2-CD set of ‘Major’ baseball anime theme songs due out in December

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Major,” an animated TV series with a baseball theme that has aired on Japan Broadcasting Corp. (NHK)’s educational channel and elsewhere since 2004, is gearing up for its grand finale.

Based on the manga of the same title by Takuya Mitsuda, the series will conclude at the end of its sixth season, which started in April.

The story follows main character Goro Shigeno from his childhood to his professional career in Major League Baseball. The climax is certain to be exciting.

To heighten the fun, a special two-CD set, “Major: Perfect Song Collection,” is being released Dec. 17 from Avex Entertainment Inc. It will include all theme songs used over the anime’s six seasons.

A special collector’s edition of the 2-CD set will also include a DVD that contains the textless opening and closing sequences of each of the six seasons.

CD 1 will include the opening and closing songs used in each of the six broadcast seasons–18 tracks in total. It traces the musical history of the anime series, including the now-defunct band Road of Major’s “Kokoro-e” (Heart picture), the opening theme in the first season, and “Zutto Maekara” (From many years ago), the ending theme song of the sixth and final season by girls’ trio French Kiss.

Other songs include rocker Kohei Otomo’s “Rise” and “Hey! Hey! Alright,” a collaboration between hip-hop trio Schadaraparr and singer Kaela Kimura.

CD 2 includes “Tsubasa,” by rock band Remioromen, which was the theme for the feature film “Major Yuujou no Winning Shot.”

In addition, it has an alternate version of “Kokoro-e” sung by voice actor Shotaro Morikubo, who plays the main character Goro Shigeno in the series.

And to round out the “Major” offerings, CD 2 will include the original soundtracks from the animated series.

See (http://mv.avex.jp/major/)

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