Concert Review: LiSA, GARNiDELiA, ReoNa & More Perform at SACRA MUSIC’s Music Festival
22.May.2019 | MUSIC
SACRA MUSIC―a music label under Sony Music Labels―held a music event entitled SACRA MUSIC FES.2019 -NEW GENERATION- at Makuhari Messe in Chiba on Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19. This non-stop live show housed a 360° stage in the centre of the venue on which artists signed to the label dazzled a total of 12,000 fans across the weekend.
This was the first live event of its kind by SACRA MUSIC. The show’s subtitle “New Generation” refers to artists both signed to the label and the new generation of artists leading the music scene into the future. The line-up feature a diverse array of talent and genres spanning voice actors to rock bands, idols, virtual YouTubers and more.
The line-up for both days included ASCA, Ayano Mashiro, =LOVE, Luna Kaguya, GARNiDELiA, ClariS, Soma Saito, SawanoHiroyuki[nZk], Sangatsu no Phantasia, Spira Spica, TrySail, halca, PENGUIN RESEARCH, and ReoNa. A live band of skilled musicians dubbed the “SACRA BAND” also took to the stage to aid in performing various hits songs and anime songs. Virtual YouTuber Luna Kaguya performed as an opener, and EGOIST also made a surprise performance on screen, fusing the 2D world with the 3D world.
Several special collaborations also took place throughout the festival where artists banded together to perform covers as well as perform each others’ songs. This included ClariS x TrySail, Mikiha (Spira Spica) x halca, Soma Saito x Yoji Ikuta & Shota Horie (PENGUIN RESEARCH), GARNiDELiA x Ayano Mashiro, and ASCA x ReoNa.
At the end of the first night, Eir Aoi appeared as a secret guest to perform three songs including her first single Ryuusei. At the end of the second night, LiSA was the secret guest, who performed several songs including her latest number Gurenge. The two also came together to sing each of their respective hits IGNITE and Rising Hope.
A teaser video was also shown for two new SACRA MUSIC projects titled BATON=RELAY and Tenka Soul. The concerts are only set to continue growing bigger and better.
ReoNa to Perform SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris Video Game Opening Theme
A new trailer has been released for SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris, an upcoming video game that’s set to drop on PlayStation®4 and Xbox One on May 21, 2020 and Steam® on May 22, 2020 . It features the game’s opening theme Scar/Let by ReoNa.
ReoNa has made her name known the world over in the anime community since her solo debut only one and a half years ago as the singing voice of Elsa Kanzaki in the anime series Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online.
The new trailer gives us a peek into Medina’s past and where she is headed, as well as new story content, characters, and the “Underworld,” a mysterious virtual world set in the anime’s Alicization arc.
Those who pre-order a copy of the digital “Deluxe Edition” of the game game will be able to play the game before its release date with “βeater’s Player.”
Those who pre-order any edition of the game will receive 200 SAO prepaid points (in-game currency) and 4 design contest costumes.
©2017 Reki Kawahara/KADOKAWA ASCII Media Works/SAO-A Project
ⒸBANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris
Release Date: May 21, 2020 (Steam® Release Date: May 22, 2020)
SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] to Perform ‘Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These’ Anime Opening Theme
Japanese musician and composer Hiroyuki Sawano is lauded with writing soundtracks for numerous popular anime series including all three seasons of Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill, Mobile 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 Promare, Mobile 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.
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
ReoNa to Perform Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Opening Theme
Despite having been just one year since her debut as a solo artist, Japanese singer ReoNa is already in the spotlight. She made her name known during the broadcast of Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online in April 2018 in which she performed the singing voice of the anime’s singer-songwriter character Elza Kanzaki. She also performed the Sword Art Online: Alicization ending theme song forget-me-not and the insert song Over the Rainbow in January 2019.
This past weekend, ReoNa performed live at LisAni! LIVE 2020 at Makuhari Messe on February 9, a song bringing together artists who perform songs for an ime series. During her performance, she announced that she will perform the second opening theme song ANIMA for the upcoming War of Underworld arc of Sword Art Online: Alicization, which will begin airing this April. This marks one year since ReoNa’s song forget-me-not was used for Alicization, as well as her first performance of an opening theme.
