In a heartwarming cross-cultural nod, Japanese maestro Joe Hisaishi, famed composer of Studio Ghibli soundtracks, recently shared a TikTok post applauding BTS leader Kim Namjoon's piano cover of "Merry-Go-Round of Life." The iconic track hails from the beloved anime film "Howl's Moving Castle."
"I love @rkive's cover of 'Merry Go Round Of Life" #bts #rm
RM, known for his musical prowess, shared the cover on Instagram in October 2023. Even amidst military service since December 2023, RM's talent continues to resonate globally. Hisaishi's acknowledgement sparked a Twitter frenzy, with fans celebrating the intersection of K-pop and anime culture.
give joon back his phone NEOWWWWWW he needs to see this ☹️ https://t.co/uutatS0oZx— jimin connoisseur🌱⁷ (@wildflowrmemory) January 19, 2024
I love this for our Namjoonie I hope it brings a swell of pride to his beautiful heart 💜 https://t.co/I5ZSqyyceG— Nҽƚƚy⁷ (@NettyMogwi) January 20, 2024
Hisaishi, a luminary in the music industry since 1981, has composed over 100 motion pictures, including Studio Ghibli classics like "Spirited Away" and "Princess Mononoke." His recognition of RM's cover amplifies the global impact of BTS's artistic influence.
The convergence of two musical worlds underscores the universal language of melody and the profound impact of anime on global entertainment. As RM's piano notes resonate, the harmony of cultural appreciation unfolds, bridging continents through shared love for music and animation.