Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare Anime Film Main Theme to be Performed by BUMP OF CHICKEN

04.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

BUMP OF CHICKEN’s new song Gravity will be used as the main theme for the upcoming anime film Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare which will be released in Japan on September 18, 2020.

Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare, known as Love Me, Love Me Not in English, is a shojo manga series written and illustrated by Io SakisakaHer manga series Strobe Edge was adapted into a TV anime series and live-action film in 2014 while her other series Ao Haru Ride also got its own live-action adaptation in 2015. Both series, which are about youth, were a huge hit amongst teenagers in Japan. Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare is her latest work and has sold over 5 million copies in Japan.


The TV anime adaptation of Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare is being animated by A-1 Pictures. Confirmed voice cast includes Megumi Han as Akari Yamamoto, a girl who is realistic and positive about love but is bad at expressing her true feelings. Nobunaga Shimazaki will voice Rio Yamamoto who is Akari’s step-brother. Soma Saito will play Kazuomi Inui, Yuna’s childhood friend. Marika Suzuki is voicing Yuna Ichihara who is in love with the idea of love but has never actually experienced love herself.


A promotional video was released for the anime film which gives a first listen at the main theme Gravity by BUMP OF CHICKEN.


Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare | Promotional Video


“We are so thankful that our new song ‘Gravity’ is being used as the main theme. The band were able to all watch the film together before its official release. Each of the characters is young lively, which is a perfect match for the vivid, detailed, and beautiful animation. They’ve created a really dazzling world. We look forward to the official release!” (Translated from Japanese by MMN)


© 2020 “Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare” Anime Film Production Committee

 © Io Sakisaka / Shueisha


  • Anime Film Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare Promotional Video Features BUMP OF CHICKEN’s ‘Gravity’

    14.September.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    A new promotional video featuring scenes of the upcoming anime film Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare was released on Toho Animation’s YouTube page and features the main theme song Gravity by BUMP OF CHICKEN.

    Gravity is a gentle ballad and BUMP OF CHICKEN’s first new song in almost a year. The band dropped the song and music video on September 10, 2020. The song will feature as the main theme for the anime film Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare which is set for release in Japan on September 18, 2020.


    Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare, known as Love Me, Love Me Not in English, is a shojo manga series written and illustrated by Io SakisakaHer manga series Strobe Edge was adapted into a TV anime series and live-action film in 2014 while her other series Ao Haru Ride also got its own live-action adaptation in 2015. Both series, which are about youth, were a huge hit amongst teenagers in Japan. Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare is her latest work and has sold over 5 million copies in Japan.


    Check out the promotional video for the upcoming anime film adaptation below.

    BUMP OF CHICKEN will release a new live DVD and Blu-ray entitled BUMP OF CHICKEN TOUR 2019 aurora ark TOKYO DOME which features the full set of the final date of their ‘aurora ark’ tour held at Tokyo Dome on November 4, 2019. See the band’s performance of Niji o Matsu Hito from the show below.


    “Niji o Matsu Hito” from BUMP OF CHICKEN TOUR 2019 aurora ark Zepp Osaka Bayside


    © 2020 アニメ映画「思い、思われ、ふり、ふられ」製作委員会  © 咲坂伊緒/集英社

  • BUMP OF CHICKEN Release New Song and Music Video ‘Gravity’

    10.September.2020 | MUSIC

    BUMP OF CHICKEN have released their new song and music video Gravity. The song will be used as the main theme for the upcoming anime film Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare which is set to be released in Japan on September 18, 2020.

    Gravity is a gentle ballad and BUMP OF CHICKEN’s first new song in almost a year. The track was teased for the first time in a recent trailer for the film.

    The music video was directed by Kyotaro Hayashi who also worked on BUMP OF CHICKEN’s previous music videos Aurora and Nagareboshi no Shotai, as well as the HUNGRY DAYS x BUMP OF CHICKEN video Kinen Satsuei.


    The music video is set in a quiet tower. It follows a boy who awakens to find himself locked in there without an exit. The only way he can go is up, and so he ascends the tower towards music that is beckoning him.


    BUMP OF CHICKEN – “Gravity” Music Video

    It has also been announced that BUMP OF CHICKEN will release a new live DVD and Blu-ray entitled BUMP OF CHICKEN TOUR 2019 aurora ark TOKYO DOME which features the full set of the final date of their ‘aurora ark’ tour held at Tokyo Dome on November 4, 2019. The entire tour was held throughout July and November last year and welcomed 350,000 fans. It was held to promote their album aurora arc. The DVD and Blu-ray will be released on November 4, 2020, exactly one year after the show.

