Brand new anime Kimetsu no Yaiba to be released in April and LiSA will sing the opening theme song!

20.March.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

Starting from Japan’s famous arena Budokan and Osaka-jō Hall last year in summer, Japanese singer/songwriter LiSA embarked on an arena tour that hit five Asian cities, a Japan hall tour and a live house tour. On the last two days of the Heisei period; Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th April, she will perform a one-man-live at Yokohama Arena to celebrate spring!

LiSa has been put in charge of the new opening theme song for the brand new anime “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”. This popular Weekly Shonen Jump manga has sold more than 3.5 million copies and is now going to be turned into an anime to be broadcasted from April!

 

The world premiere of “Kimetsu no Yaiba: Keimai no Kizuna (The Siblings’ Bond)was shown at Shinjuku Wald 9, Tokyo on Tuesday 19th March 2019. After the showing, the cast took to the podium to give speeches and address the viewers. This is the quickest a manga has ever been turned into an anime and has ever celebrated a world premiere. Before being broadcasted on TV, there will be a special showing of a film consisting of episodes one to five. When on stage, the cast members announced lots of new information about the key visuals of the anime. One key piece of information that was announced was the LiSA would be in charge of the opening theme song!

 

LiSA will perform the opening theme song for the first ever time live at Anime Japan 2019. This will be held on 24th March at Tokyo Big Sight, Tokyo, which is the largest convention and exhibition centre in Japan. She will be performing from 13:30 to 14:05 at OASIS GREEN stage, which will be a special stage dedicated to Keimai no Kizuna. You can also catch the new promotion video which uses LiSA’s song at Anime Japan too!

 

A statement by LiSA

I am LiSa; the singer who was put in charge of the anime opening for Kimetsu no Yaiba. No matter what hardships fall upon him, the main character Tanjirou Kamado never gives up on his future dreams. I used the strength from this character to sing. This anime has inspired yet a new life. I am just as excited about the release of the anime as everyone else. Please look forward to the release of the anime and the opening theme song too. If you do, I will be very happy!

 

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    LiSA’s new song Gurenge is used as the opening theme for the TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. The full song was released digitally on April 22 with a CD version announced for July 3. It has now been revealed that the anime edit version of the track, which will be included with Limited Pressing Edition copies of the single, will also receive a digital release.

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    ©Koyoharu Gotouge / Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable

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