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.
Japan’s First NFT Anime Project ‘Zombie Zoo’ to be Released in May
12.May.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Zombie Zoo, Japan’s first animated adaptation of NFT art, will be released this month! Based on the NFT art collection by Zombie Zoo Keeper, a 9-year-old Japanese boy, Toei Animation is in charge of the series.
The main staff, character designs, and an advanced cut of the live-action portion of the series have been revealed ahead of the project’s official release. YP of YURUPPE is directing the series. Jiro Sameyama is the character designer. The character design settings are now on display in the Metaverse at NFT FESTA 2022 SPRING.
©️Zombie Zoo Keeper
Zombie Zoo Keeper
Coming in May
Official Site: https://www.toei-anim.co.jp/zombie-zoo/
Official HiGE DANdism’s ‘Mixed Nuts’ to Serve as OP Track for SPY x FAMILY Anime Series
Official HiGE DANdism’s new song Mixed Nuts has been chosen as the opening theme song for the upcoming anime adaptation of the SPYxFAMILY manga series. Written and illustrated by Tatsuya Endo, the manga has been serialized on Shonen Jump+ since 2019 and has been incredibly well-recieved, selling over 12.5 million copies. The anime series will premiere in April 2022.
Along with this announcement, the official website for the anime series has posted the full promotional video for the show. The video also previews the opening song.
The ending theme will be Kigeki by Gen Hoshino.
The members of Official HiGE DANdism also posted a comment about their track being chosen as the opening theme.
“It’s such an incredible series, and as fans ourselves, we’ve been so pumped for the anime adaptation. The art quality is incredible and we hope that everyone enjoys the show. If you could, be sure to listen to Mixed Nuts while you follow the story of Loid, Yor, and Anya.”
Premiering on TV Tokyo on April 9 at 23:00
Airing in North America on Crunchyroll
Official Site: https://spy-family.net/
SPY x FAMILY Collaboration Cafe Coming to Omotesando, Nagoya, and Umeda
To celebrate the upcoming anime adaptation, the popular manga SPY X FAMILY is teaming up with Tower Records cafe for a special collaboration! From April 13 until May 8, three Tower Records Cafe locations will feature menu items inspired by the series’ characters. The collaboration cafe will take place at Tower Records Cafe Omotesando, Nagoya Sakae SKYLE, and Umeda NU Chayamachi.
Anya’s Hamburger Plate
Loid’s Pesto Pasta
Yor’s Chicken Salad Plate
Anya’s Ice Cream Crepe
Yor’s Apple Pie
Anya’s Strawberry Milk
Loid’s Coffee & Milk
Yor’s Rose Tea
Damian’s Melon Soda
Becky’s Cassis Soda
Franky’s Espresso Tonic
SPY x FAMILY Print Latte (Random)
SPY x FAMILY Take-out Drink
Exclusive Cafe Bonus
The collaboration merchandise features new illustrations of Loid, Anya, and Yor playing some jazz. Are you excited about the anime’s premiere?
SPY x FAMILY Collaboration Cafe
Locations: Tower Records Cafe Omotesando, Nagoya Sakae SKYLE, Umeda NU Chayamachi
Open: [Round 1] April 13 – April 25 / [Round 2] April 26 – May 8, 2022
*Cafe bonuses will feature a different design during each round.
Official Site: https://tower.jp/spyfamily-cafe
Available at 29 Tower Records locations and at Tower Records Online (https://tower.jp)
Preorders open at noon on March 30
*Items cannot be ordered at the cafe.
Sales begin April 13, 2022
Original Soundtrack for Anime Series takt op.Destiny Released
The soundtrack for the anime series takt op.Destiny, which wrapped in December 2021, was released on February 23, 2022! Available in standard and limited-edition versions and on streaming services, a trailer for the collection of classical tracks has also been uploaded to YouTube!
The standard two-disc set includes 52 tracks from the anime series, while the limited edition includes 4-discs covering all classical tracks found in the show and voice tracks by the main cast. A 68-page booklet includes interviews with the show’s director and composer, original drawings, storyboards, and more behind-the-scenes details.
Composer Yorihiro Ike commented on the soundtrack. “It’s still so fresh in my mind. I realize now that the series was actually a love-focused drama, so when I wrote the song With Love, it was all the more meaningful. It was an important piece of work for me. The soundtrack includes everything from classical pieces to jazz riffs. It won’t disappoint, so please, give it a listen.”
