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10:00 AM on 11.21.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Owl City featuring SEKAI NO OWARI

It takes a lot to surprise me nowadays, but I was truly shocked when my friend sent me this one. The Minnesota based indie rock band, Owl City has teamed up with Japan's SEKAI NO OWARI on their newest song, aptly named Tokyo...

Hiroko Yamamura



3:00 PM on 11.19.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Mitsuru Matsuoka EARNEST DRIVE

Hiroko has stepped out of the building to take care of some important matters, so I've decided to borrow her space for the day. In order to help everyone speed through the week, I felt that the full version of Kamen Rid...

Salvador GRodiles



1:00 PM on 11.19.2014

Lantis Festival in Las Vegas is now a thing

Lantis is a Japanese music label that focuses on anime music. It has been a long time coming and the label is putting on a series of festivals in Japan this year. Earlier during this summer, news broke that Lantis will also t...

Jeff Chuang



10:00 AM on 11.18.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Eir Aoi

Man, has this been an amazing few months of music or what? I was just thumbing through some of last year's Daily Doses, remembering how it was a bit of a musically dry year for me. Things have been really fantastic so far, a...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 11.17.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Yunchi

It's time again for another dose of hot music, and today's offering comes to you courtesy of up-and-comer Yunchi (aka Yun*chi) and her new single, "Wonderful Wonder World". You may recognize it as the ending theme for the cu...

Josh Tolentino



7:30 PM on 11.14.2014

Gundam Build Fighters Try's first opening gets an amazing 8-bit remix

As Gundam Build Fighters Try continues to impress us with its Solid Winning Streak, Studio Megaane has used his Retro Gunpla building skills to turn the show's opening into an 8-bit masterpiece. All in all, Megaane's ta...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 AM on 11.14.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Hello Sleepwalkers

It's been a little while since I checked in with Japanese rocks Hello Sleepwalkers, but their newest single has me doubting my choices. The high energy track, Hyakkiyakou is full of some really incredible vibes, really showc...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 11.12.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: LovendoЯ

The news of Sayumi Michishige's graduating from Morning Musume '14 sure got me bummed out. Just when I was feeling bad, fellow Hello! Project member, and ex-Morning Musume member Reina Tanaka has returned with a new single f...

Hiroko Yamamura



4:00 PM on 11.11.2014

New Utada Hikaru's cover album will feature video by Eva team

There's an official cover album on its way December 9th, called Utada Hikaru no Uta. As the title suggests, it will feature prominent musicians giving their take on some of the Queen of J-Pop's finest songs. Confirmed artists...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 11.11.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: EGOIST

Oh man, this one is straight fire. Originally conceived as a fictional band for the anime series Guilty Crown, the amazing group EGOIST luckily continued past its original engagement. Made up by supercell's ryo and vocalist ...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 11.10.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: SCANDAL

I swear, SCANDAL have some kind of direct window to my heart. Since forming in 2006, the Osaka based band have continually been pumping out songs that I completely adore. There's so little I would change about their sound or...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 11.07.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Mr Children

Japan's second most popular band of all time, Mr. Children are back with a touching new single. The Shibuya based band which formed originally in 1988, and known as The Walls back then, have been tearing up charts for quite ...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 11.06.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

It looks like I'm taking over the Daily Dose again, and I figured that it was time for me to attempt to bring some joy to everyone's lives. While we're on the topic of feeling positive, Sister MAYO's song, "Jumon Korin ~ Mag...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 11.05.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Nobodyknows

It's time again for a Daily Dose of Music! In honor of the increasing likelihood that Naruto might in fact not be over yet, let's take a trip down memory lane with the aid of Nobodyknows "Hero's Come Back!", the theme t...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 11.04.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: KANA-BOON

There's a few things your can always count on with Naruto Shippuden. Naruto will still not be Hokage, the fight scenes will take too long, and the music will always be fantastic. With the Shonen staple entering its final pha...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 11.03.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Freedom Wars' Propaganda Idols

Hey! Are you making a videogame or anime? Then you need idols! That's the hot stuff now, be it an idol character, an idol sequence, or a licensed song from some idols or done in idol style. Idols! And it doesn't matter if yo...

