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Jason Mraz a crazy K-ON fan?


Astute user SierraEdge sent me an email pointing out an particularly odd soundbite from Jason Mraz’s Try Try Try, which can be heard in the above video at 0:08 and again at 1:07. About 100% of all anime fans will instantly recognize it to be the eyecatch audio clip from moe blob Akiyama Mio showcasing anime K-ON.

The song itself is pretty good, but having Yui’s mono-ized voice chime in doesn’t fit with the song at all, which naturally begs the question – what the hell? Could it be some huge fan-made troll that has somehow pervaded itself in every single Youtube clip and mp3 found online? Could someone at Atlantic Records be on Kadokawa’s payroll? Or is Jason Mraz every bit of the crazy otaku as those guys who celebrated Ritsu’s birthday? The only other mention of this I could find is on the ZOMG Forums, where people seem to be just as confused…

While Mraz does communicate to his fans via traditional means like Twitter, perhaps, if we are trusting and optimistic enough to believe the addition was completely intentional, he’s showing a bit of his closet otaku self as a big wink to those who would understand…

August 25, 2009 at 12:52 pm
  • August 25, 2009 at 12:54 pmRaso

    its got to be a troll……… or some marketing plan?

  • August 25, 2009 at 12:56 pmGod~Knows~

    Does not compute.Who’s the okama?*Erases him from memory*

  • August 25, 2009 at 1:13 pmAshan

    First time I’ve ever heard of him, or his music. The song is actually decent, the odd soundbite inclusion is a slight wink to those who would understand it, its going to fly past the head of anyone unfamiliar with K-ON. :)

  • August 25, 2009 at 1:16 pmGundamaniac


  • August 25, 2009 at 1:18 pmKuya

    Well…if you watch his “Geek in the Pink” video, he’s got a pink shirt on that says “Otaku” on it. So I would assume he knows something of anime. At the -very- least.

  • August 25, 2009 at 1:23 pmjaalin

    mmm good point kuya

  • August 25, 2009 at 1:27 pmtekky99

    lol, it doesn’t even fit well w/ the rest of the song >_>

  • August 25, 2009 at 1:30 pmbrianleung8912

    As much as the K-on bits doesnt fit into the song, i am hoping this is not a fan made troll. If a celeb is a closet otaku that could change the sterotype of geeks and otaku, bits by bit ^-^

  • August 25, 2009 at 1:31 pmTies

    Listening to the lyrics of the song it actually fits with the themes of K-On! so the song might be a tribute to K-On! in a way.

  • August 25, 2009 at 1:35 pmkimikodatenshi

    Pretty cool! Seems legit! Now i want to know why it’s there!! Jason Mraz has some nice songs… he sings ‘lucky’ with Colbie Caillat and ‘I’m yours’

  • August 25, 2009 at 1:43 pmmutio

    Smells like troll to me..

  • August 25, 2009 at 1:50 pmjarmel

    Makes no goddamn sense. Has to be an epic troll. It sounds so ridiculously out of place.

  • August 25, 2009 at 1:54 pmjasonmraz

    moe moe kyun, bitches

  • August 25, 2009 at 1:59 pmKuya

    This doesn’t sound like troll-work. It’s on several of the other videos of this song, for starters.

    Even if you ignore Mr. A-Z being or not being an anime fan, this just doesn’t seem like enough to qualify. Only adding two sound bites from K-On? If the guy really wanted to troll, there’s so many things he could add. If this is a troll, it’s pretty weak.

  • August 25, 2009 at 2:08 pmDeoxys

    seriously, what the fuck??

  • August 25, 2009 at 2:21 pmstarss

    I really have no idea how that got in there, and I can’t make a rational enough decision for why!

  • August 25, 2009 at 2:54 pmPikow

    Jason Mraz!?!? An anime-lover!!?!? That would rule! Jason Mraz is a really respected musician and talented, it’d be so cool if he liked anime lol.

  • August 25, 2009 at 3:16 pmSwampstorm

    Win. I never thought I’d see two completely different interests of mine fused like that.

  • August 25, 2009 at 3:18 pmShin

    Jason Mraz can love anime, fine. But this seems fake…

  • August 25, 2009 at 3:20 pmMao

    Its all a major troll by Jaalin, Major conspiracy going on here. xD

  • August 25, 2009 at 3:38 pmxtoph

    Well this is funny. No one knows about a new album. But on some Chinese Website there *are* links. Like this:


    go figure…

  • August 25, 2009 at 4:08 pmSirMuffin

    Hey there… I’m SirMuffin from ZOMG… But I can’t really prove that to you, for all you know I can be some random hobo… But just wanted to say that here’s another post on that http://tkganimeblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/k-on-sound-bite-features-in-try-try-try.html

  • August 25, 2009 at 4:30 pm:)

    this looks real though

  • August 25, 2009 at 4:45 pmKayDat

    Oh my…this is unbelievable. But a quick search on Google so far holds up.

