RADWIMPS Track ‘Futarigoto’ Covered by Ryotaro Akazawa for CrosSing Cover Project

17.June.2022 | MUSIC

In March 2022, the cover song project CrosSing was launched. Amassing instant popularity, tracks featured as part of the project have pulled in millions of views, and includes covers by popular voice actors Maaya Uchida, Kana Hanazawa, Akari Kito, and towana, the vocalist of popular ani-song unit fhána. 

 

On June 15, Ryotaro Akazawa appeared to perform his rendition of the popular RADWIMPS song Futarigoto. The actor called the song one of his most memorable, noting that it was one of the themes of his youth. Below, you can see the actor singing his heart out!

 

Futarigoto – Ryotaro Akazawa (Recording)

 

An interview with Ryotaro Akazawa in which the actor discusses his thoughts on the song will be released on June 17 at 20:00.

 

CrosSing has also announced two special campaigns! The first is a follow and Retweet campaign: two people following the official CrosSing Twitter and TikTok who retweet the appropriate Tweet will win autographs. A LINE MUSIC Playback campaign is also underway, and those playing the song over 300 times in the first two weeks will receive a special autographed image. See the CrosSing Twitter page for more details.

 

With the start of the second season, CrosSing is leveling up! Tune in to see who will be performing next.

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  • CrosSing Cover Song Project Announces Season 2 Featuring Ayana Taketatsu, Masayoshi Oishi

    10.June.2022 | MUSIC

    In March 2022, the cover song project CrosSing was launched. Amassing instant popularity, tracks featured as part of the project have pulled in millions of views. In addition to popular voice actors Maaya Uchida, Kana Hanazawa, and Akari Kito, the project also included towana, vocalist of popular ani-song unit fhána. 

     

    The cast of the second season of the project has been unveiled. Along with popular voice actors Ayana Taketatsu, Aguri Onishi, and Yu Hayashi, stage actor Ryotaro Akazawa and VTuber Leona Shishigami will also try singing their hearts out!

     

    2nd Season Introduction

    All of the songs featured in the project are tracks that personally mean something to the cast. Fans are invited to Tweet their predictions about which songs each cast member will sing with the hashtag #CrosSing! Subscribe to the YouTube channel and follow CrosSing on Twitter and TikTok to find out more information.

  • RADWIMPS Releases Music Video ‘The Last 10 Years’ Theme Song, ‘Uruubito’

    23.March.2022 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    The Last 10 Days opened in Japanese theaters on March 4 and has taken the country by storm over the last two weeks, becoming the #1 film on its opening day and pulling over ¥300 million in its first three days. Now, the music video for the film’s theme song, Uruubito, has just been unveiled!

     

    This music video was directed by Michihito Fujii, who also directed the film. Fujii also reunited the actual film crew. Kentaro Sakaguchi, who starred in the film with Nana Komatsu, also appears in the music video. The video was inspired by the film, and shows Kazuto and Matsuri retracing their memories from Kazuto’s perspective. 

     

    The gorgeous music video almost feels like a sequel to the film, blending footage of RADWIMPS frontman Yojiro Noda with Kazuto’s beloved memories of the past 10 years. The video also features unused footage from the film and stills by cinematographer Keisuke Imamura!

     

    Uruubito – RADWIMPS (Music Video)

     

    Comment from Kentaro Sakaguchi

    “When I first heard the song Uruubito, I felt the urge live my life well–to become a person worthy of Mari. The song inspired me to focus more on Kazuto’s feelings, so being able to participate in the music video felt like a fitting way to end this project…I don’t know if that’s the best way to put it, but that’s how it felt.

     

    I was happy to see a different ending for Kazuto. Tracing his memories with Matsuri made it feel like she was with him again. On the first day of shooting, the director played Uruubito in front of the original author, Kosaka Ruka’s grave. I felt her say “thank you for letting me be next to you,” and it proved to me that she still lives in the story. I almost couldn’t hold my feelings back when I saw RADWIMPS actually playing the song. I was so happy that we could all come together again to make this video.

     

    I hope that both those who haven’t seen the film and those who have can come together and enjoy this song together. Remember Matsuri’s story.”