    The video director for this release is also Kyotaro Hayashi. It’s a jam-packed set that captures the excitement of the tour and a must-have for fans. You can check out the band’s live performance of Aurora from the concert below.


    BUMP OF CHICKEN – “Aurora” Live

    The cover art for the DVD and Blu-ray was created by VERDY, who also designed the band’s aurora arc album cover, and cameraman Yoshiharu Ota. First Press Limited Edition copies of the live release also features extra select footage from their show at Zepp Osaka Bayside, a T-shirt, luggage tag, and special packaging. These copies are available on a first-come, first-served basis as they are limited in stock.


    The concert will also be released on Netflix across Asia on November 4, 2020.


    BUMP OF CHICKEN have also released a new artist photo, showcasing that they’re still going all-out despite the current situation in the world.


    © 2020 アニメ映画「思い、思われ、ふり、ふられ」製作委員会  © 咲坂伊緒/集英社

  • Upcoming Anime Movie ‘Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare’ Voice Cast Behind The Scenes Report

    05.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    In 2014, Io Sakisaka’s popular shōjo manga series Ao Haru Ride was turned into a live-action film and given a TV anime adaptation. In 2015, her series Strobe Edge also became a live-action film, turning into a widespread sensation in Japan particularly among teens. As the hearts of young people across Japan were left throbbing for more, 2020 will be delivering Sakisaka’s third and final story of her series of youth stories Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare (Love Me, Love Me Not) to the big screen.


    Following in the steps of its predecessors, an unparalleled double production project that includes the release of both a live-action adaptation and animated movie of Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare (Love Me, Love Me Not) will be arriving at the big screen. The animated movie is set for release on May 29, 2020 and the live-action movie will premiere on August 14, 2020 

    An Extraordinary Project Team and Voice Cast

    Supreme creators joined forces for the project including director Toshimasa Kuroyanagi, animation studio A-1 pictures (Sword Art Online), screenwriter Yoshida Erika (Heroine Shikkaku, My Teacher, My Love) and composer Yuji Nomi, who famously composed soundtracks for Studio Ghibli Films such as Whisper of the Heart and The Cat Returns.


    The exceptional voice cast includes Megumi Han, who voices the proactive, lovestruck main character Akari Yamamoto, who stumbles over her inability to express her true feelings. The second main protagonist is Akari’s friend Yuna Ichihara (Marika Suzuki), who is romantic but tends to hold back. Akari’s stepbrother Rio Yamamoto, who battles inner conflicts about his relationships, is played by Shimazaki Nobunaga and Yuna’s calm, collected and sincere childhood friend Inui Kazuomi is played by Saito Soma.


    The Main Cast Of Four Gets Recording

    For Suzuki, the anxiousness of stepping up to a main role for the first time was obvious. As the actress for the other main character, Han was immediately by her side to offer words of encouragement such as “it will all be fine.” With Han and her years of experience playing lead roles there to reassure Suzuki, the recording was off to a smooth start. Just as Akari and Yuna are close in the manga, the two voice actresses had a similar relationship during recordings, with Suzuki following Han’s lead.


    Suzuki gradually got the hang of recording after several attempts. The director was very impressed by how much the voice cast absorbed their characters, entirely transforming into them and maintaining their natural, pure, youthful passion. Each of the four main characters have commented on their experience.  


    Han Megumi as Akari Yamamoto

    You can end up producing wonderful things when your character engages in dialogue. I wanted to treasure it so I was a bit creative. I was able to cultivate Akari’s emotions by studying the relationships Akari has with Yuna, Rio, Kazuomi, her family and other people she interacts with. I worked hard to get in touch with Akari’s personality as she tries to become more honest with her feelings. Suzuki’s honesty, Shimazaki’s kindness and Soma’s reassurance really helped me to do this. 


    Marika Suzuki as Yuna Ichihara

    This was my first time recording in front of the mic and despite my constant panicking, everyone was so encouraging. I became very flustered when I had to keep recording the same thing over and over again. At those times, someone would bring up a different topic to calm me down. I am so grateful for everyone’s kindness. When recording with the others, I was amazed at how they could handle difficult dialogue so smoothly. I was shocked at just how much of an amateur I was in comparison. Every time we recorded, I challenged myself to improve my voice acting skills so that I got continuously better. I worked on increasing my confidence so that I can keep up with the experienced actors, all the while reminding myself of just how happy I am to be involved in this project. 


