SPY×FAMILY Reveals Second Cour Opening Theme by BUMP OF CHICKEN
BUMP OF CHICKEN’s new song SOUVENIR has been chosen as the opening song for the second cour of the SPY×FAMILY anime series! New episodes will begin airing on TV Tokyo and other stations starting October 1.
Tatsuya Endo’s original manga has been serialized in Shonen Jump+ since March 2019 and has won a number of awards, selling over 25 million copies to date. The highly-anticipated second cour of the anime series is only weeks away!
SPY×FAMILY Cour 2 Trailer
The new trailer features the song SOUVENIR by the popular rock band BUMP OF CHICKEN, which will serve as the opening theme. A terrorist plot is about to begin in an attempt to end the war between east and west, and to prevent this, Loid, Sylvia, and other WISE agents are busy tracking down the bad guys. The trailer is packed with both hilarious and series moments, and fans of the characters are in for a treat when the show returns next month.
The song SOUVENIR will begin streaming on September 29. The jacket design for the release was created by VERDY, who has been working with the band for years. Please keep an eye and an ear out for this welcome addition to the SPYxFAMILY world!
CA4LA Releases SPY x FAMILY Hats Inspired by Loid and Anya
Hat brand CA4LA is taking preorders for two unique hats inspired by Loid and Anya Forger from the popular series SPYxFAMILY! Whether you want Loid’s Trilby or Anya’s Beret, be sure to place your orders before July 27, 2022.
Loid Ver. Trilby
Antique Silver Pin with Organization Motif
Lining with Loid Forger Embroidery
Adjustable Size using Velcro
Anya Ver. Beret
A Stella Star Pin, Merits at Eden Academy
Original Lining with the Eden Academy and CA4LA Logos
Adjustable Size using Velcro
Loid Forger is an undercover spy who acts under the codename Twilight. The hat he often wears in the series has been perfectly reproduced by CA4LA, with a slick design featuring an antique silver pin with the logo of his organization and his name stitched inside the lining.
Anya’s adorable beret is based on her Eden Academy uniform. This hand-stitched hat is available in either child or adult sizes! The Stella Star pin, considered a merit at Eden Academy, accents the side of the hat. The inner lining features a unique pattern perfect for fans!
Enjoy being fashionable while also showing off your love for SPYxFAMILY!
SPYxFAMILY x CA4LA
Preorders Open: June 22 – July 27, 2022
*Items must be reserved.
*Each product is made to order. Products are available while supplies last.
Expected Delivery Date: Early December 2022 or after
*The estimated delivery date may change.
Where to Buy: ShoProMall Selection: https://mall.shopro.co.jp/c/selection
Official Site: https://www.shopro.co.jp/
SPYxFAMILY Pop-Up Store Opens at Matsuya Ginza
The SPYxFAMILY pop-up shop, first held inside Tokyo Station’s Character Street in April, will be coming to Matsuya Ginza from June 29 until July 12, 2022.
Limited edition merchandise will be making a return, each featuring exclusive illustrations that saw huge popularity at the Tokyo Station event. Guests will also be able to purchase eight new items!
The lineup includes a rubber coin case (3 varieties, random), a clear multi-use pouch (3 varieties, random), an acrylic keychain featuring Anya, a Peanuts T-shirt with a new Anya illustration, and a mug. Each item is accented with Anya’s pink hair, adding to the cute factor.
Bonus Cooling Towel
Customers spending ¥3,300 or more at the pop-up shop will receive a bonus sticker. Those spending ¥5,500 can choose between a mug or a cooling towel!
SPYxFAMILY Pop-up Shop
Running: June 29 – July 12, 2022
Venue: Matsuya Ginza 8F Event Square
(Closing at 19:30 on July 3, July 10 / Closing at 17:00 on July 12 / Last entry 30 minutes prior to closing.)
Official Site: https://marimocraft.co.jp/
SPYxFAMILY Inspires First Collaboration at Uniqlo
UNIQLO’s graphic tee brand UT has unveiled a selection of shirts inspired by the popular anime series SPYxFAMILY! Tatsuya Endo’s original manga has been serialized in Shonen Jump+ since March 2019 and has won a number of awards, selling over 18 million copies to date. In April, the anime series premiered to great global fanfare, inspiring the new collaboration.
Popular characters appear on the new t-shirt designs, including everyone’s favorite mind-reader Anya. The pink-haired child appears in a hilarious way–with half of her scheming face hidden by the shirt’s pocket. The handsome spy Twilight and assassin Yor also appear in their own designs, so fans can choose the shirt that shows off their favorite character! One gorgeous design shows the series’ logo with a silhouette of Twilight in the background.
Have you been keeping up with SPYxFAMILY? Who’s your favorite member of the Forger family?
