TUYU Releases Ending Theme for Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown Arc on Music Streaming Platforms

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© TUYU, Ken Wakui, KODANSHA/ “Tokyo Revengers”Production Committee

Japanese pop ensemble TUYU has released its ending theme songKizutsukedo, Aishiteru.” for Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown Arc (translated as “It might be painful, but I still love it.”) on all music streaming platforms, beginning on January 15, 2023. 

A creditless TV-sized animation featuring the song has also been released on Tokyo Revenger’s official YouTube channel. It is available with English subtitles, which can be accessed by pressing the CC button on YouTube’s video player. 

TUYU was first formed on June 12, 2019 and consists of members Pusu (lyrics and musical production, guitar), Rei (vocals), and miro (piano). The group’s new ending theme for the anime series is inspired by the emotional changes that Yuzuha (one of the Shiba siblings and main characters of the Christmas Showdown Arc) experiences in the show. 

Kizutsukedo, Aishiteru.” is TUYU’s first song for an anime series and features detailed emotional mood swings expressed through Rei’s vocals and miro’s intense and magnificent piano performance. The song is characterized by rapid melodic shifts, strong musical composition, and sound arrangements with an addictive hook. 

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© TUYU, Ken Wakui, KODANSHA/ “Tokyo Revengers”Production Committee

Tokyo Revengers: Christmas Showdown Arc first premiered on January 7th, 2023 and is streaming on Disney+ outside of Japan

The first season was streamed on Crunchyroll in 2021, which describes the series as: 

Takemichi Hanagaki is a freelancer that’s reached the absolute pits of despair in his life. He finds out that the only girlfriend he ever had in his life that he dated in middle school, Hinata Tachibana, had been killed by the ruthless Tokyo Manji Gang.

The day after hearing about her death, he’s standing on the station platform and ends up being pushed over onto the tracks by a herd of people. He closes his eyes thinking he’s about to die, but when he opens his eyes back up, he somehow had gone back in time 12 years.

Now that he’s back living the best days of his life, Takemichi decides to get revenge on his life by saving his girlfriend and changing himself that he’d been running away from.

Source: press release

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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