    Soma Saito as Inui Kazuomi

    From the first day I took part, I was able to record with the other four by chance which I was very grateful for. Just as expected, the audition and promotional video recordings were a completely different experience. The feelings that hit me when I was voice acting with others were very comforting. From start to finish, the entire experience was very wholesome. Once we were done, everyone agreed that we wanted to do more voice acting together. Overall, it was an energizing and fulfilling experience. 


    Shimazaki Nobunaga as Rio Yamamoto

    I was keen to get to know Rio from the inside to the outside. The staff and cast were exceptionally wonderful to the extent that I was able to feel Rio as a separate being living in another world – even though it’s a fictional story. I had an incredibly fun time voice acting thanks to everyone. I am so excited to see the finished movie. 


    When the sensational movie is dropped, we will all be able to witness the true skills and emotional power of the voice cast. The new films are bound to sweep the nation off its feet again. Stay tuned for more information.

  • Shōjo Manga Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare Gets Anime & Live-Action Adaptations

    23.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    It has been announced that anime and live-action adaptations of Io Sakisaka’s shōjo manga series Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare are in the works.


    Io Sakisaka is a Japanese manga author and illustrator known for such works as Strobe Edge (2007-2010) and Blue Spring Ride (2011-2015). Her work has been regarded highly for its delicate and vibrant storytelling. As of April 2019, her bibliography of 11 series have sold over 4.5 million copies in Japan.

    Io Sakisaka released a statement commenting on her close involvement with the adaptations: “It has been a very valuable opportunity to me in getting to work alongside the staff to write the script. I explained to the writers my thoughts on the characters and each and every scene as well as parts that have to be included no matter what. I also admired the differences in how live-action and animation convey things differently.”


    Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare is a romance story about four characters―two girls and two guys―each of whom have different views of love. The series characters are noted for their distinct personalities, and the story as a whole has been praised as a well-written human drama that uses love and friendship to tackle growing up and facing oneself and others.


    The anime adaptation will be animated by A-1 Pictures (Sword Art Online series) who will breathe life into Sakisaka’s world and present the youth and growth of her characters.

    The cast is as follows:

    • Akari Yamamoto (Minami Hamabe)
    • Yuna Ichihara (Riko Fukumoto)
    • Rio Yamamoto (Takumi Kitamura)
    • Kazuomi Inui (Eiji Akaso)


    The anime will be released in May 2020 and the film in August 2020.


    Ⓒ2020 “Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare” Production Committee ©Io Sakisaka / Shueisha

  • BUMP OF CHICKEN’s Song ‘Gekkou’ to Feature New Karakuri Circus Ending Theme

    07.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    It has been announced that BUMP OF CHICKEN’s song Gekkou will be used as the third ending theme for the ongoing anime series Karakuri Circus from April 11 onward.


    Gekkou was previously used as the anime’s first opening theme from October to December last year. The song features a unique fusion of acoustic guitar and accordion mixed with a fast-paced guitar sound.


    The song was written and composed by the band’s vocalist and guitarist Motoo Fujiwara. All the members are known fans of the Karakuri Circus manga series which made them a perfect fit for performing the track.

    It is extremely rare to see the same song used as both an opening and ending theme to an anime series. Perhaps it is an insight into the song’s deep connection with the series. This time, the second half of the song will be used as the ending theme. The new lyrics and deepening ensemble will serve to prop up the story as it draws to its conclusion.


    An official new promotional video was posted YouTube which plays the new ending theme. Check it out below.


    “Karakuri Circus” 6th Animated PV

  • BUMP OF CHICKEN’s New Song ‘Auroro’ to Feature as Main Theme for TV Drama ‘The Good Wife’

    07.January.2019 | MUSIC

    It has been announced that BUMP OF CHICKEN’s new song Aurora will be used as the main theme for the upcoming TBS Sunday drama The Good Wife which is set to begin airing in Japan on January 13, 2019 at 21:00.

    The story follows Kyoko Hasumi, a former lawyer who quit her job to become a housewife and mother. Her husband is a prosecutor who gets prosecuted in a scandal. Kyoko decides to return to work as a lawyer to protect her children. The cast includes Kotaro Koizumi, Kiko Mizuhara, Kōtarō Yoshida and Toshiaki Karasawa.


    Aurora was written and composed by BUMP OF CHICKEN lead vocalist and guitarist Motoo Fujiwara. It’s described as having lyrics that show a strong mind and a light, refreshing sound tied together by Fujiwara’s gentle and supportive voice. You can hear the song in the new teaser trailer for the drama below.



