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Wagakki Band Performs Mars Red Anime's Opening Song

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Signal.MD's anime of vampire historical stage readings premieres in April

The official website for the television anime of Bun'ō Fujisawa's MARS RED dramatic stage reading productions revealed on Monday that Wagakki Band will perform the anime's opening theme song "Seimei no Aria" ("Aria of Life"). The band made the announcement during their New Year's Party 2021 at the Budokan in Tokyo.

The Wagakki Band group combines rock with traditional Japanese instruments and features a vocalist who recites Japanese poetry. They previously performed the opening and ending theme songs for the Sengoku Musou (Samurai Warriors) television anime series, as well as the Shingeki no Kyojin ~Hangeki no Noroshi~ live-action television series' theme song "Hangeki no Ha." The band performed the first opening theme song for the Twin Star Exorcists anime, as well as the ending song for the Holmes of Kyoto anime.

The anime will premiere in April.

Funimation, which is co-producing the anime with Yomiuri TV Enterprise, describes the story:

MARS RED takes place in 1923, and vampires have existed for quite a while. But now, the number of vampires is increasing and a mysterious, artificial blood source called Ascra has appeared.
The Japanese government, in turn, creates “Code Zero,” a unit within the army tasked with taking down the vampiric forces. And what better way to track vampires than by using vampires?
Created by Lieutenant General Nakajima, this unit has historically been in the business of information war, but has been re-assigned to solve the vampire crisis. It's up to Code Zero and the S-class vampire Deffrot to investigate this increase and put a stop to it before society crumbles.

Kouhei Hatano (Freezing Vibration, Angels of Death episode director) is directing the anime at Signal.MD. Jun'ichi Fujisaku (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Blood+, Blood-C, The Beast Player Erin) is writing and supervising the scripts. Kemuri Karakara (Donten ni Warau), who is drawing the franchise's manga adaptation, is credited for the original character designs. Yukari Takeuchi (Norn9) is adapting those designs for animation. Original creator Bun'ō Fujisawa is the sound director. Cellist Toshiyuki Muranaka (In This Corner of the World) is composing the music.

The Code Zero Daily Report (Zero Kikan Nikki) mini-animepremiered on November 24. The mini-anime will have a new monthly episode every fourth Tuesday, with five episodes scheduled until March.

The first stage production of MARS RED debuted in 2013, with more shows in 2015 and 2017. Karakara launched the manga adaptation in Mag Garden's Monthly Comic Garden magazine last January.

Sources: MARS RED anime's website, Comic Natalie

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