The latest PV using the opening theme “NAVIGATOR” by SixTONES has been released from the TV anime “The Millionaire Detective Balance:UNLIMITED” (to be broadcast from Jul. 16).
The original of “The Millionaire Detective Balance:UNLIMITED” is Tsutsui Yasutaka's best-selling novel “Fugou Keiji”. A maverick detective, Kobe Daisuke, who makes full use of his wealth and the newest technology, and a buddy detective, Kato Haru, who is passionate, values humanity, and doesn't like anything unfair, face various incidents and mysteries in investigations, which are beyond common sense.
The song used in the opening theme of this work is “NAVIGATOR”, the second single of SixTONES, who made its CD debut in Jan. 2020. At the time of the first episode broadcasting, the idea of making the artist and music information secret drew much attention.
The TV anime “The Millionaire Detective Balance:UNLIMITED” will start broadcasting on Fuji TV “Noitamina” and other stations from 1:10 am on Thursday, Jul. 16, 2020.
The online festival "Aniplex Online Fest" (Jul. 4 through Jul.5, 2020) brings the world the latest anime content by Aniplex Inc. All programs which will be in English and Chinese have been announced. There will be stages related to titles such as "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba", "Sword Art Online", "The Promised Neverland", and "The Day I Became a God", special talk shows with the voice actor group Sphere, etc.
"Aniplex Online Fest" will be held for 2 days (Jul. 4 through Jul. 5) and will feature a variety of content, such as talk shows with staff and cast members of anime titles and special comments & live performance footage of artists who are closely related to Aniplex titles. It is an online event that will be streamed to the world in English and Chinese on YouTube and bilibili.
Details of the event including the streaming schedule of each program and performers have been announced. In addition, the streaming of anime titles, such as "The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited", "Super HxEros", "Warlords of Sigrdrifa", and "The Irregular at Magic High School Visitor Arc", and talk shows with anime production staff have been announced.
Also, music artists Suzuki Masayuki, SixTONES, and Co shu Nie will be appearing at the festival.
Changes in the broadcast schedule on Fuji TV's late-night anime channel "Noitamina" have been announced. In particular, the starting date of "The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited" and the anime series that are scheduled to be broadcast in Oct. 2020 and Jan. 2021 have been revealed.
Due to the spread of the new coronavirus, "Noitamina" had announced that "The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited" would be suspended, and "Tsuritama" would be rebroadcast.
After a change in the program schedule, "The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited" will begin airing in Jul. 16, 2020, starting with the 1st episode. Also, the rerun of "The Promised Neverland Season 1" will be broadcast in Oct. of the same year, and "The Promised Neverland Season 2" broadcast has been postponed in Jan. 2021.
Fuji TV reported, "We will continue to move forward with the production carefully, taking into account the safety of all those involved in it. As a result, there may be some changes in the schedule that will be announced every time".
(C) Tsutsui Yasutaka, Shinchosha / Itou Tomohiko, Kobe Zaibatsu (C) Shirai Kaiu, Demizu Posuka / Shueisha, The Promised Neverland Production Committee
It has been announced that the OP theme of TV anime "The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited", which is being broadcast on Fuji TV's "Noitamina" and other channels, is the new song "NAVIGATOR" by SixTONES, a boy band that made their CD debut on Jan. 2020. "NAVIGATOR" is an up-tempo hard rock dance song that will be released as the 2nd single on Jun. 3.
Speaking of the OP song of this work, the credits were not released during the airing of the 1st episode, so it became a big topic of conversation among viewers who had been commenting, "Who is this band?!". SixTONES fans who happened to watch the anime said, "Is it SixTONES's new song??" becoming a guessing contest.
In addition, there was a "joke" hinting at "SixTONES" on an advance notice banner of the anime that was posted on SNS since before the broadcast. Six colored "×" (red, pink, black, yellow, green, and blue), which coincide with the number of SixTONES members and their respective colors, were shown on the banner. Some of the SixTONES fans who noticed that started guessing their favorite band.
Following the announcement, comments from the SixTONES member Jesse and the producer of this work, Matsuo Taku, were received.
The OP theme "NAVIGATOR" of "The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited" will be released on Jun. 3. The first-run edition and limited edition will be priced at 1,600JPY (tax excluded), while the regular edition will be priced at 1,000 JPY (tax excluded).
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At first, I felt a lot of pressure by thinking, "Can we really do this?". But then, we were able to make the song through our self-confidence, which is the SixTONES's true strength. At the time of our CD debut, we were told that we didn't look like idols, so we hope now that our music can play an important role in the world of this cool anime, "The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited". I'd also be happy if more people get interested in SixTONES!
[Fuji TV, Producer Matsuo Taku]
We are so delighted that the members of SixTONES, the "strongest artists of our time", have added such a brilliant and powerful coloring to this work, which is based on Tsutsui Yasutaka's original novel, "Fugou Keiji" released 45 years ago, and now rebooted in 2020 as "the newest world".
I feel that SixTONES and the main character, Kanbe Daisuke, have a lot in common: coolness, generosity, and infinite charm.
We received a very powerful piece of music from SixTONES that I was sure people would enjoy it even without any information about the band, so we took the unusual approach of not revealing the artist's info for the first episode.
With fans around the world getting excited about the "unknown opening theme", we are looking forward to revealing it as "NAVIGATOR". Please enjoy the song that will also be appearing in the 2nd episode tonight!
