Ending Theme for New Fruits Basket Anime to be Performed by Vickeblanka

18.March.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

It has been announced that Vickeblanka will perform the ending theme Lucky Ending for the upcoming new anime adaptation for the manga series Fruits Basket written and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya.


Vickeblanka is a Japanese pop singer and songwriter who is set to perform at many big music festivals in Japan this year, including SUMMER SONIC 2019 in both Tokyo and Osaka.

Fruits Basket was serialised in Hana to Yume, published by Hakusensha, from 1998 to 2006. It has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. The original anime adaptation by Studio Deen ran in 2001 from July to December. The new series will have a new cast and staff.


Talking about his collaboration with the series, Vickeblanka comments: “I enjoyed reading shojo manga as a child because of my younger sister. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to call Fruits Basket the bible for all girls, so it is truly an honour for me to be able to perform the ending theme. Lucky Ending is a very precious song to me. It’s a fateful harmony of my own personal feelings and the messages I took from reading the series. Please be sure to give it a listen. I too am looking forward to the [new] anime airing.”


Fruits Basket will begin airing on April 6, 2019.


  • Vickeblanka Releases Live Video of Black Clover Anime Theme Song ‘Black Catcher’

    13.January.2023 | Uncategorized

    Singer Vickeblanka has released a live performance video of Black Catcher, the opening theme song for the anime series Black Clover. On January 25, 2023, the singer will release Vickeblanka presents RAINBOW ROAD -Ki- on Blu-ray and DVD.


    Black Catcher – Vickeblanka (from「RAINBOW ROAD -Ki-」LIVE DVD&Blu-ray on sale January 25, 2023)

    Black Catcher serves as the 10th opening theme for Black Clover. The song has been ranked in Spotify’s Top 10 Most Played Japanese Songs Overseas for three consecutive years and has been streamed over 160 million times. The accompanying music video has been viewed over 50 million times.


    Vickeblanka appeared in the recent Shochiku Tokyu New Year’s drama series Kaden Samurai Special Stop! Chuushingura. At the start of the series, the main character Shijuro Kanenashi plays a yakuza in prison after being falsely accused of a crime. The series co-stars Kenichi Takito who was surprised by Vicke’s powerful performance.


    Treasure, the theme song for the regular drama series, is also being used as the theme of this special.


    Vickeblanka presents RAINBOW ROAD -Ki- will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on January 25, 2023. This was the singer’s first arena concert, featuring a rare 19-track setlist including encores.


    The live show includes signature tracks like Masshiro, Ca Va?, and ULALA, as well as an encore performance of the song Changes. The concert release also includes a 2-CD set of live recordings from the performance. The asymmetrical stage featured a unique acoustic setup that is fully captured in this incredible set.


    In addition to the standard edition, a Limited First Edition will include a 52-page photobook with rare images from the rehearsal.


    Those who preorder through the French Link fan club will receive a special rubber band, and an A3-size calendar poster on a first-come, first-served basis. 55 people who preorder by midnight on January 6 will win an A3-size calendar poster autographed by Vickeblanka himself.

  • Trio Ohashi to Perform Theme Song for Fruits Basket -prelude- Anime Compilation Film

    25.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    A new trailer for the upcoming Fruits Basket -prelude- compilation film is highlighting the movie’s theme song, set to be performed by Trio Ohashi. The film will release in select theaters on February 18, 2022.


    The film will center around Tohru’s parents Kyoko and Katsuya. The theme song, Niji to Kaito (Rainbow and Kite) will be sure to pull at the audience’s heartstrings. The track will also be included on Trio Ohashi’s 15th-anniversary album scheduled to release on February 16, 2022.


    Trailer: https://youtu.be/G3W_3EEzzSg

    Fruits Basket initially ran in Hana to Yume magazine from 1998 until 2006 and was written and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya. The manga series has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. In April 2019, a new anime adaptation was broadcast on TV Tokyo, running for three years. A Fruits Basket stage show is scheduled to start on March 4, 2022.




  • WARPs UP Chinese Members Share Chinese Self-Cover of Fruits Basket Opening Theme

    18.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Japanese-Chinese boys collective WARPs UP’s Chinese members LANGYI and MINGJUN have started covering songs in Chinese. The project has started with a self-cover of Pleasure, the opening song for the Fruits Basket The Final anime that was announced in April.


