The meta-meme from “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley and its seemingly endless permutations I feel a bit like the internet’s own cosmic radiation – a hiss of static synth-pop playing on a loop against all the other chaos. Pausing long enough to consider the dynamics at play in the cyclical nature of the Rickrolling references and the new creative spins of the 1987 song could easily send us into a long-awaited online existential downfall… so instead, let’s just bask in the eerie glory of “Never Gonna Give You Up” reimagined as the intro theme song for a Japanese anime series.
Of course, it’s perhaps not entirely surprising to hear how well the American pop vibe of the late 80s meshes perfectly with the extremely serious J-pop styles found in the anime credits sequences… but that doesn’t mean “Kesshite Yuzuranai” isn’t a perfect banger that we actually wish preceded by a cartoon about a psychic child and his attachment to, like, a giant mecha-cat. Or something similar.
Ok, so obviously the author of this piece is not the more poured over anime, but give us some time. A few more reworkings of familiar cultural touchstones to suit the Japanese medium, and they might finally be convinced to leave the comfort of their pop culture bubble and try new things for once, instead of revisiting. dead wood for the 103rd time.
In any case, the only thing that could honestly make the last take of “Never Gonna Give You Up” better is for someone to create a fake anime sequence to complete the song. Hell, develop a whole Rick Astley anime show, while you’re at it. Please make it so, internet. In the meantime, we’ll have to settle for adding “Kesshite Yuzuranai” to our End of Summer playlist for now.
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