Kiyoharu to Release 3 Songs From New Album ‘JAPANESE MENU/DISTORTION 10’

03.March.2020 | MUSIC

Japanese singer-songwriter Kiyoharu delayed the release of his upcoming 10th studio album JAPANESE MENU/DISTORTION by one week to March 25, 2020. But it’s not a complete loss for fans, who can look forward to hearing three tracks from the new album on March 18: SURVIVE OF VISION, which is the opening theme for the ongoing anime series Blade of the Immortal -Immortal-, as well as Outsider and Greigeーall of which will be released digitally.

The colourful new music video for SURVIVE OF VISION was also released, which you can check out below. It was filmed on the streets of Mexico.


Kiyoharu – “SURVIVE OF VISION” Music Video


The album’s artwork, pictured below, was made in collaboration with several illustrators from Yamanami Kobo.

It has already been showcased to fans that this rock album penetrates Japanese music rather than the Western rock scene, and this unique theme continues even in the artwork. JAPANESE MENU/DISTORTION 10 is a culmination of Kiyoharu’s 25 years in the industry, and we can’t wait to hear it.


  • Blade of the Immortal’s 2nd Opening Theme to be Performed by Ningen Isu

    01.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    It has been announced that the second opening theme of the ongoing TV anime series Blade of the Immortal -IMMORTAL- is entitled Mugen no Juunin Butouhen and will be performed by Ningen Isu.

     Blade of the Immortal -IMMORTAL- reboot is an anime that was exclusive to Amazon Prime Video but slashed its way to Japanese television on Tokyo MX and Mainichi Broadcasting System on April 7, 2020.


    Japanese heavy metal band originally wrote and performed an album entitled Mugen no Juunin (Blade of the Immortal) back in 1996 at the request of the manga’s author Hiroaki Samura. Their long awaited reunion with the series is finally here. The track itself will be released digitally on July 8, 2020.


    Ningen Isu | Official Band Statement

    “When we wrote our last album ‘Mugen no Juunin’ in collaboration with the series, it was at a time when the story had only just begun. In writing this theme, the series has already ended, so we read all of the volumes. Manji’s unexpected kindness, the roster of characters which are portrayed so lifelike, and the fast-paced nature of the battles—these are all things we intended to keep in mind while making sure to not take anything away from the appeal of the manga [in writing the song]. It’s almost like time has passed and we’ve had a chance meeting with an old friend. It’s a happy feeling, like we’re praising each other’s hard efforts. We are grateful to all those involved in giving us such a precious opportunity.”


    Shinji Wajima (Guitarist/Vocalist)

    “We’ve gone and made a really cool song, so I want to perform it live already. This song is also continuation of our ‘Mugen no Juunin’ from 20 years ago. Every in the band wears clothes like the characters in the manga too, so it’s picturesque.”


    Ken-ichi Suzuki (Bassist/Vocalist)

    “Yay! It’s a fast-paced and upbeat track with lyrics that pierce the crown of your head. When you’re listening to it, it’s like the main characters appear right before your very eyes. It gets me excited too! There’s no doubt that this one will go down hard live. Let’s all shake it off together! Please enjoy the worlds of Blade of the Immortal and Ningen Isu collide once again!”


    Nobu Nakajima (Drummer/Vocalist)

    “And to celebrate the release of this song, we are re-releasing our [1996] album ‘Mugen no Juunin’ on August 19. We re-released it in 2008 too, but it ended up being difficult for fans to get their hands on it, so it’s coming again at their request.”


    *Statement and all comments translated from Japanese by MMN




  • Kiyoharu Releases 3 Songs Ahead Of Upcoming ‘JAPANESE MENU/DISTORTION 10’ Album Release

    19.March.2020 | MUSIC

    Kiyoharu’s upcoming 10th studio album JAPANESE MENU/DISTORTION 10 will be released on March 25, 2020, and it’s just been revealed that almost all of the songs on the album will feature no bass track, only guitar by Kōichi Korenaga and drums by coldrain’s Katsuma.

    Kiyoharu just dropped three songs digitally from the new album on Wednesday ahead of its release: SURVIVE OF VISION, which is the opening theme for the ongoing anime series Blade of the Immortal -Immortal-Outsider, and Greige.


    Kiyoharu – “Greige” Music Video

    Regular Edition copies of the album will be shipped with one of 9 possible CD covers. The artwork was made in collaboration with DISTORTION.

    JAPANESE MENU/DISTORTION 10 is a culmination of Kiyoharu’s 26 years in the industry since 1994, and without base tracks will serve up an innovative sound approach.

  • Blade of the Immortal -Immortal- Anime Promotional Visual Revealed For Television Broadcast

    28.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    Blade of the Immortal is an internationally-celebrated manga series written and illustrated by Hiroaki Samura. It has sold over 5.8 million copies and has spawned anime series as well as a live-action adaptation.


    Blade of the Immortal -Immortal-  is the latest adaptation of the series, and is currently airing on Amazon Prime Video. It has been announced that the series is heading to television in Japan and will premiere on TOKYO MX and MBS on April 7, 2020. A new logo was unveiled in promotion of its release.


    ©️Hiroaki Samura・Kodansha / “Blade of the Immortal -Immortal-” Production Committee

  • New Blade of the Immortal PV Features Opening Theme by Kiyoharu

    12.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The second PV for the upcoming anime series Blade of the Immortal: Immortal (Mugen no Jūnin: Immortal) has just been released. We get to see several of the characters including the two main protagonist Manji and Rin, as well as Kagehisa Anotsu, Taito Magatsu and Makie Otono-Tachibana, amongst others.

    The song also features the opening song SURVIVE OF VISION by Kiyoharu who is celebrating 25 years since his debut this year.

    The musician and singer-songwriter wrote this song specially for the anime series.

    Blade of the Immortal: Immortal will begin airing in October.