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.
Condom Battler Goro, Anime Teaching Proper Condom Application, Gets New Episode
06.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME
There are plenty of bizarre anime series out there, but at least this one has a helpful message. Lovers Labo has released the second part of ‘Condom Battler Goro,’ a short anime series aiming to spread helpful knowledge about condom use. The new episode is available via YouTube.
The first episode aimed to convey common skills and knowledge about wearing condoms, but the new episode is tackling one very specific issue: unplanned pregnancies. The easy-to-understand story explains that people shouldn’t be embarrassed to ask for or wear a condom and that the prejudice surrounding such a thing is completely false.
Sure, it’s strange, but it’s a message worth sharing.
Condom Battler Goro Revive (2-part Series)
Release Date: November 29, 2021
Official Site: https://lovers-labo.jp/special/project-goro-02/
Eve will release his new song Aisai on December 3 at midnight on all major streaming services.
The singer-songwriter performed the explosive Kaisen Kitan, the first opening theme for the Jujutsu Kaisen anime series. The track has been streamed over 200 million times and the music video has been watched over 180 million times. With over 3.5 million subscribers on YouTube, the singer has become a viral sensation with other tracks like Parallel Lines and Faint at Night. Eve’s new track Aisai is incredibly emotional and is the perfect song to bring 2021 to a close.
The cover for the new song was made by niL, who worked on the music video for Yuseiboushi. Be sure to stream the song on December 3!
Award-Winning Track by Producer Kirai Hiiragi to be Performed by Kyoko Saito at MTV VMAJ 2021
03.December.2021 | MUSIC
The MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2021 will air on December 18, 2021. The show has already awarded a new special prize, the Daisy Bell Award, to popular Vocaloid producer Kirai Hiiragi for the song Love ka? For the event, Kyoko Saito from Hinatazaka46 will perform the song live.
The Daisy Bell Award is a special prize for songs created using voice synthesis software and was made after Vocaloid tracks began to shape the musical landscape more and more. With the support of ‘The VOCALOID Collection Powered by dwango,’ an event to further develop Vocaloid culture, nominees were selected from the top-ranked songs in the Vocaloid Collection in Winter 2020 and Spring 2021. Love ka? was the clear winner. Kirai Hiiragi quickly responded by simply saying “Thank you for the award, I’m so happy. Is this real?”
Kyoko Saito, who also sang as a guest vocalist for Ryokushaka at the MTV LIVE MATCH in October, will perform the track. As the diva of the idol group Hinatazaka46, she is known for her incredible singing ability, and expectations are high. Don’t miss it!
MTV VMAJ 2021 -THE LIVE-
Air Date: December 18, 2021 19:00-22:00 *Available on Hulu at the same time.
Rerun: December 24, 2021 23:00-26:00
Official Site: https://www.vmaj.jp/
New Song by Survive Said the Prophet to be Opening Theme for Tokyo 24th Ward Anime
Rock band Survive Said the Prophet will perform the opening theme song for the upcoming anime series Tokyo 24th Ward. The track is titled Paper Sky.
The series will be written by Nitroplus’s Vio Shimokura and will be his first time working on an anime series. Character designs were done by FiFS, a popular illustrator among women. CloverWorks will handle the animation, popular for other franchises such as Horimiya, Wonder Egg Priority, and the upcoming Spy x Family adaptation. Naokatsu Tsuda will serve as director, known for his work on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure.
Paper Sky was written exclusively for the series and is an emotional and fast-paced track with the message of taking the future into your hands. Part of the track can be heard in the first preview for the series, which is scheduled to release in January 2022.
Tokyo 24th Ward – First Preview
Comment from Yosh (Vo)
We were given the opportunity to write the opening theme for Tokyo 24th Ward and subsequently created Paper Sky.
I imagined the near-future as I sang this track, somewhere within this mysterious 24th Ward. I wanted to express the idea of looking upward and moving forward despite the pain that comes with growing up.
I hope that you enjoy this series and this new track.
Yosh / Survive Said The Prophet
Official Website: http://survivesaidtheprophet.com/
Mizuki Tsujimura’s Novel Haken Anime! Getting Live-Action Film in 2022
02.December.2021 | MOVIE
Seven years after release, Mizuki Tsujimura’s popular novel about struggles in the anime industry Haken Anime! is getting a live-action film in May 2022. Along with the big news, a teaser visual and cast comments have been released, along with a teaser trailer.
The story focuses on Hitomi Saito, who has entered the anime industry and is making her directorial debut. She is competing for the title of Haken (supremacy) with the star direction she previously idolized, Chiharu Ouji. Together with a peculiar producer and a unique group of friends and colleagues, the novel shows the more difficult parts of creating a successful anime series. As anime has become more popular around the world, this film is sure to attract plenty of international attention.
