Earlier this year Japanese idol group Kamen Joshi, or Mask Girls, released a track, "元気種☆" or "Genkidane☆," which is now No. 1 on Japan's Oricon Singles Chart.
Mask Girls are made up of three Japanese idol groups -- Alice Juban, Steamgirls, and Armorgirls. "Genkidane☆" is a Babymetal-inspired romp that switches on a dime from cheery positivity to hardcore, boot-stomping metal.
The lyrics in "Genkidane☆" are designed to inspire -- pump you up, get you excited about life. Kamen Joshi are basically singing random positive phrases. The song's title means "happy/energetic."
Kahn helped translate some of the song's lyrics, which alternate between Japanese and English, to help us nail down its basic theme.
After all that sunshine comes a dark cloud by the way of intense guttural screams and a dramatic shift in mood to wash away whatever posi-vibes the song's beginning may have built up.
Then it's back to Pleasantville... a Pleasantville stocked with teenage Japanese girls dressed like Sgt Pepper ballerinas who were put on earth to do the bidding of Jason Voorhees.