(C) Tsutsui Yasutaka, Shinchosha / Itou Tomohiko, Kobe Zaibatsu
The latest visual of the TV anime "Fire Force Season 2" that marks the start of "United Front with Company 2 Arc" from episode 19 "Oze Family", has been revealed.
Also, the additional casts and character were announced, which are Ono Yuuki will be voicing Takigi Oze and Toriumi Kohsuke will be voicing Hajiki. Their comments have been revealed as well.
After the "Haijima's Shinigami Arc" that revolves a three-way battle over the "sixth pillar" between "Special Fire Force Company 8", "Haijima Industries" and the "White Clad", "United Front with Company 2 Arc" will once again take place at the "Netherworld".
While Special Fire Force Company 8 is getting closer to the mystery of the white-clad and the "Evangelist ", Maki was requested to be transfered to the military by her family. While being separated from her precious friends, Special Fire Force Company 8 had once again stepped into the "Netherworld".
What awaits the Special Fire Force Company 8 in their second trip to "Netherworld"? Do look forward to it as the story is approaching the most interesting part.
Also, it was announced that the additional characters in "United Front with Company 2 Arc" are Takigi Oze, Maki's older brother and Tokyo Imperial Army, first lieutenant, criminal detective, and the captain of the Special Fire Force Company 2, Hajiki. Takigi Oze will be voiced by Ono Yuuki while Hajiki will be voiced by Toriumi Kohsuke.
Regarding their appearance, Ono said, "He has a stubborn side but he actually is quite a good guy. After voicing him, I found out that it was quite fun while expressing his emotion!" while Toriumi said "He is quite big-hearted, and not only is he capable in his work, he is also a cool adult that has an extreme humane side.”
TV anime "Fire Force Season 2" is currently being aired on MBS, TBS, BS-TBS, and other 21 channels.
Q1 Do tell us your impression of Takigi Oze.
I was a fan of the original work before this, and I have the thought of "If I was giving an offer to voice character, wouldn't it be Takigi?", so when I actually got the offer, I can't stop smiling...! He has a stubborn side but he actually is quite a good guy. After voicing him, I found out that it was quite fun while expressing his emotion!
Q2 Do give us a message to the fans that are looking forward to this.
The Oze family had finally gathered! This is a very unique family so I am glad to be part of them. Fire Force will be getting more interesting, so do look forward to it as well as the appearance of the Oze family!
Q1 Do tell us your impression of Hajiki.
At first glance, it seems that he is an easygoing person but he actually has a wide perception, good at looking after others, and is quite big-hearted, so he is not only capable in his work, he is also a cool adult that has an extreme humane side.
Q2 Do give us a message to the fans that are looking forward to this.
I'm Toriumi Kohsuke and I will be voicing Hajiki.
It is quite interesting and fantastic work. I really enjoyed it during the recording. Please, do look forward to it
（C）Ookubo Atsushi, Kodansha／Special Fire Force Video PR Section
From TV anime "Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!" come the dakimakura (hugging bolster) covers with an original illustration of the annoying cute heroine, Uzaki Hana, and her mother Uzaki Tsuki. Pre-orders are currently available at "Hobby Japan" online shop.
The product "'HS Limited' Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Dakimakura Uzaki Hana/ Uzaki Tsuki" is a product where you can enjoy Uzaki Hana/ Uzaki Tsuki in their room wear and swimsuit on both sides.
The illustrations of both characters are newly drawn, and the "Aqua Premier (2-ways tricot)", which was created for the greatest elegance, was used as the fabric.
"'HS Limited' Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Dakimakura Uzaki Hana/ Uzaki Tsuki" are priced at 12,000 JPY (tax excluded) respectively. Pre-orders are currently available at "Hobby Japan" online shop, and shipping is scheduled for November.
（C）2020 Take／KADOKAWA／Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! Production Committee
"ABEMA" has announced the top 5 work of the "Final Ranking", based on the new anime that started broadcasting in July 2020. "Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld" (Final Chapter) has taken the two-tops in the most views and most commented category.
The "Final Ranking" is based on the new anime that started broadcasting in July 2020. The most views category is based on the view's count of the first broadcast of the first episode until the last episode and also the archive view at "ABEMA Video" while the most comments category is based on the number of comment on the first broadcast of the first episode until the last episode.
For the most views category, the 1st place goes to "Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld" (Final Chapter). It has also taken the first place in the "Mid Ranking" that was announced by "ABEMA", and this shows that this is a popular work.
The rest of the results are as follows: "Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World 2nd season" in 2nd place, "The Misfit of Demon King Academy" in 3rd place, "Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!" in 4th place with "Deca-Dence" in 5th place.
Also, the 1st place for the most comments category is also taken by "Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld" (Final Chapter), and it had achieved two-top in the "Final Ranking".
The rest of the results are as follows: "Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World 2nd season" in 2nd place, "Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!" in 3rd place, "The Misfit of Demon King Academy" in 4th place with "Deca-Dence" in 5th place.
The top 5 works is available at "ABEMA". So do check it out if you haven't.
"ABEMA" 2020 Summer's Anime Final Ranking
・Most Views Category
1st Place: "Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld" (Final Chapter)
2nd Place: "Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World 2nd season"
3rd Place: "The Misfit of Demon King Academy"
4th Place: "Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!"
5th Place: "Deca-Dence"
・Most Comments Category
1st Place: "Sword Art Online Alicization War of Underworld" (Final Chapter)
2nd Place: "Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World 2nd season"
3rd Place: "Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out!"
