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Hikaru Utada's music video for Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo's ending theme song "Sakura Nagashi" has received over 2 million views on YouTube as of Monday afternoon in Japan. The video was first streamed on Utada's official YouTube channel on Saturday, shortly after the film opened in Japanese theaters at midnight.
Utada has been on hiatus from music since the end of 2010. This is her first new song since November 2010, but her record company emphasizes that this does not represent her return to music — just a standalone release. Evangelion character designer Yoshiyuki Sadamoto drew the jacket cover for the song's DVD single, which will go on sale on December 26.
Utada also contributed the ending theme song "Beautiful World" for 2007's Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone, and an acoustic version of the same song became the ending theme for 2009's Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance.
Source: Mainichi Shimbun's Mantan Web
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