Paul Gosar isn’t the only politician tweeting about anime this week

Demon Slayer

Following in the footsteps of Representative Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) Is moderated by the US House of Representatives As the use of anime in a publicity stunt went awry, another public official took to Twitter with a surprising collab about guitar-related anime.

Kanji Yamanouchi, Ambassador and Consul General of Japan in New York, paid Demon Slayer and anime fans a thoughtful tribute with a music video heralding the upcoming Anime NYC festival this weekend.

In a message to anime fans returning to the consulate’s city on the eve of the anime convention, the consul noted: “Japanese popular culture is an important relationship and a great bridge. between the American people and the Japanese people.”

But Yamanouchi is more than just words. He continued, “To celebrate and also to pay my deepest respect and gratitude to the people of New York, I wanted to play a song.”

What follows is an amazingly written and recorded arrangement of Demon Slayer season 1 OP “Gurenge,” featuring the piano and guitar consul.

The video appears to have been filmed on the spot at the consulate. Yamanouchi discovered Tanjiro’s iconic blue checkered haori while playing with surprising strength. And you have to respect a man who doesn’t cut the long rope off his head.

Keina Matsumoto also accompanied the consul on cajon and extra percussion.

The video was shared on the Consul General’s YouTube page and on Twitter, earning rave reviews from American fans.

Yamanouchi previously worked at the Japanese Embassy in Washington, DC and has worked with the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs for most of his career.

“Gurenge” was originally performed by pop singer LiSA, who has also recorded OPs for major shows like Sword Art Online (“Crossing Field”) and Fate / Zero (“Sign of Oath”). Paul Gosar isn’t the only politician tweeting about anime this week


TaraSubramaniam is a Interreviewed U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. TaraSubramaniam joined Interreviewed in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing:

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