TV Anime Platinum End Unveils Second PV, Third Key Visual
12.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME
The second PV for the upcoming Platinum End anime, airing in October 2021, has been released. The new PV is full of new scenes and also features the voice actors of Hanakago Saki (CV: M•A•O), Mukaidou Nanato (CV: Morikawa Toshiyuki), Uruuu Kanade (CV: Ishikawa Kaito), Revel (CV: Hanae Natsuki), and Yamada Mimi (CV: Maeda Kaori). Check it out to see an exciting preview of the Platinum End world and the spirituality of protagonist Kakehashi Mirai.
The third key visual has also been unveiled alongside the PV. It features Kakehashi Mirai, Uryuu Kanade, Mukaidou Nanato, Hanakago Saki, and Sokotani Hajime, who make up five of the God Candidates, reflecting the beginning of the story. Pay close attention to the quotes from each character as you check out the new visual.
BAND-MAID will be performing the opening song “Sense,” while “Kofuku-ron” by Miyashita Yū will close the anime. BAND-MAID, performing the OP, are a Japanese rock band whose heavy sound greatly contrasts their maidlike appearance, garnering support from fans and media all over the world. Miyashita Yū, performing the ED, is a multi-talented singer and illustrator who is known online for writing lyrics, composing and arranging songs, and producing animated music videos. BAND-MAID’s Sense has been previewed through the second PV, with the TV size music video due to release on September 6.
In addition, a pre-screening has been scheduled to be held at Shinjuku Wald 9 on October 3. The screening will show the first two episodes, followed by a talk show with Miyu Irino (voice of Kakehashi Mirai), Ogura Yui (voice of Nasse), and Ishikawa Kaito (voice of Iryuu Kanade). Applications to attend the screening are open now, so be sure to check the official homepage for more details.
Comment from Kobato Miku (BAND-MAID)
“I read JUMP comics on a daily basis, so it feels like a dream come true that BAND-MAID could be involved in this project-po. Beyond that, I read Platinum End from start to finish, so I feel so honored and happy that we were chosen to perform the opening theme-po. I hope our song will energize the world of Platinum End-po.”
Comment from Miyashita Yū
The mystery of the original series, the transition from despair to hope, the core strength and courage of the protagonist’s heart and whatnot – I was conscious of each of these feelings as I performed my song. The song tells of the divine and yet powerful, of how even through pain, we can look towards the present, the future, and even the world. It was hard work blending in the superimposed voices throughout the track to suit the song and lyrics, so I would be greatly happy if you could pay attention to them.
Airing on TBS and BS11 etc from October 2021
TBS: Broadcasting from 01:28 on Thursdays from October 7.
BS11: Friday Nights at 11:30~ from October 8.
*Broadcast time & date subject to change
*24 episodes have been scheduled to broadcast, split into two series
Official site: https://anime-platinumend.com/
Hard rock band BAND-MAID has announced their first U.S. tour in two years! After holding an acoustic online live show on Christmas Day, 2021, the band announced the 2022 U.S. tour on their official website.
BAND-MAID’s Christmas live show received a flood of comments from overseas fans and was viewed from over 50 countries around the world. In 2021, the group is making its Hollywood debut in the Netflix original movie ‘KATE.’
This will be the rock band’s first overseas tour since 2019. Their previous four world tours managed to completely sell out. The dates for the U.S. tour and other details will be announced soon, so stay tuned for more info!
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Hiroshi Tsuchida and Yui Ishikawa Cast in Platinum End Season Two
17.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Platinum End has been a smash hit. Based on the manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, the team behind Death Note and Bakuman, the anime series will see its exciting conclusion in March 2022. Two new characters are being added to the cast before the big finale!
Masaya Hoshi will be played by Hiroshi Tsuchida, known for dubbing Lee Byung-hun’s Front Man in Squid Game and Lightning McQueen in Cars.
Manami Yumiki will be portrayed by Yui Ishikawa, known as the voice of Mikasa Ackerman in Attack on Titan and Violet Evergarden in Kyoto Animation’s Violet Evergarden.