     

    Comment from Michihito Fujii

    “When Noda-san asked if I would shoot the music video of Uruubito, I was so thrilled. I don’t think there was any part of Kazuto’s life that couldn’t be portrayed in the movie, but I thought this video would be a way to show his life after the events of the film. 

     

    The staff consisted of the same team that worked on the film, and the scenes of Noda-san’s performance were shot on 16mm film. The road that you see Kazuto walking on was filmed at the same location that appeared in the film. We were aware of the many overlapping locales, like the hill where they watch the sunset, the bridge where they watch fireworks, and Kazuto’s room. The art director rebuilt Kazuto’s room exactly how it was–it was taken down after filming ended six months ago. 

     

    Noda-san visited the ocean, the mountains, Kazuto’s apartment–all of the places that meant something to Matsuri and Kazuto.

     

    I was impressed by the respect he showed to every aspect of the work, including his desire to visit the grave of Kosaka Ruka, the author of the original work.

     

    I hope that those who have seen the movie once will see this music video and want to see the movie again. Even if you haven’t seen the movie, I would be happy if this video inspires you to learn more about Kazuto’s story.”

     

    Comment from Yojiro Noda (RADWIMPS)

    “When the idea of shooting a music video for Uruubito came up, I asked Fujii-san to shoot it. In my mind, it wouldn’t be right to have the film’s story and the music video’s story told by two different people. 

     

    For the filming, we wanted Sakaguchi-san to participate along with the actual film crew. It was a strangely uplifting experience, as if I were being transported into the film’s world. When I went to the rooftop of the apartment where Kazuto lives and to his room, I was so excited as a fan of the movie that I took a ton of pictures. There are so many incredible scenes shot in his apartment.

     

    Just before the shooting date, the director asked for additional shooting in Mishima, and I had the opportunity to visit the hometown of Kosaka-san, the original author of the film. I was so thankful to be able to visit her grave and greet her family members between shoots.

     

    I’m sure that I will watch this music video countless times, and each time I watch it, I will remember the movie 10 Years to Live, Matsuri and Kazuto, and Kosaka-san. I hope that I can share my strength with all of you going forward and that this work will become a part of your daily life.” 

     

    ©2022映画「余命10年」製作委員会

  • ‘The Last 10 Years’ Soundtrack by RADWIMPS Now Streaming

    09.March.2022 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    The soundtrack for the upcoming film The Last 10 Years is now streaming. Both the film and soundtrack were released on March 4, and fans of RADWIMPS can now enjoy all 29 powerful tracks on iTunes, Spotify, and other major music sites.

     

    The Last 10 Years is an adaptation of Kosaka Ruka’s novel of the same name. The members of RADWIMPS have expressed pure joy over being invited to provide the musical accompaniment for the film. 

     

    Yojiro Noda worked on the film’s soundtrack after reading the script. Nana Komatsu, who plays Matsuri, commented on the soundtrack. “I listened to it every day on the road, and it really gave me a sense of power.” Kentaro Sakaguchi, who plays Kazuro, said that the lyrics of the film’s theme song Uruubito was written from a uniquely Japanese perspective. The band’s music had a profound influence on the director and cast.

     

    “Without a doubt, being involved in this work has changed my life forever,” said Noda. “I hope that the lives of the viewers will change as well.”

     

    ©2022映画「余命10年」製作委員会

     

  • Special Trailer for Film ‘The Last 10 Years’ Highlights Music by RADWIMPS

    02.March.2022 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    Popular rock band RADWIMPS wrote both the theme song and all music featured in the upcoming film ‘The Last 10 Years.’ The film and soundtrack will be released on March 4, 2022.

     

    ‘The Last 10 Years’ is an adaptation of Kosaka Ruka’s novel of the same name. It tells the story of Matsuri, a 20-year-old woman who learns that she only has 10 years to live due to an incurable disease. She makes the decision not to fall in love until she meets Kazuto, a man who has lost the will to live. Matsuri is portrayed by Komatsu Nana, while Kazuto is played by Sakaguchi Kentaro. The soundtrack will include 29 original songs written by RADWIMPS for the film along with Uruubito, the theme song. Yojiro Noda, the lead singer of the band, met film director Michihito Fujii on the set of Million Yen Women. Noda played a lead role in the drama series, and the two became fast friends, wanting to collaborate musically. 

