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First performed by the talented T.M. Revolution a.k.a. Takanori Nishikawa in November 1996, Heart of Sword ~Yoake Mae~ (Before Dawn) was the 3rd ending theme song of Rurouni Kenshin.
Played from Episode 28 to 38, HoS made its spotlight just in time for everyone's favorite Kyoto Arc. Its surprise appearance from Episode 43 to 49 was a happy news to fans such as myself, which is why many of us still like to address HoS as the "Hidden 5th Ending". (Really, we should thank L'Arc~en~Ciel with flowers :P)
What's so special about Heart of Sword? First of all, this is the song that made T.M. Revolution one of the most recognized Japanese artists around the world. How many anime songs from the past had been able to sell over 360,000 copies in a year - just in Japan? To be sure, we shouldn't say Heart of Sword was a popular song - it is still well-loved by fans all around the world today. As a matter of fact, when T.M.R. called for a fan survey in 2005 for his request-based best album UNDER:Cover (which was released in New Year 2006), Heard of Sword outshined all other T.M.R. creations in complete triumph: the fans know exactly who they wanted for the best seat in their car.
You can enjoy a full sample of HoS plus its Beat Run Beat U-Mix version (covered by T.M.R.'s remix album in 2002) at my radio, or watch its TV size music video at YouTube.
Information written by Janice.
Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story and its characters are copyright of Watsuki Nobuhiro. The song Heart of Sword: Yoake Mae is property of Akio Inoue, Daisuke Asakura, T.M.Revolution. This is simply a fanlisting. This layout is designed by Yaminogame