Josh Tolentino



8:00 AM on 11.03.2014

Morning Musume '14 in NYC

At their show in New York City's Best Buy Theater earlier this month, Morning Musume '14 brought not only their glamorous selves to the Big Apple, but droves of fans all across America. There are even travelers from up Canada...

Jeff Chuang



10:00 AM on 10.31.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: AKB48 Team Surprise

After the last few line-up changes, my interest in AKB48 really took a nose dive. Once the ladies who I grew to love moved on, my interest in the super ground slowly dropped off. Well, to my surprise, the AKB48 sub group, AK...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 10.29.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Ikimonogakari

Today I present to you the fantastic smooth rock trio Ikimonogakari hailing from Kanagawa. You might be most familiar with group from their hit contribution to Naruto Shippuden, Blue Bird. The classy group got their start ac...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 10.28.2014

Daily Over-Dose: OK Go

So, I don't like OK Go. I can't quite figure out what it is about the band that irks me. It's not that they make particularly bad music, there's just something about their esthetic that just bugs me. Well, they've just relea...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 10.28.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Galileo Galilei X Aimer

I am loving today's Dose! Two of my favorite contemporary Japanese music acts have teamed up for a fantastic new track. The indie rock fellas from Galileo Galilei have brought in the the sultry sounds of the always mysteriou...

Hiroko Yamamura



5:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Does Naruto end up with Hinata in the last movie?

So, it looks like Naruto is coming to a close. I haven't followed the show or manga in quite some time, but all the hoopla around the end has got me a bit interested again. I also have just found out that it seems like Naruto...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 10.27.2014

Japanator Interviews: Morning Musume '14

After eleven amazing years, current Morning Musume '14 leader, Sayumi Michishige is graduating after their current tour. The super group known to fans as Momusu have been lighting up Japan's pop charts since 1997, and have ab...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 10.27.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Rhymeberry

Women are incredibly under represented in hip-hop in Japan, so it's always refreshing when new players step into the game. Today I introduce to you self proclaimed "rap idols" Rhymeberry. Their new track, IDOL ILLMATIC is ac...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 10.27.2014

Megadeth helps you learn English Jojo style

Although I pretty much started ignoring Megadeth the day that lead singer Dave Mustane's public opinions started to swing to the far right, I used to be a pretty big fan. I actually had no idea that lead guitarist Marty Frie...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 10.21.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Chatmonchy

If you haven't had your morning coffee yet, you might want to hold off on watching this video. All the swirling colors and intense tone took me by surprise, so I needed to get my body ready for such aural intensity. As usual...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 10.09.2014

So what did you think of Miku on Letterman last night?

So yeah, it happened. It's still seems weird that a Vocaloid was on the David Letterman show! I personally can't quite get my head around the whole thing. I was pretty glad that they played Sharing the World, but question it...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 10.09.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

This week we go back to 2007, and to the humble beginnings of the amazing band supercell. One of Ryo's first productions using Miku was the Nico Nico Douga success, Melt. He actually created a video using artist 119's imager...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 10.07.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: 9mm Parabellum Bullet

The Yokohama hard rockers 9mm Parabellum Bullet are back with a nasty new cut. The always forward sounding alt-rock band from Japan has a new single with Seimei no Waltz, and it's a blistering number. The track gets going out the gate and doesn't let up, yet still doesn't go into the realm of not being musical.

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 10.06.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Tigarah e Laura

As the days are starting to get darker earlier, it's important we keep the energy and party going on The Dose. Kicking your week off is the fresh new song from Tigarah e Laura, the newest artistic collaboration project from ...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 10.04.2014

Morning Musume '14 to play in NYC this Sunday

Morning Musume changed their name this year into Morning Musume '14. I'm not 100% sure what that really means for the flagship idol group of Hello! Project, but they're having a concert in NYC's Best Buy Theater on Sunday, October 5th. You can get tickets here and partake their first live in New York. We'll be there to take a look.

Jeff Chuang



7:30 PM on 09.24.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: JAM Project

Whenever Wednesday shows up, it's usually a sign that we're getting closer to Friday. In order to celebrate everyone's accomplishment in getting this far, I figured that one of JAM Project's songs would be perfect for this o...

Salvador GRodiles



4:00 PM on 09.23.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Anna Tsuchiya

There's nine days left until October rises from the shadows, and Anna Tsuchiya's expressing her light and dark side in her latest song, "LUCIFER." While the music video has nothing to do with All Hallows' Eve, Tsuchiya gives...