     

    Nana Komatsu, who plays Matsuri, commented on the soundtrack. “I listened to it every day on the road, and it really gave me a sense of power.” Kentaro Sakaguchi, who plays Kazuro, said that the lyrics of the film’s theme song Uruubito was written from a uniquely Japanese perspective. The band’s music had a profound influence on the director and cast.

     

    ‘The Last 10 Years’ Special Trailer (Music by RADWIMPS)

     

    RADWIMPS approached the soundtrack’s creation with incredible enthusiasm. “Without a doubt, being involved in this work has changed my life forever,” said Noda. “I hope that the lives of the viewers will change as well.”

     

    Be sure to listen to the film’s soundtrack on streaming services on March 4!

     

    ©2022映画「余命10年」製作委員会

  • RADWIMPS to Release Soundtrack for ‘The Last 10 Years’ Film

    01.February.2022 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    The soundtrack for the upcoming film The Last 10 Years will be released on March 4, the same day the movie will open in theaters across Japan. Popular rock band RADWIMPS wrote both the theme song and all music featured in the film. 

     

    The soundtrack will include 29 original songs written by RADWIMPS for the film along with Uruubito, the theme song. Yojiro Noda, the lead singer of the band, met film director Michihito Fujii on the set of Million Yen Women. Noda played a lead role in the drama series, and the two became fast friends, wanting to collaborate musically. This is the first time that RADWIMPS has composed music for a live-action film. The group previously wrote the music for the animated films Weathering with You and Your Name.

     

    Yojiro Noda worked on the film’s soundtrack after reading the script. “Mr. Noda said that his biggest fear was ruining the delicate emotions surrounding Matsuri and Kazuto’s lives with his music,” Fujii said. “Even though we were recording with a full orchestra, he tried over and over to make sure that the dialogue didn’t clash with the music.”

     

    The Last 10 Years Trailer

     

    ‘The Last 10 Years’ is an adaptation of Kosaka Ruka’s novel of the same name. It tells the story of Matsuri, a 20-year-old woman who learns that she only has 10 years to live due to an incurable disease. She makes the decision not to fall in love until she meets Kazuto, a man who has lost the will to live. Matsuri is portrayed by Komatsu Nana, while Kazuto is played by Sakaguchi Kentaro. 

     

    ©2022映画「余命10年」製作委員会

  • RADWIMPS to Provide Theme Song for ‘The Last 10 Years’ Film

    22.December.2021 | MOVIE / MUSIC

    The theme song for the film ‘The Last 10 Years’ will be performed by RADWIMPS. The track is titled Uruubito, and fans can look forward to hearing the heartwrenching song in the movie when it releases on March 4, 2022.

    Vocalist and guitarist Noda Yojiro worked on the theme song as well as the film’s soundtrack after reading the script. This will be the third time RADWIMPS will be in charge of the entire soundtrack of a film, previously working on ‘Kimi no Na wa.’ and ‘Tenko no Ko.’

     

    ‘The Last 10 Years’ Trailer

     

    Comment from Noda Yojiro (RADWIMPS)

    This is my first time working on a live-action film, and it was a new and challenging experience. As I watched the scenes in the film, I had trouble deciding how I should approach Matsuri and Kazuto and those living around them. 

    I’ve probably watched this film 100 times already, and yet, when all of the arrangements were completed and the orchestra performed the final recording, I was still in tears as I watched it on screen.

    Matsuri’s life is filled with meaning, and I know that viewers will leave with a new view of how best to live their life.

     

    Comment from Fujii Michihito (Director)

    When I read the script for ‘The Last 10 Years,’ the music created by Noda Yojiro flowed so naturally with the story of Matsuri and Kazuto.

    Noda created the music before seeing the film, basing his inspiration on the script itself. Filming proceeded while the cast listened to his music. This work could have only been completed with his guidance. I hope that you’ll experience this incredible film when it releases in theaters next year. 

