Shironeko Project: Zero Chronicle Anime’s Trailer Reveals Theme Song Artists

28.January.2020 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

A new trailer released on Sunday revealed the artists set to perform the opening and ending themes for the upcoming anime series Shironeko Project: Zero Chronicle which is set to begin airing on April 6, 2020.

The series is an anime adaptation of the 3D action RPG smartphone game of the same name.

Takanori Nishikawa will perform the series opening theme.

He will be joined by guest vocalist ASCA who is known for her hit single RESISTER which has over 100,000 downloads in Japan. Details on the song title and its release have yet to be announced, but the song will cover the drama between the series’s main characters, Prince of Darkness and Queen of Light Iris.


Rei Yasuda will perform the ending theme song through the dark. Yasuda announced the release of her third studio album Re:I recently, which will hit shelves on March 18. through the dark is being produced by Japanese-Korean record producer and songwrite Jeff Miyahara who has worked with numerous high profile artists including Namie Amuro and Girl’s Generation.

Speaking about the ending theme, Rei Yasuda said: “What is it we can we do for the person we love? I tried expressing these mixed and strong emotions with the themes of light and dark. Love is made up of these two strong forms of love. It’s something that no one can touch, and if you have it, you can make it through any kind of darkness. I really believe that.”


She continues: “I wrote the song about going through hardships to want to do something to protect the person you love, even if you don’t know what someone with such a faint light as yourself can do. It’s a powerful and straightforward feeling that I’m sure everyone has deep instead their heart.”


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  • TOKYO CHRONOS VR Game Insert Song ‘Koubou’ by ASCA Music Video Released

    16.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    ASCA’s song Hibari is currently being used as the ending theme for the popular ongoing TV anime series The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note.


    The song is taken from her triple A-side single RUST / Hibari / Koubou. Following the release of the music videos for Hibari and RUST, the final music video for Koubou has finally dropped.


    Koubou features as an insert song in the VR mystery visual novel TOKYO CHRONOS which is available on Steam. The music video features appearances of popular characters from the game.

    The new single will be released on September 4 and will be promoted with a series of release events. ASCA will also celebrate her birthday on September 5 with a special live show. Fans can sign up for a chance to attend by getting a copy of the new single which comes with an application card.


    ASCA will subsequently embark on her first solo tour in December with shows in Tokyo, Aichi and Osaka.


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  • The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II Ending Song Hibari By ASCA Music Video And Song Release

    16.July.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    ASCA’s song Hibari, which is the ending theme song for popular anime The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II Rail Zeppelin Grace Note, was released on streaming services. CD sales are soon to follow. 


    ASCA Hibari Music Video

    Yuki Kajiura handled the music, lyrics and editing of the song, creating an exotic ballad. ASCA’s expressive singing of the powerful lyrics is especially striking. 

    A music video to accompany the song was also created and was released on July 13 straight after the second episode was aired.

    Hibari will be included on ASCA’s new single RUST/Hibari/Koubou, which will be released  on September 4, so please check it out. 


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  • Concert Review: LiSA, GARNiDELiA, ReoNa & More Perform at SACRA MUSIC’s Music Festival

    22.May.2019 | MUSIC

    SACRA MUSIC―a music label under Sony Music Labels―held a music event entitled SACRA MUSIC FES.2019 -NEW GENERATION- at Makuhari Messe in Chiba on Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19. This non-stop live show housed a 360° stage in the centre of the venue on which artists signed to the label dazzled a total of 12,000 fans across the weekend.

    This was the first live event of its kind by SACRA MUSIC. The show’s subtitle “New Generation” refers to artists both signed to the label and the new generation of artists leading the music scene into the future. The line-up feature a diverse array of talent and genres spanning voice actors to rock bands, idols, virtual YouTubers and more.

    The line-up for both days included ASCA, Ayano Mashiro, =LOVE, Luna Kaguya, GARNiDELiA, ClariS, Soma Saito, SawanoHiroyuki[nZk], Sangatsu no Phantasia, Spira Spica, TrySail, halca, PENGUIN RESEARCH, and ReoNa. A live band of skilled musicians dubbed the “SACRA BAND” also took to the stage to aid in performing various hits songs and anime songs. Virtual YouTuber Luna Kaguya performed as an opener, and EGOIST also made a surprise performance on screen, fusing the 2D world with the 3D world.

    Several special collaborations also took place throughout the festival where artists banded together to perform covers as well as perform each others’ songs. This included ClariS x TrySail, Mikiha (Spira Spica) x halca, Soma Saito x Yoji Ikuta & Shota Horie (PENGUIN RESEARCH), GARNiDELiA x Ayano Mashiro, and ASCA x ReoNa.

