LiSA’s Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Ending Theme Tops Asian Music Charts

09.November.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

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.

LiSA’s new song unlasting is being used as the ending theme for the ongoing anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld. The song received an early digital release on October 21 ahead of the single’s CD release which is set for December 11. It has already 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).

When purchasing the single at select stores in Japan, fans can receive one of the above-pictured monochrome postcards of LiSA. More details below.

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  • Demon Slayer: Mugen Train New Trailer Reveals Main Theme to be Performed by LiSA

    03.August.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MOVIE / MUSIC

    A new poster and trailer have been released for the upcoming film Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train which is set for release on October 16, 2020. The trailer gives us a snippet of the main theme Homura (Flame) performed by LiSA. The singer-songwriter previously performed the TV anime’s first opening theme Gurenge.

     

    Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba the Movie: Mugen Train is a direct sequel to the 2019 anime series adapted from Koyoharu Gotouge’s manga series Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. It is being animated by ufotable.

    The showcases the protagonist Tanjiro Kamado battling it off against Enmu aboard the Infinity Train (Mugen Train). Tanjiro is clenching his teeth while Enmu smiles on, revealing what is sure to be a testing battle for our hero.

    Enmu threatens Tanjiro with the words, “To be able to die while dreaming… Just how lucky are you?” We also see Tanjiro reunite with his siblings, who are supposed to be dead, but he senses something amiss and encourages himself to wake up as he is being attacked. The Infinity Train will be an action-packed locale as Tanjiro and Enmu battle it out. We also see returning characters on the train with Tanjiro.

     

    Fans also get to hear the main theme Homura by LiSA for the first time. The song was composed by Yuki Kajiura who also wrote the TV anime adaptation’s ending theme from the edge which is performed by FictionJunction feat. LiSA.

     

    Natsuki Hanae (Voices: Tanjiro Kamado) | Comment

    “When I read the Mugen Train arc, I saw so many scenes I wanted to hurry up and voice act for, so I’m so happy that I get to perform for this film. All the other voice actors during the recording sessions were on fire. When it was over, I was so burnt out, I really thought I was gonna die. ufotable’s gorgeous animation and the beautiful music both come together wonderfully. It’s a really amazing film. Like the fans, I wanna watch it in the cinema already. I hope you’re looking forward to it just as much as I am!” (Translated from Japanese by MMN)

     

    Akari Kitō (Voices: Nezuko Kamado) | Comment

    “It had been a while since we’d done voice work for Demon Slayer, but getting to work on the Mugen Train arc, which is a popular one in the manga series, I psyched myself up like the rest of the cast! Despite us not having any visuals to work with for the recording sessions, everyone really put their all into it. Seeing that actually brought tears to my eyes. I think what we achieved by the end of it exceeded our expectations! I hope you all enjoy watching it in the cinema!” (Translated from Japanese by MMN)

     

    LiSA | Comment

    “I previously performed for the TV anime series, now I’m doing them main theme for the Mugen Train film arc. It’s personally my favourite arc from the manga, so I was able to add another layer of strength to the song. While the characters face sadness, they still have a fire lit in their hearts. I hope that all of you who may be sad have the strength to move forward just like them.” (Translated from Japanese by MMN)

     

    ©Koyoharu Gotouge/Shueisha・Aniplex・ufotable

  • ReoNa’s Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Song ‘ANIMA’ Breaks 2 Million YouTube Views

    28.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The music video for ReoNa’s newest song ANIMA, which is used as the opening theme for the TV anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld, has surpassed 2 million views on YouTube. The video was released on her YouTube channel on July 12, 2020 and reached 1 million views in just five days. It broke 2 million on Sunday.

    ReoNa 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. Two years have already passed since her solo debut.

    The ANIMA music video is the first from ReoNa to feature a full backing band. The high speed video also makes use of projection mapping. The full version of the music video is included on the DVD featured on First Press Limited Edition copies of the ANIMA single.

     

    ReoNa – “ANIMA” Music Video

    The song ANIMA was released on music streaming and download services on July 13 ahead of the physical single release which dropped on July 22. When the digital version came out, it immediately peaked at No. 1 on iTunes Japan in the Anime Singles category. ANIMA (Special Edition) also reached No. 1 on digital album rankings in Japan.

    A special ReoNa character has also been added to the video game Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris for which the singer also performs its opening theme Scar/let. The game released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows on May 21, 2020. Her character design was conceived by abec who is also responsible for illustrations in the original Sword Art Online light novels.

     

    ReoNa | Comment

    “My heart is filled with joy at getting to sing for Sword Art Online again, a series which I cherish and became a turning point for me in my life. I hope this opening theme reaches your heart, along with the characters themselves—their trials and tribulations, the paths each of them walk, and their heart and spirit. I’ve also sung my first ever theme song for a video game: Scar/let, for Sword Art Online: Alicization Lycoris […]”

     

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

    ©BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Inc.

