TV Anime Ace of Diamond Act II’s New Theme by GLAY to be Released in April
It was revealed last month that GLAY will perform the opening theme for Ace of Diamond Act II which is set to begin airing on April 2. The band also just revealed at Anime Japan 2019 held on March 24 the song’s title and digital release date.
The title of the song is Hajimaru no Uta. It was written by the band’s own vocalist TERU who said at the event, “This song is about the start of one’s dreams, the beginning of one’s new life […] I hope that this song becomes the start of something for people.”
This is the fourth opening theme the Hakodate-formed four member band has written for the Ace of Diamond series following HEROES, Hashire! Mirai and Sora ga Aozora de aru Tame ni.
The anime edit version of the song will be released digitally on April 2, the same date the anime airs.
Japanese rock band GLAY have announced that they will release a greatest hits album titled REVIEW II next year.
The band held a public talk on May 25 to celebrate their 25th anniversary. On New Year’s Day this year, they announced that they would commit themselves to 7 different things centred as part of “GLAY DEMOCRACY,” a theme the band are pushing for this year. The first was the announcement of their hall tour, the second was the announcement of their new single G4・Ⅴ-Democracy 2019- releasing on July 2, the third will be the band’s upcoming concept shows “GOOD GLAY” and “BAD GLAY” which will take place at MetLife Dome on August 17 and 18 respectively, and the fourth was the announcement of their 15th studio album.
At the 25th anniversary talk, the band gave details on the next three projects. The first will be a nationwide 17-date arena tour entitled “25th HOTEL GLAY” which will begin at Sun Dome Fukui on November 9 and will run into 2020. They are expected to play for 180,000 fans across the tour. Band member Takuro spoke about the tour’s theme “HOTEL GLAY” at the talk. He said: “We have performed live hundreds of times. We want people to enjoy not just the concert, but before and after the concert too. We will satisfy and bring smiles to lots of people by delivering the most wonderful and ultimate hospitality like that of a hotel. We want lots of people to enjoy spending a great time there.”
The second is that GLAY will release REVIEW II, their first greatest hits album in almost 10 years, in 2020. The title originates from their first greatest hits collection REVIEW ~BEST OF GLAY~ which was released back in 1997. Oricon reports that the initial sales of the record exceeded 2 million copies, making it the first album to reach that mark at the time. As of 2019, it has over 4.88 million copies sold, making it the third best-selling album in Japanese history.
The final was that the band will embark on a long overseas tour and dome tour in 2020 to celebrate their 25th anniversary. This will mark their first dome tour in 15 years, following GLAY 10th Anniversary Year Final GLAY DOME TOUR 2005 “WHITE ROAD” back in 2005. Full details on the new tour are yet to be announced.
But GLAY’s endeavours don’t stop there. Over on the official GLAY DEMOCRACY website, fans were asked to submit something they want the band to do, and one of the biggest requests was a free live show. The band will satisfy that request by holding a free concert on July 31. The location has yet to be announced, but it will be held wherever the biggest number of requests for a free live concert is. July 31 is celebrated as “GLAY Day” for a legendary concert they held 20 years ago on that day for 200,000 people. The fact they will now hold a free show on the same day makes it even more special.
Speaking about 25 years since the band’s debut, lead guitarist Hisashi commented: “In our 25 years of being together, right now is the most fun. [At our ongoing hall tour] we have finally been able to express their original meanings which is something we have always wanted to do.”
Bassist Jiro expressed his desire to convey the band’s multitude of feelings to lots of people, while guitarist Takuro commented: “When our 25th anniversary is up, we’ll return to the normal everyday GLAY. Keeping the each and every little promise we give out to people around the country is very us. I want to make more people smile.”
The members had plenty to celebrate about during the talk. Takuro also commented on the huge number of announcements they had: “When we spoke about doing all the things to make all our fans happy, seven ended up not being nearly enough.”
Release Date: July 2, 2019
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OxT Release Ace of Diamond Act II’s Ending Theme ‘Golden After School’
OxT is a Japanese music group consisting of vocalist Masayoshi Ōishi and guitarist and composer Tomohiro Ōshima (Tom-H@ck). Their music has featured in several anime series including SSSS.GRIDMAN for which their song UNION was used as the opening theme. The song peaked on Oricon’s Weekly Digital Charts at No. 2.
