B.A.P Warrior Japanese
There’s been a few debut Japanese K-pop singles over the past three years that are memorable for all the right reasons. KARA’s “Mister” is a classic and clearly the best of the bunch, but T-ara’s “Bo Peep Bo Peep” also sounded better in Japanese than it did in Korean, and 2PM’s cheesily amazing “Take Off” is also worth mentioning, despite being an original song.

Although the Hallyu wave in Japan has definitely died down, the serially-overworked B.A.P recently inked a Japanese record deal with King Records (home of MEG and Momoiro Clover Z) to release a local version of “Warrior”. My expectations for their J-debut were low considering how tacky a lot of K-pop in Japan’s been, but B.A.P’s actually delivered one of the best Japanese K-pop releases I’ve ever seen.

Yongguk Fire GIF

I have no idea if they’re pronunciation or accents are correct, but phonetically the song sounds perfect to my Caucasian ears. There’s a smooth flow and no awkward moments to interrupt the blistering intensity of the song (although Japanese speakers may beg to differ). Besides sounding more polished, the rest of the “Warrior” is left intact (no need to mess with perfection!).

The music video is an upgraded version of the original. It looks sleeker and more expensive, and instead of B.A.P doing their dance break on boring old cement like before, they now do it in shallow water so everything splashes and looks extra awesome. Since it’s been over a year-and-a-half since they debuted, it’s fun to see the boys revisit their first (and possibly best) single while sporting their current image. For starters, you can actually tell them apart now without the blonde dye jobs, and secondly, they look more confident and self-assured this time around.

Now, can we talk about HOW F-CKING HOT THEY LOOK? Scrawny Yongguk carrying the hammer made me drool, Youngjae literally has the face of an angel, and Zelo… Well, he’s underage, so I’m gonna shut up now before I end up in jail.

I seriously can’t believe that B.A.P hasn’t become the biggest new boy band around yet. They’ve got epic music, great visuals, original and distinctive sound and concept, powerful performances, and a leader who actually writes and produces their music. Not to mention that they’ve been performing at a top tier level since the day they debuted. Yet somehow it’s EXO who just managed to win 14 (!!!) trophies for “Growl.”

B.A.P Dead GIF

What’s B.A.P gotta do to get a first place win around here?

  • Cammie

    I agree that B.A.P. deserved more :) But EXO is AWESOME too! <3 They worked hard for the 14 wins in music shows.

    • truth

      EXO is a joke, only horny fangirls like them ….i bet you would be embarrassed t play wolf or mama or growl in public…

      • Side_Eye

        I’m a Sone and I listen to Mama and Growl. Grow up, sweetheart.

      • Guest

        Actually, I’m not. Actually I get as hyped up and I’ll start dancing randomly if i were to hear Growl or Growl or Mama in public, EXACTLY just like how I would be when I hear B.A.P. songs in public xD WARRIORRRRRR
        It’s not a crime to LOVE B.A.P. and EXO right? I know this is a B.A.P. article so I’m here to support B.A.P. and not start fanwars. But as an EXO fan too, I don’t want to see them being hated on by some random person for no reason, and what kind of assumption are you making about only horny fangirls liking EXO?

        Anyways~ Peace out (Y) :)

      • Cammie

        Actually, I’m not. Actually I get as hyped up and I’ll start dancing randomly if i were to hear Growl or Wolf or Mama in public, EXACTLY just like how I would be when I hear B.A.P. songs in public xD WARRIORRRRRR
        It’s not a crime to LOVE B.A.P. and EXO right? I know this is a B.A.P. article so I’m here to support B.A.P. and not start fanwars. But as an EXO fan too, I don’t want to see them being hated on by some random person for no reason, and what kind of assumption are you making about only horny fangirls liking EXO?

        Anyways~ Peace out (Y) :)

  • Allen Alexander

    They look so fucking good, aside from a few minor hair issues (Zelo.) Proud of these babies!

    • Josh Chinnery

      What I wanna know is what Zelo did to deserve that atrociously colored afro thing

  • disqus_yJnUIMz9ep

    #JusticeForBAP

  • KingBeaArthur

    I usually ignore Japanese versions of Korean songs (waiting until the artists release something original) but even I have to admit B.A.P killed it! Youngjae <333

    I'm flabbergasted B.A.P haven't been able to pull at least ONE win yet. Even when i haven't felt the song or concept they've been one of the most consistently strong rookie groups -along with VIXX- in years!!!

  • Half of it’s still in korean anyway?! xD I heard from japanese speakers that there japanese pronunciation is pretty bad but oh well… still remains one of the best debut songs in recent k-pop.

  • CJux

    Are they even singing in Japanese? I couldn’t understand a single Japanese word. And I’m pretty sure the rap parts are still in Korean.

    I love Warrior, but I’m starting to think that the less Japanese a K-Pop song has, and the shittiest the pronunciation is, the more likely it will be considered a “good J-Kpop release” by the international audience.

  • Riley Biers

    UMMM is anyone else noticing their recycled I Got a Boy stage lmfao

    http://www.callmepatricia.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/20130106_cmpatriciasnsd.jpg

  • Sharon

    Warrior is such a badass song that it doesn’t matter what languange they sing it in, it sounds great. Still, I don’t understand Japanese but it seems like their singing in Korean. That’s not good.

  • A+ music video. But their pronunciation…nothing a lot of practice can’t fix. I don’t know how the song will go over in japan with all the Korean though.

  • Hit Girl

    That gif of Zelo. UNF