Never in my wildest dreams that I would’ve figured that a fictional anime band would actually reach number 1 on a weekly music singles chart. What is going on? If you haven’t heard, the single “Go! Go! Maniac” from the band, Hokago Teatime (the main characters of K-On!), reached #1 on the Oricon weekly singles chart. They are the first anime band to do so. Here’s an even more amazing (or scary) bit of info: their other single, “Listen!!” is #2 on the chart. They are only the third female act in history to have the top 2 singles on the weekly charts. The last time that’s happened was 26 years ago, when Seiko Matsuda did it back in 1983. I don’t know what to think about all of this.
The Moe phenomenon continues. So what does that say about Japan these days? That they’re all otaku deep down at heart? I mean, how else can this happen. Is there really nothing else better than that song (Go! Go! Maniac)? I gave the song a listen and I don’t find it that appealing. Granted, I don’t watch (or will not watch) the anime series because it’s clearly aimed at the “moe” audience. “Listen!!” doesn’t sound so bad, but I’m sure there are better songs to top the charts. Maybe this is a reflection of how bad the state of anime is in, considering complaints about the lack of originality in anime these days. I give props to the musicians for trying, but I’m going to say this right now: too much cute can be creepy.
Let’s see if this opens the doors for more fictional anime singers/bands. Look out, anime fandom! More cute girl/boy anime musical characters attacking real Japan!
You can read the article about K-On! here.