Soundtrack For Animated Film HELLO WORLD Managed By OKAMOTO’S, Official HIGE DANdism and Nulbarich
It has been announced that the main theme song for Tomohiko Ito’s latest movie HELLO WORLD will be written and managed by OKAMOTO’S, Official HIGE DANdism and Nulbarich.
Tomohiko Ito’s new high speed animated movie is a breakthrough sci-fi film that follows a youthful love story.
The 90-second trailer reveals the artists behind the opening theme song and background music. The trailer also reveals snippets of the songs “Yesterday” (Official HIGE DANdism) and “Shinsekai” (OKAMOTO’S), which were written for the purpose of the film. The music was managed by the exclusive experimental project 2027Sound, which was formed specifically for the purpose of HELLO WORLD.
The original soundtrack for HELLO WORLD will be released on September 18. This is a collection of music by artists from the same generation, including OKAMOTO’S as well as Official HIGE DANdism, Nulbarich, OBKR, Yaffle, STUTS and BRIAN SHINSEKAI who support the 2027Sound project.
The three main songs were written by OKAMOTO’S, Official HIGE DANdism and Nulbarich. These were specifically written for scenes of the film and perfectly cover the variety of feelings felt over the course of the film. This one CD is a precious masterpiece overflowing with excellence. The opening theme song also features AAAMYYY on vocals.
Statement from OKAMOTO’S
This was the first time OKAMOTO’S has ever written music for a movie. We were just handed the script and we immediately got down to writing what then became “Shinsekai”. I can’t express our delight the moment the director told us that there was no other song that could fit the scenes better than what we had written. Upon this wonderful feedback, we set out writing other songs in a way that would perfectly link back to this song. The music team included musicians who we know and 2027Sound. All the things that we couldn’t do and the sounds we couldn’t produce were put left in the hands of trustworthy companions who worked with us. Being involved in the film production is an absolute first for us and we can say from the bottom of our hearts that we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The wonderful fruits of our individual labor has been put together and will be delivered to so many people. We are working hard so that 2027Sound becomes the bridge that connects the viewers to the film.
Official HIGE DANdism’s Statement
This film is special because a range of artists were involved in making the music for the film. This was one of the many reasons that made us instantly fall in love with the world of the film. We seriously engaged ourselves with the task of fusing a beautiful melody with feelings from the film. For example, the strong heart that holds onto precious people, and the anguish and pain that comes with it.
This was the first time Nulbarich has ever written music for a movie so we were incredibly pleased. At the same time, we were unsure on how to go about all this. Considering the enormous scale of the scenes we were writing music for, and also the different things we wanted to try as a band, we succeeded in creating a unique song in our own style in a natural way. We put ourselves in the same positions as the characters and managed to fuse the character’s image and feelings into our music. Usually we write lyrics and compose music that comes straight from our own feelings and words. To completely become the movie characters ourselves in order to go about the songwriting was quite challenging.
©2019 HELLO WORLD Production Committee
Release: September 20, 2019 at TOHO Cinemas across the country
Official Website: https://hello-world-movie.com/
HELLO WORLD Original Soundtrack /2027Sound (BVCL-979)
Release: September 18, 2019
Price: ￥3500 (before tax)
OKAMOTO’S Official Website: https://www.okamotos.net/
Official HIGE DANdism Official Website:https://higedan.com/
Nulbarich Official Website:http://nulbarich.com/
RecoChoku Announces Winners for Best Music of August 2021
10.September.2021 | MUSIC
Japanese music streaming site RecoChoku has announced the top song and album rankings for August 2021!
