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Hikaru Utada to Sing First Evangelion Film Remake Song

posted on by Egan Loo
"Beautiful World" coupled with trailer's "Fly Me to the Moon," Freedom's "Kiss & Cry"

The producers of the Rebuild of Evangelion movie remake series have chosen singer-songwriter Hikaru Utada's "Beautiful World" single for the first movie's opening theme. Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone (Evangelion Shin Gekijōban: Jo or "New Evangelion movie Edition: Introduction") opens in Japanese theaters on September 1. The movie's trailer uses a 2007 mix (preview) of her 2000 cover of Frank Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)." "Fly Me to the Moon," as sung by other artists including Claire, was the ending theme of the original Neon Genesis Evangelion television series.

Utada is an internationally known, bestselling pop artist born in New York City and raised in Japan and the United States. Her rise to stardom in the mid-1990s roughly coincided with the rise of Evangelion's popularity. Nissin Cup Noodle and Bandai Visual have previously used Utada's "Kiss & Cry" (preview) for their Freedom promotional video project. Toshiba EMI will sell all three songs with karaoke reprises on one CD on August 29 for 1260 yen (about US$10.30) after initial offerings online in Japan. Utada also sang the theme songs for her former husband's Casshern live-action movie remake and the Hana Yori Dango 2 live-action television adaptation.

Source: livedoor News

Image © EMI Music Japan Inc.

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