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Rock Band Glay to Perform New Ace of Diamond TV Anime Opening

posted on 2014-08-30 07:30 EDT
Band makes 1st song to be used in anime in 15 years

Rock band Glay will perform the third opening theme song for the television anime adaptation of Yūji Terajima's Ace of Diamond baseball manga. Glay will release the "Hashire! Mirai" (Run Ahead to the Future!) song as a single on October 15 in both a regular edition CD and a CD and DVD combo pack. Ace of Diamond will use the song as its new opening theme starting in October.

Glay vocalist TERU notes he is a fan of the original manga series, and he wrote the lyrics for the rock tune specifically for the show with a feeling of a "sprint." It has been 15 years since Glay has had an anime song tie-in when the band contributed the song "Survival" as the first opening theme song for the Sensual Phrase television anime. The band also performed the theme song for the Yamato Takeru television anime series.

The story of the original manga follows Eijun Sawamura (Ryota Ohsaka), a pitcher who joins an elite school with a brilliant catcher named Kazuya Miyuki (Takahiro Sakurai). Together with the rest of the team, they strive for Japan's storied Kōshien championships through hard work and determination. The anime also stars Hiro Shimono as Norifumi Kawakami, Hiroki Touchi as Tesshin Kataoka, Masakazu Morita as Kōchirō Tanba, Nobuyuki Hiyama as Kyokuni Azuma, Yoshitsugu Matsuoka as Shinji Kanemaru, Yumi Uchiyama as Rei Takashima.

Madhouse and Production I.G are producing the series. Mitsuyuki Masuhara (Blade, Kobato.) is directing, and Takeshi Konuta (Library War, Blood Lad) is handling the series composition.

The anime premiered in Japan in October, and Crunchyroll is streaming it in various countries as it airs. The anime is listed as having 52 episodes.

Terajima launched the manga in Kodansha's Weekly Shōnen Magazine in 2006, and Kodansha is publishing the 44th volume in September. The manga won the shōnen category of the 34th Kodansha Manga Awards in 2010.

Source: Music Natalie


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