Popular singer-songwriter Motohiro Hata's new single gives a special meaning to "Stand By Me: Doraemon," a computer-graphics anime film now showing at movie theatres nationwide. As the film's theme song, it gently describes the friendship of Nobita and Doraemon depicted in the anime.
The single, titled "Himawari no Yakusoku" (The promise of a sunflower), was released by Ariola Japan.
The song includes beautiful lyrics such as, "Soba ni itaiyo, Kimi no tame ni dekiru koto ga boku ni aruka na, Itsumo kimi ni, zutto kimi ni, waratte ite hoshikute" (I want to be with you. Is there some way I can help you? I always want you to smile.).
"I've felt very close to Doraemon since I was a child. [Its anime] is beloved in Japan," said Hata, 33. "As such, I wanted to compose a song that perfectly suited the film."
The song begins with Hata playing the acoustic guitar, and his clear voice soon joins in.
"I wanted to depict the importance of who is always there with you although you maybe don't notice, such as the relationship Nobita has with Doraemon," Hata said. "I think my song could also be interpreted as depicting the relations between lovers or family members."
The anime film is the first 3-D CG work for a Doraemon film. The story shows Doraemon, who comes from the future, and his efforts to make Nobita happy by using secret tools.
Although it seems like Doraemon is always saving Nobita, Doraemon feels like he has found his place in the world by taking care of the boy.
"I've recognised anew the two support and complement each other," Hata said. "It greatly influenced my creation of the song."
Hata said by working on the film's theme song, he learned a lot for his future creations as Doraemon is popular among people of all ages.
"As children also listen to the song, I tried to use words that are easy to understand," he said. "Having been able to create a song with so many straightforward expressions can be a guide for my work in the future."
The CD also includes "Umibe no Sketch" (Sketch on the seaside), a slow song depicting scenes of summer, and an acoustic version of "Good-bye Isaac," which was released as a single in January last year.
Since his debut in November 2006, Hata said he always thought about choosing aspects of the contemporary world and turning them into songs.
"Lyrics and melodies that come to my mind are personal, and also must be universal and commonly understood by their listeners," he said. "Therefore, I want to be honest about my senses and feelings when composing music in the future."