4th Place: "The Misfit of Demon King Academy"
5th Place: "Deca-Dence"
The summary and cut-scene of TV anime "Gibiate"'s episode 12 "Inochi no Hateniha" broadcast on Sep. 30 (Wed), have been revealed.
"Gibiate" is an original anime that depicts the human drama of the protagonists surviving in the wasteland world where humans turned into a monsters due to diseases. It is an anime that gathers the "legend creators", such as Amano Yoshitaka, Serizawa Naoki, and Kodai Yuuzou, people who are active in culture scenes mainly with Japanese video games, manga, and anime.
In episode 12, Professor Yoshinaga has a sudden change, and Sensui and Kenroku are struggling. It revolved around the deadly battle with the thoughts of their fallen comrade in their heart!
Then, everything will be revealed, and the shocking finale is...
TV anime "Gibiate"'s episode 12 "Inochi no Hateniha" was broadcast on Sep. 30 (Wed) on TOKYO MX and other channels.
（C）"GIBIATE PROJECT" Production Committee
The outline and preceding cut-scenes of episode 7 "Suzuno's Secret" of "LBX Girls", which was broadcast on February 18, 2021 (Thursday), have been released.
"LBX Girls" is based on the RPG game "LBX Girls" by Level-5 and DMM GAMES.
The five "Souko Musume", the chosen ones to transfer from another world, are deprived of their daily lives and wear tactical weapons called "LBX units" on their limbs. They were given the mission to clean up and eradicate Mimesis, a metallic life form that continues to consume and multiply across multiple worlds.
The forced mercenary life after transcending time is a life-threatening school trip to glimpse the "hope" and "despair" of the world...
The title of episode 7 is "Suzuno's Secret".
Kyouka, Yui, Miharu, and Suzuno went on an eating spree in Shikoku as their life has become zero due to the usage of the attack function.
Suzuno put some distance from the other members of the commando unit as if she is rejecting them despite their relationship has become better, but she was appointed by Neito to be the guide of the Shikoku tour.
While they are enjoying the traveling atmosphere and forgetting the battle with Mimesis for a short while, Riko tried her best to get close to Suzuno, but Suzuno still gave a cold response.
Actually, Suzuno has trauma in her previous world....
Episode 7 "Suzuno's Secret" of "LBX Girls" has been broadcast at 00:00 AM, on February 18, 2021(Thursday), on TOKYO MX and other channels.
（C）2020 EXNOA LLC/LEVEL-5/LBX Girls Production Committee
From the TV Anime "Redo of Healer", the outline and scenes from Episode 6 "Kaifukujutsushi wa Chi to Namida wo Nagasu!" (The Healer Shed Blood and Tears!), broadcast on Thursday, February 18, 2021, have been released in advance.
"Redo of Healer" is based on the light novel written by Tsukiyo Rui, drawn by Shiokonbu, and published by Kadokawa Sneaker Bunko. The series has over a million copies in circulation.
Healers can not fight on their own. Being so helpless, Keyaru has been used and exploited by heroes and magicians. However, one day, he finds what lies beyond mastering "healing" and decides to recreate the whole world to redo his life from 4 years ago. This is a shocking revenge fantasy in which the "Healing" hero Keyaru uses his powerful spell "Heal" to get revenge on all those who messed with his life.
Episode 6 is titled "Kaifukujutsushi wa Chi to Namida wo Nagasu!"
One morning, the army of Jioral Kingdom arrives at Lanaritta with the villagers of Keyaruga's hometown, Alban Village.
They were taken hostage by Leonard, the captain of the guards who is determined to take revenge on Keyaru.
Keyaruga disguises himself as a soldier to gather information on the Kingdom's army. He finds out about Leonard's "sin" and burns with anger...
TV Anime "Redo of Healer" Episode 6 "Kaifukujutsushi wa Chi to Namida wo Nagasu!" is broadcast on Tokyo MX and other channels from Thursday, February 18, 2021.
(C) 2021 Tsukiyo Rui, Shiokonbu / Kadokawa / Redo of Healer Production Committee
The outline and preceding cut-scenes of episode 30 "The Beauty Makes Her Move" of the TV anime "That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime 2nd Season", broadcast on February 16, 2021 (Tuesday), have been released.
"That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime 2nd Season" is based on the WEB light novel by Fuse that has exceeded 700 million PV on the light novel website "Shougetsuka ni Narou".
It is an "another world reincarnation entertainment" about the main protagonist, who reincarnated as slime in another world, increasing his friends with his skill, knowledge, and bravery.
In episode 30, while Tempest is being attacked, an assassin has also appeared in front of Rimuru.
The assassin is also a student of Shizu as well as the strongest holy knight, Hinata Sakaguchi.
Episode 30 "The Beauty Makes Her Move" of "That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime 2nd Season" was broadcast at 11:00 PM, on February 16, 2021 (Tuesday), on TOKYO MX and other channels.
（C）Kawakami Taiki, Fuse, Kodansha／Tensura Production Committee
From "Mr. Osomatsu" Season 3, the outline and scenes from Episode 19, "'Inu' Hoka", broadcast on Tuesday, February 16, 2021, have been released in advance.
"Mr. Osomatsu" is based on the classic gag manga by Akatsuka Fujio, "Osomatsu-kun". Season 1 of the TV anime was broadcast from October 2015, followed by Season 2 in October 2017, and a film adaptation, "Mr. Osomatsu the Movie", was released in March 2019. The 3rd season is currently running.
