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Sailor Moon Crystal’s Momoiro Clover Z Joins the KISS Army

Your eyes aren’t deceiving you. The classic glam rock group is taking a bold step in a new direction by working with a Japanese musical group.

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It just so happens that this group also performed the opening theme to Sailor Moon Crystal. You know, “Shiny Makeup,” and so on.

KISS made the announcement last month that the group would mark this collaboration with the release of a new single on January 28, 2015.


The new single, titled Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina, was composed by Paul Stanley and Greg Collins, with lyrics by Yuho Iwasato. It will be released in 120 countries via iTunes in two flavors. The first will be performed entirely by KISS. The second, which is a bit more interesting at the moment, will feature KISS on background vocals and instrumental pieces, while Momoiro Clover Z handle the lead vocals.

In addition to the iTunes roll-out, a music video was shot in Las Vegas.

The KISS version of the song, as well as a new song titled Samurai Son will also be released in the upcoming Best of KISS 40 album.

Now, let’s be honest for a second, here. This collaborative song is either going to be very good or very bad. KISS and Momoiro Clover Z are two distinct sounds that tend to clash with one another. KISS are pioneers of glam rock, who taught their fans how to rock and roll all night (and party every day). Momoiro Clover Z are an idol group, whose specialty lay in bouncy bubblegum pop.

That’s not to say that rock and bouncy pop can’t coexist. After all, Babymetal found a way to blend heavy metal and that same brand of pop music into something that’s genuinely appealing to a non-trivial group of people.

Whether KISS and Momoiro Clover Z can pull this off, though, remains to be seen. Regardless, it will be interesting to see how the single turns out. At best, this could turn out to be a winning combination. At worst, we’ll have another silly curiosity to show people, like that video of Mr. T rapping. In either case, somebody turns out a winner.

And yes, Mr. T totally did a rap video:

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Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

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