Aoi Kubo to Perform Theme For Short Anime Series “Deji” Meets Girl

25.September.2021 | ANIME&GAME / MUSIC

Up-and-coming 16-year-old singer Aoi Kubo has been selected to perform the theme song for the upcoming short anime series “Deji” Meets Girl, premiering October 1. The song, Otogibanashi no You na Kiseki (Fairy Tale-like Miracle) is now streaming, and a lyric video has also been uploaded to YouTube ahead of the show’s start. Two additional songs are available on the digital EP, each inspired by the two main characters in the show. Akane Malbeni, the original character designer, also provided the jacket art. 

 

“Deji” Meets Girl tells the story of Maise Higa, a high-school freshman who works part-time at the front desk of her family’s hotel in Okinawa. One day, she meets Ichiro Suzuki, a mysterious hotel guest from Tokyo traveling alone. Ever since he arrives, strange things begin happening, like fish swimming through the air, and Maise is desperate to get to the bottom of things. 

 

 

 

Comments from Aoi Kubo

 

Q1: Describe how you felt when you were chosen to perform the theme for “Deji” Meets Girl. 

I’ve always wanted to sing the theme song for an anime series, so when I got the offer, I was super surprised! This is a fantasy series, and it depicts a mysterious world that really captivated me, so I hope tons of people will watch and enjoy it.

I would be so happy if everyone would listen to the songs I created for these characters, and compare how they sound in context!

 

Q2: When singing these songs, what did you pay special attention to or emphasize? 

I was asked to write the theme, and to do that, I really surrounded myself with the show’s world. 

Otogibanashi no You na Kiseki is based on my own interpretation of the show’s worldview. 

For the other two songs I wrote based on the main characters, I tried to imagine what they were feeling, and what thoughts were running through their heads. 

 

A creator contest is also being held! Creators can submit illustrations or music videos based on one of Aoi Kubo’s three songs for “Deji” Meets Girl. The best illustrations will appear on TV, while the best music video will be streamed on Kubo’s official YouTube channel. Entries can be submitted starting October 1, so be sure to check out the special site if you’d like to participate!

 

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    Comment from Izumi Kobayashi

    “It’s been a long time since I’ve released a new album!

    Everyone involved in this project is so excited, and we know that something amazing is going to come from it. As it’s the 40th anniversary of Lum’s Love Song, I created a new cel cover for it. I’m just thrilled!

    Thank you to everyone who listens!”

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