Miho Fukuhara’s ‘Starlight’ theme for ‘Onigamiden’

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

“Starlight,” the new song by Miho Fukuhara, was picked as the main theme for “Onigamiden,” an epic anime adventure that opens nationwide on April 29, Sony Pictures Entertainment (Japan) Inc. said.

The film follows Jun Tendo, a junior high school student who travels back in time to the Heian Period (794-1185), where he lands amid an ongoing battle between “oni” demons and humankind.

The epic is based on the book of the same name by historical mystery novelist Takafumi Takada.

Fukuhara, who made her major label debut in 2008, has won fans with her soulful singing. This is her third song used in a high-profile film, following “Shizumanu Taiyo” (The sun that does not set) and “Akunin” (Villain). She also sang the ending theme for the “Fullmetal Alchemist” animated TV series.

“Starlight” adds sparkle to “Onigamiden,” which is set in a Kyoto of 1,200 years ago. The song will also be included on Fukuhara’s “The Soul Extreme EP,” to be released on May 11.

“Onigamiden” was seven years in the making, from planning to completion. About 200,000 animation frames were prepared for the production. Anime studio Pierrot Co., best known for series such as “Naruto” and “Bleach,” produced the anime.

The star-studded production team was led by director Hirotsugu Kawasaki. The script was by Naruhisa Arakawa, who also wrote “Kamen Rider Kuuga” and many other super-hero series, while Tetsuya Nishio was character designer.

Katsuhiro Otomo handled the concept design of Orochi, the dragonlike creature that is a key character in the story. Veteran rocker Ryudo Uzaki came up with a gorgeous Japanese-style soundtrack that befits Kyoto, the old capital of Japan.

Visit the movie’s official website at (http://www.onigamiden.jp/) and Fukuhara’s site at (http://www.sonymusic.co.jp/Music/Info/mihofukuhara/).

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