    At the end of the first night, Eir Aoi appeared as a secret guest to perform three songs including her first single Ryuusei. At the end of the second night, LiSA was the secret guest, who performed several songs including her latest number Gurenge. The two also came together to sing each of their respective hits IGNITE and Rising Hope.

    A teaser video was also shown for two new SACRA MUSIC projects titled BATON=RELAY and Tenka Soul. The concerts are only set to continue growing bigger and better.

  • ASCA to sing ending theme for next season of The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II!

    05.May.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    ASCA performed her first ever solo live performance on Sunday 28th April and it was met with wild enthusiasm.

    She ran through a total of 16 songs with variety and impact, and these were accompanied by sensational videos. To finish the night, everything completely turned on its head for her encore, for which she performed one song with just an acoustic guitar. All of her fans were enthralled.

    ASCA announced at her concert that she has written the ending theme song for the anime The Case Files of Lord El-Melloi II: Rail Zeppelin Grace Note which will be aired from July! She followed up by mentioning that she will be visiting Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka for her Japan tour in December 2019! Upon hearing the news, the fans released their pent up excitement in the form of a massive roar of cheers.


    Advanced ticket sales for her tour went live at 12:00 on Wednesday 30th April and are available as a prize draw. Be quick to get them as there’s bound to be a lot of competition for them!


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  • ASCA Posts Pixel Action Game Instagram Story & Releases ‘RESISTER’ Music Video

    28.February.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    ASCA is a Japanese singer who has lent her voice to music for such artists as SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] and fox capture plan. Her song RESISTER is being used as the opening theme for the ongoing anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization, and it was recently announced that her new song Mirage will be used as the ending theme for the the upcoming VR mystery visual novel game Tokyo Chronos.


    The singer has been having fun with Instagram with her recent series of Instagram stories created in the image of an 8-bit action video game. The character is based on ASCA herself and follows her journey to shooting the music video for RESISTER.


    Those who ‘clear’ the game are treated to the first official posting of the full music video. A short version of the music video was posted onto YouTube last month.

    RESISTER Regular Edition CD Cover


    RESISTER Anime Edition CD Cover

    The full 4-minute music video puts the song’s edgy guitar and strings on full display with a dynamic dance performance from Kasumi Sakurai.


    ASCA will hold a live stream to promote the new song on March 2. She will hold a talk and sing live from the studio. Mao Mita, a former member of NMB48 who appeared in ASCA’s music video for Yuuen, will host the stream. Details on how to watch the stream will be posted on ASCA’s official website.


    ASCA will hold a special live performance together with ReoNa on March 21 at SHIBUYA TAKE OFF 7. ReoNa performs the second ending theme forget-me-not for Sword Art Online: Alicization respectively. Fans will be able to buy both singles at the event.

  • Sword Art Online: Alicization Second OP & ED Theme Artists ReoNa and ASCA Announce Live Performance

    05.February.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    ASCA and ReoNA have announced that they will hold a special live performance together on March 21 at SHIBUYA TAKE OFF 7. They perform the second opening theme RESISTER and ending theme forget-me-not for the ongoing anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization respectively.


    You can attend the live show by signing up when purchasing either of the single’s on CD at Animate stores in Japan or digitally via Recochoku, mora and Animelo Mix.

    ReoNa is set to embark on a solo tour titled ReoNa Live Tour 2019 “Wonder 1284” where she will perform 4 shows in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka. Fans can get their hands on official tour merch, forget-me-not merch and other exclusive stickers for each individual city on the tour.

    ReoNa will also hold two acoustic sets, one for fan club members only while the other is open to everyone, on May 5, 2019 at Hamarikyu Asahi Hall in Tokyo. Fans can sign up to the fan club to attend.

  • ASCA Digitally Releases ‘RESISTER’ & Announces Tokyo Chronos Ending Theme

    16.January.2019 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    ASCA’s new single RESISTER will be released on CD on February 27, but it can now be purchased digitally.

    The song is being used as the newest opening theme for the ongoing anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization. The song is described as having aggressive and fast-paced guitar and strings backed by the singer’s strong vocals. Check out the newly released music video below.


    ASCA’s Comment:

    “I was given the opportunity to sing the new opening theme for Sword Art Online: Alicization. I feel truly privileged to be in charge of a song for a series I love so much and always watch. ‘RESISTER’ is a song about having pride and a strong resolution to change one’s fate and to look forward even in the face of adversity. I hope it becomes a song to support those who listen to it, to give them the courage to take a step forward.”


    It has also been announced that ASCA’s new song Mirage will be used as the ending theme for the the upcoming VR mystery visual novel game Tokyo Chronos which received over US$150,000 in crowdfunding on Kickstarter. The song will be released on February 27, the same day as RESISTER.

