Vickeblanka’s New Song ‘Black Catcher’ Revealed as Black Clover Opening 10

07.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

Artist Vickeblanka will release a new song called Black Catcher on January 8, marking the second release of the singer’s three-month digital song release plan. Black Catcher will be used as the tenth opening theme song for the anime Black Clover.

A strong melody pours out over the dark soundscape of this song. The groaning bassline is punctured by the sharp beat of the drums, over which the guitar melody glides gracefully, entwined with the turbulent yet beautiful piano accompaniment. The fighting spirit of the song rises with the endless strength of the vocals. 

This isn’t the first Black Clover opening theme song for Vickeblanka – the artist previously released the song Black Rover as a Black Clover anime opening. The song ranked at number 15 on Spotify’s 2019 list of most played Japanese songs overseas. At the moment, the sensational song has been played over 20 million times on streaming services and over 15 million times on just Spotify alone, leaving expectations for Vickeblanka’s upcoming track at an all-time high. 

 

A Statement by Vickeblanka

As a Jump fan, I am extremely honoured to be in charge of a Black Clover opening for the second time now. As the story has progressed significantly since, I put a lot more empathy into this song. It is filled with darkness and a sense of urgency. 

 

Vickeblanka is set to release the new album Devil on March 4, marking the artist’s third ever original album release in a year and four months. As fans reminisce of how we were drawn in by the euphoric world of Vickeblanka’s previous album wizard, the complete change of tone with the new album Devil is sure to shock listeners. 

 

Vickeblanka will also embark on a tour titled Tour de Devil 2020 which consists of eight performances including some in Higashi-Meihan halls. The tour will kick off at Orix Theater, Osaka on April 29 and will arrive at NTK Hall Forest Hall, Nagoya on May 1. The final performance will take place on May 9 at Nakano Sunplaza in Tokyo. Tickets will be available to purchase from event hosts in the respective performance regions.

 

©Y/STB

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    1) Special music video for new OP theme ‘Grandeur’ by Snow Man

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    Snow Man – “Grandeur” Special Music Video

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    Vickeblanka – “Shekebon!” (Official Music Video)

    *Premiering: March 3, 2020 at 20:00 (JST)

     

    The music video was directed by Tai Nakazawa and features Vickeblanka carrying out a solo band session. Vickeblanka showcases his love for music by playing all the instruments before performing to a crowd at the end.

     

    Shekebon! is a song to lift up those who are going through some kind of struggle. When the music video premieres, Vickeblanka is scheduled to talk in the chat box in real time on YouTube.

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    Tickets for Vickeblanka’s new tour, “Tour de Devil 2020,” are now on sale. The tour is set to begin on April 29, and tickets are already sold out in certain regions, so you’d best order yours ASAP if you’re thinking of going.

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    09.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

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    Kalen Anzai – “Jinsei wa Senjō da” (TV Anime Black Clover Ver.)

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  • Black Clover’s New ED Theme ‘Jinsei wa Senjō da’ Performed by Kalen Anzai

    02.October.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Kalen Anzai made her debut with her single Sekai no Subete Teki ni Kanjite Kodoku Sae Ai Shiteia which was released across digital music platforms on May 1 this year. Since then, her music has been picked up by major music media services, like MTV and MUSIC ON! TV in Japan, who have played her songs countless times.

     

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    07.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    GIRLFRIEND is an all-girl Japanese pop-rock band made up of four members whose average age is 18. Each of them has a hand in writing and composing all of their tracks and all of them perform vocals.

    Their new song sky & blue began being used as the eighth opening theme to the ongoing TV anime series Black Clover on August 6. The CD will hit shelves in Japan on August 28, but in the lead up to its release, the band have dropped a short version of the music video along with a new artist photo and the CD covers for the single.

     

    GIRLFRIEND – “sky & blue” Music Video (Short ver.)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SGJ37P4QNXA

     

    The video was directed by Tsugumi Matsunaga who puts the visuals through a light and pale lens which conjures up a feeling of nostalgia. Within that scene GIRLFRIEND give a powerful musical performance as they show their skills with each of their instruments: SAKIKA on vocals and guitar, NAGISA on guitar, MINA on bass, and MIREI on drums.

    The new artist photo and CD covers were also shot by Matsunaga and show GIRLFRIEND in a different light to their usual photos with a lighter atmosphere and softer tones.

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  • Vickeblanka Releases Live Video Of ‘Urara’ From ‘Ca Va?’ Single

    16.May.2019 | MUSIC

    Vickeblanka is set to spread the word of his music this year at numerous festival in Japan including SUMMER SONIC 2019 in Tokyo and Osaka in mid-August.

    The singer is set to drop his third single Ca Va? on June 12. The DVD that is coupled with the CD includes footage taken from his 2019 “Wizard Tour.” The singer has given us a taste of what to expect by releasing his performance of Urara from Zepp Tokyo on avex’s official YouTube channel.

     

    Vickeblanka – “Urara” from WIZARD TOUR 2019 at Zepp Tokyo

    This show was held on February 10 this year. It was the final concert of the tour and enjoyed a sold-out venue.

    The CD cover for the single was also revealed today, as well as the news that the single’s lead track Ca Va? will receive an early digital release on May 17.

    Tickets for Vickeblanka’s solo show Voom Voom Room at Shinkiba Studio Coast are now on sale. The concert is being held in promotion of the new single. Tickets are expected to sell out fast, so if you’re looking to catch him live for the new release, then you’ll want to be quick.

     

    Ca Va? is the first release from Vickeblanka in 7 months since his second album. The record included the song Masshiro which was used as an insert song for a Japanese drama series. Ca Va? also includes the song Lucky Ending which is being used as the ending theme for the new adaptation of Natsuki Takaya’s manga series Fruits Basket. It also includes an acoustic version of Urara. The original song reached No. 1 in Japan’s radio charts.

  • Vickeblanka releases 3rd single! anime music video for “Lucky Ending” has been unveiled!

    11.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Singer/songwriter Vickeblanka will release his third single on Wednesday 12th June. The single will consist of four songs including “Lucky Ending”, which is the ending theme for anime Fruits Basket. You can also get your hands on the single DVD version, which includes video extracts from his sold-out final live performance at Zepp Tokyo for his “WIZARD TOUR 2019”.

     

    To commemorate this single release, Vickeblanka will perform a one-man-live show called “Voom Voom Room” on Friday 14th June at Shinkiba Studio Coast.

     

    Vickeblanka  / 『Lucky Ending』(anime music video)

    Lucky Ending is also available for digital download. A Fruits Basket music video version of the video with lyrics has also been released.

     

    A light three beat rhythm drives the song. Vickeblanka’s gentle voice sings words of love, perfectly depicting the image of Fruits Basket. Please check out this popular masterpiece!

     

    © Natsuki Takaya/ Hakusensha, Inc/ Fruits Basket Production Committee

  • New Fruits Basket Anime Ending Theme ‘Lucky Ending’ by Vickeblanka to be Released Digitally

    07.April.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Vickeblanka embarked on a solo tour in January to promote his second studio album wizard with the final show wrapping up at a sold-out Zepp Tokyo on February 10. His schedule for 2019 is packed with performances at upcoming events and festivals including this year’s Summer Sonic.

    The new anime adaptation of Fruits Basket began airing on April 5, 2019. The opening theme Again is performed by Beverly while the ending theme Lucky Ending is performed by Vickeblanka. It has been announced that the ending theme will be released digitally on April 10, 2019. In the song, Vickeblanka sings gently of love against a light and jaunty melody.

     

    The song’s Kanji lyrics have also been released officially. Click the link on Vickeblanka’s site here.

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