But that’s not all. She also revealed that she will perform the opening theme Scar/let for the forthcoming video game Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris, which is set to hit PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on May 21, 2020. Be sure to check out the game’s latest trailer.
Fans can also listen to the full version of Till the End, a song by ReoNa written to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sword Art Online light novel series, now streaming on Spotify. Released on Sunday, ReoNa also performed the song at LisAi! LIVE 2020.
Since her solo debut, ReoNa has already sung five songs for the Sword Art Online franchise.
In Sword Art Online’s 10 years, this is the first time an artist has performed both opening theme songs for both a new anime season and video game.
We look forward to hearing ReoNa in Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld in April, and Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris on May 21.
ReoNa said: “Sword Art Online is an important piece of work for me; it was a turning point in my life. So to be able to sing yet another song for it fills me with happiness from the bottom of my heart. I hope that this opening theme ANIMA reaches your heart, together with the characters’ heart and spirit to keep moving forward even if you stumble, or get hurt.”
She continues: “I’ve also been given the opportunity to perform my first video game theme. ‘Scar/let’ for Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris. Take this flower as an offering as part of your bright-red burning destiny.”
©Reki Kawahara/KADOKAWA ASCII Media Works/SAO-A Project
©BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.
ReoNa Set To Release Sword Art Online 10-Year Anniversary Theme Song Digitally
Since the broadcast of Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online in April 2018, ReoNa has played the singing voice of the show’s singer and songwriter Elza Kanzaki, performed the Sword Art Online: Alicization ending theme song forget-me-not and the insert song Over the Rainbow for the show’s popular January season. ReoNa has even collaborated with world famous musician Daniel Powter for a live performance. Despite having been just one year since her debut as a solo artist, ReoNa is already in the spotlight.
ReoNa performed the Sword Art Online series 10th anniversary theme song Till the End, the full version of which will be released on February 9, 2020 at 24:00. You can preorder it now. Till the End was presented at a special screening event on a large four-panel screen at the Sword Art Online -Ex Chronicle- in KYOTO which took place from January 31 to February 3, 2020. If you purchase Till the End on CD, make sure to check out the pamphlet included inside which allows you to purchase official merchandise from the Sword Art Online -Ex Chronicle- in KYOTO event online.
Hiroyuki Sawano Reveals Content Of Greatest Hits Album Including Attack on Titan & Promare Vocal Tracks
Hiroyoki Sawano is an acclaimed Japanese musician and composer known for having composed the soundtracks for the anime titles Promare, Attack on Titan, Kill la Kill, Mobile 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 Promare, Mobile 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.
Hiroyuki Sawano – “BEST OF VOCAL WORKS [nZk] 2”
Release Date: April 8, 2020
First Press Limited Edition (3 Discs+Blu-ray+Slip Case+ Special Book): ¥6,000 (Before Tax) [ VVCL 1640-3]
Regular Edition (2 Discs): ¥4,000 (Before Tax) [VVCL 1644-5]
Concert Title: Hiroyuki Sawano LIVE “BEST OF VOCAL WORKS[nZk]”
Venue: Toyosu PIT, Tokyo
Line-Up: Hiroyuki Sawano
Date: June 6, 2020 (Doors 18:00/Start 19:00)
Guest Vocals: ASCA / Gemie / Laco (EOW) / mizuki(UNIDOTS) / naNami / Tielle
Side Hiroyuki Sawano
Date: June 7, 2020 (Doors 17:00/Start 18:00)
Guest Vocals: Aimee Blackschleger / Benjamin / Eliana / Gemie / Laco (EOW) / mpi
General Sale Tickets
Price: All Standing – ¥6,500
*Separate mandatory drink fee charged upon entry
*Those aged 3 years old and above must hold their own valid ticket; those younger not permitted entry
Hiroyuki Sawano Official Fan Club -30k Premium Member Pre-Sale Tickets
Ticket Window: January 31, 2020 at 12:00 (JST) – February 16, 2020 at 23:59 (JST)
Hiroyuki Sawano Official Fan Club -30k Page: https://n30k.com/
Hiroyuki Sawano Official Website: http://www.sawanohiroyuki.com/
SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] Official Website: http://www.sh-nzk.net/
Shironeko Project: Zero Chronicle Anime’s Trailer Reveals Theme Song Artists
A new trailer released on Sunday revealed the artists set to perform the opening and ending themes for the upcoming anime series Shironeko Project: Zero Chronicle which is set to begin airing on April 6, 2020.
