As if Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba wasn’t successful enough, the anime series has just won a special award from the Japan Record Awards. In addition, they nominated LiSA’s song ‘Homura’ (literally ‘Flame’) was nominated for their Grand Prix.
‘Homura’, the main theme from the Demon Slayer: Infinite Train movie, is one of ten Excellent Work Award winners, who are automatically eligible for the top prize. You can see a video for it here:
TBS announced the award nominations on Friday. TBS, which co-sponsors the awards along with the Japan Composer’s Association, will broadcast the 62nd annual awards ceremony on 30 December. The awards are considered the Japanese equivalent to the Grammy Awards.
The special awards are given to ‘people and works that have attracted public attention.’ Demon Slayer has certainly attracted plenty of that this year, as the Infinite Train movie has earned 23.3 billion yen at the box office.
The Japan Record Awards are divided into several categories. Four debut artists win the New Artist Award. One of those four will also win the Best New Artist Award. The Excellent Work Award is similar to a ‘Song of the Year’ award.
There are also awards for Best Vocal Performance, Best Album, Excellence Album, Best Composer, Best Arranger, Best Lyricist, Planning, Achievement, Special Awards, Lifetime Achievement, and the Japan Composer’s Association Award.
LiSA’s ‘Homura’ will be up against nine others for the Grand Prix: ‘I’m Here’ by Daichi Miura, ‘Ai Wo Kudasai ~Don’t You Cry’ by JUNretsu, ‘Ashiato’ by Little Glee Monster, ‘Kousui’ by Eito, ‘Sekaijuu no Rinjin yo’ by Nogizaka46, ‘Neko ~ The First Take ver.’ by DISH//, ‘Hanarete Itemo’by AKB48, ‘Haha’ by Kiyoshi Hikawa, and ‘Fantasista’ by Da Pump.
LiSA also created ‘Gurenge’, the opening theme for the Demon Slayer TV series.