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My Fave Spotlight: UVERworld

To start off my fave spotlight series, I’m going to start off with a Japanese band that I’ve been listening to for over a decade now and that’s Uverworld.

All 6 UVERworld members are shown.
These 6 lovely members

Uverworld is a Japanese fusion band that incorporates various styles of rock including rap rock, alternative rock, pop rock, etc. with some jazz fusion. There are 6 members though the band debuted as 5 back in 2003 (though the saxophone player, the “new” 6th member did perform with them originally, too). Many who watch anime may know the band from their debut single, D-technolife, which was used as Bleach’s 2nd opening. Uverworld has featured prominently in other anime like Blue Exorcist (Core Pride, Itteki no Eikyou), The Promised Neverland (Touch Off), Boku no Hero Academia (Odd Future), etc.

This video has every anime song by Uverworld from 2005-2018, and it’s pretty short so if you want to hear a bit of their sound in brief – check it out.

Does anyone even remember BLEACH?

To me, the band creates moving and touching lyrics that speak to much of us youth today. Adults as well can enjoy the deeper meaning and intentions the songs produced by Uverworld can convey. From romance to hopes to suicide, there is definitely at least one Uverworld song you can relate to on a personal level.

I think that is why I enjoy listening to Uverworld ever since I was 11. They were part of my childhood and still make an impact on me today. Their songs are still relevant to me from their first album back in 2005 to now and I believe they are still going strong with songs that are still pretty good to my ears.

I created this post to share some of their songs to others who may not know them as I feel that Japanese bands may not be as well known to others in the West or maybe even outside of Japan. Although, I know no one will really read this, so I also have made this post as a sort of appreciation towards a band that has been a good part of my musical journey for literally half my life at this point.

Hopefully you may be persuaded to listen to their songs? If not, that’s fine, everyone’s taste are different.

But first, an introduction to the members.

TAKUYA

A picture of Takuya.

Full Name: Takuya Shimizu. He’s the vocalist and producer.

Date of Birth: December, 21st 1979.

Place of Birth: Osaka, Japan.

Blood-type: B.

Zodiac Sign: Sagittarius.

First Impressions: Hyperactive, perfectionist, sure of himself and multifaceted.

-He has a father and older sister who were both delinquents. Takuya was greatly influenced by his sister. And he rarely saw his father at home.

-Takuya has been arrested once due to a problem with a traffic officer. To express his remorse and ask for forgiveness, he cut his hair and wrote the song, Rinku (Link), to his fans.

-His been in trouble with the police before as back in high school, he spent all night playing basketball in the gym and was caught.

-Never finished high school and instead left his home with only his guitar to take various jobs and sleep at various friends’ houses.

-First music appearance at 19 at a school’s cultural festival.

-Loves sports and to read. He also plays various instruments like the guitar, piano, bass, drums and more.

-Admires Superman

-One childhood dream was to be a reporter

-Married a normal citizen whose identity hasn’t been disclosed due to privacy’s sake.

-Married last year to a normal citizen whose identity hasn't been disclosed due to privacy's sake

KATSUYA

A picture of Katsuya.

Full Name: Katsuya Shiratori He’s the first guitarist and the leader of the band.

Date of Birth: February, 22nd 1980.

Place of Birth: Shiga, Japan.

Blood-type: O.

Zodiac Sign: Pisces.

First Impressions: Kind, polite, protector, reserved and friendly.

-Goes to the gym

-Can cook quite well according to the other members

-Nicknamed Katsu-mama as he is practically the mother in the band

-Spends hours on the internet

-Is very shy when he doesn’t trust others

-Due to his shorter height, he likes to wear larger soles inside his shoes

AKIRA

A picture of Akira.

Full Name: Akira Saionji He’s the second guitarist.

Date of Birth: March, 8th 1984.

Place of Birth: Shiga, Japan.

Blood-type: A.

Zodiac Sign: Pisces.

First Impressions: Serious, reserved, mysterious, anti-social and rarely smiles.

-Wouldn’t mind being alone

-Loves video games and likes to read

-Doesn’t have a special type of girl he likes

-As a kid, he dreamed about having a confectionery. Coincidentally, he lives above one now.

-Drinks liquor

-Prefers dogs to cats

NOBUTO

A picture of Nobuto.

