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East Meets West for this Anime's Theme Song

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Japanese pop group Perfume and American band OK Go have teamed up to create a theme song for the new Japanese anime Sushi Police.

To celebrate 20 years of broadcasting, Japanese TV channel Tokyo MX released a new 3DCG anime called Sushi Police, which debuted on January 6. The series follows the adventures of three agents from the World Food Culture Conservation Organisation, who are responsible for policing the authenticity of Japanese food overseas.

Reflecting the East-meets-West narrative of the anime, Japanese techno-pop unit Perfume worked together with U.S. alternative rock band OK Go to create the theme song for the series. The new song, called “I Don’t Understand You,” aired for the first time at the opening of the television series. This is the first time Perfume has collaborated musically with an international artist.

OK Go have been fans of Perfume for a long time, with the Japanese trio appearing in their 2014 music video, “I Won’t Let You Down.“

Overseeing the arrangement for their second collaboration is Perfume’s producer, 35-year-old Yasutaka Nakata, who also works for solo artist Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. With a total of seven number-one albums under his belt, Nakata knows how to create a hit song that resonates with audiences.

If you missed the broadcast, the new track became available on Google Play and Amazon on January 7.

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