Niji (L'Arc-en-Ciel song)

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Single by L'Arc-en-Ciel
from the album Heart
Released October 17, 1997
Format CD
Genre Alternative rock
Length 5:07
Label Ki/oon Sony Records
Writer(s) hyde, ken
Producer(s) L'Arc-en-Ciel
L'Arc-en-Ciel singles chronology
"Lies and Truth"
"Winter Fall"

"Niji" (?, "Rainbow") is the eighth single by L'Arc-en-Ciel, released on October 17, 1997 it reached number 3 on the Oricon chart.[1] It also was their first release after sakura's arrest and the debut of yukihiro as the band's support drummer (he officially joined on January 1, 1998). The title track was used as the opening theme of the Rurouni Kenshin movie Ishin Shishi e no Requiem. Making them the only artist to contribute more than one song for the franchise. The single was re-released on August 30, 2006.[1] The song is one of the band's signature songs, often played when closing out concerts.


American R&B group TLC recorded an English-language cover, titled "Rainbow", for L'Arc~en~Ciel's 2012 tribute album.[2] Female heavy metal band Show-Ya released a version of the song on their 2014 cover album Glamorous Show ~ Japanese Legendary Rock Covers.[3]

Track listing[edit]

# Title Lyrics Music
1 "Niji" hyde ken
2 "The Ghost in My Room" hyde hyde

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
Japan Oricon #3


  1. ^ a b L'Arc〜en〜Cielのアルバム売り上げランキング Retrieved May 18 2011
  2. ^ "L'Arc-en-Ciel Tribute". Retrieved 2015-01-23. 
  3. ^ "Glamorous Show - Japanese Legendary Rock". Retrieved 2015-01-10.