I’m sure that a lot of drama fans have experienced this at least once. By the third episode you’re absolutely hooked on the show and its characters but now the shows’ theme song has really begun to have a special meaning as well as it begins to remind you of the show and you declare the producers geniuses for choosing such a perfect match! And it’s not long before you find yourself in need of the single which leads you on a quest to find out whom the artist or group is! I’ve experienced this feeling so many times and through the later half of the 90’s and up until just a few years ago I found myself watching so many Japanese dramas and in most cases I also ended up purchasing the accompanying theme songs as well. In some instances where a show really became endeared to me I’d also purchase the soundtrack as well as I find that the instrumental scores can really bring back great memories too. And there are even times where I fall in love with the theme song more than the drama itself!
This list could go on forever so I’ve just selected a few of my favorite drama theme songs to list here: “La La La Love song” Kubota Toshinobu, “Destiny” My Little Lover, “Everything (It’s You)” Mr.Children, “Sign” Mr.Children, “Wish” Arashi, “Poison” Sorimachi Takashi, “Ride on Time” Yamashita Tatsuro, “Wanderin’ Destiny” Globe, “Traveling Boy” Eguchi Yosuke, “Hidamari no uta” Le Couple, “Saboten no hana” Tulip, “Heart” Fukuyama Masaharu, “Love Love Love” Dreams Come True, “Aoi Usagi” Sakai Noriko, “Mirai e no present” Nakayama Miho, “Romance” Dreams Come True, “Mr. Lonely” Tamaki Koji, “Can You Celebrate” Amuro Namie, “Namonaki Uta” Mr.Children, “Kagami no dress” Sakai Noriko, “Seishun Amigo” Shuuji to Akira (Yamada Ryosuke & Nakajima Yuto), “Kimi ga ita kara” Field of View, “Sincere” Harada Tomoyo, “Beloved” Glay, “Do Not” Fujii Fumiya, “Kimi ni aitakunattara” Zard, “Forever” Sorimachi Takashi, “Tomorrow” Okamoto Mayo, “Oretachi ni ashita wa aru” Smap, “Daijoubu” Furuuchi Toko, “Cymbals” Kubota Toshinobu, “Be With You” Glay, “PIECE OF MY WISH” Imai Miki, “Ito” Nakajima Miyuki, “Atarashii hito e” Kaientai (theme from Kimpachi Sensei!!), “Natsu no ousama” Kinki Kids, “Sonnamondarou” Oda Yuji, “Oh My Little Girl” Ozaki Yutaka, “Shiawase na ketsumatsu” Ohtaki Eiichi, “Sayonara daisuki na hito” Hana Hana, “I For You” Luna Sea, “Over” V6, “Love and Peace” Tokio, “Futari no subete” Karasawa Toshiaki & Kiki Kirin, and I must make myself stop before you fall asleep! There’s so many more dramas that I’ve watched over the years as these are just a few and I’ve ended up purchasing all of these songs, some were released as singles while others were only available on the artists/groups’ album.
Although not planned, this is my little tribute to Matsushima Nanako’s character in the drama GTO where she had a poster of Takenouchi Yutaka on her wall which I always found to be a witty inside joke of sorts. 🙂 Ah as you can see some of my Japanese DVDs are heading towards the ceiling as that’s one of the top shelfs just below the poster. 😛 But they won’t be getting any higher there as I won’t be obscuring his image.
One of my most favorite drama theme songs is “Diamond Dust” by Himuro Kyosuke from the show “Koori no sekai” which stars my favorite actor Takenouchi Yutaka and another favorite Matsushima Nanako. Takenouchi Yutaka plays an insurance investigator and he becomes involved with Matsushima Nanako’s character who is a school teacher at an all girls high school where he’s investigating a strange death that has occurred there. She being a suspect of great interest! (Think Al Pacino in “Sea of Love.”) Himuro Kyosuke’s “Diamond Dust” really captures the feeling and emotion of this drama and it’s sure to become a favorite of yours too if you have a chance to watch it…mmm I hope! In regards to just the style of this drama’s opening credits, I draw a light parallel to Robert DeNiro’s character in “Casino” where the viewer sees him start an exploding car at the very beginning, and in this drama’s opening the image of Takenouchi Yutaka is seen sinking into the deep ocean while bleeding as scenes of his life pass before him. I can’t say anymore or it will ruin the suspense which is the intriguing essence of this drama! I really love this drama and I hope you will have chance to watch it too!
And did I mention how much I love this theme song too?!! My friend zdorama was so generous to give me this single! 🙂 Of course this song goes much better while watching “Koori no sekai” so I hope you’ll watch it too! ＾ ＾