The official website for the Blood Blockade Battlefront television anime series announced on Friday that rock band Unison Square Garden will perform the show’s ending theme song “Sugar Song to Bitter Step.” The second episode of the anime will officially air both BUMP OF CHICKEN’s opening theme song “Hello, world!” and Unison Square Garden’s ending theme song for the first time on April 11. A preview of the opening theme previously leaked with a third trailer for the anime, but the video has since been removed.
Unison Square Garden will release the single with the song on May 20. The group previously performed theme songs for Tiger & Bunny, Tiger & Bunny the Movie: The Beginning, Yozakura Quartet ~Hana no Uta~, Yozakura Quartet ~Hoshi no Umi~, and Soul Eater.
Dark Horse Comics, North American publisher of the original manga by Yasuhiro Nightow (Trigun), describes the story of Blood Blockade Battlefront:
A breach between Earth and the netherworlds has opened up over the city of New York, trapping New Yorkers and creatures from other dimensions in an impenetrable bubble. They’ve lived together for years, in a world of crazy crime sci-fi sensibilities. Now someone is threatening to sever the bubble, and a group of stylish superhumans is working to keep it from happening.
Rie Matsumoto (Kyousogiga, Heartcatch Precure! Hana no Miyako de Fashion Show…Desu ka!?) is directing the anime at the Studio BONES. Kazunao Furuya (live-action Liar Game, Galileo, S -Saigo no Keikan-) is the scriptwriter, and Toshihiro Kawamoto (Cowboy Bebop, Wolf’s Rain, Golden Boy, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory) is designing the characters. Shinji Kimura (Project A-Ko, Steamboy, Tekkonkinkreet) is the art director.
Koji Sugiura (Hajime no Ippo, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Last Blitz of Zeon, Gunsmith Cats) is handling creature designs, while Noriyuki Jinguji (Trigun, Hellsing Ultimate, Accel World) is in charge of prop design. Takashi Hashimoto (Magi – The Labyrinth of Magic, Assassination Classroom, One Piece Film Z) is serving as the effects animation director. Taisei Iwasaki (“Kyoshinhei Tokyo ni Arawaru” short, Kanojo wa Uso o Ai Shisugiteru live-action film) is composing the music.
Funimation is streaming the series as it airs. The show premiered in Japan on April 4.
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