RADWIMPS’ Yojiro Noda Releases ‘Day and Night’ Movie Theme ‘Kimagure Kumo’

25.January.2019 | MOVIE / MUSIC

Takayuki Yamada is an actor whose name represents Japan in both name and reality. He is producing in the upcoming drama movie Day and Night starring Shin’nosuke Abe.

 

This completely original film tackles both the virtue and wickedness in humans. The story follows characters who juggle between what they find right and wrong as a result of a family have their life snatched away.

 

It is directed by Michihito Fujii who has worked on both drama series such as Million Yen Women and film like 7s. His latest film, We Are, was released on December 7, 2018.

Day and Night’s main theme song Kimagure Kumo was written, composed and produced by Yojiro Noda (RADWIMPS, illion). The song was released digitally on January 25, 2019. Noda received an offer to write the song from the film’s producer Takayuki Yamada.

 

Hear the song in the latest preview for the film below.

The song features vocals by Kaya Kiyohara who plays the role of Nana Ōno in the film.

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    13.January.2021 | MUSIC

    RADWIMPS have announced the release of their first-ever non-fiction book Antoki no RADWIMPS “Jinsei Deai” Hen which will hit shelves in Japan on February 15, 2021.

    The book’s author is Masatoshi Watanabe who has been in charge of RADWIMPS at their record company from their major debut to today. Their first major album released was Radwimps 3: Mujintō ni Motte Ikiwasureta Ichimai back in February 2006 which was followed shortly by Radwimps 4: Okazu no Gohan in December of the same year. These two records served to shoot RADWIMPS into the stratosphere where their countless new fans awaited. Since then, the band have gone on to release hit after hit, causing a blaze of excitement in the industry with each new record.

    The band’s new book covers the band’s career, from their struggles to their achievements, along with plenty of photos including some never before seen. It also includes a special contribution by band lead vocalist and songwriter Yojiro Noda.

  • RADWIMPS Release App For Role-Playing Music Themed Virtual Experience ‘SHIN SEKAI’

    24.December.2020 | MUSIC

    RADWIMPS launched their free ‘SHIN SEKAI’ app on Wednesday (December 23) which will allow fans in 40 countries worldwide to watch the band perform live in a new and unique virtual experience.

     

    ‘SHIN SEKAI’ is a virtual live music experience that uses the virtual park system VARP which was developed by the Japanese creative collective PARTY. The concept of the project is “ROLE-PLAYING MUSIC” which will see RADWIMPS embarking to new territory in their career to deliver a unique experience to fans.

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  • RADWIMPS Announce Role-Playing Music Themed Virtual Experience ‘SHIN SEKAI’

    04.December.2020 | MUSIC

    RADWIMPS have announced that they are launching a virtual live music experience by the name of ‘SHIN SEKAI’ on the virtual park system VARP which was developed by the Japanese creative collective PARTY. The concept of the project is “ROLE-PLAYING MUSIC” which will see RADWIMPS embarking to new territory in their career to deliver a unique experience to fans.

    RADWIMPS made the difficult decision to cancel and postpone their Japan tour and world tour as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The SHIN SEKAI project comes not because of tour cancellations and therefore to replace real live shows with virtual ones, but to instead embrace and explore what is possible for the band in terms of a virtual concert either way. It will offer fans a new way to enjoy RADWIMPS music.

     

    “SHIN SEKAI” RADWIMPS ROLE-PLAYING MUSIC teaser

     

    Message from RADWIMPS

    I had a tremendous dream a little before we went into discussions about VARP. There was a huge waterfall, and I saw buildings in ruin. I went through it all and saw groups of thousands of people. I’ve never had a dream like that before, and it left a real impression on me, and then I got the call [for this project]. I felt like it was far from a coincidence. I thought all of us going into this virtual space would give us a hint as to our futures, and so we set out on this journey together with everyone at PARTY.

     

    We still don’t know what lies ahead of us for the future, but I pray that by coming together closer than before by being inside the world of VARP we can share each others’ feelings. I would be happy to embark on this journey with all of you.

     

    ー Yojiro Noda, RADWIMPS

    (Translated from Japanese by MMN)

  • RADWIMPS Announce Special Online 15th Anniversary For November

    26.October.2020 | MUSIC

    It will have been 15 years since RADWIMPS made their debut this November, and to celebrate, the band will perform at Yokohama Arena on November 22 and 23 this year which will be streamed live in real time. And it’s not exclusive to online either – fan will be able to attend the concert for real too as the show will be held in accordance with government guidelines against COVID-19.

     

    If you’re wanting tickets to watch the livestream outside Japan then you can buy them here. Don’t miss out on what is to be a very special performance by RADWIMPS as they commemorate their 15th anniversary.

