The meta-meme of Rick Astley’s “By no means Gonna Give You Up” and its seemingly infinite permutations really feel considerably just like the Web’s personal cosmic background radiation—a static synth-pop hiss taking part in on repeat towards all the opposite chaos. Pausing lengthy sufficient to think about the dynamics at play within the cyclical nature of Rickrolling references and new artistic spins on the 1987 tune may simply ship us right into a long-overdue, on-line existential tailspin… so as a substitute let’s simply bask within the odd glory that’s “By no means Gonna Give You Up” reimagined because the intro theme tune to a Japanese anime collection.
Positive, maybe it’s not totally shocking to listen to simply how completely the late-80’s American pop vibe meshes with the extraordinarily earnest J-pop stylings present in anime credit score sequences… however that doesn’t imply “Kesshite Yuzuranai” isn’t an ideal banger that we want really preceded a cartoon about some psychic child and their attachment to, like, a large mecha-cat. Or one thing comparable.
Okay, so clearly the writer of this piece isn’t the most versed on anime, however give us a while. A couple of extra reworkings of acquainted cultural touchstones to suit the Japanese medium, they usually simply would possibly lastly be satisfied to depart the consolation of their pop cultural bubble and check out some new stuff for as soon as, as a substitute of rewatching Deadwood for the 103th time.
In any case, the one factor that might actually enhance the newest “By no means Gonna Give You Up” take is somebody really making a pretend anime sequence to go with the tune. Hell, develop a whole Rick Astley anime present, when you’re at it. Please make it so, Web. Within the meantime, we’ll simply need to accept including “Kesshite Yuzuranai” to our Finish of Summer season playlist in the intervening time.