FLOW to Cover “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA” For “Battle of Gods”
Published by 11 December 2012, 4:13 PM EST

Japanese indie/pop/rock band FLOW has been announced as the performer for the theme song to the upcoming 2013 new theatrical Dragon Ball Z film, “Battle of Gods”.

The song itself will be a cover version of “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA” (originally performed by Hironobu Kageyama), the first of two opening themes to the Dragon Ball Z TV series (used in episodes 1-199), as well as the first nine Dragon Ball Z movies and miscellaneous other features.

2013年3月30日公開の映画『ドラゴンボールZ 神と神』の主題歌をFLOWが担当することが決定!!!

主題歌となるのは「ドラゴンボールZ」の代名詞とも言える「CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA」!!!
FLOW流「CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA」に是非ご期待ください!!!

『ドラゴンボールZ 神と神』オフィシャルHP:

It’s been decided that FLOW will handle the main theme of the film “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods”, opening 30 March 2013.

The theme will be what could be called a byword for Dragon Ball Z, “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”!!!
That famous song will come back to life in a rearrangement with FLOW’s distinctive increased sense of speed!!!
By all means, please look forward to the FLOW-style “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”!!!

“Dragon Ball Z: God and God” (“Battle of Gods”) official homepage:

The reveal was preceded by band member Takeshi Asakawa taking to Twitter to essentially announce an announcement for later in the day.

The original version of “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA” was used as background music in the promotional trailer shown on Fuji TV earlier this week.

Since the band’s founding in 1998, FLOW has performed various anime theme songs, most notably perhaps being the fourth Naruto TV series opening theme, “GO!!!”

The official “Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods” website has since been updated with the decision that FLOW perform the new film’s main theme, a rearrangement of “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”. The news update also includes an exclusive comment from the band concerning this “exciting” decision:

今回、僕らFLOWが「CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA」をカバーさせていただくことになり、本当に嬉しいです。「ドラゴンボール」は小学生の頃から見続けてきたアニメなので、 メンバー全員テンションが上がっています!しかも「CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA」はカラオケでもよく歌っていた曲で、まさか自分たちがカバーさせていただけるとは! 僕らもこの映画をすごく楽しみにしているので、みなさんも映画はもちろん、FLOW流の「CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA」を楽しんで聞いて頂ければ嬉しいです。

We, FLOW, are truly happy now to have been given the honor of covering “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”. “Dragon Ball” is an anime that we’ve watched since we were in elementary school, all the members are in high spirits! And on top of that, “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA” is a song we’ve often sung at karaoke, so to think we’d have the honor of doing a cover! We’re also incredibly excited for this movie, so we’d be glad if everyone would enjoy not only [watching] the movie, but listening to the FLOW-style “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA” as well.

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  • omegalucas says:

    These guys are awesome, I still think “GO!!!” is the best Naruto opening, it’s so catchy (and the opening animation didn’t help at all xD) 😛

  • Chuquita says:

    Not a bad choice; at least it’s a song that’s relevant to the series. I wonder if/how they’ll mix it up. A new song for the ending credits would be nice though (but not what they’re doing for OPZ).

  • songohan619 says:

    “We are the Z Fighters!” xD

  • fogdark says:

    I love CHA-LA HEAD CHA-LA, but to be honest, I was hoping to hear WE GOTTA POWER, since CHA-LA is too often the song used for any new Dragon Ball stuff. Still, Flow is a great band, so I’m sure their take of Dragon Ball Z 1st opening will be worth a listen.

  • rukura says:

    Awesome band, but I’m not quite sure how I feel about this move. But, hey, if they want a newer band to do CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA, I’m glad it’s them 😀

    Also, I’d say they’re most notably known in the community for their Naruto Shippuden opening “Sign” and their Code Geass opening (from which came the “Jibun wo” meme lol)

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