RecoChoku Monthly Music Award – August 2021
1st Place: Love Letter – YOASOBI (Released digitally August 9, 2021)
2nd Place: Suiheisen – back number
3rd Place: Dry Flower – Yuri
4th Place: SMILE ~Harewataru Sora no Youni~ – Keisuke Kuwata
5th Place: Apoptosis – Official Hige Dandism
1st Place: Editorial – Official Hige Dandism (Released digitally August 18, 2021)
2nd Place: THE BOOK – YOASOBI
3rd Place: Belle Original Soundtrack – Various Artists
4th Place: Magia Record 2nd Season Theme Song Collection – ClariS, TrySail
5th Place: Senko Hanabi – Sandaime J SOUL BROTHERS from EXILE TRIBE
YOASOBI’s Love Letter took the top prize in the single ranking. Written as a collaborative project with the SUNDAY’S POST radio show on TOKYO FM, the song was inspired by a letter sent in by a sixth grader, Hatsune-san, expressing gratitude for music. The Osaka Toin High School Brass Band, after impressing the nation at the SING YOUR WORLD event last month, also performed on the track. As the title would imply, it truly is a love letter written to music itself. Resonating with audiences, it reached the top of the weekly chart upon release on August 11.
The music video for Love Letter was released on August 31, and channels the love and appreciation for music found in Hatsune-san’s letter. Since release, it has continuously trended on social media, and has over 4 million views on YouTube. YOASOBI will release their next track, Taisho Rouman, on September 15.
Official Hige Dandism took the top spot in the Album category, with their long-awaited second album Editorial containing popular tracks like I LOVE…, Laughter, and Cry Baby. This 14-song release comes almost two years after their last album release. On RecoChoku, it was #1 for two consecutive weeks. Official Hige Dandism began a nationwide tour on September 4.
Official HIGE DANdism Release Music Video for ‘Apoptosis’ from New Album
24.August.2021 | MUSIC
Japanese pop band Official HIGE DANdism released their newest album ‘Editorial’ on August 18. Now, the music video for Apoptosis is available on Apple Music and the Official HIGE DANdism YouTube channel!
The music video was directed by Takuto Shinbo, who has previously worked on a number of the band’s works. It tells the story of three generations, following the members through a barrage of happy memories.
Official HIGE DANdism Apoptosis Music Video
A special release concert will be held on August 28, and will be streamed on the Official HIGE DANdism YouTube channel starting at 20:30. During the event, use the hashtag #HigedanMatsuri (#ヒゲダン祭り) on Twitter and share your excitement with other fans!
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YOASOBI’s ‘Mou Sukoshi Dake’ Ranks Number One On RecoChoku’s May 2021 Award
15.June.2021 | MUSIC
Japanese music streaming site RecoChoku has revealed the top song and album rankings of artists for April 2021 who earn the site’s RecoChoku Award for the month. Taking the number one spot for the monthly single charts is YOASOBI with Mou Sukoshi Dake (‘Just a Little More’) which released on May 10 as the theme song for Fuji TV’s Mezamashi TV.
RecoChoku Award Monthly Music – May 2021
1st Place: “Mou Sukoshi Dake” – YOASOBI (Released May 20, 2021)
2nd Place: “Kaitou” – back number
3rd Place: “Kirari” – Fujii Kaze
4th Place: “Butter” – BTS
5th Place: “Cry Baby” – Official HIGE DANdism
1st Place: “ZZ’s II” – Momoiro Clover Z (Releasing May 17, 2021)
2nd Place: “THE BOOK” – YOASOBI
3rd Place: “Kimi Shika Katan (Special Edition)” – Hinatazaka46
4th Place: “Butter” – BTS
5th Place: “LADYBUG” – LiSA
YOASOBI’s Mou Sukoshi Dake is inspired by the novel Meguru. by Chiharu and first hit the air on March 29 as the main theme for the weekly Japanese news show Mezamashi TV. Excited words of praise flooded social media in Japan when it played on the show. The single’s cover art was created by hmng and captures a scene of a schoolgirl bathed in light. This girl also appears in the novel, giving a peek into its story as well as the feeling of the song itself. Mou Sukoshi Dake has ranked number one two weeks in a row for RecoChoku’s weekly rankings on May 12 and 19 and has now taken the monthly spot.
YOASOBI’s success doesn’t stop there however as it was recently announced that band member ikura is receiving her voice acting role in Studio Chizu’s upcoming anime film Belle which is set for release this July.
Momoiro Clover Z’s compilation album ZZ’s II is set to release on May 17 in celebration of the group’s 13th anniversary. The tracks were re-recorded by the current four members. There are 10 songs in title including Nippon Egao Hyakkei -ZZ ver.-, Saraba Itoshiki Kanashimi-tachi yo which features arrangement and guitar work by Tomoyasu Hotei, and more.
