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The Story Behind 'Eat Bulaga' Music Hero's Viral Anime Medley
The group's handler on the hit video: 'Nag-meet yung kulturang Pinoy at Hapon'
by John Paulo Aguilera | Apr 19, 2018
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Have you seen this viral anime medley by the grand-finalists-turned-regular-performers of Eat Bulaga's "Music Hero" talent competition?

It didn't take long before netizens—especially yung mga batang '90s—took notice of the musical nostalgia trip, which was performed by RD Benavides, Manly Ocampo, Jay-R Corre, Joaquin Rodrigo, and Fender Dimalanta. By the time the six-and-a-half-minute jam ended, almost everyone was asking for an encore of the tracks that defined their childhood.

In an interview with the group's handler, Zaki Poblete, he shared that Japanese rock is actually the group's collective frustration, so a cover performance of anime theme songs was bound to happen sooner or later. What they didn't expect was their impromptu production to be this well-received.

"Napag-usapan lang yung mga pinapanood nilang animated shows nung kabataan, tapos may nag-suggest na tugtugin yung mga OSTs," he revealed. "We finalized a list of songs, and because some weren't familiar with all of them, kinailangang kapain on the spot."

After a couple of rehearsals, they decided to record the entire thing and upload it on their official Facebook page. Five days later, the video is already at almost 2.1 million views and 70 thousand shares, not to mention a slew of positive comments. But not everyone was impressed by the memory-laden number.

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To the few naysayers, Poblete says the boys are taking them lightly. "Yung napapansin nilang konting lapses, di nila alam na sobrang biglaan lang niyan." Instead, they're focusing more on the sentimental effect of the trending clip, with him adding that Pinoys easily connect to anything that can bring them back to when life was simpler. "Karamihan sa kanila ang sinasabi, 'Theme song ko din yan nung bata ako.' Tsaka sa tingin ko, dito nag-meet yung kulturang Pilipino at Hapon."

He is also aware of the clamor for a Part 2 of the tracks that they missed ("Naka Shiawase" from Flame of Recca, and "Ohayou" from Hunter x Hunter). Poblete confirmed that the group is currently working on it, despite their busy schedule and other commitments. "Gusto talaga naming pagbigyan lahat ng requests." 

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