"I am very happy that the song has been loved by many people for a long time along with the anime."
Billboard JAPAN has reported the sales rankings for the first half of 2020 (from November 25, 2019, to May 24, 2020). The top-ranking song in its general anime song charts "HOT Animation" is, as expected, "Gurenge," the OP theme for the TV anime Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba performed by LiSA.
The song was digitally released on April 22, 2019, then its CD single followed as her 15th single on July 3. It has been already streamed over 100 million times on subscription services worldwide and certified triple platinum by The Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for surpassing 750,000 downloads. Also, its physical CD has sold 100,000 copies and certified gold. The song has still dominated the "HOT Animation" charts for the recent nine weeks.
Message from LiSA:
"One year has passed since the broadcast of the TV anime 'Kimetsu no Yaiba' and the digital release of 'Gurenge.' I am very happy that the song has been loved by many people for a long time along with the anime. May Gurenge continue to bloom and flourish in the hearts of Tanjiro and other characters who have shown us that they can live strong despite being hurt and those who wish to be strong. Thank you very much."
Billboard JAPAN "HOT Animation" top 10 in the first half of 2020:
1. "Gurenge" by LiSA (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba OP)
2. "Yesterday" by Official Hige Dandism (HELLO WORLD theme song)
3. "Inferno" by Mrs. GREEN APPLE (Fire Force OP)
4. "Harunohi" by Aimyon (Crayon Shin-chan Honeymoon Hurricane -The Lost Hiroshi- theme song)
5. "Sora no Aosa wo Shiru Hito yo" by Aimyon (Her Blue Sky theme song)
6. "Into The Unkown -Kokoro no mama ni-" by Takako Matsu feat. Aurora (Frozen 2 Japanese theme song)
7. "Birthday" by Mr.Children (Doraemon: Nobita's New Dinosaur theme song)
8. "Uchiage Hanabi" by DAOKO x Kenshi Yonezu (Fireworks theme song)
9. "Ray of Light" by J-JUN (Smile Down the Runway ED)
10. "Hana ni Bourei" by Yorushika (A Whisker Away theme song)
"Gurenge" MV YouTube EDIT ver.:
First press limited edition CD jacket:
Source: Billboard Japan