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JAM Project
JAM Project at the 7th annual J-Pop Summit in San Francisco, California. Left to right - Fukuyama, Kageyama, Okui, Kitadani, Endoh.jpg
JAM Project in San Francisco, CA in August 2015.
Left to right: Fukuyama, Kageyama, Okui, Kitadani, Endoh.
Background information
OriginTokyo, Japan
Years active2000–present
MembersHironobu Kageyama
Masaaki Endoh
Hiroshi Kitadani
Masami Okui
Yoshiki Fukuyama
Ricardo Cruz
Past membersEizo Sakamoto
Rica Matsumoto
Ichirou Mizuki

JAM Project ("JAM" standing for "Japan Animationsong Makers") are a Japanese Anison band founded on July 19, 2000 by famous 1970s theme song artist Ichirou Mizuki.[1] The band is composed of many vocal artists well known in the industry; aside from the many anime, tokusatsu, and video game theme songs that this band has performed together, each member is famous for his or her own solo performances of Japanese theme songs.[2] JAM Project is especially well known for their extensive contributions of theme music for Super Robot Wars and Garo.[3]

In the summer of 2012, they teamed up with Animetal USA for a limited national concert tour called the Japan-America Anison Summit (日米アニソンサミット, Nichi-Bei Anison Samitto).[4] From 2011 to 2014, Japanese composer and conductor Takayuki Hattori served as orchestral arranger on several albums and tours. In 2015, JAM Project celebrated its 15th anniversary with a series of concerts that contained 39 songs in its setlist chosen from all their previous albums, the most number of songs in any of their concerts to date. They also released a CD based on a new ultra-high quality (UHQ CD) standard containing re-arranged and re-recorded hits voted on by fans.[5]


JAM Project answering questions from American fans at the 7th annual J-Pop Summit in San Francisco, California

Regular members[edit]


Band alter-ego

Semi-regular member[edit]

  • Ricardo Cruz – additional vocalist from Brazil; heard on the songs "Neppu! Shippu! Cybaster" (2005 version), "Gong", "Stormbringer", "Rescue Fire", "The Guardian", "Transformers Evo.", "Sempre Sonhando", "Waga Na wa Garo", "Mirai e no Chikai", "Mirai e no Daikoukai ~Great voyage~", "BUDDY IN SOUL", "Kessen the Final Round", and "Treasure in the sky".

Former members[edit]

  • Eizo Sakamoto – founding member; stopped activity with the band in March 2003 prior to Fukuyama and Okui's joining, referring to it as "Graduation" (卒業, Sotsugyō). He returned to perform in the band's 10th anniversary reunion concert in 2010.
  • Rica Matsumoto – founding member; announced on April 7, 2008, that she was taking time off from the band to focus on her solo work, since becoming an indefinite hiatus. She returned briefly in 2010 to help write the 10th anniversary version of "KI・ZU・NA" on the album MAXIMIZER ~Decade of Evolution~.
  • Ichirou Mizuki – founding member; formally reduced his status to "part-time member" in August 2002, following the band's second live concert. He returned to sing in the single "Stormbringer" in 2006. He also returned to perform in the band's 10th anniversary reunion concert in 2010.



Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak position
JAM First Process
Maximizer ~Decade of Evolution~ 18
Victoria Cross
  • Released: April 6, 2011[b]
  • Label: Lantis
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Thumb Rise Again
  • Released: October 23, 2013[c]
  • Label: Lantis
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Area Z
  • Released: June 29, 2016[d]
  • Label: Lantis
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Tokyo Dive
  • Released: October 18, 2017[e]
  • Label: Lantis
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Best albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak position
Best Project ~JAM Project Best Collection~
  • Released: March 6, 2002
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
Freedom ~JAM Project Best Collection II~
  • Released: September 3, 2003
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: CD
JAM-ism ~JAM Project Best Collection III~
Olympia ~JAM Project Best Collection IV~
  • Released: April 5, 2006
  • Label: Lantis
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Big Bang ~JAM Project Best Collection V~
  • Released: July 4, 2007
  • Label: Lantis
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Get over the Border ~JAM Project Best Collection VI~
  • Released: August 6, 2008
  • Label: Lantis
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Seventh Explosion ~JAM Project Best Collection VII~
  • Released: November 25, 2009
  • Label: Lantis
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Going ~JAM Project Best Collection VIII~
  • Released: May 11, 2011
  • Label: Lantis
  • Formats: CD, digital download
The Monsters ~JAM Project Best Collection IX~
  • Released: November 14, 2012
  • Label: Lantis
  • Formats: CD, digital download
X Cures Earth ~JAM Project Best Collection X~[f]
  • Released: July 2, 2014
  • Label: Lantis
  • Formats: CD, digital download
X Less Force ~JAM Project Best Collection XI~[g]
  • Released: June 17, 2015
  • Label: Lantis
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Thunderbird ~JAM Project Best Collection XII~
  • Released: November 2, 2016
  • Label: Lantis
  • Formats: CD, digital download


