Chainsaw Man’s opening song “KICK BACK” has surpassed 100 million views on YouTube, becoming one of the most popular anime opening songs of all time. The success of the opening theme further cemented Chainsaw Man as one of the most popular and watched anime series globally. Kenshi Yonezu, the artist behind “KICK BACK,” is a well-known artist in the anime industry and the quality, visuals, and references to popular American films contributed to the opening’s success. .
Chainsaw man recently passed a major milestone that proves its enduring popularity, thanks to the immensely popular opening song, “KICK BACK.” Chainsaw Man is one of the most popular anime in recent years and has become one of the most watched series both in Japan and globally. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the film has left its mark even though it only has 12 short episodes.
Chainsaw Man’s opening song has surpassed 100 million views on YouTube, becoming one of the most popular anime opening songs of all time. This was confirmed by the official X account of the Chainsaw Man anime.
Titled “KICK BACK” by Kenshi Yonezu, the opening song is the most popular song of 2022further proving that the anime was a success and a phenomenon unlike anything seen before.
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Opening past the 100 million mark is huge considering that This achievement was achieved thanks to a few songs. The most famous examples are “Unravel” by Tokyo Ghoul, “Shinzo Wa Sasageyo” by Linked Horizon’s Attack On Titan, and “Gurenge” by LiSA’s Demon Slayer. Interestingly, full versions posted to YouTube by the artists themselves almost always receive more views than the anime’s 1.5 minute opening, such as Jujutsu Kaisen’s first opening song “Kaikai Kitan ” by EVE has 55 million views while the full version of the song on YouTube has over 300 million views.
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While Chainsaw Man’s hype and popularity certainly contributed to its viewing figures, a large part of its success was the quality of its opening credits. Kenshi Yonezu is one of the biggest artists in the anime industry, performing hits like “Peace Sign” from My Hero Academia and “Orion” from Sangatsu no Lion. The visuals are also incredible, with many references to famous American movies like Pulp Fiction, The Big Lebowski, Fight Club, etc. All these elements add together to create one of the songs best opening, worthy of being adapted from one of the biggest Shōnen series.
Kenshi Yonezu also drew the poster for the song.
“KICK BACK” is also the first song with Japanese lyrics to be certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America. It is also Billboard’s 149th most popular song of 2023. The dark and chaotic nature of the song and its composition encapsulate the essence of a violent and bloody anime. With popularity Chainsaw manby KICK BACK, fans are sure to see the talented Kenshi Yonezu secure the rights to perform more opening songs in the future.
Source: Chainsaw Man’s official X account; Billboard.com
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