Babymetal × Kiba of Akiba

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"Babymetal × Kiba of Akiba"
BABYMETAL × Kiba of Akiba (cover).jpg
Single by Babymetal and Kiba of Akiba
from the album Babymetal and Yeniol and Sakura Gakuin 2011 Nendo: Friends
Released March 7, 2012 (2012-03-07)
Format CD single, digital download
Genre J-pop, electronicore, hip hop, crunk, melodic death metal[1]
Length 14:49[2]
Songwriter(s) Nakata Caos, Mish-Mosh ("Iine!")
Kiba of Akiba ("Party @the BBS")
Producer(s) Daiki Kasho ("Iine!")
Kiba of Akiba ("Party @the BBS")
Babymetal singles chronology
"Doki Doki ☆ Morning"
(DVD single)
(2011) Doki Doki ☆ Morning2011
"Babymetal × Kiba of Akiba"
(2012) Babymetal × Kiba of Akiba2012
(2012) Headbangeeeeerrrrr!!!!!2012
Kiba of Akiba singles chronology
"Animation With You"
(2011) Animation With You2011
"Babymetal × Kiba of Akiba"
(2012) Babymetal × Kiba of Akiba2012
"Zenbu Uchū ga Warui"
(2012) Zenbu Uchū ga Warui2012
Music video
Babymetal "Iine!" on YouTube
Babymetal "Iine" (Live in Tokyo 2012)

"Babymetal × Kiba of Akiba" (BABYMETAL×キバオブアキバ) is a joint single by the bands Babymetal and Kiba of Akiba. The single was first released in Japan on March 7, 2012 to promote the album Sakura Gakuin 2011 Nendo: Friends.[3][4][5]

Background and release[edit]

Babymetal and Kiba of Akiba first met under the management of the main group Sakura Gakuin, and later, decided on a collaboration.[6] The split single was announced by Tower Records Japan on February 9, 2012, and was the fifth single released to promote Sakura Gakuin 2011 Nendo: Friends'.[7]

The single contains two original songs, one performed by Babymetal and one by Kiba of Akiba, and two bonus tracks. The first bonus track, "Kimi to Anime ga Mitai (Answer for Animation with You)" is a cover of the Kiba of Akiba song "Animation with You", as performed by Babymetal.[8] The second bonus track is a remix of the Babymetal song "Doki Doki ☆ Morning", as performed by Kiba of Akiba.[7]

On April 6, 2012, Babymetal performed at Tower Records Japan in Shibuya to commemorate the release of the single.[6]



"Iine!" (いいね!, "Isn't it good!") was first released as the band's second single as a subgroup of Sakura Gakuin, and the fifth single overall from the album Sakura Gakuin 2011 Nendo: Friends, from which an remix of the song, "Iine!" (Vega Mix Ver.), was featured.

The band premiered the song at the concert “Woman's Power 20th Anniversary” at Shibuya O-West.[9] "Iine!" later served as the second single for their debut album Babymetal.


According to, "Iine!" "combines pop with extreme metal guitars, an occasional growl or two and a tinge of hip hop".[10] Brad Nelson of The Guardian compared the breakdown in "Iine!" to the works of Lex Luger, "down to the nervy, rattling snares".[11] Japanese music portal Barks described the song with an edgy sound in the beginning as the electronica/screamo style, electronicore (known in Japan as "pikorimo"). The breakdown contains elements of hip hop, then a combination of death metal sounds and screamo.[1] The screams, "It's not the sign of the horns, it's a kitsune sign" refer to the three members initially mistaking the former for the head of a fox.[12]

Suzuka Nakamoto stated that the song expressed the band's desire to establish a fun, aggressive, new genre in music, and challenged them to rap.[6] She has also stated: "I have an impression that many American fans are fond of dance music tunes like "Iine!" Overall, the response from American audiences during our shows is so real."[13] She further explained that the choreography at the chorus is easy, allowing the audience to build hype with the band, with sudden shouts just before the climax.[12]

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Iine!" was directed by Daishinszk.[14] The video features a variation of para-para style dance in the interlude, along with several scenes of the members in hip hop style costumes.[6]

Other songs[edit]

Following the limited release of "Animation With You", "Party @the BBS" served as the second single from the album Yeniol. The song has an internet motif of "Let's party at the bulletin board system" played in a heavy tune, with lyrics such as "We have been waiting here, for you" sung in a melancholy manner. The song has been interpreted as a love song.[15]

