Takashi Murakami’s work on Billie Eilish’s new video for “You Should See Me in a Crown” is the latest example of Western music’s ongoing love affair with Japanese anime. And while it may seem obvious — American kids who like anime and grow up to be musicians are going to pay respect — it’s still exciting to see the art form embraced by Lil Uzi Vert, Soulja Boy and so many other artists in the world of hip-hop.

If you haven’t been listening to the lyrics, you may have missed the links. A recent uptick in anime-charged prose, however, has seen mentions of mainstream fan favorites such as “Dragonball Z” and “Naruto,” and more obscure series like “Berserk” and “Lupin the Third.” And what may seem like a playful nod to fandoms seems increasingly like a bona fide merging of cultures.

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