Ep4. Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: Interview for actors; Highlights of the First Full Album

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Ep4. Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle: Interview for actors; Highlights of the First Full Album
We are reporting a long interview in four parts for members of Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle, Haruki Ishiya × Wataru Komada × Yukihiro Nozuyama × Ryuichi Kijima. For the 4th episode, we mainly asked about highlights of the first full album Enter Hypnosis Microphone, released on April 24th.
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We are reporting a long interview in four parts for members of Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle, a rap-song project with cartoon characters.

For the 4th episode, we mainly asked about highlights of the first full album Enter Hypnosis Microphone, released on April 24th.

One of members from each division attends: Haruki Ishiya, playing Jiro Yamada for Ikebukuro Division “Buster Bros!!!”; Wataru Komada, playing Jyuto Iruma for Yokohama Division “MAD TRIGGER CREW”; Yukihiro Nozuyama, playing Dice Arisugawa for Shibuya Division “Fling Posse”; and Ryuichi Kijima, playing Hifumi Izanami for Shinjuku Division “Matenro.”

What is Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle?
Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle, a rap-song project with cartoon characters played by twelve voice actors; Subaru Kimura, Haruki Ishiya, Kohei Amasaki, Shintaro Asanuma, Wataru Komada, Shinichiro Kamio, Yusuke Shirai, Soma Saito, Yukihiro Nozuyama, Sho Hayami, Ryuichi Kijima and Kento Ito. Members are divided into four “Divisions,” Ikebukuro, Yokohama, Shibuya and Shinjuku to battle with their rap music.

What is the Main Attraction of the Full Album: Enter Hypnosis Microphone?

Enter Hypnosis Microphone, the first album containing five new songs will be released on April 24th.   As Hoodstar by Division All Stars and trailers for songs by each division were also published the other day. I’d like you to talk about highlights of this album.

Kijima: The level of songs gets higher because our rap skills have gradually improved.

Komada&Nozuyama: Right, right!

Ishiya: I agree with you! It is getting more difficult. *Laugh*

Kijima: The more we improve our skills, the more our tasks become profound and demanding. It is worth challenging to make our fans pleased, but actually hard. *Laugh*

Komada: It is more accurate to say that we are forced to improve our skills rather than we improve them by ourselves. *Laugh* The staffs keep demanding to sing new songs so that we have to develop our skills.

Nozuyama: We have no choice but to get better. *Laugh* As our songs are fun and amazing, we feel eager to grow.

Komada: It is surely difficult, but I recently have gotten more room to enjoy and think like “How does Haru-kun sing this song?” “How does Kijima-san perform?” etc.

All: *Nod*
Ishiya: I was surprised that I could challenge the flow I had never tried for one of the songs of this album. I think flow can function as a synonym of each character. For this album, however, cute flow has turned into cool flow, rhythmical lyrics turned into fluent flow - such things happened.

Kijima: Do you mean that characters’ attractiveness has updated?

Ishiya: You’re right! Due to demo tapes with high degree of perfection, I recorded wondering how all of you sing them. But most of you didn’t go as I expected.

Komada: The nuance of shouts and calls can change at the scene. I enjoyed listening to the finished version because some songs became deeper or more pick-me-up than demo tapes.

All members made the quality higher and higher as they couldn’t usually reach. I think that the composer team’s effort has realized such good results.

Additionally, when I see a movie, I feel that I am getting pretty better at moving my arms! *Laugh*

All: That’s true! *Laugh*

Ishiya: Most members can move more naturally. On the other hand, some members don’t move purposely.

Komada: You mean our (Yokohama Division) Rio. *Laugh*
Kijima: He is an immovable man. *Laugh*

Komada: I got a message from (Shinichiro) Kamio-san saying that “Koma-chan, I know that you moved today.”

Nozuyama: What? Does he mean that you must not move?

Komada: As Kamio-san said “I don’t move,” Asanuma-san responded “OK, then I move moderately!”

Nozuyama: What on earth do they mean? *Laugh*

Komada: They mean that we make a range from large to small among Yokohama Division members. Jyuto should be large. *Laugh*

Ishiya: It is interesting that each division moves in a completely different way.

Komada: Hoodstar is difficult but very fun. Division All Stars’ songs rank higher in popular karaoke songs. Because this song is a party tune raising you up, I like everyone to enjoy singing it a lot.

Nozuyama: One of my friends told me this - when he was singing a song of Hypnosis Mic at karaoke, he heard someone was singing the same song in the room next door. He said, “I got in the next room and played Battle Battle Battle together.”

Kijima: Wow, what a coincidence!

Nozuyama: I said “Don’t do that!” though. *Laugh* I’ve expected that our audience could be passionate like them.

Kijima: I’m grateful that our fans feel familiar with us.

Ishiya: Don’t butt forehead to someone though! *Laugh*

Nozuyama: Only professionals can do that, right!? *Laugh*

Kijima: We can do that because we’ve received special training. *Laugh*
Thank you for your talking for our long interview over four parts. Lastly, I’d like you to give messages to fans who are looking forward to the album!

Ishiya: This album has new songs by all divisions and Division All Stars: also, the Live edition has a Blu-ray disc of movie clip of our shows. Drama parts in the Drama Track edition are so volumey and enjoyable. I want you to enjoy the Live edition with your friends raising your right hand.

Songs by each division should go beyond your expectation and make you fun. I’d be happy if we have an opportunity to sing these songs at live shows - looking forward to seeing you then!

Nozuyama: “Battles” were the purpose and theme of the previous projects. For this time, however, you can enjoy different atmosphere.

You would be surprised at each division’s song with a unique character different from previous one. Please look forward to listening it and continue your support for us.

Kijima: This album has a star-studded song Hoodstar and nice songs by each division. I want you to anticipate that songs by each division are a bit different from usual. I am sure that you would be excited about it!
Komada: Hoodstar means “a hometown’s star” or “buddies’ glow” or so. Even though we had enmity for each other, this title says like “Let’s enjoy Hip-Hop together!” by a sudden turn.

I feel this song is trying to attract you to Hypnosis Mic again, showing characters of each member. I’m glad to enjoy discovering each lyric and rhythm one by one with you.

Also, each division’s song shows an unexpected side that never let you down. I want you to unlimitedly repeat this album with five new songs including a pretty catchy all-star song.

I like to perform the new songs in front of you and expect that this project would progress more and more.


We reported four parts of a long interview for Haruki Ishiya, Wataru Komada, Yukihiro Nozuyama and Ryuichi Kijima.

All twelve members will get together for the first time ever at the 4th live show held on 9/7 Sat and 9/8 Sun in Osaka.

We can’t wait for their songs and dramas in the first full album Enter the Hypnosis Microphone!

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