KATE, Illustrator Mai Yoneyama, and Music Artist EVE Release Collaborative Music Video
On March 19, the makeup brand KATE launched the Yoku Collection in limited quantities, featuring a total of six vivid and glittery products. To commemorate the launch, a new song titled YOKU written and performed by singer-songwriter Eve has been released as the collection’s inspiration song! The original music video is now available to watch on Eve’s official YouTube channel.
KATE Yoku Collection – ‘The Power of Makeup’ (30-second version)
KATE Yoku Collection – ‘The Power of Makeup’ (15-second version)
The music video was animated by illustrator Mai Yoneyama, who also provided the package designs for the Yoku collection. “I focused on the colors and effects to show how these products can transform a person’s monochromatic daily life into something more exciting once their desires (yoku) are unleashed,” Yoneyama commented.
The newest collection from KATE is being advertised all over Japan, with the newest music video highjacking the massive TV screen in Shibuya. Original LINE stickers featuring the characters from the video are also available now!
Q. This music video’s storyline focuses on freely expressing your desires and becoming exactly who you want to be. With this in mind, is there anything in particular that you focused on during production?
A. The theme of this collection is ‘desire,’ and I wanted to express this common facet of life through different colors and effects. I was really particular about the composition–I focused on the colors and effects to show how these products can transform a person’s monochromatic daily life into something more exciting once their desires (yoku) are unleashed. I used a lot of slow-motion animation as well, so that people could really see the finer details.
Q. The theme of this collection is ‘desire.’ What’s something you desire lately?
A. I always have a desire to express how I feel in a way that completely satisfies me. Oh, also, I really want to travel.
Q. What’s your favorite product from the new collection? Who would you recommend these new products to?
A. The multi-diamond glitter was really unexpected. I’d never used it before, but it’s exactly what I always hear about cosmetics–once I put it on, I just felt so uplifted! I’d really love to give it to my family and friends who have supported me on this project and loved my work.
Q. This is your second time collaborating with Eve. What’s your impression of his work?
A. I was happy to bounce ideas and thoughts off of him. He wrote the music after seeing the illustrations I made, and I listened to his music while I drew the storyboards. I think the two of us were able to create something incredibly true to the theme and we expressed exactly what we wanted to express. I’ve always loved Eve’s sensibility and I’ve listened to his music for a long time, but this collab let me see a different side to him. He becomes more incredible every single day.
Q. You wrote YOKU to represent the new collection from KATE. What did you focus on while creating the track?
A. I have a tendency to make really powerful songs that turn up the passion to 120%, so I wanted to tone that intensity back this time. I want the listener to feel like they’re floating when they hear it.
Q. How did you come up with the lyrics? What was your inspiration?
A. The title of the song means ‘desire,’ and it made me think about what that really means. In this world with no right answers, I want everyone to develop their own unique style. I want these lyrics to inspire people to follow their own desires without being influenced by the opinions of others. It’s a chance to face yourself and love yourself in your own way.
Q. The theme of this collection is ‘desire.’ What’s something you desire lately?
A. I always want to eat sweets. Lately, all I desire are strawberries.
Q. This is your second time collaborating with Mai Yoneyama. What’s your impression of her work?
A. Yoneyama’s illustrations are incredibly appealing. I love her character’s expressions, the delicate texture of their hair, the strength they exhibit–everything. This video has so many scenes of makeup being applied and close-up shots, all of which pulled me into the music video’s world. I hope everyone enjoys the video and the song together!
KATE Yoku Collection
FEMM Releases Tokyo-Based Cyberpunk Music Video for ‘Crawl Away’
10.August.2022 | MUSIC
The mannequin rap duo FEMM has just returned from an expansive European tour through England, Germany, and France.
The main track from their latest album Tokyo Ex Machina, We Got Each Other, managed to chart for 12 consecutive weeks on the major U.S. radio chart MEDIABASE/Activator Chart, and in September, the two will return to Europe to perform in Spain.
The music video for their song Crawl Away, from their upcoming mini-album THE SIX, has been unveiled. The album will be released on August 17, 202.
Crawl Away (Music Video):
FEMM has always had cyberpunk as a theme for its visuals, and this time, the duo decided to collaborate with UK-based concept artist Max Prentis to kick up the retro-futuristic feel. The video is both set in a faraway time and nostalgic, bringing together 80s melodies and flashy visuals of a distant Tokyo.