  • August 25, 2009 at 5:11 pmKayDat

    A Google of Jason Mraz Otaku also shows that he’s (proudly?) worn a shirt displaying his interest before.

  • August 25, 2009 at 6:14 pmmechwarrior

    That clip in the song makes the entire thing sound stupid…

  • August 25, 2009 at 6:36 pmFumi

    Oh i hope isn’t fake =D
    I love his music and if he love K-on like i do i’ll him even more….

  • August 25, 2009 at 6:59 pmfishies

    knowing it’s k-on kinda brings the song down a bit, but i wonder what it’d sound like to someone who has no idea that there’s anime audio in the song. would anime even come to mind?

  • August 25, 2009 at 7:05 pm8ghosts

    100% of anime fans? Speak for yourself. K-on and k-on clone animes FTL

  • August 25, 2009 at 7:32 pmLauren

    Eh, not 100% fans would recognize this. Maybe everyone who’s watch K-ON, but not hundred percent of all fans. The show didn’t interest me at all, hence I never bothered to watch it.
    The part in the song doesn’t fit will. =/ Almost made me cringe first time I heard it.

  • August 25, 2009 at 7:38 pmJason Mraz

    Hello everyone. In this link you will see my confession to all otaku.

  • August 25, 2009 at 8:04 pmlialiakicks

    This is like the new rick-roll video. D: CANNOT UNSEE OR UNHEAR.

  • August 25, 2009 at 8:15 pmCaptain Arepa

    This is just plain wrong…

  • August 25, 2009 at 8:25 pmBROOKLYN otaku


  • August 25, 2009 at 8:50 pmSeba

    This just made my day in an awesome and freak way XD

  • August 25, 2009 at 9:04 pmCHIBI

    Nice blog. If I meet the person who defiled Yui with this horrible music…..

  • August 25, 2009 at 9:30 pmTay-Tay

    His song is nice but the x-over is weird o.0

  • August 25, 2009 at 10:36 pmNyte

    Check this on the official forums of Jason Mraz


    Some guy was watching K-on AFTER he heard the song Try Try Try.

  • August 25, 2009 at 11:16 pmFreeter

    Dude has toured in Japan, so if anything this is a brilliant marketing strategy. Snag some of that K-On dough while still raking it in from his other single.

    He’ll probably rock a Mio shirt and play to sold-out venues next time he goes.

  • August 25, 2009 at 11:26 pmAnikira


  • August 25, 2009 at 11:42 pmKita

    …I’m confused. The soundbites don’t fit it at all. It’s gotta be a troll.

  • August 25, 2009 at 11:44 pmkbot

    I think the song’s called “Try Try Try”, and it seems legit.

  • August 25, 2009 at 11:53 pmLeon

    he is the wickest guy in music industry.
    He really might be expressing his anime side proudly!!!

    Check is out
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aIWa93M-lcQ, his T shirt clearly says otaku

  • August 26, 2009 at 12:42 amhandsomehwang

    I love Jason Mraz but I really don’t think it was him who put that reference in. There has to be licensing issues that would come about otherwise.

  • August 26, 2009 at 1:05 amPutang

    i love this guy… im a jasion mraz fan now :3… i’ve only heard his awesomo I’m yours… to think he was even more awesome T_T!

  • August 26, 2009 at 1:51 amTumbrils

    I find it a little suspicious, though, that practically 98% of the results on Google for “Jason Mraz Try Try Try” are download links , with about 1% of lyrics and 1% blog posts about the confusion…Also suspicious: like handsomehwang said, there would need to be some sort of licensing agreement between Mraz and KyoAni, plus, it’s extremely odd for a single/EP by an American musician to be released in China before all the other countries, and this song seems to only exist within a couple message boards, Youtube, some lyric sites, and a few blogs. No music info sites have any sort of reference to this song. And finally, like others have said, these clips just don’t fit in with the song. Not in a “this doesn’t fit the mood” sense, but rather they just sound like one song with a sound being played over it at the same time (which is something very, very easy to do with pretty much any audio editing program.)

    I think it’s possible that Try Try Try really is a legit Jason Mraz song, somehow leaked, and someone got their hands on it, edited in the K-ON! clips, and released it to the Internet. Or perhaps it’s just a guy with a real talent for emulating others’ voices…I’m gonna say troll, for now…but we’ll see.

  • August 26, 2009 at 4:23 amkadian1364

    The mysteries of the world never cease to end…

  • August 26, 2009 at 6:46 ammegalith

    What’s going on!!!????

