Actors Masaki Suda and Nana Komatsu to continue as ambassadors for Japanese fashion brand “niko and …” 

11.February.2019 | FASHION

Japanese fashion brand “niko and …” have announced that singer and actor Masaki Suda, and actress and model Nana Komatsu will continue to be their fashion brand ambassadors throughout 2019.

To kick off 2019 promotions, “niko and…” are releasing a movie clip created around their concept “Deau Niau”, which aims to commemorate the first time we meet new people (deau), and how that first meeting turns into something special (niau). The movie clip, which will be entitled “Ah, Haru” (Spring is coming soon) features Suda and Komatsu and will be released on Friday 8th March. However, a teaser illustration and website will be released in advance on Friday 8th February.

Art director Chie Morimoto directed the movie and designed the teaser illustration.


■ An interview with Art Director Chie Morimoto

Q. What is the concept of this web movie? What did you focus on in particular? 

Chie Morimoto: The concept is that nature does not bring us spring, but rather, spring arrives when we feel it arrive in us. This web movie aims to encourage viewers to open up to their feelings and enjoy the coming of a new season.

Q. What feelings did you put into designing the teaser illustration? 

Chie Morimoto: The opening up of a heart to its playful side in a “come on spring! Hurry up!” kind of way. Just like the concept of “Deau Niau” I felt my heart open up once again to allow it to be shaken by emotions as spring occurs again when I was creating the illustration.

Q. What is your impression of “niko and…” brand ambassadors Suda and Komatsu who will be starring in the web movie?

Chie Morimoto: Both Suda and Komatsu are splendid. Just watching their previous works is enough to give anyone goosebumps. Those two are capable of pulling off anything in a perfectly natural way. Just like everyone else, I am also a fan of “niko and…”. When the movie is released, I am looking forward to seeing their expressions portray the feeling of “discovering something new”.


Please keep an eye out for “niko and …” and their new spring creations!


  • Visuals Release For Tatsushi Ōmori-Directed Film ‘Tarō no Baka no Baka’

    27.June.2019 | MOVIE

    Tarō no Baka (“Taro the Fool”) is an upcoming film directed by Tatsushi Ōmori (Everyday A Good DaySetoutsumiThe Ravine of Goodbye) set for release in Japan on September 6, 2019. The film stars YOSHI, Masaki Suda and Taiga who play Taro, Eji and Sugio respectively. New scenes from the film have just been released to the public.


    Taro (YOSHI) is a nameless individual who is at the height of youth and puberty. He claims that people with no name go by the name Taro. He isn’t in the family register and hasn’t been to school even once.

    Taro meets high school students Eji (Masaki Suda) and Sugio (Taiga), two more nobodies, with whom he lives out his days wild and uninhibited. But after the three of them get their hands on a single pistol, they are forced to the reality of their individual lives which they have until then averted their eyes from.

    Six shots of six different scenes were released, including one with Taro messing around with the gun with Eji, another where the three characters get revenge on their enemy Yoshioka (Eita Okuno) with violence, and another where we see Yoko (Sasha Ueda) playing the piano after school, someone who Sugio has a secret affection for.

    Taro does not care for societal rules or morals – he lives and moves on impulse and instinct. While he may have his troubles and worries, when he is together with Eji and Sugio, his heart is freed from those things.

    Tarō no Baka is told like an allegory and is laced with a realism and thrill that will make viewers forget they are watching something fictional. Tatsushi Ōmori has been writing original scripts for 20 years, so excitement continues to grow for his latest release.


    ©️2019 “Tarō no Baka” Production Committee

  • Masaki Suda to Premiere His First Short Film ‘Clover’

    18.June.2019 | MUSIC

    Japanese musician Masaki Suda announced on his “All Night Nippon” radio show that he will premiere and host a talk on Clover, the first ever short film he has directed, on July 10. The film is to be included on First Press Limited Edition copies of his new album LOVE which will be released on the same day.

    The film uses the album track Clover as its main theme which was written and composed by Huwie Ishizaki. It stars Japanese actor Taiga and is littered with messages covered in Suda’s album laced into a 47-minute original story which took half a year to film from its conception.

  • ‘Sayonara Kuchibiru’ Film Trailer Released Featuring Insert Song ‘Tachimachi Arashi’ & Recording Footage

    24.May.2019 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    Sayonara Kuchibiru (“Goodbye Lips”) is an upcoming Japanese film starring co-leads Nana Komatsu and Mugi Kadowaki along with Ryo Narita. The musical movie is set to hit Japanese theatres on May 31, 2019.


