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My Hero Academia, Fireworks Top Japan's YouTube Music Videos for 2017

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Singer-songwriter Kenshi Yonezu performed both theme songs

Japan's YouTube FanFest announced the "YouTube Rewind Domestic Top Trending Music Videos 2017" list at Tokyo Big Sight on Sunday. Singer-songwriter Kenshi Yonezu's anime songs stole the show this year. Yonezu's songs for Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom?, My Hero Academia, and March comes in like a lion ranked #1, #3, and #7 on the top 50 list, respectively.

Yonezu performed the theme song "Uchiage Hanabi" for the Fireworks, Should We See it from the Side or the Bottom? anime film with female rap singer DAOKO. The music video for the song debuted in August, and it has been viewed almost 88 million times on YouTube. The band Wanima's "Yattemiyō" music video, which ranked at #2, has less than half that number of views.

"Peace Sign" is the first opening theme song for the second season of the My Hero Academia television anime. Yonezu's personal music video for the song has about 48.6 million views on YouTube.

A new anime music video for the song began streaming on Monday. The video features animation from the anime's second season with new visual effects.

Yonezu performed "orion" as the second ending theme song for the first season of the March comes in like a lion television anime. The song's music video has about 37.7 million views on YouTube.

Yonezu's official website posted a comment from the artist with its announcement about the ranking. Yonezu said, "Thank you. I want to do my best to be able to make good songs from here on, too."

Yonezu is also a record producer and illustrator, and he began releasing Vocaloid music under the name "Hachi" in 2009. He debuted using his real name and voice in 2012.

[Via Nijimen]

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