  • My Film Recommendation: Pulled Into the Story by Minami Hamabe’s Character in Let Me Eat Your Pancreas

    29.September.2020 | FEATURES / MOVIE

    ASOBINEXT is a new project launched by event management and talent agency ASOBISYSTEM, which is known for managing artists like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The project aims to create next generation icons who will promote their unique personalities and outlooks to the world using social media and in turn bring about new forms of culture.

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    Synopsis

    The story is centred on two individuals who, at the start of their relationship had never really spoken about anything in particular… initially. “Me,” the male protagonist in the film, comes across a diary in a hospital waiting room and discovers it belongs to his classmate Sakura Yamauchi. He learns in the diary that she has a pancreatic illness.

    Sakura is a very popular girl in Me’s class, and he never thought she would be suffering from such a fatal illness. She had kept it a secret, with only the people in her family knowing about it. And so begins a bittersweet love story between the plain and simple Me and Sakura, his complete opposite who is the popular one of the class.

    Cast 

    There are different cast members in Let Me Eat Your Pancreas for playing both the present and past selves of the characters.

     

    The characters of the past, 12 years ago, are played by the following: Minami Hamabe as Sakura Yamauchi, Takumi Kitamura as Me/Haruki Shiga, Karen Otomo as Kyoko, and Yuma Yamoto as Gamu-kun.

     

    This film marked the first time Minami and Takumi had starred in film together, and it was a huge success amongst viewers who shed tears at the relationship between the ill-stricken girl, and the boy who found her diary that details her experiences of living with said illness.

     

    Playing the characters of the present is: Shun Oguri as Haruki Shiga, Keiko Kitagawa as Kyoko, and Yusuke Kamiji as Gamu-kun. Comments from viewers who have watched the film often pointed towards how Shun and Yusuke gave authentic performances of Haruki and Gamu-kun grown-up together, and how they Keiko Kitagawa’s dress was spot on. I was drawn in by how they all knew each other at school.

    My Favourite Part

    The highlight of the film for me which I want to point out to everyone is Minami Hamabe’s portrayal of Sakura Yamauchi. She purposely puts energy into her performance, and that really left an impression on me. The world of the movie and the real world are two completely different things. Of course, this character doesn’t really exist, but when I watched the performance I felt I understood her. There was a real affinity there. As the story progresses, so too does the illness grow more serious, so what I want is for people to pay attention to her facial expressions, her demeanour, and such, as that happens.

     

    Wrapping Up

    I first watched this film when I was a 3rd year high school student. Since the film is set in the same school year, the story had an even greater impact on me. I was able to learn the bittersweet-ness of romance as well as the preciousness of life. To this day, I think it remains my favourite film.

     

    I was captured by the array of emotions that Minami Hamabe portrays in particular. There are a lot of parts that I can relate to from being a student to becoming an adult. It’s a very easy story to get behind, so if you’re reading this, I’d love it if you checked it out.

     

    Minami Hamabe and Takumi Kitamura are also starring in the film Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare which is showing now too. I want to go and see it for myself to see how they have both grown.

     

    Haruna Tamura

    Actor and YouTuber. He has played major roles in drama series and films and has over 1 million subscribers on his YouTube channel. He is working towards appearing at Fun Fest. He’s skilled at baseball and his hobbies include watching movies and playing games.

  • RADWIMPS Release ‘Natsu no Sei’ Music Video From New EP

    01.September.2020 | MUSIC

    RADWIMPS released their new music video for Natsu no Sei on their official YouTube channel. The song is the title track for their upcoming EP which is set to drop tomorrow (September 2).

    The bright and sunny music video was directed by Kento Yamada and stars actress Anna Yamada.

     

    RADWIMPS – “Natsu no Sei” Music Video

    To celebrate the launch of the new song, RADWIMPS are holding a summer-themed social media project. Over on their official website, fans can use a digital photo frame which they are encouraged to post along with the hashtag #RADsummer2020.

     

    Despite the effects of COVID-19 this year, RADWIMPS aren’t backing down with their releases, with the announcement of their Natsu no Sei EP their first new material in just 3 months. The record will include the title track which was originally released exclusively on Apple Music and was used in a Japanese commercial, Light The Light which was used to cheer people up during the pandemic, Neko Jarashi which was used in a commercial for tea by Kirin, Shinsekai which was written for their performance on the TV Asahi show Music Station, and Kokoro no Naka (Complete ver.) which was used for promotion of “KIBO RELAY OVER THE EARTH.”

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    26.August.2020 | MUSIC

    RADWIMPS have announced the release of their first EP, Natsu no Sei, which will drop on September 2, 2020.

    Despite the effects of COVID-19 this year, RADWIMPS aren’t backing down with their releases, with the announcement of Natsu no Sei their first new material in just 3 months. The record will include the title track which was originally released exclusively on Apple Music and was used in a Japanese commercial, Light The Light which was used to cheer people up during the pandemic, Neko Jarashi which was used in a commercial for tea by Kirin, Shinsekai which was written for their performance on the TV Asahi show Music Station, and Kokoro no Naka (Complete ver.) which was used for promotion of “KIBO RELAY OVER THE EARTH.”