Momoiro Clover Z have been posting videos of songs from the album on their official YouTube channel. The album came in at number one on the daily charts and that has continued in the weekly and monthly charts.
Tokyo Revengers Anime Opening Theme ‘Cry Baby’ by Official HIGE DANdism Release Date Announced
Official HIGE DANdism’s song Cry Baby will be released on music streaming and download services on May 7, 2021. The track is used as the opening theme for the ongoing anime adaptation of Ken Wakui’s manga series Tokyo Revengers. The manga has been published in Weekly Shonen Magazine since 2017 and has sold over 8 million copies.
Check out the creditless opening video below.
If you’ve yet to check out Tokyo Revengers, here’s the latest promotional video for the anime.
Official HIGE DANdism are set to perform at Pia Arena MM in Yokohama on June 23 and 24 to a live audience. The show is titled Official HIGE DANdism Road to “one – man tour 2021-2022 (tentative title)” and serves as a lead up to their upcoming 46 show tour one – man tour 2021-2022 (tentative title) which begins this September and will take place at 16 cities up and down Japan. The tour is also set to be streamed live in some capacity, but details for that will be released at a later date. Info for tickets for the in-person tour can be found here.
Official HIGE DANdism New Digital Single – “Cry Baby”
Release Date: May 7, 2021
Tokyo Revengers Official Website: https://tokyo-revengers-anime.com
Japanese Music Artists Talk About Music They Listened to When They Were 14
22.April.2021 | MUSIC
TOKYO FM and 37 other Japan FM radio networks are set to air a special program on April 22 at 19:00 (JST) titled Life Time Audio～My First Music “14-Year-Old’s Playlist.”
TOKYO FM celebrated its 50th anniversary on April 26, 2021. In line with the milestone, the radio network launched a new brand promise: Life Time Audio, a radio special that promotes audio content that enrichens people’s lives through music will weaving stories that connect with everyday people. It aims to be a place where people encounter musical experiences and audio content that gives people meaning as they broadcast each and every day their new show Life Time Audio～My First Music “14-Year-Old’s Playlist” is inspired by a New York Times article published in 2018 titled The Songs That Bind which looks at how music heard when you are 14 years of age sets in stone your music preferences.
The live broadcast will be hosted by Daisuke Tooyama who worked as the principal of the Japanese radio show SCHOOL OF LOCK! for 10 years until 2020. Listeners can submit the music they listened to when they were 14-years-old either on the show’s official website or on social media using the Japanese hashtag #14歳のプレイリスト (“14-Year-Old’s Playlist”) which will be discussed each episode. Guest artists will also talk about what music they were listening to back then. In the first episode, Masamune Kusano of Spitz talks with Aimyon. Aimyon has publicly stated that she has loved Spitz since elementary school. Masamune will talk Aimyon about other artists she listened to growing up, her music roots, and more. They will also talk about Spitz’s latest single Murasaki no Yoru o Koete as well as Aimyon’s new song Koi o Shiru Made wa which will be released on May 26 and is used as the main theme for the Japanese drama show Konto ga Hajimaru.
Official HIDE DANdism will also feature as guests on the show. The band formed while they were all in university. It is mentioned that members will talk about not having gone to school much, not getting along with people, their first live shows, and more. They will also talk about what music they want 14-year-olds to listen to.
Life Time Audio~My First Music “14-Year-Old’s Playlist.”
Broadcast Date: April 22, 2021
Time: 19:00-21:00 (JST)
Where: TOKYO FM / 38 JFN Networks
Official Website: https://tfm.co.jp/fourteen
Official HIGE DANdism Release Music Video Teaser For Doraemon Film Theme ‘Universe’
Official HIGE DANdism dropped a teaser for their new Universe single on Wednesday, the newest single from the pop band which is set for release on February 24, 2021.
The new song features as the main theme for the upcoming anime film Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021 which is hitting Japanese theatres on March 5, 2021. The song is an ode to the little alien Papi and the grand adventures of Doraemon and co in the film.
