Bullet Train (band)

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Bullet Train
Native name 超特急
Origin Japan
Genres J-pop, Electropop, EDM
Years active 2011 (2011)–present
Labels SDR
Associated acts Ebidan
Dish
Momoiro Clover Z
Website bullettrain.jp
Members Kōichi
Kai
Ryōga
Takuya
Yūki
Yūsuke
Takashi
Past members Shō Takemura

Bullet Train (超特急?, Chōtokkyū) is a Japanese boyband formed on December 25, 2011 under Stardust Promotion.[1][2] The group debuted under the name "超特急☆-BULLET TRAIN- (Chōtokkyū☆-BULLET TRAIN-?)" but later changed the name to "超特急 (Chōtokkyū?)". The group consists of "main dancers" and "back vocalists", meaning that the vocalists stand behind the dancers during the band's performances.[3][4] Bullet Train has been likened to Momoiro Clover Z, a girl group managed by the same talent agency.[5] The group is also described as "Non-idols" (非アイドル?, Hi Aidoru).[6] Consisting of 5 main dancers, the center among the dancers changes for each single.

Members[edit]

Stage name Full name Birth date and age Prefecture
of origin
Car
no.
Position Color
Kōichi (コーイチ?) Kōichi Yoshino (吉野 晃一?) (1994-06-18) June 18, 1994 (age 23) Nara 1 Back vocal / "Dad"      Black
Kai (カイ?) Kai Ogasawara (小笠原 海?) (1994-09-27) September 27, 1994 (age 22) Kanagawa 2 Main dancer / "Mysterious"      Blue
Ryōga (リョウガ?) Ryōga Funatsu (船津 稜雅?) (1994-10-23) October 23, 1994 (age 22) Kanagawa 3 Main dancer / "Skinny" / Leader (as of August 8, 2013)      Purple
Takuya (タクヤ?) Takuya Kusakawa (草川 拓弥?) (1994-11-24) November 24, 1994 (age 22) Tokyo 4 Main dancer / "Muscular"      Green
Yūki (ユーキ?) Yūki Murata (村田 祐基?) (1995-01-02) January 2, 1995 (age 22) Tokushima 5 Main dancer / "Clumsy" / Former leader      Red
Yūsuke (ユースケ?) Yūsuke Fukuda (福田 佑亮?) (1995-12-24) December 24, 1995 (age 21) Kanagawa 6 Main dancer / "Cheerful"      Yellow
Takashi (タカシ?) Takashi Matsuo (松尾 太陽?) (1996-09-23) September 23, 1996 (age 20) Osaka 7 Back vocal / "Youngest child"      White

Discography[edit]

Singles[edit]

No. Title Center Release date Charts First
week
sales
(Oricon)
Track list Notes
JPN
Oricon

[7]
1 TRAIN Yūki June 10, 2012 (2012-06-10) N/A N/A TRAIN
No More Cry
Video
Sold only at Lawson and HMV
2 Shake body Takuya October 24, 2012 (2012-10-24) 126 560 Shake body
Secret Express
panipani
Video
Sold only at Lawson and HMV
3 POLICEMEN Kai February 13, 2013 (2013-02-13) 18 3,597 POLICEMEN
Drive On Week
FLASHBACK
Video
4 Bloody Night Ryōga June 5, 2013 (2013-06-05) 10 11,831 Bloody Night
Make it hot!
Keyword
Video
Ending song of TV Tokyo drama Vampire Heaven
Starlight Takuya July 17, 2013 (2013-07-17) 7 11,119 Starlight
  • Limited-distribution single
  • Released under the band name Ultra Bullet Train
    as a special collaboration with Ultraman Ginga

Video
"Starlight" was the ending song of TV Tokyo drama Ultraman Ginga
The single reached 1st place in the Oricon Indie Singles Chart

5 Kiss Me Baby Yūki
Yūsuke
November 13, 2013 (2013-11-13) 8 21,822 Kiss Me Baby
No. 1
Hashire!!!!Chōtokkyū
Kura☆Kura
Snow break
Video
Opening song of NTV music programme Music Dragon in November
6 ikki!!!!!i!! Yūsuke March 26, 2014 (2014-03-26) 4 32,157 ikki!!!!!i!!
Rush Hour
COMP!!COMP!!COMP!!
refrain
Video
Opening song of TV Asahi music programme MusicRu TV in March
7 Believe×Believe Ryōga June 11, 2014 (2014-06-11) 6 32,748 Believe×Believe
We Can Do It!
Pretty Girl
Video
Opening song of TV Tokyo anime Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V
8 Star Gear/EBiDAY EBiNAI/Burn! Kai November 12, 2014 (2014-11-12) 7 37,943 Star Gear
EBiDAY EBiNAI
Burn!
Video (Star Gear)
Video (EBiDAY EBiNAI)
Triple A-side single
"Star Gear" is used as the ending song of TV Tokyo drama Kokaku Fudo Senki Robosan
"Burn!" is used as the opening song of anime series Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V
9 Stardust LOVE TRAIN/Battaman Takuya (Stardust LOVE TRAIN)
Yūsuke (Battaman)
June 10, 2015 (2015-06-10) 5 24,578 Stardust LOVE TRAIN
Battaman
Summer love
Video (Stardust LOVE TRAIN)
Video (Battaman)
3rd debut anniversary single
Double A-side single
Produced by 2 big producers, Kenichi Maeyamada and Tetsuya Komuro
10 Beautiful Chaser Yūki September 9, 2015 (2015-09-09) 2 48,924 Beautiful Chaser
HOPE STEP JUMP
fanfare
One/O Signal
Video
Video (Music Story Film ver.)
"Beautiful Chaser" is the theme song for FujiTV drama Tantei no Tantei
Bullet Train collaborated with American guitarist, Marty Friedman for "Beautiful Chaser"
"HOPE STEP JUMP" is the theme song for Bullet Train's first movie, Sideline
11 Yell Takuya March 2, 2016 (2016-03-02) 4 27,059 Yell
OVER DRIVE
Turn Up
Synchronism
Video
Wedding themed song
Theme song for Kansai TV drama series Otōsan To Yobasete
12 Chou Never Give Up DANCE - April 26, 2017 (2017-04-26) 1 72,544 Chou Never Give Up DANCE
gr8est journey
PAPAPAPA JUMPERS[8]
Video
5th anniversary single
The music video was shot in London, England
13 My Buddy TBA July 26, 2017 (2017-07-26) TBA TBA My Buddy

Albums[edit]

No. Title Release date Charts First
week
sales
(Oricon)
Track list Notes
JPN
Oricon

[9]
1 RING December 3, 2014 (2014-12-03) 7 18,986 Disc 1
SURVIVOR
Superstar
ikki!!!!!i!!
Believe×Believe
Star Gear
Billion Beats
EBiDAY EBiNAI
Bloody Night
What's going on?
Time Wave
Kiss Me Baby
Gravitation
Bye Bye Bye
Disc 2 (2nd edition only)
Starlight
STYLE
Signal
One Life
Video (Gravitation)
"Style" was performed under the group name Station Seven
in NHK BS Premium drama Soko o Nantoka 2
2 Dramatic Seven October 26, 2016 (2016-10-26) 4 41,714 Seventh Heaven
Battaman
Koete Adventure
LIBIDO
Stardust LOVE TRAIN
Beasty Spider
Beautiful Chaser
Whiteout
Peace of LOVE
Yell
Lion Life
Clap Our Hands!
Always You
Video (Seventh Heaven)

References[edit]

External links[edit]