  • Takanori Nishikawa & Tomoyasu Hotei Write Song For Touken Ranbu: The Movie

    22.December.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    It has been announced that musician, singer-songwriter and record producer Tomoyasu Hotei will feature on Takanori Nishikawa’s new song UNBROKEN. Both musicians are longtime associates; Hotei featured as a guest on Nishikawa’s self-cover album UNDER:COVER 2 (2013). Hotei reacted enthusiastically to Nishikawa’s request to feature on his new track.

    The song was written for the upcoming live-action film Touken Ranbu: The Movie which will be released on January 18, 2019. It is a head-to-head battle between Nishikawa’s vocals and Hotei’s guitar playing that captures the feeling of the film in both the sound and lyrics.


    Touken Ranbu: The Movie Trailer


    Comment: Takanori Nishikawa
    “So that I could write an appropriate song for the main theme that has in it both never-before-seen originality and enthusiasm I was able to summon Tomoyasu Hotei, the ultimate savant! He was in the middle of a busy tour at the time, but he gladly and very kindly accepted my request. I have nothing but gratitude for him. Hotei’s recording process is exciting. The tone of his guitar, the originality of each and everyone of his phrases, and his guitar solos. It was like he was just [casually] walking around. I’m putting my all into my vocals too for his unique guitar [playing], so please look forward to our two-man battle!”

    Comment: Tomoyasu Hotei
    “I have made music with Nishikawa several times but this is our first collaboration where we really face one another. Singing about Touken Ranbu’s showy world together with Nishikawa’s powerful and fast-paced sound is captivating like cherry blossoms dancing in a tempest. They entwine dramatically. My guitar too―I was able to play sharply and make it ever-changing like ninjutsu. Takanori Nishikawa has  many different faces, but you cannot dislike his true ability to shout. He’s a real vocalist, there aren’t many of them out there.

  • TV Anime Sword Art Online: Alicization Opening Theme to be Performed by ASCA

    11.December.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Japanese singer ASCA made her striking debut with KOE last year which displayed her powerful singing voice. The music video too was lauded for its beautifully stylistic visuals.


    Her latest single Rin was a smash hit and was used as the opening theme song for the anime series Record of Grancrest War. Her popularity has surged recently after having collaborated with Boku no Lyric no Boyomi and providing guest vocals on Unti-L by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk].

    Her name is set to spread even more as it has been announced she will perform the new opening theme for the ongoing anime series Sword Art Online: Alicization


    Titled RESISTER, the song is described as having aggressive and fast-paced guitar and strings backed by the singer’s strong vocals. It will debut in the series on January 12 and be released on CD on February 27.

    Comment: ASCA

    “I’m ASCA, and I’ve been given the chance to sing the new opening theme for Sword Art Online: Alicization. I am honoured to be able to perform for a series I have always watched and love so much. RESISTER is about having firm resolution to rise in the face of adversity and have the pride to change out fates. I hope that listening to this song can support you and give you the courage to take that one step forward.”

  • Takanori Nishikawa to Release Gakuen Basara Ending Theme ‘Be Affected’ on October 5

    12.September.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    Takanori Nishikawa is in charge of the ending theme song for the upcoming anime series Gakuen Basara and has announced that the track will be available for purchased on October 5.

    Nishikawa is collaborating with Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas for the song which is titled Be Affected. It’s described as a fast paced rock number with lyrics expressing gratitude for life. This is the first time for the two artists to collaborate.


    Pre-orders for the single are now open. Pre-ordering will give you access to an exclusive Gakuen Basara digital wallpaper.


    “Be Affected”×”Gakuen Basara” Collaborative Music Video


    Inazuma Rock Festival 2018 will take place from September 22 to 24. Takanori Nishikawa will perform at the event on September 22 and Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas on September 23.

    Comment From Takanori Nishikawa

    “It’s been a while! ‘Gakuen Basara’ is a long-cherished anime of mine, and I can’t hide my happiness at the fact it’s starting! It’s a spin-off series and will be different from the other anime series and games to date, but personally that’s something I genuinely want to enjoy. That’s why I thought to take a different approach to songwriting this time and collaborated with Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas who I’ve been friends with for a while. I hope everyone looks forward to the song as much as the series.”

    Comment From Fear, and Loathing in Las Vegas

    “We somehow receive an offer from Nishikawa and worked on a collaborative track which is a first for this band! We’re truly grateful to have received such a valuable opportunity! Please be sure to listen to the song and hear the chemical reaction between Las Vegas’ music and Nishkawa’s voice!


    The anime series will premiere on TBS on October 4 and then on BS-TBS on October 6. The opening theme song will be performed by virtual idols EIGHT OF TRIANGLE.



