Odd Taxi: Diamond wa Kizutsukanai Stage Play to Stream Opening Performance and Final Show in Tokyo

23.January.2023 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

Fans who can’t attend the upcoming Odd Taxi: Diamond wa Kizutsukanai (Diamonds Will Not Be Damaged) stage play live can stream at home! The opening performance on January 25 and the final Tokyo show on January 31 will be available to stream live with tickets now available.


The play will focus on the formation of the idol group Mystery Kiss.


Yui Oguri (AKB48) will play Rui Nikaido, an adorable and ambitious idol who becomes a star member of the group. Hinatazaka46 member Hiyori Hamagishi will play Sakura Wadagaki, a key person in the play’s overall story. Former E-girls member Nonoka Yamaguchi plays the naturally talented Yuki Mitsuya while former ≠ME member Hitomi Suzuki plays the shy Shiho Ichimura.


Don’t miss out on this unique take on the world of Odd Taxi!


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  • Interview with Yui Oguri Released Ahead of Odd Taxi: Diamond wa Kizutsukanai Stage Play Run

    22.January.2023 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    An interview with Yui Oguri (AKB48) has been released ahead of the start of the upcoming Odd Taxi: Diamond wa Kizutsukanai(Diamonds Will Not Be Damaged) stage play. The show will run in Tokyo from January 25 until January 31 and in Osaka on February 4 and 5. Oguri will play Rui Nikaido, an ambitious idol and member of the group Mystery Kiss. An excerpt from the interview can be read below.

    Q: This stage play is a spin-off of the Odd Taxi series featuring the idol group Mystery Kiss. How did you feel after reading the script?


    “I’ve appeared in several dramas and stage plays, but this is my first time playing an idol! As many people know, I’m an idol in my everyday life, and I thought it would be interesting to play an idol role. I’ve looked forward to this from the start. Reading the script, there are so many things that I can relate to as an idol. Some parts were so realistic–I wondered how the scriptwriter could have known so much about the idol industry! I think that’s what makes this play so interesting. Of course, that doesn’t mean that EVERYTHING is realistic.” (Laugh)



    Q: Your character, Rui Nikaido, passes an idol audition and becomes a member of the idol group Mystery Kiss.

    “At the audition, Nikaido wasn’t intimidated. She was confident and wanted everyone to watch her. When I auditioned for AKB48, I was so nervous and felt so small when compared to the other idols with a similar presence as Nikaido. Playing Nikaido made me wonder what would have happened if I had been more confident back then and it reminded me of my own audition. Auditions bring together all kinds of people–people like Nikaido, girls who aren’t great at dancing, and more. I think the audience will enjoy seeing this play out on stage.”



    Q: What kind of character is Rui? How do you want the audience to perceive her?


    “I think that Rui Nikaido is a girl who knows how to present herself as a proper idol. She has her own way of thinking and is incredibly strong. She’s cool! The way she stands on stage reminds me of how I take myself seriously as an idol. Sadly, what Rui lacks is a charm. For example, when she’s invited to a variety show, she’s bad at being sociable enough and she wonders why she has to do that kind of work. But still, her strong heart and her love of idols make her a really cool character.”



    Q: What would you like to say to those who will be coming to see the show?


    “I appreciate everyone who has been so patient since the stage play was postponed last year. The entire cast and crew worked so hard to create this incredible work. Those in the audience who see me as Rui and not as Yui will enjoy the gap between myself and this character. I also hope that fans of Odd Taxi will see this as something far beyond their expectations. I hope you’re looking forward to the show!”


    On a certain day in 2019, an audition was held in Tokyo to recruit new members for an idol group. The three girls chosen from the many applicants were Rui Nikaido, Shido Ichimura, and Yuki Mitsuya, and these singers came together to form the group Mystery Kiss.
    Each of the girls followed their own dreams and took their lessons seriously in order to have a successful debut.
    However, the producer of the group is incredibly unmotivated, and several disturbing behind-the-scenes info begins popping up on social media.
    Although the three are supposed to be friends with the same goal, the relationship between them gradually begins to fall apart.
    Another girl is watching. Sakura Wadagaki had dreams of becoming an idol but failed her audition. That doesn’t mean she’s ready to give up.

