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Highschool Of The Dead Returns?! (Not really, but…)

Though there are NO official plans to bring HOTD back, the series has been trending among fans due to the newly released version of the High School of The Dead theme song of the same name.

Music art for “High School Of The Dead” 2010 (Left) and 2021 (Right)

The song is performed by Jrock band, Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets with vocals by lead vocalist Ichigo. Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets began as a one-man Doujin music band (Fan made/inspired music) created by Kishida Kyoudan. Kishida initially produced covers songs from various series, mainly from Touhou Project and Type-Moon series. From 2007 through 2010, more members joined the band; Ichigo, Hayapi (guitar) & Micchan (drums).

Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets: Kishida, Micchan, Ichigo & Hayapi

In 2010, Under the NBCUniversal Entertainment label (then known as Geneon Universal), they eventually made their major debut with their single “Highschool of the Dead” which was used as the opening theme to High School Of The Dead anime series. Three years later, on October 30th, 2013, their single “Strike the Blood” was used as the opening theme to the anime series Strike the Blood.

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In 2013, the band went on to a different label, and with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, the band then went on to release numerous singles and albums which were used in various anime series, including GATE (2nd season, Op theme), Alderamin on the Sky (Op theme), and A Certain Scientific Railgun T (ED theme).

On August 18, 2021, the band released the newly re-recorded version of their 2010 hit single, “High School Of The Dead [2021]“. In addition, the band’s official YouTube channel released the official High School Of The Dead theme song music video, 11 years after the original release.

When the HOTD theme song was released in 2010, it never had a music video to go along with it, nor was it ever featured in any of the band’s albums. The band has recently released a compilation album titled Isekaitensei Shitara Best Album Deshita.

Isekaitensei Shitara Best Album Deshita features all their anime singles and the newly re-recorded HOTD theme song. The album comes in two versions: the regular edition and the limited edition.

The Regular edition contains two CDs of Kishida Kyoudan & The Akeboshi Rockets’ best anime singles, including “High School of Dead[2021]”. The limited edition includes the entire album in two CDs, a 48-page band member interview booklet, a Blu-ray containing HIGHSCHOOL OF THE DEAD [2021] MUSIC VIDEO, and “Kishida Kyodan & THE Akeboshi Rockets Live Video held on November 11, 2020. HOTD 2021 art is a homage to High School of The Dead and shows the character Saya Takagi.

You can purchase the album here [REGULAR VERISON] | [LIMITED EDITION] or Stream HERE.

LIVE Q and A – THE RHEDORIC

Last time we saw TOMO (Guitarist of THE RHEDORIC) was during the VKFest that happened eariler this year. TOMO preformed along side visual kei band, CELL and ∀NTI FEMINISM

TOMO performing during VKFest 2015
TOMO performing during VKFest 2015

TOMO came back to Los Angeles, along with his band members Yuuji and Yusuke, at least they did virtually. If you are not aware yet, THE RHEDORIC has just released their album, JIGGY in the U.S.

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THE RHEDORIC answering fan questions

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THE RHEDORIC I-Tunes Card

its was also TOMO’s birthday, watch us sing Happy Birthday to TOMO, watch the event here:

And of course, as always, an autograph session at the end

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TOMO signing autographs

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The TOMO autograph I got from him


Buy the Album here:

Amazon

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CD Japan


An extra TOMO autograph, GIVEAWAY TIME! Check out the CURRENT GIVEAWAYS page

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This is from July 4th 2015. Autographed by TOMO guitarist from THE RHEDORIC. Check out the CURRENT GIVEAWAYS page


The next XENON live Q & A is on Nov 6TH with visual kei band:

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Upcoming event