J Balvin Gets In The Business Of Japanese Hip Hop As He Announces New Project For Anime Film
J Balvin is totally on a roll right now. He’s just released a surprise album, Oasis, with Bad Bunny which has rocketed to the top of the charts and now the Colombian singer has announced a new project that will take him in an entirely different direction.
J Balvin is working with a Japanese hip hop group in an upcoming anime film.
Reggaetonero and Latin music superstar J Balvin has teamed up with Japan-based hip-hop trio m-flo on the theme song for a new animated movie, called HUMAN LOST, to be released in theaters worldwide this fall.
The popularity of Japan’s anime culture is increasing around the world, so it makes perfect sense for the “Mi Gente” singer to do such an incredible collaboration.
The anime film he’s working on is based on a sci-fi novel from 1948.
The original novel, called No Longer Human, is rated as the second best selling novel in all of Japan. I’m pretty sure it’s safe to assume, that with the backing of J Balvin and m-flo, the new adaptation will do even better.
No Longer Human is told in the form of notebooks left by one Ōba Yōzō, a troubled man incapable of revealing his true self to others, and who is instead forced to uphold a facade of hollow humor.
The film, along with the new track, will hit theatres in the US this fall.
While the animated movie is set to hit the theaters in the U.S. in fall this year, it had its world premiere last Friday at the Anime Expo 2019 in Los Angeles.
M-Flo made a surprise appearance at the event to announce their involvement in the movie’s main theme, which features Balvin.
Turns out, M-Flo and Balvin also performed together at last year’s Summer Sonic Festival in Japan – Balvin’s first time performing in the country.
The “Safari” singer performed in Japan for the first time last summer at the annual Summer Sonic music festival, where m-flo’s VERBAL suggested they work on the theme song together.
A known fan of Japanese popular culture, Balvin readily accepted the offer and the collaboration took off from there.
Quite a few J Balvin fans were surprised by the annoucement but most were super excited for the project.
It’s definitely a big departure for the reggaeton singer but with the global popularity of Latino singers right now, it’s seems like a perfect match to us.
Some people on Twitter admitted they were just here for the new J Balvin track…not the anime.
Even if that’s true for some people, anime has exploded into a giant industry worth more than $18 billion globally, so I’d say Balvin is making the right decision.