UP UP GIRLS (kakko KARI) get their beats off to the right foot with the release of the first PV from their latest single. Homey shots of Sekine Azusa and Saho Akari in plainclothes add a personal touch to “Da Dan Dance!” and its dancehall choreography. The dance shots also get supplemented with the Mori Saki, Furukawa Konatsu, and Arai Minami dressed as MCs seemingly narrating Azusa and Akari’s life dance like a postmodern existential drama. Meanwhile, “Da Dan Dance!” plays with horn driven, piano assisted accompaniments to the spirited pop arrangements. I find the punctuated rhythms of the “principles” read out quite catching, and the chorus makes me want to get up and cut a rug in an embarrassing display. No doubt about it, “Da Dan Dance!” scratches the pop itch that inflicts me. “Da Da Dance!” is the lead track on the newest UP UP GIRLS (kakko KARI) triple A-side single “Da Dan Dance!/Heat Beat Island/5 to the 5th Power”, available in stores on June 25, 2019.
Up Up Girls (Kari) (アップアップガールズ(仮); pronounced Up Up Girls Kakko Kari), or simply Up Up Girls, is a Japanese girl group originally consisting of seven former Hello Pro Kenshuusei members currently under UP-FRONT CREATE. They were originally known as Up Front Girls (Kari) (アップフロントガールズ(仮)), but they changed to their current name in June, 2011. The last part of their name, (仮), read ‘kakko kari’ is often used as a logo to represent the group. Their name is often shortened to Apuga (アプガ). Up Up Girls (kakko KARI)’s current lineup includes members Furukawa Konatsu (古川小夏), Mori Saki (森咲樹), Saho Akari (佐保明梨), Sekine Azusa (関根梓), and Arai Manami (新井愛瞳).
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