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Yamapi to release first anime theme song

10:30 JST April 13, 2012 3 comments

Toriko anime (picture thanks to Oricon)

Johnny’s artist Tomohisa Yamashita’s upcoming single will be used as a theme song to popular manga-turned-anime トリコ (Toriko), it was announced on April 12, reports Sankei Sports and Oricon.


It has been reported the song is called “LOVE CHASE”, and although a released date has not been decided, it will start playing at the end of the anime show from April 15.  Yamashita has said he was excited about his first anime song as a solo artist.

“I can’t wait to see how ‘LOVE CHASE’ goes with the ‘Toriko’ anime,” he said.


Toriko follows the adventures of Toriko, a gourmet food hunter, who is always on the search for the perfect meal.  The Toriko anime series began in 2011, but the manga has been a regular series in Weekly Shonen Jump since 2008.


It has been reported Yamashita himself has said the song’s style is expressed in the title.

“Like the title says, it’s a very uptempo song and I think it goes very well with Toriko’s stories of trying to find impossible foods,” he said.


Song producer and pop-rock band MONKEY MAJIK said the song also goes well with Yamashita’s image.

“It’s the perfect song for Yamashita-san, it’s cool and upbeat so I hope you all like it!”


Junichi Okada voices male lead in upcoming Studio Ghibli movie

10:24 JST May 13, 2011 Leave a comment

"Kokuriko-saka kara" poster (c) 2011 Chizuru Takahashi and Tetsuro Sayama GNDHDDT

V6’s Junichi Okada and actress Masami Nagasawa will voice the lead characters in Studio Ghibli’s upcoming movie, it was revealed on May 12, reports Sankei Sports and Sports Hochi.

Set in Yokohama 18 years after World War II, “コクリコ坂から (Kokuriko-saka kara)” follows a teenager girl Umi Komatsuzaki (Nagasawa) whose father is missing and mother has gone off to America for work.  Okada will play Umi’s love interest, Shun Kazama.

This will be Okada’s second Studio Ghibli film following, “Tales from Earthsea”.

“I feel amazingly honoured to have been offered another role.  With the support of the director, cast and staff, I hope to do everything I can to help make this a Ghibli movie that’ll be watched by people for years to come,” Okada said.

It has been reported his co-star Nagasawa said she was equally motivated to make sure she worked hard and carefully to bring out the best of her character.

Film director Goro Miyazaki has said he chose Okada because he trusted the Johnny’s talent after having worked with him before.

“コクリコ坂から (Kokuriko-saka kara)” will open in cinemas in Japan on July 16.



Hey, I just saw Shunsuke Kazama name in the “Kokuriko-saka kara” cast as well!!  He’s voicing Mizunuma, Kazama’s (Okada) best friend and their high school’s top scholar.

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Kanjani8 santa surprises fans and confirms news songs will be released next year

20:05 JST December 20, 2010 2 comments

Japan’s tallest moving Christmas tree, Santa Claus, reindeer, and revealing they would be the first music artist to release two anime theme songs simultaneously were surprises delighting 55,000 Kanjani8 fans at their Tokyo Dome concert on December 19, reports Sankei Sports, Nikkan Sports, Chunichi Sports, Daily Sports Online, and Movie Walker.


Fans at the Sunday concert were treated to a sight of the 26 metre tall Christmas tree and all seven Kanjani8 members dressed in Christmas outfits including Tadayoshi Okura (25) as Santa Claus and Ryo Nishikido (26) as a reindeer.

“We wanted to do something Christmas-y,” said Yu Yokoyama (29).


The group also revealed they would be singing the theme song to popular TV anime “クレヨンしんちゃん (Crayon Shin-chan)” and the anime’s upcoming movie “クレヨンしんちゃん 嵐を呼ぶ 黄金のスパイ大作戦 (Crayon Shin-chan Arashi wo Yobu Ougon no Spy Daisakusen)”.  It is the first time a music artist has been responsible for singing the theme song to an anime TV show and movie at the same time.  It is also the first movie theme song for the group.

“I’m really happy.  Our song’s going to played on those huge movie screens,” said Shota Yasuda (26)


Although it may seem odd Kanjani8, whose members are all from Japan’s Kansai region, be placed in charge of an anime which is set in Kanto region’s Saitama prefecture, but the show’s organisers have said they had been waiting for a chance to collaborate with Kanjani8 for almost two years.

“(Kanjani8) are a group who can both be funny and cool.  They fit the ‘Crayon Shin-chan’ world image perfectly,” said one of the anime’s producers.


It has been reported the group’s members were happy to take on their new project, with Yokoyama encouraging group member Subaru Shibutani (29) to do his best Crayon Shin-chan impersonation on stage.

“Ohh, オラのはらしんのすけ〜 (Ora Nohara Shinnosuke, I’m Nohara Shinnosuke).”

Even a usually cool Nishikido had a go.

“Ohh…I can’t do it,” he said before clinging onto Yasuda’s shoulder.

But as Nishikido noticed a sneaky smile on Yokoyama’s face, he was quick to involve his fellow group member.

“That’s unfair Yokoyama-kun!  Let me see you try it!,” Nishikido said, which lead Yokoyama to try and fail his impersonation in front of 55,000 fans.


Kanjani8’s songs will go on air on the Crayon Shin-chan anime show from February 2011, while the Crayon Shin-chan movie is set to be released on April 16.

Crayon Shin-chan movie poster




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