The film’s talented cast includes Riho Yoshioka, Tomoya Nakamura, Tasuku Emoto, and Machiko Ono. Yoshika plays the lead role of Hitomi Saito, a rookie director who believes in the incredible power of animation. While she’s dedicated to her goals, she’s clumsy and seems to hit a new wall each and every day. Even still, the character is loveable and inspiring, as she tries to overcome each and every struggle.
Nakamura passionately plays Chiharu Ouji, a genius director known for producing plenty of smash hits. Emoto plays Satoru Yukishiro, a talented producer, while Ono plays Kayako Arishina, a famous producer who puts her job on the line for the best possible work.
The film will be directed by Kohei Yoshino, who also participated as a CG creator in Makoto Shinkai’s 2016 hit anime film Your Name. He has also worked on many music videos and commercials. Toei Animation will supervise the film. The animated teaser trailers were created by popular studio Production I.G, and both are actually the anime being created in the film. They were released prior to the announcement of the live-action film and caused quite a stir online with over 100,000 views on YouTube in a week.
“Soundback -Kanade no Ishi” Teaser Trailer:
“Unmei Sensen Liddell-Light” Teaser Trailer:
“Soundback -Kanade no Ishi” is the first film directed by Hitomi Saito in Haken Anime!, and “Unmei Sensen Liddell-Light” is Chiharu Ouji’s new film. A teaser trailer was also released, showing the main character with a serious expression, claiming that ‘animation can grant power stronger than any magic.’
The new teaser visual shows the four main characters with the taglines ‘Surpass yourself’ and ‘Grab the Supremacy!’ Will you be watching this film when it releases in your region?
Comment from Riho Yoshioka
I play the role of Hitomi Saito, originally a government worker who decides to become an anime director. The film shows the steps involved in making an anime series come to life, and the incredible struggle of the animators. Anime is one of Japan’s treasures, but behind the scenes, there is so much hard work that goes into making each series–more than you can ever imagine.
Animators work day and night, making storyboards, drawings, videos…Their talent is unbelievable. Every day while filming, I had these realizations. I had never thought so deeply about anime creators, and now, each time I see an anime series I am so incredibly moved.
I hope you enjoy the film!
Comment from Tomoya Nakamura
I’m Tomoya Nakamura, and I play the role of Chiharu Ouji. As I read the script, I found myself continuously nodding my head in agreement as I saw how much my character has that creative fever that’s so unique to this kind of profession. I’m truly blessed to play the role of Ouji, a man who has so many worries, but still holds his head high. I want those seeing the film to be inspired to do their best in their everyday life after seeing these characters put their heart and souls into anime. Please look forward to this incredible film by Kohei Yoshino!
Comment from Tasuku Emoto
I went into this thinking that Yukishiro was a man with a strong personality, but also someone capable of showing kindness. The director has a small voice and strange idiosyncrasies, but also a stubbornness and incredible masculinity that you’d never guess from his appearance. I was inspired by that for my character. Haken Anime! is both light-hearted and incredibly deep, so please look forward to it!
Comment from Machiko Ono
While filming, I found myself in an incredible story filled with hopes, dreams, and a path to follow. I fell in love with it instantly. It was such an incredible experience, and I can’t wait to see how the story connects with the audience.
Comment from Director Kohei Yoshino
I was very fortunate to be offered the chance to direct this film, as it was a project I had loved for a long time prior. My memories of being a new director are still fresh in my mind, so this was a chance to put those thoughts and feelings on screen. I’m also lucky to have worked with such a wonderful cast and crew. I hope everyone enjoys this unique work that includes several distinct genres, and I hope that those wanting a career in the industry learn from this film and are inspired to take a shot. May this film be the dream come true to many as it was for me.
Comment from Original Writer Mizuki Tsujimura
Out of all the novels I’ve written, I thought Haken Anime! would be the most difficult to put on the big screen, as two different anime series appear in the work. I had given up the idea of it ever being adapted, given how long it takes to create anime of good quality. But this time, with the help of this wonderful staff and cast, it’s really happening. My characters Hitomi, Chiharu, Satoru, and Kayako have come to life, and their anime is real. I can’t wait to see them on the big screen!
Releasing in May 2022
Official Site: haken-anime.jp
Okinawan Gen-Z Pop Singer Grace Aimi Releases Debut Album
02.December.2021 | MUSIC
Born in the year 2000 to an American father and American-Okinawan mother, Gen-Z pop singer Grace Ami released her 12-track debut album on November 26. The album is comprised of both new tracks and some previously available on streaming services and was produced by Chaki Zulu. Along with the release, a teaser for the Karaoke Queen music video was uploaded to YouTube, with the full video scheduled to be released on December 6.
