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New Back-on song ‘Sands of Time’ is the ending theme for new J-drama series ‘Keitai Sousakan 7’!

This is probably one of the most exciting posts we’ve made in a long long time! Back-on have finally announced the title of their new song ‘Sands of Time‘, and as if that wasn’t enough for us fans, they’ve also said that it will be the ending theme for the upcoming 51-episode Jdrama ケータイ捜査官7 (Keitai Sousakan 7, Cellphone Investigation 7, Mobile Investigator 7)!

Screenshot of news post re: Sands of Time

This breaking news was first spotted by Sesshy on Back-on’s official blog, and it was subsequently posted onto their official Myspace in English. They were both accompanied by a picture of the band with the cast and Hitomi Shimatani at the press conference that was held by the production team of Keitai Sousakan 7 to launch the show.

We will be covering the drama in more depth in another post. For a quick low-down of the facts (info courtesy of August Ragone, The Good, The Bad, and Godzilla 続・夕陽の呉爾羅):

The 51-episode series revolves around Kieta, a high school freshman who joins “Anchor” (the digital-crime-fighting organisation) and is given the transformer-phone, Phonebraver 7, to help thwart the plans of an internet-based crime organisation.

The main role is played by 19 year-old Masataka Kubota, and is supported by actors Mickey Curtis (Agitator), Yuko Ito (Bubble Fiction), Kanji Tsuda (Japan Sink), Natsuki Okamoto (Arch Angels), Satoshi Matsuda (Kamen Rider Ryuki), and Nao Nagasawa (Hurricanger).

Cast of Keitai Sousakan 7 at the press conference
From left: Takashi Miike, Nao Nagasawa, Yuko Ito, Masataka Kubota,
Kanji Tsuda, Satoshi Matsuda, Natsuki Okamoto (Source: Nippon Cinema)

Some big names are involved with the project, including:

  • Takashi Miike (三池崇史), the supervising director for KS7 who is famous for directing Great Yokai War and the Alive or Dead series.
  • Mamoru Oshii (押井守), the director behind Ghost in the Shell.
  • Shusuke Kaneko (金子修介), a well known director who most recently worked on the live movie version of Death Note.

In addition to the ‘all-star’ director group, TV Tokyo also recruited Hitomi Shimatani to sing the opening theme song. Apparently the new song is called WAKE YOU UP. There are reports that the singer may even guest-star in the series as well. (Author’s note: Will Back-on guest-star too?)

Alas we can’t see very much of the band from the photo posted on their blogs, but with a big thanks to bebekjelek, we can share some really good closeups of the band from the press conference that you can see below:

Group 2 Group 2

As a super-special bonus, we’ve kindly been given permission to post even more photos from the event that were taken by David Michaud of LeJapon.fr, a freelance photographer who hails from France and is based in Japan. The full-sized versions of the thumbnails (and more photos) can all been seen in the BOO Gallery – KS7 Press Conference, and aside from the excellent group photos, there are also individual pictures (closeups!) of Kenji03 and Teeda! I would really encourage everyone to view the photos in full, since thumbnails really don’t do them enough justice!

Kenji03 and Teeda Group Photo 5 Group Photo 3 Group Photo 6
Group Photo with Takashi Miike and Hitomi Shimatani Kenji03 Teeda 3 Group Photo 4

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Tokyo TV’s Mayokara new opening theme, Back-on’s “Colours” and a new Back-on only gig at Shibuya O-Crest!

The news source this time is from the official Back-on website, so unless I’ve completely interpreted it incorrectly it seems that we have found out the name of one of their new songs, potentially even the third song on the forthcoming “BLAZE LINE/A day dreaming…” single release!

We mentioned before that Back-on‘s song 鼓動 (Kodou) featured as the main theme for TV Tokyo’s Mayokara (マヨカラ). Now, according to Back-on‘s website, the programme has chosen another Back-on song for their new theme tune, “Colours” which Back-on describes as a fast song with a “hot message“.

It is due to be aired with the episode on Thursday, April 5th 2007 at 2:00am. You can read more about the forthcoming episode on the Tokyo Mayokara website. Unfortunately I can’t find any clips of the show online at the moment but the website is worth visiting as it seems like a fun programme. ^^

Back-on has also updated their schedule of live events to include a Back-on only appearance at Shibuya O-Crest (which apparently fits 200 people) on July 4th 2007. It seems this performance is in celebration of Back-on returning from America!

Tickets will officially be on-sale from the ticket office from May 19th, but Back-on will be selling tickets at almost all of their forthcoming live performances starting from April 18th. These advanced tickets will retail at ¥2,500, which is more than the usual ¥1,800 – ¥2,000. As Back-on usually performs with 2-3 other bands at gigs, this is a step forward!

I should also add that their website states that their April 18th 2007 gig at 柏ZaX for 「ZaX 3MAN LIVE!!」 will apparently be recorded and Back-on will be performing lots of songs as its their main show before their trip to Anime Matsuri! The Events page will be updated with more details information soon. :)

p/s: I would add links to the official venue websites for e.g. Shibuya but for some reason they are IE (Internet Explorer) only.


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A few updates…

I’ve realised – again and again – there’s a lot of content to be added/updated/edited on Back-on Online, so hope everyone can be as patient as possible. Back-on Online aims to be the BEST fansite dedicated to Back-on, and hopefully we’re not doing *too* badly at the moment whilst we build up the content-base. One also has to consider how the information is laid out, as there is such a variety of data, its confusing just trying to figure out *how* to organise it. If you have any suggestions about how the site should develop, please let me know.

In the meantime, a few page updates have been made to:

  • Band Members – Kenji03’s profile has been added. We’ve also added a couple of comments after some intensive internet research but more details will be added later.
  • Discography – The details for New World and Chain have been added, again with some comments from Back-on Online. It was interesting to find that 鼓動 (Kodou… which is supposed to mean pulsating according to one source)  is actually the main theme for the programme ‘Mayokara‘.

Most of the factual information was sourced directly from the band’s official website, but other information has been compiled from multiple internet sources by this site.  More content will be added in the next few days.


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