Comment from Hiroshi Tsuchida (Masaya Hoshi)
“This role is so impressive that I can’t stand still while standing at the microphone. I’ve also noticed that our hairstyle and glasses seem to have become even more similar during recording…
I’ll try to do my best to change my stupidity into intelligence so I can perform the role of Masaya Hoshi properly.”
Comment from Yui Ishikawa (Manami Yumiki)
“Although this is a fantasy world, there are so many realistic characters. It makes you feel like this really could be happening somewhere. While reading the original story, I enjoyed it, but I also felt as though I was being questioned about something.
The character I play, Yumiki, is a detective at the Metropolitan Police Department. Please look forward to seeing how our new characters interact with the candidates for God!”
New episodes of Platinum End begin on January 14, 2022.
Official site: https://anime-platinumend.com
Platinum End Stage Show Held at Jump Festa 2022, Kuhaku Gokko to Perform Second Ending Theme
08.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Based on the manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, the team behind Death Note and Bakuman, the Platinum End anime series has amassed a huge fanbase since premiering in October. A special stage event was held during Jump Festa on December 18, 2021.
The 40-minute stage performance was led by Miyu Irino (Mirai Kakehashi), Yui Ogura (Nasse), M.A.O. (Saki Hanakago), Natsuki Hanae (Revell), and Kaito Ishikawa (Kanade Uryu). Each of the actors and actresses share their favorite scenes and were asked some tough questions by the original authors of the series.
More of the cast’s question and answer segment will be released on the official Twitter page for the series, along with Tsugumi Ohba’s outlook on life and her most recent movie recommendations!
During the program, it was announced that Kuhaku Gokko would perform the second ending theme, Last Straw. The unit debuted in 2019, and is comprised of vocalist Setsuko and composers Harihara Tsubasa and koyori.
Comment from Vocalist Setsuko
“Will the candidates who were meant to die survive, and where will they end up? This is a heavy story, and as it moves towards its conclusion things get even more difficult to fathom. We wrote the song while remembering that this will be the final track fans of the series hear, so we wanted to capture those emotions. In writing the lyrics, I didn’t want to make them too blunt or defined, so each person will have their own interpretation.”
Platinum End is getting more and more exciting as it hurdles towards the end, so be sure to tune in!
Yuu Miyashita Announces New Album, Includes Platinum End ED Song
Multi-talented singer and illustrator Yuu Miyashita, popular in the internet scene, will release his fourth album, ‘Mitsuketa Tobira wa‘ (The Door I Found) on March 16, 2022.
The album will mark Miyashita’s first release in about one year and will contain 10 songs, including Theory of Surrender, the ending theme for the anime series Platinum End. It will also feature new songs written by popular online artists, and Miyashita’s original song Ayka. The jacket for the new album was drawn by Miyashita himself.
Platinum End has become a popular series worldwide, and we’re excited to see Miyashita’s popularity continue to grow as well.
Mitsuketa Tobira wa
Limited Edition (CD+ Concept Book / 3-sided Case): ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Regular Edition (CD Only): ¥2,750 (Tax Included)
Limited Edition Goods Set (Regular Edition + Goods):¥3,850 (Tax Included)
Special Site: https://yuu-miyashita.com/special/
BAND-MAID Announces Online Christmas Show to be Broadcast Worldwide
24.December.2021 | MUSIC
Rock band BAND-MAID will hold a special acoustic concert on Christmas Day. The event will be streamed worldwide, and a commentary track will be subtitled in English to make the performance more accessible to a global audience!
Instead of performing at a traditional concert hall, the performance will take place in a different setting. The band’s costumes were made just for the event, and merch will be available online. Consider this the best Christmas gift ever from BAND-MAID!
Comment from BAND-MAID Member Miku Kobato
We’re ready to serve up something special for Christmas this year!
Instead of wearing my normal maid uniform, I’ll be wearing something special just for the holiday.
We’ll be commenting live during the performance too!
Of course, I was really particular about the setlist this time around, so I’m excited to show the fans something really unique this time around.
Let’s spend a wonderful Christmas together!
The event will be streamed at 11:00 JST on December 25 and will be archived. Tickets are on sale now, so check out the official website for more information.
