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Japan's Pop Group Perfume, U.S. Rock Band OK Go Collaborate on Sushi Police Anime's Theme Song

posted on 2016-01-05 00:45 EST
"I Don't Understand You" theme song debuts on Wednesday alongside anime

The official website of the Sushi Police 3D CG anime announced on Tuesday that pop group Perfume is collaborating with Los Angeles-based rock band OK Go to perform the song "I Don't Understand You" as the anime's theme song. The groups perform the collaboration under the name "OK Go×Perfume."

Perfume and OK Go stated that they are fans of each others' work, and both previously made cameo appearances in music videos for each others' songs (OK Go's "I Won't Let You Down" and Perfume's "Pick Me Up"). OK Go also attended Perfume's Los Angeles concert during the pop group's 2014 international live tour, and talked with Perfume afterwards. The talk is shown in the WE ARE Perfume -WORLD TOUR 3rd DOCUMENT documentary.

Yasutaka Nakata (Capsule) handled the new song's arrangement.

The official website of the Sushi Police anime previously streamed a trailer:

The anime's title refers to a term used by western news sources such as The Washington Post to refer to the Japanese government's initiative to offer official seals of approval to overseas Japanese food restaurants. The 2006 initiative was a response to overseas restaurants that labeled themselves as Japanese food restaurants, but served other Asian foods, or just bad food.

As the 2020 Tokyo Olympics leads to a boom in sushi worldwide, the anime's story follows the leader Honda (played by Akira Yamashita), the data analyst Suzuki (ifMASACA) and the android inspector Kawasaki (Hiromitsu Okamoto) — three men of Section 9 who investigate foreign restaurants. The other characters include the World Food Culture Organization's Director General Carlos and secretary Madam Fuji, and food critic Sarah (Yumi Kikuchi).

The series will premiere on Wednesday at 25:00 (effectively 1:00 a.m. on Thursday morning) on the Tokyo MX station to mark the station's 20th anniversary. On the following day, it will be available on Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, and other online services.

Director Tatsushi Momen of creative studio KOO-KI is working on the project with writers Ichiro Kusuno and Kotaro Ando. The Fukuoka-based creative studio has previously won awards at Cannes Film Festival for its commercials.

KOO-KI shopped the "Sushi Police" project at Cannes in May. The promotional poster received a nod from The Hollywood Reporter's "Cannes Poster Awards," which recognize "most amusing and over-the-top promotional materials from the festival's market."

KOO-KI's website refers to the project as a short anime series.

Source: Music Natalie


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