As the duo continues their activities in Europe and the United States, their new song THE SIX is being used as the opening song for the MBS/TBS drama Ikinokotta 6-nin ni Yoru to, which has just begun airing.
Release Date: August 17, 2022
Official Site: https://femms.jp/
GARNiDELiA Releases Music Video for Cover Version of REBECCA’s ‘Friends’
09.August.2022 | MUSIC
GARNiDELiA has chosen REBECCA’s legendary track Friends as the ninth song in their ongoing cover series, also releasing a music video.
GARNiDELiA is composed of Maria, the lead vocalist, and toku, the group’s composer. The duo’s J-pop cover song project was started after the pandemic under the title ‘GARNiDELiA Cover Collection,’ and many popular songs have been featured so far, including Gurenge by LiSA, Hakujitsu by King Gnu, Pretender by Official Hige Dandism, Haru Yo Koi by Yumi Matsutoya, and Kaikai Kitan by Eve. Unsurprisingly, the project has pulled in over 5 million views.
Friends – REBECCA (Covered by GARNiDELiA)
MARiA does the styling for her musical activities and serves as a producer. For Friends, the artist focused on highlighting the feel of the 80s, the era when the track was initially released.
Check out the GARNiDELiA Cover Collection for some new and classic titles covered by this talented duo!
GARNiDELiA Official Site: https://www.garnidelia.com/
BiSH Releases Highly-Anticipated Music Video for ‘Sayonara Saraba’
09.August.2022 | MUSIC
On August 6, BiSH, known as a ‘punk rock band without instruments,’ released the music video for their song Sayonara Saraba! The 8th single released across 12 consecutive months will drop on August 31.
Sayonara Saraba – BiSH (Official Music Video)
Sayonara Saraba was created in collaboration with Taka from ONE OK ROCK and MEG from MEGMETAL and features lyrics written by KENTA from WANIMA. This is the first time BiSH has collaborated with an outside producer for a series of releases, and this electrifying rock number shows a different side of the group.
The coupling song, A long way to go, was composed by Taka and MEG from MEGMETAL and written by JxSxK.
The music video was directed by Kento Yamada, who has produced a number of other videos for the group.
The teaser trailer, released previously, shows a stylish video with an eye-catching red and black color scheme.
Sayonara Saraba – BiSH (Teaser)
More information regarding the 9th and 10th consecutive single has been released! The 9th song will be released on September 21, while the 10th will be released on October 26. Be sure to give them both a listen!
Release Date: August 31, 2022
・First Run Limited Edition (Single CD＋Blu-ray＋Live CD＋Photobook)
Price: ¥11,000 (Tax Included)
・DVD Version (Single CD＋DVD)
Price: ¥4,950 (Tax Included)
・CD Version (CD only)
Price: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
BiSH iS OVER! Special Site: https://www.bish.tokyo/BiSH_iS_OVER/
In October 2020, Eve released the track Yakusoku (Promise) in collaboration with the animation studio CloverWorks. Later, a creator submitted a response to an open call on the story website monogatary.com. This story, Iro ga Oyoide, Iki wo shita (The Colors Swam and Breathed), was inspired by the song. This incredible story will now be transformed into a 4-episode radio drama performed by incredible voice actors on Nippon Broadcasting System in August and September.
The 2020 song Yakusoku was included on the Kaikai Kitan/Ao no Waltz EP. The music video was produced in collaboration with the animation studio CloverWorks, and has received over 8 million views. It was the first music video created as part of the WonderWorld project, which aims to share people’s personal stories through music and animation. The project’s theme is “creative expansion without barriers.”
