Kenshi Yonezu’s “Spinning Globe” Theme Song for The Boy and the Heron Now Released on Music Streaming Platforms

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Singer-songwriter Kenshi Yonezu has released his latest single “Spinning Globe” on various music streaming platforms. The song is the official theme song for Hayao Miyazaki’s recent anime film The Boy and the Heron. In Japan, the song was initially released as “Chikyugi,” translating to “Globe” in English.  

“Spinning Globe” can be heard on platforms such as Apple Music, Spotify, and YouTube Music, among others. 

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Yonezu has cited Miyazaki’s work as a creative guidepost throughout his life and career. He saw Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away in movie theaters as a young child and read the original Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind manga series. 

Speaking about his theme song for The Boy and the Heron, Yonezu offered the following statement: 

It has been about four years now since I was approached about the project. At first, I was surprised and at the same time bewildered, asking ‘Why me?’. It turned out that Miyazaki-san had heard the Foorin version of my song ‘Paprika’ on the radio, which triggered him to drop the handkerchief to me. I received five volumes’ worth of storyboards and an explanation from Miyazaki-san himself and gingerly began the writing process. It now feels like such a long time ago.  

In the past four years, I visited the studio in Koganei several times to talk with Miyazaki-san and Suzuki-san; most of the time it was on strangely pleasant and sunny days. I remember walking under the pitch-dark shades of the trees while overhearing the cheers of nursery school children nearby. As a person who usually writes music drawing from recollections of the past alone in a small room, it was an experience nothing short of enriching.  

Ever since I was a young child, I grew up watching Miyazaki-san’s movies. Somewhere along the way, I became an adult, a person who makes music. I have also been blessed with many people who accept my music. I know I still have countless shortcomings, but I believe I have certainly come this far, faults included.  

‘Spinning Globe’ is the song for The Boy and the Heron. It is also away for me to give back what I have received from Miyazaki-san all my life. Thank you for continuing to make movies over the years, and please keep on making more in the years to come.

Yonezu has recently collaborated with a variety of high-profile franchises, including contributing “Tsuki Wo Miteita – Moongazing” — the official theme to Final Fantasy XVI — and “KICK BACK” for Chainsaw Man

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The Boy and the Heron debuted in Japanese theaters on July 14, 2023 and will be released in North America by GKIDS later this year. Studio Ghibli is the animation production company for the film. 

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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