Super Sonico’s Theme Song Sounds A Bit Familiar

This morning, as I sat on my exercise bike — pedalling madly while watching the new anime Super Sonico — I was struck by the sudden realisation that I had heard part of the anime’s theme song somewhere before: in The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

The opening song from the first episode of the anime (the second episode uses a different one) is “Beat Goes On!” by the titular idol Super Sonico (voiced by Ayano Yamamoto). Its chorus sounds just like the chorus of “Hot Patootie — Bless My Soul” from The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Now don’t get me wrong. The rest of the song couldn’t be more different. And while the words (not to mention languages) are different as well, it’s obvious that the choruses share not only a similar chord progression, but also a similar rhythm in the vocals.

So, this raises a question much like the one the show raised last week with its odd character names and their possible political meaning: Is the chorus of “Beat Goes On!” homage? Is it just a coincidence? …Or am I just crazy and the two songs sound nothing alike? Check out the video above to decide for yourself.

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