  • New Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Final Season Trailer Released

    06.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The final season of the Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld anime series is set to begin airing on July 11, 2020. The Alicization arc began airing back in October 2018. The anime is an adaptation of the popular light novel series Sword Art Online by Reki Kawahara. A film, Sword Art Online The Movie: Ordinal Scale, was released in 2017 and earned ¥4.3 billion in the Japanese box office.

    A new trailer for the final season was released on Aniplex US’s YouTube channel which features the ending theme I will… by Eir Aoi. Check it out below.
    ©2017 Reki Kawahara / KADOMAWA ASCII Media Works / SAO-A Project

  • Top 10 Manga Series From the Summer 2020 Anime List Ranked

    03.July.2020 | ANIME&GAME

    Japanese “hybrid” bookshop honto, which is co-managed by Junkudo and 2Dfacto, has used its online and physical book sales data to rank the top 10 manga series of the current 2020 summer anime roster. Their ranking was released on July 2.

     

    Ito (PR, honto) | Comment

    “The 2020 summer anime roster is about to start. With people staying at home right now, there is more opportunity to watch anime, so there must be a lot of people looking forward to the new series coming. So we are releasing our own ranking of manga and light novels from the anime series that are airing this summer. Let’s peruse series that are in the spotlight right now by dividing the ranking and the differences in age of people buying the books.”

    *Data is based on the sales taken from the first half of 2020

     

    The Top 3 Series

    The slapstick love comedy Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! (Volume 4) by Take clocks in at number one. The series has sold over 1 million copies in Japan. The data shows that the series is most popular with people in their 30’s, who rate at 41.2% of the sales. Will they be watching the anime adaptation too?

    In 2nd place is Fire Force (Volume 22) which is serialised in Weekly Shonen Magazine. This series is most popular with those in their 20’s. Season two of the anime series will premiere on July 5.

    And in 3rd place is Sword Art Online (Volume 24), a series loved by fans the world over. This hugely popular series has sold over 20 million light novels, and is popular in all age groups, with the biggest percentage of sales going to those in their 40’s at 28.2%. The first season of the anime adaptation aired back in 2012. The second half of the War of Underworld will begin on July 11.

     

    Full Top 10 List

    1st Place: Uzaki-chan Wants to Hang Out! (Volume 4)
    2nd Place: Fire Force (Volume 22)
    3rd Place: Sword Art Online (Volume 24)
    4th Place: Kanojo, Okarishimasu (Volume 14)
    5th Place: Baki Dou (Volume 5)
    6th Place: Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World (Volume 22)
    7th Place: Diary of Our Days at the Breakwater (Volume 6)
    8th Place: My Youth Romantic Comedy Is Wrong, As I Expected (Volume 14)
    9th Place: Super HxEros (Volume 9)
    10th Place: A Certain Scientific Railgun (Volume 15)

    *According to honto

  • Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld’s Second Ending Theme to be Performed by Eir Aoi

    08.April.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Japanese singer Eir Aoi’s song I will… will be used as the second ending theme for the ongoing TV anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld starting from April 25, 2020.


    Eir Aoi’s last collaboration with the Sword Art Online anime series was almost a year and a half ago when she released her song Iris which was the first ending theme for Sword Art Online: Alicization.

     

    A new promotional video was also released for the continuation of Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld which is currently following the “Alicization Awakening” arc. The video features the debut hearing of ReoNa’s new song ANIMA which will serve as the opening theme. Check it out below.

     

    “Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld” – Final Chapter

    Eir Aoi | Comment

    “I was given the opportunity to sing the first ending theme ‘Iris,’ so I am so grateful to be on board again. The theme of this new song ‘I will…’ centres on being emotionally close to someone you hold dear and walking together with them. It’s a ballad that unfolds into something majestic. I hope it’s a song that holds close emotionally to SAO and those who watch it too.”

  • ReoNa to Perform SWORD ART ONLINE Alicization Lycoris Video Game Opening Theme

    24.March.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    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.

  • ReoNa to Perform Sword Art Online: Alicization – War of Underworld Opening Theme

    11.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC / Uncategorized

    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

    04.February.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    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. 

  • LiSA Performs ‘unlasting’ on YouTube Channel THE FIRST TAKE

    26.December.2019 | MUSIC

    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.

  • 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 Announces 2020 Arena Tour in Japan With Ten Huge Shows

    12.December.2019 | MUSIC

    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 to Perform ‘Gurenge’ on New YouTube Channel ‘THE FIRST TAKE’

    06.December.2019 | MUSIC

    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. “

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