the pillows 『ハッピバースデー』

After a year of absence, the pillows return with a new single called “Happy Birthday”.

While it will only be released in September, the band has made a short version of the video available. Until then, it’ll be a full month before we hear it in its completion.

And for those unfamiliar with the pillows, they sang the first EP of Sket Dance! in 2011. A separate song “Funny Bunny” was also featured in Episode 17 during the Kaimei High School Rock Festival arc.

While the original ‘pillows’ rendition had a Beatles-ish happy head-bopping tune, the Sketchbook – a real-life band that was formed during the anime’s “Sketchbook Project” to depict the fictional one formed by Bossun, Himeko and Switch (am I making sense?) – also did a cover of this song, which was more upbeat.

So glad to see this band back in action!

Official MV

The Sketchbook’s cover of “Funny Bunny” – LOVE how they amped up the bass. 

On a side note, I thought Sket Dance! was just randomly funny until I saw Episode 24 and 25 and was very much sobered up. While I’ve seen nearly all 77 episodes of the anime, I didn’t get a chance to follow up on the manga until it’s last chapter last month (seriously, it’s over already?!). But the trio will always hold a special place in my heart for their “slice-of-life” approach to everyday living even as kids.

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