John Lennon's Son Sean Co-Creates Ghost in the Shell Arise 3's Ending Song
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Sean Lennon, the son of the late musician John Lennon and artist Yoko Ono, co-created the ending theme song for Ghost in the Shell Arise border: 3 Ghost Tears with Keigo Oyamada (also known as Cornelius). A professional musician in his own right, Lennon wrote the lyrics and sang the song "Heart Grenade," while Cornelius composed and arranged the music.
The collaboration came about when Cornelius, who is scoring the anime's soundtrack, attended a live performance by Ono in London. He talked with Lennon about his current projects, and when Lennon heard about Ghost in the Shell Arise, he professed that he is a fan.
Lennon and Cornelius have known each other well before this collaboration, since they worked together in Ono's Plastic Ono Band. However, this is the first time that Lennon is writing and singing lyrics with music by Cornelius. Cornelius added that Lennon has already known Ghost in the Shell, so Lennon wrote lyrics that demonstrated a good understanding of the story world. Since this episode has a love story, Cornelius said that Lennon's "sweet voice" matched the story.
In addition to loving Japanese animation himself, Lennon said his American friends also love it, so he is thrilled to work on the music for this anime. Cornelius explained the episode's story is about a contract killer who falls in love with his target, a cyborg.
Ghost in the Shell Arise border: 3 Ghost Tears will open in Japan on June 28, and it finally assembles all the members of the team. Funimation licensed the four-part anime and released the first episode in a special imported edition in August. The company plans to screen the first two episodes in a limited theatrical run later this year. The company is also offering the special-edition release prior to its typical English-language home video release.