Meet Japan’s Biggest Werewolf Nu-Metal Band

Man With A Mission is probably the world’s first and only rock band of raucous wolfmen.

1. Meet Man With A Mission, one of Japan’s biggest nu-metal/post-grunge/party rock bands.

Recently, they sold out a 10,000 ticket show at Tokyo’s Nippon Budokan arena.

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2. They claim to be wolf-headed humans bioengineered by Jimi Hendrix. In public, they always stay in character.

Think the same sort of high-spirited camp as Gorillaz, GWAR, or Hollywood Undead.

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3. They’re into laddish late 90’s post-grunge, and enjoyed touring Japan with The Offspring. They’d like to work with Linkin Park, Rage Against The Machine and Fallout Boy, guitarist Jean-Ken Johnny said.

4. They’re also renown pranksters in Japanese media.

Tokyo Tanaka demonstrating to us how to smush an apple with bare hands before their New York show at Highline Ballroom.

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And DJ Santa Monica sniffing local New York delicacies.

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7. Sometimes they go on talk shows.

The host can’t seem to handle.


8. And sometimes they challenge pro-wrestlers.


9. And sometimes they plank in front of Jeeps, or hang out on hammocks.


10. And sometimes they hang out with Weezer.

11. They don’t seem to enjoy amusement parks.


12. Their 2011 tour was called “草食男子絶滅ツアー,” which roughly translate to “eradicate all twee dudes.”

“Some guys are too hesitant. We’re against that,” said guitarist Jean-Ken Johnny.

They’re referring to Japan’s “herbivore” subculture of proudly meek, precious, and asexual men (who were themselves reacting to 80s salaryman breadwinner machismo). Anyway, think of the “herbivores” as emo or somesuch oft-derided softie subculture.

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13. They want to tour Europe more and play in England.

They said their fans in Japan and France are the craziest. “In France, there were people dressed in panda suits crowdsurfing,” said Jean-Ken Johnny (who was fluent in English and lovely to talk to).

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14. Showtime in New York. Time to get on stage.

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15. Among the crowds of fans were extremely serious-looking record label execs.

*The dude below is not one of the serious-looking suits. He just had a cool jacket.

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16. Onstage, they unhinge their wolf-jaws so they can sing.

SINGING THROUGH A TORN JAW. That’s pretty metal.

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17. They put on a energetic live show and were unflappable joyous showmen.

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20. They’ll be playing a show in Los Angeles this coming Thursday.

“We may look unusual, but underneath we’re the same,” says Jean-Ken. “Listen to us, and if you like what you hear, come party!”

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