This week marks the limited theatrical opening of Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection F in the United States. How about if this #ThrowbackThursday we listen to Hironobu Kageyama’s “Cha-La Head Cha-La”?
We all know that Dragon Ball is one of the world’s most beloved and iconic anime ever. Many of you are probably more well-versed in the universe’s lore than I am. No doubt, this song needs no introduction.
This song is arguably the most popular song from the series and it has been covered by many artists from Japan and around the world. FLOW, Momoiro Clover Z, and Aya Hirano’s (while voicing Konata from Lucky Star) covers are some of the more well-known ones around. FLOW and MCZ covered the song for the recent Dragon Ball movies: Battle of the Gods and Resurrection ‘F’, respectively. Of course, the song has also been translated into many different languages since the series has been shown in many parts of the world.
Most of the previous Dragon Ball Z movies have also used this song as the opening up until Dragon Ball Z: Broly – Second Coming.
Now, if you are not familiar with Kageyama, I am about to tell you how great he is. Kageyama has been a very prominent figure in the anime song (anisong) industry for a long time. Known as the “Prince of Anime/Tokusatsu Songs”, he started dabbling in the anime and tokusatsu (films that, when first coined, used an extensive amount of special effects. Literally, special filming) songs in the 1980s and became successful. The list of songs that he has sung for these mediums may be as long as Shenron’s body. Well, maybe not, but it is still very impressive.
Kageyama is also the founding member and the current leader for JAM Project (Japanese Animationsong Makers), a group consisting of legendary anime song artists such as Ichirou Mizuki (also referred to by fans and performers as Aniki–big brother), Masaaki Endoh (Yu-Gi-Oh! 5D’S, Bakuryuu Sentai Abaranger), Hiroshi Kitadani (One Piece and Bakuto Sengen! Daigunder), Masami Okui (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Slayers, and Di Gi Charat) and Yoshiki Fukuyama (Macross 7, Busou Renkin, King Gainer, and Work Guy J). Since the formation, the supergroup has performed many songs for various anime such as, Garo, TRANSFORMERS EVO, Koutetsushin Jeeg, and more.
With that, I will see you for #ThrowbackThursday next week. Stay SPARKING!
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