Official HIGE DANdism – “Universe” Music Video Teaser
The full music video, directed by Takuto Shimpo who has directed numerous of the band’s videos, will premiere on YouTube on January 9, 2021 at 18:00 (JST). Save the premiere video link below.
Official HIGE DANdism – “Universe” Music Video Premiere Link
Universe will be released in three editions: the CD-Only Edition, CD+Live Blu-ray Edition, and CD+Live DVD Edition. The DVD and Blu-ray editions come with the full footage of Official HIGE DANdism’s online concert “Official HIGE DANdism ONLINE LIVE 2020 – Arena Travelers -” which was watched by 120,000 fans on September 26, 2020.
Universe will hit major music streaming and download services earlier than the physical release on January 9, 2021.
Release Date: February 24, 2021
CD-Only Edition: ¥700 (Before Tax) [PCCA. 70553]
CD+Live DVD Edition: ¥4,500 (Before Tax) [PCCA-06011]
CD+Live Blu-ray Edition: ¥4,500 (Before Tax) [PCCA-06010]
Official HIGE DANdism “Universe” Special Site: https://universe.ponycanyon.co.jp
Doraemon: Nobita’s Little Star Wars 2021
Release Date: March 5, 2021
Official Website: https://doraeiga.com/2021/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, ONE OK ROCK & Other Japanese Artists to Watch Live On YouTube During the Lockdown
16.April.2020 | MUSIC
With the world on lockdown as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, everybody is cooped up indoors and spending time at home. If you’re looking for something new to watch or listen to, then we’ve got you covered. MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON has compiled a list of 11 Japanese artists who have or are planning to post live footage of their full concerts and performances on YouTube.
The future looks uncertain as it is right now, so in the meantime let’s find time to do the things we enjoy and stay positive as we get through this together.
ONE OK ROCK
ONE OK ROCK are set to premiere 6 of their past concerts on YouTube from 2014-2018. They will be the full performances with no cuts and will not be archived, so mark your calendars and be sure to tune in when they drop.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/313887
ONE OK ROCK’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/ONEOKROCKchannel
ARASHI has posted a full concert taken from his “untitled” tour which ran from November 2017 to January 2018. “Untitled” is the theme of the tour which looked towards ARASHI of the future. The stage set up and incredible performance are absolute must-sees.
ARASHI’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP7Gw_YZAuh4Yg2fcdcuumQ/
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is in the middle of posting 100 videos of her live performances which will be available to watch for a limited time between April 14 to May 17 this year. The videos are being released as a part of the at-home entertainment #ouchiasobi (“Play At Home”) project launched by ASOBISYSTEM, the agency that Kyary is signed to. Now you can have fun too with Kyary by bringing her concerts into your home.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/313974
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/kyarypamyupamyutv
AAA’s performance at Saitama Super Arena was a highlight of their 2013 tourーa tour which took them to see 150,000 fans across Japan. The full show is now available to watch on YouTube until April 30, 2020 at 23:59 (JST), so be sure to check it out.
avex’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/avexnetwork/
RADWIMPS have posted some content from their recently-released live DVD and Blu-ray ANTI ANTI GENERATION TOUR 2019 onto their YouTube channel. Feel part of the crowd with the following thrilling performance.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/290378
RADWIMPS’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/radwimpsstaff/
Taichi Mukai recently posted a video of his performance of his popular song Reset. The song was written as the first ending theme for the anime series Run with the Wind.
Taichi Mukai’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/0313taichi/
Official HIGE DANdism
Official HIGE DANdism’s performance of I LOVE… at Pacifico Yokohama, which was held on February 10, 2020 as part of their “Travelers” tour, is available to listen to on Apple Music. This is another one that makes you feel part of the experience.
TK from Ling Tosite Sigure
TK posted a video on his YouTube channel of footage taken from his live performance at Landmark Studio in Yokohama. His live band line-up includes the familiar faces BOBO (Drums) and Sato Honoka (Violin) as well as Yoshida Ichiro Untouchable World (Bass) who was a support member for TK last year, Hiroko Sebu (Piano) who provided her piano playing on TK’s single katharsis from last year, and Masao Watanabe (Cello).
