Voice Actor Toshiki Masuda Celebrates Second Album Release with Tower Records Campaign
09.September.2021 | MUSIC
Toshiki Masuda is a voice actor plenty of anime fans will recognize, appearing in popular series like IDOLiSH7, My Hero Academia, and Pretty Boy Detective Club. To celebrate the release of his second album ‘origin,’ Tower Records will hold a new campaign titled Toshiki Masuda x NO ANIME, NO LIFE starting September 28. The campaign will be held at participating Tower Records and TOWERmini stores, as well as on Tower Records Online.
「origin」Deluxe First Edition
Special Toshiki Masuda x NO ANIME, NO LIFE posters will be displayed in participating stores. Those purchasing the new album on Tower Records Online will be entered to win one of these posters, with 10 winners to be announced. During the campaign, Toshiki Masuda will be in charge of all in-store announcements played when shops open. Special receipts will be handed out to those buying the album in-store, and some locations will be holding limited-time exhibitions.
The new album is packed with killer guitar riffs and absolute jams, so be sure to give it a listen when it drops!
Toshiki Masuda x NO ANIME, NO LIFE.
Running: September 28 – October 11, 2021
Locations: Tower Records and TOWERmini locations
*TOWERmini Morinomiya Q’s Mall location not participating.
2nd Album ‘origin’
Release Date: September 29, 2021
Official Site: https://tower.jp/
Sylvanian Families and Tower Records Open Collaboration Cafe in Omotesando
Tower Records Cafe is known for collaborating with a number of unique properties at their Omotesando location. Starting November 3, the ‘Pop-Up Cafe: Exciting Autumn Concert’ will be serving guests some adorable dishes in conjunction with the Sylvanian Families line of animal toys! The event will take place in two stages, and will continue until November 23, 2021.
Persian Kitten’s Sparkling Star Stew: ¥1,490 (Tax Included)
Walnut Squirrel Style Honey Nut Chicken: ¥1,490 (Tax Included)
Forest Fruit Salad: ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
Baby Rabbit Chocolate Pancakes: ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
Baby Deer’s Heart French Toast: ¥1,490 (Tax Included)
Panda-cotta with Fruit: ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
Choose a Hot Drink (Latte/Cocoa/Milk): ¥890 (Tax Included)
Exciting Autumn Concert Original Takeout Bottle: ¥980 (Tax Included)
Souvenir: Baby Animal Set
Sylvanian Melodies 1
Sylvanian Melodies 2
Baby Animal Camping Series (9 varieties)
Those purchasing goods will receive an original sticker.
Those reserving a spot at the cafe will receive an original sticker.
Sylvanian Families is a line of collectible animals made of flocked plastic, originally released in Japan in 1977. Made to place inside dollhouses, these little creatures have remained popular worldwide since release. This cafe will feature original goods and dishes, including five dishes inspired by the members of the marching band shown in the event’s main visual. Inside the store, there will be large dolls and an original diorama that can only be seen during the Omotesando event.
Pop-Up Cafe – Exciting Autumn Concert
Tower Records Cafe
1st Stage: November 3 – November 12, 2021
2nd Stage: November 13 – November 23, 2021
Address: Imon Harajuku Building 2F (6-3-9 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo)
Official Site: https://tower.jp/
Classical Music From Anime Series takt op.Destiny Now Available on Amazon Music
Currently-running anime series takt.op Destiny now has a dedicated playlist on Amazon Music! The series, available to stream in the west on Crunchyroll, tells the story of a world shaken by a black meteorite. Monsters appear from the crater, and those who hold the power of the “Musicart” can use the power of music and sound to defeat the beasts.
The soundtrack features a selection of tracks used in the series and was made possible by Universal Music, which owns the world’s oldest classical label Deutsche Grammophon. The playlist also features commentary on each piece of classical music by Kouki Uchiyama, who plays the role of Takt Asahina in the series. Featuring pieces by Herbert von Karajan and Leonard Bernstein, this is a great way to learn more about classical music through anime!
takt op.Destiny Anime Songs
*The soundtrack is now available on Amazon Music Unlimited and Amazon Music Prime.
*The playlist does not include the opening or ending tracks.
New Rap Track by monyusode Inspired by 1926 Short Story ‘The Izu Dancer’
20.October.2021 | MUSIC
Female duo monyusode just released their new track With no ODORIKO on October 8, 2021. The song is available on the iTunes store and major streaming sites.
The song was inspired by the 1926 short story The Izu Dancer by Nobel Prize-winning Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata. Kawabata was the first Japanese writer to win the award in 1968 and the short story follows a young boy from Tokyo traveling to Izu on a lonely summer holiday. On this trip, he repeatedly crosses paths with five traveling musicians who bring joy back to his life.
