Hiroyuki Sawano & Aimer Announce First Collaboration in 3 Years

22.February.2019 | MUSIC

Acclaimed Japanese musician and composer Hiroyoki Sawano (composed soundtracks for Attack on TitanKill la KillMobile Suit Gundam Unicorn) and singer and lyricist Aimer have announced that they are getting together for their next long-awaited collaboration. This will mark 3 years since their last alliance on Aimer’s own ninelie EP back in May 2016.

Sawano will release his 3rd studio album R∃/MEMBER under his vocal project SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] on March 6, 2019. The record features a line-up of guest vocalists including SUGIZO, Akihito Okano (Porno Graffiti), Sukima Switch, LiSA, Takanori Nishikawa, Uru, Sayuri and more. Aimer is the final artist to be revealed for the album.


Sawano will promote the album with two performances at TOYOSU PIT in Tokyo on March 6 and 7 with Aimer as a special guest.


Speaking about her involvement in the collaboration, Aimer comments: “I am truly honoured to be getting together with Sawano once again. He is someone I credit for creating the origin of my strength. I approached this song, i-mage, as it’s one I’m able to sing at this moment in time. And with respect for Sawano, a different version of the song i-mage <in/AR> is included on my [new] album Penny Rain with new vocals and arrangement. Sawano always gives me the courage to never stop and keep moving forward with his music. I am grateful to him. Be sure to listen to them both. I would be overjoyed if people enjoy both of them.”


Hiroyuki Sawano also comments: “My [nZk] project started from the song UnChild I produced with Aimer. I learn much from these vocalists who continue to challenge and evolve themselves through their music and live shows. Being able to get together with Aimer again has made me feel that there are new possibilities from when we first met. Her voice which reverberates through the studio supports and strengthens the story of the song, its lyrics and its melody. I was able to see how amazing she really is as a vocalist once again. Aimer supported me when I began [nZk], and she has done so again with i-mage. I would be nothing more than ecstatic if everyone else enjoys it too.”


  • Attack on Titan Song ‘ətˈæk 0N tάɪtn<TFSv>’ Gets Anime Music Video

    21.June.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    An animated music video for the track ətˈæk 0N tάɪtn<TFSv> from Attack on Titan The Final Season has been uploaded to YouTube. The song will be featured on the upcoming second soundtrack, scheduled to be released on June 22 and composed by Hiroyuki Sawano. The track itself was played during a crucial moment in Episode 87. 


    The music video features footage from The Final Season Part 2, which aired from January to April.


    ətˈæk 0N tάɪtn<TFSv> – Attack on Titan The Final Season OST (Official Music Video)

    The soundtrack will include 15 tracks including Ashes on the Fire -PTV- and Footsteps of Doom. Fans of the series won’t want to miss picking it up, and it will also be available to stream on all major streaming services this week.


    The final episodes of Attack on Titan The Final Season will air on NHK General in 2023.

    ©諫山創・講談社/「進撃の巨人」The Final Season製作委員会


  • ‘AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline’ Ending Theme to be Performed by Natumi., Produced by Hiroyuki Sawano

    20.April.2022 | MUSIC

    The mysterious singer Natumi., known for her incredibly powerful voice, will make her CD debut on June 1, 2022, with music produced by Hiroyuki Sawano. 


    The singer’s debut song pARTs has also been chosen as the ending theme for the second season of SUNRISE BEYOND’s first original anime series ‘AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline,’ which began airing on April 12, 2022. To mark the start of the broadcast, the track is now available to stream and the music video has been released!


    pARTs Music Video:



    Natumi. Comment

    Nice to meet everyone! I’m Natumi, and I’ve been put in charge of the ending theme for the second season of ‘AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline,’ which began airing on April 11. 

    Of course, the series is filled with intense battle scenes, but you also get to see the capacity of human beings to be kind. The dialogue between the characters is incredible as well.