# Single title Anime/Video Game/Tokusatsu Year Peak position Sales Album
1 "Kaze ni Nare" (疾風になれ, "The Wind Blows")
(featuring Rica Matsumoto & Hironobu Kageyama)
éX-Driver (OP) 2000 Best Project
2 "Danger Zone"
(featuring Eizo Sakamoto & Masaaki Endoh)
éX-Driver Movie (OP)
3 "Storm"
(featuring Ichirou Mizuki & Hironobu Kageyama)
Shin Getter Robo vs Neo Getter Robo (OP)
4 "Soultaker" The SoulTaker (OP) 2001
5 "Hagane no Messiah" (鋼の救世主(メシア), "Steel Messiah") Super Robot Wars Alpha Gaiden (OP) 75
6 "Fire Wars"
(featuring Hironobu Kageyama)
Mazinkaiser (OP)
7 "Crush Gear Fight!" Crush Gear Turbo (OP)
8 "Over the Top!"
(featuring Eizo Sakamoto, Masaaki Endoh & Hironobu Kageyama)
Kikou Busou G-Breaker (OP)
9 "Lady Fighter!"
(featuring Rica Matsumoto)
Sunrise Eiyuutan (OP)
10 "Kaze no Eagle" (風のEAGLE, "Wind Eagle")
(featuring Hironobu Kageyama)
Crush Gear Turbo (insert song) 2002 Freedom
11 "Go!" Super Robot Wars Impact (OP) 72
12 "Get up Crush Fighter!"
(featuring Hironobu Kageyama, Rica Matsumoto, Eizo Sakamoto & Masaaki Endoh)
Crush Gear Turbo Movie (OP)
13 "Nageki no Rosario" (嘆きのロザリオ, "Grief Rosary") Gravion (OP) 58
14 "Go! Go! Rescue" (Go!Go!レスキュー, Gō! Gō! Resukyū)
(featuring Hiroshi Kitadani, Masaaki Endoh & Rica Matsumoto)
Machine Robo Rescue (OP) 2003 120
15 "Little Wing"
(featuring Masami Okui)
Scrapped Princess ((OP) 45 7,778
16 "Skill" 2nd Super Robot Wars Alpha ((OP) 25 7,447
17 "The Gate of the Hell"
(featuring Yoshiki Fukuyama)
Mazinkaiser vs. the Great General of Darkness ((OP) 88 Jam-ism
18 "Destination"
(featuring Rica Matsumoto)
Sunrise World War (OP) 84
19 "Kurenai no Kiba" (紅ノ牙, "Crimson Fang") Gravion Zwei (OP) 2004 37 12,089
20 "Victory" Super Robot Wars MX (OP) 38 8,912
21 "Dragon" New Getter Robo (OP) 64 4,068
22 "Voyager" Panda-Z (OP) 88 3,253
23 "Genkai Battle" (限界バトル, "Battle Limit") Yu-Gi-Oh! GX (ED) 115 2,251 Olympia
24 "Muv-Luv Alternative Insertion Song Collection" 2005 40 5728
25 "Meikyū no Prisoner" (迷宮のプリズナー, "Labyrinth Prisoner") Super Robot Wars Original Generation: The Animation (OP) 68 7,092
26 "Gong" 3rd Super Robot Wars Alpha: To the End of the Galaxy (OP) 22 16,250
27 "Garo ~Savior in the Dark~" (牙狼~Savior in the Dark~) Garo (TV series) (OP2) 2006 41 6,983
28 "Break Out" Super Robot Wars OG: Divine Wars (OP1) 24 12,243 Big Bang
29 "Rising Force" Super Robot Wars OG: Divine Wars (OP2) 2007 40 6,441
30 "Stormbringer" Kotetsushin Jeeg (OP) 71 2,553
31 "Divine love"
(featuring Hiroshi Kitadani)
Saint Beast (OP) 74 2,336
32 "Dragon Storm 2007"
33 "Rocks" Super Robot Wars: OG (PS2 OP) 36 6,675 Get over the Border
34 "No Border" 2008 44 4,032
35 "Crest of "Z's"" Super Robot Wars Z (OP) 40 4,703 Seventh Explosion
36 "Hello Darwin! ~Kōkishin on Demand~"
(ハローダーウィン!~好奇心オンデマンド~, "Hello Darwin! ~Curiosity on Demand~")
Sgt. Frog (OP9) 76 2,177
37 "Space Roller Coster Go Go!"
(featuring Nice Girl μ)
Keroro Gunso the Super Movie 4: Gekishin Dragon Warriors (OP) 2009 115 766
38 "Rescue Fire" (レスキューファイアー, Resukyū Faiā) Tomica Hero: Rescue Fire (OP1) 62 3,713
39 "Shugoshin-The Guardian" (守護神-The Guardian) Mazinger Edition Z: The Impact! (OP) 45 4,384
40 "Battle No Limit!" Battle Spirits Shounen Gekiha Dan (OP) 56 1,680
41 "Bōken Ō ~Across the legendary kingdom~"
(冒険王 ~Across the legendary kingdom~, "Adventure King ~Across the Legendary Kingdom~")
Ragnarok Online (image song) 18 4,867 Going
42 "Baku-chin Kan-ryo! Rescue Fire"
(爆鎮完了!レスキューファイアー, "Explosive Extinguishing Complete! Rescue Fire")
Tomica Hero: Rescue Fire (OP) 63 1,578
43 "Transformers Evo." Transformers: Animated (OP) 2010 47 3,337
44 "Maxon" Super Robot Wars Original Generation: The Inspector (OP) 36 5,105
45 "Vanguard" Cardfight Vanguard (OP1) 2011 53 3,259
46 "Noah" 2nd Super Robot Wars Z: Hakai-hen (OP) 40 3,283 The Monsters
47 "Believe in My Existence" Cardfight!! Vanguard (OP2) 19 8,502
48 "Waga Na wa Garo" (我が名は牙狼, "My Name is Garo") Garo: Makai Senki (OP/ED) 2012 22 6,481
49 "Limit Break" Cardfight!! Vanguard (OP3) 42 3,826
50 "Hagane no Resistance" (鋼のレジスタンス, "Steel Resistance") 2nd Super Robot Wars Z: Saisei-hen (OP) 41 4,277
51 "Wings of the Legend" 2nd Super Robot Wars Original Generation (OP/ED) 37 3,112 X Cures Earth
52 "Yume Sketch" (夢スケッチ, "Dream Sketch") Bakuman 3 (ED2) 2013 75 1,069
53 "R.I.P ~Tomo yo Shizuka ni Nemure~" (R.I.P~友よ静かに眠れ~, "R.I.P ~Sleep Quietly My Friend~") Space Battleship Yamato 2199 (ED6) 51 1,951
54 "Isshokusokuhatsu ~Trigger of Crisis~" (一触即発 ~Trigger of Crisis~, "Critical Situation ~Trigger of Crisis~") Garo: Yami o Terasu Mono (OP) 46 2,155
55 "Rebellion ~Hangyaku no senshi-tachi~" (Rebellion〜反逆の戦士達〜, "Rebellion ~Warriors of the Rebellion~") 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Jigoku-hen (OP) 2014 40 2,832 X Less Force
56 "Breakthrough" Nobunaga the Fool (OP2) 44 2,394
57 "Raiga ~Tusk of thunder~" (雷牙〜Tusk of thunder〜, "Kaminari Kiba ~Tusk of thunder~") Garo: Makai no Hana (OP2) 53 2,605
58 "Honō no Kokuin -DIVINE FLAME-" (炎の刻印-DIVINE FLAME-, "Mark of the Flame -DIVINE FLAME-") Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames (OP1) 52 1,258
59 "B.B." Garo: The Carved Seal of Flames (OP2) 2015 62 1,286 Thunderbird
60 "Kessen the Final Round" (決戦 the Final Round, "Showdown: the Final Round") 3rd Super Robot Wars Z: Tengoku-hen (OP) 44 1,724
61 "EMERGE ~Shikkoku no Tsubasa~" (EMERGE~漆黒の翼~, "EMERGE ~Jet Black Wings~") Garo: Gold Storm Sho (OP) 50 1,261
62 "THE HERO! ~Ikareru Kobushi ni Honō wo Tsukero~" (THE HERO! ~怒れる拳に火をつけろ~, The Hero! ~Set Fire to the Furious Fist~) One-Punch Man (OP) 19 13,034
63 "Cyborg 009 ~Nine Cyborg Soldiers~/DEVILMIND ~Ai wa Chikara〜~"
(サイボーグ009〜Nine Cyborg Soldiers〜/DEVILMIND〜愛は力〜, "Cyborg 009 ~Nine Cyborg Soldiers~ / DEVILMIND ~The Power of Love~")
Cyborg 009 VS Devilman (OP)
64 "Guren no Tsuki ~Kakusareshi Yami Monogatari~" (紅蓮ノ月~隠されし闇物語~, "Crimson Moon ~A Hidden Tale of Darkness~") Garo: Crimson Moon (OP1) 44 1,546
65 "Gekka" (月華, "Moonlight") Garo: Crimson Moon (OP2) 2016 65 870
66 "Shining Storm ~Rekka no Gotoku~" (Shining Storm ~烈火の如く~, "Shining Storm ~Like the Raging Flames~") Super Robot Wars Original Generation: Moon Dwellers (OP) 70 1,531
67 "The Brave" Yūsha Yoshihiko (OP3) 50 2,504 A-Rock
68 "Dragonflame" Zero: Dragon Blood (OP) 2017 70 1,088
69 "The Exceeder / New Blue" Super Robot Wars V (OP/ED) 61 1,214
70 "Hagane no Warriors/The Oath ~ Yoake no Chikai ~" (鋼のWarriors/The Oath 〜夜明けの誓い〜, "Steel Warriors/The Oath ~ Oath of Dawn ~") Super Robot Wars X (OP/ED) 2018
"—" denotes releases that did not chart, did chart but no sales records are available, or were not released in that region.


