J-pop Singer Pile Thanks Love Live’s Maki as Their Final Single Sells 113,278 Copies

Love Live Pile
There’s something to be said for gratitude, especially when you take on the voice of one of the most popular characters for a franchise that’s propelled your career. That’s what happened to Pile, the Korean-Japanese singer who takes on the role of Maki Nishikino from the school idol anime Love Live. This role has allowed her career to grow and grow to where she’s offered more roles and opportunities to perform.

To thank the Love Live franchise, particularly Maki, for all that it’s done to help her out, she snuck in a hidden message in the lyrics to the song “P.S. Arigatō…”. Scattered in the song are words that combine to read:

Maki-chan, I can finally say it. I really thank you [for everything] up till now. I’m here because of you. Watch over me gently somehow. P.S. Really, thank you.

Talk about appreciation! With this newfound popularity, she’s landed a role in the second season of World Trigger. On top of that, she’ll be performing the opening theme of the second season of RIN-NE, a song titled “Melody”.

While Pile might be thankful for Love Live in enabling her career growth, the Love Live franchise should also be grateful to her. The Love Live franchise’s last single, titled “Moment Ring”, has sold 16,799 copies from March 7-13. It sold even better during its first week, with 96,479 copies, making it the top-selling Love Live single CD of all time! In addition to the A-side, the single also contains the B-side “Sayonara e Sayonara”, which, if nothing else, is an appropriate way to conclude a cute, but wonderful franchise.

Weekly Anime Music Releases – May 27

A long list of anime music including Nisekoi’s Rally Go Round by LiSA. Sit down and take a look at what came out on the week of May 27:

Anime OP/ED Singles

Nisekoi LISA

NISEKOI: -False Love-

Album Name: Rally Go Round
Artist: LiSA
Purchase at: CDJapan
I’ve never really hid my disdain for LiSA’s music since power pop was never my style and she seems to have the unfortunate tendency to get in my face without really transmitting anything too meaningful. Other artists like Nana Mizuki do a much better job, and if I wanted to listen to that type of music, I’d listen to her over LiSA

Houkago no Pleiades ED

Wish Upon the Pleiades

Album Name: Koko kara, Kanata kara
Artist: fragments
Purchase at: CDJapan
Given what you’ve seen out of the show, it’s not surprising to hear that “Koro Kara, Kanata Kara” is full of the sugary sweet seiyuu goodness. The song doesn’t go out of its way to inspire, but then again, it doesn’t really have to. The cuteness factor is what fans are going after anyway, and the song is pretty mellow and relaxing.
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