Bump of Chicken to Perform March comes in like a lion Anime Theme Songs

posted on by Karen Ressler
2014 song collaboration song "Fighter" to be the ending theme

The official website for the television anime of Chika Umino's March comes in like a lion (Sangatsu no Lion) manga announced on Friday that BUMP OF CHICKEN will perform the anime's opening theme song. In addition, the anime will use BUMP OF CHICKEN's song "Fighter" as its ending theme song.

BUMP OF CHICKEN collaborated with March comes in like a lion in 2014 for an animated music video for its song "Fighter." Umino drew a the cover for the song's single CD, which was distributed with the limited edition 10th volume of the manga. Umino also drew a March comes in like a lion spinoff manga that was distributed digitally to those who purchased the song digitally. The manga artist and the band are fans of each other's work.

The band also recently contributed the opening theme song "Hello, World!" for Blood Blockade Battlefront and the ending theme song "Parade" for the first live-action Parasyte film.

Akiyuki Simbo (Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Bakemonogatari) is directing the anime at SHAFT. Nobuhiro Sugiyama (ef: a tale of memories, Arakawa Under the Bridge, Nisekoi - False Love) is designing the characters for animation. Seiki Tamura (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, K-ON!, Mr. Osomatsu) is credited for art direction, while Yasuhiro Nakura (Nekomonogatari (Black), Monogatari Series Second Season, Hanamonogatari key animation) is credited for art setting. Yukari Hashimoto (Toradora!, Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun, Mr. Osomatsu) is composing the music, while Toshiki Kameyama (Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, Nisekoi - False Love, Kan Colle) is the sound director.

The story of the March comes in like a lion manga follows a solitary shōgi player named Rei and his relationships with a neighboring family. He becomes acquainted with Akari, and two young girls, Hinata and Momo, who also have have a large number of cats.

Umino started the series in Young Animal in 2007, and Hakusensha released the 11th compiled volume last September. The series has won several awards including the Manga Taisho award and Kodansha Manga award in 2011. The manga also won the 18th Tezuka Osamu Prizes' Top Award in March 2014.

Umino also drew the Honey and Clover manga that inspired two television anime series and a live-action film. She later drafted the original character designs for the Eden of the East anime.

The manga is also inspiring two live-action films starring Ryunosuke Kamiki in the lead role, and Keishi Ōtomo directing. The films will open in Japan in 2017.

Source: Moca News

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