The bizarre slapstick comedy depicts the sextuplets who have become trashy, NEET, useless adults, portrayed by talented voice actors: Sakurai Takahiro, Nakamura Yuuichi, Kamiya Hiroshi, Fukuyama Jun, Ono Daisuke, and Irino Miyu.
Episode 19 is titled "'Inu' Hoka" ('Dog' and others).
Juushimatsu was enjoying hanging out with a stray dog and...
TV anime "Mr. Osomatsu" Season 3 Episode 19 "'Inu' Hoka" is broadcast on TV Tokyo and other channels from Tuesday, February 16, 2021.
(C) Akatsuka Fujio / Mr. Osomatsu Production Committee
Original print Christmas cake for "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba", "Osomatsu-san", "New Genesis Evangelion", "Code Geas: Lelouch the Rebellion", "Fire Force", and "Fugo Keiji Balance: UNLIMITED". Pre-orders for these Christmas cakes are currently available at the official website for "PriRoll".
Online streaming service "Netflix" has announced a lineup of anime for the period until end of Aug. 2020.
Season 3 of "Aggretsuko", Netflix original anime series, will be finally available for worldwide streaming. Along with that, many new anime titles, including "Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater", "The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited", and others, and special features will let you enjoy the feeling of summer festival.
Season 3 of "Aggretsuko" contains 10 episodes, which will be exclusively streamed worldwide on Aug. 27.
After Season 2, where Reiko had ended her "secret love" with Tadano and returned to "ordinary office lady" life again, what challenges are waiting for her in the new work?
Aside from characters already familiar to viewers, such as Washimi and the director of Gori , new characters with unique personalities will be appearing one after another. Hopefully, they won't become a new source of stress for ReikoReiko.
The latest episodes of "Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater" will be broadcast every Monday starting Aug. 3.
Tsurugi Hinata, who moved to the countryside from the city, is an indoor high school girl who is not good at living beings. She planned to join the Arts and Crafts Club, but for some reason, she ended up joining the mysterious "Fishing Club". Please enjoy the youth comedy with the unique members of the "Fishing Club" based on the manga drawn by Kosaka Yasuyuki serialized in "Young Champion Retsu".
New episodes of "The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited" will be broadcast every Sunday starting Aug. 2. It is based on a million-seller novel written by Tsutsui Yasutaka.
Daisuke, the son of a distinguished Kobe family and a police officer, is appointed to the "Modern Crimes Prevention Task Force" known as the "Modern Crime Prevention Headquarters", where officers who have caused problems for the Metropolitan Police Department are sent. Therefore, Daisuke becomes friends with a compassionate man, Katou Haru, and they start working together on cases.
Check out the success of the two friends with opposite personalities who challenge various cases beyond common sense.
"Let's enjoy the summer festival with anime!" line up also features "The Idolmaster", "Ensemble Stars!", "Given", "Zombie Land Saga", "Back Street Girls: Gokudoruzu", "Love Live!", and other titles. Let's make Midsummer hot with Netflix Anime.
It's now July, and the summer 2020 anime are starting.
Which titles are you looking forward to?
In this article, we will introduce 3 "buddy" animes out of the various summer animes.
"The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited"
"The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited" is a TV anime based on the million-seller by novelist Tsutsui Yasutaka.
The story begins with Daisuke, the scion of the outrageously rich Kanbe family, being assigned to the Modern Crime Prevention Headquarters where officers who have caused problems in the Metropolitan Police Department are sent.
Daisuke even puts prices on people's lives, but his passionate partner Haru disagrees, "Money is not everything!" The conflicting partners come across various incidents and mysteries.
This anime is directed by Itou Tomohiko-san, known for "Sword Art Online" and "Erased", composed and written by Kishimoto Taku-san, known for "Case File nº221: Kabukicho" and "Woodpecker Detective's Office", characters designed by Sasaki Keigo-san, known for "The Seven Deadly Sins" and "Blue Exorcist", and animated by Clover Works, known for "The Promised Neverland" and "Rascal Does Not Dream of Bunny Girl Senpai". A team of well-trained staff get together to revive the title in a modern style by drawing on the fascination of the original work while adding new characters and settings.
It started in Apr. 2020 on Fuji TV's "Noitamina" slot and gained attention for its opening theme song by SixTONES, but unfortunately, due to the spread of COVID-19, the broadcast has been postponed after the 3rd episode.
The broadcast will re-start from the 1st episode on Fuji TV's "Noitamina" slot from Jul. 16. Check out the unseen success off-the-wall detective Daisuke and his buddy Haru.
"Get Up! Get Live!"
"Get Up! Get Live!" is a "Voice Actor × 2D Comedian" project in which popular male voice actors put on comedy live shows as a duo.
Several boys live together in the dorm of the comedian training school "SSS".
They have clashes and conflict between the members, jealousy towards their peers, admiration towards their seniors, disappointment with the industry, anxiety about future, dark backgrounds, etc.
The anime depicts the boys striving to become the best comedians in Japan and the world by overcoming hardships along with their friends while being at the mercy of these obstacles and the dark side of the glamourous world.
The cast members portraying the passionate bonds in the anime are all popular male voice actors.
"Stardust" is a resonating childhood friend duo of Uehara Junya voiced by Hanae Natsuki-san and Higashizawa Kaede voiced by Nishiyama Koutarou-san. "Kikuichimonji" is an incongruous, bumpy duo of Machida Sena voiced by Toyonaga Toshiyuki-san and Oono Toranosuke voiced by Ishikawa Kaito-san. "6" is a trendy duo of Kitami Ren voiced by Azakami Youhei-san and Komae Kazuma voiced by Kumagai Kentarou-san. "Hayashima", which dominates Kansai, is the prodigy brother duo of Hayashima Azuma voiced by Amasaki Kouhei-san and Hayashima Nakaba voiced by Kajiwara Gakuto-san. And the up-and-coming scriptwriter Karakida Nanao is voiced by Konishi Katsunori-san.
