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Kemono Friends Opening Theme Certified Gold

posted on by Karen Ressler
Single debuted in February

The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) announced on Monday that the Kemono Friends opening theme song "Yōkoso Japari Park e" (Welcome to Japari Park) has been downloaded more than 100,000 times, earning the single a gold certification. The single launched on February 8. Eight members of the main cast — Serval, Fennec, Common Raccoon, and the five PPP idols — performed the song.

AŌP's two Mr. Osomatsu opening songs, Utano☆Princesama Legend Star in-series idol group QUARTET NIGHT's song "Poison Kiss," NICO TOUCHES THE WALLS' Haikyu!! ending theme song "Tenchi Gaeshi," Daichi Miura's Kamen Rider Ex-Aid theme song, Hikaru Utada's "Distance," and Pikotarõ's "PPAP" also achieved gold certification for paid online distribution in April.

The 12-episode Kemono Friends television anime premiered on TV Tokyo and TV Osaka on January 10 and ended on March 28. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired.

The anime is getting "original content" on TV Tokyo's new AniTele app, which launched on April 1. A "new screen project" for Kemono Friends was announced in March. The anime received an unofficial "episode 12.1" earlier this month that was not part of the new screen project. A stage play will run from June 14 to 18.

Nexon's original app game launched in early 2016 and ended service on December 14 — before the anime even premiered. Nexon announced in February that the app would not return despite the anime's popularity, but a spokesperson for Nexon later stated that the return of the smartphone app "is possible." Bushiroad is developing a brand-new game for smartphones slated for this summer. In the RPG, animals around the world have transformed into girls and players could recruit them into their party for battle.

Source: Mantan Web via Hachima Kikō

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