaL Яock Яevolution vol.7
Venue: TSUTAYA O-EAST
Date: December 22, 2018
Time: Open 16:15 / Start 17:00
Tickets: ¥4,000 (Tax Included) *Separate drink fee charged. Those aged 3 and above must hold a valid ticket.
Enquiries: DISK GARAGE / 050-5533-0888 (Weekdays 12:00-19:00)
ЯeaL Official Website: http://www.realgirlsband.com/
Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Official Website: http://www.tv-tokyo.co.jp/anime/boruto/
Hip-Hop Group Lead Release CD Cover for Hinomaru Sumo OP Theme ‘Be the NAKED’
Japanese hip-hop dance and vocal group Lead have released the cover art for their upcoming new single Be the NAKED which will hit shelves on January 30, 2019.
Their 30th single to date, the song will be used as the second opening theme to the ongoing anime series Hinomaru Zumo. The cover art features the three members standing in front of real flames, revealing their fiery enthusiasm for the release.
Fans will be excited to hear that they will be getting the ultimate Christmas present this year: a very special event that will take place at Lazona Kawasaki Plaza on December 24 where the trio will perform Be the NAKED live for the first time.
Hinomaru Zumo is an adaptation of the manga series of the same time serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump. The story follows Ushio Hinomaru, a student who appears before the sumo club at Oodachi High School, who trains to climb to the top and become Hinoshita Kaisan, the highest rank achievable in sumo.
Be the NAKED will be used as the opening theme song from January 25, 2019.
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)
Be the NAKED Free Live Show @ Lazona Kawasaki Plaza
Date: December 24, 2018
Event Page: lead.tv/schedule/4811/
Lead Official Website: lead.tv
Hinomaru Sumo Official Website: hinomaru-zumou.com/
TV Anime The Quintessential Quintuplets Opening Theme Teaser Released
22.December.2018 | ANIME&GAME
The anime adaptation of Negi Haruba’s shonen manga series The Quintessential Quintuplets is set to begin airing in January 2019. It was revealed last month that the opening theme song Go-Tōbun no Kimochi will be performed by the series’ five Nakano siblings themselves. You can now hear the song in a new teaser video released on the official PONY CANYON YouTube page below.
The song 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.
The TV edit version of the track will be available to listen to early on the anime music app ANiUTA on December 27. The song’s CD cover was also released and can be seen below.
The original manga has published over 1.5 million copies. With an early tease at the anime’s opening song the excitement is only set to increase amongst fans.
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