The teaser trailer includes the song With Love, an important song inspired by the show’s main character.
takt op.Destiny Original Soundtrack Teaser Trailer
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. Produced by MAPPA and MADHOUSE and directed by Yuki Ito, it became a global hit, and will expand into the video game market in the future.
Eternal Shojo Cafe Opens in Shibuya, Features Collaboration Menu Inspired by 90s Anime
Five nostalgic and popular shojo anime series from the 90s and early 2000s are being honored at a limited-time collaboration cafe in Shibuya! Hime-chan’s Ribbon, Akazukin Chacha, Nurse Angel Ririka SOS, Kodomo no Omocha, and Full Moon wo Sagashite are being honored with new character-inspired menu items and exclusive goods until March 21, 2022. The cafe is being held at TOKYO PARADE goods&cafe on the 6th floor of Shibuya PARCO.
Hime-chan and Pokota’s Donut Tower / Pokota’s Maple Chicken Donut Sandwich
Akazukin Chacha Dessert Plate / Magical Princess Strawberry Milk / Shiine’s Homemade Curry
Nurse Angel Ririka SOS
Ririka Life Flower Parfait / Nurse Angel Ririka’s Vaccine Soda
Kodomo no Omocha
Sana and Hayama’s Rice Omurice / Maro-chan’s Chocolate Chestnut Drink
Full Moon wo Sagashite
Takuto and Meruki’s Green Onion Ramen / Full Full Moon Cheesecake / Takuto’s Apple Vinegar Jelly Drink / Meruko’s Peach Vinegar Jelly Drink
Bonus: Paper Lunch Mat with Original Design
Bonus: One Randomly Selected Coaster (17 varieties) for Each Drink Ordered
Eternal Shojo Cafe
Running: February 10 – March 21, 2022
Address: TOKYO PARADE goods&cafe (Shibuya PARCO 6F)
Hours: 11:00-20:00 (Last Food Order at 19:00, Last Drink Order at 19:30)
Official Site: https://cafe.parco.jp/parade/
Up-and-Coming Boy Band INI’s 2nd Single to be Released in April
16.February.2022 | MUSIC
Boy band INI, created during the second season of PRODUCE 101 JAPAN, will release their second single on April 20, 2022.
INI initially debuted on November 3, 2021, with the release of their debut single A. The group’s most popular track, according to a national poll, was Rocketeer, which is still used to promote the boy’s activities. The group’s debut single surpassed a half-million copies sold and reached the top spot on the Oricon Weekly Single Chart. INI also won the Favorite Asian Artist award at 2021 MAMA, one of the world’s largest K-pop award shows, and Best New Artist at the Japan Record Awards.
INI 2nd Single
Released: April 20, 2022
Official Site: https://ini-official.com/
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel to Receive Anime Adaptation in 2023
08.February.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Nihon Falcom’s The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel will receive an anime adaptation by Tatsunoko Production in early 2023!
The series will be titled The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel – Northern War and will star an original female protagonist named Lavie. It will take place in North Ambria, located in the northwestern part of the Zemuria continent.
Hidekazu Sato will direct the series. Previously, he worked on Aquarion Logos and Last Hope. More information will be revealed in the near future!
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The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel – Northern War
Airing in Early 2023
Based on Nihon Falcom’s The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel
Official Site: https://tatsunoko.co.jp/
Shenmue the Animation Reveals Additional Cast, New Details
04.February.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Shenmue the Animation, based on Yu Suzuki’s game series originally released for the Sega Dreamcast in 1999, is scheduled to be released in 2022! The series is being directed by Chikara Sakurai at Telecom Studios.
A trailer for the series has been uploaded to YouTube showing Ryo Hazuki’s struggle against his nemesis Lan Di. The show is set in the nostalgic and beautiful city of Yokosuka and follows Ryo as he struggles to understand the death of his father. A key visual was also released alongside the trailer.
The new video footage also highlights the voice cast for the first time, including Masaya Matsukaze as Ryo Hazuki and Takahiro Sakurai as Lan Di. The two actors have also provided comments below.
The opening theme song UNDEAD-NOID will be performed by Kashitaro Ito, whose videos have been viewed over 80 million times.
