A Japanese 7th grader has given Sakanaction‘s ’80s-inspired music video for “Wasurerarenaino” a delightful Lego makeover.
Earlier this year, the young YouTuber who goes by the name of Drop — a 6th grader at the time — used his own adorable cover of the band’s hit song “Shin Takarajima” to recreate the music video in its entirety using Lego blocks and stop-motion animation.
The video quickly racked up views thanks to the boy’s meticulous attention to detail and impressive quality of the finished work, including the completely self-recorded cover of the song. Watch it below:
The visuals eventually caught the attention of the band and led to frontman Ichiro Yamaguchi giving the boy a call during his regular radio program Sakana LOCKS! on Tokyo FM. Yamaguchi stayed in touch with Drop after their phone conversation, and asked if he’d be interested in Lego-fying “Wasurerarenaino” this time.
The teen creator spent about month and a half and 3,000 shots to animate the “Drop Block Studio Cover Version” of the track, which he also recorded again from scratch, despite his voice breaking at the time.
The original visuals pay tribute to the popular culture of the ’80s in Japan, and the Lego version does its best to recreate the same feel, including the building-block version of the cityscape toward the end. Yusuke Tanaka, the director of the original video who also shot “Shin Takarajima,” and Yamaguchi were both impressed by the finished work. Watch the original version below: