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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    Tokyo Bay No.2 Sea Fort

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    Live Report


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    Aerial shot of the concert

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    SET LIST

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    Photo of CAMPiece

    Overhead view

     

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    Hydrangeas bloom before guest room benches

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    Hydrangea accessory kit

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    Eir Aoi is perform the second opening theme Kodou

    Eir Aoi | Comment

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    *Comment translated from Japanese by MMN

     

     

    FLOW are performing the second ending theme United Sparrows

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    *Comment translated from Japanese by MMN

     

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    National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation | Comment

    “Geo-Cosmos is an exhibit that was made to connect lots of people allowing them to see the everchanging Earth from space. It uses several different pieces of scientific data to project the real appearance of the earth and shows the possibilities of 3D visual representation created by scientists and creators. This concert will serve as a new challenge for Geo-Cosmos. We hope you look forward to seeing Geo-Cosmos ‘transform’ on the live stage in this fusion of the real and the virtual.”

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    2021 Keiryu no Baien
    Running: January 23, 2021 – March 7, 2021
    Location: Odawara Flower Garden
    Address: 3798-5 Kuno, Odawara, Kanagawa
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    Parking: Free
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    Keiryu no Baien Guide Tour

    Takayuki Otsubo, the president of the garden, is also an advisor on the management of its plants. He will be offering a detailed tour for the event.

     

    Date: February 21, 2021
    Times: 10:30 / 13:30 (1 hour each)
    Participation: Free
    Capacity: 30 per slot (first-come, first-served)

    *Tour will be held seated indoors if it rains

     

    Keiryu no Baien Flowers and Kimono Girls

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    Date: February 13, 2021
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    No. of People: 15 (Booking required)
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    Plum Menu

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    Plum Ice Cream – ¥380 (Tax Included)

    Location: Cafe Hibiscus
    Opening Hours: 10:00-16:00 (Last Orders 15:30)
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    Plum Blossom Souvenirs


    A selection of plum blossom-themed souvenirs will be available like umeboshi dried plum, plum jelly, and more.

     

    Available: From early January 2021
    Location: Entrance souvenir corner
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    CONCEPT

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    An exclusive line-up for the beach lovers of Shichirigahama

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    To promote the protection of our beautiful oceans, the Shichirigahama store will also used limited-edition packaging from the New Zealand-based sustainability brand ecostore.

     

    Biople by CosmeKitchen Shichirigahama will begin taking pre-sales of a new starter kit which contains mini skincare, hair care, body care, and other products.

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