TV Anime Cop Craft Opening Theme ‘Rakuen Toshi’ to be Performed by Masayoshi Ōishi
The title track will be used for the opening theme of the opening TV anime series Cop Craft which is set to premiere on TOKYO MX this July. The CD also includes the song Hero which will be used for the new season of Monster Strike the Animation.
Cop Craft is an adaptation of Japanese light novel series Cop Craft: Dragnet Mirage Reloaded written by Shoji Gatoh and illustrated by Range Murata. Six volumes have been published by Gagaga Bunko with over 200,000 copies sold. The anime is being directed by Shin Itagaki and adapted by Millepensee.
Monster Strike the Animation was first released on YouTube on October 10, 2015. This omnibus-style series follows the stories of multiple characters that feature in the mobile game Monster Strike.
Fans who purchase Rakuen Toshi on CD at select stores will receive various bonus items. Full list below.
Masayoshi Ōishi will release his new album Kariuta II on June 26. His will embark on a tour on July 6 to promote its release.
©Shoji Gatoh・Shogakukan / STPD ©︎XFLAG
Release Date: August 21, 2019
Regular Edition: ¥1,250 (Before Tax) [PCCG.01806]
Anime Edition: ¥1,250 (Before Tax) [PCCG.01805]
Bonus Item Store List
Animate (Including Online) – Signed bromide
Gamers (Including Online) – Bromide
Comic Toranoana (Select Branches Not Participating) – Bromide
TSUTAYA RECORDS (Select Branches Not Participating) / TSUTAYA Online – Bromide
Rakuten Books – Bromide
Getchu (Getchu.com) – Bromide
AmiAmi – Bromide + Pin Badge (44mm)
Seven Net Shopping – Bromide
Gyokkodo・Vanda Records / Lion-dō – Bromide
Neowing – Bromide
Amazon.co.jp – Large CD cover
Canime – Signed bromide
Masayoshi Ōishi Official Website: https://www.014014.jp/
Cop Craft Official Website: http://copcraft.tv
Monster Strike Official Website: https://anime.monster-strike.com/
Anisong Singer Masayoshi Releases Cop Craft and Monster Strike Anime Theme Songs
Anisong singer Masayoshi Oishi released his new CD single called Paradise City (Rakuen Toshi) on August 21.
The single consists of two songs: Paradise City, which is the opening theme song for Cop Craft, and Hero, which is the opening theme song for anime Monster Strike: Noah Hakobune no Kyūseishu, which is currently being broadcast every Saturday from 7pm on YouTube.
In addition, the single will also include the song “Departure”, which is featured in Monster Strike. Masayoshi will be commemorating the release of his single with two live performances which are free to attend: One at Abeno Q’s Mall, Osaka on August 24 and another at DiverCity Tokyo Plaza, Tokyo on August 25. The CD single will be available to purchase at both events. Those who purchase one will be in for a treat as they will receive a signed poster directly from the hands of the singer himself.
A statement from Oishi Masayoshi
My new song Paradise City is the opening theme song for the anime Cop Craft. It is a latin jazz-style song with a touch of nostalgia from the Showa Era. This song truly is a winner. Please have a listen!
Paradise City (楽園都市)
Release: August 22, 2019
Product Number: PCCG.01806
Price: ￥1,250 ＋ tax
Anime Single Jacket Version
Product Number: PCCG.01805
Price: ¥1,250 ＋ tax
Download and Subscription Services: https://lnk.to/ParadiseCityPR
Date/Time: August 24, 2019 (start: 14:30)
Venue: SKY COURT, floor 3, Abeno Q’s Mall
Date: August 25, 2019
＜Part 1＞ Entry: 12:30 / Start: 13:00
＜Part 2＞Entry: 15:00/ Start: 15:30
Venue: DiverCity Tokyo Plaza
Masayoshi Oishi’s Official Website CLUB014: https://www.014014.jp/
Anime Cop Craft Official Website: http://copcraft.tv
My Hero Academia X Monster Strike Collaboration Commemoration Café Menu Release
To commemorate the collaboration between mobile game Monster Strike and manga My Hero Academia, XFLAG STORE SHIBUYA, SHINSAIBASHI and +(PLUS) HANEDA are releasing a new limited period café menu, which includes brand new drinks that come with original sleeves for the cups.
Character Sodas: Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugou, Shoto Todoroki, Ochaco Uraraka, Tenya Iida
Price: ￥750 each (before tax)
If you order any drink from this café menu, you will be presented with an original badge that is chosen at random. During the commemoration period, the café space will be decorated with special illustrations and there will be special videos running for visitors to enjoy.
Limited Café Menu
Running: July 17 ー August 4, 2019
XFLAG STORE SHIBUYA
XFLAG STORE SHINSAIBASHI
XFLAG STORE +(PLUS) HANEDA
OxT Release Ace of Diamond Act II’s Ending Theme ‘Golden After School’
OxT is a Japanese music group consisting of vocalist Masayoshi Ōishi and guitarist and composer Tomohiro Ōshima (Tom-H@ck). Their music has featured in several anime series including SSSS.GRIDMAN for which their song UNION was used as the opening theme. The song peaked on Oricon’s Weekly Digital Charts at No. 2.
Their song Golden After School is currently used as the ending theme for the ongoing TV anime series Ace of Diamond Act II. The song just hit shelves on April 17 and both members released statements surrounding the record.
Masayoshi Ōishi said: “We wrote a song for the new chapter of Seidou High! It would be great if this song continues that golden age the 3rd year students left behind, the age that ties together their story which took place after school. We wrote it with care and consideration, so I hope people enjoy it!”
Tom-H@ck commented: “Our latest single… Golden After School…! This is a famous song which has a nostalgic vibe to it. The melody and lyrics both elicit a sense of nostalgia from somewhere. Please be sure to check out the music video too, me and my pal Ōishi went on a driving date!”