MV Teaser (Directed by Takuto Shinpo)
Aimi began her career by starting a YouTube channel with her younger brother. As they began posting covers to popular songs, their popularity on social media grew, and in 2020 Grace Aimi released Eternal Sunshine. She is now signed to Capitol Records US and constantly experiments with new sounds and genres, jumping between gospel R&B to rock and rap and goth-pop. Her creativity and individuality are making her a unique addition to the Japanese music scene, and she’s definitely someone to keep an eye on!
Originally from Okinawa, Grace believes that her hometown has been essential to her sensibilities as an artist. “My home island was devastated during WWII, but the people there are beautiful and genuinely happy. I hope to share that Okinawan spirit with everyone,” she says.
Release Date: November 26, 2021
Streaming Link: https://umj.lnk.to/GraceAimi_If_Album
CD Price: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Grace Aimi Official Site: http://graceaimi.com/
Toshiki Masuda Releases Opening Theme for Love of Kill Anime Series
Toshiki Masuda will release his first single Midnight Dancer on January 26, 2022.
The title track was created as the opening theme for the upcoming anime series ‘Love of Kill’ scheduled to air in January 2022 and features lyrics by Tomokazu Tashiro and an arrangement by Tsubasa Ito. A danceable song with jazz flavor, it sets the stage for what might be one of the best anime series of the season. Check out a snippet of it in the first preview for ‘Love of Kill.’
Love of Kill – First Trailer
The single will be available in three versions: a Limited First Edition, Standard Edition, and Limited Production Edition. The Limited First Edition comes with a Blu-ray disc featuring the making of the Midnight Dancer music video. The Limited Production Edition will be available until March 2022 and features an illustration by Fe, the original author of ‘Love of Kill.’
Those who preorder the single will receive bonuses based on which store they purchase from, with Animate, Tower Records, Rakuten Books, Gamers, HMV, TSUTAYA RECORDS, Neowing, Bunkyodo, and Animeka offering original bromides. Those buying from Amazon will get a mega jacket with a design that can be specified at purchase. For more information, check out the official website.
Release Date: January 26, 2022
Limited First Edition [CD+BD]: ¥2,420 (Tax Included)
Standard Edition [CD]: ¥1,430(Tax Included)
Limited Production Edition [CD]: ¥1,430 (Tax Included)
Toshiki Masuda Official Site: http://www.toshikimasuda.jp/
Love of Kill
Airing January 2022
Official Site: https://love-of-kill.com
D4DJ Unit Lyrical Lily Releases Third Single ‘Adventure King!’
30.November.2021 | MUSIC
Lyrical Lily, an all-female DJ group from the D4DJ franchise, has released their third single titled Adventure King!
The D4DJ (Dig Delight Direct Drive DJ) project is a multimedia franchise created by Bushiroad, consisting of live DJ performances, a smartphone rhythm game, and a 2020 anime series. Lyrical Lily is a DJ unit that “blossomed” from an elite private school, and the group’s genre could be described as a mix of House and Synthpop. The unit’s producer is Kou Nakamura, who also created the original story of D4DJ.
Adventure King! has the typical Lyrical Lily sound, mixing the member’s cute charms with a painfully catchy melody and voices as sweet as candy. The coupling song Sleeping Beauty highlight’s the group’s excitement about their journey to the top of the charts.
Keep an eye on these girls!
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Two New Tracks Produced by Yaffle Released for Pokemon 25th Anniversary
On Pokemon Day, February 27, 2021, the music program P25 Music was launched with ‘P25 Music Presents: Post Malone Virtual Concert Experience.’ Last month, ‘Pokemon 25: The Album’ was released featuring top musical artists from around the world celebrating the anniversary of the beloved series. Now, two songs produced by Yaffle, who represented Japan in the project, have been released as downloadable singles.
The single ‘Reconnect/Grown’ features four tracks and includes ‘Reconnect,’ sung in English by Daichi Yamamoto and AAAMYYY, and ‘Grown,’ sung in Japanese by sorane and Yama, as well as instrumental tracks. The two songs sample sounds from Pokemon games, including the opening music for Pokemon Red and Green. The songs Reconnect and Grown were also named with Red and Green in mind.
The Japanese version of the Pokemon 25th-anniversary album comes with a poster-type booklet and original Pikachu sticker in first-edition releases. Those buying the album can also get postcards at participating CD shops and clear folders from the online Universal Music Store.
Those buying the CD from a Pokemon Center in Japan can get an original pin (4 varieties, random) while supplies last.
