Japanese team Detonation FocusMe (DFM) revealed the one song that keeps them going at the League of Legends 2021 Mid-Season Invitational (MSI), and it’s from our favorite anime, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba.
DFM’s MSI anthem is Gurenge
Detonation FocusMe set Demon Slayer’s opening song “Gurenge” as their anthem for this year’s MSI, and for good reason.
“No matter the challenge, the song encourages us to keep moving forward,” said the team’s top laner Murase “Evi” Shunsuke on the MSI 2021 broadcast. “The song encourages me when I listen to it after a loss.”
Its upbeat track and catchy lyrics paired with LiSA’s powerful vocals has made it an instant hit, not just among anime fans and J-pop lovers, but among esports athletes and gamers as well.
Evi also shared that most members of Detonation FocusMe are huge fans of the anime, Demon Slayer, which is why they chose Gurenge to become the team’s MSI anthem.
What you need to know about Demon Slayer’s Gurenge
Gurenge was performed by Japanese singer LiSA, which became a phenomenal hit worldwide.
The song title literally translates to “Red Lotus” (or red spider lily in some countries), which signifies death and reincarnation present on Demon Slayer’s ending song video.
Fans indeed witnessed a different Detonation FocusMe at the start of MSI 2021, almost as if the League of Legends Japan League (LJL) representative had been reborn as a new team with their surprising performances.
Detonation FocusMe even handed the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS) team Cloud9 a major upset and almost beat the 2020 Worlds champions DWG KIA, but very narrowly came up short in the last team fight.
If you’re curious to see what other teams picked for their MSI anthem, you can check League of Legends’ Spotify playlist here.