Important Importables: UVERworld

February 5, 2011 - 3:00 am No Comments

Hot Japanese Imports: UVERworld

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It’s been a while since Hot Japanese Imports took a peek at Japanese music, so let’s do that this week, yes? That was rhetorical by the way. Don’t worry though, odds are you’ll like this column’s featured group – it’s UVERworld. Sure, you may not understand the lyrics when you listen to their music, but it has the same sort of feel as US popular rock and top-40 music. If you like songs from Anberlin, Relient K, Fall Out Boy, Ellegarden or Boys Like Girls, then you might enjoy listening to UVERworld too.

Timeless UVERworld

So what’s UVERworld?

UVERworld is a Japanese rock band, of course. It started out as a seven man band known as Sound Goku Road, but scaled down become UVERworld before the group was discovered in 2005 and made their debut. The group is made up of five members now, with Takuya singing, Katsuya on guitar, Akira on drums, Nobuto on bass guitar and Shintaro on drums.

If you’re interested in getting into UVERworld’s music, your best bet is to stop by YouTube. It’s a great place to check out the group’s music videos. (Be prepared to wade through tons of fan-made music videos too!) Then, when you find songs you like, you can check and see if one of the six CDs released so far, Timeless, Bugright, Proglution, Awakeve, Neo Sound Bestand Last, has some of the tracks. If anything, Neo Sound Best would be the one to go for since it’s a greatest hits collection.

Here are some songs I would recommend checking out:

  • “D-Tecnolife” Timeless (Also on Neo Sound Best)
  • “Just Melody” Timeless
  • “Chance!” Timeless (Also on Neo Sound Best)
  • “Shamrock” Bugright (Also on Neo Sound Best)
  • “Colors of the Heart” BugRight (Also on Neo Sound Best)
  • “Kimi no Suki na Uta” Bugright (Also on Neo Sound Best)
  • “Endscape” Proglution
  • “Ukiyo Crossing” Proglution (Also on Neo Sound Best)
  • “99/100 Damashi no Tetsu” Awakeve (Also on Neo Sound Best)
  • “Gold” Last

As you can see, I’m especially fond of the group’s earlier songs, but they’re all very good.

UVERworld Bugright

UVERworld in games and anime

While the name may sound unfamiliar, chances are you have heard UVERworld before. Especially if you happened to catch Bleach on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. UVERworld’s “D-TecnoLife” was used as one of the theme songs for that series. Quite a few animes have theme songs performed by the group. If you watched Blood+, D. Grey-man or Mobile Suit Gundam 00, then you heard “Colors of the Heart,” “Gekidou” and “Hakanaku mo Towa no Kanashi.”

UVERworld’s music has been used as video game theme songs as well, but none of the games have been released in North America yet. If you happened to pick up the very import-friendly PSP game Bleach: Heat the Soul 2, like I did, then “Chance!” greets you whenever the game begins! Also, “D-TecnoLife” was tapped again for the PS2 action-adventure game Bleach: Erabareshi Tamashii. In non-anime games, the group also performs “Ultimate” for Last Ranker (PSP).

COMING NEXT WEEK: Hot Japanese Imports talks about Nendoroids.

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