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/178674
Ling Tosite Sigure’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/sigureSMEJ/
amazarashi dropped a trailer last year for his live DVD and Blu-ray release Mirai ni Narenakatta Subete no Yoru ni. His self-cover of Long Hope Philiaーthe theme song of the anime film My Hero Academia: Two Heroes and fifth ending theme of the My Hero Academia anime seriesーis a must-see!
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/270910
amazarashi’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/amazarashiSMEJ/
A live performance of Suchmos’s hugely popular Mint. It features footage backstage from the band’s tours across three years.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/207422
Suchmos’s Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ3U5YJLWUr3VmQsO48jcQg/
Here’s a live music video of Superfly’s song Kakusei, the theme for the anime movie Promare. The video uses live footage taken from Superfly’s arena tour which incorporates gorgeous CG imagery.
Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/288707
Superfly’s YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/superfly/
OKAMOTO’S Drop HELLO WORLD Anime Film Main Theme ‘Shinsekai’, Official Soundtrack Details Released
HELLO WORLD is an upcoming anime film directed by Tomohiko Itō and produced by Graphinica. It’s set for release in Japan on September 20.
It has been revealed that Japanese rock band OKAMOTO’S will write the film’s main theme and background music. The main theme Shinsekai (“New World”) has just been released across digital music platforms. The song was written by band members Shō Okamoto and Kōki Okamoto. Keyboardist and composer Takeshi Kobayashi served as producer on the track, collaborating with the band for the very first time.
For the first time in the Japanese movie music industry, OKAMOTO’S have formed a unique music project titled “2027Soound.” They are joined by Official HIGE DANdism and Nulbarich, huge names in the contemporary music scene in Japan, as well as OBKR, Yaffle, STUTS, and BRIAN SHINSEKAI who will provide background music for scenes in the movie.
You can hear songs from the original soundtrack in the video below posted on the official OKAMOTO’S YouTube channel.
The original motion picture soundtrack, comprised of 38 songs, will be released on September 18, 2019.
©2019 “HELLO WORLD” Production Committee
“HELLO WORLD” Original Soundtrack by 2027Sound
Release Date: September 18, 2019
Price: ¥3,500 (Before Tax)
Stock No.: BVCL-979
OKAMOTO’S – “Shinsekai”
OKAMOTO’S Official Website: http://www.okamotos.net/
HELLO WORLD Film
Release Date: September 20, 2019
Official Website: https://hello-world-movie.com/
Japanese Music Artists Performing Overseas in 2019: Part 4
More and more announcements have been rolling out about Japanese artists set to perform overseas in the latter half of 2019. Let’s take a look and see if one of them is coming to a city near you in Part 4.
Singer-songwriter is set to take her enthralling set to Shanghai with a headline show. The music video for her hit song Marigold, taken from her album Shunkanteki Sixth Sense which released in February, was shot on the streets of Shanghai. Currently knee-deep in her Japan tour to promote her new album, this will mark Aimyon’s second time performing overseas following up from a successful show in Taiwan. Her popularity is steadily surging across the globe, be sure to check out her music available on Spotify as well as her many music videos.
▶︎AIMYON 2019 LIVE in SHANGHAI
Date: July 13, 2019
Venue: 世博中心—紅庁, Shanghai 2019
Japan Enquiries: http://www.accessbright.com/aimyon/
AIMYON Official Website: http://www.aimyong.net/
Celebrating 10 years since their debut, OKAMOTO’S are currently touring Japan nationwide in promotion of their new album BOY. The four-piece rock band performed what they called their “first and last” Nippon Budokan show on June 27 but are following that straight up with two concerts in Beijing and Shanghai. OKAMOTO’S are veterans when it comes to having performed overseas. They are the younger Japanese male act to play SXSW in Texas, US when they performed back in 2010. They also embarked on a 7-city US tour and have toured Australia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam and other countries. Don’t miss out!
