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Ashioto ~Be Strong – Full Radio Rip

October 30, 2014

Things have been mostly quiet on the Mr.Children front ever since they announced their new single, but I’ve been keeping my eyes and ears peeled for the full of the new song.  Luckily, my patience has been rewarded and we finally have a full radio-rip of “Ashioto ~Be Strong”!

I rather like it – it reminds me of a “current” version of “Owarinaki Tabi” (i.e. a little more power pop than rock in the overall mix, but still quite good).  Read on below to check it out for yourself!

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Mr.Children to release new physical single!

October 3, 2014

Well, at least I’m on top of this news and have it up the same day it dropped.  Anyway, as the title says, Mr.Children will be releasing a new physical single (finally!) on November 19th of this year.

The title track is going to be their Getsu 9 theme “Ashioto ~Be Strong”, with two B-sides included:  “Hanatareru” and a new song titled “Melody”.  Melody is supposedly a sad, yet somehow uplifting winter song that will display the band’s “current position”.

I can’t wait for this to drop!  You can check on the single’s cover and an official preview of Ashioto in Nobunaga Concerto’s official trailer below the cut.

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Preview of Mr.Children’s Getsu9 theme “Ashioto ~Be Strong”

September 28, 2014

Apologies!  This actually showed up around the end of last week, but uni’s kept me rather busy for the past while and I haven’t had a proper chance to write up a post.  That said, we now have a very good idea of what Mr.Children’s new drama theme song is going to sound like.  The song is titled “Ashioto ~Be Strong” (“Footsteps ~Be Strong”) and based on what we can hear, Mr.Children appear to be taking a step back towards a traditional band sound, with Ashioto driven primarily by guitar, bass, and drums (with some strings joining in for the chorus).  Honestly, I couldn’t be happier with this fact and can’t wait to hear to the song in full (here’s hoping they’ll announce the new album that it’s going to be on soon).

Take a listen to the preview of Ashioto below the cut!

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Mr.Children to perform the theme for Getsu 9 Drama “Nobunaga Concerto”

September 5, 2014

It’s been a while!  But we finally have some news to discuss again (and I expect we’ll have all the more to discuss as we near the end of the year, but more on that later).

Mr.Children have announced that they’ll be providing the theme song for this season’s Fuji TV Getsu 9 drama, “Nobunaga Concerto”.  This will actually be the first time in 13 years that the band have supplied the theme for a Getsu 9 drama, since ‘youthful days’ was the theme for “Antique” in 2001.  “Nobunaga no Concerto” will start airing on October 13th.

The song has been called a “mid-tempo rock number”, and one that Sakurai apparently kept changing over and over again until he felt it was just right.  No title or release date yet, but they’ll probably announce those soon enough.  In addition, there are rumors floating around about another end of the year album.  We’ll probably know more after they finish up their fan-club lives (I didn’t really see much of a reason to report on these when the news dropped a while back).

Here’s to another active holiday season with Misuchiru!


“Hanatareru” Full Radio Rip

May 19, 2014

I’m back!  Quicker than expected, but not for long.  Just wanted to make a post with a link to the full (radio-ripped) version of this song, since I actually really like it.  In terms of ballads … they haven’t written one this good in some time.  I’m pleased with both the vocals and the arrangement on “Hanatareru” and am now a fair bit more curious about their new album considering the two tracks we have thus far.  Anyway, enjoy:

New Digital Single: “Hanatareru” due out May 24th (and more)!

May 17, 2014


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Mr.Children to provide theme song for movie “Seiten no Hekireki”!

February 13, 2014

Well, it’s been a while since I’ve updated, but we finally have some news worth talking about!

It was announced today that Mr.Children will be providing the theme for the film “Seiten no Hekireki” (“A Bolt from the Blue”), which is based on the 2010 novel of the same name written by Hitori Gekidan.  The song is titled “Hanatareru” (放たれる; Emergent – not quite sure on that translation) and is described as a mid-tempo ballad with a bright message.  The method of delivery for the song has yet to be decided, but the movie will release on May 24th of this year.  I’ll provide a brief preview of the song below – enjoy!

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“Dakishimetai” Live Performance (from the Blood Orange Tour)!

December 18, 2013

One more quick update – today, Mr.Children released their new Live DVD/Blu-ray and commemorated the occasion by uploading one more of the live performances from it.  Today’s video is “Dakishimetai”, and it really sounds great.  Please enjoy, and support the band by purchasing a copy if you can (and want to)!

“Happy Song” Live Performance (from the Blood Orange Tour)!

December 12, 2013

Just a quick update – Mr.Children updated their Youtube channel again and released the live for “Happy Song” from their Tour DVD.  Enjoy and comment if you want!

Blood Orange Tour Spot + “Not Found” Performance

December 4, 2013

Today, Mr.Children uploaded the CM for their Tour DVD/Blu-ray and the rendition of “Not Found” from the Tour itself to their official Youtube channel.  I’ll link the videos below, but I really like the look of this concert – seems somewhat more theatrical than what they usually do, at least for the opening.