Full Name: Nobuto Kuwahara He’s the bass player.

Date of Birth: February, 14th 1980.

Place of Birth: Shiga, Japan.

Blood-type: A.

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius.

First Impressions: Funny, hilarious, a little immature and chatty.

-Likes to watch movies

-Nicknamed Shishou (master) because he knows how to make his friends laugh

-Has known Takuya since they were little and are best friends

-Always uses friendly gestures like laughing a lot, making jokes, and hugging

SHINTARO

A picture of Shintaro.

Full Name: Shintaro Tamaki He’s the drummer.

Date of Birth: November, 5th 1983.

Place of Birth: Shiga, Japan.

Blood-type: O.

Zodiac Sign: Scorpio.

First Impressions: Cheerful, kind, a little absent-minded and friendly.

-Loves baseball. Even as a kid, he dreamed of being a baseball player.

-He is an extreme fan of cars

-He likes a girl who is quiet and is good at cooking

-His house is very messy

-He also likes liquor

-Winter is his favorite season

-Prefers dogs over cats

SEIKA

A picture of Seika.

Full Name: Seika He’s the saxophonist and the DJ(disk jockey)

Date of Birth: September, 25th 1979.

Place of Birth: Shiga, Japan.

Blood-type: A.

Zodiac Sign: Libra.

First Impressions: Reserved, shy, kind and mysterious.

-Was around since the beginning of Uverworld’s formation but didn’t become an official member until 2014

-Does not watch TV at all

-Plays various instruments like the flute and the guitar

Another meme photo of all the members.

Uverworld

-They used to live together in the same house where they also bathed together

-They go running together often

-All the members drink regularly except for Takuya, who only drinks once or twice per year

-They used to have a dog named Kick, who Takuya used to feed cabbages to. Unfortunately, Kick died but Uverworld dedicated a song to her in their album O choir called, Kick ga Jiyuu (Kick is Free). They now have a new dog named Otis.

-They have a documentary named after one of their songs titled, The SONG.

-In the early days, barely anyone came to see them, but now their tickets are sold out in minutes.

(All member information came from uverandom.blogspot.com. Please check out their site for more Uverworld information in Spanish and English.

Facts were taken from uverandom.blogspot.com. Thank you uverandom staff and please give them credit for spreading this information when it couldn’t be found anywhere else in English or Spanish!)

Do any of the guys catch your attention? Which member do you think you would get along with the most? What about the least? Though it might be a bit biased because Takuya has the most anecdotes about him.

Albums (from 2006 to now)

Note: All linked songs are taken from shinitakashi.blogspot.com. He or she is a great source for English translated lyrics for UVERworld! Please support him or her! All video playlist are from the official UVERworld channel. Please support them as well.

Timeless (February 15th, 2006)

Timeless album
Their debut album
A playlist of all the songs in Timeless.

CHANCE!
Toki no Namida
Rush
D-tecnoLife
Yasashisa no Shizuku
ai tashin (Album Version)
Burst
Nitro
just Melody (Album Version)
Lump Of Affection
Tobira
☆SE
D-tecnoLife (Album Version)

BUGRIGHT (February 15th, 2006)

BUGRIGHT album

Zero no Kotae
SHAMROCK
Home Binetsu 39°C
~Nagare·Kuukyo·THIS WORD~
Colors of the Heart
Live everyday as if it were the last day
Charmant no Ura
Hitori ja Nai Kara
Kimi no Suki na Uta
51%
LIFEsize
EMPTY96
DISCORD
Kimi no Suki na Uta (Acoustic Version)

PROGLUTION (January 16th, 2008)

PROGLUTION album

Roots
brand new ancient
Ukiyo CROSSING
Byouteki Kikyuu Nikki
counting song-H
Shaka Beach ~Laka Laka La~ (album ver.)
GROOVY GROOVY GROOVY
expod-digital
☆-Myousaku Gougai ORCHESTRA-
UNKNOWN ORCHESTRA (album ver.)
-god’s followers-
Kami Atsume
-forecast map 1955-
ENERGY (album ver.)
endscape (album ver.)
Kokoro ga Sasu Basho to Kuchiguse Soshite Kimi ga Tsuite Kuru
Oto no Ha
to the world (SE)

AwakEVE (February 18th, 2009)

AwakEVE album

Gekidou (AwakEVE ver.)
99/100 Damashi no Tetsu
Mikage Ishi
Corona
Hakanaku mo Towa no Kanashi
earthy world
Hissei Satsuki Prologue
I Am Riri
Koishikute
Forget
Just break the limit!
☆Waon
Halzion (2nd-MIX)
YURA YURA

Neo SOUND BEST (December 9th, 2009)

Neo SOUND BEST album
A collection of their best songs up until the release of this album.

