Yoko Kanno Composes "Kouhaku Uta Gassen" Opening

Anime Composer Kicks Off New Year's Broadcast

The Kōhaku Uta Gassen is a Japanese New Year's entertainment institution, like the Times Square ball drop, but four hours long. The NHK broadcast "Red and White Song Battle" involves a red team of female musical talents and a white team of male artists. At the end of show, the audience and a panel of judges decide which team offered the better performance.

 

This year anime/game composer Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop, Macross F) has penned the opening theme to the festivities. She's said that her inspiration for the music is "facing toward a bright future."

 

via Tokyograph

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