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  • Anime Film Odd Taxi in the Woods Gets Mystery Solving Tour

    21.March.2022 | MOVIE

    The anime series Odd Taxi aired in Spring 2021. Since it aired, people around the world have become completely obsessed with the show’s strange worldview and bizarre characters. On April 1, the film Odd Taxi in the Woods will premiere in Japanese theaters, and a special Mystery Solving Tour will take place from March 19 until April 30, 2022!


    Both Odd Taxi fans and general fans of puzzles will enjoy this event, so be sure to keep an eye out for more information!


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  • Pony Canyon to Put on 11 Events at AnimeJapan 2022 Including Tokyo Revengers and Tokyo Mew Mew Panels

    28.February.2022 | ANIME&GAME

    AnimeJapan 2022 is coming in March and more information about the Pony Canyon booth has been revealed! Airing on March 26 and 27, fans can expect more information about Tokyo Revengers, Tokyo Mew Mew, Odd Taxi, Mato Seihei no Slave, and more. A total of 11 events will be held, and tickets will be available in advance. The event will be broadcast live on YouTube, with Shunichi Toki and Yuya Hirose acting as MCs. 


    Detailed information regarding the timetable and performers is now available on the special website. Anime Japan 2022 is one of the world’s largest anime events and returns this year after being impacted by the pandemic. Which series are you most excited to see?







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  • Odd Taxi to Collaborate with Sauna Town Shimokitazawa, Visual and Merch Info Revealed

    28.February.2022 | ANIME&GAME / SPOT

    Sauna Town Shimokitazawa, a sauna event currently being held at a special vacant lot event space in the popular Tokyo neighborhood of Shimokitazawa, will hold a collaboration event with the Odd Taxi anime series from February 26 until March 19, 2022!


    The visual was inspired by the concept of ‘Odokawa visiting Sauna Town,’ and features an illustration of the man himself wearing a Sauna Town T-shirt and holding bath goods in his hand.


    Odokawa Transport Promo Towel: ¥700 (Tax Included)

    Clear Folder (Odd Taxi x Sauna Town): ¥1,000 (Tax Included)

    3-piece Sticker Set (Odd Taxi x Sauna Town): ¥600 (Tax Included)



    A total of five collab items will be sold at the event space, including a promo towel, clear folder, and sticker set.


    To commemorate the release of the upcoming Odd Taxi in the Woods film on April 1, guests can also purchase special cards to give them a ¥100 discount off one purchase. An Odd Taxi panel will also be set up as the perfect photo spot for fans, so be sure to check it out!


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  • Odd Taxi: In the Woods Gets New Teaser Trailer, Key Visual

    02.February.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Odd Taxi was one of the most popular anime series in 2021, amassing a huge fanbase both in Japan and abroad. The show ended with a shock, and in December 2021, an Odd Taxi film was announced, scheduled to premiere on April 1, 2022. As the date approached, a new visual and trailer for Odd Taxi: In the Woods have been released. 


    The new visual shows protagonist cab driver Odokawa standing in the middle of a crowded street in a different outfit when compared to the anime series. The crowd is full of other popular characters from the show wearing blank expressions. The text reads “the truth is in the bushes.”


    Odd Taxi: In the Woods is set to depict the events of the anime in a film version, serving as a compilation of the events of the series. Alongside this, it will fill in the blanks left at the end of the show, finally bringing closure to a desperate audience.


    Odd Taxi: In the Woods Trailer


    Tickets for the film will go on sale in Japan starting February 4, and bonus incentives include clear files that form the single key visual image when combined. Ticket purchases also come with three virtual backgrounds compatible with Zoom and other conference applications. 