In addition, Mukai Seitarou-san, a current member of the comedy duo "Tenshin", takes part in the planning, and light novelist Watari Wataru, known for "My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected" and "Girlish Number", works on the story.
So far, the project has been presented as a live comedy performance by "comedians portrayed by voice actors". "Get Up! Get Live! 1st Live" was performed in May 2019 and the "2nd Live" was performed in Feb. 2020.
The short anime "Get Up! Get Live!" starts on Jul. 10. How will each duo present themselves? How will the story develop? Also, don't forget to check out episode 0, which is uploaded on YouTube from Jul. 3, to enjoy the anime even more.
"GREAT PRETENDER" is an original crime entertainment anime about the "greatest con game" played by con artists.
The rookie con artist Edamura Makoto (a.k.a. Edamame) proclaims that he is "Japan's No.1 con artist". The story begins with him being tricked by Laurent Thierry, a con artist that even manipulates the mafia. It depicts Edamura being embroiled in the worldwide "con game" on an overwhelming scale.
This anime is the first TV anime series written and composed by Furusawa Ryouta, the scriptwriter of "The Confidendenceman JP". It also has Sadamoto Yoshiyuki-san, known for "Neon Genesis Evangelion" and "The Girl Who Leapt Through Time", as character designer, Kaburagi Hiro-san, known for "91 Days" and "Kimi ni Todoke", as director, and WIT STUDIO, known for "Attack on Titan" and "Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress", will be working on the animation. Eminent names from different genres got together for this title.
It is currently available on Netflix and will begin its long-awaited terrestrial broadcast on Fuji TV's "+Ultra" slot and other channels from Jul. 8, 2020.
How do Edamame, the self-proclaimed "Japan's No.1 con artist" voiced by Kobayashi Chiaki-san, and Laurent, the gifted con artist voiced by Suwabe Junichi, pull off their tricks? Let's look forward to the con artist duo's stunning schemes.
Jul. 9 is the anniversary of the death of Johnny Kitagawa, the founder of Johnny's.
Johnny's has greatly influenced the entertainment industry not only in Japan but also all over the world, and they are also an essential part of the anime/anime song industry.
Speaking of anime songs by Johnny's artists, many of you may think of "Yuuki 100%" from "Nintama Rantarou".
However, including the theme song for the currently running TV anime "The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited", many anime songs have been sung by them.
This is an article looking back at the history of Johnny's × Anime Songs!
We will take you back through the ages to check out some of the best songs matching the world of anime.
2020s: An unknown artist appears!
One of the most recent memorable anime songs by Johnny's is "NAVIGATOR" by SixTONES, which is used as the opening theme of the currently airing "The Millionaire Detective Balance: Unlimited".
At the time of the first broadcast, the artist's name was hidden, and everybody was making guesses on social media.
The trilling, cool tune has enough impact to blow away the image of Johnny's songs being idol-like. Many of you may have fascinated by their style of them appealing their music with their name kept hidden.
Also, "Black Clover" 11th cour's opening theme "Stories" was sung by Snow Man. One of the members, Sakuma Daisuke-san, loves anime, and fans were delighted that his dream came true.
The speedy intro and the positive lyrics of overcoming conflicts and moving forward complement the opening of the anime perfectly.
2010s: Family-friendly Johnny's anime song
In 2017, "Fantastic time", the opening theme of "Time Bokan24", was sung by Hey! Say! JUMP. The catchy tune will make you want to start dancing.
The opening theme of the 2nd cour "OVER THE TOP", which had a matureness and a melody that heats up at the hook, was also sung by Hey! Say! JUMP.
The sequel "Time Bokan: The Villains' Strike Back" 1st cour in 2018 had KinKi Kids singing a jazzy tune "DESTINY", which was inspired by the 3 villains.
They also sang "Topaz Love" for the ending theme of the 2nd cour, reminding us of youthful love.
In 2015, NEWS sang "Yonjuushi" as the opening theme for "The Kindaichi Case Files R". It has a taste of classical music, creating tension and grandness which perfectly matches the suspenseful story.
The anime also had "TRAGEDY" by KAT-TUN as its opening theme in 2016. Words that remind you of mysteries, such as "hints" and "doubt", are scattered in the lyrics, making it one of the songs with the strongest relationship with the anime.
The Saturday evening anime slot in which the "Time Bokan" series and "The Kindaichi Case Files R" were broadcast, has many songs by Johnny's artists loved across generations.
2000s: From films to TV series!
In 2006, "Sayaendou" by NEWS was used as the theme song of "One Piece The Movie: Giant Mecha Soldier of Karakuri Castle". The steelpan's in the song gave it a tropical tone, and the lyrics such as "skull" and "one piece" perfectly fits the film.
"One Piece" has teamed up with Johnny's on its TV series too. "Crazy Rainbow" (2007) by Tackey & Tsubasa, "Super Powers" (2019) by V6 were used as the opening theme, and "Mirai Koukai" (2005) by Tackey & Tsubasa was used as the ending theme.
"Inuyasha", which started in 2000, is also a treasure trove of anime songs by Jonny's. "CHANGE THE WORLD" (2000) by V6, "One Day, One Dream" (2004) by Tackey & Tsubasa, and many other songs were used for the anime.