    I became completely obsessed with season one after being drawn in by the show’s unique worldview.

    I’ve loved anime since I was a child, and I’m so thrilled to be able to sing the ending theme for this awesome series. Hiroyuki Sawano, someone I adore and look up to so much, produced the song!

    I hope tons of people will listen to pARTs because it turned into a truly magnificent and powerful song. Please continue to support both the series and myself as well!


    Hiroyuki Sawano Comment

    I was given the opportunity to produce Natumi.’s debut song. 

    Her incredibly powerful and penetrating voice and the way she approaches her music have helped me to expand my own sound in new ways. This process also became a place where we could imagine how her career is going to progress and how she will evolve as a vocalist going forward. I’m looking forward to seeing how the finished track will impact those watching ‘AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline.’


  • More Cast, Details Announced for Upcoming Fanfare of Adolescence Anime Series

    02.March.2022 | ANIME&GAME

    New details have emerged about Fanfare of Adolescence, an upcoming anime series following young boys aiming to become horse jockeys. Masako Katsumi will play Naoko Saionji, the main character’s foster parent, while Daisuke Namikawa will play Yoshihisa Kuji, a jockey who meets Yu at a local racetrack.


    Additional new information will be presented during an upcoming YouTube livestream on March 6 on the official Aniplex channel. The opening theme, performed by popular boy band J01, and the ending theme by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] with J01 members Junki Kono and Sho Yonashiro will be previewed for the first time during the broadcast, so don’t miss it!


    Additional Characters

    Naoko Saionji (Masako Katsuki)
    The president of the company Yu Arimura was signed to when he was an idol.
    She has acted Yu’s foster parent.


    Yoshihisa Kuji (Daisuke Namikawa)
    A graduate of a horse racing school and an active jockey.
    He meets Yu by chance at a racetrack.

    ©Fanfare Anime Project

  • RecoChoku Announces Winners for Best Music of January 2022

    19.February.2022 | MUSIC

    Japanese music streaming site RecoChoku has announced the top song and album rankings for January 2022!


    In the Single Ranking category, Aimer’s Zankyosanka was ranked #1 for the second consecutive month. The song is the opening for the newest Demon Slayer anime arc which began airing on December 5, 2021.


    The ending theme for Demon Slayer, Asa ga Kuru, was released on January 10, and quickly climbed the ranks. Aimer is currently celebrating the 10th anniversary of her debut, and this is a powerful start to the year for this talented singer.


    As for the Album Ranking, the top spot was clear for January. Ado’s 14-song debut album ‘Kyogen’ sits in the top spot, and includes many of her smash hits. From Usseewa to Aitakute, the album also contains seven new songs which are steadily gaining popularity. Six days after the album’s release, it was ranked #1 for the month of January.


    Ado’s 8th single ‘Kokoro to Iu Nano Fukakai’ also ranked 5th on the Single Ranking. Written and arranged by Mafumafu, the song is the theme for the drama series Doctor White starring Minami Hamabe. Ado will also be holding her first solo concert at Zepp DiverCity on April 4, 2022!

  • J01, SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] to Perform Opening and Ending Themes for Fanfare of Adolescence Anime Series

    29.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Fanfare of Adolescence, an anime series following young boys aiming to become horse jockeys, is scheduled to premiere this spring. The opening theme will be performed by popular boy band J01, while the ending theme will be SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] with J01 members Junki Kono and Sho Yonashiro.


    The opening theme is titled Move the Soul, with all 11 members of J01 participating in the catchy track. The ending track is OUTSIDERS by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]: Junki Kono & Shou Yonashiro. This [nZk] vocal song project has brought together a number of guest singers since it began in 2014, with many of Sawano’s tracks used in anime and drama series, including Attack on Titan.


    Gaining admission to horse racing schools is extremely difficult, with prospective students required to do a written exam and a physical and motor function test. After being admitted, the boys in Fanfare of Adolescence live in a boarding house and must overcome trial after trial. 


