THE iDOLM@STER Tries Doo-wop

One of the last things I’d ever associate with anime would definitely be R&B from 1930s-1950s. I mean it’s definitely not a marriage that’s all too common given the stark differences between these two modes of culture. But hey, that’s the great thing about experimental pieces; if you mash two very different things together you just may end up with something completely awesome.  That’s the case here as it seems an artist in the Nico Nico Douga community has put together a MAD that combines the doo-wop stylings of Barry Mann and The Halos with the peppy rhythm game franchise THE iDOLM@STER.

Yeah, its weird at first, but...

Yeah, it sounds pretty weird at first, but...

The song used in this MAD, “Who Put The Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)” was one of the last great doo-wop compositions before the genre fell out of popularity in the mid-1960s. Take a look at the search results at YouTube to get a listen of the original version of the song if you like. Though if you ask me, I prefer the faster tempo punk-esque cover that the MAD’s author opted for.

This almost makes me want to check out THE iDOLM@STER... Almost.

This almost makes me want to check out THE iDOLM@STER... almost.

Another thing that strikes me about this MAD in particular is that even though it’s an amateur fan video, the production value is quite high. The acuity of the lines and the richness of the colors may be lost in the encoding process necessary to bring the video to YouTube or even Nico Nico Douga, but no one can deny that the animation itself is really something else. Despite having an expectedly low frame count, the character design and sheer kinetic charm the little ladies exude do wonders in covering up and complementing their jittery movements. Furthermore, you can tell the author had one hell of a storyboard to help him in coordinating what was happening onscreen with the verses that were currently being sung.

I’m not an expert or even a casual fan of THE iDOLM@STER, so I’m probably missing out on character reference jokes or sight gags, but you really don’t have to be one to have a great time with this ridiculously cool production. Heck, it might even turn you into a doo-wop fan while it’s at it!

Will you watch it now that fried chickens involved?

Will you watch it now that fried chicken's involved?

Source: Danny Choo

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~ by djudge on September 7, 2008.

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