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  • Odd Taxi: The Movie Coming April 2022, Trailer and Visual Released

    30.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE

    Odd Taxi was one of the most popular anime series in 2021, amassing a huge fanbase both in Japan and abroad. The show ended with a shock, and for those hoping to get closure, an Odd Taxi film has been announced! Odd Taxi: In the Woods will premiere in Japan on April 1, 2022, with the main staff and cast returning to the project.


    The anime series was written by manga creator Kadzuya Konomoto with music by PUNPEE VaVa OMSB. The story follows Otokawa, an eccentric 41-year-old taxi driver who has no relatives and does not have much to do with others. He often has conversations with his customers, including a college student who wants to go viral, a nurse hiding a secret, an unsuccessful comedian, a street rough, and an up-and-coming idol. These conversations lead him to a girl who has disappeared.


    The film will be a ‘reconstruction’ of the anime series, but will also show what happens after the television show’s finale. Natsuki Hanae plays the show’s main character Hiroshi Odogawa, with other cast members including Riho Iida, Ryohei Kimura, and Kappei Yamaguchi. Newcomer Baku Kinoshita directed the anime series and will return to direct In the Woods, with OLM (Pokemon) in charge of production. 


    Announcement Trailer


    Comment from Natsuki Hanae (Hiroshi Odogawa)

    Odogawa is a character unlike all others that I have played before, so it was a really challenging role. Thanks to everyone’s support, I’ll be returning for the Odd Taxi film!

    I’m looking forward to seeing what happens after the anime series finale. 

    I hope to see you at the theater in April!


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  • 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!

  • Odd Taxi Anime’s Yano Voice Actor METEOR Releases Song From Upcoming EP

    14.July.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Japanese music artist METEOR released his new song My Name is… feat. PUNPEE on July 14, 2021. METEOR voices the character Haruhito Yano in Odd Taxi, an anime series produced by OLM and P.I.C.S. The anime’s music is composed by PUNPEE, VaVa, and OMSB.


    The song is taken from METEOR’s new EP 2019, which will be released on July 14, 2021, and sings about the character Yano. The EP is produced by PUNPEE, one of the anime’s composers, and also features OMSB and VaVa. The cover art was designed by Odd Tax director and character designer Mugita Kinoshita and the title logo by Toshiaki Uesugi.

  • Original Anime Odd Taxi Announces April 2021 Release, Staff, and Cast

    21.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME

    A new and original anime series titled Odd Taxi will premiere on TV Tokyo and AT-X this April. The anime’s official website which opened on Friday last week revealed a promo video, teaser visual, the staff, and cast.


    The teaser visual reveals anthropomorphic characters in a city filled with neon signs.

    The story follows Kotogawa, a 41-year-old taxi driver with no relatives and who keeps himself to himself. His conversations with his customers lead him to a girl who has disappeared.


    The main cast line-up includes Natsuki Hanae as Kotogawa, Riho Iida as Shirakawa, Ryohei Kimura as Gоriki, and Kappei Yamaguchi as Shika, Suzuko Mimori as Louis Nikaido, Moeka Koizumi as Shiho Ichimura, and Manatsu Murakami as Yuki Mitsuya.

    Photo by cherry chill will. 

    PUNPEE, VaVa, and OMSB from the hip-hop label SUMMIT are in charge of the music. This is the first time the three artists have written music for an animated series.


    TV Anime “Odd Tax” Promotional Video

    A manga adaptation began serialisation in Shogakukan’s Big Comic Superior online label Darupana on Friday (January 15).

    Natsuki Hanae and PUNPEE released statements about their involvement with the series which we have translated from Japanese.


    Natsuki Hanae (Voices: Kotogawa) | Comment

    “There’s something about this anime that seems interesting. The character I play, Kotogawa, is unlike any other character I’ve played before. The director gave me pointers, and I was like… wait, why? It doesn’t seem like a simple anime about cute animals. You’ll come to understand certain things as the story progresses. It gets more and more interesting, so please look forward to watching it.”