Comment from Yaffle
I’m from the Red and Green generation. I remember borrowing my aunt’s Game Boy and the first game I ever played was Pokemon. When the game came out it was super popular at school, and I made so many friends bonding over it. We used link cables to battle each other, and people would line up to ask the skilled players what strategies they used.
I was so happy and deeply moved when this offer came in. There were times when I would trip myself up worrying about how best to express my feelings, but I think the end result is amazing. I wanted to sample sounds from the original Pokemon game soundtrack, so I just listened to it over and over and let myself follow wherever it led. This was the first time for me to create two tracks with the same theme in two different languages. It was tough, but I think these are two of my best works.
I’m not a singer, so I had to think about how best to convey my emotions through sounds using other artists. Reconnect and Grown both have the same starting point and the same goal, but different stories. I hope you can listen to both while thinking about that.
Upcoming Anime Series CUE! Gets New Trailer, Premieres January 7, 2022
25.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME
A new trailer and two key visuals have been released ahead of the January 7, 2022 premiere of CUE! The series will follow a team of up-and-coming voice actors as they try to get ahead in the industry.
A live reading was held at Takashiba New Pier Hall on November 21, and the new trailer and visuals were announced at its conclusion.
The key visual ‘Wind’ features the characters Miharu Yomine, Aya Kamuro, Mahoro Miyaji, and Riko Hinakura in a radio studio. The jacket design of the upcoming CD featuring the show’s theme song was also unveiled, with a release date set for January 26, 2022. An online autograph and talk session with the cast will also take place when the CD releases, so stay tuned for more information regarding how to participate!
Another key visual ‘Moon’ features Rie Maruyama, Satori Utsugi, Rinne Myojin, and Mei Tomi. With the release of these two visuals, all of the show’s teams have been introduced. Which is your favorite: Flower, Bird, Wind, or Moon?
CUE! Second Trailer Team Moon Version
©CUE! Animation Project
Premiers January 7, 2022
Official Site: https://cue-animation.jp/
Shonen Jump Series Mato Seihei no Slave to Receive Anime Adaptation
25.November.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Premiering in Shonen Jump+ in January 2019, Mato Seihei no Slave (Slave of the Magic Capital’s Elite Troops), written by Takahiro and illustrated by Youhei Takemura, has been a certified hit, selling over 1 million copies. An anime adaptation has just been announced, with Seven Arcs taking the helm.
The ongoing Mato Seihei no Slave manga series is set in a world where a demonic gate has unleashed monsters called Shuki. A special peach tree can grant special powers to those in need, but only if they are women. A boy named Yuki Wakura meets Uzen Kyoka, a girl who has gained the power of the peach, and the captain of the 7th Anti-Demon squad.
Along with the announcement and teaser website, a teaser visual and trailer have also been unveiled.
Mato Seihei no Slave Teaser Trailer
Yuki Wakura will be played by Yuya Hirose, known for his work as Yuta Hibiki in SSSS.Gridman. Akari Kito will play the role of Kyoka Uzen. Keep an eye out for more information!
Mato Seihei no Slave
Cast: Yuya Hirose (Yuki Wakura), Akari Kito (Kyoka Uzen)
Official Teaser Site: https://mabotai.jp/
Boy Band OCTPATH, Comprised of Trainees from PRODUCE 101 JAPAN Season 2, Debuts
24.November.2021 | MUSIC
A new group has been created from a number of talented trainees from the second season of PRODUCE 101 JAPAN. OCTPATH is composed of Shunsei Oota, Kaiho, Kouhei Kurita, Naoki Kose, Shuu Kobori, Wataru Takahashi, Touma, and Shinsuke Yotsuya.
The group’s name exemplifies the boy’s goal to walk along with fans on a path unique to the eight of them and to engage in all kinds of activities–not just music. OCT also signifies their willingness to pursue a path to a higher realm of sound (OCTAVE).
OCTPATH features members capable of speaking English, Korean, Indonesian, and French, and each has incredible singing, dancing, and rapping skills. The boys aim to appeal to a global audience and want to become the most unique group in the world.
The group’s concept colors are white and purple, as white can be dyed any color, and purple, a mixture of red and blue, represents OCTPATH’s ‘transformation’ through their music and videos.
On November 28 at 20:00, the members will appear on the free video streaming service GYAO! to discuss the formation of the group and their personal feelings about what the future will bring. The live broadcast will also feature a big announcement, so don’t miss it!
OCTPATH Commemorative Live Broadcast ‘OCT・BIRTH’
Date: November 28, 2021 20:00-21:00
Streaming Link: https://yahoo.jp/RHi5HJ
Official Site: https://pre.octpath-official.com