Momoiro Clover Z vs. KISS: “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saite Mina” Single

Momoiro Clover Z’s (ももいろクローバーZ) newest single, “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saite Mina” (夢の浮世に咲いてみな/Try Blooming in the Floating World of Dreams), is their long-awaited collaboration with the heavily made-up American superstar band, KISS. The members of KISS wrote and performed the music for the song, and also provide backup vocals.

The music video features Momoiro Clover Z playing the part of Minamoto no Yorimitsu (源頼光) and his Shitennou (四天王), and the members of KISS playing Tsuchigumo (土蜘蛛). They battle each other in a half-animated ukiyo-e world.

The single comes in two types: Momoclo version (ももクロ盤/Momokuro-ban) and KISS version (KISS盤/KISS-ban). The Momoclo version comes with a Blu-ray video of the music video; the KISS version has no video but has one extra song. That extra song is “Samurai Son.” “Samurai Son” has the same music as “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saite Mina,” but has English-language lyrics sung by KISS, with Momoiro Clover Z singing back-up. The lyrics to “Samurai Son” are a little different from “Yume no Ukiyo ni Saite Mina”‘s (see my English translation here)…but I suppose a certain amount of disparity to be expected when you have a collaboration between Japanese women in their 20’s and American men in their 60’s.

There’s an hour-long documentary about Momoclo and KISS’s collaboration uploaded on DailyMotion.

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