  • August 26, 2009 at 10:35 amMr Penguin

    Here’s my little guess on that k-on soundbite… It might have been put there because mr a-z wanted us to know that the source of inspiration for this song was… k-on. And more precisely the chorus part of ‘Don’t say lazy’.
    Both song’s chorus roughly follow this chord progression :
    C – D – Bm – Em
    C – D – Em (or G for ‘Try, try, try’)
    Same key and almost the same chords for the chorus, though the tempo is much slower for mraz’s song. If you don’t understand anything about music, just try to sing the chorus of ‘Don’t say lazy’ over the chorus of ‘Try, try, try’ and you’ll see that it fits pretty well. The verse’s chords are totally different though…
    Anyway, for someone wearing a pink otaku t-shirt in one of his videoclip (even if the clip was about geeks) that doesn’t surprise me.

  • August 26, 2009 at 12:50 pmK_a_n

    Haha that is AWESOME. The fact that Jason Mraz loves anime and this song.

  • August 26, 2009 at 1:41 pmNoirsword

    If Mraz is actually behind this, it’s a clever bit of viral marketing. The thing about the anonymous internet is that it easily allows stunts like this happen to generate fan buzz for practically nothing. Maybe someone in Mraz’s camp did this, maybe it was a fan that edited a leaked copy of the song for poops and giggles, or maybe it was even someone at KyoAni trying to generate buzz for K-ON. There’s no way to know unless someone comes forward. One thing for sure is that it succeeded in generating discussion.

  • August 26, 2009 at 4:21 pmDuran

    …… did I just read someone consider Mio a moeblob?! She’s WAY more tsukkomi/kagami clone than moeblob (Yui’s the resident one even then she’s not up to Tsukasa’s level, let alone Mei or Yutaka’s)

  • August 26, 2009 at 5:26 pmdmo

    Assuming this is real…the song is good by itself, but now it’s just gimmicky.

  • August 27, 2009 at 2:29 ammaktosa

    I found this song on imeem.com and the K-on sound bites are still there. Seems like this is for real.

  • August 27, 2009 at 4:15 ammilkmandan

    anyone else notice the massive misname in the post?
    its not “moe blob Akiyama Mio” its “moe blob Hirasawa Yui”
    Yui is named “moe blob” for her blob-like-fat cheeks when she hugs people.
    plus that is Yui’s voice in the sound bite, not Mio.
    makes me wonder if RC even watched K-ON!, a mistake like that is pretty heavy mix up.

    in regards to Jason Mraz..people are drawing WAY to much speculation over this and jumping to conclusions like a dog in heat. there is so much to consider before he could ever put a soundbite like this in one of his sounds.

    since the origin of the song appears to be from a Chinese EP/website, and this song is STILL unavailable from iTunes or even Amazon, i would say this is either a fake or a promotion from something in Asia. probably this song was used in a K-On promo video and the soundbites would probably make more sense in said video.

  • August 27, 2009 at 7:30 pmskeptical

    until proven otherwise, i’m gonna say it’s a troll

  • August 28, 2009 at 6:38 pmryukaiser

    So Ka

    and are this song is Fake?
    Cause not official come with Studio or chinese hack some future single jason mraz?
    I very confused,
    search in google but nothing only Download links,Lyric and not good info.
    Someone tell me the truth
    Jason Mraz Single Try Try Try Chinese Ep Version
    >o< d

  • August 28, 2009 at 7:13 pmDesho

    Okay, so I’m assuming the K-ON bits are just to prevent people from taking the song and claiming it as their own. (For instance, in most Techno songs, you’ll hear a voice saying “DJ such and such”) And since Jason seems like he’s an anime fan, he decided to use K-ON.


    Mixed by me, because it had to be done.

  • August 28, 2009 at 7:39 pmmilkmandan

    srsly guys, stop making more out of this than it should be.
    the chords are ridiculously popular. dear god, what guitar song DOESN’T HAVE C – D – and Em.
    this is like a sad attempt for otakus to find similarity and common ground with someone popular to better justify their own existence.

  • August 28, 2009 at 7:57 pmmilkmandan

    everything should be taken with a grain of salt on the internet and until this song is out on itunes or amazon, this should be deemed FAKE.

  • August 28, 2009 at 10:43 pmKairu

    He IS an otaku. Remember his very old music video of Geek in the Pink? He was wearing a tshirt saying ‘otaku’ on it. Problem solved.

  • September 2, 2009 at 6:26 ammilkmandan

    i’ll wear a tshirt saying metallica, does that mean i like metal? NO
    i see some dude at school with a shirt that says rapist, under your logic, hes a rapist.

  • October 14, 2009 at 9:43 pmDebbie

    dis is interestin! i actually kinda lik it^^
    is this a real song?

  • December 31, 2009 at 5:36 amNing

    Lol, this is a very different kind of awesome that doesn’t happen everyday xD

  • December 31, 2009 at 5:49 amNing

    He’s one of us! 8D

  • January 1, 2010 at 4:59 pmLucky Pentagram

    Oh please, this could have been made by anyone. If not, and was planned in accordance to Jason Mraz, well then. I’m not the only musician who would incorporate Anime elements in my music.

    But still, 1 in a 9999 chance that Jason Mraz actually had anything to do in this.