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One Piece new OP “Hands Up!” written and composed by BACK-ON!

Some fans may be familiar with the popular Japanese anime TV series One Piece, and I am very happy to announce – with thanks to MONSTERSNITE for the news – that the 16th opening theme called “Hands Up!” was written and composed by BACK-ON!

One Piece OP Hands Up!- BACK-ON credits

The band has also been credited on the official One Piece website and the new OP aired for the first time today (April 14th 2013) as part of episode 591 :)

You can hear the full song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_26UyXKWP04 with thanks to shun0516ya  and although it was sung by Kota Shinzato (新里宏太), it does sound like a classic BACK-ON track – one that Kenji03 could easily sing.  The lyrics are also typically uplifting – encouraging the listener to look up, step up, leap over the waves and head to the future.

Do you like the song?  Let us know what you think! :)

p/s: With thanks to shun0516ya for the Japanese lyrics:

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Exclusive preview: “come on & let’s go feat. Emyli, KALIS from OverDose (Taiwan)” lyrics – chorus, Emyli and KALIS’ rap

Have you been listening to come on & Let’s go feat. Emyli, KALIS from OverDose (Taiwan) on repeat since yesterday?  I know I have, especially after listening to the ON8 radio interview uploaded by MONSTERSNITE, which included what was probably the first radio airplay of the song and, in case you missed it, can be found here (with a little intro by KENJI03):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKTSSNHazC0#t=19m56s

This is the first time that BACK-ON and their collaborators Emyli and KALIS (not KAILIS) will be releasing a song in three different languages: Japanese, English and Mandarin, and we have been given an exclusive preview of the lyrics by an anonymous visitor for the chorus, as well as  Emyli and KALIS‘ rap!

come on & Let's go feat. Emyli and KALIS from OverDose (Taiwan)

A big thank you must be given to our anonymous visitor for the exclusive preview! :D  

We will be transliterating this part of the lyrics over the next week (the ones in Japanese and Chinese) as we count down the days till the release of Good Job!! (May 30th 2012), as this is definitely one of BACK-ON‘s best songs (imho) in that not only does it deliver a message of hope, inspiration and belief, one that we can ALL relate and sing-along to, but does so as part of a tune that, to me at least, is as groundbreaking and captivating as Chain.




TEEDA and KENJI03 – Radio interview with BayFM’s Sana on “ON8″ and listen to ‘come on & Let’s go feat. Emyli, KALIS from OverDose (Taiwan)” in full!

BACK-ON‘s TEEDA and KENJI03 joined BayFM‘s さな(Sana) on her radio show ON8 yesterday and MONSTERSNITE has very kindly uploaded it onto Youtube for everyone to listen to as well!

The pair are their usual charming selves (I think there’s even a gift!) and Sana likes calling them ‘sempai’, but quite importantly, this is probably the first time that come on & Let’s go feat. Emyli, KALIS from OverDose (Taiwan) has received radio airplay and we get to hear it in FULL!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LKTSSNHazC0

It is definitely a fantastic collaboration featuring KENJI03 + TEEDA + Emyli + KALIS rapping and singing in no less than three different languages (English, Japanese and Mandarin) – it is THE tune of the month for me!

TEEDA and KENJI03 with Sana on on8, BayFM
Photo of TEEDA and KENJI03 with Sana (17th May 2012) from TEEDA’s blog

I reckon it will be impossible for anyone not to like this song and it would be great to know your thoughts! :D  With lyrics like ‘turn up the volume on the 50-pound boom box‘ and mentions of ‘Wu-Tang‘  (TEEDA) and ‘gotta aim sky high never settle for a lie‘ (Emyli),  ‘gotta be brave… 最真實的自我’   (my true self – KALIS) and a chorus with English and Japanese (sung predominantly by KENJI03) – English excerpts below:

Come on and Let’s go, are you ready set go!…
I wanna be a hero
Tell me what you want, show me what you got yeah 

Such a hotly anticipated collaboration and BACK-ON delivered with aplomb! :D  For those who understand Japanese better than I do, I would love to find out more about what they talked about during the interview!

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‘Tales of’ Festival DVD will feature BACK-ON’s live performance of Re:Start and flyaway!

Following on from our previous post about BACK-ON‘s live gig at the 2009 Tales of Festival, it turns out that Namco Bandai will be releasing a 2-disc DVD of the event for fans on October 2nd 2009, featuring BACK-ON‘s live rendition of Re:Start and flyaway, the theme songs from Tales of the World : Radiant Mythology 2.

With warm thanks again to MONSTERSNITE for the news, it is probably the first time the band’s live performance of any of their songs has been released as a DVD! We have seen a few standalone recordings (on Youtube) and even in the BLAZE LINE PV, but nothing like this, although some of us BOO Forum folk would love to have a dedicated DVD!

The DVD will have a Retail Price of ¥ 7,140 and a running time of approximately 240 minutes (4 hours?) . According to this post by Anoop Gantayat on AndriaSang.com :

This is a “set” in that it contains two DVDs, one each for the afternoon and evening versions of the June 14 show. Buyers can look forward to talk shows and skits, much of which differed depending on the showing. In addition, the set will include bonus promotional footage, specifics about which have yet to be shared.

I only wish that the release date wasn’t so far away, but at least we have got BACK-ON‘s European debut at Connchi in Germany to look forward to in September. And before I forget – if you haven’t already heard – we are organising a GIGANTIC FANBOOK PROJECT for the band by fans. All ideas and fans are welcome so please do come and participate if you can!




BACK-ON featured on Fuji TV’s とくダネ! (Tokudane!)!

YES!!! was released just 3 days ago (12th November 2008) and I am happy to say the album has been doing well in the Daily Oricon Rankings as it has been sitting within the TOP #30 spot for all 3 days, climbing to a high of #24 yesterday!

12/11/08: #26
13/11/08: #29
14/11/08: #24

These are the figures I’ve been able to capture so far, and I’m actually really looking forward to the release of the weekly results to see how well BACK-ON have done, especially now that they have been featured as part of Fuji TV‘s staple weekday morning news program とくダネ! (Tokudane!)

According to the Wikipedia entry for the program, it is currently broadcast from 08:00 – 09:55, Mondays to Fridays” and with reference to the English version of FujiTV Outline, this ‘infotainment’ program has held the top position for audience ratings during the morning slot for 74 months running! This is good news, because even if the viewing audience are primarily made up of OAPs (assuming Japan and the UK are similar in that respect :p) this still means that BACK-ON was promoted for two minutes to the majority of TV viewers!

And it was a great introduction imho, which you can watch for yourself courtesy of MONSTERSNITE (gangangan03‘s new account!) by clicking the link below or scrolling to the end of this post!

Click here to watch BACK-ON being introduced on Tokudane!

For those without access to Youtube, here’s a quick breakdown of what happened in the clip:

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Listen to clips from BACK-ON’s new album YES!!! on their official Myspace!

It’s been awhile since BACK-ON updated their official Myspace, but with 1 day left till the release of their very first full album YES!!!, they have revamped their profile with new banners, and more importantly, provided preview clips of 4 [LA mix] versions of their songs from their brand new album!

Click on the screenshot of the player below to visit their official Myspace and listen to the songs yourself! If you don’t have access to Myspace, keep on reading for a special treat that we have for you :)

Thumbnail screenshot of BACK-ON's Myspace Playlist in Nov 2008

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