If liking HALCALI is wrong I don't want to be right. . .
January 22, 2007 8:37 PM   Subscribe

I found this anime clip [youtube] suitably trippy. It was created by the producers of GA-RA-KU-TA and features the 2003 debut song from the j-pop duo HALCALI (proper PV of the song -- "TANDEM" -- is here).
posted by Heywood Mogroot (13 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Halcali comes via David Marx's blog, which is nearly fpp-worthy for its interesting coverage of Japanese culture and the dark side of its entertainment world (eg. how Suzuki Ami came to win that Asayan idol search in 1998).
posted by Heywood Mogroot at 8:37 PM on January 22, 2007

Yup, that's a trippy vid alright.

But what I really like is the blog you linked, David Marx. Definitely worth a post. Fascinating and informative reading about Japanese pop culture.
posted by nickyskye at 9:22 PM on January 22, 2007

it is a wonderful blog---even if you disagree with his thoughts on stuff, there's tons of good meat--i find it a real window onto Japanese sociology/pop psychology/culture and stuff.

that video makes me really sad.
posted by amberglow at 9:36 PM on January 22, 2007

Very catchy. Reminds me of Mambo #5'... but I think there was a special Disneyfied version that was all over their kid's network years back.

Any translation of Halicali?
posted by five fresh fish at 9:40 PM on January 22, 2007

nth on the neomarxism blog... In fact, five fresh fish should check out this article on pakuri (and more pakuri).

I listen to more than my fair share of J-Pop and I can't count the times that I've thought "gee, that sounds familiar..." The most recent being a total "OMG, that's Aqua's Cartoon Heroes almost note for note.
posted by zengargoyle at 10:14 PM on January 22, 2007

The producers of GA-RA-KU-TA, the Mr. Stain site, has some trippy stuff! Like AfroSamurai, which reminds me of this odd Thai toothpaste commercial.

five fresh fish, you asked about the name. According to Wikipedia: Halcali is a Japanese hip-hop duo. The name Halcali comes from the combination of the names of the two members. The stage names of HARUKA and YUKARI are combined to form the collective name.
posted by nickyskye at 11:28 PM on January 22, 2007

first we're calling static art "japanimation", now we're calling CGI "anime"?

posted by jcterminal at 3:55 AM on January 23, 2007

also, if you like jpop i recommend the band mini-moni or the singer ayumi hamasaki.
posted by jcterminal at 4:04 AM on January 23, 2007

Samba-ing from the waist here in my cubicle...
posted by pax digita at 4:45 AM on January 23, 2007

I liked the PV link much better. Those two are hella cute.
posted by metaplectic at 5:31 AM on January 23, 2007

Er... then I mean, I think, "any translation of the GA-RA-KU-TA lyrics?"
posted by five fresh fish at 8:33 AM on January 23, 2007

My new favorite anime piece from Japan is this.
Takeshi Murakami rules.
posted by Dantien at 9:03 AM on January 23, 2007

Dantien, that's adorable--Murakami should do movies.

(it doesn't fit the products at all tho...and it's so funny--i recognized the street and store in tokyo right away)
posted by amberglow at 10:52 AM on January 23, 2007

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