OtakuFighter No. 4. Music!

When I train at The Boxing Club, I usually don’t have time to listen to music.  That and I don’t bring my headphones into the ring for obvious reasons.  During the workout portions where I’m by myself, I usually have a playlist of songs that I listen to.  Right now it’s mostly J-Rock.  Or is it…?

babymetal throws up the horns

BABYMETAL, what happens when AKB48 and Slayer have weird freaky sex on the Warped Tour.

I’ve been hooked on this group called BABYMETAL, one of the subgroups of the J-pop group Sakura Gakuin.  It consists of Suzuka Nakamoto (SU-METAL), Yui Mizuno (YUI-METAL), and Moa Kikuchi (MOA-METAL), and a really really dope metal band.  You’re probably asking why Japanese Pop would be thrown together with hard furious metal, and believe me, I was asking myself the same damn thing.

I decided to just let it go and have a listen.  And I was hooked.  These are the BABYMETAL songs that are in my iPhone right now.

“Megitsune” (Vixen)

“Catch Me If You Can”

“Ijime, Dame, Zettai!” (No More Bullying!)

“Headbanger!!!”

“Iine!” (It’s good, right?)

“Uki Uki ★ Midnight”

And since I’m the otakuFIGHTER, I’ve gotta have some anime music on rotation. Obviously.

LISA – Crossing Field (Sword Art Online Opening 1)

Metal Figher Miku’s Opening “Kaze Ni Naru Made”

Hironobu Kageyama – “WE GOTTA POWER” (Dragon Ball Z’s 2nd opening)

Kana Yazumi – “Be Strong” (History’s Strongest Disciple Kenichi’s 1st opening)

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Twitchy’s Anime Rocking Chair – Metal Fighter Miku

You can tell how old this ad was. I mean, we’re nowhere near close to having pro fighters with colored hair. Unless you count Masato.

The sound of a creaky rocking chair permeates the room you’re reading this in.  Yes.  Even in the bathroom where you’re probably taking a shit as you read this.  THERE’S A FUCKING ROCKING CHAIR IN THERE TOO RAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAR.

*ahem*

Babes in powered suits.  It doesn’t get old, does it?  In the mid-90’s the practice was alive and well.  And wouldn’t you know it, they decided to make a sports anime out of it!

Metal Fighter Miku was like the “Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”, if Sisterhood involved MMA and powersuits.  You had 4 girls that formed a pop/wrestling group called the “Pretty Four”.  Miku was the leader.  Nana was the loli-looking girl with the smarts.  Ginko was the strongwoman who spoke with a Kansai accent.  Sayaka was the most technical fighter out of the 4.   The four girls dealt with issues like boys, dating, singing, squats, and MMA.

Did I mention MMA?  At the time, a form of pro-wrestling was popular in Japan, called puroresu.  Puroresu is the Japanese pronunciation  for “Pro-wrestling”, but it’s actually like modern MMA, with use of strikes and submission moves on top of wrestling techniques.

Oh yeah.

When I first laid eyes on this series I only saw 4 episodes, as that was all my cousin Charlie had on his bootleg tapes.  It wasn’t until comic con 2010 that I was able to finish the entire series.  I found the complete series on DVD.  And boy…was it dated.

Still, this series holds a special meaning for myself, Ferrisb1, and Charlie.  The three of us can still sing the opening.  To this day.  And we each had our own personal favorite.  Charlie liked Sayaka, the purple-haired technical fighter.  Ferris liked Miku.  I…liked Nana.  Guess I’ve got a thing for petite dangerous smart girls.  I never learn.

In closing, I’d like to say that despite the age of this series, it’s a great watch.  It’s fun, doesn’t take itself too seriously, and the action is top-notch.

Charlie, you and Cherie are moving up to LA, so you two take care of yourselves.  The reason that I’m the geek I am now, was because of you.  For better or worse.  I can’t begin to thank you enough, but I suppose that I can start by giving you some props here.  Have fun, be strong, and don’t change….only for the better.  
(Damnit Justin).

-Francis

P.S., here’s charlie.

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