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.

 

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    Having released the new song Black Catcher digitally on January 8, 2020, Vickeblanka just dropped the song’s official music video.

     

    Vickeblanka ‘Black Catcher’ Official Music Video

    https://youtu.be/hP6VM6YAMIE

     

    Committed to releasing a new song digitally every month for three months, Black Catcher marks Vickeblanka’s second song release in the project. Black Catcher was written as the season 10 anime opening theme song for Black Clover. The ominous video reflects darkness and urgency, weaving the turbulent story with a sense of awakening. The colours of the video create a world of distorted paradise. 

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    A Statement by Vickeblanka

    I cannot express just how privileged I feel to have been entrusted with creating the opening theme song for Black Clover for the second time now. The music video is a story of being purified by a small version of oneself. Although part of the video is just me messing around, I hope that viewers can connect with the song through the visuals created by the unique colours and atmosphere. 

     

    Vickeblanka will release a new album called Devil on March 4, 2020 and is also set for Tour de Devil 2020.  Tickets will be available to purchase from event hosts in the respective performance regions.

     

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

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    Fruits Basket was serialised in Hana to Yume, published by Hakusensha, from 1998 to 2006. It has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. The original anime adaptation by Studio Deen ran in 2001 from July to December. The new series will have a new cast and staff.

     

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    Eight-member all-male vocal group SOLIDEMO and the handsome pack of wagakki-instrument-playing guys in Sakuramen have collaborated on a new song titled My Song My Days which has been announced as the new ending theme for the Black Clover anime series.

    The Black Clover manga series has been seralised in Shueisha’s Weekly Shōnen Jump magazine since 2015 and has gone on to sell over 6 million copies. It takes place in a world where anyone has the ability to use magic and follows Asta and Yuno, orphans who were abandoned at a church orphanage. The series explores the adventures and growth of Asta, who hasn’t been able to use magic since he was born, and Yuno, who wields great magical power.

    My Song My Days combines SOLIDEMO’s harmonies and Sakuramen’s traditional Japanese instruments.

    SOLIDEMO Members Comment:

    “We have been reading Jump since [the series] was first serialised. We love it so we are extremely honoured to be performing the ending theme! Asta is someone who believes in his dreams and pushes forward in the face of adversity. We borrow that power too. In this collaboration with Sakuramen we get right into the outlook of the series and sing as if we have taken new magic into our hands.”

  • Vickeblanka to Releases Live Video Footage From Upcoming 2nd Album ‘wizard’

    01.November.2018 | MUSIC

    Japanese pop singer and songwriter Vickeblanka attracted much attention for his insert song in the Japanese TV drama series Kemono ni Narenai Watashitachi starring Yui Aragaki and Ryuhei Matsuda.

     

    The music artist has released two live videos which are taken from his concert at TSUTAYA O-EAST in Shibuya as part of his ULALA TOUR 2018. Both videos are also included with the first press limited edition of his upcoming second album wizard. The two videos include performances of Black Rover which was used as the opening theme song for the anime series Black Clover, and TARA. The videos are available to watch on YouTube and GYAO! until December 9. Fans who were unable to attend this sold-out show will be happy to see Vickeblanka’s performance with professional camerawork.

    The artist’s much-anticipated second album wizard is his first in one year and four months. He will delve into new music territory, with everything from laid-back lo-fi rock to dance music, ballads with a beautiful falsetto voice, an uplifting symphonic sound and beyond.


    First press editions of the album will contain an application card to enter a lottery to win tickets to Vickeblanka’s WIZARD TOUR 2019.

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