New release line-up: Moumoon, amazarashi, & the Pelican Fanclub (seriously?)

There’s a pretty awesome lineup of new releases in the music scene over the next month, and that I’m personally excited for. amazarashi Enjoy this video while you can. We know it ain’t gonna last for long. Amazarashi’s second hit in the anime scene this year, this time as an opening theme for Ranpo Kitan Game of Laplace (「乱歩奇譚 Game of Laplace」), which premiered on July 2. … Continue reading New release line-up: Moumoon, amazarashi, & the Pelican Fanclub (seriously?)

Young Juvenile Youth – Animation EP

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Finding Japanese artists in the electronica genre is like finding a pearl in an oyster that got mixed up with other pearl-less oysters.

So when I come across such a rare find, the satisfaction cannot be expressed by words alone. It feels like I’ve got my hands on a real gem.

Young Juvenile Youth is a fresh face and a breath of fresh air, and has the sort of elusiveness that drives me nuts. Beyond the first two EPs it release on vinyl in 2014, nothing is known about this group. YJY is fronted by Yuki, who is clearly bilingual in Japanese and English, and writes all the songs as well as designed her first EP covers. Then there is Jemapur who composes and produces the tracks.

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Suzumura Kenichi, you sly songster.

(Disclaimer: It’s not that I didn’t know Suzumura Kenichi sings. It’s just that I didn’t know how.)

Most of us who follow Animeverse are aware that seiyuus (voice actors) have multiple jobs to complement what they primarily do. This includes hosting, being their own radio talkshow host, attending anime show events, singing, etc. So even if they do have a talent management agency representing them, the work they do doesn’t feel any different from that of a freelancer or YouTuber.

(On a completely irrelevant note, if they’re doing so many things to make a living with their voices, I wonder if the income one gets from pure seiyuu work isn’t all that great.)

If I had it my way, seiyuus shouldn’t get into the music business, unless you are exceptionally good. I mean, I love the likes of Kaji Yuki, Daisuke Ono, Kamiya Hiroshi, and Hanazawa Kana, but I will never buy their albums – not even their character CDs.

Only a small handful have made it in my book – and by small, I mean only three: Hayashibara Megumi, Miyano Mamoru, and Sakamoto Maaya.

But now I think there’s a fourth.

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Amazarashi 「季節は次々死んでいく」MV (The Seasons Keep Dying One After Another)

First of, my sincerest apologies for the radio silence last week. I promise this week you will be receiving a barrage of new posts coming at you fast and furious! So! Amazarashi’s latest MV…. Who says good things don’t come for those who wait? Thankfully this official video has been made available outside of Japan to enjoy to the fullest while we wait expectantly for … Continue reading Amazarashi 「季節は次々死んでいく」MV (The Seasons Keep Dying One After Another)

Kenshi Yonezu – the new Yojiro Noda?

It’s probably unfair to compare this young twenty-something with RADWIMPS’ frontman. After all, even though they looked somewhat similar, they do have some differences: RADWIMPS is more rock-inclined; Kenshi Yonezu (米津玄師 YONEZU Kenshi) falls within the alternative rock-pop band. RADWIMPS started as a full-fledged band. Kenosha Yonezu started as a vocaloid artist under the moniker HACHI.

I didn’t pay a lot of attention to this gentleman who originally hails from Tokushima prefecture in the Shikoku islands when Flowerwall was released earlier this month. Or maybe the preview on iTunes and Recochoku didn’t do the song justice. I didn’t watch the MV.

But instead, I came across one of his older videos from his debut album DIORAMA. The video was a compilation of short preview tracks from DIORAMA (released in 2012), and the first song was called Machi (「街」street). It was that song that caught my full attention.

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amazarashi for “Tokyo Ghoul √A” – afterthoughts

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So the day finally arrived. Season 2 of Tokyo Ghoul (aka Tokyo Ghoul √A) aired on January 8, and I finally got to hear my favorite band as part of a hit anime series.

I don’t follow many artistes, but when I do, I stick with them for years. RADWIMPS and amazarashi are probably the only two that I’ve followed, and it’s no secret how much I love these guys. Their creative energy is infectious.

I don’t have much to say about the anime itself – it feels a little too early to say anything about it. But I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t expect much from the ending theme.

UPDATE (25 Jan): Finding a video has become a real pain in the ass when Youtube keeps taking it down. Wait till February!

I’ll say this right out: this song did not disappoint. The rhythm is catchy, the lyrics are beautiful, and the arrangement is flawless. And yet, immediately after hearing it, I couldn’t help but feel what a sell-out it seemed.

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External link to Band amazarashi Performs 2nd Tokyo Ghoul Season’s Ending Song: Anime News Network

Band amazarashi Performs 2nd Tokyo Ghoul Season’s Ending Song: Anime News Network

Shueisha’s Young Jump magazine announced on Thursday that the band amazarashi will perform the ending song for the second season based on Sui Ishida’sTokyo Ghoul manga. The band will release the single ”Kisetsu wa Tsugitsugi Shindeiku” (「季節は次々死んでいく」Seasons Dying One After Another) on February 18, 2015. Band amazarashi Performs 2nd Tokyo Ghoul Season’s Ending Song: Anime News Network Continue reading Band amazarashi Performs 2nd Tokyo Ghoul Season’s Ending Song: Anime News Network

「野々村議員 政務費不正疑惑 泣き乱しながら潔白主張」を弾いてみたょ【ギター】 If you don’t know who Ryutaro Nonomura is, well now you do. After being exposed for claiming over 3 million yen in travel expenses, he had a very public meltdown on live television. Someone got smart and added some electric guitar riffs to the scene. Because you know, why not. (Source: https://www.youtube.com/) Continue reading