▶︎OKAMOTO’S “BOY” CHINA TOUR 2019
2019/7/19 @ Beijing MAO Live House, Beijing
2019/7/21 @ Shanghai MAO Live House, Shangai
OKAMOTO’S Official Website: https://www.okamotos.net
MY FIRST STORY初の中国・上海でのワンマンライブが決定🇨🇳！
MY FIRST STORY TOUR 2019 IN SHANGHAI
— MY FIRST STORY (@MyFirstStory_of) 2019年6月6日
・MY FIRST STORY
Since debuting in 2012, Japanese rock band MY FIRST STORY have performed at some of Japan’s biggest music festivals and have also collaborated with foreign musicians. Their lyrics are fluent English which have racked them up some real attention outside Japan. This will mark their first headline show in mainland China.
▶︎MY FIRST STORY TOUR 2019 IN SHANGHAI
2019/7/27 @ Jing’an Sports Center, Shanghai
MY FIRST STORY Official Website: http://www.myfirststory.net
Yuzu’s popularity trickles down all generations having performed the song Muscat for the anime series Crayon Shin-chan. The duo have their eyes set on two days at Legacy MAX in Taipei on September 28 and 29. The musicians performed at the 30th Golden Melody Awards, which is nicknamed the “Taiwanese Grammy Awards,” on June 29 and hail as the only Japanese artists to do so.
Related Article: Yuzu Joined By Crayon Shin-chan On Stage to Sing New Song ‘Muscat’
▶︎YUZU ASIA LIVE 2019 YUZUNOMI
2019/9/28 @ Legacy MAX, Taipei
2019/9/29 @ Legacy MAX, Taipei
YUZU Official Website: http://yuzu-official.com
・MAN WITH A MISSION
MAN WITH A MISSION recently announced their US headline tour. They joined Jimmy Eat World and Stone Sour on tour back in fall 2017, but which is their first North American solo tour in five years. Full details can be found over on their official website.
▶︎MAN WITH A MISSION presents Chasing the Horizon World Tour 2018/2019 -North American Tour-
2019/9/6 @ Great American Music Hall, San Francisco
2019/9/8 @ The Regent Theater, Los Angeles
2019/9/10 @ Canton Hall, Dallas
2019/9/16 @ Gramercy Theatre, New York
MAN WITH A MISSION Official Website: https://www.mwamjapan.info/
BABYMETAL will released their new album METAL GALAXY this year on October 11 and follow it up with their GALAXY WORLD TOUR where they will hit up Europe, US and Russia. BABYMETAL’s unmatched force continues to be felt across the globe.
Related Article: BABYMETAL Announce New Album ‘METAL GALAXY’ & World Tour
▶︎BABYMETAL GALAXY WORLD TOUR
*For full dates, please check the band’s official website below.
BABYMETAL Official Website: http://www.babymetal.com
＼💫SKY-HI × SALU TOUR決定！／
🎙Say Goodbye to the System
9/4：東京 Zepp DiverCity
— SKY-HI情報 (@skyhi_hidaka12) 2019年7月1日
SKY-HI will release his second collaborative album with SALU entitled Say Hello to My Minions 2 on September 4 which will be promoted with the “Say Goodbye to the System” Asia tour. SKY-HI has performed in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, London, Shanghai, Taiwan and Hong Kong in the past. Be sure to keep up to date with his tour schedule via his official website.
▶︎Say Goodbye to the System -ASIA TOUR-
2019/9/29 @ Seoul (Venue TBA)
2019/10/1 @ Hong Kong (Venue TBA)
2019/10/4 @ Taipei (Venue TBA)
SKY-HI Official Website: https://avex.jp/skyhi/
If you love Japanese music and an artist you like is heading to a city near you, be sure to show them love and support by getting your hands on a ticket!
OKAMOTO’S New ‘Dancing Boy’ Music Video Features Lots Of Guest Artists
29.May.2019 | MUSIC
Japanese rock band OKAMOTO’S dropped their latest album BOY back in January this year and are currently on a nationwide tour to promote it. A music video for the album track Dancing Boy has just been released on the band’s official YouTube channel.
Dancing Boy sees OKAMOTO’S looking over the past 10 years together as aband, and how their passion for music has gone unchanged since forming. They sing that although they may have grown up and become adults, they continue to chase the dream of music and musicianship.
