The sample in question, “Ike Ike Dan-cho, Ganbare Ganbare Dan-cho! (Go go Captain, hang in there, Captain!)” is in the description of the song’s official lyric video, linked above. Going by this snippet shared by fan account Granblue_EN, the sample was found then included into the song at Alex Pall’s call. The official Granblue Fantasy account has also acknowledged this unexpected crossover with The Chainsmokers, linking to the song in their tweet. The lyrics through Genius’ About description also mentions the source.
With many people wondering where the Japanese sample comes from, it was eventually found by a user in The Chainsmokers’ Discord. The sample originates from a character voiced by Ayane Sakura in a Japanese role-playing gacha game, “Granblue Fantasy”.
The song is part of the So Far So Good album, which you can listen to through your preferred music service. For further trivia, here’s the rest of the annotation on Genius, if you want to get some new music recommendations:
“I Love U” is an upbeat song that takes in the perspective of a person who broke up with their romantic partner due to problems that the other person faced in a long-distance relationship. The lyrics of the track go on to show how the person in the song’s perspective feels downhearted and wants to be back with their significant other again.
While The Chainsmokers successfully kept their promise of incorporating more electronic sounding tracks into their fourth album, So Far So Good, “I Love U” slightly steps back from their EDM sound and takes a more pop-esque approach, similar to some of their biggest hits such as “Paris” and “Closer”.
“I Love U” was first teased in this TikTok on March 19th 2022, revealing a snippet of the first verse. The track continued to be teased through TikTok again and through The Chainsmokers’ Instagram stories. The song was officially put out with the release of So Far So Good on May 13th, 2022.