Their song Golden After School is currently used as the ending theme for the ongoing TV anime series Ace of Diamond Act II. The song just hit shelves on April 17 and both members released statements surrounding the record.
Masayoshi Ōishi said: “We wrote a song for the new chapter of Seidou High! It would be great if this song continues that golden age the 3rd year students left behind, the age that ties together their story which took place after school. We wrote it with care and consideration, so I hope people enjoy it!”
Tom-H@ck commented: “Our latest single… Golden After School…! This is a famous song which has a nostalgic vibe to it. The melody and lyrics both elicit a sense of nostalgia from somewhere. Please be sure to check out the music video too, me and my pal Ōishi went on a driving date!”
First press copies of the CD include application cards to receive priority tickets to an official event for the anime series taking place at Science Hall on May 18. Appearing at the event will be Ryōta Ōsaka (who voices Eijun Sawamura), Shintarō Asanuma (Yōichi Kuramochi), Wataru Hatano (Tōru Masuko), and OxT.
Masayoshi Ōishi has also announced a new solo album entitled Kariuta II which will be released on June 26, 2019. He will head on a solo tour to promote the album later this year. Pre-sale tickets will go live via his fan club on April 22 at 23:59 (JST).
The cover jacket for Masayoshi Ōishi’s live DVD Masayoshi Ōishi no Hikikatari Lab ~10th Anniversary “One Man” Show~ has also been unveiled. It will be released on May 8.
Golden After School
Release Date: April 17, 2019
Stock Number: PCCG.01778
Price: ¥1,250 (Before Tax)
*First Press copies include application cards to receive priority tickets to an official event for the anime series. Details on that event below.
Ace of Diamond Event
Date: May 18, 2019
Time: Open 17:30 / Start 18:00
Location: Science Hall
Line-Up: Ryōta Ōsaka, Shintarō Asanuma, Wataru Hatano, and OxT.
TV Anime Ace of Diamond Act II Opening Theme Performed by GLAY
It has been revealed that Japanese rock band GLAY’s new song will be used as the opening theme for the upcoming anime series Ace of Diamond Act II set to air on April 2, 2019.
The song was written by the band’s own vocalist TERU. This is the fourth opening theme the Hakodate-formed four member band has written for the Ace of Diamond series following HEROES, Hashire! Mirai and Sora ga Aozora de aru Tame ni.
Each song to date has evoked the feeling of high school baseball which the series is based around.
Speaking about the song, TERU comments: “I have been given the opportunity to write another opening theme for Ace of Diamond. The song is about the starting of one’s hopes and dreams, the beginning of a new life, the feelings that serve as the impetus for these things. I hope this song becomes the start of something for other people too.”
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Release Date: February 27, 2019
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CD-Only Edition: ¥2,500 (Before Tax)
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GLAY Official Website: http://www.glay.co.jp/Ace of Diamond Act IIInitial Broadcast: April 2, 2019Ace of Diamond Official Website: https://diaace.com
A teaser visual has been released of the upcoming anime adaptation of Yuji Terajima’s sequel manga Ace of Diamond Act II which was revealed at the Ace of Diamond All-Star Game III.
The visual features a pumped Eijun Sawamura and Kazuya Miyuki. The release date of the anime has yet to be announced, but we can rest assured it’s looking to be another intense adaptation.
Ace of Diamond Act II Manga to Get Anime Adaptation in 2019
27.November.2018 | ANIME&GAME
It was announced at the “Ace of Diamond All-Star Game III” event held at Tokyo’s Meiji Jingu Stadium on November 25 that Yuji Terajima’s sequel manga Ace of Diamond Act II will receive an anime adaptation in 2019.
The event was the third run of the all-star game, popular amongst fans of the series for the cast playing real baseball. It Seido High take to the pitch, featuring appearances from Ryōta Ōsaka (who voices Eijun Sawamura) and Eijun Sawamura (who voices Kazuya Miyuki). Teams were divided into two: the first and second years along with the third years and junior high students.
