There’s no doubt in my mind that ORESAMA has earned their moniker. The meaning behind their name is simple, but potent– it’s an incredibly self-confident way of referring to oneself, a name that is completely conceited and egotistical. After listening to their entire discography, the meaning behind their name seemed to slide easily into place. In every track, all I can hear is a kind of contagious self-assurance, a sound that makes even the most downtrodden want to get up and groove.
No, Shibuya-based ORESAMA deserves their self-confidence. There is an ease with which they perform, as if they’re stepping into a position made only for them, like Cinderella’s glass slipper. In a 2017 interview, they claimed that their name was meant to give them a bit of power on stage, something to make them seem like a threat. Off-stage, at least by their own admission, they aren’t too incredibly full of themselves.
Over the past six years, the two members have captured plenty of hearts both domestically and abroad with their city pop sounds and groovy 80s swagger. The band doesn’t need more than its two members to create some truly iconic beats, and as far as anisong creators go, they have to be one of the most unique out there at the moment. When you hear an ORESAMA song, you know it could only be them.
If 2020 is bumming you out and you need a pick-me-up, look no further. At the very least, ORESAMA will put a smile on your face and make your foot start tapping.
Who are the Two Members of ORESAMA?
- Hideya Kojima – With roots in funk and disco, Kojima brings his classic style to the band as it’s trackmaster and backup vocalist. When not working on tracks for the group, Kojima can be found writing music and creating compositions for other artists, most recently for Reina Ueda. He’s admitted that one of his largest influences is Sheena Ringo.
- PON – The lead vocalist of the band, PON is also the incredibly talented lyricist. (Also, she makes it clear on the band’s website that she is in charge of ‘cuteness’ and we’d all agree.) Outside of her activities with ORESAMA, she also sang the opening song for the anime series ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka. Pon is a huge fan of 80s and 90s anime, with her favorite series being Urusei Yatsura.
Since 2014, ORESAMA has Scaled the Anisong Charts
The band’s first single, Ookami Heart, immediately conveyed the duo’s unique style to the masses. Their signature sound aside, the music video is a colorful ode to classic anime, with graphics created by Tokyo-based artist utomaru. The vividness of her artstyle mixed with the smooth tempo of the band’s music makes for an almost hypnotic experience. Try watching just one ORESAMA video–it’s impossible.
In 2017, the group released the song ‘Wonder Drive,’ which became a major push to the duo’s fame. Used as the opening song for the anime series Alice & Zoroku, the music video had bits and pieces seemingly influenced by RPGs with dashes of bubblegum pop, making something completely unforgettable. Basically, ‘Wonder Drive’ is the track that will be stuck in your head for weeks to come.
In 2017, the group continued to rise to the tippy-top of anisong fame with ‘Trip Trip Trip.’ It was used as the opening song for the recent adaptation of the anime series Mahoujin Guru Guru, if it sounds familiar. (Also, that show is incredibly cute and refreshing, so check it out on Crunchyroll if you have a minute.)
2018 brought the release of ‘Hi-Fi Train,’ which became the main single off of their first album Hi-Fi POPS. The blend of cyber-graffiti and pop-up animation is overwhelmingly refreshing, and if you’re a fan of this track or any of the band’s previous works, their debut album will knock your socks off.
Out of every single ORESAMA track, however, my personal favorite is 2019’s ‘OPEN THE WORLDS,’ used as the opening track for the anime series Han-Gyaku-Sei Million Arthur. If you haven’t heard of the show, well, that’s to be expected–sadly, it hasn’t made it outside of Japan just yet. Luckily, ORESAMA’s record label Lantis made the music video for the track available to fans all over the world, and we are incredibly lucky.
The jazzy piano puts me in a good mood every single time I hit replay, and even though 2020 hasn’t been a great year for music (for obvious reasons,) it’s obvious that whatever the group puts out next will be a home run. Sadly, I don’t think I can hit any of PON’s high notes at karaoke, but that doesn’t mean I won’t try.
Where to Listen to ORESAMA
If you’re interested in experiencing some of ORESAMA’s unique sound, much of their music is available on Spotify.
You can also find some of their vivid and wild music videos on Youtube.
While their official channel doesn’t have a ton of content yet, it’s a great place to see a few of their lazer-filled live performances.