A bar pianist in Japan is gaining attention online for the subtle way he plays iconic music from games such as “Pokemon” game and classics like Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” without anyone noticing.
Ryota Kikuchi (@komuro_metal), a pianist who usually performs at the “piano lounge” Conbrio in Kawagoe, Japan is going viral for playing really out of place music on his piano in a very classy setting.
Check him out playing the background music in “Pokemon Red” and “Pokemon Blue” (and “Green” in Japan) whenever the main character jumps onto a bike, according to SoraNews24.
— 菊池亮太(Anoatari)/こむろめたる (@komuro_metal) September 12, 2018
In case you need a refresher, here is the original track in glorious 8-bit form.
Even more jaw dropping is Kikuchi performing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in the piano lounge without anyone batting an eye.
バーでバレずにニルヴァーナの「Smells Like Teen Spirit」を弾く方法 pic.twitter.com/c604hhGBtb
— 菊池亮太(Anoatari)/こむろめたる (@komuro_metal) August 1, 2018
This one starts off with a very mellow key arrangement before jumping into the first stanza of the famous grunge song by the iconic American rock band Nirvana.
Here’s what people on social media are saying about Ryota’s classy rendition of the bicycle theme in “Pokemon”:
“The first games really did have the best soundtrack.”
“Now I want him to play Violet City music.”
“I want to hear the Pokémon Black and White ‘bridge’ BGM.”
“This sort of arrangement would work great for the S.S. Anne music too!”
“If this guy ever releases a CD, I’d buy it in an instant.”
For those who want to see or listen to Ryota perform live, he mostly plays his set during Wednesday nights at the piano lounge, which is a one-minute walk away from the Kawagoe Station.
Featured Image via Twitter / komuro_metal