Kenshi Yonezu sits down to talk with Kohei Hirokoshi—the author of “My Hero Academia”

20.June.2017 | MUSIC

Kenshi Yonezu is set to release his new single Peace Sign on June 21st, the song famed as the second opening theme to the hit anime series My Hero Academia. To celebrate the single’s release, Yonezu sat down to have a chat with Kohei Hirokoshi himself, the creator of My Hero Academia. That talk has been made public and is available to read (in Japanese) over on the anime’s official website below.

 

■”My Hero Academia” Official Website & Special Talk Page
http://heroaca.com/special/talk.html

 

The talk has to do with Yonezu and the opening theme itself, as well as everything else surrounding it. Hirokoshi reveals how he was actually already a fan of Kenshi Yonezu, and likewise Yonezu talks about how he really loves “My Hero Academia.” It’s a dialogue between two creators of the same generation that both have mutual respect for each other.

Be sure to listen to “Peace Sign” while reading it.

 

 

■Information

TV Anime “My Hero Academia” Official Website & Special Talk Page: http://heroaca.com/special/talk.html

Kenshi Yonezu New Single “Peace Sign”
On Sale Wednesday June 21st, 2017

Peace ver. (First Press Limited Edition): CD+DVD+Peace Ring – ¥1,900 + tax / SRCL-9454~9456
Hero ver. (First Press Limited Edition): CD+Red Jewel Case+My Hero Academia TCG Card – ¥1,500 + tax / SRCL-9457
First Press Limited Edition / Regular Edition: CD-only – ¥1,200 + tax / SRCL-9458

 

<First Press Bonus> ※Please note that this bonus is only available for first press editions and will be unavailable once all have been sold.
“Kenshi Yonezu 2017 TOUR / Fogbound” advanced application ticket
Application Time Frame: June 20th, 2017 at 12:00 to June 25th, 2017 at 23:59

 

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    14.September.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FOOD

    A cafe based on the hit TV anime series My Hero Academia will open at SEGA Ikebukuro GiGO on October 12.

     

    Drinks Menu

     

    Drinks – ¥600 Each (Before Tax)

    Original Latte Art (11 Designs) – ¥700 Each (Before Tax) *Choose your own

     

    Food Menu

    Menu ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019

    Katsu-Lover Midoriya’s Pork Rib Noodles / Eijiro Kirishima’s Crunchy Kakiage Don – ¥1,200 Each (Before Tax)

     

    Menu ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019

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    Dessert Menu

    Menu ①: October 12, 2019 – November 1, 2019

    Ochaco Uraraka’s Japanese-Style Dessert Set with Matcha Milk – ¥1,200 (Before Tax) / Tenya Iida’s Source of Strength Orange Parfait – ¥900 (Before Tax)

     

    Menu ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019

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    Bonus Merch

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    Coaster Line-Up ②: November 2, 2019 – November 24, 2019

     

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    Available From October 12

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    Available From November 2

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    There are lots of other pieces of merchandise to get your hands on too. The cafe-exclusives are available only to those who use the cafe.

    You must book a table in advanced if you want to visit, so be sure to get yours in quick.

     

     

    ©Kohei Horikoshi / Shueisha・My Hero Academia Production Committee ©SEGA

    *Photos are for illustrative purposes only. Actual product may differ.

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  • Kenshi Yonezu ‘Uma to Shika’ New Single Details Released

    23.August.2019 | MUSIC

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    The “No Side Edition” comes in pure white packing, decorated in silver leaf and manufactured in a way so that it feels like leather. The disc is printed with a picture label on it. The whistle-shaped pendant is made from metal and coated in a white matte while the string is white leather. And the whistle isn’t just for show―it actually works too. The illustration itself is a mix of of a horse (uma) and deer (shika) which is the name of the single.

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    When bought at select stores, all CDs will come with a special leather wristband. These are available on a first-come, first-served basis at each store.

     

    The single’s “No Side” and “Video” editions are both limited-edition, so you’ll want to put your orders in quick if you want a copy.

  • Kenshi Yonezu Announces Japan 2020 Arena Tour & Train Station Tour Information Boards

    14.August.2019 | MUSIC

    It has been announced that Kenshi Yonezu will head on a nationwide arena tour in Japan next year. The title of the tour is “Kenshi Yonezu 2020 TOUR / HYPE” and it will take place from February to April where he will hit up 10 arena venues for 20 performances, making it his biggest tour to date.

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    Application cards for pre-sale tickets to the tour will be available on first press copies of Yonezu’s upcoming new single Uma to Shika (“Horse and Deer”) which will be released on September 11, 2019. The ticket window for ordering pre-sale tickets will run from September 10 to at 10:00am (JST) to September 15 at 11:59pm (JST). These will be available with all first press copies of both regular and limited editions.

     

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  • My Hero Academia Themed Shirts & T-Shirts Released On AMNIBUS

    07.August.2019 | ANIME&GAME / FASHION

    The online Japanese anime, manga and game merchandise website AMNIBUS is now taking orders for a new collection of My Hero Academia themed t-shirts and casual shirts. For international fans, the collection is available with worldwide shipping on the character and hobby website AmiAmi.

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    In the anime series we see the series protagonist Izuku Midoriya wearing a t-shirt that says “T-Shirt” in Japanese. You can now add the exact same t-shirt to your collection which can be worn either as an under-shirt or as your main t-shirt.

     

    Price: ¥3,000 (Before Tax)

    Sizes: Men’s S / M / L  / XL / XXL / XXXL

    Material 100% Cotton

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    Price: ¥8,000 Each (Before Tax)
    Designs: 4 (Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugo, Ochaco Uraraka, Shōto Todoroki)
    Sizes: Men’s M / L / XL
    Material 100% Cotton

     

    These shirts and t-shirt are perfect for everyday use, events, and pretty much any other situation you can think of while still being able to support your favourite series!

     

    ©Kohei Horikoshi / Shueisha・My Hero Academia Production Committee

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    Character Sodas: Izuku Midoriya, Katsuki Bakugou, Shoto Todoroki, Ochaco Uraraka, Tenya Iida

    Price: ¥750 each (before tax)

     

    If you order any drink from this café menu, you will be presented with an original badge that is chosen at random. During the commemoration period, the café space will be decorated with special illustrations and there will be special videos running for visitors to enjoy. 

  • Kenshi Yonezu’s ‘Lemon’ CD Cover Displayed at Otsuka Museum of Art

    07.July.2019 | MUSIC / SPOT

    Since Kenshi Yonezu released his single Lemon in March last year, it has gone on to enjoy huge success, reaching numerous milestones.

     

    The song was written as the main theme for the TBS drama Unnatural which aired in January 2018. Its music video was released the following month and garnered huge views in an instant, and after just 475 days it had reached over 400 million. It was also the first Japanese music video to gain 300 million. Lemon has also sold over 300 million copies. It is the first song to rank three times in a row on Billboard JAPAN Hot 100: for both halves of 2018 and the first half of 2019.

    Photo by Tomokazu Yamada

    Speaking of its continued success, Yonezu comments: “I am thankful. It exceeded my expectations a long time ago, but I’ve been very interested to see just how far it will go. I’m mostly unaware of my own songs. I’d like it to continue to be loved by people.”

    As a show of gratitude to how much Lemon has resonated with people, the CD cover art will be displayed permanently at the Otsuka Museum of Art in Tokushima in the form of a ceramic tile from July 30.

    Touban, or “ceramic tiles,” don’t lose their colour or deteriorate and so can keep their colour and shape for up to 2,000 years.

  • Kenshi Yonezu’s ‘Lemon’ Music Video Breaks 400 Million Views

    17.June.2019 | MUSIC

    It was revealed earlier this month that Kenshi Yonezu’s song Lemon had reached number one on Billboard JAPAN, and now it has set yet another milestone as its music video broke 400 million views on June 16.

     

    Kenshi Yonezu – “Lemon” Music Video

    Lemon was written as the main theme for the TBS drama Unnatural which aired in January 2018. Its music video was released the following month and garnered huge views in an instant, and after just 475 days it has reached over 400 million. It was also the first Japanese music video to gain 300 million.

    Lemon has also sold over 300 million copies. It is the first song to rank three times in a row on Billboard JAPAN Hot 100: for both halves of 2018 and the first half of 2019.

    Photo by Tomokazu Yamada

    Yonezu’s other music videos have also garnered huge views: Uchiage Hanabi is on 281 million, Aine Kuraine is on 202 million―the list goes on. He boasts seven music videos that have over 100 million views: the aforementioned three, LOSERorionPeace Sign and Haiiro to Ao (+Masaki Suda).

     

    The singer-songwriter is the number one most subscribed to Japanese artist on YouTube with over 3.8 million subscribers and 1.8 billion views.

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