Performers of theme songs for ‘Ao no Exorcist’ TV series revealed

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

Japanese rock group UVERworld will provide the opening theme song for upcoming animated TV series “Ao no Exorcist,” while South Korean boy band 2PM will sing the ending theme song.

“Ao no Exorcist” (Blue Exorcist) is an animated TV adaptation of a popular manga series of the same title by Kazue Kato, which is running in Shueisha Inc.’s monthly Jump Square comic magazine.

The show will air at 5 p.m. on Sundays from April 10 on MBS and TBS networks. The time slot is one of the most popular slots for animated TV series, and is known as “Nichi-5” (Sunday 5).

The story involves two dimensions: the material world in which the humans live, and the world dominated by the demons. The story follows young exorcists’ fight against demons that try to interfere with the material world.

“Darker Than Black” director Tensai Okamura takes the helm of the production for the TV series.

Screenwriter Ryota Yamaguchi supervises the overall story composition, while Keigo Sasaki serves as character designer.

Anime studio A-1 Pictures Inc. will produce the anime series.

Having made their major debut five years ago, UVERworld is a five-piece band that are highly acclaimed both at home and abroad for their unique sound and lyrics, which express an interesting world view. Their solo concert held last year at the Tokyo Dome stadium was a success.

UVERworld have also provided songs for many animated TV shows, including “Colors of the Heart” (“Blood+” opening theme), “endscape” (“Toward the Terra” opening theme), and “Hakanaku mo Towa no Kanashi” (the opening theme for the second season of “Mobile Suit Gundam 00”).

Both anime and music fans are waiting with eager expectations for UVERworld to collaborate with the much-anticipated TV series.

Meanwhile, the six-member 2PM have built a successful music career in Asian countries with their wild-looking appearances since making their debut in 2008. The ending theme song for “Ao no Exorcist” is one of their efforts to enter the Japanese music scene in 2011.

See (http://www.ao-ex.com/), (http://uverworld.jp/) and (http://www.2pmjapan.com/).

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