宇多田ヒカル News : SHES BACK! New Song "桜流し" (Sakura Nagashi) for Evangelion 3.0 movie
Posted by Q on 2012/11/16 14:42:42 (3543 reads)

With little warning, Hikki is back with a new song!
Her new song is called "桜流し" (Sakura Nagashi). At the recent premiere of the Evangelion 3.0 movie, it was used as the end theme.

However, she might not be fully back just yet. The movie's producers were able to persuade Hikki to contribute a song just for the movie. "Although Utada is currently focusing her energies on her ?human activities,? she agreed to create this song, thanks to the fervent requests made by the movie production staff and the deep appreciation for Evangelion held by Utada herself, who also created the movie theme songs for the two prior Evangelion movies." (emimusic.jp/hikki).


The cover art is by Evangelion Character Designer, Sadamoto Yoshiyuki.


Have a look at the music video, it was created with the theme ?motherhood? by movie director Naomi Kawase.


It is reported that this video will only be available on Youtube until November 19th. UPDATE: according to Hikki's tweet, the video will only be available for three days.

UPDATE2: The music video is now no longer available. Instead, there is a shorter 80 second version here

Check out the official website for the Sakura Nagashi single here: http://www.sakuranagashi.jp/top_e.php
You can find the official lyrics here: http://sakuranagashi.jp/lyrics.html
Official lyrics translation here: http://sakuranagashi.jp/lyrics_e.html


The song is available on iTunes, and is currently number one in the Japan iTunes store.
The video will be available as a download on November 28th.
It will also be released as a DVD single on December 26th.


The film, "Evangelion Shin Gekijouban: Q" (Evangelion:3.0 You Can (Not) Redo), opens in Japan theaters on November 17th, 2012.


Hikaru Utada has been on a 'break' from the music industry for about two years now. Her last song was "Goodbye Happiness" which was released November 2010, which currently has almost 12 million views on Youtube. In December 2010, she had her "WILD LIFE" concert, which was her last performance before her hiatus.



From http://www.emimusic.jp/hikki/
Quote:

Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo was unveiled in its entirety and opened on November 17. Its theme song is Sakura Nagashi, a song created for this movie by Utada Hikaru, who also wrote the theme song for the previous movie. Although Utada is currently focusing her energies on her ?human activities,? she agreed to create this song, thanks to the fervent requests made by the movie production staff and the deep appreciation for Evangelion held by Utada herself, who also created the movie theme songs for the two prior Evangelion movies.

Unlike the theme songs for 1.0 You Are (Not) Alone and 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, the latest song is sentimental and beautiful; it is a requiem for life full of literary elegance.
●RecoChoku
URL: http://recochoku.com/hikki/ (for mobile, smart phone, and PC)

With a purchase of any products related to Sakura Nagashi (excluding RBT), come two gifts: ?wallpaper of Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo poster? and ?wallpaper image created for Sakura Nagashi by Yoshiyuki Sadamoto.? (Gifts are available through February 17, 2013).

●iTunes
http://itunes.apple.com/jp/album/id576139166

●Video clip will be available for download from November 28.

●DVD-SINGLE will be available on December 26.

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Elijah
Posted: 2012/11/18 8:03  Updated: 2012/11/18 8:03
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 Re: SHES BACK! New Song "桜流し
I absolutely looooooove this! I have heard it on YouTube on the 16, as I was watching her tweets, as usually! And I saw she posted a new video of her song on YouTube... And I was like... "Oh... I didn't have an idea, oh? how is that??? Not a single info about it, earlier!"

So this song drove me a little adventurous!

I was a like crazy, I shouted out all over my house, my brothers said: "You're definitely mad ^^" And I admit! I was flabbergasted too much! I have seen the video link; I opened it a thousand times!! I have called my parents for them to hear the song, my best friend as well who said: "WOOOOAHHHH! I never heard her voice properly, maybe, but this song... I definitely want to learn it, give me the lyrics when you've got them! (I asked one of my Japanese friend to make it as romaji lyrics for me! :) So I had the romaji lyrics before they released! I was so crazy about the song... The first time I heard the piano, and her voice, I never shivered like this before!! (All this, just isn't a joke!!) And I listened to the song over and over again, I have bought it on ITunes with my father's account and now I have it on my IPhone! I hit the YouTube "replay" button so much, and to be real, I'm still waiting! The 16 November, when it released, I saw there were only 301 views. When I woke up, it overcame 60000!! And now it's more than one million views!!! But, what do you want, it's Hikki, right?

I have learnt how to write "Sakura Nagashi" even if I'm soooooooo lazy to learn kanjis xD And I have posted a cover, 'cause I had the instrumental version with the song, when I bought it in ITunes!

Right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEKux3CbyDs

Of course it's not as good as Hikki's version, but I mean it!!! I loooooooooooove it!



I missed her so much... But we all were in this case, right??
kjazz
Posted: 2012/11/23 20:18  Updated: 2012/11/23 20:18
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 Re: SHES BACK! New Song "桜流し
Miss her music a lot.
percypenn
Posted: 2012/11/26 5:21  Updated: 2012/11/26 5:21
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 Re: SHES BACK! New Song "桜流し&qu...
at long last! this is a breath of fresh air. it has been a while.

thanks to hikaru for putting out this song.
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Posted: 2012/12/3 21:29  Updated: 2012/12/3 21:29
 Re: SHES BACK! New Song "桜流し&qu...
I really hope she will back.I really miss her and her beautiful songs.