Original Plan: Eve
Original Work: Ito Yoruno’s Iro ga Oyoide, Iki wo shita
Script: Rie Uehara
Gaku no Ne – Eve Radio Drama ~Iro ga Oyoide, Iki wo shita~
Dates: August 1, 15, 22, September 5 / 19:20-19:40 (4 episodes total)
Channel: Nippon Broadcasting System (Kanto Local Station *Available on radiko)
Main Cast: Nobunaga Shimazaki / Soma Saito
Official Website: https://eveofficial.com/
Idol Group FRUITS ZIPPER Releases 4th Single ‘RADIO GALAXY,’ Music Video Revealed
29.July.2022 | MUSIC
FRUITS ZIPPER, a new idol group from ASOBISYSTEM, has a simple concept: “From Harajuku to the World.” Ready to transmit what they call ‘NEW KAWAII’ from Harajuku, an area known for fashion and individuality, to their soon-to-be global fanbase, the group consists of seven members: Amane Tsukiashi, Suzuka Chinzei, Yui Sakurai, Luna Nakagawa, Mana Manaka, Karen Matsumoto, and Noel Hayase.
This spring, the group released the song Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro, which exploded in popularity on TikTok racking up over 200 million plays. The song also ranked on the TikTok HOT SONGS list and ranked at #1 on Spotify’s viral chart. Fans requested a music video, and after its release, it pulled in over 1.1 million views in one month.
The group’s long-awaited new single RADIO GALAXY was released on July 29, 2022.
This is FRUITS ZIPPER’s 4th single, created in collaboration with trackmaker, singer, and producer YUC’e, who has provided songs for numerous artists and idols in the past.
YUC’e is known for her dance music inlaid with ‘KAWAII’ elements, and the artist has become incredibly popular both in Japan and abroad. It’s no surprise that she chose to work with the adorable members of FRUITS ZIPPER, who are aiming to bring Harajuku culture to fans around the world.
A music video for RADIO GALAXY was posted to YouTube ahead of the song’s streaming release.
FRUITS ZIPPER’s artist photos were created by YUKARI, a video director, art director, and 3DCG artist from the digital creative company OFBYFOR TOKYO.
RADIO GALAXY – FRUITS ZIPPER (Music Video)
A special campaign to celebrate the release of the new song is ongoing on a number of music streaming sites. In addition, FRUITS ZIPPER will hold their first solo concert at Ebisu LIQUIDROOM on September 12.
For a long time, RADIO GALAXY was only known to fans in the in-crowd who saw it performed at FRUITS ZIPPER live shows. Now, everyone can dance along!
RADIO GALAXY (4th Digital Single)
Streaming Links: https://ssm.lnk.to/RADIOGALAXY
Kimino Akaruimiraiwo Oikakete (1st Single)
Streaming Links: https://ssm.lnk.to/KAO_FZ
Watashino Ichiban Kawaiitokoro (2nd Single)
Streaming Links: https://ssm.lnk.to/WnIK
Kanpeki Shugide☆ (3rd Digital Single)
Streaming Links: https://ssm.lnk.to/KS_FZ
FRUITS ZIPPER is a new idol group created through KAWAII LAB, ASOBISYSTEM’s project to introduce idol culture to the world. The group’s concept is ‘from Harajuku to the world.’ FRUITS ZIPPER will transmit what they call ‘NEW KAWAII’ from Harajuku, an area known for fashion and individuality, to their soon-to-be global fanbase.
FRUITS ZIPPER Solo Live ‘Natsuyasumi ZIPPER~!’
Venue: Yokohama 1000 CLUB
Time: Doors open at 18:00, Show starts at 19:00
FRUITS ZIPPER 1st Solo Concert (Title to be announced)
Date: September 12, 2022
Venue: Ebisu LIQUIDROOM
Time: To be announced
Tickets: Sales dates to be announced
i☆Ris Releases Music Video for ‘Kakegurui Twin’ Anime Series Ending Theme ‘Queens Bluff’
22.July.2022 | MUSIC
Hybrid voice actress-idol group i☆Ris is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2022. The group released its new track, Queens Bluff, on July 20, and the music video for the song is now available on YouTube!
Queens Bluff is being used as the ending song for the anime series Kakegurui Twin, which will air on Netflix globally starting August 4, 2022.
Queens Bluff Music Video (Full Version)
The music video teaser trailer was released on June 5, and the song was first performed during the final performance of i☆Ris’s national tour on July 7. The member’s speedy dance moves and style quickly caught on on social media, and the song has been called the most ‘seductive’ track in the group’s discography.
Since debuting in 2012, i☆Ris has been active in the voice acting scene, with the members starring in the PriPara series. They have also starred in stage performances and films, while also carrying out solo activities.
