• Kessoku Band Makes an Unusual Reappearance on 'THE FIRST TAKE' with Compilation Opening Theme "Shine as Usual"
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Kessoku Band Makes an Unusual Reappearance on 'THE FIRST TAKE' with Compilation Opening Theme "Shine as Usual"

Kessoku Band from the anime "Bocchi the Rock!" is set to make another appearance on the YouTube channel 'THE FIRST TAKE'. This marks their second appearance within a short period since their debut on the 7th, which is an unusual occurrence. The video will premiere today, the 19th, at 10 PM.

Ikumi Hasegawa as Ikuyo Kita

Ikumi Hasegawa as Ikuyo Kita = Kessoku Band's Unusual Reappearance on 'THE FIRST TAKE' (C) Aki Hamaji / Houbunsha・Aniplex

Kessoku Band is a girls' rock band formed in the series, featuring Ikuyo Kita (Vo. Gt.), Hitori Gotoh (Gt.), Ryo Yamada (Ba.), and Nijika Ijichi (Dr.). In this performance, they will present the new song "Shine as Usual," the opening theme for the compilation movie "Bocchi the Rock! Re:" which has been available since June 7th.

The lyrics were written by Ai Higuchi, a singer-songwriter who has also worked on various in-anime songs for "Bocchi the Rock!", and the music was composed by Otoha, who also composed "Guitar, Loneliness and Blue Planet," which was performed during their first appearance on 'THE FIRST TAKE'.

This exclusive performance of the opening theme can only be seen on 'THE FIRST TAKE', showcasing their best effort.

The original work is a popular four-panel manga "Bocchi the Rock!" by Aki Hamaji, serialized in Houbunsha's "Manga Time Kirara MAX". It tells the story of Hitori Gotoh, a shy and introverted girl who joins the band "Kessoku Band" and grows together with the unique members Nijika Ijichi, Ryo Yamada, and Ikuyo Kita, resonating with many fans.

Since the TV anime aired in the fall of 2022, it has become explosively popular, especially among young people, winning numerous awards and gaining tremendous support both domestically and internationally. In the music realm, Kessoku Band's full album "Kessoku Band" topped the Oricon "Digital Album Ranking by Work" for 2023, creating a significant impact.