    BUMP OF CHICKEN’s Comment:

    “We felt extremely honoured receiving the offer to perform the main theme for the Sunday drama The Good Wife. It was so exciting watching the trailer. We can’t wait for the show to start.”


    Director Ayuko Tsukahara’s Comment:

    “I felt the song is one to give you an uplifting feeling on a Sunday night. It’s a cheer to step forward into tomorrow with all your might. It gives courage to try once again at your wishes that didn’t come true. Be sure to enjoy it along with the film with your families.”


    Producer Keigo Higashinaka’s Comment:

    “When thinking about a song that both uplifts and represents the worst possible situation the protagonist finds themselves in I went straight to BUMP OF CHICKEN and made the request. The music and lyrics speak about an irrational reality but inside that is spun a gentleness and strength. I really like it, as well as Fujiwara’s voice. The band gladly accepted [the request] and what’s more is that I even got to convey the outlook of the drama directly to Fujiwara. It’s the ultimate support song to the protagonist who fights with irrationality, a theme of the drama. Please enjoy.”

  • BUMP OF CHICKEN Releases New Song & Music Video for ‘Hanashi ga Shitai yo’

    16.October.2018 | MUSIC

    Four-piece alternative rock band BUMP OF CHICKEN will release their new triple A-side single Hanashi ga Shitai yo / Sirius / Spica on CD on November 14. In the run up to the release, the band dropped the track Hanashi ga Shitai yo early across digital music services on October 15. They also released a music video for it on their official YouTube channel.

    Hanashi ga Shitai yo was written by the band’s vocalist and guitarist Motoo Fujiwara for the Japanese film Million Dollar Man which will be released in theatres across Japan on October 19.

    Like BUMP OF CHICKEN’s recent music videos, the video for Hanashi ga Shitai yo uses simple imagery and lighting to juxtapose against and maximise the sound and feeling of the song. We see Fujiwara singing on the streets and in the studio while his fellow members play their instruments gracefully and powerfully.


    We also see universally beautiful sights like stars and planets floating around a moving phenakistoscope and a view of the earth from outside a spaceship window.

  • TV Anime Karakuri Circus Opening Theme ‘Gekkō’ to be Performed by BUMP OF CHICKEN

    27.September.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    It’s been announced that BUMP OF CHICKEN’s new song Gekkō will be used as the opening theme song for the upcoming anime series Karakuri Circus which is set to premier on October 11.

    The anime is an adaptation of Kazuhiro Fujita’s manga series Karakuri Circus which was serialised in Weekly Shōnen Sunday from 1997 to 2006. It’s a dark fantasy tale that tells the story of Masaru who inherits a big fortune after his father’s death. There are people out to steal this fortune, but after being saved by Narumi from being kidnapped, he discovers they’re not humans but actually puppets. Shirogane arrives with a weapon – Arlequin, a puppet, to save him.

    The announcement of an anime adaptation received a huge reaction from fans of the popular manga series. The first trailer can be seen here.


    BUMP OF CHICKEN’s vocalist and guitarist Motoo Fujiwara wrote composed the lyrics for Gekkō. The fast-paced electric guitar is combined with acoustic guitar and accordion to create a completely new kind of sound. The anime’s second trailer below features a snippet of Gekkō.


    “Kakuri Circus” 2nd Trailer

    Comment: BUMP OF CHICKEN

    “We are huge fans of Kazuhiro Fujita’s work. When we came across Ushio and Tora during our teens we were completely immersed in the book. At the minute we’re looking forward to the next volume of Sōbōtei Kowasubeshi. We go crazy every time a new book of his is announced. ‘Karakuri Circus’ is of course also a very important and beloved series of ours. It’s hard to put into words but we’ve been moved a lot by it. We get exited and talk about Ushio and Tora and Karakuri Circus at every opportunity. When we heard there would be an anime adaptation of Karakuri Circus coming out, and that we’d received an offer to perform the opening theme, we were really surprised. We are happy and honoured from the bottom of our hearts. We wish we could tell our teenage selves that this is happening. As fans, we will properly see it through to the end. We cannot wait for the anime to be completed.”


    Karakuri Circus will premiere on October 11 on TOKYO MX and BS11 and run every Thursday. It will also be available worldwide on Amazon Prime Video. An early screening of the first episode will take place in Japan on September 30. Tickets are limited.