    “You, yourself, can change the future, regardless of your destiny or environment” is the theme of the original song, which has been transformed into an acoustic version, centring around on the piano. The arrangement has been adjusted to add a summery vibe, allowing the listener to imagine a warm and bright future.


    The music video has been shot in a similar style to LANGYI’s WARPs UP Vocal Club cover in May, focusing on the two members singing into their microphones.

    The video reflects the original meaning of the song, filmed carefully to capture a midsummer feeling.


    The music video premieres on the WARPs UP YouTube channel on August 12, at 22:15.


    「Pleasure (LANGYI & MINGJUN ver.)」Music Video


    Pleasure (LANGYI & MINGJUN ver.) will be available on streaming sites from August 12th. The trilogy of acoustic covers being released this summer is made up of songs specially selected by the two Chinese members, covered in Chinese. The second and third songs are confirmed to be covers of hit songs that everybody will recognise.


  • Fruits Basket Themed Cafe to Open in Tokyo This Spring

    25.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD / SPOT

    The anime-themed cafe brand OTA★LAB CAFE will open its first permanent cafe, “Cheer fancle cafe,” in Awajicho, Tokyo on April 1, 2021. The cafe’s first collaboration will be with the hit series Fruits Basket whose manga has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. It will run from April 1 to May 9 and will feature a range of dishes and drinks inspired the series as well as merchandise, new and exclusive artwork drawn by the author Natsuki Takaya, and more.


    Original Merchandise

    Cheer fancle cafe Original Fruits Basket Pins (30 Designs) | ¥495 (Tax Included)

    Cheer fancle cafe Original Fruits Basket Acrylic Stands (15 Designs) | ¥1,430 (Tax Included)

    Cheer fancle cafe Original Fruits Basket Mini Acrylic Stands (15 Designs) | ¥1,000 (Tax Included)

    Cheer fancle cafe Original Fruits Basket Acrylic Key Rings (15 Designs) | ¥715 (Tax Included)

    Cheer fancle cafe Original Fruits Basket Postcard Sets (30 Designs/2 Included) | ¥385 (Tax Included)

    Food Menu

    Veggie Pasta ¥1,320 (Tax Included) / Omurice ¥1,320 / Egg Sandwich ¥880 (Tax Included)

    Niratama Donburi ¥1,100 (Tax Included) / Hamburger ¥1,320 (Tax Included)

    Dessert Menu

    Strawberry Shortcake ¥990 (Tax Included) / Pancake ¥1,100 (Tax Included)

    Coffee Milk Jelly ¥990 (Tax Included) / 3 Dango Set ¥880 (Tax Included)

    Limited-Time Drinks Menu ①

    Serving: April 1, 2021 – April 20, 2021

    Onigiri White Smoothie ¥715 (Tax Included) / Starry Sky Latte ¥715 (Tax Included)

    Cassis Berry Soda ¥715 (Tax Included) / Berry Drink ¥715 (Tax Included)

    Limited-Time Drinks Menu ②

    Serving: April 21, 2021 – May 9, 2021

    Orange Soda ¥715 (Tax Included) / Milk Tea ¥715 (Tax Included)


    Matcha Milk ¥715 (Tax Included) / Blue Soda ¥715 (Tax Included)

    Present Campaign

    Win one of two possible signed coasters

    Three lucky customers who collect all five stamps at Cheer fancle cafe can win one of two possible coasters signed by the author of Fruits Basket.


    Arrival Campaign

    All customers who go to the cafe will receive one of 15 possible original book covers.


    Dining Campaign

    For every menu item order, customers will receive one of 32 possible coasters. There are 15 chibi designs, 15 completely original designs drawn by the manga author, and two rare designs.


    Spending Campaign

    For every ¥2,500 spent at the cafe, customers will receive one of 15 possible postcards.

    Additionally, those who follow OTA★LAB CAFE on Twitter and retweet the campaign Tweet that will be posted on March 29 will have the chance to receive a set of all the above campaign items. This is available for five people from March 29 to April 5.



  • Vickeblanka Announces New Springtime Single ‘Ponytail’

    11.January.2021 | MUSIC

    Vickeblanka has announced that his 5th single Ponytail will be released on March 17, 2021. It features two songs: the title track which is a ballad themed on spring that sings of melancholic love, and Ten, an uplifting pop song aimed at helping you to take the first step towards something.


