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.
Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Anime Ending Theme Medley Gets Special Animation
Project Pocchama, a limited-time project to support the adorable water Pokemon Piplup, has revealed a new music video on the official Pokemon YouTube channel!
The music video is an ending theme medley of the Pokemon Diamond and Pearl anime series which aired on TV Tokyo from 2006 until 2010.
The video was created to make people happy during these difficult times. As Hikari, a character in the anime series who travels with Piplup, always says, “everything will be okay!”
The medley includes an arrangement of four songs: Kimi no Soba de ~Hikari’s Theme~, Ashita wa Kitto, Kimi no Mune ni LaLaLa, and Kaze no Message. How could anyone not be happy after watching this peppy video?
©2022 Pokémon. ©1995-2022 Nintendo / Creatures Inc. / GAME FREAK inc.
©Nintendo・Creatures・GAME FREAK・TV Tokyo・ShoPro・JR Kikaku ©Pokémon
Project Pochama Special Site: https://www.pokemon.jp/special/project_pochama/pochamaDPMV/
Tokyo (VIVID Remix), a remixed version of AmPm’s dance track Tokyo, was released on Friday, January 7, 2022.
AmPm / Tokyo (VIVID Remix)
The original song was released in March 2021 and was the first full-fledged dance track based on AmPm’s roots in dance music. Inspired by the neon city of Tokyo, it was released on Sushi Muzik, an up-and-coming label based in Amsterdam and founded in 2020. The company has released tracks from dance music legends like Norman Doray, Roland Clark, Kryder, and Eddie Amador.
The remix was done by DJ VIVID, who is from the United States but based in Tokyo. Leading the Asian club scene, he has released his original music on A-list labels like Armada and Enhanced Music and has reached #19 on the US Billboard Dance Chart and #8 on the US Radio Chart.
Message from VIVID
“AmPm’s unique sound found in ‘Tokyo’ inspired me to bring a house-y vibe geared for the underground nightclubs in Japan.“
Message from AmPm
“We’re happy to have started 2022 with such a fast-paced song. The original song itself was pretty fast, but this more dense sound is something that only DJ VIVID can provide. I think listeners will enjoy the difference between this and the original track.
I hope that this year, people from all over the world will be able to gather in Tokyo.”
Tokyo (VIVID Remix)
Release Date: January 7, 2022
Download / Streaming: https://ampm.lnk.to/20220107_digi
Boy Band INI to Star in Regular Television Show on MUSIC ON! TV
Japanese boy band INI, formed through the reality show Produce 101 Japan 2, will start their first regular TV program ‘INI Road: The Road to Global Expansion’ on January 30, 2022. Since their formation last year, the group has become increasingly popular in Japan, and the boys are now ready to start the challenge of taking their music global.
The theme of the first episode is ‘Language.’ This is an important subject for global expansion, and the members will learn to greet people in English, along with studying other phrases useful during award ceremonies overseas.
Be sure to tune in to see how the members start their journey to become the world’s most famous boy band!
INI Road ~The Road to Global Expansion~
#1 Broadcast Date, Time
January 15, 2022 / 22:00-22:30
Rerun at January 30, 2022 at 17:30
#2 Broadcast Date, Time
Airing in February 2022
Campaign Details: https://www.m-on.jp/program/detail/rg-ini-road/
Bullet Train Boy Band Celebrates 10th Anniversary with Coming-of-Age Ceremony Broadcast
11.January.2022 | MUSIC
The five-members dance and vocal group Bullet Train will hold a special 10th-anniversary broadcast exclusively on Hikari TV on January 14, 2022. The ‘Bullet Train Coming-of-Age Ceremony’ will also be archived after the scheduled broadcast at 18:00, but only for a limited time.
Bullet Train celebrated its 10th anniversary on December 25, 2021, and will spend 2022 celebrating with plenty of special events and releases. In Japan, the Coming-of-Age ceremony is held when an individual turns 20 years old and celebrates a person becoming an adult. The members of the group will speak about the last decade of their lives as idols, and will hold a live concert as well! The show will be available exclusively for those with access to Hikari TV nationwide, and an edited version of the event–including behind-the-scenes footage–will be streamed at a later date. Stay tuned for details!
