Showtaro Morikubo 「CHAIN REACTION」(review)


If there’s a musician that always delivers the most electrifying songs it’s Showtaro Morikubo.

The 39 year old Tokyo seiyuu has released this past week his newest single titled “Chain Reaction” and we must say that we’re impressed with it. This is not your normal single, this one has exceeded itself. If you’re in for some addictive rock with heavy riffs, strong basslines and top notch vocal work you’re welcome to check this single.

Information regarding the single:


Single: Chain Reaction
Label: Lantis
Genre: J-Rock/Hardrock
Release Date: 20/11/2013



Track by track analysis:

1 – Chain Reaction

The electrifying rock that Showtaro has made us get used to is back again. Heavy guitar riffs, a good chorus and vocal work from another world. Instrumental wise this track is a rock piece from start to finish, the raging guitars with Showtaro getting guitar duties in here, the strong bassline and the pop-rock drums make the final piece an electric song, a classic rock piece that won’t get out of your head. 5/5


2 – 生存者 

This song starts incredibly strong. The double bass on the drums and the heavy guitar riffs lead this head banger. The bassline is outerworthly with all that slap bass along with the aggressive drums and sharp vocals delivered by Showtaro. The guitar solo is insane and an incredible addition to the track. We’re still headbanging to this one. 5/5

3 – Rock-2-U

Heavy riffs, synths and the drums leads us on a song where Showtaro starts singing with a slight distortion on his vocals. The synths add a kind of futuristic, new wave/industrial vibe to the song, clearly something completely different from all the other songs Showtaro has released so far. The bassline is once again pretty noticeable which is a good thing since it sounds just perfect on this track. “Rock-2-U” isn’t as aggressive as the last track but makes up for that fact with it’s heavy influenced new wave instrumental built around the synths. Simply good from start to finish. 5/5

Final rating: 5/5

What a single! It’s safe to say that Showtaro Morikubo is back to the music business and better than ever. “Chain Reaction” is his strongest single release to date. It’s fierce, daring, heavy and with the right amount of songs for you to head bang to. Impressive vocal work as always, Morikubo doesn’t fail to impress. His vocals are sharp, rough and right on the mark without failing notes. A small note: his English is one of his strongest points on his songs so with him it isn’t possible for you to get lost on some “Engrish” that will “force” you to look for the lyrics, well, we’re talking about a college graduate with honors in English so there is the reason why his English sounds pretty good. Listening to Showtaro on guitar duties is also mesmerizing, he’s a great rhythmic guitarist playing the heaviest riffs in this single. Regarding the rest of the instrumental pieces well, those sound impressive, the bass is one of the highlights on the single with its slap bass but the drums also deserve an honorable mention for all the fast, technical work with the double bass. Overall this single is a definite recommendation from our headquarters.

“Chain Reaction” is available on CDJAPAN for all overseas fans.

Chain Reaction / Shotaro Morikubo
Shotaro Morikubo

Still untitled this live DVD features the final day of Showtaro Morikubo’s tour held at Akasaka BLITZ.  It will also come with the PV for “Chain Reaction”. Scheduled release date: 04/12/2013.