It’s funny the things you can inadvertently come across on the Internet when you’re trying to blog an episode of anime and looking for some new PVs at the same time. While this is completely unrelated to anime and has no precedence here, I found the song interesting enough to post about it. It’s titled “Koe wo Kikasete” (Let Me Hear Your Voice) and is the opening theme of the currently airing Japanese drama Ohitori-sama. Now if you’re somewhat unfamiliar with Asian music, the unexpected part is that BIGBANG is actually a five-member boyband from Korea. This isn’t the first time Korean artists have ventured into the Japanese market, nor will it be the last, but I’ve been pretty detached from the non-anime-related music scene for the past while. As it turns out, they’re another one of YG Entertainment‘s money-making creations and a pretty popular one too. For a detailed rundown of the group, I’ll refer you to their wiki page.

What I wanted to point out though is that I found this song surprisingly good for a very odd reason. It doesn’t sound very Japanese at all. Neither does their pronunciation of the lyrics, which sounds a bit off to me at times. In short, it sounds like what it is — a Korean-ized Japanese song. But I’ll be damned, it’s really catchy and I’ve been looping it for the past while. I guess I’m not the only one that thinks so either, seeing as it topped out at #4 on the Oricon charts earlier this month. If you’re negatively swayed by the image of Asian boybands (or boybands in general), I suggest not watching the PV right away, simply clicking play, and letting your ears decide. I unintentionally did the same when I stumbled on the video and walked away for a bit, then heard the song playing from afar and thought, “Hmm, this song’s pretty good.” Anyway, you’ll probably notice that their rappers have pretty good English as well, something I find fairly common with Korean artists given how heavily influenced they are by western hip hop and R&B artists.

That said, I’m kind of tempted to go check out the Ohitori-sama drama now. Based on the synopsis, it sounds like something I’d enjoy too. This might not be a good thing from an anime blogging perspective though. I can feel my Jdrama senses tingling. Once you get caught up in the whole drama phase, it’s hard to get out of it for a while! Hmm, what to do…


  1. The song was pretty good (the Engrish bits had me LOLing as usual), but the music video had me cringing at the cheesyness of it, as I always seem to when I force myself to watch Asian MVs…

  2. lol After reading the sypnosis of Ohitori-sama, I was curious to know the main characters’ real ages. It turns out that Koike Teppei (Kamisaka Shinichi) is indeed 10 years younger than Satomi. The show seems interesting if you’re into love stuff, which isn’t something I’m too excited about.

  3. Quite a good find, indeed. I was surprised at how well they did some of the English bits in the song, since it brought a different feel to it once it did happen, but I thought that it made the overall performance a bit richer.

    I had to lol at the music video itself, though.

  4. I have to agree with you.
    Once you venture into the drama-world you won’t get out so easily…
    As of big bang, I’m totally in love with them.
    I just gotta love their songs, but it surprises me that Taeyang ( The one with his sides shaved), Daesung ( which sings most of the interlude of the chorus) and Seungri (the one with the short hair) get to sing the majority of the song.
    Nonetheless I still like them.
    Have to check out the drama now I guess.

  5. I am with your observation that their pronunciation was really strange.

    I really thought to myself… Is it just me or has my ears gone bad? I kept thinking that since they actually released a japanese single like this they really put some effort fixing their enunciation, right?

    Well, at least someone else noticed it and here I was being paranoid.

  6. Meh. I can’t find anything good to say about the song. The genre it inhabits doesn’t do anything for me.

    I am always up for trying out new dramas though. Looking at it from afar it reminds me a little of Anego.

  7. ehm…some pronunciation is weird, but overall it’s very good…i don’t know what you guys are smoking.
    ohitorisama is an awesome drama, you should check it out…it’s a very light hearted comedy with very cute characters haha.

  8. Why everyone`s talking about BB?
    Srsly. DBSK/Tohoshinki are way better.. (or Super Junior) just for example.. they already released japanese songs before Big Bang.

    But yeah.. it`s just my own music taste.
    But you`re right the song is really good ( I actually liked their Lies also, the only two songs of them that I like xD).

  9. when i 1st heard the song, i listen to it 2 days straight, wihout even bothering with other songs
    just repeat, repeat endlessly
    i’m not really into korean idol groups’ songs, but this 1 really got me interested 😉

  10. Oooooooo! I’ve actually never seen the music video before =O I have the song and I love it but I never got into the drama nor the mv lol so I’m glad you posted it ^^
    I’ve always been into asian music so I’m not surprised to see BB come up with Japanese songs, although it does have an interesting twist compared to a lot of the anime songs I have haha! When I first heard the song, I wasn’t used to hearing anything but Korean come from their voices =P It’s still odd since I don’t even know how well they know Japanese… >_> (yet they’re singing it?)
    and YAY T.O.P!! =) Too bad he doesn’t have many lines this song =(
    If you didn’t know, A LOT of top Korean bands, ARE all guys… but they produce some catchy songs ^^ try it!

    @ DarkStriker:
    Haha! It’s like the #1 song for Koreans and non-Koreans everywhere now =P I’m not in LOVE with the song… but I admit hat Taeyang has a great body =3 hehe* he’s such a butter face (except a guy? O_o) since I’m not a fan of his

  11. Kyaaa Big Bang <3 xDDDD

    luv their songs lol

    and this is just my opinion but I found Ohitori-sama really, really boring.

    My friends and I were working on something then we were slacking off a little so we went to check out the drama that big bang’s new song was in(Let Me Hear Your Voice) and we were really tolerant xD after part 1(which is like 10 minutes) we were like….”skip, skip, skip” xD maybe because it was the first episode but still xD but I loved the moment when the main guy(Koike Teppei) ran into the post xDDDD we were replaying that scene for at least 4 times xD

    But me and one of my friends(there were a total of 3 people) aren’t drama people so…maybe that’s why we didn’t really find it enjoyable(?).

  12. I watched Ohitori-sama for Teppei Koike and Koe wo kikasete was a bonus LOL..When i first heard it in the drama (They played it for like.. 10 seconds).. i really didn’t like it at first cause it sounded so generic..but the full song was ok i guess…(Not that into Big bang now.. only JE LOLXD)

    I guess my ears are only made for the cheesy bubblegum pop that JE produces

  13. i didn’t think their pronunciation was bad at all (english or japanese)
    and i speak both; or maybe im just corrupted by jpop :p
    i personally like Big Bang a lot, though i wish GD and TOP had a greater
    part; maybe ill check out ohitorisama afterall 🙂

  14. back when the song first came out, i’d HEARD it was for a jdrama, but i just enjoyed the song lol however, after reading your post i looked up the drama and i’m going to try watching it now XD

    as a side note to some of the comments, seungri did his solo thing, GD was out and about with his solo stuff, and TOP was getting into this kdrama called IRIS, so i think they took more of a backseat. taeyang has wedding dress but that was after so.. yeah.


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