BAND-MAID’s ‘Official Score for Unseen World’ will go on sale on January 31, 2022. To commemorate this release, a new campaign has been announced, with 30 winners winning A1-sized posters of the album’s cover art.
An A4-sized clear folder will be awarded to those buying the album as a purchase bonus. See the website for more details and other bonuses.
What will BAND-MAID accomplish in 2022? Keep an eye on this incredible band and their quest to go global!
BAND-MAID ONLINE ACOUSTIC
Tickets on sale now
Date: December 25, 2021 at 11:00 JST *VOD will be available
BAND-MAID Official Score for Unseen World
Release Date: January 31, 2022
Price: ¥6,600 (Tax Included)
BAND-MAID Reveals Details of Christmas Day Online Acoustic Concert
11.December.2021 | MUSIC
Hard rock band BAND-MAID will stream a special acoustic concert on Christmas Day, and more details have been announced! Tickets are now available to purchase and the concert will be streaming around the world, so please check the link at the bottom of the page for more information!
The official scorebook for BAND-MAID’s “Unseen World” will also be released on January 31, 2022. In addition to the band’s score for all 13 tracks on the album, the book will include member interviews, special photos, and an instrumental CD of the album. The interviews will be translated into English for international fans. The “Unseen World” standard edition (instrumental) CD will have a special paper jacket only available by purchasing this scorebook.
The interviews available in the book are rare, with six staff members giving their perspective on what it’s like to work with BAND-MAID.
Will you be catching this concert on the merriest day of the year?
BAND-MAID ONLINE ACOUSTIC
Date: December 25, 2021 at 11:00 AM JST (Archive Available)
For more information on tickets, click the link below.
BAND-MAID Official Score for Unseen World
Release Date: January 31, 2022
Price: ¥6,600 (Tax Included)
Official Site: https://bandmaid.tokyo/
BAND-MAID to Hold Acoustic Live-Stream Available Worldwide on Christmas Day
07.December.2021 | MUSIC
Hard rock band BAND-MAID will stream a special acoustic concert on Christmas day. The event will be available to watch globally, so don’t worry about missing out!
This will be the group’s first attempt at an acoustic performance with no audience and will be pre-recorded. Everything within the stream was created with Christmas in mind, and the audio commentary will have English subtitles. More information detailing tickets and the stream’s start time will be announced soon.
The official scorebook for BAND-MAID’s “Unseen World” will also be released on January 31, 2022. In addition to the band’s score for all 13 tracks on the album, the book will include member interviews, special photos, and an instrumental CD of the album. The interviews will be translated into English for international fans.
Stay tuned for more details on the event coming soon!
Anime Series Platinum End Releases Non-Credit Ending Video
The Platinum End anime series premiered in October and has managed to attract a legion of global fans. Based on the manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba and illustrated by Takeshi Obata, the team behind Death Note and Bakuman, the story follows Mirai Kakehashi, a student who attempts suicide by is saved by a guardian angel.
Yuu Miyashita’s ending track, Theory of Surrender, is available to stream now. The non-credit version of the ending has also been uploaded to YouTube, allowing viewers to see the gorgeous visuals in their full glory.
The ending animation was storyboarded, directed, and drawn by Kazuchika Kise, the director of the second season. It depicts the story of the main character, Mirai Kakehashi (voiced by Miyu Irino), and the antagonist Kanade Uryu (voiced by Kaito Ishikawa).
After Mirai is rescued by his guardian angel, Nasse, he is given special powers. As one of thirteen candidates chosen by different angels to take on the role of God, who is set to retire in 999 days, the normal student must find a way to ascend without killing any of his competitors.
Have you been keeping up with Platinum End?
Yuu Miyashita Releases Music Video for Platinum End Ending Theme
The Platinum End anime series premiered earlier this month, quickly becoming a hit around the world. Singer and illustrator Yuu Miyashita, a popular internet personality, has released the music video for the show’s ending theme Koufuku-Ron (Theory of Surrender). The video shows the main character as he moves between life and death, struggling to find purpose but eventually finding a reason to live.
