Japanese heavy metal band LOVEBITES have today revealed the first clip of their new song entitled 'Winds Of Transylvania', their first to feature in anime. The Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards winning band will be in charge of the opening theme song for VLADLOVE, a new series from highly acclaimed, visionary directors Mamoru Oshii and Junji Nishimura.
VLADLOVE is an upcoming, original work from masterminds Mamori Oshii, the world-famous animation director behind Ghost in the Shell and Patlabor, and Junji Nishimura of Ranma 1/2 and You’re Under Arrest fame. The pair created a huge impression on Japanese pop culture when they worked on the iconic anime Urusei Yatsura together in the 1980s, leaving fans to anticipate their return for the decades that followed. This new project sees the directors return to work on a comedy series filled with interesting and unique characters, centring around a blood donation enthusiast and a vampire from a prestigious bloodline.
LOVEBITES were chosen by the anime's production team who were seeking a band that could capture the concept and fierce vampiric nature of the series' main character, Mai Vlad Transilvania.
Mamoru Oshii comment:"When I happened to see a LOVEBITES music video, I could immediately see parallels between the five members and the main character of VLADLOVE. They are like a heretic of heavy metal, wearing bright white outfits while playing intense music, they are the perfect choice to take charge of a theme song to an anime not bound by convention or common sense. And above all, their name couldn’t be more fitting!"
Junji Nishimura comment:"LOVEBITES are known in Japan and overseas, they will help make VLADLOVE known around the world. Their heavy metal sound brings power to the story, which is a comedy that also tells a story of love and fragility. The bring excitement to the show, like blood rushing in from the opening."
Asami from LOVEBITES comment:"We look forward to delivering a heavy and dynamic song for VLADLOVE! We have been appointed as official ambassadors for the series, so we will continue to support VLADLOVE as much as possible! I hope you will join us in our excitement for this series!"
Midori from LOVEBITES comment:
"Although it's the opening for the anime, real us appear in it ,as well as some animated characters performing instead of us... doing as we do! We didn't use motion capture actually, the production team filmed our performances and animated the characters to reflect our movements. We had no idea what it would look like at the time, but look what it has become! Our performances and instruments are reproduced accurately!! It’s so cool!!"