J-pop rising star Emiko Suzuki soars in Sawano-penned 'Kingdom' ED theme

Written by: Miguel Galang | Published on: July 12, 2021 at 5:44 PM PHT (GMT+8)

Still from the "kIng" MV/Emiko Suzuki

Japanese pop singer-songwriter Emiko Suzuki has released on Monday her new single “kIng” which will be featured in the end credits of Kingdom Season 3 TV anime.


kIng is a soaring ballad showcasing Suzuki’s sweet and powerful vocals. The thumping beats and sweeping strings also recall the battlefields of Kingdom.


“In ‘kIng’, I imagined a woman with a strong core and expressed it in this new visual,” Suzuki said, commenting on both the song and its music video.


It is written and produced by Japanese composer Hiroyuki Sawano, famous for scoring the music of “Attack on Titan”, “Blue Exorcist”, “Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn” and “The Seven Deadly Sins.”

“I think we have created a powerful ballad that links to the epic story and world of Kingdom’,” Sawano said.

The song also coincides with the release of Suzuki’s second single of the same name which contains the self-penned songs “PLAYERS”, a soulful number about falling love and losing control of your emotions; and “Dalalife” which means a “sloppy life” and features groovy and mellow production.


Suzuki’s second single kIng is released on July 21.


Meanwhile, you can now listen to the titular song on Apple Music, Spotify, LINE MUSIC, and AWA.


Watch the music video here:

Kingdom is a Japanese seinen manga series written and illustrated by Yasuhisa Hara serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Young Jump since January 2006 and collected into 59 tankōbon volumes as of September 2020.

The series provides a fictionalized account of the Warring States period primarily through the experiences of the war orphan Xin and his comrades as he fights to become the greatest general under the heavens, and in doing so, unifying China for the first time in 500 years.

Kingdom Production Committee/SHUEISHA, Studio Pierrot

It was adapted into an anime television series by Studio Pierrot and Pierrot's subsidiary company Studio Signpost, with Kenichi Imaizumi as director. The scripts are written by Noboru Takagi and character designs by Hisashi Abe. Hiroyuki Sawano and Kohta Yamamoto are in charge of the musical score.


The first season aired from June 2012 to February 2013 and a second season followed from June 2013 to March 2014. A live-action film was also released in April 2019.


The third season premiered April 6, 2020 on NHK General TV (NHK-G) and was later postponed after Episode 4 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


Source: Comic Natalie, Artist website

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