The opened with a performance from Japanese music group OxT who swung towels in the air together with the crowd as they sang Go EXCEED!!, the first opening theme for Ace of Diamond. They also performed Perfect HERO (the second opening theme) and BLOOM OF YOUTH (the second ending theme for season two).
Rikako Yamaguchi, who voices the manager of the team Fujiwara Takako, made an announcement after which the series voice actors stepped out: Ryōta Ōsaka, Nobunaga Shimazaki, Natsuki Hanae, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka, Shouta Aoi, Takahiro Sakurai, Shintarō Asanuma, Hiro Shimono, Taishi Murata, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Daisuke Namikawa, Nobuhiko Okamoto, Wataru Hatano, Shunsuke Takeuchi, Yūma Uchida, and Daiki Yamashita.
Broadcasting for the event was Nobuhiko Okamoto and Natsuki Hanae who provide voices for the brother duo Ryōsuke Kominato and Haruichi Kominato respectively.
The team used the PlayStation 4 baseball game Jikkyou Pawafuru Puroyakyu 2018. Nobunaga Shimazaki was the MVP of the game, winning for the first and second year team.
At the end of the event, the cast lined up and Ryōta Ōsaka who plays the series protagonist Eijun Sawamura announced to fans that Ace of Diamond Act II will get an anime adaptation in 2019. It will serve as a sequel to Ace of Diamond which aired from October 2013 to March 2016.
Further details surrounding the air date will be announced in the near future.
GLAY will release their new album “SUMMERDELICS” on the 12th of July and they held a pre-listening event of the album and the talk event at Shinjuku WALD 9 on the 10th of July (Mon.).
The audience at this event heard all 14 songs included in the album. Many in the audience enjoyed the album, some closing their eyes and moving their bodies to the rhythm.
After listening to all the songs of the album. TERU, TAKURO, JIRO, HISASHI appeared on stage and talked about their new album. TERU said, “By releasing this album which includes songs written by each of us, we gained confidence.”
Two surprise announcements were made during this event.
The first announcement was the release of a music video of one of the songs on the album “XYZ” which was the theme song of Red Bull Air Race 2017. The music video is a collaborative work with Red Bull Air Race including the video of the special live held at the final match of the Red Bull Air Race Chiba held on the 4th of July. I am pretty sure you will feel the freshness and the speed of the song.
The second announcement was an urgent announcement!
The words “TOKYO SUMMERDELICS” appeared on the screen and it was announced that “something is going to happen somewhere in Tokyo” and a countdown started. The countdown was also started on the official website of GLAY.
As the album title, SUMMERDELICS suggests, (it defies any attempt at a quick and simple solution) we need to keep our eyes focused on their future activities.
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GLAY will hold a live concert in Taipei Arena! They will also release their new album in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea.
27.June.2017 | MUSIC
On June 22nd, GLAY headed to Taiwan to participate in“The 28th Golden Melody Awards.” They were greeted by their fans at the airport and they had a rehearsal on the next day, that is the 23rd of June. And on the 24th of June, they participated “The 28th Golden Melody Awards” which is called as the Grammy Awards of Taiwan and performed on the stage of the Taipei Arena as a representative of Japanese artists along with popular Taiwanese artists.
They performed “the other end of the globe” which is going to be included in their new album to be released on the 12th of July called “SUMMERDELICS” and “Yuwaku” which is one of GLAY’s hit songs. While performing “Yuwaku,” Mayday appeared on stage with his guitar and TERU shouted “come on monster!” The fans at the venue were thrilled and gave a great cheer to their collaborative performance.
Moreover, GLAY used a limousine to go to Taipei Arena and in front of the arena, many camera flashes lit up when the four members appeared on the red carpet and the atmosphere of the venue was as gorgeous as the Grammy Awards.
In the interview after the performance, GLAY announced that they will be holding a live concert at Taipei Arena in March, 2018. The four members GLAY who enthralled the audience as representative artists of Japan, told their fans that they are looking forward to hold a live concert in Taiwan for the first time in five years. Everyone has great expectations of GLAY’s future activities.
In addition, it has been decided that“SUMMERDELICS” will be released simultaneously the overseas releases.
Their new album SUMMERDELICS will be released at Hong Kong, Taiwan and Korea on the 12th of July.