Eir Aoi Just Dropped The Music Video For Granbelm Anime Opening Tsuki wo Ou Mayonaka

16.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

Eir Aoi’s LIVE TOUR 2019 Fragment oF took her on a journey across the country, performing at eight different locations to approximately 10,000 wild fans. She saw her final tour performance at Kanagawa Kenmin Hall on July 15.  

 

The overpowering digital rock song UNLIMITED sent an instant surge of energy through the crowd. Her heart-throbbing setlist included a range of big hits that were used as theme songs for the anime Sword Art Online including Iris, INNOCENCE, Cynthia no Hikari, Ryusei and IGNITE . Her strong vocals and the passion etched onto her face enthralled the crowd. 

For the encore, she performed Tsuki wo Ou Mayonaka, which is the new opening theme song for the anime Granbelm. The urgent beat of the song energised the audience, who were dancing and singing as one. For the last song, she performed AURORA, which she especially prepared for this day only. 

 

“There are times that I just cannot sing this song, but seeing the encouraging and excited faces of my fans gave me the support I needed to sing,” she said.

 

Eir Aoi: Tsuki wo Ou Mayonaka Music Video

https://youtu.be/haJjUmsJnlw

 

After the encore was over, there was a surprise for the fans. The music video for Tsuki wo Ou Mayonaka, the new theme song for the anime Granbelm, was played before the crowd. Fans could not contain their wild joy at being the first people to watch the video. The music video was just released on July 16 at 8pm, so please check it out. 

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  • Uru’s new single Negai will be released on September 11 but for now, we get a sneak peek at the stunning single art. Negai is currently being used as the ending theme song for the brand new anime Granbelm, which just went on air this month. 

     

    The artwork for Negai was created by Yuichi Miyashi, who also took Uru’s artist photos. The photo for the single jacket is of a neverending horizon upon which the gentle light of the moon is reflected. This pure image perfectly links to Uru’s artist photos and to her song Negai (Wish).

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