     

    ‘The Last 10 Years’ is an adaptation of Kosaka Ruka’s novel of the same name. It tells the story of Matsuri, a 20-year-old woman who learns that she only has 10 years to live due to an incurable disease. She makes the decision not to fall in love until she meets Kazuto, a man who has lost the will to live. Matsuri is portrayed by Komatsu Nana, while Kazuto is played by Sakaguchi Kentaro. 

     

    ©2022映画「余命10年」製作委員会

  • Live Report from RADWIMPS ‘FOREVER IN THE DAZE’ Tour

    16.December.2021 | MUSIC

    On November 23, 2021, RADWIMPS released their new album ‘FOREVER DAZE’ on the 16th anniversary of their major-label debut. A new report has been published highlighting the first day of the band’s new tour on December 4 at Pia Arena MM. 

     

    RADWIMPS Official Live Report

    “It went by in the blink of an eye. Thank you so much for coming out. All I can do is say ‘thank you.’ There is so much more I’d love to say, but when I see all of your faces like this, all I can manage to get out is ‘thank you.’ Meeting each and every one of you makes this all more real. I’ve been waiting to be able to do this for such a long time. Thank you.” 

     

    This is how vocalist Yojiro Noda thanked the audience with all his heart and soul at the end of the show. The first day of the ‘FOREVER IN THE DAZE TOUR 2021-2022’ was a joyous occasion after nearly two years of the pandemic, with fans gathering to praise the band’s first new album in three years ‘FOREVER DAZE.’ 

     

    Day one took place on December 4 at Pia Arena MM in Kanagawa. In addition to RADWIMPS members, drummers Mizuki Mori and Masafumi Eno, as well as guitarists Taiking (Suchmos) and Mizuki Masuda (miida) joined the band for this tour only. Since the tour has just started, I won’t spoil the set list and production, but the ensemble brought some incredible energy to the stage. RADWIMPS seemed to take on new life with each and every song performed, and the audience was slowly and steadily inspired by both Noda’s incredible vocals and the powerful instrumentals. As Noda said in a comment regarding the new album, “No matter how hard things get, I can always make music.” 

     

    How will the new songs found on FOREVER DAZE fit in with the band’s classic tracks? The performance features graphics from visual artist Kento Yamada that will wow audiences more than they could ever anticipate. The curtain has risen on this new RADWIMPS. Get ready to see them in a whole new light. 

    (text: Shoichi Miyake)

     

    The ‘FOREVER IN THE DAZE TOUR 2021-2022’ is coming to six locations across Japan for twelve shows total. For more information, check out the official website!

     

  • RADWIMPS Release Music Video for ‘SHIWAKUCHA feat. Awich’ From New Album

    01.December.2021 | MUSIC

    Rock band RADWIMPS released their new album FOREVER DAZE on November 23, the 16th anniversary of their major debut. The group has released the official music video for SHIWAKUCHA, a track featuring guest performer Awich. Directed by up-and-coming filmmaker Spikey John, the video harnesses the song’s message through stillness, passion, and drama. Pay special attention to the lighting!

     

     

    SHIWAKUCHA feat. Awich – RADWIMPS (Official Music Video)

     

    Two guitarists make surprise appearances in the video: TAIKING (Suchmos) and Mizuki Masuda (miida) will also join RADWIMPS on their FOREVER IN THE DAZE TOUR 2021-2022 starting December 4. 

     

    For more information on the new album and tour, check out the band’s official website!

  • RADWIMPS Release Music Video for ‘TWILIGHT’ From Band’s New Album

    25.November.2021 | MUSIC

    FOREVER DAZE, the new album from the hugely popular band RADWIMPS, is right around the corner, set to release on November 23. The group’s track TWILIGHT was used to commemorate the 1,000th episode of the One Piece anime series and the 100th volume of the manga series, and the music video for the song has just been released. 

     

    TWILIGHT – RADWIMPS Music Video 

     

    RADWIMPS FOREVER DAZE Trailer

     

    The group has explained that FOREVER DAZE is filled with musical challenges and unique collaborations. RADWIMPS will start a new six-city 12-show Japan tour in January 2022. 

