Written by: Jei Beltrano | Published on: April 14, 2021 at 8:17 PM PHT (GMT+8)
Japanese music charts Billboard Japan reported on Wednesday that the song "Kaibutsu" by the Japanese music duo YOASOBI has exceeded a cumulative streams of 100 million across all Billboard's monitoring platforms* worldwide in just 14 weeks. This was considered as the fastest song by the duo to reach a 100 million mark beating their song "Running at Night" that reached the same amount of streams in 18 weeks.
The song "Kaibutsu", translated as "Monsters" in English, was used as the opening theme song for the second season of the TV anime series adaptation of Paru Itagaki's "BEASTARS" manga series. The music duo also performed the anime's ending theme titled "Yasashii Suisei", translated as "Gentle Comet".
The YOASOBI music duo composed of vocaloid music producer Ayase and vocalist Ikura.
*Billboard JAPAN's weekly streaming song chart "Streaming Songs" provides GfK Japan's all-you-can-listen on-demand domestic music (Amazon Music Unlimited, Apple Music, AWA, Google Play Music, HMVmusic, KKBOX, LINE MUSIC, Rakuten Music, Rec Music, Spotify), playlist streaming services (d Hitz, Ying pass), and YouTube Music played by Nielsen are combined.
The second season of BEASTARS is currently ongoing and CG Animation studio Orange returned to produce the second season and the first season's staff and cast reprised their roles. The series started airing in Japan's Fuji TV +Ultra anime programming block on January 14 12:55 AM JST.
The first season of the series' TV anime adaptation was animated by CG studio Orange and was aired from October 8 to December 26, 2019 on Fuji TV's +Ultra anime programming block and other channels. Shinichi Matsumi directed the series, with Nanami Higuchi handling series composition, Nao Ootsu designing the characters, and Satoru Kōsaki composing the series' music.
The series is based on the Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Paru Itagaki. It has been serialized in Weekly Shōnen Champion since September 2016, with its chapters collected in 20 tankōbon volumes as of August 2020. The manga has won multiple awards, including being the first Akita Shoten title to take home the Manga Taishō Award.
The story takes place in a world of modern, civilized, anthropomorphic animals with a cultural divide between carnivores and herbivores. The series takes its name from the in-universe rank of Beastar, an individual of great talent, service, and notoriety.
Source: Billboard Japan