Interview: nano.RIPE spoke to The Natural Aristocrat® about their memorable ending theme song to ‘The Devil Is a Part-Timer!’ Season 1, “Gekka”.
Band members Kimiko & Jun Sasaki also discussed their humble beginnings, most challenging songs to perform live, their Food Wars! anisongs, and favorite musician.
THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT (NIR REGEV): To Kimiko, what do the lyrics to song “Gekka” (“月花”) mean to you? To Jun Sasaki, what was the creative process like behind Gekka’s music composition?
nano.RIPE – KIMIKO: The lyrics tell a story of growing up just a little bit while facing the weak self within.
nano.RIPE – JUN SASAKI: The music was arranged through discussion with the band, keeping in mind the melody that was first created.
THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT: What were your first impressions of the ending theme animation for ’The Devil Is a Part-Timer!’ (Hataraku Maō-sama!) with Chiho Sasaki set to your song “Gekka” (“月花”)?
nano.RIPE – KIMIKO: I was very impressed with the very nice video they put on. I was happy because I also love Chi-chan!
THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT: I’ve seen an acoustic rendition of “Gekka” on YouTube but not in a live concert video. Do you currently perform “Gekka” in front of live audiences?
nano.RIPE – KIMIKO: We often play it in concert. We ask everyone to clap at our concerts!
THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT: What songs can nano.RIPE fans expect to hear in the setlist of your Spring 2023 tour?
nano.RIPE – KIMIKO: We often get requests for anime tie-in songs, but I guess they are expecting the OP “Hikari no Nai Machi” of “The Devil Is a Part-Timer!!” * Season 2 (Hataraku Maō-sama!!).
* Technically, season 3 of the anime series. Note the double exclamation points as the original anime adaption had a single exclamation point.
THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT: To Kimiko, what song from your extensive catalogue is most challenging to perform live vocally?
nano.RIPE – KIMIKO: It is difficult to sing and perform “Kyokyo Jitsujitsu“.
THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT: Do you feel your Food Wars! (Shokugeki no Soma) themes like “Kyokyo Jitsujitsu” (“虚虚実実”) and “Snowdrop” (“スノードロップ”) are your most recognized tracks by anime fans worldwide?
nano.RIPE – KIMIKO: We don’t really feel it ourselves, but we would be very happy if they are listening to them.
THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT: Can you describe the first day you became friends in high school?
nano.RIPE – JUN SASAKI: It all started when Kimiko wanted to start a band and asked me, “Why don’t we play in a band at the school festival?”
THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT: Do you recall the moment when you realized you wanted to start a band together?
nano.RIPE – KIMIKO: We don’t usually think about it much, but we remember it on the anniversary of the band’s formation and the anniversary of its debut.
THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT: Who are some of your favorite bands that inspire you as artists?
nano.RIPE – KIMIKO: “Spitz” was, is and always will be number one in my mind!
THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT: What are your thoughts on ’The Devil Is a Part-Timer!’ (Hataraku Maō-sama!) and ‘Food Wars!’ (Shokugeki no Soma) anime shows?
nano.RIPE – KIMIKO: I really love both of these anime! They are funny, but also have scenes that make me want to watch them over and over again.
THE NATURAL ARISTOCRAT: Will you be coming stateside to New York City or Los Angeles to perform this year? Would you consider a performance at Anime NYC 2023?
nano.RIPE – KIMIKO: (on Anime NYC 2023) Of course, we want to be there! Please let us perform!
Live Concert Summer Tour – nano.RIPE TOUR 2023 “Amagumonotsue”
■ Tokyo Concert
July 29, 2023 (Sat.) Shibuya – CLUB QUATTRO
OPEN 16:45 / START 17:30
■ Osaka Concert
August 26, 2023 (Sat.) Umeda Banana Hall
OPEN 17:00 / START 17:30
■ Aichi Concert
August 27, 2023(Sun.) Nagoya ell.FITS ALL
OPEN 17:00 / START 17:30
■ Ishikawa Concerts
Saturday, September 16, 2023 Kanazawa AZ
OPEN 17:00 / START 17:30
■ September 17 (Sun), 2023 Kanazawa AZ
OPEN 16:30 / START 17:00
Ticket Prices: 5,500 yen in advance / 6,000 yen at the door (tax included, 1 drink not included, numbered, unreserved).
General On-Sale date: Saturday, May 27, 2023
* Please note the following regarding the purchase of tickets:
“3-years old and up is charged for a ticket.
Resale for profit is prohibited.
Resale tickets are not allowed.
No tickets may sold at auction.”
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– Relive ‘The Devil is a Part-Timer!’ anime series on Crunchyroll! All 25 episodes are available dubbed. Next season, officially known as ‘The Devil is a Part-Timer!!’ Season 2* will begin airing in Japan on July 23, 2023.
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