Comment from monyusode
“With no ODORIKO is a song that combines a traditional enka-style melody with modern rap. Be sure to pay attention to the lyrics!”
“The music video tells the story of a traveler who meets and falls in love with a dancer. It was shot in the town of Murata in Miyagi prefecture and features this rare and incredibly beautiful scenery. We hope you’ll enjoy the casting!”
86 -Eighty-Six- Anime Theme Song Remixed in Collab with Sakura Chill Beats
Japanese rock band hitorie is well-known for performing the first opening song for the anime series 86 -Eighty-Six-, titled 3 Minutes 29 Seconds. Now, a new remix and music video is available on the Sakura Chill Beats YouTube channel.
hitorie – 3 Minutes 29 Seconds (N3WPORT Remix) – Sakura Chill Beats Singles
3 Minutes 29 Seconds (N3WPORT Remix) – Sakura Chill Beats Singles
3 Minutes 29 Seconds Artist CD Cover
3 Minutes 29 Seconds Anime CD Cover
86 -Eighty-Six- Key Visual ©2020 Asato Asato / KADOKAWAProject-86
The track 3 Minutes 29 Seconds is the first single featuring Shinoda on vocals after former vocalist wowaka passed away in 2019. This remix marks the 19th remixed release to be featured on the Sakura Chill Beats YouTube channel. N3WPORT is an American DJ and music producer who specializes in future bass and has worked with acts like Gryffin, Slushii, and Tiesto.
“Remixing this song was a fun challenge. I really enjoyed the original track by hitorie, though it’s very different from the music I usually listen to and make. I tried to include as much progressive rock style as I could, and it was interesting to blend my style with theirs. As a musician, I love all genres, and I’m super grateful for this chance to broaden my horizons,” N3WPORT commented.
The song reached #1 on the iTunes dance chart the day it began streaming, October 8. 86 -Eighty-Six- has just returned for a second season.
hitorie – 3 Minutes 29 Seconds (N3WPORT Remix) – Sakura Chill Beats Singles
Streaming Link: https://smar.lnk.to/YWq6dkWN
Single – 3 Minutes 29 Seconds
Link to Purchase CD: https://smar.lnk.to/u9eKoB
Streaming Link: https://smar.lnk.to/zRp17xWN
86 -Eighty-Six-: https://anime-86.com/
Cinnamoroll Releases Second Single, Commemorative Event and Tower Records Collaboration Goods
Cinnamoroll, one of Sanrio’s most popular characters, is collaborating with Tower Records to commemorate his second idol single ‘Star Dome.’ An event will be held, while collaboration goods will be available in 35 Tower Records stores nationwide and online.
Cinnamoroll is a male puppy who first appeared in 2001 and debuted in 2002. He is extremely popular, taking first place in the Sanrio Character Ranking four times. He made his idol debut with his first single in 2020 and is pushing forward with second single “Star Dome,” which will be released as a CD on November 4.
34 Stockists / Products Available Online
Products Available in the Shibuya Store / Akihabara Store / Abeno Hoop Store / Online
Products Available in the Shibuya Store / Abeno Hoop Store / Online *Scheduled to be
released on December 2.
Bracelet (Pink Gold)
‘Star Dome’ Regular Edition Jacket
‘Star Dome’ First Press Limited Edition Jacket
The collaboration goods scheduled to be released on November 3 will feature Cinnamoroll in his ‘Star Dome’ costume and the Tower Records logo in all-new illustrations. In addition, a release event will be held at the Shibuya store on November 3 and at the Abeno Hoop store on November 27. Customers who spend over ¥3,000 (Tax Incl.) on collaboration goods will be invited to participate in a mini live and photo session.
Be sure to check out Cinnamoroll’s second single along with the limited edition merchandise!
Cinnamoroll x TOWER RECORDS 2021
Sales Start: November 3 (Bracelets will be sold on December 2)
Goods Reservation Start: October 14 In Store, New Year for Online Orders (*Mini live and photo sessions cannot be booked in advance. Tickets will be sold on a first-come first-serve basis in store on the day of the event.
Cinnamoroll ‘Star Dome’
Release Date: November 4
Regular Edition: ¥1,300 (Tax Incl.)
First Press Limited Edition: ¥1,800 (Tax Incl.)
Rock band RADWIMPS is celebrating the 15th anniversary of their major-label debut, and the details of their upcoming album have been released! FOREVER DAZE, releasing on November 23, 2021, was created and produced during the COVID-19 pandemic. The album will be filled with a number of collaborations and experimental tracks, as the group continues to take on new musical challenges.
The band’s first original album in three years will contain 14 tracks including Natsu no Sei, Iron Feather, and TWILIGHT, revealed earlier this year as the commemorative track for the 1000th episode of One Piece. Other included tracks include SUMMER DAZE 2021, Utakata-Uta, and an orchestral version of Nekojarashi.