    “Be Affected”

    On Sale: October 5, 2018

    Pre-Orders: Open from September 11, 2018

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    Inazuma Rock Festival 2018

    Location: Karasuma Hanto, Kusatsu, Saga Prefecture

    Dates: September 22, 2018 – September 24, 2018

    Time: Open 12:00 / Start 14:00 / Finish 20:00 (*Will go ahead even if it rains but subject to cancellation during storms)

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  • Thunderbolt Fantasy Opening & Ending Themes by Takanori Nishikawa to be Released on CD

    06.September.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    It was revealed earlier in July that Japanese singer-songwriter Takanori Nishkawa, also known as T.M.Revolution, would be singing the opening and ending themes for Thunderbolt Fantasy Touriken Yuuki 2, a collaborative series by the Japanese companies Nitroplus and Good Smile Company and Taiwanese puppet production company Pili International Multimedia.


    It has just been announced that both songs, His/Story and Roll The Dice, will be released as singles on November 14.

    The songs were written in collaboration with Japanese composer Hiroyuki Sawano who is known for having worked on the soundtracks of many anime series including Kill la Kill and all three Attack on Titan seasons.



    Both tracks are a combination of Sawano’s grand sound and Nishikawa’s vocals described as cries the soul. They serve to add further layers to the world of Thunderbolt Fantasy Touriken Yuuki 2.

    The CDs will be released as three different versions each with different packaging. The first press limited edition is coupled with a DVD that features the music video for Roll The Dice and its making-of footage while the limited pressing edition includes a DVD featuring the songs’ opening and ending videos.

    The series will begin airing on October 1 and includes voice acting by Nishikawa who will play the character Rōfu Yō.


    Takanori Nishikawa’s Comments

    I’m Takanori Nishkawa, and I’ve been given the chance to be in charge of the opening and ending themes for Thunderbolt Fantasy Touriken Yuuki 2. I’m twice as happy as when I worked on the first season as not only do I get to do the opening theme, but the ending too! And I’m even happier than that because I’ve been able to collaborate with Sawano, something I’ve been longing to do!


    The opening theme has the lyrics and melody of the first season’s main theme and has been changed into a song called ‘His/Story.’ The ending theme ‘Roll The Dice’ is a dramatic song that expresses the hapless fates of the characters who have been tossed about.


    I have faith in both songs, so I hope that people can support them alongside the series. I will also be playing the role of Rōfu Yō once more as in ‘Thunderbolt Fantasy: The Sword of Life and Death,’ so please look forward to that too.


    Hiroyuki Sawano’s Comments

    It has been a very stimulating and valuable experience getting to produce the opening and ending themes of Thunderbolt Fantasy Touriken Yuuki 2 together with Nishkawa.  I feel that in both songs―the opening ‘His/Story’ and the ending ‘Roll The Dice―the vigour and liveliness of the sound was made stronger by Nishikawa’s voice which in turn produced a more powerful and emotional song. For the first season we were working on the same song but were both in different places, so I’m honoured to have been able to work together with him for season two.


    Please enjoy the songs together with the world of the series!


    “His/Story / Roll The Dice”On Sale: November 14, 2018



    First Press Limited Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,800 (Tax Included)

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    Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥1,300 (Tax Included)

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    Limited Pressing Edition (CD+DVD): ¥1,800 (Tax Included)

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  • Thunderbolt Fantasy Season 2 Opening & Ending Theme to be Performed by Takanori Nishikawa

    30.July.2018 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

    The sequel to glove puppetry series Thunderbolt Fantasy, officially titled Thunderbolt Fantasy Touriken Yuuki 2, will air on October 1. Written by Gen Urobuchi (Fate/ZeroPsycho-Pass), the series is produced in a collaboration between Japanese companies Nitroplus and Good Smile Company and Taiwanese puppet production company Pili International Multimedia.


    It has been announced that Japanese singer-songwriter Takanori Nishikawa, also known by his stage name T.M.Revolution, will perform both the opening and ending themes for the new season.

    The opening theme is titled His/Story and the ending theme Roll The Dice. The songs are written in collaboration with Japanese composer Hiroyuki Sawano who is known for having worked on the soundtracks of many anime series including Kill la Kill and all three Attack on Titan seasons.

    Thunderbolt Fantasy has gained international attention. Takanori Nishikawa performed the song Raimei for the first season under his name T.M.Revolution which he sang in Chinese. He also voiced the character Rōfu Yō in the live action film Thunderbolt Fantasy: The Sword of Life and Death. He will continue his role as the character in the new season.

    A preview for the opening song His/Story is now available on the sequel’s official website.


    Title: Thunderbolt Fantasy Touriken Yuuki 2

    Airing: October 1, 2018

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