D-tecnoRize
CHANCE! (Re-Sing ver.)
Hakanaku mo Towa no Kanashi
Roots
Gekidou
99/100 Damashi no Tetsu
Zero no Kotae
Shaka Beach ~Laka Laka La~
Ukiyo CROSSING
SHAMROCK
Yasashisa no Shizuku
Monochrome ~Kidzukenakatta devotion~
Kimi no Suki na Uta
Koishikute
Kanashimi wa Kitto
D-tecnoLife

LAST (April 14th, 2010)

LAST album

GOLD
world LOST world
Sparta
Kokoro to Kokoro
the truth
Barrel
High! Mondaisaku
closed POKER
Kanashimi wa Kitto (album ver.)
CHANGE
WANNA be BRILLIANT
Kimi no Mama
GO-ON (2nd-mix)

LIFE 6 SENSE

LIFE 6 SENSE album

CORE PRIDE
Itsuka Kanarazu Shinu Koto wo Wasureru na
Isseki wo Toujiru Tokyo midnight sun
ace of ace
NO.1 (album ver.)
Qualia
Secret
Shousha Okubyoumono
Muttsu no Kaze (album ver.)
Ichioku Bun no Ichi no Shousetsu
MONDO PIECE
Hakuchuumu

The ONE

THE ONE album

☆THE ONE (SE)
7th Trigger
Don’t Think. Feel
LIMITLESS
23 Words
KINJITO (LIVE intro ver.)
THE OVER
Koko Kara
REVERSI
Barbell ~Koutei no Atarashii Fuku album ver.~
BABY BORN & GO
AWAYOKUBA-Kiru (LIVE intro ver.)
NOWHERE boy

Ø CHOIR

Ø CHOIR album

Zero HERE ~SE~
IMPACT
Dare ga Itta
Nano Second (album ver.)
Fight For Liberty (album ver.)
ENOUGH-1
KICK ga Jiyuu
a LOVELY TONE (album ver.)
Nanokame no Ketsui
☆Bessekai
Born Slippy
Wizard CLUB
Arubeki Katachi
Ø choir

TYCOON

TYCOON album

☆TYCOON
Q.E.D.
Sirius
SHOUT LOVE
IDEAL REALITY
LONE WOLF
DECIDED (Album ver.)
PRAYING RUN
ALL ALONE (Album ver.)
Itteki no Eikyou (Album ver.)
Hon no Sukoshi
Boku no Kotoba dewa Nai Kore wa Bokutachi no Kotoba (Album ver.)
WE ARE GO (Album ver.)
Collide
Souzen’iki
I LOVE THE WORLD
Emu
Shuuen

UNSER

UNSER album

Making it Drive
AFTER LIFE
Touch off
Kyoukai
stay on
First Sight
ODD FUTURE
Muimi ni Naru Yoru
EDEN e
ConneQt
OXYMORON
One Last Time
ROB THE FRONTIER
GOOD and EVIL
☆UNSER

30

30 album

EN
One stroke for freedom
Ekubo
OUR ALWAYS
AVALANCHE
THUG LIFE
SOUL feat. Aoyama Thelma & Aiemu
Raichoue feat. Yamada Takayuki & Aiemu
NAMELY
E.T.
AS ONE
HOURGLASS
☆NEVER ENDING WORLD


I can’t really choose one album to recommend as I like them all. I know that’s a cop out but that’s just how I feel. Maybe one day I can do some sort of post on UVERworld songs I like from greatest to least in tier list fashion but for now you just have to settle with this post.

But it’s crazy to think that I’ve been listening to them for about a little over a decade at this point and counting. I hope they continue to provide good music and vibes

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