On November 7, i☆Ris will hold their 10th anniversary concert at Tokyo International Forum Hall A. In addition, they will also release their first best-of album to celebrate this huge milestone. To express their gratitude to their fanbase, the best album will also include a new track written by the members. This song will be performed for the first time at the 10th anniversary concert.
Be sure to keep an eye out for more from i☆Ris on the group’s 10th anniversary!
Release Date: August 3, 2022
Streaming Links: https://avex.lnk.to/iRis_22nd_QB_preDIGI
i☆Ris – First Best-of Album
Release Date: November 7, 2022
i☆Ris Official Site: https://iris.dive2ent.com/
Japanese Girl Group XG Releases ‘MASCARA’ Choreography Video
08.July.2022 | MUSIC
Japanese hip-hop R&B girls group XG released their second single MASCARA on June 29, 2022. Since then, the group has appeared on a series of popular Korean music shows such as Mnet’s MCOUNTDOWN, KBS 2TV’s MUSIC BANK, and MBC’s Show! Music Core. On July 4, XG revealed a special choreography video for the track on YouTube.
MASCARA – XG (Choreography Video)
Fans of the group have been posting dancing videos on TikTok and YouTube since the song was released, and many posts describe the choreography during the chorus as the ‘shuriken dance.’ The choreography video shows off the member’s slick moves and fashion, and we doubt you’ll be able to watch it just once.
The original MASCARA music video surpassed 4 million views within four days of its release. Additional videos on the girl’s YouTube channel continue to rank in the YouTube Fastest Rising Ranking for music simultaneously. The group is seeing a massive influx of followers on social media and their momentum seems unstoppable!
XG also appeared on the Korean music program THE SHOW on SBS on July 5. Expectations are high going forward, so keep an eye on XG!
FEMM Releases Music Video for ‘Falling For A Lullaby,’ Announces European Tour Dates
07.July.2022 | MUSIC
Japanese electronic dance duo FEMM continues to impress. While still relatively unknown in Japan, the main track from their latest album Tokyo Ex Machina, We Got Each Other, managed to chart for 12 consecutive weeks on the major U.S. radio chart MEDIABASE/Activator Chart, rising as high as #48 as of June 22, 2022.
The song Fxxk Boyz Get Money, ranked in the Top 10 on Billboard’s World Albums chart and was also selected as the Best Indies Album at HMV in the U.K. The girls have continued to become popular in the U.S. in Europe.
The pandemic forced the duo to cancel all festival appearances in the U.S. and Europe. Their recent album Tokyo Ex Machina took over five years to complete.
The music video for Falling For A Lullaby is finally here featuring Jenna Andrews, who previously worked with BTS on the video for Butter. Inspired by the current cyberpunk craze, this song is worth a few dozen listens at a minimum.
Falling For A Lullaby（Music Video）
In terms of visuals, FEMM has received high acclaim from Western media outlets such as Vice, Noisey, and DAZED. The new video was made along with BRDG, a close friend with many fans around the world, and YAMACHANG, one of the best laser artists in Japan. The work stands out for its incredible use of light and color.
Starting in July, the duo will embark on a European tour. The dates are listed below, so if you live in the UK, France, or Germany, don’t miss this stellar show!
Tokyo Ex Machina
Streaming Links: https://avex.lnk.to/TokyoExMachina
FEMM- Isation UK/EU Tour 2022
July 14 – Dusseldorf, Germany – Kultur Banausen
July 16 – Paris, France – Badaboum
July 19 – Manchester, UK – Night & Day Cafe
July 20 – Huddersfield, UK – The Parish
July 21 – London, UK – Boston Music Room
July 22 – London, UK – Hyper Japan
Official Website: femms.jp/
QUEENDOM Releases Music Video for Ya Boy Kongming! Opening Theme
QUEENDOM has unveiled the music video for Chikichiki Banban, the catchy opening theme for the anime series Ya Boy Kongming!
QUEENDOM is a special music unit composed of hibiki and moca from lol, Akina and Taki from FAKY, and Maria Kaneya from GENIC. Chikichiki Banban has been a smash hit, and the anime series Ya Boy Kongming becoming a hot topic over the past few months.
The anime’s opening movie featuring the song has already surpassed 10 million views on YouTube, and many fans have posted videos of themselves singing and dancing along.
