m.o.v.e (also spelled as M.O.V.E; formerly known as move) is a 3-member Japanese musical group. The group consists of yuri [Masuda Yūri (益田祐里, Masuda Yūri?)] on vocals, motsu [Segawa Mototaka (瀬川素公, Segawa Mototaka?)] on the rapping, and t-kimura [Kimura Takashi (木村貴志, Kimura Takashi?)] as the producer.
In 1996 after the break up of t-kimura's previous project Favorite Blue, he formed the band move and by 1997 they released their first single Rock it Down, but they achieved fame when their followup single, Around the world was used in the anime Initial D. In 2005, the group changed their name by adding abbreviation marks between letters and are currently still signed with the avex tune recording label.
m.o.v.e is perhaps best known for the unique style with which they blend rock, rap, electronica, metal, and many other genres into their music. m.o.v.e are also well-known for their contribution of opening and closing theme songs for the Initial D series. These include around the world, Rage your dream, BREAK IN2 THE NITE, Blazin' Beat, Gamble Rumble, DOGFIGHT, and Noizy Tribe. The also provided the opening theme for the anime series Ikki Tousen with their song Drivin' Through the Night as well as the ending theme for the anime Final Fantasy Unlimited, Romancing Train, and the ending credits for KOEI's Dynasty Warriors 2 video game, Can't Quit This!!!! ~KNOCK'EM OUT~ [SH FUNK MIX]
-Takumi Fujiwara's car from the Initial D series, the Trueno AE86, appeared in the PV for "FREAKY PLANET".
-The English version of "FREAKY PLANET" was used in a remix contest held by ACIDplanet.com. The contest was held from August 31, 2005 to October 31, 2005. The winner had their track added onto the "GRID" album. This special track is listed as "Groovy Planet (London Stomp Mix)".
-m.o.v.e has appeared, in anime form, within episode 20 of Initial D: Fourth Stage.
-m.o.v.e's PV for "Raimei ~out of kontrol~" paid homage to the Initial D series, by having themselves inserted from reality into the anime.
-In the PV, motsu (with t.kimura as passenger) battled Takumi Fujiwara (with yuri as passenger) in a downhill battle race.
-m.o.v.e has appeared three times in the United States. Their first show was in Dallas, Texas as a musical guest for the anime convention AnimeFEST in 2003. They then appeared in Virginia as the musical guest for the anime convention AnimeUSA in 2005 (a short video clip is featured in their 2006 album "GRID"). They have also appeared at the 10th Anniversary of Sakura-Con, located in Seattle, WA, where they also celebrated their 10th anniversary.
-Most of m.o.v.e's discography is now available on iTunes in the USA.
m.o.v.e member motsu recently collaborated with Hidaka Mitsuhiro of AAA and Akico of Amasia Landscape under the group name Mother Ninja.