KANA-BOON Announce New Single ‘Haguruma’ For 5th Anniversary Release

19.January.2019 | MUSIC

This year marks the 5th anniversary since Japanese rock band KANA-BOON went major. To celebrate, their are holding a special project centred around the number “5” which consists of “5 releases” and “5 events” across “5 seasons.”


To conclude the end of Season 5, the band will release the first of five singles Haguruma on March 6, 2019.

The song is used as the second opening theme for the anime series Karakuri Circus. It’s an upbeat tune and the kind of “fight on” song KANA-BOON is known for that looks to the future.


The single is coupled with the song Orange which features an idyllic and jaunty melody that paints a picture of wearisome and cheerless evenings with colourful words. Lead vocalist Maguro Taniguchi’s songwriting skills really shine through in the track.

Limited edition copies of the single include a DVD that features the title track music video and the creditless version of the Karakuri Circus second opening video.


Expect more releases from KANA-BOON very soon.


  • Full Music Video for Massara by KANA-BOON Now on YouTube

    13.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    KANA-BOON are currently celebrating five years since their debut with “5 releases” and “5 events” across “5 seasons.” On June 12, the full version music video for KANA-BOON’s newest song Massara was unveiled.


    Massara was released on June 12, marking the end of KANA-BOON’S five-year commemoration project. This makes it a very significant song in their career. 

    Massara is currently the opening for NoitaminA TV anime Sarazanmai. After the release of the short version music video, fans just could not contain their excitement for the release of the full version video.


    From the moment the introduction starts, KANA-BOON powers through the entire song. From the way vocalist/guitarist Maguro Taniguchi passionately screams from the bottom of his heart with deep feeling etched into his face, to the emotional guitar solo, the entire band pulled out all the stops to create this powerful piece. KANA-BOON is set in motion and they just cannot stop improving and striving forward.


    This music video is the perfect way to wrap up KANA-BOON’s five-year commemoration project so please check it out.

  • Smartphone Game Trailer Reveals KANA-BOON’s New Song As Game’s Theme Song

    05.June.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    It has been five years since KANA-BOON’s debut to stardom and to celebrate, they’re surging through their “5 season” plan of 5 live performances, 5 releases and 5 events to celebrate with their fans. However, as the end of season 5 approaches, they are releasing two songs at once on 12th June. Their new single Massara will be released as a coupling song along with FLYERS; a new song that will become the theme song for a brand new smartphone game called Kick-Flight. An anime game trailer is now available on YouTube.


    Kick-Flight × KANA-BOON: FLYERS Animated Trailer

    The making of the animation for the trailer was directed by MAPPA, who is responsible for many high quality anime such as Yuri!!! on Ice, BANANA FISH and much more. Munehisa Sakai, who has managed a number of famous anime such as ONE PIECE FILM: STRONG WORLD and Zombie Land Saga, was the overall director, created the storyboard and producer.


    A light rock beat and speedy lyrics ー a classic KANA-BOON feel-good style. The high quality animation is something you should not miss out on either.

    Statement by vocalist Maguro Taniguchi

    “We have this crazy dream of kicking the life back into this idle world, so we made a song about it. This song is now the theme song for the upcoming game Kick-Flight. I am so happy we bumped into this opportunity. I am especially pleased that we even managed to find and create words that reflect us, which will be the key ingredient in our songs to come. After seeing the game trailer, I was so surprised at the quality ー it looks like it could be an anime. I’m so pleased with it! You can tell that it was made by a very passionate team of video makers. Now I’m even more excited to play the game. Please watch the video!”


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  • KANA-BOON Reveal Release Date For TV Anime ‘Sarazanmai’ Opening Theme ‘Massara’

    20.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    KANA-BOON have revealed that they will release their new single Massara (“Brand New”) on June 12. The refreshing-sounding and feel-good song is being used as the opening theme for the ongoing anime series Sarazanmai.


    The single is coupled with the up-tempo track FLYERS which features wordplay by the band’s vocalist Maguro Taniguchi.


