SCANDAL To Celebrate XSPICE Anime Project Release with a Livestream Talk Show

13.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

Japanese rock band SCANDAL, is set to release their new song SPICE as a digital single on July 15, 2020. The release of the song is going to be commemorated on a special talk show.

The song was written for XFLAG’s™ cross creative project series. The first project, which is called XPICE, is an original short animation that will be posted on the official YouTube channel of XFLAG ANIME at 7pm on July 15, 2020. From 6:30pm just before the video goes live, SCANDAL will livestream a commemoration talk show on their official YouTube channel.

The live talk show will see SCANDAL explaining what SPICE is all about. The audience will be taken behind the scenes to find out how the themes, setting and characters were created. SCANDAL will also be joined by special guests Hiroaki Kato and Tsubasa Nakai, who are key figures on the animation side of the project. Hiroaki Kato from mixi, Inc. is both the producer and creative director of the project while Tsubasa Nakai from Marza Animation Planet Inc. worked on the staging and animation, pulling together all the small details and directing the outstanding CG animation graphics.

The talk show is an exciting opportunity to see how SCANDAL’s song collided with XSPICE to create a breathtaking audio and visual experience.

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    A Statement by Hiroshi Usui

    Although the first line of our project proposal included a silly pun, we managed to pull off something amazing. It must be because the video and the four band members fit so perfectly together. When we were filming the band members individually, they did everything so perfectly. I just wanted to repeatedly call out “nice!” after every single shot.

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