The official website for 49-year-old voice actress Megumi Hayashibara has announced that her next 42nd single “Imawa no Shinigami” (The Death in His Dying Moment) will be released on February 22, 2017, and will be also featured as the OP theme for the upcoming second season of the Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju TV anime based on Haruko Kumota’s rakugo (traditional storytelling performance)-themed manga.
Her previous 41st single “Usura Hi Shinju” (Thin-ice Double Suicide) released in February 2016 was used for the TV anime’s 13-episode first season aired from January to April of this year. As with the first OP song, “Imawa no Shinigami” is written/composed/arranged/produced by popular J-Pop singer-songwriter Sheena Ringo. The TV anime second season “Sukeroku Anew Arc” is set to premiere in Japan on January 6, 2017, and Hayashibara will reprise her role as ex-geisha girl Miyokichi.
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1st season OP “Usura Hi Shinju” MV
“Showa Genroku Rakugo Shinju: Sukeroku Anew Arc” TV-Spot
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