Aimyon to Perform Crayon Shin-chan: Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hiroshi~ Main Theme

06.February.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

It has been announced that singer-songwriter Aimyon will perform the main theme song for the anime film Crayon Shin-chan: Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hiroshi~ which is set to release on April 19, 2019.

 

Aimyon is a huge fan of Cragon Shin-chan. The song she has written for the latest film is titled Haru no Hi (“Spring Day”). It focuses on the love between Shin-chan’s parents Hiroshi and Misae Nohara from their perspective and their honeymoon trip which they have never been on and which the film is based on.

 

The song will also be used as the new ending theme song for the Crayon Shin-chan anime series from February 8. Aimyon’s 7th single to date, the CD will hit shelves on April 17, two days before the film’s premiere.

Aimyon gave the following comments about the collaboration: “I have been given the opportunity to perform the main theme for Crayon Shin-chan: Honeymoon Hurricane ~The Lost Hiroshi~. I have loved the series since I was a child. I am so grateful to be able to say that. But at the same time I wondered to myself how I would be able to convey those loving memories, in my own way, in a song. When I heard that it was about ‘family love’ I thought I would write a song about the birth of the Nohara household. Crayon Shin-chan always taught me about the strength of family ties and happiness. Of course, that includes his bonds with everyone in the Kasukabe Defence Force too. There are of course times he stumbles too. The message the series gets across touches my heart. I am truly happy to be involved with this movie. Thank you for this lifetime treasure. I hope that the song Haru no Hi that I wrote reaches many places.”

 

She continues: “This is a different film, but I watched [Crayon Shin-chan: Fierceness That Invites Storm!] The Adult Empire Strikes Back from 2001. That’s where I first saw the Tower of the Sun by Tarō Okamoto. Crayon Shin-chan also introduced me to Takuro Yoshida, Betsy & Chris and others. It might not be the same, but I would be happy if I’m able to return the favour even a little.”

 

Shin-chan also made a comment himself: “Cheers for making such a wonderful song for us. It makes me feel relaxed all the way to the centre of my butt. It was a really good song! Ahh, I want Aimyon to propose to me… Be sure you all listen to it!”

 

*Comments translated from Japanese.

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    The lyrics appeared on the monitors for Ikiteitan da yo ne during which the performance shifted to a dramatic tone as red lights beamed, resulting in a theatrical atmosphere.

    “When I told my mum the news that I would be performing live at the Budokan, she was even more overjoyed than when it was announced I would perform at Kōhaku [Uta Gassen]. So I decided to put the year she brought me into this world in the title [of the tour]. 1995 is my origin, the origin of me as a singer-songwriter.”

     

    As Aimyon explained the origin of her tour title she performed her new song 1995. “I made this [song] specially for today.” Fans joined in with singing the “lalalas” of the chorus before Aimyon wrapped up with the final song of the night, Kimi wa Rock o Kikanai, which brought the crowd together as one.

    “Thank you for giving me the best seat in the house today!” she said, bringing her first-ever Budokan concert to its conclusion.

     

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    2019 is looking to be a huge year for Aimyon.

     

    Photography: 鈴木友莉、永峰拓也

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    Singer-songwriter Aimyon just dropped the music video for her song Yume Oi Bengal taken from her new album Shunkanteki Sixth Sense which hit shelves on February 13.

     

    The music video was created from 85-hours of footage can taken from her nationwide Japan tour “AIMYON TOUR 2018 -HONEY LADY BABY.” Shot in the style of a documentary, it features live performance shots as well as clips from backstage and times on the road during the tour. On the tour the staff kept the camera on her to obtain as much footage as possible.

     

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    Director Kodai Kobayashi also commented: “Because we filmed her and went to places I didn’t know, I saw a lot of young guys and girls experiencing a ‘live’ show. It was my first time. For both me and them it’s a rite of passage that Aimyon gives an energetic performance, so I would be happy if people can feel that with this video too.”

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    Aimyon has announced a tour titled AIMYON TOUR 2019 “Love Call” which is set to begin in May and where she will be joined by a supporting artist. She will perform 10 concerts in 6 locations in Japan. Ticket details and the supporting artist have yet to be announced.

     

    The singer will follow this up with her biggest ever solo arena tour dubbed AIMYON TOUR 2019 -SIXTH SENSE STORY- which will start in October. Aimyon will embark on 22 concerts across 22 places in Japan. Pre-sale fan club tickets went at noon today in Japan (JST).

    Aimyon performed at the 69th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen at the end of 2018 and will release her second album Shunkanteki Sixth Sense on February 13 this year. Copies of the new album will include a serial code that gives access to apply for early-bird tickets to her October tour.