    The film follows the story of Reo (Nana Komatsu) and Haru (Mugi Kadowaki) who form the popular guitar duo HaruReo. A special new trailer produced by lute has been released which features the film’s insert song Tachimachi Arashi written and composed by Aimyon as well as footage of the film being shot.


    ‘Sayonara Kuchibiru’ Insert Song ‘Tachimachi Arashi’ Special Video / GAGA Official YouTube

    lute launched their company in 2016. Since then they have worked with artists and musicians to produce music videos and live footage videos for them on YouTube. They also launched the first Instagram Stories media in Japan in August 2017.


    The video contains behind-the-scenes footage of the lead actresses who have learned to play guitar for the film in which they are to perform 3 songs. This also marks the first time ever in her career that Nana Komatsu will sing. At first thought, it might sound like a rough time having to learn how to sing and play three full songs in such a short period, but the video shows otherwise: we see them having fun in the studio and practicing together during shooting breaks.

    We also get to see new cuts from the film that we have not seen before. We see the fruits of their training carried out across several months and how masterfully they have learned to play the guitar in an emotional live scene. There are also scenes of Shima, the third important character of the film who causes a complicated love triangle with the two main characters, and the road to the duo’s final tour before they break up. HaruReo’s incredible vocals too are heart-stirring.


    Sayonara Kuchibiru will hit Japanese cinemas on May 31, 2019.


    © 2019 “Sayonara Kuchibiru” Production Committee

  • Masaki Suda Releases New Song ‘Machigai Sagashi’ Written & Produced by Kenshi Yonezu

    14.May.2019 | MUSIC

    Masaki Suda just released his new song Machigai Sagashi digitally on May 14, 2019.

    The CD cover for the digital single has also been released.

    Japanese singer-songwriter and record producer Kenshi Yonezu wrote the lyrics for, arranged and produced the track. The song is used as the main theme song for the Kansai Telecasting Corporation and Fuji TV drama series Perfect World.


    The song and the drama series have enjoyed huge popularity on Japanese social media with related words having trended on Twitter.

  • Masaki Suda’s New Song ‘Machigai Sagashi’ to be Released Digitally on May 14

    24.April.2019 | MUSIC

    It was announced on Masaki Suda’s All Night Nippon on April 22 that Masaki Suda’s long-awaited new song Machigai Sagashi will be released digitally on May 14.


    Japanese singer-songwriter and record producer Kenshi Yonezu wrote the lyrics for, arranged and produced the track. He appeared as a guest alongside Suda on the television program where both artists spoke about the track. The song was also played in full for the first time.

    The song is being used as the main theme for the ongoing Kansai Telecasting Corporation and Fuji TV drama series Perfect World which began airing on April 16.


    Both the series and song have received huge attention in Japan where they have been trending on Twitter.

  • Sayonara Kuchibiru Film Co-Lead Actresses Announce Music Duo Debut

    18.April.2019 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    Sayonara Kuchibiru (“Goodbye Lips”) is an upcoming Japanese film starring co-leads Nana Komatsu and Mugi Kadowaki along with Ryo Narita. The musical movie is set to hit Japanese theatres on May 31, 2019.


    The film follows the story of Reo (Nana Komatsu) and Haru (Mugi Kadowaki) who form the popular guitar duo HaruReo. The film is directed and written by Akihiko Shiota (Harmful InsectDororo) and features big names in the music industry including Japanese singer-songwriter Motohiro Hata who produced the film’s main theme Sayonara Kuchibiru and Aimyon who composed and wrote the lyrics for the insert songs Dare ni Datte Wake ga Aru and Tachimachi Arashi.

    While hype surrounding Komatsu and Kadowaki putting their real voices and music performances to the movie surges, it has been announced that HaruReo are to make their real-life major debut with the release of their Sayonara Kuchibiru EP on May 22.

    The EP will include both the theme song by Motohiro Hata and both insert songs from Aimyon―all sung by HaruReo.

    Regarding the music Hata commented, “I will be overjoyed if lots of people enjoy the song alongside the film.” Aimyon also commented, “Thank you for singing these songs. Congratulations on your debut.”

    The EP’s cover photo was taken by Japanese photographer Kotori Kawashima, a name in high demand across various industries known for working with popular voice actors and artists on their photo collections. The cover features both Haru and Reo sat facing each other with natural expressions.


    The music video for the film’s main theme Sayonara Kuchibiru has also been released. It can be viewed on HaruReo’s official website which just opened today.


    The video was directed by Tomokazu Yamada who is known for having directed such hit works as Kenshi Yonezu’s Lemon and Aimyon’s Marigold. The song itself is a medium ballad which Hata wrote while reading the film’s script and thinking about both Haru and Reo. It talks about separation and the hope that lies in the future beyond it. The music video reflects that theme splendidly by focusing on three people spending their last time together. It reflects the pure innocence of the three main characters of the film: Reo, Haru and Shima.


