Ayukuma’s been making a lot of hay about getting their new single, “Tabidachi no Uta” (they’re calling it “Song of the New Beginning” in English), selected as the ending theme for this Naruto show that I’ve never watched but I know a bunch of people do watch because there are commercials on Cartoon Network and stuff.
You can get it via iTunes (Japan), too, which is pretty exciting if you’re so inclined.
While trapped by an ancient curse to wander the earth as mere humans until they play Budokan, ayumikurikamaki are somehow able to ride a high tide of support coming off of their second full album and successful appearances on some of Japan’s biggest stages. For instance, here’s them at Rock in Japan last week:
Look very closely at the banner photo. Do you know who it is?
And this. Looking at this, do you know who these three women are?
That’s right. A terrible curse has fallen upon the land, and Ayumikurikamaki have turned back into humans. They can only return to bear form if they’re able to announce a Nippon Budokan show by the end of 2017. Continue reading →
And then I started to think about why it is that three grown-ass women would, on the day that they’re going to participate in a studio session with a live band, bother to put on their idoling costumes. Plush bear gloves and hoods and tennis dresses must get hot as hell, right?
And then it hit me: THEY CAN’T TAKE THE SUITS OFF.
To get over the shock of that revelation, have this astonishingly adorable photo of Ayumi.
It would be easy to say that everybody’s favorite rock ‘n’ roll bears have it easy, but you try to put together stationary dance snips and lip sync covers for international pop hits around never-ending quests for salmon.
By the grace of higher powers greater than anything human could ever aspire to be (or, in other words, Phillter, spare time and Internet searching), we finally have “WAR CRY” in the USA without any stupid blockers.
The coming bear war will, however, be fought over more than a single pot of honey.
I am in an immensely good mood going into Friday night. Thank you, Phillter!
This was actually my first ayumikurikamaki song, and I was just as pleased as could be to learn that the song called “SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE” was actually called “SALMON SALMON SALMON,” which as we all know is a pretty important thing for a bear.