The cover art for FOREVER DAZE has also been revealed and was created in an extremely unique way. Contemporary/AI artist Yuma Kishi utilized a database of portraits featuring 15-year-old boys and girls from a variety of backgrounds to generate an obscured AI-generated image of an individual transcending race and gender. The finished product symbolizes the current state of RADWIMPS, as they continue to evolve and change, never comfortable with just one sound or theme.
Grand Escape Official Live Video from the 15th Anniversary Special Concert
The band’s performance at Yokohama Arena will be included in the 15th Anniversary Box and will be available on either DVD or Blu-ray.
Release Date: November 23, 2021
・Regular Edition (CD only): ¥3,000 (Tax not included)
・15th Anniversary Box (Limited First Edition)
CD+Blu-ray+68 page photobook: ¥10,000 (Tax not included)
CD+2DVD+68 page photobook: ¥10,000 (Tax not included)
・Made-to-order 15th Anniversary Box with Goods
CD+Blu-ray+68 page photobook+Goods: ¥15,000 (Tax not included)
CD+2DVD+68 page photobook+Goods: ¥15,000 (Tax not included)
FOREVER DAZE Special Site: https://radwimps.jp/foreverdaze/
Radwimps Official Site: http://radwimps.jp/
Mone Kamishiraishi Releases First Single, Announces Live YouTube Performance
15.October.2021 | MUSIC
Model and singer Mone Kamishiraishi has released her first single on October 13, 2021. The two tracks included are I’ll be there and Spin.
Mone Kamishiraishi – First Single YouTube Live
Mone Kamishiraishi – Spin Music Video short ver.
Mone Kamishiraishi – I’ll be there Music Video
I’ll be there is the theme song for the TBS show King’s Brunch. Spin was written by Kamishiraishi herself as a companion piece to her first full-length essay titled ‘Iroiro.’ To celebrate the single’s release a special YouTube concert will be held on October 19, 2021, at 20:00. A listening party is also scheduled to start at 20:00 on October 15 on Apple Music and Spotify.
Aimyon’s New Song ‘Heart’ Scheduled to Drop Ahead of Album Release
13.October.2021 | MUSIC
Massively popular J-pop star Aimyon is scheduled to drop her new single Heart on November 24, 2021. As a gift for more impatient fans, the song will be available to stream ahead of the CD’s physical release, hitting a number of music platforms on October 20, 2021.
In September, it was announced that the track would serve as the theme song for Konnintodoke ni Han wo Oshitadakedesuga (Only Just Married). The drama series will begin on October 19, 2021, and will star Nana Seino and Kentaro Sakaguchi in the lead roles.
Along with this announcement, new artist photos have been released alongside the cover for the 12th single. A short video previewing the song is also available on YouTube, with art and video direction headed by Tondayashi Ran.
Aimyon – Heart [very short movie]
Starting October 9, those pre-saving or pre-adding Heart from the campaign page will be able to download an original image to use as a smartphone wallpaper!
Outdoor Music and Craft Festival Creema YAMABIKO FES 2021 Announces Second Round of Artists
Creema YAMABIKO FES 2021 has announced the second round of participating musical acts! The event features live performances on an impressive outdoor stage with Mt. Fuji in the background, along with a number of craft markets, workshops, and a two-day ‘sauna village,’ where guests can enjoy outdoor saunas while sampling some fantastic local fare.
Twelve live performances are scheduled during the event, with the full timetable scheduled to release in late October. The second announcement lists Hanaregumi, DENIMS, YONA YONA WEEKENDERS, Strange Reitaro, island echo, and Super VHS as participating acts.
DAY 1 (November 6, 2021)
Clammbon, never young beach, Humbert Humbert, DENIMS, YONA YONA WEEKENDERS, island echo
DAY 2: (November 7, 2021)
SPECIAL OTHERS, TENDRE, D.W. Nicols, Hanaregumi, Strange Reitaro, Super VHS
This year’s event will have a new kid’s area, along with a new outdoor area featuring 15 stores selling a wide variety of camping gear. There will also be a place to custom order items and a hammock area. The kid’s area will offer workshops for children led by expert staff, a stamp rally, and other content to keep the little ones busy.
The popular coffee roaster LEAVES COFFEE ROASTERS from Kuramae, Tokyo, will be participating in the event, serving up some delicious beverages. Japan’s champion barista Taka Ishitani will be participating in the coffee drinking competition, so don’t miss it!
Are any of your favorite bands playing at this year’s event?