    Yamada also shot a new artist photo of the duo pictured below.

    Komatsu, Kadowaki and Narita released comments on the music video shoot. Komatsu said, “I was so happy to meet with the three of them again after so long. The video shoot was very chill. We just spoke about silly things the entire time [laughs].” Kadowaki said, “We didn’t get to spend quiet time together on the film set, so it was precious, great, and made me happy.” Narita said, “Although the music video has a different atmosphere from the film, parts of it still feel similar. It shows a real sense of distance.”


    Sayonara KuchibiruDare ni Datte Wake ga Aru and Tachimachi Arashi will all hit Japanese radio from today.


    ©2019 “Sayonara Kuchibiru” Production Committee

  • Masaki Suda’s New Song ‘Machigai Sagashi’ to Feature as TV Drama ‘Perfect World’ Theme Song

    04.April.2019 | MUSIC

    It has been announced that Masaki Suda’s new song Machigai Sagashi will be used as the theme song for the upcoming Kansai Telecasting Corporation and Fuji TV drama series Perfect World.


    Japanese singer-songwriter and record producer Kenshi Yonezu wrote the lyrics for, arranged and produced the track. Suda received a director offer from the drama’s produced who expressed his desire to be used as the theme song.

    Perfect World is a romance drama that follows the story of Itsuki Ayukawa (Tori Matsuzaka), an architect who injured his spinal cord playing basketball when he was 20-years-old. He meets Tsugumi Kawana (Mizuki Yamamoto) once again who graduated from the same high school as him. Their lives change as they begin to develop feelings for each other.


    The theme song will debut on the first episode of the series which is set to air on April 16, 2019.


    Masaki Suda released the following statement: “Firstly, Tori Matsuzaka is in the same profession as me. He’s always been close by. If I stop to think about it it must be close to 10 years? When I meet with him now I greet him like family. If we’re apart we only come into contact with each other when working on something as junior and senior. I’m singing a song for a drama series starring somebody like that. What’s more is Kenshi Yonezu is making the song. Honestly, I didn’t know how to begin preparing for something like that. I felt a little sick. I was wrong to think that something as wonderful as this could never happen. I hope that Perfect World leaves an impression on people and can give them strength, even if just a little. This is obvious, but I will of course sing the song with everything I have. I ask for your kind support.”



    Tori Matsuzaka also commented: “The first time I heard [the song], Suda’s feelings for the series really got through in his voice. The lyrics that Yonexu wrote have a lot of references to the emotions felt by trees. I thought the song was perfect that you can easily picture what the drama is about by just letting the song roll. Me and Suda debuted during the same period, so it feels like mysterious chance and fate that we are working on the same series. It’s something I could have never imagined 10 years ago. I want to shoot each scene with care while listening to this song.”

  • Masaki Suda’s New Song ‘Machigai Sagashi’ Written & Produced by Kenshi Yonezu

    28.March.2019 | MUSIC

    It has been revealed that Kenshi Yonezu wrote the lyrics for, arranged and produced Masaki Suda’s new song Machigai Sagashi.


    Suda featured on Yonezu’s song Haiiro to Ao back in 2017, the music video for which recently hit 100 million views on YouTube. Details surrounding the release date of the new song have yet to be announced.

    Speaking about the new collaboration, Masaki Suda says: “I was sat in a room that had 4.5 tatami mats and thought to myself, ‘I might have been born into the wrong picture, one where I’m searching for mistakes. But it’s precisely because of that that I have met the people I have.’ When Kenshi heard about the intentions behind this song, I felt he was able to give those uneasy feelings I that I live with―feelings that only I could understand―a name […] Each person has their own individual circumstances, and that’s why I believe it’s necessary for those people to have difficulties that only they understand. Those feelings are one in their own. They come in different forms, but they are something everybody has. Having a target group like that enables me to affirm my own existence. I sang this song with value using that warmth as my pivot. We are a collective without help and without prayer. I am happy to have met Machigai Sagashi.”

    Kenshi Yonezu also comments: “Ever since Haiiro to Ao, every time [me and Suda] met we would always say we wanted to do something together. This is the song we completed. Whenever I hear his songs, I am shaken by his powerful voice every time. I want it to be heard by lots of people already. They are sure to think about it the same as I do.”

