This month we have a SEIYUU DIGEST with a different subject of our attention, this time it’s a seiyuu unit that not many of you might know but hopefully with this month’s edition you will.
MaxBoys was a short lived seiyuu unit, but that at the same time served as a good launching ramp for both members, Yoshimasa Hosoya and Toshiki Masuda. As you all now by now, when seiyuu units are created there are always the “less known” or “new in the seiyuu industry” members. This unit has an amazing weapon, Hosoya’s vibrato and melodic singing skills and then we have Masuda that sings well but not on pair with Hosoya, none less this unit worked well because when we combine the both of them singing they create an amazing harmony.
This unit was created because of their radio show called 「細谷佳正・増田俊樹の全力男子」 (Hosoya Yoshimasa Masuda Toshiki No Zenryoku Danshi), working as a mean to get more attention to the recently debuted seiyuu Masuda and to get even more attention to the, at the time, starting to getting some more popularity seiyuu, Hosoya.
Although it is a shame that MaxBoys disbanded in 2013, we can still listen to their released work and enjoy it.
|Debut date||October 9, 2011|
|Members||Yoshimasa Hosoya & Toshiki Masuda|
細谷佳正 & 増田俊樹
This unit took its first steps in the music industry with they’re first single titled 大切なもの which wasn’t bad accepted if we take in consideration that this was the unit’s first release and it was actually able to reach the 26th place at the Oricon charts.
This first single was more on the pop-rock and also the funky side which in fact suited very well both of them, vocal wise, and I must say, for those of you who don’t really know how to tell them apart and be able to tell who is who, I must warn you you might think that they sound the same, but trust me if you listen to them carefully you’ll get used to their differences in no time. Although we could mainly listen to Hosoya as the “main vocal”, Masuda also did his best but still came off a little overshadowed but even so, with their fresh “sound” that was really good, they made people want to see more of their work out.
Heart and Soul was their second release, and this time we had a once again pop-rock single. In this single, both of them worked well together, but compared with the first single it somewhat lost its “power” and that reflected on their position on the charts, this placing in 44th. Although the outcome of this single wasn’t as great as the first, it still showed us some improvement on Masuda’s part and of course, Hosoya’s continued with his flawless performance. I must say in this case, when on part of the unit is so talented, it sometimes is difficult to shine, but still Masuda managed to do so.
Working towards the middle of their repertoire we have the unit’s first album titled 大切なうた. And I have to remind you that MaxBoys‘s first releases were all in the same year, 2012, so it was little a storm of releases while the fans still remembered who they were. The album in itself had some new tracks and some of the previous one’s like Sakura or 恋のキセキ. Still with the same genre, MaxBoys continued with that energy that they brought since their first release, but we already could notice that they chemistry while singing was improving. One track that you must listen to is ハートブレイカー, a more laid-back song but still very good.
旅立つ君の横顔に was their last release.
MaxBoys started their career with a genre more to the pop-rock, but at times a more funky oriented one, and they ended the same way. 旅立つ君の横顔に is a good example of what I just mentioned, with the guitars and bass going on but still with a slightly funky instrumental as background. I must say that it is probably that mix between genres that captivated lots of people.
If after knowing all of this facts about MaxBoys you thought that their career was so short that they didn’t had the chance to have a live concert, then you’re wrong. In 2012 the unit had their first and only, sadly enough, live concert, and I confess that it got wondering if they were that good live, but after seeing it I can say for sure that they’re as good as in the studio. Also, as I mentioned before, the chemistry they had on-stage was amazing, almost like it wasn’t their first time at all and they had been doing it forever.
I hope that you enjoyed this month’s SEIYUU DIGEST and learned something about this unit that is mostly forgotten by most people, which is a shame. Until next edition’s.