Miku Itō Releases Music Video for TV Anime ‘Ueno-san wa Bukiyou’ OP Theme

20.December.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

Miku Itō is a voice actress and singer who made her solo debut as an artist at 20-years-old in October 2016. Since then she has put out a constant string of albums and singles.

Her fifth single Hirameki Heartbeat will be used as the opening theme for the TV anime series Ueno-san wa Bukiyou which is set to begin airing in January 2019. A music video for the song was just released on December 19.

 

Fans of tugeneko’s manga series as well as newcomers who will watch the anime adaptation can also check out the new promotional video for the anime over on the official website.

The music video was shot in Kyoto where we get to see the city’s beautiful streets. The theme of the video is “manufacturing” which we see as Itō challenges herself to a range of different activities.

Q-TARO of Dengeki Qomolangma Tai choreographed the dance moves in the video, following his work on Itō’s previous release Koi wa Movie.

 

Miku Itō – “Hirameki Heartbeat” Music Video

 

Miku Itō will appear on FRESH LIVE at 9pm (JST) every other week for her new regular show Fresh Hajimemashita.

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    Singer and voice actress Miku Itō’s 5th single Hirameki Heartbeat will be used as the opening theme for the TV anime series Ueno-san wa Bukiyou which is set to begin airing in January 2019. The music video was shot in Kyoto where we get to see the city’s beautiful streets. The theme of the video is “manufacturing” which we see as Itō challenges herself to a range of different activities.

     

     

    Full Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/154889

     

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    Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥1,200 (+Tax) [COCC-17542]

    Miku Itō Official Website: http://columbia.jp/itomiku/

     

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  • TV Anime Series ‘Ueno-san wa Bukiyou’ OP Theme to be Performed by Miku Itō

    23.November.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Voice actress and singer Miku Itō has announced details for her upcoming fifth single.

     

    The title song Hirameki Heartbeat is set to be used as the opening theme song for the forthcoming anime adaptation of tugeneko’s manga series Ueno-san wa Bukiyou which will air in January 2019.

     

    The track is described as having a jaunty rhythm with lyrics that are both cute and a little melancholic.

    Itō will also provide the voice for Yomogi Tanaka in the anime who is the younger sister of the main character Tanaka.

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