Release Date: June 3, 2022
Products: Men’s T-shirts, 4 designs, ¥1,500 each
Where to Buy: UNIQLO stores nationwide and online
Special Site: https://www.uniqlo.com/jp/ja/special-feature/spy-family
SPYxFAMILY Collaboration Cafe Opens at in Shibuya for a Limited Time
An official SPYxFAMILY cafe will be held at the Chugai Grace Cafe on the seventh floor of the Shibuya MODI building between June 2 and June 19!
Reconciliation Mission Omelet Rice
Anya’s Favorite Nuts Pancake
Aim for Imperial Scholar Parfait
Yor’s Bloody Orange Juice
Yuri’s Hungarian Souvenir Wine-style Drink
Pins (Mini Character ver.)
Acrylic Stand (Mini Character ver.)
Bromide (Set of 2, random)
Handkerchief in Tin Case
Menu Order Bonus/Online Reservation Bonus: Coaster
Goods Purchase Bonus: Postcard
Guests can enjoy menu items based on popular characters, such as Anya’s Favorite Nuts Pancake which is made to look like the adorable pink-haired telepath. Original merchandise featuring mini-versions of the cast in cafe garb will be on sale during this period as well.
Have you been watching the anime adaptation of SPYxFAMILY?
SPYxFAMILY x Chugai Grace Cafe
Running: June 2 – June 19, 2022
Venue: Chugai Grace Cafe (Shibuya MODI 7F)
Reservations Now Open
Official HiGE DANdism to Release Newest EP ‘Mixed Nuts’ in June
Official HiGE DANdism will release the Mixed Nuts EP on June 22, 2022. The album will include a total of four songs, including Mixed Nuts, the opening theme for the current anime series SPY x FAMILY, and Anarchy, the theme song for the film The Confidence Man JP: Episode of the Hero.
The CD+Blu-ray/CD+DVD versions will include nine songs from the Official HiGE DANdism Road to One-Man Tour 2021-2022 held on June 21 at Pia Arena MM in Kanagawa, the band’s first concert in over a year. Depending on where you buy the album, you’ll receive a special bonus, so check out the album’s special site for more details.
The group has also recently concluded their 2021-2022 -Editorial- Tour which began in September 2021 on April 17 in Matsue, Shimane Prefecture. The tour saw a total of 48 performances and 300,000 spectators.
To celebrate the conclusion of the tour, the band will stream the Saitama Super Arena concert held in March! The stream will begin at 20:00 on May 1 and tickets are on sale now, so check the band’s official website for more details.
Mixed Nuts EP
Release Date: June 22, 2022
CD+Blu-ray/CD+DVD Version: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Standard Edition (CD Only): ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Mixed Nuts Special Site: https://mixednuts.ponycanyon.co.jp
Official HiGE DANdism One-Man Tour 2021-2022 -Editorial- at Saitama Super Arena – Online Show
Date: May 1, 20:00
*Archive available until May 8, 23:59
Special Site: https://event.higedan.com/feature/at20_tour2122
Official HiGE DANdism Official Site: http://higedan.com/
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/
BUMP OF CHICKEN to Sell Goods for Postponed Show, Pokemon Collaboration Items
BUMP OF CHICKEN has unveiled tons of new merchandise! The band’s newest concert, ‘BUMP OF CHICKEN LIVE 2022 Silver Jubilee at Makuhari Messe 02/10-22,’ was postponed due to the pandemic, but those who want to snag some commemorative merch can now purchase concert apparel!
In addition, a BUMP OF CHICKEN x Pokemon T-shirt and hoodie will be available. Each comes with a special Blu-ray.
The Pokemon design feature Mew, which appeared in the special BUMP x Pokemon music video ‘GOTCHA!’ in September 2020.
All items were designed by VERDY. Items are available now, but they won’t last long! Check out the band’s official online shop for more details.
BUMP OF CHICKEN Release Extended Music Video for New Song ‘Small World’
On November 5, the new film ‘Sumikko Gurashi the Movie: The Magical Children of the Blue Moonlit Night’ was released in theaters. An extended music video for the movie’s theme song Small World, performed by rock band BUMP OF CHICKEN, has just been uploaded to YouTube.
The music video takes place in the town that the Sumikko Gurashi characters call home, and shows them living their adorable daily lives. ‘The Magical Children of the Blue Moonlit Night’ tells the story of the Sumikko’s strange encounter on a camping trip, where they meet five legendary wizard brothers who appear only during the blue full moon. Small World is a gentle track, perfect for this sweet story.
