Written by: Jayson Beltrano | Published on: June 16, 2021 at 12:38 PM PHT (GMT+8)
Japanese alternative rock band ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION has been announced on Wednesday to perform the theme song for the upcoming third anime film adaptation of Kouhei Horikoshi's "My Hero Academia" manga series titled "My Hero Academia the Movie: World Heroes' Mission". A new teaser trailer of the anime film featuring the theme song titled "Empathy" was streamed by TOHO's Official YouTube Channel. The film is set to premiere in Japanese theaters on August 6.
Watch the teaser here featuring the film's theme song:
ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION, currently consisting of vocalist Masafumi Gotoh, guitarist Kensuke Kita, bassist Takahiro Yamada, and drummer Kiyoshi Ijichi, was formed in Yokohama, Japan in 1996 as a college band which mostly releases independent songs mostly with English lyrics. 6 years later, the band debuted their first Japanese major-label record "Hōkai Amplifier".
The band is notable for their indie-rock and punk approach to their music that has enjoyed worldwide commercial success and made them cited as one of the best, most balanced modern rock bands to emerge from Japan in the 2000s.
Their notable songs include "Rewrite" from the anime series Fullmetal Alchemist which was awarded as the Best Anime Theme Song in the American Anime Awards in 2007, "Re:Re:" from the anime series Erased, "Kimi no Machi Made", "Kimi to Iu Hana", "Blue Train", "After Dark" and many more. The band's greatest achievement was being awarded as the New Artist of the Year and their album "Sol-fa" as Rock & Pop Album of the Year in the Japan Gold Disc Award in 2004 and 2005, respectively.
The main staff of the previous two films of the anime is returning for the third film. Kenji Nagasaki is directing the new film at animation studio BONES while Yousuke Kuroda is for the series' script. Character designs will be made by Yoshihiko Umakoshi, and music will be composed by Yuki Hayashi.
It follows the story of a mysterious organization deployed to annihilate people with Quirks. In the film’s plot, this group had issued a threat and planted bombs around the world. Pro Heroes and even those in their Hero internship were nudged to act and secure all bombs before detonation.
The series is based on the Japanese superhero manga series written and illustrated by Kōhei Horikoshi. It has been serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump since July 2014, with its chapters additionally collected into 27 tankōbon volumes as of July 2020.
The manga inspired five TV anime seasons. The anime's first season aired in Japan from April to June 2016 with 13 episodes, followed by a second season from April to September 2017 with 25 episodes, then a third season from April to September 2018 with 25 episodes and a fourth season from October 2019 to April 2020 with another 25 episodes. The fifth season premiered on March 27, 2021.