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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Song of the Week! 28 April 2018

Time for another future feature for us! (...as well as the time for me to recycle the 'Tooth's out, pain's out' mantra...)

 Don't say 'lazy'
Allx3 (132)x4 (206)x5 (324)x7 (520)
 Taiko PS4

...okay, let's just go out with the "Author's Note" stuff first: I'll contest with anyone on the globe from here until the end of time upon the fact that I believe this ending theme to be one of the most overrated songs from any Anime series to date. That aside, fear do not- this belief of mine won't prevent us to have yet another talk about one of the most popular, music-related series from the 2000s, seeing how one of its tracks will be ported into Taiko gaming in Session de Dodon ga Don's (seemingly) last downloadable Donder Pack!

Often romanized as 'K-On!' in English-speaking countries, Keion! (けいおん!) is a series written and illustrated by the nick-named Kakifly (かきふらい) from Kyoto, running from May 2007 to August 2012 between the original run and its story continuations. The Keion/K-On name is a derivative from the Japanese word 'Keiongaku' (軽音楽) ("Popular Music"), a term that is quite fitting for the story's setting! Four girls from the private Sakuragaoka High School are joining its light music club in order not to see it disbanded due to the lack of members; as time goes by and more people are met along the way, the light music club members will go through a series of events that helps them grow as music performers as well as their own individuality.

The series started out as a 4-koma seinen manga, originally published in two of Houbunsha's main magazines: Manga Time Kirara and Manga Time Kirara Carat, with the US-rooted Yen Press acquiring the rights in 2010 to localize the K-On! manga in English for the U.S. Along the years, the Kyoto Animation studio was put in charge for the creation of the story's animation-related ports: a 13-episode first season in 2009, its 26-episode continuation -dubbed as K-On!!- the year later, two OVAs (released in 2010 and 2011 respectively) and a feature-length movie for 2011's end. Later on, the Sega-affiliated software house Atlus has acquired the right for a music game series starring the Anime's music, consisting of 2010's K-On! Hōkago Live!! (けいおん! 放課後ライブ!!) for the PlayStation Portable and the arcade-rooted K-On! Hōkago Rhythm Time (けいおん!放課後リズムタイム) from Spring 2013, featuring a physical card-based unlock system for new songs as well as a firmware update in 2014 with K-On! Hōkago Rhythm Selection (けいおん!放課後リズムセレクション).

The K-On series' magnitude of popularity has often being pointed to as one of the main popularizing factors for signing songs made for Anime shows with fictional names addressing said shows' characters/music units; the Sakurakou K-ON Bu (桜高軽音部) unit's single/album releases, in fact, have gathered a history of selling record peaks along the years! Starting from the K-On show's first opening and ending themes, Cagayake! Girls and Don't say "lazy", have both been certified by the RIAJ as Platinum digital sellers with over 250k sellings each, while also boasting strong debut Oricon chart rankings (4th for the former and 2nd for the latter). Not to mention that Don't say "lazy" also won in the Best Theme Song category at the 14th Animation Kobe Awards, in 2009! The series in general was basked in both praise and gains among the general public, with the series as a whole currently counting a 15+ billion Yen gross revenue as of 2011.

The Taiko cover of Don't say "lazy" definitely made its debut years after the source-material story's conclusion, almost one year into Session de Dodn ga Don's life span as part of its DLC offerings. Despite the high note count a-la Guren no Yumiya Oni, the notechart itself doesn't leave that many opening for challenging patterns, resorting to the Anime genre's familiar mono-color small cluster approach instead.

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