Thursday, July 12, 2012

Nobuaki Kaneko's New JDrama - VISION

Nobuaki Kaneko, the drummer to the popular Nirvana-esque Japanese garage punk band RIZE, finds himself behind the camera once again in this summer's new police drama- Vision.

Nobuaki Kaneko (NK) has been a drummer his entire life. When he was 17 years old, he created the (now famous) band RIZE with his lifelong friend, Jesse McFaddin. RIZE has gone on to release 7 major full length albums, spanning the genres of Rock, Reggae, Rap, Punk, and JPop. It is also rumored that RIZE will release a new album in 2012 (or early 2013), but the release date has not yet been confirmed.

In Vision, NK plays the role of the lead character Kazuma, a cop who frequently finds himself on the wrong side of the law. In episode 1 - Awakening, the plot reveals that Rena, the lead actress, thinks she is being followed by a ghost. I won't spoil anything though, so if you want to find out what happens in this summer's hottest JDrama, head over to Crunchy Roll and check out the first two episodes.

SuperGaijinAlan with Nobuaki Kaneko in 2010.

If you are weary of signing up to websites like Crunchy Roll, I suggest waiting a couple of weeks until the series is leaked to Youtube. Then you can watch Vision hassle-free without the need for credit card information.

In the meantime, if you choose to wait to watch the series, be sure to check out NK on Youtube in his many RIZE appearances on stage!

Nobuaki Kaneko playing drums live in Osaka 2012.

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