The series is an anime adaptation of the 3D action RPG smartphone game of the same name.
Takanori Nishikawa will perform the series opening theme.
He will be joined by guest vocalist ASCA who is known for her hit single RESISTER which has over 100,000 downloads in Japan. Details on the song title and its release have yet to be announced, but the song will cover the drama between the series’s main characters, Prince of Darkness and Queen of Light Iris.
Rei Yasuda will perform the ending theme song through the dark. Yasuda announced the release of her third studio album Re:I recently, which will hit shelves on March 18. through the dark is being produced by Japanese-Korean record producer and songwrite Jeff Miyahara who has worked with numerous high profile artists including Namie Amuro and Girl’s Generation.
Speaking about the ending theme, Rei Yasuda said: “What is it we can we do for the person we love? I tried expressing these mixed and strong emotions with the themes of light and dark. Love is made up of these two strong forms of love. It’s something that no one can touch, and if you have it, you can make it through any kind of darkness. I really believe that.”
She continues: “I wrote the song about going through hardships to want to do something to protect the person you love, even if you don’t know what someone with such a faint light as yourself can do. It’s a powerful and straightforward feeling that I’m sure everyone has deep instead their heart.”
© COLOPL/Shironeko Animation Project
Takanori Nishikawa + ASCA
Details: Song name and release date TBA (As of posting this article)
Takanori Nishikawa Official Website: http://www.takanorinishikawa.com/
ASCA Official Website: http://www.ASCA-official.com
Rei Yasuda – “through the dark”
Release Date: TBA (As of posting this article)
3rd Album – “Re:I”
Release Date: March 18, 2020
First Press Edition (CD+Blu-ray+24 Page Photo Book): ¥3,800 (Before Tax)
Regular Edition (CD+16 Page Photo Book): ¥3,000 (Before Tax)
*First press bonus and Blu-ray content TBA
Rei Yasuda Official Website: http://www.yasudarei.net/
Shironeko Project: Zero Chronicle
Initial Broadcast: April 6, 2020
Official Website: https://colopl.co.jp/shironekoproject/animation/zero_chronicle/
Having recently opened on YouTube on November 15, THE FIRST TAKE just dropped their 10th video which features anisong singer LiSA once again. LiSA’s previous session saw her perform Gurenge which was viewed over 3 million times in just the first week. The view count is currently at 7.5 million and still on the rise. In response to the video, comments such as “It gave me goosebumps” and “I got a bit emotional” were all over social media. LiSA will be returning to the show again to perform her emotional song “unlasting” which was released on November 12.
LiSA – unlasting / THE FIRST TAKE
THE FIRST TAKE is a new channel where each episode sees a famous artist perform one of their hit songs all in one take. In doing so, the channel aims to deliver a more authentic and organic perspective of the featured artist and their song, opening a whole new level of excitement to fans. The hype of being able to thoroughly enjoy the raw talent of your favourite artists in a high-quality 4K video is unimaginable. The channel will continue to feature a range of artists and add new content. It is on the way to becoming a go-to music channel for discovering your favourite artists. If you’re a fan of Japanese music, make sure to subscribe to the channel to catch your favourite artists.
The plain white room allows the audience to fully focus on LiSA’s passionate singing, her expressions and flawless vocal control. Her new performance is sure to give you exciting chills.
THE FIRST TAKE YouTube Channel:
unlasting Streaming/ Download Links: https://lnk.to/unlasting
LiSA Official Website: https://www.lxixsxa.com/
LiSA Announces Live DVD & Blu-ray Featuring First Performance Of Demon Slayer OP Theme ‘Gurenge’
21.December.2019 | MUSIC
It has been announced that LiSA’s performance at Yokohama Arena on April 30, 2019 will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on March 4, 2020. The show was the second day of a two-night concert entitled “LiVE is Smile Always～364＋JOKER～” held at the venue on April 29 and 30.