Chikichiki Banban – QUEENDOM MV (Opening Theme for Ya Boy Kongming!)
Many comments on YouTube and social networking sites began popping up begging QUEENDOM for a full music video, and the long-awaited release is incredibly impactful, with a loud party-like worldview that will make you want to dance.
The Special Anime MV was released prior to the QUEENDOM music video and uses footage from the series, so fans should give it a watch!
Chikichiki Banban – QUEENDOM (Special Anime MV)
Have you been watching one of the grooviest anime series of the season?
MARiA from GARNiDELiA and luz Release Duet Track, Music Video
20.June.2022 | MUSIC
GARNiDELiA vocalist MARiA released the music video for Cafe Latte no Uta, her duet track with luz, on June 15, 2022.
The track will be included in the singer’s second solo album Memories, which will go on sale on June 22 and is now available on streaming services. Cafe Latte no Uta was composed by PENGUIN RESERACH’s kemu with lyrics written by both Horie and luz.
Cafe Latte no Uta feat. luz
A release event has also been announced, scheduled to take place on June 22 at Tower Records Shibuya. The singer will hold a solo concert at Toyosu PIT on July 3. In exciting news, MARiA will be performing in an upcoming stage play, Quantum, which will be performed in Tokyo and Osaka for 23 total shows.
Although still very active in her work with GARNiDELiA, MARiA has been breaking new ground in her solo work, collaborating with a number of artists and creators. Keep an eye on what she does in the future!
Comment from MARiA
“I had a meeting with luz and kemu, and when we started chatting, we decided that since our voices are more adult, it would be perfect if we made a more sexy song.
All three of us have lived our lives as part of internet culture, so this song really shows off our history with all of its strengths!
This is a song best listened to with headphones on–we really used our breath a lot, especially in the gaps between the music.
Be sure to enjoy the perfect harmony between me and luz!”
Release Date: June 22, 2022
Limited Edition (CD＋Blu-ray): ¥4,950 (Tax Included)
Standard Edition (CD Only): ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
GARNiDELiA Official Site: https://www.garnidelia.com/
Eve Releases Music Video for ‘Bouto,’ Produced by Studio Khara, to Commemorate Tour Finale and Birthday
26.May.2022 | MUSIC
To celebrate Eve’s birthday and the end of his current tour, the artist has revealed the music video for Bouto! Produced by Studio Khara, the video was released as a surprise on Eve’s official YouTube channel.
Bouto Music Video
Bouto was included on Eve’s newest album Kaizin, released in March 2022. The track was also included in the musical film Adam by Eve: A Live in Animation. Eve’s current tour has been absolutely huge as the artist celebrates performing again since the world was altered due to the pandemic. The music video was animated by Khara, known by anime fans as the studio behind Evangelion. Don’t miss this incredible combo of music and art!
Netflix’s Bubble Anime Film Soundtrack to Release in May, Includes Ending Theme by Riria.
The soundtrack for the anime film Bubble will be released on May 11, 2022, both in a physical version and on streaming services! The film is scheduled to open in theaters across Japan on May 13 and will be streaming globally on Netflix on April 28, 2022. The entire soundtrack is produced by beloved composer Hiroyuki Sawano.
Wit Studio is in charge of Bubble’s animation. Tetsurou Araki (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) is the film’s director while Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica) is the scriptwriter. Artist Takeshi Obata (Death Note) serves as the film’s original character designer and Satoshi Kadowaki (Attack on Titan) handles the chief animation direction. Singer-songwriter Riria will voice the film’s main heroine, Uta. She joins Jun Shison as Hibiki, Mamoru Miyano as Shin, Yuuki Kaji as Kai, Tasuku Hatanaka as Denki Ninja Leader, Sayaka Senbongi as Usagi, Marina Inoue as Undertaker Leader, and Alice Hirose as Makoto.
Popular among Gen-Z, Riria wrote the ending theme Jaa ne, Mata Ne (See You, Catch You Later), which will be included on the soundtrack. Be sure to watch the film when it appears on Netflix next week!
Bubble Original Soundtrack
Release Date: May 11, 2022
In theaters nationwide on May 13, 2022
On Netflix worldwide on April 28, 2022
Official Site: https://wwws.warnerbros.co.jp/bubble-moviejp/