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Saturday, September 24, 2022

Newsletter: Kenshi Yonezu joins Chainsaw Man soundtrack with opening theme song “KICK BACK”


Photo Credit: Jiro Konami

Sony Music recently announced that multiplatinum J-Pop singer-songwriter and producer KENSHI YONEZU’s new release “KICK BACK” will serve as the opening theme song to the much-awaited new anime series CHAINSAW MAN. The track features arrangements composed in collaboration with Daiki Tsuneta of King Gnu, one of the most famous and best-selling Japanese bands, and includes samples from J-pop girl group Morning Musume’s single “Souda! We’re Alive.”

On the track, KENSHI YONEZU says, “I wrote this ‘KICK BACK’ for the anime adaptation of CHAINSAW MAN. This is such an honor, as I love the original manga series. Finding the right sounds for this immensely powerful series was challenging, but I created this song by patiently building it up, one piece at a time. I hope you enjoy listening to it. Thank you very much.”

Set for on-air on Tuesday, October 11 on Crunchyroll and others, the upcoming action-horror series is an adaptation of the global manga phenomenon by Tatsuki Fujimoto, which boasts sales of over 15 million copies for Volumes 1-11, with Part 2 currently serialized in Shonen Jump.

News of Yonezu’s opening theme was announced today at the CHAINSAW MAN World Premiere Event, which featured voice actors Kikunosuke Toya (Denji), Tomori Kusunoki (Makima), Shogo Sakata (Aki Hayakawa), Fairouz Ai (Power) and director Ryu Nakayama in attendance. After screening the first episode of the series, audiences were treated to a teaser video featuring “KICK BACK” alongside messages from Kenshi Yonezu and Daiki Tsuneta (King Gnu/millennium parade). News of the track was revealed alongside a number of exciting announcements surrounding the series, including additional cast members and the debut of new visuals from the anime. Also announced today was the series’ ending theme song and a list of tracks featured in the series from a lineup of 12 musicians. The ending theme songs for the 12-episodes for the TV anime "Chainsaw Man" will change every episode/week by ano, Eve, Aimer, Kanaria, Queen Bee, syudou, ZUTOMAYO, TK from Ling tosite Sigure, TOOBOE, Vaundy, PEOPLE 1. Viewers are able to find out which artist will be in charge of which episode every week with different ending videos.

Denji is a teenage boy living with a Chainsaw Devil named Pochita. Due to the debt his father left behind, he has been living a rock-bottom life while repaying his debt by harvesting devil corpses with Pochita. One day, Denji is betrayed and killed. As his consciousness fades, he makes a contract with Pochita and gets revived as "Chainsaw Man" — a man with a devil's heart. 



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