Sword Art Online: Alicization Second OP & ED Theme Artists ReoNa and ASCA Announce Live Performance

05.February.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

ASCA and ReoNA have announced that they will hold a special live performance together on March 21 at SHIBUYA TAKE OFF 7. They perform the second opening theme RESISTER and ending theme forget-me-not for the ongoing anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization respectively.

 

You can attend the live show by signing up when purchasing either of the single’s on CD at Animate stores in Japan or digitally via Recochoku, mora and Animelo Mix.

ReoNa is set to embark on a solo tour titled ReoNa Live Tour 2019 “Wonder 1284” where she will perform 4 shows in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka. Fans can get their hands on official tour merch, forget-me-not merch and other exclusive stickers for each individual city on the tour.

ReoNa will also hold two acoustic sets, one for fan club members only while the other is open to everyone, on May 5, 2019 at Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo. Fans can sign up to the fan club to attend.

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    “I was given the opportunity to sing the first ending theme ‘Iris,’ so I am so grateful to be on board again. The theme of this new song ‘I will…’ centres on being emotionally close to someone you hold dear and walking together with them. It’s a ballad that unfolds into something majestic. I hope it’s a song that holds close emotionally to SAO and those who watch it too.”

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    ReoNa just debuted her new song Kaibutsu no Uta from her upcoming 3rd single Null―which is releasing on August 28―on 802 Palette, a late-night radio show on which she is a regular host.

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    An animated music video for Kaibutsu no Shi was also posted on ReoNa’s new YouTube channel which just launched. Produced by Minakata Laboratory, the entire video is coloured in sepia tones from start to finish. The video follows a female protagonist who is bullied, has no home to go to, is starved of love and continuously feels loneliness and isolation. The video is sure to stir different emotions in all who watch it.

     

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    The video posted on YouTube is a shortened version; the full version will be available on the DVD that is coupled with First Press Limited Edition copies of ReoNa’s upcoming new single Null.

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