    The single’s Blu-ray edition features Vickeblanka’s Billboard Special Live performance from 2020 as well as a documentary entitled SPECIAL LIVE edit.


    The fan club “French Link” edition come sin a special box together with the Blu-ray as well as an original bath towel and hairband. This edition also includes Vickeblanka’s “French Link Live’ fan club performance held at Billboard Live YOKOHAMA. Early orders of the fan club edition will also come with a signed photo.


    Vickeblanka’s postponed 5-date tour, “Tour de Devil 2020,” will finally kick off at Nagoya Congress Center in Aichi on February 12, 2021. Details can be found on his official website.

  • TV Anime Fruits Basket Opening Theme ‘Chime’ Gets Remixed by AmPm

    08.October.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Masked music duo AmPm released a remix of Ai Otsuka’s song Chime on music download and streaming services, along with a music video, on Wednesday (October 7).


    Since August, Ai Otsuka has teamed up with music producers and track makers of various genres to release a remix of one of her songs per month. Chime comes as the third of hers to receive a remix. The first was PEACH which was remixed by Tomggg and the second Kingyo Hanabi by ANIMAL HACK. AmPm have produced music for a whole range of Japanese artists such as V6  and Ken Hirai, and have remixed for the likes of Afrojack and Nicky Romero outside of Japan.


    Chime is used as the second opening theme for the first season of the 2019 TV anime adaptation of Fruits Basket. The song is hugely popular within anime community both inside and outside Japan.

    Check out the colourful music video for the remix below which is inspired by the fairy tale The Ugly Duckling.


    Ai Otsuka – “Chime (AmPm Remix)” Music Video


    AmPm | Comment

    “We’ve had the chance to remix a lot of different songs, but this one was the hardest to remix. The original track is fast-paced, and Otsuka’s voice is persistent. We went through a lot of trial and error which is unusual for us. We wondered things like, ‘Can we tamper with this part’ and ‘Have we finished?’ The original song was written as the second opening theme for season one of the Fruits Basket anime, but this remix feels more like and ending theme. If the original is the chime to start the day, then the remix is the one to signal the end of it. But we want people to think of it more as an ending that connects to tomorrow, rather than a cut off. We also think that although it’s the same song, you can take the lyrics differently between both versions, so we hope that makes the existence of a remix more fun for people so they can listen and compare!”

  • Asako Toki’s Fruits Basket Second Opening Theme ‘HOME’ Music Video Released

    01.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Asako Toki posted her music video for HOME over on her official YouTube channel. The song is the second opening theme for the ongoing TV anime series Fruits Basket.

    The warm ballad was written for the anime series itself and sings of things that are close to home for people, like family, friends, and lovers.

    The music video showcases Asako Toki at home using items that belong to her like her Korean book, cosmetics, records, character merchandise, and more. There are also scenes of Asako recording for the radio show she appears on in Hokkaido. It has a real sense of ‘home’ to it, giving fans a peek into Asako’s life.


    Check out the music video below where we can once again enjoy Asako’s warm and gentle vocals.


    ©Natsuki Takaya・Hakusensha / Fruits Basket Production Committee

  • Fruits Basket Opening Song ‘Home’ Unveiled on Asako Toki’s YouTube Channel with Anime Video

    13.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Fruits Basket Season Two started on July 6, 2020 in Japan and is broadcasted at midnight. The new season two ending theme song HOME by Asako Toki was released on digital music services on July 7, 2020.

    The official music video, which includes the Fruits Basket opening anime video and lyrics was posted on Asako Toki’s official YouTube channel today.


    This song was specifically written for the Fruits Basket anime. Filled with warmth, HOME depicts the relationships between family members, friends, and lovers. It signifies the home within your heart.


    The music video shows the Fruits Basket characters embracing the song’s loving message – something that fans just cannot miss.


    ©Natsuki Takaya, Hakusensha, Inc./ Fruits Basket Production Committee

  • Fruits Basket Ending Theme ‘Eden’ by MONKEY MAJIK Released On Spotify & Other Digital Platforms

    08.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of pop rock band MONKEY MAJIK whose song Eden which they wrote as the ending theme for season two of Fruits Basket, which began playing in the series July 6, has been released on all major digital music platforms including Spotify, iTunes Store, and Apple Music.