Title Details Peak position
JAM Project 3rd Live Shinkan ~Return to the Chaos~
  • Released: January 1, 2004
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: DVD
JAM Project 4th Live Victory ~A Once in a Lifetime Chance~
  • Released: February 23, 2005
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: DVD
JAM Project 5th Anniversary Live ~King Gong~
  • Released: April 5, 2006
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: DVD
JAM Project Japan Circuit 2007 ~Break Out~
  • Released: July 4, 2007[h]
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: DVD
JAM Project Japan Flight 2008 ~No Border~
  • Released: August 6, 2008[i]
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: DVD
JAM Project Hurricane Tour ~Gate of the Future~
  • Released: September 25, 2009
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: DVD, Blu-ray
JAM Project Live 2010 Maximizer ~Decade of Evolution~
  • Released: January 26, 2010
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: DVD, Blu-ray
JAM Project Symphonic Concert 2011
  • Released: October 22, 2011[j]
  • Label: Lantis
  • Format: DVD
JAM Project Live 2011–2012 Go! Go! Going!! ~Fumetsu no Zipang~
  • Released: August 1, 2012[k]
  • Label: Lantis
  • Formats: DVD, Blu-ray
JAM Project Premium Live 2013 ~The Monster's Party~
  • Released: July 24, 2013[l]
  • Label: Lantis
  • Formats: DVD, Blu-ray
JAM Project Live 2013–2014 Thumb Rise Again
  • Released: July 23, 2014[m]
  • Label: Lantis
  • Formats: DVD, Blu-ray
JAM Project 15th Anniversary Premium Live The Stronger’s Party
  • Released: May 11, 2016[n]
  • Label: Lantis
  • Formats: DVD, Blu-ray
JAM Project Live Tour 2016 Area Z
  • Released: May 24, 2017
  • Label: Lantis
  • Formats: DVD, Blu-ray