First press copies of the CD include application cards to receive priority tickets to an official event for the anime series taking place at Science Hall on May 18. Appearing at the event will be Ryōta Ōsaka (who voices Eijun Sawamura), Shintarō Asanuma (Yōichi Kuramochi), Wataru Hatano (Tōru Masuko), and OxT.
Masayoshi Ōishi has also announced a new solo album entitled Kariuta II which will be released on June 26, 2019. He will head on a solo tour to promote the album later this year. Pre-sale tickets will go live via his fan club on April 22 at 23:59 (JST).
The cover jacket for Masayoshi Ōishi’s live DVD Masayoshi Ōishi no Hikikatari Lab ~10th Anniversary “One Man” Show~ has also been unveiled. It will be released on May 8.
Golden After School
Release Date: April 17, 2019
Stock Number: PCCG.01778
Price: ¥1,250 (Before Tax)
*First Press copies include application cards to receive priority tickets to an official event for the anime series. Details on that event below.
Ace of Diamond Event
Date: May 18, 2019
Time: Open 17:30 / Start 18:00
Location: Science Hall
Line-Up: Ryōta Ōsaka, Shintarō Asanuma, Wataru Hatano, and OxT.
Ennosuke Ichikawa IV to Attend Monster Strike Exhibition in Tokyo & Osaka
It has been announced that kabuki actor Ennosuke Ichikawa IV will take place in planning as creative director of the upcoming Monster Strike Exhibition, a new interactive art event set to begin on September 28.
The theme of the event is “The day from when you downloaded Monster Strike.” Users will have the chance to relive the experiences of each and every monster.
Over 50 popular artists are collaborating with the event. NAKED have also produced an interactive event using projection mapping that will allow people to experience extreme quests in real life.
Ennosuke Ichikawa IV is also involved creating a kabuki outfit based on the character Ishikawa Goemon which will be displayed at the exhibition.
Comment: Ennosuke Ichikawa IV
“Originally, it was men who would perform in kabuki theatre, so at first I felt it would be extremely difficult to pull off the monster Ishikawa Goemon. But I also thought that it is value in making sure to not ruin the image of the character while incorporating into it a kabuki atmosphere. You probably think that my point is she’s female. I racked my brain to find a way to get away from the Ishikawa Goemon we know and instead bring out her femininity, vividness and colour. I hope that people will think this unconventional combination of kabuki and Monster Strike goes together well.”
There will also by sculptures of the monster characters exhibited at the event created by art director and artist Sebastian Masuda, the visionary mind behind the fashion design of XFLAG Entertainment Partner Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
*Illustration is a work in progress
Additionally, attendees of the exhibition will receive illustrations of Avalon SP drawn my Japanese manga artist Masakazu Katsura.
More details regarding the event will be released on the official exhibition website, Monster Strike website and Monster Strike YouTube channel.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s New Song ‘Kizunami’ to Feature as Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata’s Main Theme
2018 is the year of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, who released her new song Kimino Mikata earlier this year and recently concluded her 4th world tour. Excitement and anticipation surrounding the singer has been high, and this has become even more so with the recent announcement of her first new album in four years. Titled Japamyu, the brand new record will drop on September 26.
In more recent news, it’s just been announced that one of the new songs on the album, Kizunami, will be used as the main theme song for the upcoming anime film Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata set for release on October 5. The film is an original anime adaptation of the hit mobile game Monster Strike which has over 45 million players worldwide.
The new song Kizunami will be released as a standalone single on September 7 ahead of the album’s release.
The feature film was created by XFLAGTM, who produce entertainment under their slogan Ketahazure na Bouken o (“Embarking on an Exceptional Adventure”). It is produced by Orange who are one of the foremost leading studios in the production of gorgeous CG animation. The film is graced by an exceptional voice cast including Masataka Kubota who plays protagonist Kanata, Alice Hirose who plays the heroine Sora, and voice actor veteran Kōichi Yamadera who plays Senju.
■Monster Strike The Movie: Sora no Kanata Music Video
The story takes place in a world where 13 years ago, part of Tokyo suddenly breaks away and floats up into the sky. Our protagonist Kanata (Masataka Kubota) is your every day high school student who began living with his grandmother after his parents passed away. He encounters Sora (Alice Hirose), a mysterious girl who came from the sky. The two of them work together to help save the citizens whose worlds are fated to war. Kanata, who still doesn’t know exactly who he is, must learn to mature alongside Sora and his allies as they navigate through the war.
The film’s main theme song Kizunami was written by music producer Yasutaka Nakata who ensured to maintain the story’s theme of strong friendship. It’s an oriental and jaunty track in which you can very much feel Kyary’s essence and outlook. A collaborative music video was also released that features the song together with scenes of the movie.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Comments
In the movie, the protagonist Kanata meets characters like Sora and the vampire siblings Tōya and Yūna who he fights and grows alongside while discovering the importance of the bond between friends. I think the lyrics [of the song] convey things like how it’s good to have friends and how wonderful it is to be connected to the heart of those important to you you want to protect. I particularly love the title ‘Kizunami.’ I believe it’s a heartwarming pop song that makes you think about the people precious to you.
The full tracklist has also unveiled, including new songs like Oto no Kuni and Enka Natrium, as well as a cover of CAPSULE’s famous song Koi no Hana (2001). They are all songs that Yasutaka Nakata himself has much confidence in. Digital pre-orders for the album will open on the iTunes Store on September 7 so be sure to check it out.
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will hold a special live event at LakeTown’s 10th Anniversary Special Live on September 30 at 4:00pm to promote the release of the album.
It’s time to get excited about the next big release from one of Japan’s most internationally celebrated artists.