Despite FLOW being announced to perform a cover of “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA” — the first opening theme to the Dragon Ball Z TV series — for the upcoming Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods theatrical film, as well as having a CD single announced for said song… we really have not known a whole lot about the CD single other than its release date and a possible inclusion of a bonus/insert song.
The full track list has finally been unveiled, however, and gives a glimpse into the possibility and ongoing vagueness of theoretical international releases:
- HERO 〜希望の歌〜 (“HERO ~Song of Hope~”)
- CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA
- RISING DRAGON -DJ DRAGON Remix-
- CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA -Official English Ver.-
- HERO 〜希望の歌〜-Instrumental- (“HERO ~Song of Hope~ -Instrumental-“)
- CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA -Instrumental-
Perhaps the most curious inclusion is the apparent “Official English Version” of “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA”. There have been plenty of CD single releases with English versions in the past (particularly for video games, such as with “Sparking! METEOR / Burst Limit” and “Infinite World“), but this has not necessarily meant that the English versions would be included or featured in the games. Does this imply a forthcoming international release announcement…? We are certainly in no way comfortable enough to make that leap of faith, but we cannot help but get excited!
Track 3 will be a remix of a song from way back on the band’s fourth CD single in April 2004 (containing a song Naruto fans are likely familiar with). DJ DRAGON penned a short blog post about his remix of the track, stating it is a “super climax of the standard song” and is a “very flashy EDM (electronic dance music) REMIX”.
The English word “Hero” has come up a few times in Dragon Ball feature presentation music history, popping up in both the title to Dragon Ball Z Movie 6’s closing theme (“HERO (Kimi ga Hīrō)”) and the 2008 Jump Super Anime Tour Special’s closing theme (“Orange Hero”). Will “HERO ~Song of Hope~” be this supposed insert song for Battle of Gods…?
FLOW’s performance for the movie was briefly featured in this month’s March 2013 issue of V-Jump, though written out as “CHA-RA HEAD-CHA-RA”.
The first-press version of FLOW’s CD single will come with a digipak cover featuring an exclusive Dragon Ball illustration, which still has yet to be revealed. The CD single (KSCL-2209) drops 20 March 2013 in Japan.
Can this be pre ordered on Play Asia?
March 20th is a Wednesday; middle of the week release? Interesting.
I’m really interested to hear what “Hero” sounds like. :3