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SPYAIR in September 2013
Left to right: Momiken, Ike, UZ, Kenta
Background information
Origin Nagoya, Japan
Years active 2005–present
Associated acts
Website www.spyair.net
Members IKE (Vocals)
UZ (Guitar/Programming)
KENTA (Drums)
Past members ENZEL☆ (DJ)

Spyair (stylized as SPYAIR) is a Japanese rock band from Nagoya, Japan, formed in 2005. The band consists of IKE (vocals), UZ (guitar/programming/backing vocalist), MOMIKEN (bass), and KENTA (drums).[4]

The band's name, SPYAIR, was determined in one shot by the members, which came from the word spyware, a type of computer virus.[5]


The band was formed in 2005 and produced and released a number of materials themselves up until 2009 when they signed with the indie label U-Project. While with U-Project, they released the singles "Japanication" and "Kanjō Discord" before signing a major record deal with Sony Music in 2010. Their major debut single, "Liar," was released on August 11 and was used as the theme song for the drama Hammer Session!.[6] Their second major single, "Last Moment," was released on December 1 and was used as the 25th ending song for the anime Bleach.

Spyair's indies debut single "Japanication" was re-released on March 16, 2011, followed by their fourth major single, "Samurai Heart (Some Like It Hot!!)," on June 8, which was used as the 17th ending song to the anime Gin Tama. In early 2012, the single "My World" was used as the second ending song for Mobile Suit Gundam AGE. The single "0 Game (Love Game)" was used as an official soundtrack for the 2012 film The Amazing Spider-Man in Japan. They also provided the theme song for the second Gin Tama movie, "Genjō Destruction."[7] Their eighth major single "Naked" was released on September 5[8] and was followed by the announcement of the band's second album, Just Do It, which features 12 tracks including their last three singles.[9]

In October, ENZEL☆ announced that he would be leaving the band after their Nippon Budokan concert on December 18.[10] The single "Wendy: It's You" was used as the theme song for the drama Koi Suru Hae Onna, which started airing in November.[11] On December 18, the band successfully held their first live concert at the Nippon Budokan, performing a total of 21 songs including their latest singles. This concert was Enzel's last performance with the group. After the concert, they announced a new single, "Sakura Mitsutsuki," set for release on March 13, 2013. It was used as the 13th opening song for Gin Tama for the month of January.[12]

Spyair's third studio album, Million, was released on August 7. On September 23, it was released by JPU Records in Europe, where the CD only version included three bonus tracks: "Last Moment," "Samurai Heart (Some Like It Hot!!)" and "My World." In October, the single "Just One Life" was used as the first opening song of the anime Samurai Flamenco. Their next single "Imagination" was released on April 30, 2014, and served as the first opening song of the anime Haikyū!!. The single "Firestarter," released on July 22, 2015, was used as the theme song for the drama The Last Cop. In October, Spyair contributed with the first opening song of the second season of Haikyū!!, "I'm a Believer," and a year later, their single "Rage of Dust" was used as the opening song of the second season of Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.

Musical style and influences[edit]

The members of the band have cited their musical influences to be KORN,[13] Linkin Park,[13][14] and Michael Jackson.[13][15] SPYAIR combines elements of rock music, pop and electronica.

Band members[edit]

Current members
  • IKE (池田秀文, Ikeda Hidefumi, born April 18, 1984)vocals (2005 – present)
  • UZ (中井祐二, Nakai Yuji, born December 13, 1984)guitar, programming, backing vocalist (2005 – present)
  • MOMIKEN (籾山健二, Momiyama Kenji, born November 14, 1984)bass, leader (2005 – present)
  • KENTA (笹部健太, Sasabe Kenta, born March 16, 1985)drums (2005 – present)
Former members
  • ENZEL☆ (岩田洋輔, Iwata Yosuke, born May 11, 1985)DJ[16] (2009 – 2012)



Year Album Details Oricon charts[17]
2008 alive
  • Released: September 10, 2008
2011 Rockin' the World
  • Released: September 21, 2011
2012 Just Do It
  • Released: September 19, 2012
  • Released: August 7, 2013
2014 BEST
  • Released: November 26, 2014
2015 4
  • Released: November 18, 2015
  • Released: October 11, 2017