The song and music video are a sign-off to Japan’s Heisei era in which they formed. They were inspired by rock band BOØWY’s music video for Kisetsu ga Kimi Dake o Kaeru (1987) which their own video is a homage too. The band were able to receive permission from the BOØWY members themselves. The video received an early premiere on OKAMOTO’S official app before it was released on YouTube and has enjoyed hugely positive reactions from fans.
The Dancing Boy music video features appearances from 150 musicians including many close to the band such as GEN (04 Limited Sazabys), KOM_I (Wednesday Campanella), Reo Sano & Mandy Sekiguchi (GENERATIONS), Takumi Kitamura (DISH//), Kayoko Yoshizawa, KANDYTOWN, Tohji (Mall Boyz), MahiToThePeople (GEZAN) as well cameos from young actors and actresses like Masaki Suda, Shuhei Nomura, Taiga, Ryo Narita, Kiko Mizuhara and more.
The music video’s huge line-up has sparked a reaction from overseas fans of Japanese music too. See who you can spot!
Now On Sale.
First Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD): ¥3,800 (Before Tax) [BVCL-951～952]
Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥3,300 (Before Tax) [BVCL-953]
12-Inch Limited Pressing Vinyl Edition: ¥4,500 (Before Tax) [BVJL-30]
Album Website: http://www.okamotos.net/special/boy/
OKAMOTO’s Official Website: http://www.okamotos.net/
TV Anime Hinomaru Sumo’s Opening Theme ‘FIRE GROUND’ by Official HIGE DANdism Revealed in Promotional Video
Official HIGE DANdism, an up-and-coming Japanese pop band who have made a huge breakthrough this year, have unveiled a promotional video featuring their new song FIRE GROUND which will serve as the opening theme song for the upcoming anime series Hinomaru Sumo.
The anime is an adaptation of the manga series of the same time serialised in Weekly Shonen Jump. The story follows Ushio Hinomaru, a student who appears before the sumo club at Oodachi High School, who trains to climb to the top and become Hinoshita Kaisan, the highest rank achievable in sumo. The anime will premiere on October 5.
FIRE GROUND is the first song the band have performed for an anime series. The promotional video features the anime edit version of the song.
The song will feature on the band’s forthcoming Stand By You EP set for release on October 17. The EP will also include the song Bad For Me which was used as the main theme for the Japanese drama series Good Bye as well as an acoustic version of the title song Stand By You.
Hinomaru Sumo Anime Adaptation Opening & Ending Themes Announced
Details surrounding the opening and ending themes for the upcoming anime adaptation of Kawada’s sumo shonen manga series Hinomaru Sumo―set to begin airing on October 5―have been unveiled.
The story follows Ushio Hinomaru, a student who appears before the sumo club at Oodachi High School, who trains to climb to the top and become Hinoshita Kaisan, the highest rank achievable in sumo.
The opening theme song will be performed by Official HIGE DANdism, an up-and-coming band which has been gaining much attention this year. This is the first time the band has provided a song for an anime series, and fans of the manga are anticipating how they will capture it.
The band’s new song Bad For Me is now available on iTunes, Spotify and Apple Music. They also released a short version of the song in the form of a lyric video on their official YouTube channel. Be sure to check it out below.
The members also announced a brand new release at their concert in Nakano Sunplaza on July 5. Full details will be announced in the near future, so stay tuned.
The ending theme will be performed by Happy Heads NANIYORI.
Vocalist Sekihan had following to say regarding the song:
“Seeing the characters going through setbacks but moving forward together ties in way too much with our band. We became engrossed when we noticed. We wrote the song while talking about our favourite scenes and lines. This is also the first tie-up song we’ve done with an anime series. Oddly enough, we couldn’t help but feel that the composition for our artist photo and the anime illustration coincidentally matched almost perfectly (laughs). I would be happy if we could share our enthusiasm through this song with those who have finished walking the anime. Now, let’s fight together!”
Full details regarding the ending theme song will be released at a later date. Happy Heads NANIYORI recently played a hugely successful show at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo. They will also perform at numerous large-scale festivals this summer.
Listen out for both songs to see just how they match the anime series.