Kenshi Yonezu’s “Kick Back,” which serves as the first opening theme song for Chainsaw Man, placed first on the Oricon Weekly Chart. It also sold 310,000 copies in its first week. This is the third song from Yonezu to reach number one on the Oricon Rankings. [Thanks, Oricon!]
According to Oricon Music, “Kick Back” is the first single to reach number one on top of selling over 300,000 copies in its first week since Reiwa began in 2019. It is not the only song to have a strong first week. However, the other song (“Uma to Shika”) that accomplished this is one that Yonezu sang. In fact, the Top 5 First Week Sales list has four Yonezu songs on it. The only song on the list that isn’t Yonezu’s is “Night Diver,” which released posthumously after Haruma Miura’s death in July 2020.
You can listen to the TV version of the “Kick Back” opening theme song as it appears on Chainsaw Man here:
Kenshi Yonezu originated as the Vocaloid producer, Hachi-P. Several of his songs appeared in various Vocaloid games, such as “Close and Open, Demons and The Dead” and “World’s End Umbrella.” He also wrote popular songs such as “Matryoshka” and “Panda Hero” using GUMI. Yonezu started his career as a singer in 2012 with the release of Diorama, which earned 57,000 in sales.
Chainsaw Man is available for streaming on Crunchyroll, and the opening theme song “Kick Back” is available on services such as YouTube.