Salvador GRodiles



7:00 PM on 09.22.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Luchino Fujisaki

Hiroko has left J-tor's headquarters for a while, so I've decided to post Luchino Fujisaki's ninja-themed song for Monday's Dose. Originally, "Ninja Na No," was featured in a promotional video for the 2014 Iga Ninja Film Fes...

Salvador GRodiles



10:00 AM on 09.18.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

Man, I've been trying to get my hands on this classic for quite a while. Back in 1994, Japanese rock pioneers X Japan was planning to make a full length anime film to put the icing on an enormously successful music career. T...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 09.16.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: livetune featuring GOLDEN BOMBER

Livetune's Kz has really come a far way since his Vocaloid days. Initially livetune's music was usually hyper J-Pop or dramatic video game-esque themes. However the dojin music circle has truely become a full blown pop produ...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 09.15.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: NEGOTO

Fall has started to peel away at the joys of summer, which means the gloom of winter isn't far behind! Fear not! The upbeat sounds of J-Pop are here to ensure we still good, and are able to face the work week with vigor. Thi...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 09.12.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Maaya Sakamoto

Since we're closing out your work week, I thought we best keep things classy, as I'm quite sure debauchery is at the top of your weekend list. Once of the classiest gals in the game, Maaya Sakamoto is back with her newest tr...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 09.11.2014

Here's Red Bull's (surprisingly good) Japanese game music documentary

I never would've imagined that a company best known for a drink designed to keep you awake for all-nighters doing your college thesis would come up with a pretty great documentary series about Japanese video game music, but ...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 09.11.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

Time now for your blast from the past! It's Old School Thursdays! Today's dose contains some real history for your ears, as we've got the original theme from Space Battleship Yamato, the anime that started it all. Well, almo...

Josh Tolentino



10:00 AM on 09.10.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Petit Milady

The amazing duo of Aoi Yuki and Ayana Taketatsu are back with new single under their group, Petit Milady. If you don't know much about the lovely young ladies, you should know that they are two of the top seiyu in the game, ...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 09.09.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Sora Amamiya

Today we have the exciting opening theme to this summer's hit action anime, Akame ga Kill! Of course they wouldn't have just anyone sing the high energy song when they already have amazing talent already on staff. The always...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 09.08.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: winnie

Kicking off your work week are the veteran Tokyo rockers winnie. The band's been going strong since forming in 2002, finally releasing a well received full length album in 2009. They are back with a really fresh new rock tun...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 09.03.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Morning Musume

I know it's only been a week or so since I first shared this song with you guys via Idol of the Week, but I just can't get this song from 2012 out of my head! The Hello! Project group of amazingly talented girls is set to ta...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 08.25.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Hatsune Miku

Japan's top Vocaloid is serving vocal duties for the newest monster of a track by producer extraordinaire, Hachioji-P. The new track, Carry me Off is a pretty intense dance floor number, with big bass breakdowns, and a stomp...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 08.22.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Eir Aoi

The always exquisite Hokkaido native, Eir Aoi is back with a highly energetic new single, fully cement herself as one of J-Pop's most promising new artists. When she burst on the scene in 2011, her quick rise to fame from th...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 08.21.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

Back in 2006, I was going through a major case of anime fatigue. It seemed like as anime was gaining popularity here in the west, I was slowly not finding any television shows to my liking. There was definitely a shift in pa...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 08.01.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Leo Ieiri

Man, 19 year old Fukuoka native Leo leiri is on fire. She's been churning out hit after hit over the last couple of years, and the inertia doesn't seem to be slowing down. Her newest song, Junjou is the new ending for Dragon...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 07.31.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Momoiro Clover Z

The ladies of Momoiro Clover Z are back in full swing, and this time it's time to show how proud of the moon you are! That can only mean one thing! It's the video for their new single, MOON PRIDE. As you might guess from the...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 07.11.2014

AKB48's Tomomi Itano joins San Francisco's J-Pop Summit

If for some reason you've had second thought about attending next week's J-Pop Summit in San Francisco next week, this should push you over the edge. The former AKB48 duck-face diva and mega pop-star Tomomi Itano now joins t...

Hiroko Yamamura




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