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/
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/
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/
Scarlet Nexus Opening Video Features New Song by THE ORAL CIGARETTES
The new theme song for Scarlet Nexus is here! As with the first opening track, it was performed by rock band THE ORAL CIGARETTES and is titled MACHINEGUN. The song will be released digitally on October 13, 2021.
Scarlet Nexus Second Creditless Opening
Scarlet Nexus is based on the action RPG of the same name, released on June 24, 2021, for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, and PC. The new opening shows the ongoing battle between Yuito, Kasane, and the other soldiers against the incoming army of monsters. Head to Apple Music and Spotify to pre-save the track now ahead of release!
Dance vocal group w-inds has released the cover art for their upcoming 14th original album, titled 20XX “We are.” The album will be released on November 24, 2021.
The photo features the two performers in front of a building that looks distinctly not Japanese. After 20 years in the business, it captures the refined elegance and dignity of w-inds and makes us more excited to hear what this album will bring to the table.
This will be the first album released by the group in three years and the first original album for the group as a duo, after Ryuichi Ogata’s departure in June 2020. 20XX “We are” will include 10 songs, including Beautiful Now, with all tracks being produced by Keita Tachibana.
On September 24, a new music video appeared on the official w-inds YouTube channel.
Pony Canyon’s special site has also opened preorders for the Special Box edition of 20XX “We are,” which includes an 80-page photo book and an instrumental version of the album. These are made-to-order, and preorders will be open until October 8, 2021.
Non-Credit Ending of MUTEKING THE Dancing HERO Anime Released
21.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME
MUTEKING THE Dancing HERO, an upcoming anime series based on the 1980s series Muteking, The Dashing Warrior by Tatsunoko Productions, is set to start next month! Now, the non-credit version of the ending has been uploaded to YouTube ahead of the premiere.
The ending theme for the series is Kibou no Uta by KALMA, and was previewed in the newest PV for the series. The song itself is a peppy and funky track, and one that fits with the ‘never-give-up’ attitude of the main character. Over 40 years since the original anime series premiered, this new incarnation of the sci-fi comedy is filled with color and modern updates. The illustrations were drawn by Utomaru (THINKR), the original character designer, with the video itself produced by THINKR. Kibou no Uta will be released on September 22, 2021.
A special program is also scheduled to air before the first episode of MUTEKING THE Dancing HERO premieres. The MCs for the program are Kentaro Mashiro, who plays the main character Muteki, Azusa Tadokoro, the voice behind Naomi, and Hisanori Yoshida, an announcer from Nippon Broadcasting. A number of fun videos are now available on the official YouTube channel for the series!
The series will air on TV Osaka and TV Aichi on Saturdays starting October 2, and on TOKYO MX and BS NTV on Sundays starting October 3. With only two weeks left to go, be sure to check out the official Twitter and YouTube accounts for more info!
MUTEKING THE Dancing HERO
TV Osaka: Starts October 2, 1:26AM – New Episodes Saturday
TV Aichi: Starts October 2, 1:55AM – New Episodes Saturday
TOKYO MX: Starts October 3, 23:30 – New Episodes Sunday
BS NTV: Starts October 3, 23:30 – New Episodes Sunday
*Please note that broadcast dates and times are subject to change.
MUTEKING THE Dancing HERO Pre-Premiere Broadcast Special
TV Osaka: Airs September 25, 1:41-2:11AM
TOKYO MX: Airs September 26, 23:30-24:00 / Rebroadcast: September 27, 22:00-22:30
Official Site: https://muteking.jp/
Aimyon’s ‘Heart’ Chosen as Theme Song for Drama Series ‘Konnintodoke ni Han wo Oshitadakedesuga’
20.September.2021 | MUSIC
Singer-songwriter Aimyon will provide the theme song for the upcoming TBS Tuesday drama Konnintodoke ni Han wo Oshitadakedesuga (Only Just Married), premiering on TBS on October 19, 2021.
The drama will follow the story of a couple married under false pretenses, and will star Nana Seino and Kentaro Sakaguchi in the lead roles. The theme song, Heart, will be released on November 24.
Comment from Aimyon
I’ve never once had to rewrite lyrics over once I’ve written them, but for this song, I read them over and over, sang them, and rewrote them over again.
I kept fine-tuning the words, trying to keep them from being too cute, or too clumsy.
When you think about the shape of a heart, they’re odd. Round on top, but pointed on the bottom. They can be soft, or they can be painful. I thought they were the perfect symbol for a strained relationship!
I’m really looking forward to hearing the music in this drama series. I’m also looking forward to working with the stars of the drama, and I hope that you enjoy Heart! ♡
Comment from Nana Seino
From the moment the intro began playing, I could feel my understanding of my character Akiha expanding.
I want to thank Aimyon for providing us with such a wonderful song, and I can’t wait to see how the drama series and Aimyon’s song Heart blend together.
Comment from Kentaro Sakaguchi
This song perfectly encapsulates the frustrating and delicate relationship between Akiha and Momose.
After filming the series little by little, I hope that my acting will be as gentle and incredible as this track.