Small World, Theme Song for ‘Sumikko Gurashi the Movie: The Magical Children of the Blue Moonlit Night’ Long PV
Over 400,000 people have seen ‘Sumikko Gurashi the Movie: The Magical Children of the Blue Moonlit Night’ so far, making it the #1 film in both attendance and box office revenue at last week’s domestic box office. A special meet-and-greet was held at Shinjuku Piccadilly on November 18 to celebrate the film’s success, with director Takahiro Omori and actor Yoshihiko Inohara in attendance. The members of BUMP OF CHICKEN also expressed their love for the Sumikko Gurashi universe.
BUMP OF CHICKEN Official Site:
Sumikko Gurashi Film Theme Song by BUMP OF CHICKEN Now Streaming
The adorable characters of Sumikko Gurashi are back on the big screen! Popular rock band BUMP OF CHICKEN performed the newest film’s theme song titled Small World, and the track is now available to stream worldwide!
The set of cute characters were created by San-X, with the first products released in Japan in 2012. They were inspired by the feeling of comfort a person feels when in the corner of a room, and this is shown in their name, translated as ‘life in the corner.’ The new film, Sumikko Gurashi the Movie: The Magical Children of the Blue Moonlit Night, was released to commemorate the brand’s tenth anniversary. The film will follow the Sumikkos on a camping trip where they meet Wan, Tsuu, Surii, Foh, and Faibu: five legendary wizard brothers who appear during the blue full moon. The new film is directed by Takahiro Omori and features a screenplay written by Reiko Yoshida.
BUMP OF CHICKEN will be streaming a special live show on November 14, titled BUMP OF CHICKEN Studio Live Silver Jubilee. This won’t be archived, so be sure to catch it live on YouTube!
Streaming Links: https://bumpofchicken.lnk.to/smallworld
BUMP OF CHICKEN Studio Live Silver Jubilee
Streaming Date: November 14, 2021 at 20:00~
BUMP OF CHICKEN Official Site: http://www.bumpofchicken.com/
Sumikko Gurashi the Movie: The Magical Children of the Blue Moonlit Night
In Theaters November 5, 2021
Official Site: sumikkogurashi-movie.com
BUMP OF CHICKEN’s New Song ‘Small World’ Named as Theme Song for New Sumikko Gurashi Movie
San-X have announced that the theme song for the ‘Sumikko Gurashi: Aoi Tsukiyo no Mahou no Ko’ nationwide roadshow will be BUMP OF CHICKEN’s ‘Small World.’
Theme Song ver.
“With the Sumikko’s, I feel somewhat at ease.” Those are the negative-but-unique Sumikko Gurashi. Having first been released in 2012, the series is celebrating its upcoming 10th anniversary with the ‘Sumikko Gurashi: Aoi Tsukiyo no Mahou no Ko’ movie. Inohara Yoshihiko and Honjo Manami will be in charge of the narration once more, encouraging and speaking on behalf of the Sumikko as they lovingly watch over the story.
The theme song was agreed upon after the producer, staff, and director Takahiro Omori heard the thoughts of writer Yokomizo Yuri, who is a fan of the group. ‘Small World’ is a beautiful mid-tempo tune with a band sound. The song gently hugs the listener, immersing viewers in the gentle world of Sumikko.
BUMP OF CHICKEN and writer Yokomizo Yuri each released a statement regarding the theme song announcement.
A 30-second preview was also released, previewing ‘Small World’ for the very first time.
Be sure to check out BUMP OF CHICKEN’s soothing theme song for ‘Sumikko Gurashi: Aoi Tsukiyo no Mahou no Ko.’
Comment from BUMP OF CHICKEN
The members were truly moved upon viewing the first movie.
We feel extremely honored to have been chosen to perform the theme song for the sequel.
What will the Sumikko get up to this time?
We’re looking forward to the release date.
Comment from Writer・Yokomizo Yuri
Whenever I was feeling down, BUMP OF CHICKEN’s music would always be there to tell me that I’m okay, that I’m not alone. They have always influenced and encouraged me.
‘Small World’ is especially filled with kindness, staying quietly by your side in the same way that the Sumikko do. I was amazed by how perfectly it matches the characters.
I’m hopeful that with the help of this theme song, the film will find a place in the hearts of each viewer, from children to adults.
One Autumn day, the Sumikko go camping. They gaze into the sky to watch the moon, which seems larger, bluer, brighter than usual.
“A blue moon only occurs once every five years. On that night, a wizard will come to town – and grant your wishes,” tells the legend, which comes true when five magical siblings emerge from the forest to visit the Sumikko town!
In the park, supermarket, and even in the forest,
The town is transformed into a magical party, with spells being cast one after another to paint the town in color.
As the wonderful eve draws to a close, the magicians decide to return to the moon.
But for some reason… Tapioca is..?? Plus, the youngest ‘Five’ seem to have been taken..?
©2021 Japan Sumikko Gurashi Association Film Club
©2021 SAN-X CO., LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.
