MAN WITH A MISSION Announces Two Consecutive New Albums

11.October.2021 | MUSIC

After three and half years, rock band MAN WITH A MISSION is back! The group’s new album, Break and Cross the Walls I, is set to release on November 24, 2021. 

 

This will be the band’s sixth original album and is the first album since Chasing the Horizon was released on June 6, 2018. Fans have been anticipating a new drop from the group, and this ambitious work, conceived originally as a two-disc set, won’t disappoint. Instead of waiting until all tracks were complete, MAN WITH A MISSION has decided to release two consecutive albums instead. In an interview, the band stated that with people still suffering the effects of the pandemic, it was vital to provide fans with new music to raise their spirits as soon as possible. The second album, Break and Cross the Walls II, is scheduled to release next spring. 

 

Break and Cross the Walls I will include 14 songs, including the popular track Merry-Go-Round which serves as the theme song for the anime series My Hero Academia. Fans will also recognize INTO THE DEEP, the theme for the Japanese release of the film Godzilla vs.Kong. Those buying the new album at specific stores will receive special bonus goods while supplies last.  

 

MAN WITH A MISSION Presents Merry-Go-Round Tour 2021, the band’s first arena tour in two years, will start on November 30. The first day of the two-day event is titled ‘Day 1: Songs of Innocence,’ and will feature songs released between 2010 and 2013. The second day, ‘Day 2: Songs of Experience,’ will cover songs post-2013. A guest artist will also be performing an opening act, so be sure to stay up-to-date with more tour news to come!

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    26.September.2021 | MUSIC / SPOT

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    Aki Yashiro Best Hits 8 album jacket

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    The jackets for the analog version of Aki Yashiro Best Hits 8 and the 50th-anniversary Greatest Hits album were created by artist Keiichi Tanaami and photographer team TOKI, with art direction provided by Naohiro Ukawa. A number of limited-edition products featuring the new art will be sold at 2G on the second floor of Shibuya PARCO. 

     

    Aki Kannon, one of the more famous deco-trucks, will be parked on the first floor Park Avenue side of Shibuya PARCO for a limited time, from September 24-26. 

  • Hololive VTuber Tokino Sora to Release Cover Album in November

    15.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

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  • TV Anime ‘SHOW BY ROCK!!’ Announces First Best-Of Album

    11.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

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    “SHOW BY ROCK!! Fes A Live” Official Live Broadcast 1.5th Anniversary Special Broadcast!

      

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    10.September.2021 | MUSIC

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    Photo by Kayo Sekiguchi

    Photo by Kayo Sekiguchi

    Photo by Kayo Sekiguchi

    Photo by Yukitaka Amemiya

    Photo by Yukitaka Amemiya

     

     

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    The concert showcased parts of the singer which reminded us of his early career, while other moments made it clear how much he has evolved and changed over time. His time on stage wasn’t random–each moment was a visualization of how his career has changed.

     

    Prior to the start of the tour, Fujioka announced that his third album Transmute will be released in December 2021. This will be his first album in three years, his last being History in the Making. The album will contain the four new tracks played during the show.

     

    The title, Transmute, holds an important message. “It’s important to mutate in order to survive in today’s chaotic world, and to thrive in an unpredictable future,” Fujioka says. This tour will play an important role in helping fans unravel and understand the meaning of those words.

     

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  • MAN WITH A MISSION Perform My Hero Academia Opening Theme, MV Premieres On YouTube

    19.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The music video for MAN WITH A MISSION’s new single Merry-Go-Round will be premiering on their official YouTube channel at 18:00 on August 21.

     

    Premieres August 21, 18:00~


     

    The song is being used as the opening theme for the second cour of anime My Hero Academia’s 5th season, which is currently airing on YTV and NTV.

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    My Hero Academia THE MOVIE: World Heroes was a huge hit, showing in 321 cinemas nationwide and overtaking all previous My Hero Academia box office records by exceeding ¥940 million in just four days.

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    The anime is extremely popular overseas, while MAN WITH A MISSION have been focusing both within Japan and abroad, adding to the excitement for the new single.

     

    It has been announced that on the day of the premiere, the members will be chatting with the fans in real-time. You can set a reminder to watch the stream using the official URL. If you’re a fan then don’t miss this!

     

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    19.February.2021 | MUSIC

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    Mr.Children – “SOUNDTRACKS”

     

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    Hear SOUNDTRACKS on all major music streaming and download platforms now.

  • Ibaraki Prefecture Announces Official Tours of Mount Tsukuba and Lake Kasumigaura

    17.October.2020 | SPOT

    Ibaraki Prefecture has been promoting the areas of Mount Tsukuba and Lake Kasumigaura with a variety of events and programs since 2018. For 2020, one of the programs the prefecture has announced is ‘Mount Tsukuba PLAY 2020’ which invites people on a trial tour around Mount Tsukuba and Lake Kasumigaura.

     

    About Mount Tsukuba

    Mount Tsukuba is the doorstep to tourism in Ibaraki Prefecture, known for its iconic double peaks which has it listed officially as one of the “100 Most Beautiful Mountains in Japan.” The mountain offers 10 different courses for climbers, all of which boast gorgeous views and scenery throughout all four seasons. It also has a famous shrine halfway up the mountain known as Tsukubasan Shrine which is considered the physical enshrinement of the mountain itself. The shrine has long been a place of worship for people.