The song "Kimi to Anime ga Mitai (Answer for Animation With You)" (君とアニメが見たい~Answer for Animation With You, "I Want to See Anime with You (Answer for Animation With You)") is a cover of the Kiba of Akiba song "Animation With You", released in 2011. Nakamoto stated that the song was the first time she had heard metal death growls, though the growls were ultimately left to the other two members for the cover. Unlike the original song, the chorus contains background vocals from Mizuno and Kikuchi. The latter called the song one of the band's beloved, thanking Kiba of Akiba for the introduction.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Artist Length
1. "Iine!" (いいね!) Babymetal (BABYMETAL) 4:10
2. "Party @the BBS" (Party @The BBS) Kiba of Akiba (キバオブアキバ) 3:42
3. "Kimi to Anime ga Mitai (Answer for Animation with You)" (君とアニメが見たい~Answer for Animation With You) (bonus track) Babymetal featuring You (BABYMETAL feat. 君)
Kiba of Akiba cover
4. "Doki Doki ☆ Morning" (Ver. Koa) (ド・キ・ド・キ☆モーニング Ver.Koa) (bonus track) Kiba of Akiba (キバオブアキバ)
Babymetal cover

Credits and personnel[edit]

Recording and management

  • Recorded at Studio246 Kyoto
  • Mixed at Studio246 Kyoto
  • Mastered at Parasight Mastering


Credits adapted from "Babymetal × Kiba of Akiba" single cover notes and Google Play. Bonus tracks do not include credits.[16]


Chart (2012) Peak
Japan (Oricon)[17] 46
Japan Hot Singles Sales (Billboard)[18] 50

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Japan[19] March 7, 2012 CD, digital download
  • Juonbu Records
  • Toy's Factory
Worldwide[20] Digital download Toy's Factory


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  3. ^ "BABYMETAL×キバオブアキバ、スプリットCDの全貌が明らかに!". CDJournal News (in Japanese). 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2013-11-13. 
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  8. ^ "iTunes - ミュージック - キバオブアキバ「Animation With You - Single」". iTunes JP. Apple Inc. Retrieved 31 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "[BABYMETAL]BABYMETAL, a metal idol group consisted of girls aged 13 on average, is finally appearing on the movie! They’ve told us about the event they performed and great news! « Kawaii girl Japan". Kawaii Girl Japan. 2012-01-20. Retrieved 2015-09-01. 
  10. ^ "Japan's BABYMETAL Talks 'Headbangeeeeerrrrr!' Single, Plans To Travel Overseas (Video)". 2012-07-02. 
  11. ^ "Babymetal review: pop fans and headbangers united in awe". The Guardian. 2014-10-05. Retrieved 2016-09-23. 
  12. ^ a b c "BABYMETAL全楽曲解説インタビュー" [Interview: BABYMETAL Explains All the Songs]. Hedoban (in Japanese). Shinko Music Entertainment (1): 66–68. 2013-07-04. 
  13. ^ "Babymetal Talk World Tour, New 'Metal Resistance' Album & Meeting Ariana Grande". Billboard. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 
  14. ^ "BABYMETAL - いいね![ Iine! ](Edit ver.) - YouTube". Toy's Factory. 
  15. ^ MAY-E (2012-03-06). "アイドルとヲタクがメタル・フィールドでガチンコ・バトル!? 攻めに攻めまくった衝撃スプリットCDが完成!". 激ロック (in Japanese). 激ロックエンタテインメント株式会社. Retrieved 2016-01-11. 
  16. ^ Babymetal × Kiba of Akiba (CD cover notes). Babymetal and Kiba of Akiba. Toy's Factory. 2012. p. 2. 
  17. ^ "「BABYMETAL×キバオブアキバ」 BABYMETAL×キバオブアキバ オリコン芸能人事典". ORICON STYLE. Retrieved 2013-12-26. 
  18. ^ "Billboard Japan Hot Singles Sales│Charts│Billboard JAPAN". Billboard Japan. Retrieved 2014-08-08. 
  19. ^ "BABYMETAL". iTunes JP. Apple Inc. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 
  20. ^ "Babymetal". iTunes US. Apple Inc. Retrieved 10 April 2014. 

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