After an eight year break since releasing her last album, Heart Station, in March 2008, Hikaru Utada announced on her official, bilingual website that she will release her sixth full original album on September 28th this year. Her intermittent returns during her hiatus, which she announced in August 2010 citing fatigue as the cause, saw her perform theme songs for all three of Studio Khara’s Rebuild of Evangelion films so far, and the new album’s track listing will include her Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo theme ‘Sakura Nagashi’.
Besides her 15th anniversary cover album Utada Hikaru no Uta, reuniting with Studio Khara and Rebuild director Kazuya Tsurumaki for a special music video of the 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone theme ‘Beautiful World’, Utada has also performed ‘Hanataba wo Kimini’ for the Toto Nee-chan: Fatherly Sister drama, and given NTV’s NEWS ZERO programme its theme song ‘Manatsu no Tooriame’, both of which will also be on the as yet untitled album. The remaining tracks will be brand new, and the album will retail for 3,000 yen (about £23).
During her singing career, Utada has given her music to the live-action Casshern film, the Hana Yori Dango 2 [Returns] live-action TV series, and the Freedom and Kingdom Hearts video game series. She also had a turn as a voice actor, portraying the heroine Pinoko in the Black Jack web anime, which ran from 2001-2002.