Hikaru Utada’s “One Last Kiss” — theme song of the movie “EVANGELION:3.0+1.0 THRICE UPON A TIME.” was released just last Wednesday 10th March, and has promptly risen to the top of the charts! The digital version, which was released on download and streaming services prior to physical sales of CDs and LPs, has achieved #1 on comprehensive album rankings in 12 domestic digital music services. The song was #1 on comprehensive song rankings on 16 domestic digital music services as well, 9 of which were double were #1s of song and album rankings.
Furthermore, the song has received huge reactions from the world, debuting at rankings of digital music services in 33 countries and regions, including #1s on iTunes comprehensive album ranking in 18 countries/regions! In Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau, it achieved #1s on both comprehensive song AND album rankings on iTunes. It is the first time for Hikaru Utada to receive this many #1s on comprehensive charts abroad.
The song was also #2 on iTunes US’ comprehensive ranking, which ties with her own “Hikari – Ray Of Hope MIX – (Remixed by PUNPEE)” from 2017. It enjoys high positions in other charts in Europe/US as well. The announcement of the release of the international edition of the vinyl has been welcomed by fans from around the world with a sound of glee; her viral popularity is spreading from home to abroad.
The music video directed by Hideaki Anno which premiered on Tuesday, 9th March has already been viewed over 3 million times less than two days after the premiere and keeps drastically increasing in view count, in a pace way faster than “Sakura Nagashi” — the previous theme song, which was streamed 1 million times in one day.
With the physical sales of the CD and vinyl out today, both are showing good sales growth from the start — with the vinyl sold out in many stores. Additional production has quickly been confirmed. For more information, please visit Hikaru Utada’s official website https://www.utadahikaru.jp/. Keep your eyes on the trend of the theme song as well as the excitement over the movie!
About “Evangelion: New Theatrical Edition”
The TV anime series “Neon Genesis EVANGELION” was first broadcast in 1995, taking the world by storm. The “Evangelion: New Theatrical Edition” film series started in 2007 with “EVANGELION: 1.0 YOU ARE (NOT) ALONE.” followed by “EVANGELION: 2.0 YOU CAN (NOT) ADVANCE.” and “EVANGELION: 3.0 YOU CAN (NOT) REDO. “all becoming record hits at the box office.
The TV anime and each of the feature films have since continued to garner new fans and are very lucky to be popular among various generations along the way, and the newest and feature film finale is now in theaters in Japan from 8th March 2021.