The Sketchbook has added more details for 7th single “Crack / 21” – jacket covers and bonus details are official. Also revealed that second title track “21” will be featured as the ending theme for the second season of anime KINGDOM that starts in June. The Sketchbook has also announced their 3rd album (not titled) that’s due out in July. Single “Crack / 21” comes on two editions and hits stores June 19th 2013 – read on for more details…

~ PV revealed ~

Band The Sketchbook consists of Tada Hiroshi (vocals & bass), Watanabe Yuu (drums), and Kohara Riko (guitar) and originally formed around the anime SKET DANCE which ended its run of 77 episodes September 2012. The band’s singles had tie-ups with the anime as opening and ending theme songs. A compilation album of nearly all opening and ending themes for SKET DANCE, “SKET DANCE Theme Collection THE BEST DANCE” released December 19th 2012 – more details here. Their new single is the group’s 7th and 2nd not tied to anime SKET DANCE.

Anime KINGDOM is adapted from manga by Yasuhisa Hara and is set in the Warring States period of ancient China.


The first season aired 38 episodes beginning June 2012 and the second season is announced to begin airing June 8th 2013 on NHK. The first season was picked up by for streaming in North America, no word yet if the second season is going to be available at the streaming site.

To support their 7th single and 3rd album The Sketchbook is holding several launch events tied to the single and new album releases. Mini-live viewing is free, handshake plus jacket cover signing tied to purchasing the single or album at the host store, and for fans purchasing both the single and album can participate in a instant-photo session,

– June 19th 6:30pm Shinseido Latin 5 Kashiwa (single)
– July 14th 4:00pm Tsutaya Morishia Tsudanuma (single)
– July 30th 6:30pm Shinseido Latin 5 Kashiwa (album)
– August 17th 1:00pm HMV Sakae (single & album)
– August 18th 1:00pm & 3:00pm Tower Records Abeno Hoop (single & album)
– August (late) 3:00pm Tsutaya Morishia Tsudanuma (album)

Their 7th single comes on two editions,

– Limited with DVD that includes music video and making-of footage for title track, application card. First Press adds bonus poster (not all stores).

– Regular CD-only, application card. First Press adds bonus poster (not all stores).

Application tickets from the new single and new album need to be submitted by August 30th for special award members autographed message card.

The SketchbookCrack / 21” – release date June 19th 2013

Limited [CD+DVD] (¥1890)
Regular [CD] (¥1260)
1. Crack
2. 21
3. Crack (off vocal)
4. 21 (off vocal)
1. Crack (music video)
2. Crack (off shoot)
3. Member PR movie
1. Crack
2. 21
3. Crack (off vocal)
4. 21 (off vocal)


KINGDOM Season 2 Official website (NHK)

The Sketchbook Official website