In addition, "Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kouen-mae Hashutsujo" in 2002 had Arashi singing "Nice na Kokoroiki" for the opening theme and "Naruto: Shippuden" in 2008 had MATCHY with QUESTION?, a special team of Johnny's band and Kondou Mahsahiko, singing "Mezamero! Yasei". The 2000s had many shonen-manga-based anime collaborating with Johnny's.
1990s: The classic anime song "Yuuki 100%" was born!
One of the most famous Johnny's anime songs from the 1990s is "Yuuki 100%", the opening theme song of the TV anime "Nintama Rantarou, which began in 1993. Since Hikaru GENJI sang it as the opening theme, many groups followed, including Ya-Ya-yah and Hey! Say! JUMP.
The insert songs and ending themes of "Nintama Rantarou" were also sung by many Johnny's groups, such as "Hohoemi wo Azukete" (1993) by Hikaru GENJI and "Sekai ga Hitotsu ni Narumade" (2002) by Ya-Ya-yah.
In 1994, SMAP sang the opening theme song "Kimiiro Omoi" for "Akazukin Chacha". The positive lyrics about never giving up on love left a strong impression.
SMAP also sang "Egao no Genki" as the opening theme and "Burabura Sasete" as the ending theme for "Hime-chan's Ribbon" in 1992, showing how well their songs match shojo-manga-based anime.
TOKIO also worked on many songs for various genres of anime, including "Hear wo Migakukkyanai" as the opening theme of "Soar High! Isami" and "Uwasa no Kiss" as the ending theme of "Kiteretsu Daihyakka".
Their debut song "LOVE YOU ONLY" was also used as the opening theme of the TV anime "Tsuyoshi Shikkari Shinasai", which was broadcast from 1992. The fresh singing voice and lyrics about honest love added grace to the anime.
1980s and before: Johnny's anime songs hand in hand with TV anime!
There are many Johnny's anime songs before "Nintama Rantarou" and "Hime-chan's Ribbon".
For example, Eagles sang "Eagle Sam no March", the opening theme of "Eagle Sam" in the 1980s. There were a total of 4 theme songs for "Eagle Sam" and they were all sung by Eagles.
Going back even further, Four Leaves sang the opening theme "Denshi Choujin U Bird" and the ending theme "Ginga Trio no Uta" for "Birdman and the Galaxy Trio", in the 1960s, when TV anime just stated.
Anime and Johnny's have a long history together.
These are only a few of the Johnny's anime songs. Some of you may be surprised to find out that these songs were by Johnny's.
Listening to the songs you already know, after you find out they were from anime, could bring you new discoveries.
A new song "Scramble Days" by Sphere, a four-member unit consisting of Kotobuki Minako, Takagaki Ayahi, Tomatsu Haruka, and Toyosaki Aki, has been released for the first time in about a year and three months, digitally on February 15, the anniversary of their formation. We have received comments from the members.
The new song "Scramble Days" is the first digital single release for "Sphere", which is celebrating its 10th anniversary year in 2019-2020 since its CD debut in 2009. It will also be their first new song since "Sign", the ending theme song for the second season of Ultraman Taiga, which was released in November 2019.
The song was made by Kotobuki Minako, who is currently living in the UK, and Takagaki Ayahi, Tomatsu Haruka, and Toyosaki Aki through a remote production process. For the music video and jacket photo, they used photos and videos of the "best Sphere poses" solicited from fans, which made "bond" with not only the 4 members but also many people as a digital single.
In addition, "MOON SIGNAL (Orch ver.)" and "Super Noisy Nova (Xmas ver.)", which were performed at the "LAWSON premium event Sphere's MusicRainbow07" held online at the end of 2020, are included as coupling songs on the single. Sphere has improved its skills after 10 years of activity, and the self-covered songs by the Sphere band members are also noteworthy.
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As I'm currently far away in the UK, I'm grateful to be able to connect with you all through Sphere's new song "Scramble Days"! I recorded the song in a studio in England.
The melody line and the lyrics written by Kimiko from nano.RIPE are very straightforward and pleasant, and the structure is a bit complicated and interesting. I often listen to it while taking a walk and looking up at the sky. I'll see you again "on the other side of the slope that leads to the future♪"
One of the members of Sphere is currently in England, but I've been secretly wishing to create a new song even though she was away.
But, who could predict the world would turn out like this? Now that it is difficult for everyone to meet in person, this song was born. Our thoughts, Kimiko's lyrics from nano.RIPE, and the thoughts of our fans have come together to create a digital single filled with love. Like a hope, like a vow... May this song connect our hearts and stay close to you!
This is the Sphere's first distribution-only song, and it's been a while since the last one was released! The song is filled with the message that we are connected even though we are far away from each other.
The jacket and the music video were made by not only our fans but also everyone who has helped us. I hope you'll listen to it in full!
I'm so grateful that a new song was able to be released on the day that marks the 13th year of Sphere's formation. Scramble Days was created online as much as possible, from the song discussions to the visual work. It's our first digital release, and we hope you can feel the many challenges and possibilities.
We sang this song with feelings that our hearts are always with you even if we are physically apart. I hope this song will gently reach the hearts of those who listen to it.
The new series of popular anime "Duel Masters" series has been decided after marking the 19th anniversary this year. The new series will be titled "Duel Masters King!" and will be broadcast from Apr. 4, 2021, on TV Tokyo related channels. Moreover, the artist for the theme song is also decided.
