The newest single from Japanese girl group ATARASHII GAKKO!, titled “Tokyo Calling,” is a fantastic blend of catchy beats and clever lyrics that poke fun at the repetitive routines of everyday life in Japan. The song also offers a satirical take on Japanese society, making it even more captivating. Along with the talents of singers MIZYU, SUZUKA, RIN, and KANON, the combination of modern J-pop and rap with traditional orchestral sounds, reminiscent of renowned composers Akira Ifukube and Shiro Sagisu, adds another layer of appeal to the track.
The official music video, directed by Pennacky and uploaded on the YouTube channel of music company 88rising, is filled with visual jokes and serves as a tribute to tokusatsu, specifically the “Ultraman” series. The video also incorporates film grain and camera techniques reminiscent of directors Akio Jissoji and Hideaki Anno, as well as the special effects direction of Eiji Tsuburaya and Shinji Higuchi. The video features impressive miniature work and cinematography to complement the energetic vocals and dance choreography of the four-piece band.