The fact that Gurenge – Kimetsu no Yaiba in particular and other anime works in general is included in the Olympics is an affirmation of the attraction of this subject to popular art worldwide.
After a month of competition, the closing ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games ended successfully last night, August 8. In the closing ceremony of the world’s largest sporting event, the host country Japan recreated the culturally rich activities in Tokyo Park through animations and extremely unique music performances.
On the Olympic National Stadium, the band Tokyo Ska Paradise opened the performance with the vibrant Call From Rio tune. Artists dressed in 1950s costumes entered the center of the stage, which was modeled after Yoyogi Park. They recreate entertainment activities – arts such as rockabilly dancing, skating, cycling, juggling, Capoeira martial arts…
However, what surprised and delighted anime fans the most was that the Japanese Olympic organizers chose the song Gurenge from the anime Kimetsu no Yaiba to perform in this final important ceremony.
According to international media, athletes cannot visit the park or any other tourist attractions of Tokyo due to the impact of the Covid-19 epidemic. Therefore, the organizers created a park right inside the stadium with artificial grass, soft lighting effects and performers.
Besides Gurenge, songs such as “Let’s Walk Upwards” by singer Kyu Sakamoto, “Hymne à L’amour” by Milet, to electronic music by DJ Matsunaga and “Ode to Joy” – the last movement in Beethoven’s 9th Symphony were included. into the closing ceremony, as a greeting of cherry blossom country to athletes around the world.
On social media, many people expressed their interest in this scene. The fact that Gurenge – Kimetsu no Yaiba in particular and other anime works in general is included in the Olympics is an affirmation of the attraction of this subject to popular art worldwide.
Kimetsu no Yaiba is an anime adaptation of the Japanese manga by Gotoge Koyoharu. After the success of the manga edition, the work was quickly adapted into an anime by Ufotable which was broadcast in Japan in 2019. The film has achieved many remarkable achievements as well as achieved unexpected success. .
Besides, Kimetsu no Yaiba’s title song – Gurenge also received great success and became the biggest hit of LiSA’s career, being certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of Japan – having over 100 million streams.