After dropping BAD Mode on the prime of the 12 months, acting at Coachella, teaming up with Cartier and, most lately, singing “Someplace Close to Marseilles” to sharks while clubbing in an aquarium – a scene plucked straight from my private fan-fiction – Hikaru Utada has much more for us to get enthusiastic about this fall.
As beforehand introduced, there’s a Yuri Kanchiku-directed Netflix sequence coming, referred to as First Love, impressed by none apart from Hikaru’s massively in style, immediate ugly cry-inducing 1999 single from their record-shattering Japanese debut studio album, in addition to 2018’s “Hatsukoi.”
Two years later, it’s lastly prepared…and it’s premiering on November 24.
As of Friday (September 23), there’s now an official web page for the sequence on Netflix, in addition to the primary teaser poster, and an official description.
Per Netflix: “A cross-generational love story impressed by “First Love” (1999) and “Hatsukoi” (2018), two seminal songs by Hikaru Utada. Two youngsters fall in love for the primary time within the late 90s; twenty years later, one is about to get engaged, whereas the opposite is divorced with a teenage son who’s falling in love for the primary time.”
The present is categorized on Netflix as “swoonworthy,” “heartfelt” and “feel-good.” Additionally: TV-MA score. Hey! Let’s have a good time that!
The forged contains Takeru Satoh, star of the Rurouni Kenshin movie sequence, and Hikari Mitsushima, the idol singer-turned-actress who starred in 2006’s Dying Notice adaptation, and extra lately carried out and danced in Mondo Grosso‘s “Labyrinth,” a 2017 spotlight!), in addition to lending her charming voice to this 12 months’s “In This World.”
The primary teaser from the present can be unveiled at TUDUM Japan, Netflix’s world fan occasion on September 25.
However the information doesn’t cease with the present.
That’s proper: on December 9, the twenty fourth anniversary of Hikki’s debut, Hikaru Utada will launch Dolby Atmos variations of the 2 songs: “First Love (2022 Combine),” in addition to “Hatsukoi (2022 Remastering),” plus a restricted version 7-inch vinyl “First Love / Hatsukoi” containing the 2 tracks, in addition to a cappella variations.
The observe was blended by engineer Steve Fitzmaurice, who’s labored with Hikaru since Fantôme.
“The meticulously designed three-dimensional acoustics deliver a brand new and engaging expertise. The analog model of ‘First Love (2022 Combine)’ is newly blended by the identical engineer and ‘First Love (2022 Remastering)’ is finished specifically for this,” the official web site declares.
And sure, the “First Love” / “Hatsukoi” 7″ vinyl is out there to pre-order proper now. (There’s an Exterior Bonus merchandise for the restricted press, intriguingly listed as “a coaster.”)
That is all very thrilling, and doubtlessly huge: we’ve all seen how worldwide TV exhibits on Netflix have develop into world occasions previously few years. The concept of Hikaru Utada’s classics taking up new life and reaching new ears is extremely thrilling. Plus, crisp new variations of “First Love” and “Hatsukoi” – and a collectible merchandise besides, simply in time for Christmas. The Hikki Hive is nothing if not completely being fed in 2022.
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