Why does a ’90s Japanese drama theme song calm crying babies? An acoustics expert explains

Originally published on Sora News by Dale Roll

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Who would have thought the theme song to Great Teacher Onizuka would actually be good for babies?

If you grew up in Japan in the late nineties or early aughts, or if you’re an anime fan, you probably know of a little smash-hit franchise known as Great Teacher Onizuka. Considered a classic shonen manga from the era, it was successful enough to spawn not only a 43-episode TV anime but also a movie and a 12-episode live-action TV show as well.

That TV show was massively popular on its own (we, in fact, consider it to be one

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