  • Nana Komatsu & Mugi Kadowaki Kiss in New Trailer for ‘Sayonara Kuchibiru’

    16.March.2019 | MOVIE

    Sayonara Kuchibiru (“Goodbye Lips”) is an upcoming Japanese film starring co-leads Nana Komatsu and Mugi Kadowaki along with Ryo Narita. The musical movie is set to hit Japanese theatres on May 31, 2019.

    The film is directed and written by Akihiko Shiota (Harmful InsectDororo) whose career has made his name known at several film festivals overseas.


    The film features big names in the music industry including Japanese singer-songwriter Motohiro Hata who produced the film’s main theme Sayonara Kuchibiru and Aimyon who composed and wrote the lyrics for the insert song Tachimachi Arashi.


    See the new trailer below.



    Reo (Nana Komatsu) and Haru (Mugi Kadowaki) form the popular guitar duo HaruReo. In the trailer, we the musicians suddenly decide they want to break up, and confide in their attendant Shima once more. During their nationwide tour, a love triangle begins to form, as Reo has feelings for Shima, but Shima has feelings for Haru.


    The trailer also reveals a kiss scene between the two singers. A single cut showcasing the moment before the kiss was released officially.


    The actresses themselves both sing and perform HaruReo’s songs. This is the first time that Nana Komatsu has had to sing in her career. She and Kadowaki underwent months of training to sing and play the guitar as well as film the emotional live scene we see in the trailer.


    Sayonara Kuchibiru is set to tackle the bonds we have between people and the importance of looking ahead. Don’t miss the film coming this spring.

  • Masaki Suda Photo Exhibition Celebrates Release of Live Concert DVD/Blu-ray

    04.March.2019 | MUSIC / SPOT

    Masaki Suda will drop his first ever concert DVD & Blu-ray release SUDA MASAKI LIVE@LIQUIDROOM 2018.11.15 on March 6, 2019. To celebrate, an exhibition of photos from the live show will be held at Tower Records Shibuya and Tower Records Umeda NU Chayamachi. The display will also include never-before-seen cuts.


    “SUDA MASAKI LIVE@LIQUIDROOM 2018.11.15” Song Trailer

    The DVD & Blu-ray features the full footage of Suda’s concert at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM in Tokyo on November 15, 2018, a special one-night-only premium concert.

    Songs include Sayonara Elergy which ranked No. 1 on LINE MUSIC’s 2018 music rankings, his debut single Mita Koto mo Nai Keshiki, his latest single Long Hope Philia, as well as covers of other artists’ songs whom he is friends with including Period by Huwie Ishizaki, Futari no Sekai by Aimyon, and Kenshi Yonezu’s Haiiro to Ao which Suda features on. It also includes the encore where he performs his new song Clover which has no release date yet.

  • My Hero Academia Creditless Ending Theme Video Released

    01.August.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The creditless ending video for the latest season of My Hero Academia has been released officially.

    The ending theme song is titled Long Hope Philia (TV Limited), a specially arranged version of Masaki Suda’s new single Long Hope Philia which is included on the limited pressing edition which was released on August 1.


    The song will be used as the main theme song for the forthcoming movie My Hero Academia: Two Heroes which will hit Japanese theatres on August 3. It’s an acoustic arrangement that has a completely different feel from the original. It garnered much attention from fans who haired the song for the first time in the movie trailer.


    The creditless ending video can be viewed on the anime’s website and the TOHOanimation YouTube channel. It features series protagonist Deku who is looking out far across the ocean while walking on a sandy beach. The sight of him running with his friends offers a breather from the main show’s developing drama.



    Long Hope Philia

    On Sale: August 1, 2018

    First Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD) – ¥1,900 (Pre-Tax)

    *DVD includes Masaki Suda’s performance at Shibuya WWW X on February 23 as part of his Premium 1st TOUR.

    Regular Edition (CD-Only) – ¥1,000 (Pre-Tax)

    Limited Pressing Edition (CD) – ¥1,300 (Pre-Tax)


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  • My Hero Academia: Two Heroes ‘Long Hope Philia’ Anime Music Video Released

    29.July.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    A compilation video was released in collaboration with Masaki Suda of clips from the upcoming My Hero Academia: Two Heroes movie. The video features the song Long Hope Philia by the singer which serves as the opening theme.



    The video has prompted fans to leave heartfelt comments talking about My Hero Academia‘s has influenced them.

    Long Hope Philia was written and composed by Hiromu Akita (amazarashi) and ties in perfectly with the movie’s theme of friendship Be sure to check it out in the newly released collaboration video.



    My Hero Academia: Two Heroes

    Release Date: August 3, 2018

    Official Website:


    Long Hope Philia

    Written & Composed by Hiromu Akita (amazarashi)

    Digital Release – July 14, 2018

    CD Single Release – August 17, 2018

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