Some Wonder Woman Fans Aren’t Happy With Aki-p’s Lyrics for Nogizaka46’s “Onna wa Hitori ja Nemurenai“

The blockbuster superhero film “Wonder Woman” is scheduled to hit Japanese theaters on August 25th, however the road to the premiere has been a bit bumpy. The trouble started back in December 2016 to March 2017. Early promotional spots starting to appear within Japanese media, and while they described Wonder Woman as being extremely powerful they made sure to note that she’s an “innocent” girl who knows nothing about men or love. This confused fans as they weren’t sure why that aspect of Wonder Woman was being empathized so much.

In Japan Wonder Woman isn’t quite as known as her other DC counterparts Superman and Batman, so this high profile film is basically “introducing” her to the general public. When it was announced that idol group Nogizaka46 would be providing the Japanese image song for the film, quite a few fans took issue with the song title itself. “Onna wa Hitori ja Nemurenai” translates to “A Woman Can’t Sleep Alone”

The upset Japanese Wonder Woman fans since they claim that the title alone is a big contradictory to her entire character, diminishing her powerful, strong, and independent personality. One netizen directly called out Yasushi Akimoto otherwise known as “Aki-p”, the mastermind behind the 48 and 46 family groups. They stated “The song’s guitar and strings are a good fit for Wonder Woman, so I really wish Akimoto had given it a proper title and lyrics.”, another fan chimed in saying “As someone who likes both Nogizaka46 and American comics, I’m really disappointed by the title and lyrics.”

Majority of the complains were targeted towards the song title and lyrics, while others felt a more “powerful” or “stronger” sounding song should have been selected to be the image song. Despite the lyrics being criticized, the MV for “Onna wa Hitori ja Nemurenai“ was met with praise. The lyrics to the song are as follows:

The searchlight shines on the steel beams of the construction site
What dream did they have for this city’s future?
A heavy love hangs on the rooftop crane
Where will it be carried to?

Even if I turn my eyes above, darkness is all there is
The only flashes of light are beyond that

A woman can’t always sleep by herself (love gets in the way)
What should I do?
My feeling are stirring, and I can’t sleep (something in my heart is crying out)
I’m not not not lonely. I want to be with someone

A siren calls out as dawn come to the street corner
What have I given up on since yesterday?
The warmth that came from my stubborn beliefs
Is laughing with my cold bedsheets

Even if I try to stop it, things end up the same
I’m shackled by my foolish love

Some day, a woman can sleep alone (once she stops dreaming)
Until then, she sleeps with her eyes open (this world is just an illusion)
I’m not not not lonely. And I don’t cry

I want to be strong
I won’t rely on anything in this lonely world
My desire excites me

A woman, a woman, can’t always sleep by herself (love gets in the way)
What should I do?
My feeling are stirring, and I can’t sleep (something in my heart is crying out)
I’m not not not lonely. I want to be with someone.
I’m not not not lonely. I want to be with you.

(via Casey Baseel @ SoraNews)

Do you think some fans are overreacting at the song choice, or is it a really poor fit for the “Wonder Woman” movie?

  • Comments

    • guest

      It’s not too bad. Some part fit with the movie but I think the lyric somehow should be better.
      I watched this movie and it’s more like coming of age rather than entirely love.
      I don’t read comic so I don’t know if it’s fit with original wonder woman theme or not.

      The instrument is really nice but their singing make me headache… They better choose members that can sing well for this ost. Or the better choice is let the professional singer who can sing and convey the emotion of the song properly take care of it.

      • G

        Let Ikuta Erika sing alone. She is pro musical actress anyway.

    • hasawa

      More than the usual silly nonsensical idolish lyrics, this is how contradictory they are that confuses me
      At one moment they say : “I want to be strong. I won’t rely on anything in this lonely world”
      And then few lines later “I want to be with someone.(…) I want to be with you.”
      https://media.giphy.com/media/NORFfJzhC6iPe/200.gif

    • J

      Should’ve given it to a female artist or female band.

    • james

      WTF song title.

    • Gal

      They should’ve given the spot to Keyaki, not Nogi

    • yokoyumma

      was bitter at first as well, but if this movie is promoted with the “an “innocent” girl who knows nothing about men or love.” phrase then there’s no point in being upset imho. akip just wrote a song that goes with the PR.

      • What

        True. The real problem is how Wonder Woman is being promoted.

      • mick

        love comes in different shapes and forms, just bc she never met a man before, it doesn’t mean she doesn’t know about “love”. typical sexist shit by Aki-P. i wish WW PR team was more selective about this type of stuff.

        • H

          To be fair, I’d imagine that they just want to sell tickets and they assume that the Japanese PR people know more about Japanese audiences than they do. I agree that the direction the Japanese promotion ended up going in is disappointing.

      • surfboardt

        pmuch how I see it. Still upset by the direction of the theme song and how it kind of goes against how I perceived the movie and Wonder Woman as a character in general, but attention should be more focused towards the Japanese movie promotion team and how they promote Wonder Woman in relation to how the song was likely produced (Either by directly telling Aki-P to hit that “innocent” girl message or Aki-P going with that route because the PR for the movie suggested that the movie carries this theme) rather than completely placing the blame on Nogizaka46 and Aki-P.

        Since I don’t follow the movie scene too much both in Japan in general, it’d be interesting to know if there’s also complaints about how Wonder Woman is promoted in Japan.

    • Hey

      “confused fans as they weren’t sure why that aspect of Wonder Woman was being empathized so much.”

      *emphasized

    • Jasmine Maris

      The cutesy image of idols doesn’t match with the movie. Would have been better if a powerful ballader like MISIA sung the movie theme.

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    • ʕ→ᴥ←ʔ

      I’ve seen Wonder Women.. and everything, from the idol group to the song lyrics seems like a dumb choice.

    • cheng xiao’s forehead

      why did they give the title song to an idol group anyways lol

    • Owari Konoyono

      Surely the song’s lyrics do not match the image of Nogizaka46 and it does not also match the image of Wonder Woman.
      However, it is thanks to Aki-P’s strategy that this thing will rise to the topic like this one.
      Wonder Woman is not originally well established in Japan, so it would have been a good publicity.

    • Smh. ~_~