Bullet Train 10th Anniversary Special (Talk & Concert) ‘Bullet Train Coming-of-Age Ceremony’Streaming Date: January 14, 2022 at 18:00~
Where to Watch: Hikari TV https://www.hikaritv.net
Price: Customers who subscribe to the Oneuchi plan, Special TV plan, Video Zanmai Plan, Basic Broadcast Plan, or Value Plan can view the special for no extra cost.
EBiDAN Special Program: https://www.hikaritv.net/sp/ebidan?cid=ent_video_ebdn_nr_29
Official Site: https://bullettrain.jp
Pokemon ‘Brilliant Shining Festival’ Pop-Up Shop Opens at Shibuya PARCO
On November 19, 2021, Pokemon Brilliant Diamond and Pokemon Shining Pearl were released for the Nintendo Switch. Remakes of the original Diamond and Pearl titles, fans have been loving the new graphical and quality-of-life improvements. To commemorate their release, Shibuya PARCO will open a ‘Brilliant Shining Festival’ pop-up shop where children and adults alike can come together to snag some neat new merchandise inspired by both games.
The pop-up shop will be located in the COMINGSOON event space on the first floor of Shibuya PARCO from January 2 until January 12, 2022. The interior will be completely decorated in Pokemon style, and original snacks will also be available for purchase. (Snacks will also be available for purchase from the PARCO Online Store).
Along with buying some cute merch, a special password and sticker campaign will be held during the duration of the event. Just say some special words to the shop’s employees, get a sticker exchange ticket, and use it at the pop-up store. The password is ‘Brilliant Shining Festival!’
©Pokémon. ©Nintendo / Creatures Inc. / GAME FREAK inc.
Brilliant Shining Festival Pop-Up Store
Running: January 2 – January 12, 2022
Address: Shibuya PARCO 1F (15-1 Udagawacho, Shibuya, Tokyo)
Hours: 11:00-20:00 (January 2-11) *Open until 18:00 on January 12
Password & Sticker Gift Campaign
Running: January 2 – January 11, 2022
Hours: 11:00-20:00 (January 2-11) *Until 18:00 on January 12
eill to Release First Major Album, ‘PALETTE’
24.December.2021 | MUSIC
Singer-songwriter eill will release her first major album on February 2, 2022.
The singer made her debut in 2018 under SPACE SHOWER MUSIC and is currently under Pony Canyon. Her track Koko de Iki wo Shite was the ending theme song for the popular Tokyo Revengers anime series, and a number of her songs have been used in various drama series.
As the title of the album ‘PALETTE’ suggests, this release is a mixture of eill’s unique tracks. More information is coming soon.
The jacket cover for the new album has also been released and features a photo of eill herself showing a sad but determined look.
‘PALETTE’ will be released in two formats: CD only, or a CD and Blu-ray combo. The Blu-ray will include footage from eill’s 2021 Live Tour performance at Zepp Diver City held on August 13, 2021. Preorder specials at specific stores have also been announced, so check the official website for details.
eill will also be touring in Tokyo, Nagoya, and Osaka in 2022 for her BLUE ROSE TOUR.
BLUE ROSE TOUR 2022 Teaser Trailer
Rapper Yung sticky wom Releases Digital Single ‘HEART EMOJI (feat. Only U & MANON) [Remix]’
23.December.2021 | MUSIC
On December 15, Yung sticky wom released his newest digital single HEART EMOJI (feat. Only U & MANON) [Remix]. The track is available on streaming services with a music video uploaded to YouTube.
This new track is a remix of Yung sticky wom’s HEART EMOJI, originally released on October 27. Up-and-coming rapper Only U makes an appearance along with iconic performer MANON on this incredibly catchy track.
Music Video for Yaffle’s ‘Grown (feat. sorane & yama)’ from Pokemon 25th Anniversary Album Released
On Pokemon Day, February 27, 2021, the music program P25 Music was launched with ‘P25 Music Presents: Post Malone Virtual Concert Experience.’ In October, ‘Pokemon 25: The Album’ was released featuring top musical artists from around the world celebrating the anniversary of the beloved series. Two songs produced by Yaffle, who represented Japan in the project, were released as digital singles in November.
