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.
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.