     

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  • My Film Recommendation | 5 Nostalgic Japanese Movies

    01.July.2020 | FEATURES / MOVIE

    ASOBINEXT is a new project launched by event management and talent agency ASOBISYSTEM, which is known for managing artists like Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The project aims to create next generation icons who will promote their unique personalities and outlooks to the world using social media and in turn bring about new forms of culture.

    As part of ASOBINEXT, MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON will be publishing content from each talent that is tied to ASOBINEXT in the form of their favourite and recommended things. Today, we take a look at 5 recommended nostalgic Japanese films from ASOBINEXT’s Mirai who makes sure to watch at least one film a week.

     

    Our Little Sister

    ©2015 吉田秋生・小学館/フジテレビジョン 小学館 東宝 ギャガ

     

    ・Film Summary
    The film follows three sisters: Sachi, Yoshino, and Chika who all live in the house of their grandparents in Kamakura where they all grew up together. One day, they receive news of the death of their father. At his funeral, they meet their 14-year-old half-sister Suzu for the first time, whose mother is already dead. She had been living with their father and her stepmom after he remarried. When the eldest daughter Sachi looks at Suzu as the sisters are saying goodbye to her, she invites Suzu to go and live with them in Asakusa. Suzu agrees to go, and thus begins the sisters’ journey together to deepen their relationship with Suzu. Its a very ‘Japanese’ film in many ways, and has a nostalgic Asakusa feel to it from the scenery and how people interact with one another.

     

    ・Why I Chose This Film
    The story really gripped my heart. It’s heartwarming, sad, and has a kind of nostalgia I can’t quite put my finger on which makes me want to go back home. I love Asakusa, the setting of the movie, and go there every year to have fun with my family. We’re also four siblings, brothers and sisters, so this film felt more relatable to me as I watched it. If you’re someone who feels like they want to return to their hometown, or see someone you treasure, or want to feel something Japanese, then I recommend giving this film a go!

     

    My Neighbor Totoro


    ・Film Summary
    In the early summer, Satsuki and her younger sister Mei move into the countryside with their father to be closer to their mother who is hospitalised. They meet a mysterious creature who Mei gives the name “Totoro,” a being which cannot be seen by adults. Satsuki and Mei get whisked into a fantastical world as we see them grow.

     

    ・Why I Chose This Film
    I’ve loved it since I was a kid. It’s one of Ghibli’s films I’ve always watched. The film is set to be set in 1952 during the Showa Period. I was born in the Heisei Period so I wasn’t even born yet when the film was released. Even so, this is a film that continues to receive love, so much so that it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that it’s known to all in Japan, and all have seen it. I believe there are still lots of kids who are watching Totoro even now. This film is an emotion that continues to live in our hearts as a memory, one that’s like a dream we had when we were young. I want the people of the world to watch this regardless of their age or gender!

     

    Always: Sunset on Third Street

    ・Film Summary
    Mutsuko Hoshino arrives in Tokyo from Aomori Prefecture to begin her employment at the auto repair shop Suzuki Auto. Captivated by the prospect of living and working in the sparkling city of Tokyo, Mutsuku is disappointed to find that Suzuki Auto is actually a rundown shop in Tokyo’s lower districts. Despite this, she goes into her job with will-power and positivity, and finds herself becoming a member of the Suzuki family. There is also the struggling writer Ryunosuke Chagawa, who accepts the custody of Junnosuke from Hiromi. Junnosuke is the orphaned offspring of the previous tenant of the building where Hiromi opens a bar. All of the cast members convey love, courage, and warmth in this story about being human.

     

    ・Why I Chose This Film
    The moment I saw this film, it felt like I had been transported back in time to 1926, even though I was born in the Heisei Period and not the Showa Period. Despite that, it still fills me with a sense of nostalgia, and it makes me well up with a feeling of courage. The film is set in a time where smartphones, PCs, and TVs aren’t a thing yet, so it really made me realise the importance of our connection to others. I want to recommend this film to anyone who wants to know about old time Japan, or is looking for a film with heart!

    Kimi ni Todoke

    ©2010映画「君に届け」製作委員会 ©椎名軽穂 / 集英社

     

    ・Film Summary
    Sawako is avoided by her classmates in elementary school because of her appearance which leads them to name-call her “Sadako,” the main character from the film The Ring. They also call her a zashiki-warashi, a child spirit. But her father teachers her that a zashiki-warashi is a spirit that actually makes people happy. This makes her happy, since her motto is to “do one good thing a day.” When she becomes a high school stduent, she meets a certain boy, which marks the start of this cute and pure love story.