    PUNPEE (Composer) | Comment

    Photo by Ryo Mitamura 

    “This is my first time composing for an anime series. The animation team let me in on everything from early on in production […]. It was a really worthwhile experience, and they let me work to my usual pace. I’m always thankful for the opportunity to work on something new in a new environment. I’m looking forward to watching the series myself too”


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  • Hinatazaka46 Releases Music Video For 4th Single ‘Mado o Akenakutemo’

    06.February.2020 | MUSIC

    Japanese idol group Hinatazaka46 dropped the music video for their 4th single Mado o Akenakutemo (“Even If You Don’t Open the Window”) just last week.


    Hinatazaka46 – “Mado o Akenakutemo” Music Video

    The new single features singing from 1st Generation members Shiho Katō, Kyōko Saitō, Kumi Sasaki, and Mirei Sasaki, as well as 2nd Generation members Nao Kosaka, Suzuka Tomita, and Miho Watanabe.


    The music video was filmed in the suite room of a hotel and was shot in a single take. We see the members inside their gorgeous hotel room and the bathroom in a variety of outfits from pyjamas to colourful clothing. While the video shows the glamour of the hotel, it also has a cute pastel hue to it.

    Mado o Akenakutemo will be released on CD on February 19, 2020. Full details below.

  • Hinatazaka46 Reveal Artist Photos For Their Upcoming 4th ‘Single Sonna Koto Nai Yo’

    04.February.2020 | MUSIC

    As part of the Sakamichi Series produced by Yasushi Akimoto, Hinatazaka46 released their debut single Kyun in March 2019 and continued to reign at number one on the Oricon Weekly Singles Chart with three different songs. Not even a year had passed since their debut and Hinatazaka46 took to the stage at Japan’s New Year’s Eve television special 70th NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen. The girls are now set to release their 4th single Sonna Koto Nai Yo this month and have revealed the kawaii artist photos on the CD jackets. 



    The photos are stylish, full of joy and will immediately pull you into the cheerful world of Hinatazaka46. With “lines” as the abstract pattern theme running through all four versions of the single (TYPE-A, TYPE-B, TYPE-C and the Regular Edition), ribbons of different materials bind the band members together, representing how they keep pushing forward to achieve their goal no matter how hard they fall.

    From a street to a port to a studio, each of the four images on the jackets is taken in a different location. In each location, the girls are wearing different coordinated outfits. 

    The photos are packed with the wonderful world of Hinatazaka46 but the excitement for fans doesn’t stop there! There’s definitely more to come from the girls so stay tuned. 

  • Latest Artist Photo and CD Jacket Photos for Hinatazaka46’s New Single Unveiled

    19.June.2019 | MUSIC

    The wonderfully cute idol group Hinatazaka46 will be releasing their second single titled Do Re Mi So Ra Shi Do on July 17. For now, we can have a sneak preview of the photos that will be used on the album jackets as well as their latest artist photo.

     First-Press Limited Edition TYPE-A

    The jacket photo for the First-Press Limited Edition TYPE-A CD is a sunny photo taken mid-summer, which perfectly sums up the group name (because “Hinata” means “a sunny place”). The photo is a natural shot of the girls happily soaking up the summer sun without a care in the world.

    Regular Edition

    The CD jacket photographer, Kyohei Matsuda, is an expert in the field of advertising for beauty and fashion. The photos perfectly capture the feelings of a sunny summer. The vitality of the green tropical plants leaves a strong image of energy, life and liveliness.

    The artist photo was taken against a plastered wall that resembles the atmosphere of a Mediterranean townscape. You can feel the warmth of the sun from the bright lighting of the photo. The photographer, Hiroshi Manaka, is experienced in many different types of photography from advertising to fashion and CD jackets.  


    With the new release of the CD jacket photos and latest artist photo, Hinatazaka46 fans just cannot contain their excitement for the release of the second single any longer.