  • Super Robot Wars Alpha ORIGINAL STORY D-2
    • "Neppū! Shippū! Cybaster EDGEWIRED version" (featuring Eizo Sakamoto and Masaaki Endoh)
    • Released on May 23, 2001 (game soundtrack)
  • Emblem (エンブレム, Enburemu) mini-album
    Released on March 8, 2006
    TV anime Yomigaeru Sora - Rescue Wings ending theme, insert & image song collection
  • Muv-Luv Alternative Vocal Cancels "Name"
    Released on December 26, 2007
    • Contains JAM Project's "Name ~Kimi no Na wa~" (Name~君の名は~, "Name ~Your Name is~")
  • Lucky Star Re-Mix002 ~Lucky Star no Kiwami, Ahh Shiteyanyo~
    Released on December 26, 2007
    • Contain's JAM Project's cover of "Motteke! Sailor Fuku" titled "JAM ga Mottetta! Sailor Fuku" (JAMがもってった!セーラーふく, JAM ga Mottetta! Sērāfuku, "JAM is With Them! Sailor Fuku")
  • JAM PROJECT World Flight 2008 Best Selection (2008 exclusive world tour best album)
    Released on December 25, 2008
  • "Kanjite Knight" (感じてKnight, Kanjite Naito, "Emotion Knight") by ULTIMATE LAZY for MAZINGER
    Released on April 22, 2009
    TV Animation Shin Mazinger Shōgeki! Z-Hen opening theme
    Based on LAZY's old song. Kanjite Knight is revived by LAZY and performed along with Tamio Okuda, Kazuyoshi Saito and JAM Project under the group name "ULTIMATE LAZY for MAZINGER".
  • Nico Nico Douga Selection ~Sainō no Mudazukai~ (ニコニコ動画せれくちょん~才能の無駄遣い~, Nikoniko Dōga Serekuchon ~Sainō no Mudazukai~, Nico Nico Douga Selection: A Waste of Talent)
    Released on July 1, 2009
    Contains JAM Project's Version of "Omoide wa Okkusenman!"
  • Gundam Tribute from Lantis (ガンダムトリビュート from Lantis, Gandamu Toribyūto from Lantis)
    Released on December 9, 2009
    Contains JAM Project's Version of "Ai Senshi"
  • JAM Project 10th Anniversary Complete BOX
    Released on December 22, 2010
    The 10th anniversary box set release from JAM Project featuring 7 greatest hits albums; a bonus CD containing English, Portuguese, and Chinese versions of several of their songs in addition to any songs they recorded or performed that were not included on any of their other singles and albums; and 4 DVDs featuring all the music videos they created and footage of their live performance, including a reunion concert with Ichiro Mizuki, Ricardo Cruz, and Eizo Sakamoto. It also includes a 200-page JAM Project history book.
    Released on December 26, 2012
  • GARO Golden Songbook Soul of Garo (牙狼 黄金歌集 牙狼魂, GARO Kogane Kashū Kibaōkami Tamashī)
    Released September 25, 2013. Contains JAM Project's various songs used as themes in GARO productions.
  • JAM Project 15th Anniversary Strong BOX MOTTO! MOTTO!!-2015-
    Released September 9, 2015


