‘MF GHOST,’ the new anime series successor to the classic street racing series’ Initial D,’ began broadcasting on Sunday, October 1. The full-length version of ‘Stereo Sunset (Prod. AmPm)’, the ending theme to this long-awaited anime sung by Himika Akaneya from voice actor/idol hybrid unit i☆Ris, is finally available for download and streaming.
Himika Akaneya, a member of i☆Ris, performs the ending theme song. In addition to her work as a voice actor, Akaneya is also active as an actor in movies and on stage, but this will be her debut performance as a solo artist.
Akaneya’s song ‘Stereo Sunset (Prod. AmPm)’ is based on city pop, a genre that is hugely popular both in Japan and overseas, and Akaneya was selected for her transparent singing voice that matches the vibe of the song, as well as her unique presence and excellent singing ability.
The track was produced by Japanese masked production duo AmPm, whose music is beloved by fans worldwide – indeed, 80% of their listeners are based outside of Japan.
The track combines AmPm’s delicate production skills and comfortable beats with nostalgic lyrics by ARAKI, who regularly writes music for idols, artists and voice actors, to deliver a unique spin on the city pop sound.
Akaneya’s gentle singing voice at times veers on spoken word, and the result is a medium-tempo song that is warm and comforting.
A music video for the song was also released on YouTube.
The ending theme contrasts the opening theme, Yu Serizawa’s ‘JUNGLE FIRE feat. MOTSU’, as well as the thrilling high-speed and tension of the street-race battles of the anime itself.
It is a calming, chill track to help listeners cool down and process the excitement of the show, and the smooth textures of the costumes and pale blue visual tones of the music video echo this vibe perfectly.
The music video also includes evocative footage of scenery from the Kamakura and Shonan area where ‘MF GHOST’ is set, with seaside scenes that express the soothing sound of waves and gentle, refreshing breeze that matches Akaneya’s clear singing voice. If the opening theme is all about motion, the ending song is perfect stillness.
Himika Akaneya commented on ‘Stereo Sunset (Prod. AmPm)’, saying, “The lyrics to this song reference imagery related to driving, such as the ‘stereo’ and ‘a neon heart reflected in the windows’, while the word ‘sunset’ melds perfectly into the song’s relaxing melody, putting the listener right there in the scene. I think you will be able to immerse yourself in the lingering afterglow at the end of each episode of the anime. This will be my first time to sing solo, and while I do feel a little nervous, I’m very happy to be involved with the music for ‘MF GHOST’, which is a series loved by many fans. I hope that as each episode ends, this song’s casual melody and poetic flow will touch your heart – even just a little. Please check it out.”
AmPm, who produced and arranged the music, and ARAKI, who wrote the lyrics, also commented.
AmPm said, “We are delighted to have worked on the ending theme song for ‘MF GHOST’. As the title of the song suggests, we created this song by imagining a sunset drive. We aimed to leave listeners with a sense of speed, allowing you to feel the shifting landscape in the afterglow of the day. We hope you will listen to Himika Akaneya’s singing voice and immerse yourself in the afterglow of each episode.”
ARAKI commented, “Back in the day, cafes and ramen shops would have rows of ‘Initial D’ manga books that had been read until they were worn out. All these years later, it’s an honor to be a part of this new story. I tried to find words that had a stylish retro sound and convey a sense of purity. I hope it will make you feel, ‘Oh yeah! Now THAT’s an anime ending song”
The full-length version of ‘Stereo Sunset (Prod. AmPm)’ will be released on CD on November 22.
Look out for anime series ‘MF GHOST’, which is sure to be a massive hit, as well as its awesome opening and ending theme songs.
Himika Akaneya’ Stereo Sunset (Prod. AmPm)’
Release date: November 22, 2023
Out now: https://avex.lnk.to/strerosunset_music
CD+Blu-ray (luxury package)
EYCA-14179/B ¥4,000 + tax
EYCA-14180 ¥1,800 + tax
M1. Stereo Sunset (Prod. AmPm)
M2. SARANG (lyrics by Himika Akaneya, available now)
M3. Stereo Sunset (Prod. AmPm) -TV size ver.-
M4. Stereo Sunset (Prod. AmPm) -Instrumental-
M5. SARANG -Instrumental-
M6. Stereo Sunset (Prod. AmPm) -Off Main Vocal-
M7. SARANG -Off Main Vocal-
Stereo Sunset (Prod. AmPm) -Music Video-
Stereo Sunset (Prod. AmPm) -Off Shot Movie-
Himika Akaneya profile
Date of birth: July 16, 1994
Himika Akaneya is a voice actor, actor and artist. As a voice actor, she has made memorable performances as heroines such as Laala Manaka in ‘Pretty Series,’ Izetta in ‘Izetta: The Last Witch’ and Ritsuka Tachibana in ‘Dance with Devils’.
In recent years, she has been challenging herself as an actor across various mediums, with roles such as Shiori Usami in the theatre production’ World Trigger: The Stage’ and the upcoming August 2023 movie ’30S’ created and produced by 7ORDER member Yuma Sanada.
She is also an active YouTuber who puts her body to the test with physical challenges beyond what you’d assume from her looks, tackling one project after another.
Official website: https://iris.dive2ent.com/
Japanese masked production duo AmPm debuted in 2017 with the single ‘Best Part of Us, which became a hit around the world.
Since then, they have worked with various global guest artists from the dance music scene and beyond, releasing over 40 tracks.
AmPm is one of the most famous Japanese artists overseas, with 80% of their audience outside Japan.
ARAKI debuted in 2012 as a member of STOROBOY. After the band broke up, he went on to work on various songs as a composer, lyricist and arranger.
Working as an artist, producer, music director and songwriter, he has built up a reputation for creating old-school J-pop with a modern twist. He has written songs for i☆Ris, including ‘Queens Bluff,’ ’12 Gatsu no Snowry,’ and ‘Summer Dude.’
Anime series’ MF GHOST’
Broadcasting from October 2023 on the following platforms (countries and regions):
- True Digital(Thailand)
- Viu OTT(Hong Kong)
- FPT Play(Vietnam)
- Animax.mn and Star TV(Mongolia)
- myTV Super (HongKong)
- meWATCH (Singapore)
- Bahamut (Taiwan)
- Catchplay (Taiwan)
- ChungHwa Telecom MOD & Hami Video (Taiwan)
- Friday (Taiwan)
- KKTV (Taiwan)
- Line TV (Taiwan)
- myVideo (Taiwan)
- LiTV & ofiii (Taiwan)
- Ani-One Asia YouTube Channel(SEA)
About ‘MF GHOST’
The anime series MF GHOST’ is adapted from a manga series written and illustrated by Shuichi Shigeno and serialized in ‘Young Magazine’ (Kodansha) since 2017.
Volumes of the collected manga have sold over 4.5 million copies. The latest 18 volumes of comics will be released on October 5.
Its story takes place in the same universe as ‘Initial D,’ serialized in Young Magazine from 1995 to 2013, portraying street racing battles in a near-future setting.
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