Assault on Titan has continued to impress anime followers across the globe with its last season — and it’s not simply the storytelling leaving viewers in awe. When Assault on Titan Season 4 Half 2 debuted again in January, its theme track took off nearly instantly. “The Rumbling” by Japanese different band, SiM, topped the charts and amassed tens of millions of views on YouTube.
In a written interview with Showbiz Cheat Sheet, the band mirrored on creating “The Rumbling” for Assault on Titan‘s newest outing — and the large viewers response that adopted. Vocalist MAH, guitarist SHOW-HATE, bassist SiN, and drummer GODRi had been all pleasantly shocked by how a lot traction it acquired.
Learn on to learn the way they felt concerning the fan response, what thought processes went into crafting the “The Rumbling,” what anime SiM wish to make songs for sooner or later, and extra.
SiM knew ‘The Rumbling’ would take off, however the response nonetheless shocked them
Given the recognition of Assault on Titan, SiM anticipated some fanfare as soon as “The Rumbling” debuted. Nonetheless, their imaginations didn’t put together them for the immense response to the theme track. The group admitted that the opening blew up far past what they anticipated:
“Considering how huge this title is, we expected that it would be big for us too. But it totally went beyond our expectations. We all dropped our jaws seeing how fast the number shot up, Not just us the band, but the label too. Now things have settled down, and it’s starting to finally sink in.”
MAH added that “The Rumbling” even reached outdated acquaintances.
“Some people who haven’t been in touch in years would contact me, and [they] told me, ‘I heard that song!’” the vocalist recalled. “I feel we did a good job.”
In fact, with three of the band’s 4 members already having fun with the Assault on Titan manga and anime — and the final of them diving in as soon as they’d gotten the job — it is smart they’d really feel pleasure in bringing its theme to life. And in keeping with SiM, they needed to supply a brand new perspective within the lyrics: yet another centered on the Titans.
‘The Rumbling’ is supposed to supply the Titans’ perspective
With “The Rumbling” written particularly for Assault on Titan‘s final season, the lyrics fit with the themes of the anime’s story. There are quite a few references that may be related to Eren and Mikasa inside the lyrics. Nonetheless, in keeping with MAH, the band additionally needed to supply a little bit of the Titans’ perspective:
“The songs so far had been basically written from the perspective of humans. So when we wrote the song, we wanted to express the formidableness of the Titans, while keeping in mind that they used to be humans as well. So, we wanted to portray their conflicts and struggles in a dramatic way. And I feel that we’ve been able to capture that almost perfectly with this song.”
It definitely provides a brand new manner of wanting on the collection, which spends most of its early episodes getting followers to sympathize with the human characters. The present has not too long ago turned followers’ expectations on their head, and “The Rumbling” speaks to that.
SiM additionally emphasised how essential analyzing the supply materials was for the writing course of. When requested concerning the challenges of crafting a track for an anime, they famous the significance of becoming all the things to the story.
“I had already read the manga, but in writing the song, I read it a couple more times, trying to deepen my understanding of the work,” MAH defined. “It’s not easy, but as an artist, I do enjoy that time. So I don’t think of it as a struggle.”
Bringing ‘The Rumbling’s music video to life
Along with creating “The Rumbling” for Assault on Titan Season 4 Half 2, SiM acquired the chance to show the track right into a music video. The footage throws the band into the world of the anime, surrounding them with the Colossus Titans from the ultimate season.
When requested what went into the making of “The Rumbling” music video, SiM had the next to say:
“In technical terms, we used the latest CG technology to achieve that look. Speaking in terms of artistic choices, the fact that the franchise allowed us to use that many materials from their world in our video, which is not easily done because of rights, proves that the creators of AOT loved “The Rumbling” and the way a lot it resonated with them. So I’m very comfortable we acquired to try this. If the track sucked. I’m certain they’d have stated no.”
What’s subsequent for SiM?
So, now that SiM has crafted a gap theme for Assault on Titan and turned it into a powerful music video, what’s subsequent for the band?
“The goal would be the world tour,” MAH admitted. “Nowadays, it’s difficult to plan things outside Japan, so we focused our activities inside Japan. But since we had this unexpected big break, I’m hoping that the situation with COVID settles down soon so we can do a world tour.”
We additionally requested in the event that they’ve acquired their eye on every other anime collection, and the group revealed they’d love to do a theme for Chainsaw Man or Kaiju No. 8.
“It’s not like we can tell someone ‘We want to do it!’ and they’ll let us,” MAH famous. “I don’t know. We’re waiting for invitations!”
The band additionally introduced on Twitter that they’re popping out with an EP — which can embody “The Rumbling” — in September. Moreover, they’re enjoying at Crunchyroll Expo 2022. It’s not fairly a world tour, however it does see them performing internationally!
SiM acting at Crunchyroll Expo 2022
In the event you’re searching for extra of SiM on the heels of Assault on Titan Season 4 Half 2, you’re in luck. The band will carry out throughout Crunchyroll Expo 2022, so attendees will get to expertise their music firsthand.
In fact, these at dwelling can search for clips on-line — and hopefully, that received’t be the final we see of the group. In keeping with Crunchyroll’s visitor profile, the occasion will park the band’s first efficiency of “The Rumbling” outdoors of Japan.
SiM takes the stage on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 7:45 p.m. PST. Be taught extra concerning the occasion here.