Album cover in Animal Crossing: New Horizons
|Composed by||Toru Minegishi|
|Mood||A little blue...|
Names in other languages
Товарищ К. К
"Comrade K.K." is a K.K. Slider song in the Animal Crossing series that first appeared in Doubutsu no Mori. The song is based upon ryūkōka, or early Shōwa-era popular music in Japanese. Ryūkōka combines aspects of Japanese and western folk music. The live version in particular resembles bard music, a genre that was common among amateur musicians in the former Soviet Union.
The Japanese title (Shōwa Keke Kayō, or "Shōwa-era K.K. Ballad") and album art reflect the influence of ryūkōka, while the English song title reflects the influence of bard music; the term comrade is commonly associated with Soviet Russia and communist politics.
The album cover for "Comrade K.K.", originally used for its Japanese e-Reader card, features K.K. Slider with hair, glasses, and a suit. In New Leaf, K.K.'s portrait is against a gray and beige background with writing, akin to a classic Japanese record. In New Horizons, K.K.'s portrait is against a purple background, resembling pop art from the early 20th century. The New Horizons cover reads "けけ歌謡" (Keke Kayō) in kanji, meaning "K.K. Ballad"; this is derived from the song's Japanese name, "しょうわけけかよう" (Shōwa Keke Kayō), or "Shōwa-era K.K. Ballad."
K.K.'s appearance on the album cover may be a reference to the iconic ryūkōka singer Tarō Shōji, who wore similar rounded glasses. Shōji was a prominent leftist figure who studied Marxist economics, which fits with the connotations of the title "Comrade K.K." K.K.'s appearance may also be a reference to Soviet-era Russian composer Dmitri Shostakovich, which relates to the Russian folk style of the song and the Japanese song title.
The song's North American e-Reader card artwork is unique, and has a more overt Russian theme. It features Weber, Iggy, Rolf, Lobo, and K.K. Slider; they are wearing buttoned-up ushanka-style hats (popularized in the Soviet era) and performing a Russian folk dance, in front of a building resembling Saint Basil's Cathedral.
In Doubutsu no Mori
In Doubutsu no Mori+
In Animal Crossing
In Animal Crossing, "Comrade K.K." is played in Dobie's house.
In Doubutsu no Mori e+
In Doubutsu no Mori e+, "Comrade K.K." is played in the houses of Boomer, Iggy, Kidd, and Lucy, and the aircheck of the song's live performance can be received from Iggy, Lucy, and Sven at maximum friendship.
In Wild World
In Animal Crossing: Wild World, "Comrade K.K." is played in Lucy's house.
In City Folk
In New Leaf
In New Horizons
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons, "Comrade K.K." is played in the houses of Curt, Frett, Greta, Hamphrey, Hopper, and Marcel. The aircheck of this song can be obtained from one of these villagers after visiting their house by their favor. This song's aircheck can also be purchased in Nook Shopping daily selection for 3,200 Bells.
In Animal Crossing: New Horizons – Happy Home Paradise, "Comrade K.K." is played in the houses of Coach, Lobo, and Violet.
In Happy Home Designer
Names in other languages
- In Doubutsu no Mori and Doubutsu no Mori+
- In Doubutsu no Mori+ and Animal Crossing
- In Doubutsu no Mori e+ only
- In Doubutsu no Mori e+, Wild World, City Folk, and New Leaf
- In Doubutsu no Mori e+ and New Leaf
- In City Folk, New Leaf, and New Horizons
- In New Leaf only
- In New Horizons only
- In New Horizons and Happy Home Designer
- In Happy Home Paradise and Happy Home Designer
- In Happy Home Designer only