    First Press Limited Edition copies of the single come with a DVD featuring the band’s performance at Yokohama Bay Hall taken from their 55-date tour “Let’s go 55 ONE-MAAN!!” held across all 47 prefectures of Japan, as well as a tour documentary. The footage comes as proof of KANA-BOON having refined their live performances even more.

    Additionally, the CD cover art is a photo of KANA-BOON’s muse Yukino Kishii who has appeared in several of their music videos including Naimononedari1.2. step to you and Ikiteyuku. This marks her 5th year working with the band.

    KANA-BOON vocalist Maguro Taniguchi released the following statement on the new single: “It’s been 5 years our debut during which we have come to perform at some crazy events and have release many songs. We are now adding a new song to the repertoire. It’s the theme song for the anime series Sarazanmai. We themed the lyrics on ‘connections’ as the [anime’s] story is rooted in that. You and I, me and you, the world and myself, the stage and the floor, a person I have never seen before and one I have. I want this song to take on both the role of creating new connections and reconnecting things.”

  • KANA-BOON’s new song becomes opening theme song for anime “Sarazanmai”!

    08.March.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    From “Revolutionary Girl Utena” to “Penguindrum”, Kunihiko Ikuhara is a creative artist who has worked on multiple big hits including Sarazanmai. Sarazanmai will be broadcasted on Fuji-TV’s programming block “NoitaminA” from April 2019.

    The opening theme song will be KANA-BOON’s new song “Massara”. We have finally received a statement by vocalist Maguro Taniguchi, explaining how he felt about making the song. You can hear the song when the anime is broadcasted on NoitaminA on Thursday 7th March at 00:55 am. News about the release of the opening theme song is yet to follow!


    Statement by KANA-BOON vocalist Maguro Taniguchi:

    It’s been five years since our debut and since then we’ve held wild events and released many songs. Now, we have made yet another hit. The song will be the theme song for the anime “Sarazanmai”.


    As the story of the anime focusses on “connections”, we put this theme at the core of our song and from there, we composed the lyrics. Me and you, the world and yourself, the stage and the floor; two people who are yet to meet. Giving birth to new connections and amending broken ties ー this is the role we intend for this song. At the peak of our tour, when we are jumping from hotel to hotel, and even when we are on the move in the car, we compose songs. These songs are a continuation of constant new feelings and that make up our very own theme song.

  • TV Anime Karakuri Circus Opening Theme by KANA-BOON Digitally Released

    02.February.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    KANA-BOON released their new song Haguruma digitally on January 31.


    The band is currently carrying out a special project centred around the number “5” which consists of “5 releases” and “5 events” across “5 seasons” to celebrate their 5th anniversary since their major debut. Haguruma will be released on CD on March 6, 2019 which will be the first of their “5 releases.”

    The song is used as the second opening theme for the anime series Karakuri Circus. It is already gaining much attention with anime fans due to it going perfectly with the opening video.


    The full version of the track more dramatic than the anime edit. Be sure to check it out before the CD release in a month’s time.

  • TV Anime Karakuri Circus Second OP Theme to be Performed by KANA-BOON

    22.December.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Having just dropped their mini album Nerine, Japanese rock band KANA-BOON have announced a new song titled Haguruma which will be used as the second opening theme song to the popular ongoing anime series Karakuri Circus. You can get a taste for the song in the new trailer for the series below.

    The band’s vocalist and guitarist Maguro Taniguchi has been a fan of Karakuri Circus since his childhood. Talking about his dream collaboration, he commented: “I have loved Karakuri Circus since I was a child, so in getting to be a part of it I wrote this song with fiery passion. I’m still very influenced by the characters as I was back then when I see them pushing forward in spite of their wounds and choosing their own path with their own hands while in the middle of misfortune. That’s why we laid the theme out in this song as ‘choices.’ I am very happy to be able to perform music for a series I love. I’m a fan too so I’m really looking forward to [the series] airing. I hope ‘Haguruma’ will be one of the things people look forward to too.”