     

    About Lake Kasumigaura

    Lake Kasumigaura is the second-largest lake in Japan after Shiga Prefecture’s Lake Biwa. It is loved by locals and tourists for its beautiful natural environment and the expanse of its breathtaking view. It also has its own cycling route, Tsukuba Kasumigaura Ring Ring Road, which is an official National Cycling Route that has become a popular route with cyclists in recent years.

     

    During the autumn season on weekends, the area offers a special long-ride cycling tour as an opportunity for people to soak up the local area, as well as kids programs, concerts for parents and their children, and other activity programs and guide tours. Bookings are now available online.

     

    A Look at Mount Tsukuba PLAY 2020

    Mount Tsukuba and Lake Kasumigaura – 2 Day 1 Night Sports Experience Tour

    Mount Tsukuba PLAY 2020 is offering a special sports tour for elementary school kids where a guide will take them to climb Mount Tsukuba and canoe around Lake Kasumigaura, amongst other activities.

     

    A Photogenic Tour in the Small Town by the Lake Shore

    atacamaki, a ‘slow photographer’ and resident of Kasumigaura, will be taking photographers on a two day trip around the lake and surrounding area with rental bicycles to teach them how to shoot photos like a pro.

     

    Concert in Tsukuba Forest

    A concert will be held for children in the forest where they can lay down on the grass and be at one with nature as they enjoy the performance. The performance will be played by Akashi Yamada, the forest instructor and a singer-songwriter.

     

    Cycling Along the Kokai River and Near Chikusei With Tsukuba Mounta in the Background

    A local guide will give parents and children a tour of Tsukuba and all the must-see spots. The 37km cycling tour will offer plenty for people to see and encourages beginners to cycling.

     

    A Long Cycling Tour Around Lake Kasumigaura, Kitaura, and Tsukuba

    The program also offers a two-day long distance cycling tour of 100km.

  • Zebrahead to Perform at MAN WITH A MISSION’s Music Festival ‘THE MISSION’

    23.March.2020 | MUSIC

    American punk rock band Zebrahead are set to perform solo in Japan for the first time this June as part of their tour. But their time in Japan won’t be finished after that, as it has been announced that they will perform on the Saturday of MAN WITH A MISSION’s upcoming outdoor festival, set to take place at Naeba Ski Resort in Niigata on Saturday August 29 and Sunday August 30.

    The wolf pack rock band MAN WITH A MISSION turned 10 years old on February 9, 2020. To celebrate this milestone, the  band announced a 10th anniversary project entitled MAN WITH A “10th” MISSION for which they have lots of exciting things planned for fans. “THE MISSION” is part of this, the first ever outdoor music festival created by the band. Artists from around the world who are close to the band will make up the line-up.

    The main stage of the festival will be the Green Stage of Fuji Rock Festival 2020 which will take place one week prior to THE MISSION.

     

    MAN WITH A MISSION and Zebrahead performed together at Download Festival and Summer Sonic last year, and the two bands collaborated on the song Out of Control.

    In a statement released on their official Twitter page in Japanese, Zebrahead explained that they have had their full attention on writing music so they can put out great music. They said they are “stoked” to be performing in Japan.

  • DEAN FUJIOKA Lives Stream Acoustic Performance & 2020-2021 Tour Announced

    09.March.2020 | MUSIC

    DEAN FUJIOKA had a series of acoustic live shows entitled DEAN FUJIOKA FamBam Exclusive “#Acoustic” penned in for members of his official fan club, which was originally set take place in mid-March, but due to the ongoing circumstances surrounding the Coronavirus, the six shows for Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka have been cancelled to ensure everyone’s safety and peace of mind.

     

    DEAN FUJIOKA and his staff decided to instead hold a live acoustic performance for everyone who was looking forward to the acoustic tour, and it took place yesterday in an at an unnamed studio.

    The set consisted of 7 songs specially arranged into acoustic versions, from his debut track My Dimension to his hit track Shellyーthe latter of which was used as the main theme song for the popular Japanese drama series Sherlock: Untold Stories which aired last year. FUJIOKA also spoke about his music to fans during the stream. At the end of the performance, the singer-songwriter announced that the tour merchandise for the cancelled tour will be put to purchase online, and that he will embark on a nationwide tour of Japan beginning this October.

    DEAN FUJIOKA promised fans, “Let’s meet in your hometowns this autumn!” The stream was over in what seemed like an instant, but people in the comments expressed how special of a performance it was. Fans are sure to be excited at the announcement of the new tour – check out the dates and venues below.

  • MAN WITH A MISSION Just Dropped The Trailer For Their First Ever Music Documentary

    16.January.2020 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    MAN WITH A MISSION unveiled the trailer for their first ever music documentary MAN WITH A MISSION THE MOVIE -TRACE the HISTORY.

    The body of a human, the head of a wolf, and shrouded in mystery. The five-piece Japanese rock band took to the music scene in 2010 and are soaking in global fame today. The documentary unfolds from the perspective of American journalist Carl Cooper, who has been following MAN WITH A MISSION since 2010. The trailer reveals snippets of interviews with the band and staff, recording scenes, live performances and much more exciting footage that was collected over the years since Cooper’s arrival in Japan in 2010.

     

    MAN WITH A MISSION Music Documentary Trailer

    The 30-second trailer is jam-packed with exciting live scenes flooded with fans waving towels and the exceptionally talented five band members who have captured the hearts of the nation. As the trailer flicks rapidly through the story of their lives, the amount of unseen footage reveals a completely new side to the band members that fans will be thrilled to discover more about.

     

    ©2020 “TRACE the HISTORY” FILM PARTNERS

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