     

    As she continues to stir the industry and make it into Apple Music’s Top 5, this year is looking to be another successful one for Aimyon.

  • Concert Review: Aimyon performs to a sold-out crowd at Zepp Tokyo on her biggest tour to date

    19.December.2018 | MUSIC

    Japanese singer-songwriter Aimyon wrapped up her tour AIMYON TOUR 2018 -HONEY LADY BABY- with a final performance at Zepp Tokyo on December 17. This tour marked the musician’s biggest to date which saw her perform 11 sold-out concerts across 10 cities in Japan.

     

    This final show saw a behemoth set-list of 21 songs including an encore that captivated the packed venue.

    Aimyon stepped onto stage along with her fellow band members and was welcomed by fans with riotous cheers. With an acoustic guitar in hand, the show kicked off with Mangetsu no Yoru Nara. “The finale at Tokyo! Let’s do this!” shouted Aimyon as she on to perform the popular Futari no Sekai with its light, country-like melody. Fans joined in with call-and-response during the song. This was followed by Jennifer for which Aimyon showcased her skill as a singer with her ringing vocals.

    “Today is the last day. I want to end it giving my all to the very end.”  Saying this, Aimyon went on to play ..chan which is a song she wrote for her dear friend who gave her the nickname “Aimyon.”

     

    She asked the crowd, “How’s everyone doing?” as the up-tempo track RING DING began to play, and went all the way to the front of the stage in front of the crowd. This was followed by Konya no Mama, a song that gained much popularity as the theme song for a Japanese drama series. Rounds of applause rang through the venue for this one.

    The band stepped off the stage, leaving Aimyon solitary on stage with just her voice and her acoustic guitar to perform Kaze no Sasayaki, showing the crowd her talent as a singer and a songwriter.

     

    Afterwards she stopped to talk to the crowd about having visited the Tower of the Sun monument created by Tarō Okamoto. She had spoke in the past about wanting to sing underneath it and said to the crowd, “If it happens, please [all] get together there once more like this today.” Aimyon pulled out a harmonica and began to talk-sing “tower of the sun” in a blues style.

    She then kicked it into one of her folky tunes―Kimi ga Inai Yoru o Koerareyashinai―a love song written from the perspective of a male. Following Seishun to Seishun to Seishun, which struck up with the sound of an organ, her band members returned to the stage with whom she looked back over the tour before holding a quiz, something she has done at each location across the tour.

     

    Aimyon followed up with the at-home vibe number Anata no Tame ni before switching things up with the minor-tuned melody MatryoshkaIkiteitan da yo na began with an impressive piano solo for which the mood was set by red lighting on stage coupled with Aimyon’s serious face.

    Aimyon then announced she was going to show a music video for a new song. Titled Yumeoi Bengal, this fast-paced punk track cut through the noise in the crowd. Fans were heated more than ever, and Aimyon grabbed a band mic and sang with everything she had.

     

    “We’re not taking any breaks, we’re going to keep going!” she announced and led the crowd to the dance floor with Ai o Tsutaetai dato ka. Fans made their mark with singing along for Kimi wa Rock o Kikanai and gave a huge round of applause when the intro to Anata Kaibou Jun’aika ~Shi ne~ came on. Their fire surged even higher with the band joining in for the song. This diverse range of melodies is typical Aimyon.

    “If I go to see the Tower of the Sun and there are lots of familiar flowers blooming around there I think it would be fate. The marigold flower has carried a lot for me this year, so I’d like to close with that song.” Aimyon said this and sang Marigold at the top of her voice before bringing the main set to an end.

    The crowd naturally began calling for an encore, and of course Aimyon came back for more. She performed a cover of Karada no Shin Kara Mada Moeteirunda which is the main theme song for the 2018 comedy movie LOUDER! Can’t Hear What You’re Singin’, Wimp! sung by the character and street musician Fuuka who is played by Riho Yoshioka.

     

    Aimyon’s closing words, with a few tears, were, “I’ve had way too many things happen in 2018, so I want to show my gratitude to you all next year.” She continued, “I can’t sum up allthe things I want to say, but what I do want to say is that I love you all. I’ve realised that I cannot see despair in my music career. Thank you for meeting with me. This was a great night.”

     

    Upon expressing her thanks to fans, she closed the night with GOOD NIGHT BABY.

    Before leaving, Aimyon, on stage by herself, said that she had an announcement to make. It was the announcement of a brand new album set for release on February 13 as well as her first ever solo performance at the famous Nippon Budokan on February 18 where she will perform on stage on her own. Aimyon showed her true feelings as she cried loudly towards the crowd. “I wanted my first Budokan [show] to be me playing to my own accompaniment, so I’m happy.”

     

    Text: 金子厚武

    Photography: 永峰拓也

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