Special Pokémon Music Video ‘GOTCHA!’ Uses BUMP OF CHICKEN’s Song ‘Acacia’
BUMP OF CHICKEN’s new song Acacia was used for a special new Pokémon music video entitled GOTCHA! which was posted onto the official Pokémon YouTube page along with captioned lyrics in 9 languages.
The music video’s high quality animation was carried out by Bones (My Hero Academia; Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood). It was directed by Rie Matsumoto (Blood Blockade Battlefront) with character designs by Yuki Hayashi (My Hero Academia: Two Heroes).
“I can’t speak English,” explains director Rie Matsumoto. “For me to have a full conversation in English, my native friend always goes to a lot of trouble for me. It’s a situation I’m sorry for. I first met them on a flight, and began speaking to them, but because of the issue I just mentioned, it makes me feel awkward thinking back to it. But they smiled when they saw the Pikachu I had drawn on my phone. Both Pokémon and that trip came together to give me fond memories.”
She continues: “I surmise that the Pokémon series has a long journey to go yet, so I hope this music video serves as a trip down memory lane for people—a stopover of past seasons in the series. I have overwhelming gratitude for the four members of BUMP OF CHICKEN who always put out wonderful music. I hope seeing the acacia flower is now something people will enjoy that they may not have thought to before. Thank you all.”
Check out the full video below.
Pokémon Special Music Video “GOTCHA!”
BUMP OF CHICKEN will release their new physical single Acacia/Gravity on November 4, 2020. In the meantime, fans can now download Acacia from today (September 30).
The single will be released in two versions, both containing both songs. The “Acacia” edition’s CD cover features a snippet taken from the end of the Pokémon music video and comes with a rubber key ring and sticker.
The “Gravity” edition has a beautiful floral design and comes with a DVD featuring 5 tracks taken from BUMP OF CHICKEN’s performance at Zepp Osaka Bayside on their 2019 “aurora ark” tour. The cover art was once again created by designer VERDY and cameraman Yoshiharu Ōta.
©2020 Pokémon. ©1995-2020 Nintendo/Creatures Inc. /GAME FREAK inc.
Pokémon, ポケットモンスター and ポケモン are registered trademarks of Nintendo, Creatures Inc. and GAME FREAK inc.
Acacia/Gravity – Acacia Edition: ¥2,000 (Before Tax) [TFCC-89688]
Gravity/Acacia – Gravity Edition: ¥2,000 (Before Tax) [TFCC-89689]
Anime Film Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare Promotional Video Features BUMP OF CHICKEN’s ‘Gravity’
A new promotional video featuring scenes of the upcoming anime film Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare was released on Toho Animation’s YouTube page and features the main theme song Gravity by BUMP OF CHICKEN.
Gravity is a gentle ballad and BUMP OF CHICKEN’s first new song in almost a year. The band dropped the song and music video on September 10, 2020. The song will feature as the main theme for the anime film Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare which is set for release in Japan on September 18, 2020.
Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare, known as Love Me, Love Me Not in English, is a shojo manga series written and illustrated by Io Sakisaka. Her manga series Strobe Edge was adapted into a TV anime series and live-action film in 2014 while her other series Ao Haru Ride also got its own live-action adaptation in 2015. Both series, which are about youth, were a huge hit amongst teenagers in Japan. Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare is her latest work and has sold over 5 million copies in Japan.
Check out the promotional video for the upcoming anime film adaptation below.
BUMP OF CHICKEN will release a new live DVD and Blu-ray entitled BUMP OF CHICKEN TOUR 2019 aurora ark TOKYO DOME which features the full set of the final date of their ‘aurora ark’ tour held at Tokyo Dome on November 4, 2019. See the band’s performance of Niji o Matsu Hito from the show below.
“Niji o Matsu Hito” from BUMP OF CHICKEN TOUR 2019 aurora ark Zepp Osaka Bayside
© 2020 アニメ映画「思い、思われ、ふり、ふられ」製作委員会 © 咲坂伊緒/集英社
Omoi, Omoware, Furi, Furare
Release Date: September 18, 2020
Official Website: furifura-movie-animation.jp
BUMP OF CHICKEN “BUMP OF CHICKEN TOUR 2019 aurora ark TOKYO DOME”
First Press Limited Edition Blu-ray (2 Discs+CD+Merch): ¥17,000 (Before Tax) [TFXQ-78188]
First Press Limited Edition DVD (3 Discs+CD+Merch): ¥16,000 (Before Tax) [TFBQ-18232]
Regular Edition Blu-ray (1 Disc+CD): ¥8,000 (Before Tax) [TFXQ-78189]
Regular Edition DVD (2 Discs+CD): ¥7,000 (Before Tax)
BUMP OF CHICKEN Official Website: http://www.bumpofchicken.com/