The music video for Wagakki Band’s hit cover of Senbonzakura broke 100 million views on YouTube on March 2, 2019.
Senbonzakura was originally composed by Vocaloid music creator Kurousa-P and performed by Hatsune Miku. Released in 2011, the song went on to become a huge hit and is one of the most well-known Vocaloid songs.
Wagakki Band released their cover of it on YouTube in January 2014 in the form of a music video. The band received huge attention and adoration for covering a Vocaloid song with traditional Japanese instruments. The cover instantly became an worldwide hit and can be credited with opening Wagakki Band up to an international fan base. It is arguably their most well-known production to date.
The music video was shot at Nakoso no Seki in Iwaki, Fukushima which has become something of a holy ground amongst fans.
Band vocalist Yuko Suzuhana expressed her delight at the music video’s milestone: “How many zeroes is 100 million?! The concept behind this video was to create something incredible that had never been seen before. It’s amazing looking at the comment section and seeing how global it’s gone!! Thank you so much. Kurousa is very happy too.”
The song’s original composer and lyricist Kurousa also commented: “100 million is an extraordinary number of views. As the creator, I am overjoyed. When I was contacted and went to see the video on YouTube after a long time, I saw how there were so many comments from people not just in Japan but overseas too. It touched me to see so many people commenting ‘I love Japan.’ I give my gratitude to all the fans and everyone in Wagakki Band.”
A live performance of the song is included on the band’s upcoming live DVD and Blu-ray release which features their New Year’s performance at Saitama Super Arena. It will be released on March 20.
Wagakki Band Official Website: https://wagakkiband.jp/