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. Now, the music video for Grown has been released.
Pokémon 25: Yaffle – Grown (feat. sorane & yama)
The music video also includes sorane and yama, with sorane existing in the real world and yama in a fictional one. The concept for the video was to connect with the time of Pokemon’s original release in 1996.
The video itself was shot with a drone, and those who pay attention can see a number of homages to Pokemon all over. Childhood photos were provided by sorane, giving a personal touch.
Comment from sorane
The first Pokemon game I ever played was Pokemon Diamond, so this song really moved me. There are so many Easter eggs in this song, including the names of Pokemon’s moves–listen carefully to catch them all! My own love for Pokemon and the harmonies with yama’s voice come together to make something really powerful. The music video features drone shots indoors, family scenes from the 1990s, and Pokemon items scattered all over. Please enjoy!
Comment from yama
I’ve loved Pokemon since I was a kid, both the anime and the games. It has always been a part of my life. I really love how this video was shot with a drone–I was on the edge of my seat as it flew around me. It’s really cool and powerful, so please enjoy it!
©Nintendo･Creatures･GAME FREAK･TV Tokyo･ShoPro･JR Kikaku ©Pokémon
30 New Pokémon Hand Creams from Lovisia are Now Available
The Lovisia Pokémon Gift Cosmetics Series, which has sold a total of more than 1.4 million units, launched a new product, Pokémon Hand Cream and now available for sale at the Lovisia Online Shop, some of the Pokémon Centers, and variety stores nationwide.
The new “Pokémon Hand Cream” features the largest-ever number of 30 Pokémon in a variety of designs with four types of moisturizing ingredients that make it perfect for the coming season.
The Pokémon hand creams have been introduced as Pokémon gift cosmetics since 2018, with a maximum of six different Pokémon each year, but there were many requests for other Pokémon hand creams, so for the 2021 edition, 30 different Pokémon hand creams were produced. The lineup includes Pikachu and Kabigon, which have been part of the series for a long time, as well as new Pokémon that are appearing in the series for the first time, making it a perfect gift for yourself or your friends.
The colors have been reformulated from the previous trend-conscious design colors. The background colors are designed to represent each Pokémon’s type.
The Pokémon hand cream is formulated with Vaseline, shea butter, ceramide, and argan oil. The hand cream has a refreshing soap scent and is smooth to use, yet moisturizing. It can be used to care for areas of concern and fingertips to prevent rough and dry skin due to the increased number of hand washing and sanitizing. It will surely help you take care of your hands and fingers while enjoying Pokémon with children!
To celebrate the release of the product, those who purchase more than three can get a special Pokémon Multi Pouch designed by Lovisia while supplies last. Specially designed pouches of Pikachu and Pocchama are perfect for your cosmetic and small items.
Pokémon cosmetics are the must-have hand cream for the coming season!
Pokémon Hand Cream
Price: ￥800 each (Tax included)
Where to buy: Lovisia Online store, Pokémon Centre（Limited stores）, variety stores nationwide.
The Five-piece Band “NovelUNITE” From the Online Video Game “Pokémon Unite” is Born.
Pokémon has released the music video for “Okey dokey!”, a tie-up song between the online battle arena video game Pokémon Unite and the mysterious new five-piece band NovelUNITE.
Pokémon Unite is a free-to-play game (optional in-game purchases apply) that is compatible with both Nintendo Switch and smartphones, offering players the opportunity to enjoy Pokémon team strategy battles together regardless of which device they are using.
The members of NovelUNITE, are all wearing costumes inspired by Pokémon from “Pokémon Unite, the guitarist SOJIRO as SLOWBRO, the bassist KEIGO as LUCARIO, the vocalist YUDAI as LIZARDON, the drummer NEGI as GARDEVOIR, the guitarist KAITO as Aloan Ninetales. Please check out their bright and pop song!
©2021 Pokémon. ©1995-2021 Nintendo/Creatures Inc./GAME FREAK inc.
Nintendo Switchのロゴ・Nintendo Switchは任天堂の商標です。
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/