"Duel Masters King" is the new series for "Duel Masters" for marking the 19th anniversary in 2021. Kirifuda Joe will be the main character continuing from the previous series broadcast in 2020.
The artist for the theme song has been announced together with the news for the new series. The opening theme song will be sung by DOBERMAN INFINITY, and the ending theme song will be sung by vistlip. The comments from both artists arrived as well.
TV anime "Duel Masters King!" will start its broadcast from Apr. 4, 2021, on TV Tokyo related channels.
We, DOBERMAN INFINITY, will be singing the opening theme song and we are very glad to have such an opportunity! We face "battles" every day in multiple forms.
We created this song based on the feeling that we get updated every time we take another step forward after experiencing yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
We hope this song will encourage and make fans and characters strong.
vistlip Tomo (Vocalist)
My name is Tomo, a vocalist from vistlip-the group singing the ending theme song.
Although we are still on a journey toward the big goal, we realized that we can be more greedy than we think.
We work hard because we wish for so much.
We never think that "we never able to get it".
How about you live like that too?
T M and (C) 2021, Wizard of the Coast, Shogakukan, MItsui/Kids, ShoPro, TV TOKYO
The TV anime "Detective Conan" is offering '"Detective Conan" 1000th Broadcast Celebration Project' to commemorate its 1000th broadcast on March 6, 2021. As a part of it, "Moonlight Sonata Murder Case" will be rebooted.
The TV anime "Detective Conan" has been broadcast since January 8, 1996, and has marked its 25th anniversary in January 2021, and it also will mark 1000th broadcast on March 6, 2021.
In '"Detective Conan" 1000th Broadcast Celebration Project' with gratitude for fans, some "legendary episodes" will be rebooted with new staff and technology.
It has been announced that the legendary episode to be rebooted will be "Moonlight Sonata Murder Case" which was broadcast on April 8, 1996.
Conan, Ran, and Kogoro get a letter to call them out to Tsukikage Island, a small island located in Izu, by a mysterious person. However, the person was a pianist who died 12 years ago, playing a sonata "Moonlight". Third anniversary of the previous mayor's death was being held at a public hall where they visit to research about the person. During the ceremony, "Moonlight" began playing...
The story follows Conan having a guilty conscience as he drove the suspect to death by questioning her too severely for the deduction, while 'Moonlight Sonata' by Ludwig van Beethoven is making a sad and touching melody.
Furthermore, the visual collage consists of 1,000 cutscenes from "Moonlight Sonata Murder Case" broadcast in 1996 has been revealed. Kobayashi Aimi, a pianist with a global reputation, will play the piano melody of 'Moonlight Sonata'.
Please look forward to how Kobayashi expresses the legendary scenes, which is handed down as "the scene that cannot be watched without tears", with the piano.
Also, Kuraki Mai, who has been in charge of the theme songs of "Detective Conan" many times, will perform the new opening theme song from March 6. The title will be 'ZERI Kara Hajimete', and the lyrics will be written for the 1000th broadcast.
The rebooted "Moonlight Sonata Murder Case (1st Half)" will be broadcast from 6:00 p.m. on March 6, and "Moonlight Sonata Murder Case (2nd Half)" will be broadcast from 6:00 p.m. on March 13.
Yonekura Isato as a producer
I am grateful I could be a part of 'reboot' as a member to produce 'Detective Conan'. All the people concerned would think the same even if they do not say that.
I would like to spend the historical moment that the new legendary episode is born with all the 'Detective Conan' fans.
(C)Aoyama Gosho / Shogakukan, Yomiuri TV, TMS 1996
From "Noitamina"'s TV anime "Bakuten!!", which will be on air from April 2021, additional cast including Murase Ayumu, Suzumura Kenichi, and Sugita Tomokazu were announced. Along with that, the 2nd key visual and PV have been revealed.
"Bakuten!!" follows 'Futaba Shotaro', who encounters "men's rhythmic gymnastics" in the final summer in middle school, enrolls in Soshukan High School (also known as Ao-ko), and joins a men's rhythmic gymnastics club. This is a 'sports spirit x teenage ensemble drama' that portrays a group of unique seniors and junior high school boys' rhythmic gymnastics star 'Misato Ryoya' as they work hard as a team aiming towards a single goal.
6 characters and cast for the members of the men's rhythmic gymnastics club of Hakumei University Affiliated High School (also known as Shiro-ko), a rival of Ao-ko, were announced.
The cast includes Murase Ayumu as Tsukiyuki Mashiro, Konishi Katsuyuki as Takase Ryo, Suzumura Kenichi as Mutsu Yojiro, Sugita Tomokazu as Ominato Hideo, Saito Soma as Ryugamori Kyoichi, and Yamashita Daiki as Azuma Shunsuke.
Also, the 2nd PV depicts practice scenes of Ao-ko rhythmic gymnastics club, and rival high school. Character voices of the members of Shiro-ko were also revealed.
TV anime "Bakuten!!" will be on air from April 2021 on Fuji TV's "Noitamina", and other channels.
Murase Ayumu as
Q1. What is your impression of this work?
Q2. What is your impression of the character, and resolution for playing him?
The preview of the TV anime "2.43: Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team" Episode 2 (to be aired on Friday, January 14, 2021) has been released.
"2.43: Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team" is originally a novel written by Kabei Yukako.
After getting into serious trouble with a strong junior high school volleyball team in Tokyo, Haijima Kimichika moves to Fukui, where he reunites with his childhood friend Kuroba Yuni.