Masaya Matsukaze (Ryo Hazuki)
Thanks to the fans, I’ve been able to return to the role of Ryo after 20 years, and in my first anime role no less!
Shenmue has been a very big part of my life.
I hope that longtime fans and new fans alike will enjoy the show and that everyone will be able to experience the world of Shenmue.
I can’t wait to see the finished product either!
Takahiro Sakurai (Lan Di)
I’m Takahiro Sakurai and I’ll be playing the role of Lan Di.
On a personal note, when I started working as a voice actor, I participated as a test voice during the development stages of Shenmue. That was my first encounter with this work.
That was a valuable experience for me.
I was so happy to hear that Shenmue would be reborn as an animated series.
The world of Shenmue has not faded from my memory in over 20 years. I hope everyone can enjoy it with me!
© SEGA / Shenmue Project
NIGO Releases ‘Arya feat. A$AP Rocky’ from the Album ‘I KNOW NIGO’
03.February.2022 | MUSIC
Fashion icon and innovator NIGO, who serves as the artistic director of KENZO as of September 2021, will release his first solo album ‘I KNOW NIGO’ on March 25, 2022. The first single from the album Arya features popular American rapper A$AP Rocky and is now available to stream. The album is being produced in collaboration with Stephen Victor, and Pharrell Williams is serving as the executive producer. A teaser trailer for the music video has also been uploaded to NIGO’s official YouTube channel.
Arya ft. A$AP Rocky Official Music Video Trailer:
Steven Victor commented on the upcoming album in a new interview. “Originally, we were only going to do two songs featuring Pharrell and Pusha T, but once we started reaching out to other artists they all said yes! We decided to make a five-track EP, and it just evolved from there into a full album,” he said.
In a comment regarding ‘I KNOW NIGO,’ rapper Pusha T called it the ‘Album of the Year.’ Expect more information in the near future!
Arya feat. A$AP Rocky
Streaming Links: https://umj.lnk.to/AR_Arya
Ai Higuchi Announces Album Title and Track List for Upcoming March Release
Ai Higuchi has officially released the title and tracklist for her upcoming fourth original album, scheduled for release on March 2, 2022.
The album will be titled ‘Saiaku Saiai.’ (‘My Worst Beloved’). Since her indie days, Higuchi has been a fan of using four-character idioms as her album titles. Higuchi will also be performing in Tokyo and Osaka in March.
A total of 11 tracks will be featured on the album, including Akuma no Ko, the ending theme song for Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2. Other tracks include Massarana Daichi, Kanashii Uta ga Aru Riyuu, Kyouri, and Yamerunara Ima. The DVD included with the limited edition includes Ai Higuchi’s 5th Anniversary Solo Rakugo performed last year.
Earlier this month, Higuchi released the ending theme for Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2, which has become a massive global hit. The non-credit ending theme video is now available on YouTube and was viewed more than 5 million times in only five days. Be sure to give it a watch!
Beloved 19-year-old singer Ado finally released her first album on January 26. ‘Kyougen’ is now available to stream on major platforms. The album includes the massively popular track Usseewa, which has nearly 75 million plays on Spotify alone.
The album includes 14 tracks, including Giragira and Odo, which have been streamed over 100 million times, as well as Aitakute, Lady Maid, and Yoru no Pierrot. Seven new songs are also included. The album comes in four formats: the Complete Limited Edition includes a figure and book; the Limited Edition includes a book and DVD; the First Run Limited Edition comes with an acrylic charm; and the Standard Edition includes only the CD. The cover was created by ORIHARA.
Those purchasing the album will be entered to win tickets to Ado’s first solo concert to be held at Zepp DiverCity Tokyo on April 4, 2022!
Ado 1st Album ‘Kyougen’
Handyman Saito in Another World Manga Series to Receive Anime Adaptation
31.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Kazutomo Ichitomo’s Handyman Saito in Another World manga series is getting an anime adaptation. The manga launched on Kadokawa’s ComicWalker service in 2018 and has been a smash hit since its release, selling over 300,000 copies to date. Ichitomo drew a special celebratory drawing to commemorate the announcement.
The “heartwarming another world fantasy” series follow Saito, a normal handyman reincarnated into another world. He then forms a dungeon party with the beautiful warrior Raelza; Marok, an old and senile magician; and Lafanpan, a cute fairy.
More details will be announced in the future.
Handyman Saito in Another World