Sphere's "REALOVE:REALIFE" -- the OP for the entertaining new anime Ichiban Ushiro no Dai Maou -- was officially released on Wednesday and entered the Oricon daily singles charts at #10. Not as high as I might have expected, but pretty good, anyway.
Sphere is now on tour in support of the release, and all four members of the group are posting about it on their photo blogs:
Here's the PV:
Good PV of a driving pop-rock number that is holding up for me under the weight of repeated listenings. A classic pop video, giving lots of loving close-ups of the singers. Kudos to the make-up, costume, stage design, and lighting people, who make all four look prettier than ever, especially Tomatsu and Aki. Tomatsu's wink and Ayahi's little shimmy don't hurt, either.
I know this is a group manufactured by Sony through Music Ray'n, but it has been satisfying to see them go from being just names on a website to releasing CDs to getting better at their work and better known.
The song was written by Kurosu Katsuhiko, a Lantis guy who wrote "Love Gun" and "Monstar" for Hirano Aya.
EDIT: Slipped to #11 on its second day on the charts.