    The series will begin airing in Spring 2022 on TOKYO MX, BS11, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, and MBS.


    Fanfare of Adolescence Trailer #1: https://youtu.be/APOBicMkuMI


    Comment from J01’s Leader Sho Yonashiro

    J01 has been chosen to perform the theme song for Fanfare of Adolescence. When I first heard about the project, I was surprised and excited, but I also felt a sense of responsibility. We’re incredibly grateful for this opportunity, and all of the members are hyped.

    The concept of the anime is ‘youthful ensemble drama/horse racing/survival game,’ so I’m super excited to see the final product.

    I’m happy to be participating in the ending theme as well!


    Junki and I will be singing the ending theme together! I was nervous at first since it’s just the two of us, but I think the song really turned out great. Please look forward to it!

    Enjoy both of these tracks as you watch Fanfare of Adolescence!


    Comment from Hiroyuki Sawano

    I’m happy to be in charge of the music for Fanfare of Adolescence, and also happy to be producing the ending theme as SawanoHiroyuki[nZk].


    Mr. Kono and Mr. Yonashiro from J01 are performing as the vocalists on the track, which has a very fresh feeling.


    I hope everyone will enjoy the music as well as the story of this series.


    ©Fanfare Anime Project

  • Composer Hiroyuki Sawano to Release Solo Piano Album, Announces Concert in March 2022

    09.January.2022 | MUSIC

    Composer Hiroyuki Sawano has created a number of classic pieces for anime, drama series, and films, including Attack on Titan, Promare, and Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway. Last year, Sawano released a video on YouTube set to the score of Attack on Titan, pulling in thousands of comments from around the world. With over 1.3 million subscribers to their channel on the Chinese video-sharing site bilibili, Sawano also performed solo at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai in 2019. 


    Hiroyuki Sawano has just released his first solo piano album ‘scene,’ including 19 songs from his famous works.  


    Limited First Edition (CD+BD): ¥4,290 (Tax Included) 

    Standard Edition (CD): ¥2,640 (Tax Included) 


    The artist will also hold a live concert on March 13, 2022, featuring a number of guest vocalists including Jean-Ken Johnny, ReoNa, mizuki, mpi, Benjamin, Laco, and SennaRin. Those in Sawano’s official fan club can currently snag advanced tickets, so don’t miss out!

  • TV Anime Mo Dao Zu Shi Creditless Ending by Aimer Released

    15.January.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Aniplex released a creditless video for the ending theme of the Japanese dub version of the Chinese animated series Mo Dao Zu Shi on Sunday (January 10). The dubbed series was also released in Japan on the same day.


    The ending theme is Kiro by Aimer and captures the immense scale and beauty of the series. The video was created by 10GAUGE who was also in charge of the opening video.


    About Mo Dao Zu Shi

    Mo Dao Zu Shi is an anime adaptation of Mo Xiang Tong Xiu’s Chinese web novel of the same name. The story follows Wei Wuxian and Lan Wangji, two men who journey to unravel the mysteries of the spiritual world where they must fight demons, ghosts, and other beings.

    At the beginning of the story, Wei Wuxian ends up experimenting with Mo Dao, or the ‘demonic path,’ a dark energy that lies underneath Xian, or immortality, something that all cultivators strive to achieve. He rises in power but is ultimately killed and reincarnated. He reunites with Lan and so their adventure begins.


    Japanese Dub Creditless Ending Video:

    For more info about the series, visit its official website below.


    ©2020 Shenzhen Tencent Computer Systems Company Limited

  • Aimer to Perform at Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel III. spring song Live Viewing

    14.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel III. spring song will be released on August 15, 2020 and will serve as the final entry to the ongoing anime film trilogy.

    The previous film Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly was released last year and was seen by over 1.09 million people in Japan, grossing over ¥1.67 billion in the box office.

