Demon Slayer Opening Theme ‘Gurenge’ by LiSA Breaks 300,000 Downloads & 6 Million YouTube Views

25.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

LiSA’s newest single Gurenge is used as the opening theme for the ongoing hit anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. The song was dropped digitally on April 22 and dominated the Japanese digital music charts upon its release. Its number downloads only grew in the following days, allowing it to get pushed up to No. 1 on the iTunes Japan Weekly Song rankings, as well as sitting at No. 1 for two weeks on Oricon’s Weekly Digital Single charts.

The song broke 300,000 downloads on September 22, 2019, making it the most downloaded track of 2019 from a female artist in Japan.

The song’s music video was LiSA’s fastest to hit 5 million views on YouTube, and just 4 months after its release, it has gained over 6 million views.

Demon Slayer is also approaching its anticipated climax. The anime’s ending theme from the edge by FictionJunction feat. LiSA is also enjoying rave reviews from fans. If you’ve yet to enter the world of Demon Slayer, then what are you waiting for?

 

©Koyoharu Gotouge / Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable

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    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.

     

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    LiSA earned the title of female Japanese artist with the most downloaded track of 2019 in September for her song Gurenge which broke 300,000 downloads on September 22, 2019. The song was used as the opening theme for the TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba which aired from April to September. As of November 2019, the song has over 370,000 downloads, and the number claws itself closer to 400,000 everyday.

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  • LiSA’s Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Ending Theme Single CD Covers Unveiled

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    First Press Limited Edition CD Cover

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    LiSA’s website has undergone a revamp for the release of unlasting, so be sure to check it out at the link below.

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    LiSA earned the title of female Japanese artist with the most downloaded track of 2019 last month for her song Gurenge which enjoyed over 300,000 downloads. The song was used as the opening theme for the TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba which aired from April to September.

     

    LiSA is now performing the ending theme unlasting for the anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld which began airing on Monday (October 21). The song has received an early digital release ahead of the single’s CD release which set for December 11. It also dropped on Monday and has already topped 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.

     

    unlasting is also now available to listen to on streaming services including Spotify. That song alongside Gurenge and others have found themselves placed amongst many playlists.

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  • LiSA Performs Sword Art Online: Alicization Ending Theme ‘unlasting’

    08.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    LiSA earned the title of female Japanese artist with the most downloaded track of 2019 last month for her song Gurenge which enjoyed over 300,000 downloads. The song was used as the opening theme for the TV anime series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba which aired from April to September.

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    unlasting will be released digitally on October 21 at 00:00 (JST). The song will be available for pre-order in Japan from October 7 at 00:00 (JST), the same date has the SAO protagonist’s birthday, Kirito.

    Speaking about her new collaboration with the series, LiSA commented: “The first opening theme for the Alicization arc which I sang was ADAMAS, a song that wishes for a bright future. unlasting as the ending theme is about a new chapter that wishes for the sadness the characters were left with to not last forever. I hope the people who are important to you feel the same for you in some way.”

     

    ©2017 Reki Kawahara /KADOKAWA / ASCII Media Works / SAO-A Project

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