Today, American radio syndicator National Public Radio (NPR) released its top 10 picks for global music for 2015. Featured on the list was Sakanaction’s “Shin Takarajima.” Not only did the song receive attention, but so did its music video.
Anastasia Tsioulcas of NPR wrote:
When I needed a boost over the last few months, one tune I immediately turned to was a bright and bubbly earworm from Japan. The group is Sakanaction, a Japanese art-rock band from Sapporo. Their single “Shin Takarajima” (New Treasure Island) is the theme for the movie Bakuman, which in turn is based on the Bakuman manga series.
Along with the super-hooky song, I love the visual style of Sakanaction’s video — especially the band’s unperturbable, gray-swathed deadpan in the midst of a squad of sunny cheerleaders.