    Fruits Basket is a shojo manga series written and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya. It is recognised by Guinness World Records as the best selling shojo manga series of all time. The new anime adaptation began airing in April 2019. MONKEY MAJIK has written theme songs for many Japanese dramas, movies, and anime before, but this is their first time writing a track for a shojo series.


    MONKEY MAJIK | Comment

    “It’s an honour to have been able to write an ending theme for a series loved by so many people. In coming to write the song, we went ahead and watched the anime itself. We felt that it’s full of unforgettable words and scenes. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that it’s a series filled with things that we want to cherish in life. We wrote this song will picturing what the characters feel, so we hope you enjoy listening to it alongside the anime.” *Translated by MMN from Japanese


    MONKEY MAJIK – Eden (Fruits Basket Season Two Ending Theme)

    MONKEY MAJIK are set to hold an online fan meeting on July 11 to celebrate their 20th anniversary. They originally had a concert scheduled for that day for the commemoration, but it had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The band will go live from their social media accounts.


    Fans can also check out their special 20th anniversary website which features comments from a host of prominent musicians who have close ties with MONKEY MAJIK, such as Sandwichman, Kazumasa Oda, Junichi Inagaki, and more. The website also features the “Music Video Gallery” where you can watch all 45 of the band’s music videos after they signed to a major label.


    ⓒNatsuki Takaya・Hakusensha / Fruits Basket Production Committee

  • THE CHARM PARK’s Fruits Basket Ending Theme Lyric Video Released

    14.April.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    THE CHARM PARK is the next generation pop maestro who is enjoying great success right now in the scene. He has written music for a host of big artists in Japan like ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, V6, and Sandaime J Soul Brothers vocalist Hiroomi Tosaka.

    THE CHARM PARK’s new song ad meliora is being used as the ending theme for season two of Fruits Basket which will began airing on April 6, 2020. Today, an official lyric video was released for the track.


    THE CHARM PARK / ad meliora (Lyric Video)

    The video makes the lyrics even more heartwarming than they already were. The song has a gentle melody and vocals, something which THE CHARM PARK is known for, and is sung entirely in Japanese. It’s a song about believing in people and wanting to protect them.


    ad meliora is a popular song right now for drawing out and elevating the story and world of Fruits Basket‘s second season. Be sure to check it out if you haven’t already.


    ©Natsuki Takaya・Hakusensha / Fruits Basket Production Committee

  • AmPm’s Fruits Basket Opening Theme Lyric Video Released

    09.April.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Since dropping their debut track Best Part Of Us feat. Michael Kaneko in March 2017ーwhich has over 33 million plays on Spotifyーmasked music duo AmPm have garnered fans worldwide. They wrote the opening theme song Prism feat. Miyuna for season two of the ongoing TV anime series Fruits Basket which began airing on April 6.


    Fruits Basket is an internationally celebrated series, with the manga having sold over 30 million copies worldwide. A lyric video for the opening theme was posted on the official avex YouTube channel which features clips from the anime series.


    AmPm – “Prism feat. Miyuna”

    This is the first song with full Japanese lyrics to be composed by AmPm, a group with global following. The chill music fuses beautifully with the warm embrace of Miyuna’s vocals.


    ©Natsuki Takaya・Hakusensha/Fruits Basket Production Committee

  • THE CHARM PARK’s Fruits Basket Ending Theme Song Gets Anime Music Video

    07.April.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    THE CHARM PARK is the next generation pop maestro who is enjoying great success right now in the scene. He has written music for a host of big artists in Japan like ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, V6, and Sandaime J Soul Brothers vocalist Hiroomi Tosaka.

    THE CHARM PARK’s new song ad meliora is being used as the ending theme for season two of Fruits Basket which will begin airing on April 6, 2020. The song has a gentle melody and vocals, something which THE CHARM PARK is known for, and is sung entirely in Japanese. It’s a song about believing in people and wanting to protect them.

    ad meliora was released digitally on April 7, 2020, together with a lyric video and new visual.


    THE CHARM PARK / ad meliora – “Fruits Basket” Season 2 Ending Theme


    ©Natsuki Takaya・Hakusensha / Fruits Basket Production Committee