     

    ・Why I Chose This Film
    This is my favourite of Japan’s love stories. It makes you feel that pure, butterfly stomach kind of youthful love. The music and the backgrounds in the film serve to add another layer to their relationship too. The film makes you want to cheer the two of them on from the shadows as they come to face complicated emotions they have never felt before. Everyone should check this out, regardless of age or gender, if they’re wanting a heart-throb story or feel like returning to their youthful days!

     

    Korede iinoda! Eiga Akatsuka Fujio

    ・Film Summary
    This film covers the life of manga artist Fujio Akatsuka—known for such popular series as Tensai Bakabon—and his 35 year relationship with his editor Toshiki Takei. You get to learn about the unique life of the manga artist, who has been called a genius.

     

    ・Why I Chose This Film
    This comedy film is set in the 1970s and shows how the popular weekly manga magazine Weekly Shonen Sunday came about, a magazine which it wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call the start of Japanese manga. Of course, if you love Japanese manga, you should watch this, but I want all of the people of the world who are interested in the history of Japanese anime to see it!

     

    Mirai

    A 19-year-old affiliated with ASOBINEXT and known for her trademark black bob hair. Her hobby is watching movies—she watches one a week. Her goal for the future is to become an idol that stands out from the crowd and can work not just in Japan but around the world. She wants to work in many areas and endeavours to become a person that people look up to.

  • RADWIMPS Releases New Song ‘cocorononaca’ On Spotify and Other Streaming Services

    03.June.2020 | MUSIC

    RADWIMPS released a new song entitled cocorononaca today on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, and YouTube Music.

    The song was recently revealed on the band’s social media together with a video and received much excitement from fans, prompting the band to drop the track digitally today.

     

    On the song, band vocalist and lead guitarist Yojiro Noda said: “I pray for each and every heart that was headed towards it goal, the hearts that have tasted hope, that they can once again move towards those goals in the future. I hope that this song serves as hope for people, even if just a little.”

     

    This is a track to check out when you’re wanting a bit of positivity. Listen to cocorononaca now at the links below.

  • RADWIMPS Release Music Video For ‘Nekojarashi’ Orchestral Version

    29.May.2020 | MUSIC

    RADWIMPS have dropped a music video for their song Nekojarashi (Orchestra ver.).

    The music video was shot and made by staff who have been involved with many other RADWIMPS music videos. The video is a snapshot of an ordinary day, something which comes as a welcome during these chaotic times. It looks at what lies beyond in the future—a message of hope.

     

    RADWIMPS recently released a music video for the normal version of Nekojarashi featuring a compilation of photos the band wanted fans to send in which showcase the little things in life that make them happy. Now fans can enjoy that alongside the video for the orchestral version.

     

    RADWIMPS – “Nekojarashi (Orchestra ver.) Music Video

  • RADWIMPS Release Entire Discography on Spotify & Other Streaming Services

    15.May.2020 | MUSIC

    RADWIMPS release their entire discography today on Spotify, Apple Music, and other music streaming services—everything since their 2005 major debut.

     

    That’s 195 songs, beginning with their major debut single 25 Kome no Senshokutai to to their digital-only release Nekojarashi and their latest song Shinsekai. This is the perfect opportunity for fans to walk back through this musical history, and for those who are unfamiliar with RADWIMPS to learn about everything they have to offerーthis being the band known for writing the soundtracks for the hit anime films Your Name and Weathering with You.

     

    The band also released a music video for Nekojarashi. The warm video is a compilation of photos the band wanted fans to send in which showcase the little things in life that make them happy.

     

    RADWIMPS – “Nekojarashi” Music Video (#RADnekojarashi ver.)

     

    RADWIMPS are also holding a campaign on social media which invites people to make a playlist of their 5 favourite RADWIMPS songs and then post it on social media with the hashtag #僕の私のRADWIMPSど真ん中5曲.

  • RADWIMPS Release New Song ‘SHINSEKAI’ on Streaming and Digital Music Platforms

    11.May.2020 | MUSIC

    RADWIMPS dropped their new song SHINSEKAI (“New World”) on digital music and streaming platforms, including iTunes and Spotify, on May 9, 2020.

     

    The track was written was completed only just recently for the band’s performance on the TV Asahi show Music Station on May 8 where they played the song for the first time.

    Lead vocalist, guitarist and songwriter for the band Yojiro Noda said: “When we first had talks about making a song, we thought to make one that would help people to look forward, so we started writing. But we gradually began to feel that it wouldn’t be enough. COVID-19 has snatched away much from usーand at the same time it has helped us realise a lot of things. When things return to normal, I think we’ll be living in a different world to what we knew. The way we run businesses and companies, how we are in the classroom or in politics. What kind of world will we live in from now? This song is one to imagine and start forming that time.”

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