Sukima Switch, tacica Perform New Haikyu!! Theme Songs

posted on by Egan Loo
Volleyball anime to debut duo's "Ah Yeah!!" & rock band's "Leo" songs on July 6

This year's 27th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is announcing on Monday that the male group Sukima Switch and the rock band tacica will perform the new theme songs for the second cours (quarter of the year) of the Haikyu!! television anime. Starting July 6, the anime will play Sukima Switch's opening theme song "Ah Yeah!!" and tacica's ending theme song "Leo." The CD single for "Ah Yeah!!" will go on sale on July 23.

Songwriters Takuya Ōhashi and Shintarō Tokita formed Sukima Switch in 1999. Ōhashi's vocals and Tokita's sound production led to a string of hits, and the duo marked the 10th anniversary of their label debut in 2013. They already performed theme songs for The Beast Player Erin, Doraemon: Nobita no Kyōryū, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Pokémon Zoroark: Master of Illusions, Silver Spoon, Space Brothers, and Tokyo Marble Chocolate.

The rock band tacica was formed in Sapporo in 2005, and their debut mini album topped the indies chart in 2007. They switched to a major label in 2008 and entered the top 10 of Oricon's weekly album chart. Their songs have adorned the soundtracks of Naruto Shippūden and Space Brothers.

Weekly Shonen Jump also notes that the first Blu-ray Disc/DVD volume for the anime will include a drama CD adaptation of the "Tanaka-sempai no Akumu" bonus story from the manga's second volume. The CD single for the anime's first ending theme song, NICO TOUCHES THE WALLS' "Tenchi Gaeshi," will go on sale on June 11.

The story of Haruichi Furudate's Haikyu!! manga and anime follows Shōyō Hinata (voiced by Ayumu Murase), who began playing volleyball after seeing the "small giants" who played the sport when he was in elementary school. He suffers a crushing defeat in his first and last tournament in middle school at the hands of his rival Tobio Kageyama (Kaito Ishikawa). So, Hinata joins Kurasuno High School's volleyball team, vowing revenge against Kageyama.

However, Kageyama is also on Kurasuno's team. The former rivals form a legendary combo with Hinata's mobility and Kageyama's precision ball-handling. Together, they take on the local tournaments and vow to meet Kurasuno's fated rival school in the nationals.

Sentai Filmworks has licensed the series for North American digital and home video release. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime as it airs in Japan.

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