    A new commercial for the upcoming third and final film was shown on TV in Japan on August 8 featuring new cuts of the main characters. It can be seen below.


    “Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel III. spring song” CM

    A special live viewing is scheduled to take place on August 15, 2020, the same day the film releases. This viewing will showcase a section from the film as well as feature a talk by the film’s director Tomonori Sudō, who has directed the entire trilogy, as well as the main voice cast. Aimer will also perform live on the stream. Those who attend the live viewing in Japan will receive a free Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel III. spring song holographic poster. Tickets are now available to buy via the official website.



  • Aimer Releases ‘marie’ Single Digitally & Announces 2020 Acoustic Tour

    24.February.2020 | MUSIC

    Japanese singer Aimer is known for her deep, husky voice which once you hear it, you’ll never forget it.

    Last year, Aimer released her song STAND-ALONE which was used as the main theme for the Japanese television drama series Anata no Ban Desu. She followed that up with Torches, which served as the ending theme for the anime series Vinland Saga. Her new and 18th single Haru wa Yuku/marie will be released on March 25, 2020.


    Haru wa Yuku will be used as the main theme for the upcoming anime film Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel III. spring song which will release on March 28, 2020 as the final film in the planned trilogy. The other track, marie, was used as the theme song for the Japan and Austria Habsburg Exhibition.


    Aimer wrapped up her Aimer Hall Tour 19/20 “rouge de bleu” at Tokyo International Forum (Hall A) on February 22 and 23. The tour, which was themed around the colours red and blue, began in October last year, and saw Aimer perform 24 shows in 17 cities around Japan. The shows were split into two parts: the first being “Blue” which was centred around ballads, and the second being “Red” which was comprised of up-tempo tracks.

    During her performance of Torches, Aimer actually stepped onto stage holding a torch.


    Aimer announced during the encore of the last show of the tour that marie would be released for digital download and streaming that night, ahead of the March 25 CD release. She also announced her next tour entitled “Aimer Acoustic Tour 2020.”


    The acoustic tour will begin on September 4, 2020 and will see Aimer perform 18 shows in 17 cities around Japan. Pre-sale tickets are now available via her official fan club “Blanc et Noir.”

  • SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] to Perform ‘Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These’ Anime Opening Theme

    14.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Japanese musician and composer Hiroyuki Sawano is lauded with writing soundtracks for numerous popular anime series including all three seasons of Attack on TitanKill la KillMobile Suit Gundam Unicorn and the recent anime film Mobile Suit Gundam Narrative. He is also active under the name SawanoHiroyuki[nZk].

    To commemorate his 15th anniversary as an artist, Sawano is releasing a greatest hits album entitled BEST OF VOCAL WORKS [nZk] 2. The track-list consists of vocal songs he has been involved with, including from PromareMobile Suit Gundam Narrative, and Attack on Titan, as well as music he has written and/or produced for a number of artists including Takanori Nishikawa, Do As Infinity, and Aimer.


    It has now been announced that SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] will perform a new opening theme CRY for the TV anime series Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These which is set to begin airing on April 6, 2020. This follows from the first season opening theme Kaikou and second ending theme Seiran which Sawano worked on. The new song will feature guest vocals from mizuki (UNIDOTS) who also featured on SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]’s first single.

    Two new promotional videos were released for the upcoming new anime season, in which you can hear a snippet of CRYーas well as the new ending theme Hikari no Hoshi by ELISA.


    Reinhard Version:

    Yan Version:


    Comment: Hiroyuki Sawano

    “I am over the moon to be writing another opening theme for Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These. I invited mizuki on board as the guest vocalist, whom I can place my trust into. Thanks to her singing ability, she’s brought yet another kind of vocal that has a different power to [the songs] ‘Binary Star’ and ‘Tranquility.’ I poured a lot into this song. I hope that people enjoy the sound of ‘CRY’ together with the world of the anime series. And as a viewer of ‘Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These’ myself, I’m also looking forward to watching it.”