Creema YAMABIKO FES 2021
Dates: November 6 and 7, 2021
Venue Hours: 10:00-17:30 (Concerts from 10:30-17:00)
Address: Gotemba Kogen Toki no Sumika OUTDOOR HILL VILLAGE
(719 Koyama, Gotemba, Shizuoka)
Official Site: htttp://www.yamabikofes.jp/
Changes Made to November’s OMNIBUS Music Festival in Tokyo
As part of the Tokyo Art & Live City project, the OMNIBUS music festival will take place on November 6 and 7 in Japan’s capital. Rather than being held at Shinjuku Central Park, the November 7 concert will now take place at Hulic Hall Tokyo. Originally, this concert was named The Park #Assembly, though this has now been changed to The Hall #Space. For those holding tickets with the original name, don’t worry–your ticket will still be valid at the new venue.
Those who want a refund due to the venue change should head to the official website by October 9. The November 6 concert titled The Circuit #Excursion will be held as scheduled.
Additional tickets for the festival went on sale on October 2, 2021. Schedules for the events will be released soon, so stay tuned for more details!
The Circuit #Excursion
When: November 6, 2021 / Venue Opens at 12:00, Show Starts at 12:30
Locations: Shinjuku ACB HALL / Shinjuku Marz / Shinjuku Marble / Shinjuku Motion / Shinjuku Zirco / Shinjuku Red Cross / Shinjuku ReNY
Performers: asobi, Wez Atlas, ODD Foot Works, Campanella, kiki vivi lily, Kvibaba, Kai Kubota, Kuro, (sic)boy, SUKISHA, Suzuki Mamiko, Sleepless Sheep, Saboten, sooogood!, dongurizu, PEAVIS, VivaOla, YOSA&TARR, YonYon, and more
The Hall #Space
When: November 7, 2021 / Venue Opens at 15:30, Show Starts at 16:30
Location: Hulic Hall Tokyo 11F (2-5-1 Yurakucho Center Building, Yurakucho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Performers: Sohei Oyamada, GLIM SPANKY (Acoustic ver.), Koji Shimotsu, and more
Lawson Ticket: https://l-tike.com/omnibus/ (L Code: 74447)
Ticket Pia: https://w.pia.jp/t/omnibus/ (P Code: 203-026)
Official Site: https://omnibus-tokyo.com/
Ayumu Imazu Releases ‘Stranger,’ Ending Theme for Scarlet Nexus Anime Series
Former member of EXILE GENERATIONS Ayumu Imazu made his solo debut in February 2020 to positive reviews. At only 21 years old, he’s a representative of Generation Z and has made a splash in the global music scene. On September 30, his new single Stranger hit streaming services! The track was chosen as the ending theme song for the second season of the popular anime series Scarlet Nexus.
Scarlet Nexus began airing on a number of Japanese stations in July, and the song Stranger took over as ending theme in the fourteenth episode. This is the first time the singer is featured in an anime series, so we can only imagine his excitement!
After the airing of Episode 14, the clean version of the ending was also uploaded to YouTube.
The song is now streaming, so be sure to check it out! In addition, a music campaign is ongoing on Apple Music, Spotify, and LINE MUSIC–listeners tweeting out their thoughts on the song using the appropriate hashtag will be entered to win signed Ayumu Imazu goods, as well as original Scarlet Nexus merch! The event is happening through October 13. Check the website for more details!
Released September 30, 2021
Streaming Link: https://ayumuimazu.lnk.to/stranger
Official Site: https://ayumuimazu.com
Tokyo MX – Starting July 1, airing Thursdays at 22:30
BS11 – Starting July 1, airing Thursdays at 22:30
Sun Television – Starting July 1, airing Thursdays at 24:00
RSK Sanyo Broadcasting – Starting October 4, airing Mondays at 25:52
SBS Shizuoka Broadcasting – Starting October 5, airing Tuesdays at 26:10
Gifu Broadcasting – Starting October 6, airing Wednesdays at 24:30
TV Aichi – Starting October 10, airing Sundays at 25:05
Official Site: http://snx-anime.net/
Tower Records x Kuromi Release Second Round of Collab Merchandise
My Melody’s rival Kuromi is back for another collaboration with Tower Records! 26 participating locations will begin selling the second round of original merchandise on October 14, with preorders now open! The items will also be available to purchase from the Tower Records online store.
Kuromi made her debut in 2005 and is a popular Sanrio character for those who want something less cute and more punk. This collaboration is fitting, as Kuromi’s birthday is on Halloween!
Products Available In-Store and Online
Clear Folder, Set of 2
Products Available at Shibuya and Shinjuku Stores and Online
Long Sleeve T-Shirt
The first collaboration between Kuromi and Tower Records came in 2020 and saw products flying off the shelves. Be sure to preorder the items you like before they’re gone!
Tower Records x Kuromi Round 2
Available to Preorder Now
Release Date: October 14, 2021
*Mascot Keychains will go on sale on October 28.
Participating Locations/Details: https://tower.jp/kuromi2021