Year Title Oricon charts[18] Billboard
Japan Hot 100
2009 "Japanication" 84 Released under the label, U-PROJECT.
"Kanjō Discord"
2010 "Liar" 55 Hammer Session! theme song. This is SPYAIR's major debut single.
"Last Moment" 43 Bleach 25th ending song
2011 "Japanication" Re-released
"Samurai Heart (Some Like It Hot!!)" 18 Gin Tama 17th ending song
"Beautiful Days" 34 Don Quixote theme song
2012 "My World" 21 Mobile Suit Gundam AGE second ending song
"0 Game" 15 The Amazing Spider-Man Japanese theme song
"Naked" 47
"Rock This Way" Collaboration effort with Japanese hip-hop artist Seamo
"Wendy: It's You" 29 Koi Suru Hae Onna theme song
2013 "Sakura Mitsutsuki" 10 Gin Tama 13th opening song
"Niji" 20 Sennyu Tantei Tokage theme song
"Genjō Destruction" 6 Gintama: The Movie: The Final Chapter: Be Forever Yorozuya theme song
"Just One Life" 23 Samurai Flamenco opening song
2014 "Imagination" 9 3 Haikyū!! opening song
2015 "Rockin' Out" 11 17
"Firestarter" 18 26 The Last Cop theme song
"I'm a Believer" 9 5 Haikyū!! Season 2 opening song
2016 "This Is How We Rock" 8 17
"Rage of Dust" 10 7 Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans Season 2 opening song
2017 "Be With" 12 34
"Midnight" 20 65 Utsubokazura no Yume theme song

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director(s)
2012 "ジャパニケーション"


Takahide Ishii
"0 GAME" Kensaku Kakimoto
"LIAR" Wataru Saito
"Last Moment" Takuya Tada
"BEAUTIFUL DAYS" Tatsuya Murakami
"My World"
"サムライハート(Some Like It Hot!!)"

(Samurai Heart (Some Like It Hot!!))

"Naked" Masakazu Fukatsu
"WENDY ~It's You~"
"MOVIN' ON" Dan Nishi
2013 "サクラミツツキ"

(Sakura Mitsutsuki)

Masakazu Fukatsu



(Genjō Destruction)

"JUST ONE LIFE" Hideaki Sugawara
2014 "イマジネーション"


Masakazu Fukatsu
"GLORY" Masahiko Tsuruo
2015 "ROCKIN' OUT" Masakazu Fukatsu



(I'm a Believer)

2016 "THIS IS HOW WE ROCK" Wataru Saito
2017 "Be with" Yamado Yuki

Awards and nominations[edit]

JpopAsia Music Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2013 Niji Best Single[20] Nominated[21]
Ike (SPYAIR) Best Use of Social Media[20] Nominated[21]
Neo Awards
Year Nominee/work Award Result
2016 SPYAIR Best Musical Act[22] Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Sputnikmusic. SPYAIR reviews, music, news
  2. ^ "SPYAIR Overview". JaME USA. Retrieved November 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ "SPYAIRの基本情報". Cube-music (in Japanese). Retrieved November 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ "SPYAIR Biography". JpopAsia. 
  5. ^ "SPYAIR Biography". Generasia. 
  6. ^ Barks. SPYAIR : Biography
  7. ^ "SPYAIR to sing for upcoming 'Gintama' movie". tokyohive.com. May 3, 2013. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  8. ^ "SPYAIR announces new single, "Naked"". tokyohive.com. July 21, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  9. ^ "SPYAIR to release second album, "Just Do It"". tokyohive.com. August 8, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ "SPYAIR's ENZEL☆ to leave the band". Archived from the original on October 15, 2012. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  11. ^ "SPYAIR to release new single, "WENDY ~It's You~"". tokyohive.com. October 2, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  12. ^ "SPYAIR holds their 1st live at Nippon Budokan + new single announcement". tokyohive.com. December 19, 2012. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c JPU Records (in English). Anime Rock Stars SPYAIR Celebrate Album Launch With European Festival Appearance. September 18, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2017
  14. ^ "Interview with SPYAIR". JaME WORLD. 
  15. ^ "PROFILE | SPYAIR OFFICIAL WEB SITE". www.spyair.net (in Japanese). Retrieved 2017-03-25. 
  16. ^ "Profile | Spyair Official Web Site" (in Japanese). Spyair.net. Retrieved April 11, 2014. 
  17. ^ Oricon. SPYAIRのランキング
  18. ^ Oricon. SPYAIRのランキング
  19. ^ Billboard. SPYAIR - Chart History
  20. ^ a b "SPYAIR and the GazettE Nominated in the JpopAsia Music Awards 2013". Japan Underground. January 9, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  21. ^ a b "JpopAsia Music Awards 2013 Winner". JpopAsia. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 
  22. ^ "Help JPU & Your Favourite Bands!". JPU Records. December 7, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2017. 

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