Sixth “Dragon Ball Super” Ending Theme Song Announced
Published by 20 September 2016, 7:16 PM EDT

Japanese band Arukara (アルカラ) has announced that their upcoming single “Chao Fan MUSIC” (a Chinese pronunciation of “炒飯MUSIC” or “Fried Rice Music”) will take over as the sixth ending theme song for the Dragon Ball Super TV series beginning in October.


A CD single release will follow 23 November 2016, which will also contain the song “Phantom Thief Miracle Boy 2” (the latest opening theme for the third and fourth seasons of the Mysterious Joker anime television series), along with the song “LET・IT・DIE” (used in promotion for the upcoming PlayStation 4 video game of the same name by Grasshopper and GungHo). Karaoke versions of all three songs round out the CD single:

  1. “Chao Fan MUSIC”
  2. “Phantom Thief Miracle Boy 2”
  3. “LET・IT・DIE”
  4. “Chao Fan MUSIC” (Karaoke)
  5. “Phantom Thief Miracle Boy 2” (Karaoke)
  6. “LET・IT・DIE” (Karaoke)

The standard edition of the CD single (VICL-37235) will retail for ¥1,200 + tax. A “Limited Edition” version of the CD single (VIZL-1085) will also be available for ¥1,800, which will come packed with a bonus DVD featuring footage from Nekofes 2016.

Both editions are available for pre-order on CDJapan.

Vocalist Taisuke Inamura provided a comment about the song alongside its announcement:



掴もうぜ!の「摩訶不思議アドベンチャー」に出てくる歌詞「世界で一途」の「一途」を「いっと」と読ませたり、意味も分からず歌ってましたが。Zシリーズになってからの影山ヒロノブさんの「CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA」は歌声も曲名も何から何まで衝撃だったし。



Heya! I’m Arukara’s vocalist, Taisuke Inamura! It’s an honor that we’ve been selected for the next Dragon Ball Super ending.

I wrote this song while reminiscing about when I used to watch anime back in elementary school. Thinking about it now, even to my young mind the Dragon Ball opening and ending themes were always full of excitement and mystery.

In the lyrics for “Mystical Adventure!” (the one with “grab them!”), I read 一途 as “itto” [translated as “most” in this context] and sang it without even knowing what it meant. When the Z series came around, Hironobu Kageyama-san‘s “CHA-LA HEAD-CHA-LA” was electrifying; the singing, the title, everything.

There are these strange voices at the start of the ending theme “Come Out, Incredible ZENKAI Power!” and I wondered what the heck they were. When I grew up, I was surprised to learn that these voices concealed a hidden message through a process called “back-masking”.

This time around, when people think of Dragon Ball they think of scenes of Goku pigging out, so I figured some kind of food would be good, and so titled it “Chao Fan Music”. I think at the time “dra” sounds were used a lot, and I made it to include that amazing back-masking and “itto” in the lyrics, so it ended up being a work with Arukara’s Dragon Ball love wrapped up in it.

The back-masked portion actually hides a message saying “give the dra——-“, so please trying playing it backwards again and again.

To say just a bit more, many people of my generation now have kids in elementary school, so they watch Dragon Ball together with their kids. I hope that with this song I can make people of our generation feel nostalgic and stimulate parents and children talking through this generation-spanning Dragon Ball series.

The vocalist references the garbled words at the beginning of “Come Out, Incredible ZENKAI Power!” (the first closing theme to the Dragon Ball Z TV series), which is actually a back-masking tribute to some of the musical production staff.

CD singles for the show’s first five ending themes — “Hello Hello Hello” by Good Morning America, “Starring Star” by KEYTALK, “Light Pink” by LACCO TOWER, “Forever Dreaming” by Czecho no Republic, and “Easy-Going Dance” by Batten Showjo Tai — have been released. A CD single for the show’s opening theme — “Chōzetsu ☆ Dynamic!” by Kazuya Yoshii — was released 07 October 2015.

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