#1 Song Review: Week of 9/3 – 9/9 (Kanjani8 v. Hoshino Gen v. Aimer v. DA PUMP)

Hello, Arama! Japan readers and welcome to this week’s installment of #1 Song Review! Last week saw Hoshino Gen defeat A.B.C-Z and DA PUMP. Gen and DA PUMP are back this week, facing off against two newcomers. Find out what Ronald thought of the songs that topped the singles charts this week and share your thoughts on them too!

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V6 song “Super Powers” to be new “One Piece” theme

Veteran Johnny’s group V6 has announced an exciting tie-in for their latest track “Super Powers“, it will be the newest theme song for the popular anime series “One Piece“.

“Super Powers” will begin broadcasting as the shows theme beginning on October 7th.
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Tentenko Releases Debut International Album

On the 21st of September, Tentenko released her debut international vinyl album, the first release on new London/Tokyo record label ‘Toothpaste Records‘, designed to promote and push interesting Japanese music acts worldwide. In Japan, the record will be released on Alegori. The album, simply entitled ‘Tentenko‘ is a collection of her most noteworthy tracks including ‘Good bye Good girl‘, ‘Kiken na Highway‘, ‘Kuruma‘ and ‘Robot‘ among many others. Read More

Eiji Wentz to temporarily stop entertainment activities, will study in the UK

It has been announced that talent Eiji Wentz will be taking a temporary break from his entertainment activities beginning at the end of September. Wentz will be heading to The United Kingdom to study theater.

The announcement was made on the popular television program “Sukkiri!!“, which Wentz is a regular on. He has been on the show for almost 8 years now, and during the latest episode an “Eiji Wentz Study Abroad SP” suddenly began.
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AKB48’s single sales surpass 50 million, announce new single “NO WAY MAN”

AKB48‘s latest single “Sentimental Train” easily topped the Oricon charts this week, but this release marks another milestone achieved for the girl group.

First week sales for the single reached 1.45 million copies, according to Oricon. These sales have allowed AKB48 to surpass over 50 million units sold for singles, a first for Japan. In 2016 AKB48 became the first female artist in Japan to surpass 30 million units sold.
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BUMP OF CHICKEN publish Music Videos for “Sirius” and “Bouen no March”

Two months after the release of their previous digital single, pop-rock band BUMP OF CHICKEN have chosen to suddenly release another.  In support of this surprise release, the group have chosen to publish not only the music video for this track, “Sirius,” but also that of their last single “Bouen no March.”

The video for “Sirius,” which has been used as the opening theme for anime “Juushinki Pandora,” combines the use of four separate drones with CG visuals reminiscent of skyscrapers, space, and other sci-fi imagery.  Bouen no March’s PV, meanwhile, makes use of rotoscope animation in order to present a scene of the band performing in a brilliant watercolor art style.

Both of these music videos can be found beneath the fold.

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Newspeak reveal riotously bright Music Video for “24/7 What For”

Alternative rockers Newspeak are gearing up for the release of their first mini-album “Out Of The Shrinking Habitat” next week on October 3rd.  Following the reveal of their music video for lead track “Lake” late last month, the band have now published the PV for the record’s second promotional track “24/7 What For” to their YouTube channel.

Directed by Hiroya Brian Nakano, who also directed Lake’s MV, this video was created to pair with the song’s discussion of social media addiction.  Through the use of CG and vivid colors, Newspeak attempt to convey just how unlike reality what we see on the internet can be.

You’ll find the striking PV for “24/7 What For” right after the jump.

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Rekishi, sumika, and More Perform on Love music for September 23

This week’s guests were Rekishi, The Cro-Magnons, sumika, and PassCode.

Rekishi – GET A NOTE

The Cro-Magnons –  Toki no Ma ni Ma ni

sumika – Fanfare

PassCode – Tonight

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