    Comment: mizuki (UNIDOTS)

    “I am beyond honoured to be involved with Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These through the SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] project. The moment I saw the anime visuals and the song ‘CRY’ come together, my heart welled up. Every time I hear the grand music, the lyrics, and the singing, I picture it linking together with the anime. I’m already excited. Sawano has created a piercing and melancholic song with ‘CRY.’ I pray from the bottom of my heart that it comes to be loved as the opening theme of Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These.”


    ©Yoshiki Tanaka/Shochiku・Production I.G

  • Aimer’s Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel III. spring song Main Theme Music Video & CD Cover Released

    01.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

    The music video for Aimer’s new song Haru wa Yuku has been posted on the singer’s official YouTube channel. The song will be used as the main theme for the upcoming anime film Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel III. spring song which will release on March 28, 2020 as the final film in the planned trilogy. Aimer also performed the main themes for the previous two films, Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel I. presage flower (2017) and Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly (2019).

    Takahiro Miki was the director for Aimer’s previous two main themes for the first two films, Hana no Uta and I beg you, which both have over 10 million views on YouTube. They star Japanese actress Minami Hamabe.

    Both Takahiro Miki and Minami Hamabe have returned for the final music video too, completing the trilogy.

    In the video, we see Minami Hamabe in two different outfits, black and white, standing underneath a cherry blossom tree in full bloom. Its beauty is a faint allusion to the Fate/stay Night: Heaven’s Feel movie story line, mixed together with chaos. We also see Hamabe appear as she did in the Hana no Uta and I beg you music videos too.


    Seeing an actress star in a long-term music video project like this, which has been ongoing since October 2017, is a rare thing indeed. The current version of the new music video is just a teaser, but the full version is scheduled to be released on Aimer’s YouTube channel in the near future.

    The artwork for Aimer’s 18th single Haru wa Yuku/marie was also posted on her official website and features Aimer herself sat under a fully-bloomed cherry tree.


    Aimer said: “I’m so incredibly happy to have been able to weave this story together into one from three songs with [Yuki] Kajiura and three music videos together with director Miki and Minami, finishing with ‘Haru wa Yuku.’ I’m filled with gratitude for the both of them [Miki and Minami]. I want everyone to watch this final piece while thinking about ‘Hana no Uta’ and ‘I beg you.’ I hope this music video and the song ‘Haru wa Yuku’ resonates with people deeply.”



  • Hiroyuki Sawano Reveals Content Of Greatest Hits Album Including Attack on Titan & Promare Vocal Tracks

    31.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Hiroyoki Sawano is an acclaimed Japanese musician and composer known for having composed the soundtracks for the anime titles PromareAttack on TitanKill la KillMobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, and more. He has written music for a plethora of artists and is also active in music under the name SawanoHiroyuki[nZk].


    The artist recently announced a greatest hits album entitled BEST OF VOCAL WORKS [nZk] 2 to celebrate his 15th anniversary in the industry. Today, the content of the album has been revealed, including the track list and goodies that come with it. Songs include a range of vocal tracks including from PromareMobile Suit Gundam Narrative, and Attack on Titan, as well as music he has written and/or produced for a number of artists including Takanori Nishikawa, Do As Infinity, and Aimer.

    Additionally, Sawano’s first greatest hits album, released under SawanoHiroyuki[nZk], will be included on the second disc of the new release. First Press Limited Edition copies will also include a bonus disc as well as a Blu-ray featuring Sawano’s performance at Billboard Live TOKYO on December 1, 2019. You can see the full track list across all discs here.

    Sawano is set to promote BEST OF VOCAL WORKS [nZk] 2 with two headline shows at Toyosu PIT in Tokyo on June 6 and 7. Both days will have their own themes, with June 6 being titled “Side SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]” and June 7 “Side Hiroyuku Sawano.” Fan club pre-sale tickets are now on sale.