     

  • RADWIMPS Release Full Music Video for MAKAFUKA

    13.November.2021 | MUSIC

    Used as the theme song for the mobile RPG Gran Saga, RADWIMPS’ new song MAKAFUKA now has a full music video! The track will be included in the band’s new album FOREVER DAZE, scheduled to release on November 23, 2021. The song is now available on streaming sites and can be pre-ordered on iTunes. Fans are also able to pre-add the full album to their libraries. 

     

    RADWIMPS MAKAFUKA Music Video

     

    To celebrate the new song, an SNS song sharing campaign has begun! Fans are encouraged to share the song from Amazon Music, Apple Music, Spotify, or YouTube Music with the hashtag #MAKAFUKA on Twitter or Instagram Stories. By taking a screenshot of their post and uploading it to the special entry page, listeners will snag a FOREVER DAZE wallpaper and background image perfect for a Zoom meeting. Those listening on Spotify will see a snippet of the MAKAFUKA music video in the background which can also be included in an Instagram Story.

     

    The band’s FOREVER IN THE DAZE TOUR 2021-2022 is underway, taking the band to six locations across Japan to play twelve shows.

  • RADWIMPS Provide Theme Song for Mobile RPG Gran Saga, Short Anime Released

    30.October.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The Korean mobile RPG is coming to Japan next month, and to celebrate, a special anime promo featuring the title’s theme song has been released. The track’s title is MAKAFUKA, and it was performed by the globally-popular band RADWIMPS. The animation was provided by anime studio CloverWorks, best known for their work on titles like Wonder Egg Priority, Promised Neverland, and Horimiya. During an interview with the band about the new song, plenty of details were revealed about the creation of the track and the secret story it depicts. 

     

    Interview with Yojiro Noda of RADWIMPS

     

     

    Comment from Yojiro Noda (Taken from the above interview) 

    “When I first heard about the project, I was impressed by the enthusiasm of the Gran Saga team. They said they wanted to make something new and exciting, and they were set on having RADWIMPS provide the music. The band and I, we’re people who always like to set out on new journeys. Immediately after meeting them, we were more than happy to join the project. The real world is so chaotic right now, and the characters in this game are also struggling with their own situations. It was easy to pull from reality to infuse the music with these complex feelings. 

     

    By listening to this track, I hope that people will feel emotions they haven’t felt before when they’ve listened to our music. This collaboration might open you up to new sensations. Listen to the track as much as you can, and have fun playing the game.” 

     

    A 30-second version of the collaborative anime was recently released on the official RADWIMPS YouTube page. 

     

    The music video for MAKAFUKA was produced by Genki Kawamura, known for his work on Your Name and Weathering With You. Set in a parallel version of Tokyo, the video is interspersed with gameplay footage of Gran Saga shown on the character’s smartphones. 

     

    Gran Saga x RADWIMPS Special Animation ‘Profound Mystery’

     

    MAKAFUKA will be included on RADWIMPS’ new album ‘FOREVER DAZE,’ releasing on November 23, 2021. The track will be available to stream on November 5. 

  • RADWIMPS Announce New Album Title, FOREVER DAZE

    18.October.2021 | MUSIC

    Rock band RADWIMPS is celebrating the 15th anniversary of their major-label debut, and the details of their upcoming album have been released! FOREVER DAZE, releasing on November 23, 2021, was created and produced during the COVID-19 pandemic. The album will be filled with a number of collaborations and experimental tracks, as the group continues to take on new musical challenges. 

     

    The band’s first original album in three years will contain 14 tracks including Natsu no Sei, Iron Feather, and TWILIGHT, revealed earlier this year as the commemorative track for the 1000th episode of One Piece. Other included tracks include SUMMER DAZE 2021, Utakata-Uta, and an orchestral version of Nekojarashi

     

    The cover art for FOREVER DAZE has also been revealed and was created in an extremely unique way. Contemporary/AI artist Yuma Kishi utilized a database of portraits featuring 15-year-old boys and girls from a variety of backgrounds to generate an obscured AI-generated image of an individual transcending race and gender. The finished product symbolizes the current state of RADWIMPS, as they continue to evolve and change, never comfortable with just one sound or theme. 

     

    Grand Escape Official Live Video from the 15th Anniversary Special Concert

     

    The band’s performance at Yokohama Arena will be included in the 15th Anniversary Box and will be available on either DVD or Blu-ray. 

     

     

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