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10:00 AM on 04.10.2014

The Dose: Old School Thursday

For today's weekly flashback we go back to 1997, and pay our respects to one of the most beloved video games of all time, Final Fantasy VII. Rated by many as their favorite RPG, Final Fantasy VII was the game that kicked the...

Hiroko Yamamura


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10:00 AM on 03.27.2014

The Dose: Old School Thursdays

This week we go back to 1994, and the popular Shibuya-kei band, Pizzicato Five. P5 were best known for their funky 1960's English pop sound, often paying homage to innovators of the funky sound. Stylish, zany, and innovative...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 03.20.2014

The Dose: Old School Thursdays

Well guys, I'm back from a fabulous vacation and ready to delve back into the depths of Japan's old school favorites. This week we're heading back to 2003, to one of my favorite J-Pop tunes of all time. I'm sure you've all b...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 02.27.2014

The Dose: Old School Thursdays

This week we're taking a huge step into the past, back to the exciting anime era of 1986. I actually didn't get a chance to watch the Rumiko Takahashi classic, Maison Ikkoku until much later in life, but still consider it on...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 02.20.2014

The Dose: Old School Thursday

Oh man, Macross Frontier how I love thee. As a huge fan of the original Super Dimension Fortress Macross series and movie, I was unfortunately continually disappointed with the follow up shows. While, each had their redeemin...

Hiroko Yamamura

12:00 PM on 02.06.2014

The Dose: Old School Thursdays

Pull out the Ray Ban sunglasses, head to the shopping, and jam out to some new wave dance music; we're going back to the eighties! Well, the end of the eighties, specifically 1989 this time. To a show that I kind of forgotte...

Hiroko Yamamura

10:00 AM on 01.30.2014

The Dose: Old School Thursdays

Today we go back to the fantastic year of 1991. Full of amazing music, bad sitcoms, and some breath taking anime. I was a huge fan of Gundam growing up, while my fandom never grew to Marcoss levels, I was and am still a fan ...

Hiroko Yamamura



The Dose: Old School Thursdays photo
The Dose: Old School Thursdays
by Hiroko Yamamura

It's been a bit of a crazy week for me, so I thought I'd try something a bit different for this week's Old School Dose. We go back to 1995 on this one, to a track that doesn't actually originate from Japan, nor was featured in anime. What they did though was brilliant, add some fantastic anime scenes to an already great song.

In the nineties, if you were into industrial music at all, and Wax Trax! in Chicago was the mecca of the sound. One of the more successful bands on the label was the German outfit, KMFDM. It wasn't until they released the video for Juke Joint Jezebel that the band started getting any commercial attention, and I'm sure it's in many ways due to the video, which featured scenes from Patlabor: The Movie.

Heck, I actually didn't really like the film myself, due its major departure from the television series's formula. However, the film was a sight to behold. The designs, animation, and art work are still some of the most amazing to date. Also, the scenes with the Type-Zero unit are just amazing. The video was quite a few people's first exposure to anime. I can clearly remember middle school and high school friends asking me about "that KMFDM cartoon."

Anime and industrial music, clearly a winning combination.

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The Dose: Noriko Sakai photo
The Dose: Noriko Sakai
by Hiroko Yamamura

Noriko Sakai, now that's a name I didn't think I'd ever hear again. At one time Sakai was one of the biggest names in J-Pop, with her signature soothing voice. She also made waves on the big screen, starring in the second Ju-On movie. Personally, I will always be in love with her song from Gunbuster: Aim for the Top!, Active Heart.

Unfortunately her career came to a screeching halt due to some nasty drug charges and legal woes. Subsequently, she lost all endorsements and was booted from her label. Like I always say, if our favorite musicians can't be rocking the sex, drugs, & rock & roll lifestyle, who can? While I agree drugs aren't for everyone, it's pretty ridiculous to ruin someones life over some hard core partying. 

Luckily, that wasn't the end for the amazing popstar. After a nine year hiatus Noriko Sakai is back with a new single, Namida Hitotsubu. While a huge departure from her 80's hits, the new mature Sakai is still adorable in her 40's. I'm glad to see her back on the scene, not looking any worse for wear. Good thing I'm not a pop star in Japan, or I'd really be screwed!

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10:00 AM on 12.26.2013

The Dose: Old School Thursdays

Usually, The Dose is all about me. You, the lucky readers are forced to deal with my twisted tastes in all the wonderful music being born in glorious Nippon. This week, I thought I'd change it up a bit, and send a little lov...

Hiroko Yamamura

6:00 PM on 12.25.2013

The Dose: Yellow Magic Orchestra

Usually, The Dose is all about me. You the lucky readers are forced to deal with my twisted tastes in all the wonderful music being born in glorious Nippon. This week, I thought I'd change it up a bit, and send a little love...

Hiroko Yamamura





2:00 PM on 12.19.2013

The Dose: Old School Thursdays

This week we go back to a dark in anime for me, the mid-nineties. Sure, anime was really slamming into high gear, and there were some great shows being aired, but something about the aesthetic of most of the TV shows didn't ...

Hiroko Yamamura