The two grow together to become the ace duo of the volleyball team, but they clash with each other during the final junior high school prefectural tournament. They go to Seiin High School together but their relations are still broken.
The boys' volleyball team greeted them with the 3rd-year duo: Oda, the 163cm tall, passionate captain, and Aoki, the intelligent, sharp-tongued vice-captain, and the unique members of the team.
The exciting, coming-of-age story set in Fukui, surrounded by mountains and the blue sky, depicts the weak boys'boys volleyball team aiming for the national championship.
The title of Episode 2 is "Saikou de Saitei no Playmaker" (The best but worst playmaker).
Kuroba knows the reason Haijima came back to Fukui, but he says to Haijima, "It's none of my business. I decide what to make of you with my own eyes."
Entering spring vacation, Kuroba and his teammates practice hard day and night. With new students entering the school, their final tournament as senior students in junior high school begins!
The TV anime "2.43: Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Team" Episode 2 "Saikou de Saitei no Playmaker" will be broadcast on Fuji TV "Noitamina" and other channels from 00:45 a.m. on Friday, January 15, 2021.
(C) Kabei Yukako / Shueisha, Anime "2.43" Production Committee
It was announced that the TV anime "Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Club" will be aired from Jan. 7, 2021. The main PV and 4th connect visual have also been revealed. Also, Ishikawa Kaito and Amasaki Kohei will join the cast. We received comments from them.
"Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Club" is based on a novel written by Kabei Yukako. The story is set in Fukui surrounded by mountains and blue sky, and follows a weak boys volleyball club aiming to participate in the national tournament.
The PV released features Fukuho Technical High School, a rival team, and yama, a mysterious singer, will sing its opening theme 'Mahi (lit. Paralysis)'.
'Charm', the 4th version of the connect visuals that have been released for consecutive four weeks, has been revealed, featuring Mimura Subaru, an ace player of 'Fukuho Technical High School' that is one of the most powerful teams in Fukui, and Ochi Mitsuomi, the manager.
Also, the cast to play them has been revealed. Ishikawa Kaito will play Mimura Subaru, and Amasaki Kohei will play Ochi Mitsuomi.
TV anime "Seiin High School Boys Volleyball Club" will be aired from Jan. 7, 2021 on Fuji TV "noitaminA" and other channels.
Ishikawa Kaito as Mimura Subaru
Q1. What is your impression of the work?
This story carefully depicts how the members commit to volleyball, and how they are related to each other. Each high school has its own character, and you will be really excited to see their journey to get here.
Q2. What is your impression of the character you play? And what is your resolution?
Mimura is an ace that everyone relies on.
I don't fully understand his feelings so far, so I'm looking forward to the development.
Amasaki Kohei as Ochi Mitsuomi
Q1. What is your impression of the work?
Pure, honest, I thought this is what youth story should be.
I like this kind of story as we only have a limited time to play sports in school days, which is transient but has a drama.
Also, the story is set in Fukui, so the characters speak with the Fukui dialect throughout the series.
I am from Osaka, so I studied it hard.
Please watch Mitsuomi, Subaru, and Fukuho are playing active roles!
Thank you for supporting us!
Q2. What is your impression of the character you play? And what is your resolution?
He significantly changed how to commit to volleyball.
I quit the club that I belonged to in high school as I hurt my back, but I could not make a decision to be a manager, probably because I was not determined enough to support other members, and I was not passionate enough to be involved in the sport in a different position and to find another dream there. I don't regret the decision, but still I admire Mitsuomi's decision.
Opening theme: yama
To commit to something with support from friends. I thought this was what youth days should be. The lyrics of 'Mahi' describe those who face difficulties while dealing with themselves, which will remind you of the main story. Please listen to the song, and feel their persistence.
(C)Kabei Yukako / Shueisha, Anime '2.43' Production Committee
It has been announced that TV anime "Osama Ranking", which has recently been made into an anime, will be broadcast on Fuji TV's "noitaminA" from October 2021. The teaser visual has been released.
"Ousama Ranking" is based on the comic of the same name by Tooka Sousuke, which is currently being released by KADOKAWA Beam Comics.
The protagonist, Boggi, is despised by his subjects and the people alike for being deaf and unable to wield a sword, as he is so powerless that he is "not fit to be king". The story is set in motion when he meets his first friend, Kage.
The animation is produced by WIT STUDIO, which has produced "Attack on Titan", "After the Rain", and "Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress". This work marks the 10th anniversary of the studio's founding.
"Osama Ranking" is scheduled to begin airing in October 2021 on Fuji TV's "noitaminA" and other channels. The cast and other information will be announced later.
(C) Tooka Sousuke, published by KADOKAWA/anime "Osama Ranking" Production Committee
The 2nd PV for TV anime Ahiru no Sora has been released and features the passionate plays of a freakishly tall basketball club member. Broadcasting information was released at the same time. The series will be aired on TV Tokyo’s channel 6 starting on October 2nd.
「BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!」 and its 4th tie-up with Lawson as of September the 3rd, has been revealed. The campaign is to give out a limited quantity of originals goods which will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis
From TV anime "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind" comes blazers and pants (slacks) which can be worn together as business suits inspired by Giorno Giovanna and Bruno Bucciarati. Pre-orders are available at "Premium Bandai" until Dec. 26, 2019.
“Mushoku Tensei: Jobless Reincarnation”, which had been announced to be animated, was decided to be broadcast as TV anime in 2020. In addition, the first visual depicting the four main characters and a PV by the new animation production company “Studio Bind” established for this work were released.