  1. ^ JAM Project's second original album, tied in with their 2010 World Tour.[7]
  2. ^ Symphonic arrangement album; originally set to be released on March 23, 2011; postponed to April 6, 2011, due to the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami.[8]
  3. ^ Tied in with their 2013-2014 live tour of the same name. Recorded in Los Angeles, with over 70 musicians participating. The name is a play on words on the Japanese transliteration of the phrase "samurais again". The logo for the tour often depicts the silhouette of a samurai holding a thumbs-up.[9]
  4. ^ The album is so named because the letter "z" is the final letter of the English alphabet, implying that JAM Project aims to reach a higher level.
  5. ^ Contains the song "EMG", used as the opening song for Garo: Vanishing Line.[10]
  6. ^ The name is a play on words on the Japanese transliteration of "excuse us", came to be when Kitadani messed up his English in an airport while the group was on tour, as explained in a live concert.
  7. ^ The name is a play on the phrase "timeless force", where the written equivalent for multiplication (times) is also known as the letter "x", and the first two letters of the title resemble the Roman numerals for eleven when placed close together.
  8. ^ Ricardo Cruz appeared as part of JAM Project for the first time.
  9. ^ This tour was Rica Matsumoto's last live appearance with JAM Project.
  10. ^ Conducted by Takayuki Hattori, the set contained symphonic arrangements of several popular songs and featured solos for each member, including an arrangement of the main theme of Karei-naru Ichizoku with the addition of Endoh on vocals.
  11. ^ The tour was titled "Arigato Tomodachi" for legs outside Japan.
  12. ^ JAM Project introduced an alter ego band called "The Monsters".
  13. ^ Conductor Hattori conducted the opening number "Groundbreakers" and several songs featured a string quartet.
  14. ^ This concert featured JAM Project on a circular stage in the center of the arena.


  1. ^ "JAM Projectのプロフィール" [JAM Project profile] (in Japanese). Oricon. 2009-08-31. Retrieved 2018-05-02.
  2. ^ "J!-ENT interviews JAM Project by J!-ENT's Dennis A. Amith" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-08-26.
  3. ^ Brown, Matt (2014-06-30). "Anime Boston 2014: A Session with JAM Project". Anime Herald. Retrieved 2015-07-24.
  4. ^ "アニメタルUSA×JAM Projectが「日米アニソンサミット」" [Animetal USA × JAM Project "Japan-America Anison Summit"] (in Japanese). Natalie.mu. 2012-01-29. Retrieved 2012-02-18.
  5. ^ "JAM Project|15周年ベストアルバムがUHQCD(Ultimate High Quality CD)での発売決定!! | News | Lantis website" [JAM Project | 15th Anniversary best album released on UHQCD (Ultimate High Quality CD) !! | News | Lantis website]. www.lantis.jp (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-04-11.
  6. ^ a b Oricon (in Japanese). JAM Project albums ranking
  7. ^ "JAM Project新作引っさげ本日放送「とりあえず生中」出演" [JAM Project's new work appeared on program "Toriaezu Namachū"]. Natalie (in Japanese). 2010-06-10. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  8. ^ "ランティス、震災の影響で3月後半の新譜発売延期" [Lantis postponed the release of the new work in the second half of March due to the earthquake]. Natalie (in Japanese). 2011-03-16. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  9. ^ "JAM Project Exclusive Poster". CDJapan. 2013-10-23. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  10. ^ Komatsu, Mikikazu (2017-09-08). "TV anime "Garo -Vanishing Line-" releases action-packed new trailer". Crunchyroll. Retrieved 2018-05-04.
  11. ^ Oricon (in Japanese). JAM Project singles ranking
  12. ^ Oricon (in Japanese). JAM Project DVDs ranking

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