26,000 fans attended the two sold out concerts across the two days. The show featured LiSA’s first-ever live performance of Gurenge which is the opening theme for the TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. LiSA is also set to perform the song as the 70th Kōhaku Uta Gassen, an annual New Year’s Eve television special produced by NHK.
Each edition of the Blu-ray and DVD will be released with their own respective first press bonuses. Limited Pressing Editions are coupled with merchandise as well as a CD featuring the audio of the concert. Details on the merchandise it includes are yet to be announced.
LiSA Blu-ray & DVD “LiVE is Smile Always～364＋JOKER～ at YOKOHAMA ARENA”
Release Date: March 4, 2020
■Limited Pressing Edition (Blu-ray+Merchandise+CD): ¥12,000 (Before Tax) [VVXL-60~62]
■First Press Limited Edition (Blu-ray): ¥8,000 (Before Tax) [VVXL-63]
■First Press Limited Edition (DVD): ¥8,000 (Before Tax) [VVBL-134~135]
*Merchandise and tracklist TBA
LiSA Official Website: http://www.lxixsxa.com/
LiSA has announced that she is set to embark on a nationwide arena tour in Japan next year.
There is never a breather when it comes to LiSA’s successful musical activities, with her new song unlasting being used as the ending theme for the ongoing anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld, which made it to No. 3 on Oricon’s Daily Single charts for December 10.
The singer’s new tour will be her biggest to date, with ten concerts planned across five locations throughout Japan, including the famous MetLife Dome which has a capacity of nearly 40,000. She will perform for an estimated 115,000 fans over the duration of the tour. Pre-sale tickets will go live via LiSA’s fan club “LiSA Love” on December 11, 2019 at 22:00 (JST).
LiSA said: “I’ll be heading on an arena tour in 2020, which includes MetLife Dome. It’s the start of my 10th year. Let’s go and have the best time ever next year once again with our favourite thing: music!”
unlasting topped digital music charts in Japan and overseas, including the J-pop category on iTunes in countries around Asia including Malaysia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macao, and elsewhere. The song reached No. 1 on the the KKBOX’s J-pop daily charts in Taiwan (October 23-November 3) as well as its weekly charts (October 25-31). It also made it to No. 1 on the QQ Music J-Pop weekly charts (October 24-30).
LiSA 2020 Arena Tour
2020/6/20 @ Osaka-jo Hall
2020/6/21 @ Osaka-jo Hall
2020/6/27 @ Pia Arena MM (Yokohama)
2020/6/28 @ Pia Arena MM (Yokohama)
2020/8/15 @ Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
2020/8/16 @ Aichi Prefectural Gymnasium
2020/9/5 @ MetLife Dome (Seibu Dome)
2020/9/6 @ MetLife Dome (Seibu Dome)
2020/10/3 @ Xebio Arena Sendai
2020/10/4 @ Xebio Arena Sendai
*Pre-sale tickets available via LiSA’s official fan club “LiSA Love” on December 11, 2019 from 22:00 (JST)
LiSA Love Fan Club: https://k.lxixsxa.com/
LiSA Official Website：http://www.lxixsxa.com/
Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld
Initial Broadcast: October 12, 2019
Official Website: https://sao-alicization.net/
THE FIRST TAKE is a new channel to YouTube that launched on November 15 where each episode sees a famous artist perform one of their hit songs all in one take. In doing so, the channel aims to deliver a more authentic and organic perspective of the featured artist and their song, opening a whole new level of excitement to fans. The hype of being able to thoroughly enjoy the raw talent of your favourite artists in a high-quality 4K video is unimaginable.
LiSA ‘Gurenge’/ THE FIRST TAKE Premium Video (Available from December 6, 2019 from 22:00)
The fifth artist to feature on the channel will be LiSA, who is most widely known not only for her sensational anisongs but has also appeared at multiple rock festivals and will have her first appearance on the NHK TV show Red and White Song Battle (NHK Kōhaku Uta Gassen) to bring in the New Year. She also released her first piano cover of Gurenge, which is the opening theme song for the popular anime Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.
