LiSA released her 12th single “Datte Atashi no Hero” on August 2nd, a song that is used as the ending theme for the NTV television anime series “My Hero Academia.” To promote the release, LiSA held a mini concert on August 6th on the 2F grand stage at Lazona Kawasaki Plaza, a shopping mall adjoining Kawasaki Station.
The new song topped the Oricon Daily Charts: on the day of release it ranked 9th, on August 3rd it ranked 7th, on August 4th it ranked 6th, and on August 5th it ranked 8th.
On the day of the release event, there was fear of a typhoon turning up to the scene, but luckily the weather turned out to be pleasant. Fans waited in anticipation for the popular J-pop artist to make her entrance. At 13:45, LiSA appeared on stage just before the concert for rehearsal. Upon seeing this, the audience went into a frenzy, and LiSA turned the excitement to max as she declared, “Look forward to the real thing!”
And when the clock struck 14:00, the real show began.
During her concerts at big arenas and halls LiSA usually has a backing band beside her, but for this release event she performed an acoustic set along with a single guitarist. So that the crowd could really get into the set, LiSA began the mini concert with “Ashiato Compass,” a song where both she and the fans can gesture along to.
The weather was way above 30°, but the show was about to get even hotter. LiSA performed an acoustic version of “sweet friendship,” the coupling song of the new single, for the very first time. As the crowd immersed themselves in the wistful melody and lyrics of the song, the support guitarist stepped down off the stage, and as if to say “can you all still keep going?,” began singing this week’s newly released single “Datte Atashi no Hero,” stirring up the fans.
The show reached its climax as LiSA performed this summer’s biggest rock fight song to Lazona Kawasaki, with the crowd chanting along to part of the song with her.
Just when the fans thought the mini concert was over after LiSA performed the main song, she surprised everybody by going on to perform “Catch the Moment,” which was released earlier this year in February and can be said to be the stand-out song synonymous with LiSA this year. With the set wrapped up after 4 songs, LiSA left with a beaming smile on her face, exclaiming her trademark phrase “Another great day today!” (translated from “今日もいい日だっ！”)
The release event was a huge success, with all 1,000 prepared copies of LiSA’s new single “Datte Atashi no Hero” selling out. Despite only just finishing up an arena tour, with 4 performances across 3 locations to 50,000 people, LiSA’s s summer schedule is packed with performances at rock festivals inside and outside Japan. Her summer festive parade will begin wrapping up in September when she will embark on a hall tour to 13 locations around Japan.
Be sure to keep up to date with all of the exciting news surrounding LiSA in 2017.
Photos by Hiroaki Aizawa
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