First thing first, I have a confession to make. I am a long time, hardcore, J-rock addict. I come from a childhood filled to the brim with anime and JRPGs (think Final Fantasy, Chrono Trigger, Kingdom Hearts before it got super complicated) which lead to a deep love of Japanese music. J-rock has an extremely special place in my heart, and bands like The Gazette, One OK Rock, The Pillows and High and Mighty Color will always feel like home to me. In fact, my love of J-rock is partly what opened my eyes to the world of K-pop much farther down the road. If I wasn’t already interested in great Asian music and open to learning more, I may have never ended up in the K-pop fandom.
With that being said, I will admit that I am not always impressed with Japanese releases that come from my favorite K-pop groups. I have listened to all of my bias groups Japanese singles, of course, but sometimes something just doesn’t click for me between the songs and the music video releases that come out. This was definitely not the case with Day6’s new Japanese single ‘If ~Mata Aetara~’ (‘If ~I See You Again~). Maybe my established love of J-rock is what really made this song work for me. Whatever the reason, Day6 has definitely brought out their best once again for this song and video.
The video bounces back and forth between black and white and saturated color with simple effects that make the scenes fun to watch. The use of greys and reds help to illustrate the message of the song, which is about a love gone wrong when two people just couldn’t make things work out. Despite the slightly sad lyrics, I found myself kicking along to the beat and imagining myself jumping with a crowd to this song at a concert. Day6 has always given us great rock songs, and my J-rock loving soul was not disappointed by their first Japanese single. The single album officially releases in Japan on March 14th, and the track is also being used as the theme song for the new Japanese drama ‘Unmei o Kaeru Juukagetsu’ (translated as ‘Repeat’ in English).
Are you excited for new music from Day6? What other Japanese singles by K-pop/K-rock groups do you think I need to check out? Let me know your favorites in the comments below!