Theory of Surrender Music Video
The track is already available on streaming services, with a physical release coming on November 17, 2021. The single will include another original song, bystander, as well as the track Phantom Raid, written by popular internet creator Ren. Limited Edition copies will include a music video DVD. Fun fact: the jacket art was drawn by Yuu Miyashita himself!
Theory of Surrender
Release Date: November 17, 2021
Limited Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,870 (Tax Included)
Regular Edition (CD Only): ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
*First Edition Releases will feature an anime wrapper.
Theory of Surrender Special Site: https://yuu-miyashita.com/special/
Anime Series Platinum End Creditless Opening Released
17.October.2021 | ANIME&GAME
The anime series Platinum End has finally started, and the creditless version of the opening animation is now available on YouTube. The first series is directed by Hideya Takahashi, while Kazuchika Kise is in charge of the second series. Character designs are being provided by Koji Odate. The opening theme is Sense, performed by rock group BAND-MAID.
Each of the four Blu-ray and DVD releases will contain six episodes, and the first volume will be released on January 19, 2022, including a special case and a drawing by Koji Odate. Other gorgeous extras will be included with future releases, such as rough sketches and original drawings by the series’ creator, a booklet containing interviews with the staff and cast, and more. Be sure to check Twitter and Instagram for special store-specific goods!
TBS: Thursdays at 1:28 AM / BS11: Fridays at 11:30 PM
Platinum End Official Site: https://anime-platinumend.com/
BAND-MAID’s Kobato Miku Releases New Music Video for Solo Project cluppo
13.August.2021 | MUSIC
Following the sudden release of PEACE&LOVE under her new solo project cluppo on April 1, BAND-MAID member Kobato Miku (Gt.&Vo.) will be dropping her second single, Flapping Wings, on August 10th, 2021.
BAND-MAID is known around the world for their cute maid cuteness and hard rock music.
In addition, PEACE&LOVE and Flapping Wings will be released as a double A-side single.
Through her new project, Kobato Miku, creator of BAND-MAID, has created the new HIPPIE-POPPO genre of music, a sound that reinterprets the music of the 70’s. The genre is full of sweet and peaceful tunes, contrasting the heavy rock music of BAND-MAID.
cluppo「Flapping wings」Music Video
In response to requests from all around the world, her first single PEACE&LOVE will finally be available in CD format. The PEACE&LOVE/Flapping Wings CD will be available in limited quantities on cluppo’s official site.
As a special bonus, customers will receive one of three limited edition A4 clear files. There will also be a release campaign throughout August, with lottery tickets included within each CD, so make sure to get in there early!
In addition, to commemorate the release of Flapping Wings, cluppo will be holding a streaming service playback campaign.
All you need to do is listen to cluppo’s Flapping Wings on one of the designated streaming sites and share your thoughts on the song via Twitter. 10 lucky listeners will receive a handwritten cluppo calligraphy piece!
LINE MUSIC users can enter a special draw to win one of eight cluppo posters by playing the song 810 times through the service and leaving comments of support, with one winner also receiving the ‘pigeon warning’ signpost that appears in the Flapping Wings music video. Each of these rare pieces would fit in perfectly with any fans’ collection.
You won’t want to take your eyes off of Kobato Miku as she takes off, through both BAND-MAID and cluppo.
Maid outfit-clad hard rock band BAND-MAID performed at SPLENDOUR XR on July 25. Additionally, part of their online concert streamed in May was also posted to their official YouTube channel.
SPLENDOUR XR is the online version of the popular Australian music festival “Splendour in the Grass,” where world-famous artists headline every year. This year’s event was held on July 24 and 25. Two acts from Japan performed including BAND-MAID and millenium parade. BAND-MAID performed on the Amphitheatre main stage on the second day, the same stage as acts like The Killers, Charli XCX, and Of Monsters and Men performed.
Over 50 artists performed across the two-day event. 15 million viewers worldwide saw BAND-MAID’s 30-minute set which included popular tracks like Thrill as well as songs from their latest album such as After Life.
BAND-MAID also posted their performances of Manners and BLACK HOLE on YouTube, both takens from their ‘THE DAY OF THE MAID’ online show streamed on May 10.