Despite some controversy (see end of article) revolving around the show recently Ya Boy Kongming! continues to be one of the most popular animes this spring due largely in part to its catchy opening song: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by QUEENDOM.
A YouTube video has been released featuring a 3D model of the main character, Eiko Tsukimi, dancing the unique dance that goes along with the opening song. The video is titled I Tried To Dance Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
On May 20, 2022 the full version of the song Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by QUEENDOM will be distributed on Apple Music, Spotify and more!
The opening theme song Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is actually a Japanese cover of the song Bulikiraly by Hungarian singer Jolly. In Japan the song Bulikiraly is known as Chikichiki Banban.
First came the Horsey Dance and now Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Remember when PSY’s catchy song Gangnam Style (And no, my fellow otaku, the name of the song isn’t ‘Gundam Style’ like we all thought it was!) got popular back in 2012, and everyone started dancing the “horsey dance” at nightclubs?
I won’t be surprised if the next time I’m at a dance club I see people mimicking the dance routine from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, especially now since 3D Virtual Eiko shows you all the steps in this latest video.
Japanese animation studio PA Works did a great job with the dance’s choreography and animation in the original anime opening sequence. If you watch very closely you can tell the characters aren’t dancing 100% in sync, which makes the characters’ dancing feel much more authentic.
QUEENDOM is made up of talented individuals
Hibiki and Moka from the band LOL, Akina and Taki from FAKY and Maria Kaneya from GENIC – make up QUEENDOM. LOL is a dancing and singing group under the record label Avex Trax. The band debuted on Aug 12, 2015 with their song Fire!
The band wanted to make people smile with their music and lift their spirits, hence why they chose to name their band “LOL” (short for “Laugh out loud”). The anime Tribe Cool Crew used their song Heartbeat for their opening song. The popular and well-known anime Fairy Tail used the song Power of the Dream as the 23rd opening song.
Kamen Rider Heisei Generations:Dr. Pac-Man vs Ex-Aid and Ghost with Legend Rider anime used their single Hikari as the ending theme.
You may recognize Hibiki Kouketsu from her appearance as a contestant on Tokyo Girls Audition in 2014. Moka Asada was a member of the group LCM+, and also modeled for “Roni Girls Osaka”.
FAKY – the band that Akina and Taki are from is a five-person group that debuted in 2013 under Avex’s Rhythm Zone record label. Their band name is a play on the word “fake”, which they chose to remind them that their goal is to bring something “real” to the Japanese music scene. The band name is also an acronym that means: Five Ass Kicking Youngsters. Akina made her solo debut on Nov 27, 2020 with the single Touch.
Kaneya Maria, also under Avex management is not only a singer but also a model. The group GENIC which she is a part of is co-ed. She was crowned Miss World Japan on Sept 24 2020.
You can watch the original anime’s opening sequence here:
Listen to the original song by the Hungarian Artist Jolly here:
Ya Boy Kongming! does the man from another time trope best
Ya Boy Kongming! is a Japanese manga written by Yuto Yotsuba and illustrated by Ryo Ogawa. From December 2019 to November 2021 the manga was serialized on Kodansha’s Comic Days website, as well as in Weekly Young Magazine.
As of April 2022, the manga chapters have been gathered into nine tankobon volumes. Ya Boy Kongming!’s anime adaptation by P.A. Works premiered this March 2022 on streaming sites and on TV in April 2022.
If you haven’t gotten to watch the show yet now is the time to start! In the story, the general of the Three Kingdoms Kongming participated in countless battles, which forged him into an accomplished military strategist.
He was mortally wounded during the Battle of Wuzhang and on his deathbed he wished to himself that in his next life he would end up somewhere peaceful and free of bloodshed and war. Kongming is abruptly reborn as a young man with his memories intact. He appears in the middle of a Halloween Party taking place in Tokyo’s club district.
The Shibuya partygoers drag Kongming to a nightclub where he meets the singer Eiko Tsukimi. He immediately thinks she has the voice of an angel and is captivated by her. (This was the exact moment when people started to ship them).
When he learns that Eiko is struggling with her career as a singer he decides to lend his intellect to help her gain followers and fame. Their interesting relationship dynamic of “military strategist becomes amateur idol’s manager” is what has sparked people shipping these two together this anime season.
For those interested in what the controversy was all about keep reading! Ya Boy Kongming! and P.A. Work’s Twitter accounts are currently being spammed with complaints that the anime allegedly insulted China.
Here’s what happened. In episode 3 of the anime, a truck appeared with the license plate number 47-291. Apparently, this sequence of numbers is a well-known play on words in Japanese society. When pronounced in Japanese the sequence of numbers reads 4 (shi), 7 (na) and 291 (nikui). All together it sounds like “Shina Nikui” which translates to “I hate China”.
It is interesting to note that in the original manga the truck had no visible license plate but in the anime the license plate could be read clearly. Ironically, Ya Boy Kongming! anime is streaming in China through BiliBili and appears to be quite popular with its viewers that are in Hong Kong and Taiwan. In the end, everyone loves Kongming.