Although nervous at first, she completely transformed the moment she stepped in front of the mic. Her characteristic voice pierced through the air as she gave a classic jaw-dropping performance. The video will premiere on YouTube at 10pm today (December 6) and you don’t want to miss it.
A Statement from LiSA :
“This is the first time I’ve ever performed Gurenge in one take with a piano accompaniment. There’s a special groove and flow and a beautiful balance of interdependence between my voice and the piano. The breathing regulation, the finishing touches and feelings in the song are really beautiful in this song because it is limited to a piano and vocals arrangement. The beauty of THE FIRST TAKE is its authenticity. You will never hear the same thing twice. It’s raw and pure like a live performance. I’m so thrilled to have been given the chance to deliver something so precious to the audience. Please enjoy my song as much as you like. “
THE FIRST TAKE YouTube Channel:
LiSA’s Latest Songs:
Streaming/Download Links: https://lnk.to/MMI1r
Now Available to Stream/ Download: https://lnk.to/unlasting
Physical Release: December 11
LiSA Official Website: https://www.lxixsxa.com/
DJ Arisa Komiya from OMOTENASHI BEATS Celebrates First Overseas Performance at Anime Festival in Singapore
03.December.2019 | MUSIC
Last October, Zepp Divercity, Tokyo was filled with excitement and thrill as the Anime Rave Festival Vol.2 took place, which saw the appearance of a brand new DJ at the scene: Arisa Komiya from OMOTENASHI BEATS.
What’s more, it hasn’t even been two months since the DJ released her CD full of non-stop anisongs called SUPER OMOTENASHI BEATS vol.1 × DJ Arisa Komiya on October 2 and she has already leaped across a border for her first ever overseas performance at Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2019, which flies the flag for Japanese culture and aims to spread the love for Japanese music. The festival was held at Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Arisa Komiya took to the stage on the second day of Anime Festival Asia Singapore 2019. The floor shook in beat to the thudding fans and the entire evening was a great success. The DJ’s kicked off her overseas debut at C3AFA AKIBA STAGE, which was met with a swarm of hiphop fans. Next, she performed on the LUMICA stage, which saw a sea of penlights sway in beat, each fan unshakable with admiration. Komiya left the venue being assured of her strong fanbase in Singapore.
DJ Arisa Komiya is sure to continue performing in Japan and overseas. Keep an eye on her and OMOTENASHI BEATS because they are sure to have a lot in store for everyone.
SUPER OMOTENASHI BEATS vol.1 × DJ Arisa Komiya
Release: October 2, 2019
A 35-Track Mix CD of Non-Stop Anisongs by Love Live! Sunshine!! School Idol Group Aqours Member DJ Komiya Arisa.
CD: ¥2,338 (Before Tax)
CD + Blu-ray: ¥4,074 (Before Tax)
*Blu-ray includes the NONSTOP MIX BACKGROUND MUSIC VIDEO and MAKING VIDEO
Purchase Here: https://omotenashibeats.jp/discography/shop.php?id=1030637
OMOTENASHI BEATS Official Website: https://omotenashibeats.jp/
Pop Duo ClariS Unveils Ending Theme for Upcoming Anime Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story
Japanese pop music duo ClariS will release their new single Alicia for sale on March 4, 2020. The song will serve as the ending theme song for the brand new TV anime Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story which is set to broadcast from January 4, 2020.
The trailer for the new anime along and the new song Alicia was unveiled at Kitakyushu Pop Culture Festival 2019: one of Kyushu’s biggest pop culture festivals. Make sure to check out the latest trailer for the anime on YouTube.
Stay tuned for more exciting updates on the different versions of the single and possible special bonuses.
©Magica Quartet/Aniplex・Magia Record Anime Partners
ClariS 21st single ‘Alicia’
Release Date: March 4, 2020
ClariS Official Website (Japanese Only): http://www.clarismusic.jp/
TV Anime Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story
Initial Broadcast: January 4, 2020
Broadcast: MBS, TOKYO MX, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, BS11
TV Anime Magia Record: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Side Story Official Website: https://anime.magireco.com/