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Studio Ghibli composer Joe Hisaishi's sonic accompaniment to Kissho Tennyo gets reissued

Lag to release the 1980s record companion to Akimi Yoshida’s manga comic of the same name

Following their September launch with the first ever reissue of Koharu Kisaragi/Ryuichi Sakamoto’s 12" Neo-Plant (reviewed in The Wire 405), UK based Lag Records are set to release Joe Hisaishi's 1984 electronic score to the Shogakukan Manga Award winning comic Kisshō Tennyo, written and illustrated by Akimi Yoshida.

Hisaishi is now best known for his soundtracks to Studio Ghibli classics like Hayao Miyazaki's Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away, as well as for his work with Kitano Takeshi aka Beat Takeshi, the Japanese comedian, screenwriter and TV personality responsible for Takeshi's Castle (as documented on the 2001 Polydor release Joe Hisaishi ‎– Meets Kitano Films). Hisaishi’s earlier work showcased his skills as an electronic musician and composer of anime and manga soundtracks, such as Kisshō Tennyo’s breezy yet sometimes sinister collection of synth arpeggios.

The album has been remastered by Jerome Schmitt and comes with new artwork by Luna Monogatari. The gatefold LP includes a download card and poster and is available for pre-order now. Originally released by anime label Animage, Kisshō Tennyo will be reissued on 26 February 2018. You can listen to some excerpts below.