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New Album: [an imitation] Blood Orange

October 19, 2012

In case you haven’t heard. In the video Marshmallow Day sounds annoyingly upbeat but the rest of the tracks show promise of return to simpler song arrangements while still retaining the adult sounds of their later albums.

By the way, I really enjoy the emails that have been coming in from you about my Japan [Tokyo] trip. If you have any tips or tricks or places that you’d recommend me visiting, or just want to say hi, please don’t be shy and drop me an email at It is always nice to hear from fellow fans and make new friends :)

Source: tokyo hive.

Mr.Children has announced that they will be releasing a new album (currently untitled) on November 28th (IA’s note: MY BIRTHDAY so happy birthday to me!) The band has also announced a new DVD/Blu-ray release as well as a nationwide tour starting in December.

To celebrate their 20th year anniversary, Mr.Children held a dome tour, released 2 best-of albums, and several singles under the theme ‘POPSAURUS 2012‘. They will be wrapping up their anniversary year with a new album and tour.

Mr.Children’s upcoming album will contain the band’s recent singles “Inori ~Namida no Kidou~“, “End of the day“, and “Pieces“, as well as “hypnosis“, which served as the theme song for NTV’s drama, ‘Tokkan: Tokubetsu Kokuzei Choushukan‘. The title, complete track list, and other details will be revealed later.

About 3 weeks after the album’s release, Mr.Children’s new DVD/Blu-ray, ‘MR.CHILDREN TOUR POPSAURUS 2012‘, will hit stores on December 19th. This will include footage from the Kyocera Dome performance of their nationwide spring tour which was held on their anniversary day, May 10th.

Finally, for their upcoming tour, Mr.Children will perform a total of 8 shows in 4 locations which include Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka, and Saitama.

Check out the tour dates below!


<Mr.Children TOUR>

  • Saturday, December 15th – Kyocera Dome Osaka (Osaka)
  • Sunday, December 16th – Kyocera Dome Osaka (Osaka)
  • Saturday, December 22nd – Nagoya Dome (Aichi)
  • Sunday, December 23rd – Nagoya Dome (Aichi)
  • Friday, December 28th – Saitama Super Arena (Saitama)
  • Saturday, December 29th – Saitama Super Arena (Saitama)
  • Thursday, January 3rd – Fukuoka Yahoo! JAPAN Dome (Fukuoka)
  • Friday, January 4th – Fukuoka Yahoo! JAPAN Dome (Fukuoka)


Mr. Children [(an imitation] blood orange] album cover art

Mr. Children [(an imitation] blood orange] album cover art


01. hypnosis
02. Marshmallow day
03. End of the day
04. Joutoku
05. pieces
06. Imitation no Ki
07. Kazoe Uta
08. In My Town
09. Kako to Mirai wo Koushin Suru Otoko
10. Happy Song
11. Inori ~Namida no Kidou~

17 Comments leave one →
  1. ryusenkai permalink
    October 25, 2012 3:41 am <- A full radio rip of "Joutoku", or "Idiom", the other lead track to the album (besides Marshmallow day) if you're interested.

  2. ryusenkai permalink
    November 20, 2012 2:18 am

    Full live of Marshmallow day is now available:

    I have to say that I honestly do like this song a LOT more than I expected that I would-it’s very happy yes, but there’s more to it.

  3. ryusenkai permalink
    November 25, 2012 1:30 am

    And full album leak!

    Please, enjoy and let me know what you think!

    • November 25, 2012 7:46 pm

      Gasp! Downloading now, though I am still gonna buy the hard copy once it is out. Thanks babe, you’re a doll.

      • ryusenkai permalink
        November 26, 2012 3:16 am

        Oh, don’t get me wrong, I have a hard copy pre-ordered myself. xD Just sharing the leak now that it’s floating around to those I feel would enjoy it.

  4. November 26, 2012 2:09 pm

    LOL, no no I don’t mean it like that at all. I download MP3s all the time and watch/strip videos off youtube; it gives me a chance to sample music before deciding to buy it. It just makes good sense :) I have downloaded all the videos in the link, going to start to listen to it on Nov 28 – my birthday! Thanks again. I really appreciate it. Reviews to come soon.

    • ryusenkai permalink
      November 27, 2012 3:40 am

      Gotcha! Happy early birthday to you then and I can’t wait to see your thoughts on the album (I’m pleasantly surprised with this one, honestly)! And of course, no problem!

  5. ryusenkai permalink
    December 4, 2012 6:38 am

    [(an imitation) blood orange] debuts at #1 on the Oricon Weekly Album Charts with 530k copies sold in its first week (that’s 28k more than Sense). This album is also their 12th consecutive studio album to sell more than 500k in its first week, breaking the previous record of 11, I believe.

  6. ryusenkai permalink
    March 16, 2013 1:35 am

    Just to let you know – new Mr.Children song has been announced! It’s the theme to a movie coming out on June 1st in Japan and it’s … an aggressive rock song! It sounds like a combination of FAKE and I’ll Be, and that makes me excited, since I thought we’d never hear this side of Mr.Children again. Here’s the preview:

    • March 20, 2013 1:18 pm

      Thanks ryusenkai. BTW would you like to be a guest editor for this blog so that you can update it from time to time with news like this? If yes, I’d be happy to give you access to it :)

      • ryusenkai permalink
        March 21, 2013 4:19 am

        If you’re willing to give me access, I’d love to, since this is one of the only major Mr.Children sites I’ve seen around (that most fans that I know also visit). It’s also worth noting that Sakurai is doing another Soccer theme collab with Gaku-MC (like he did in 2006), so it looks like Mr.Children is being their usual active selves again. I do hope that Sakurai rests his voice a bit after the Tour ends, but I’m glad to see that they’re not backing into a slower release pattern just yet.

      • March 21, 2013 8:49 am

        Invitation sent :) Welcome!

      • ryusenkai permalink
        March 21, 2013 9:01 am

        Accepted! :) Thanks. This is the first time I’ve done this, so I’ll have some learning to do. Shouldn’t be too bad I don’t think, though.

      • March 21, 2013 11:46 am

        I am sure you will enjoy it. WordPress is quite easy to use. Please make yourself at home and thanks for joining in :)

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