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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



10:00 AM on 07.11.2014

A Daily Dose of Anime Openings: 80's Week

Alright kids, time to load up on the hairspray, neon bracelets, and your favorite denim jacket. We are going back to the 80's! Being a child of the 80's the anime of the time left a huge impression on me, that I really didn'...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 07.09.2014

A Daily Dose of Anime Openings: 80's Week

Alright kids, time to load up on the hairspray, neon bracelets, and your favorite denim jacket. We are going back to the 80's! Being a child of the 80's the anime of the time left a huge impression on me, that I really didn'...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 07.08.2014

A Daily Dose of Anime Openings: 80's Week

Alright kids, time to load up on the hairspray, neon bracelets, and your favorite denim jacket. We are going back to the 80's! Being a child of the 80's the anime of the time left a huge impression on me, that I really didn'...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 07.04.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Alexandros

Japanese indie rock band Alexandros are no strangers to weird controversy. Last year they were accused of copying an Australian band' music video, a story you might have a hard time remembering due to the fact that they were...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 07.03.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

This week we're going to focus on things a little bit differently, and look at a 90's alternative rocker. When I first heard Matthew Sweet on the radio I really didn't think he was anything special. His songs had some kind o...

Hiroko Yamamura



6:00 PM on 07.02.2014

AKB48 handshake events to resume this weekend

After two members of AKB48 and one staff person were viciously attacked by a knife wielding idiot, I was pretty confident that the super-groups already creepy handshake events were coming to an end. The girls are often made t...

Hiroko Yamamura



5:00 PM on 07.02.2014

Check out a short version of the Cling Cling MV by Perfume

Following up on my previous post about Perfume's new single, here's a look at the "short version" of the Cling Cling music video! As expected, I love what I can hear and see of it in this clip. Those gals are such superstars...

Kristina Pino



12:00 PM on 07.02.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: SCANDAL

Can this really be happening? Could life be this sweet? Yes, my friends we have two new songs from SCANDAL in one week. Don't ever say I don't do nice things for you. After Monday's video for Your Song, I had a feeling that ...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 07.01.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: May'n

Nagoya's pop superstar Maya Nakabayashi is back with an amazing new ballad, kicking off what promises to be a July full of fantastic music. May'n is probably best known to anime fans as Macross Frontier's Galactic Fairy, the...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 06.30.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: SCANDAL

Summer is in full swing. Muggy weather, oppressive sunshine, and expensive electricity bills are all looming over our heads. However, how bad can your week be if it starts off with a new song from the ladies of SCANDAL? The ...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 06.27.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

Just when I thought Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's songs were starting to hit a downslide, she comes back with a slamming new track and video. Japanator fashion advisor and idol extraordinaire, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is back with her newest...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 06.25.2014

Perfume are finally coming to the US!

I can't believe it. This year is freaking amazing for fans of Japanese pop music. First, we have the return of May'N at the J-Pop Festival in San Francisco. Next, we find out out the pint-sized head bangers of BABYMETAL are ...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 06.25.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Kaela Kimura

Hump day is here, and the only cure in site is your Dose of fantastic sounds from glorious Nippon. Today we check out the new single from the amazing and talented Kaela Kimura. The Tokyo native of British and Japanese decent...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 06.24.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: The Brilliant Green

It seems like just the other day I was whining about how Tomoko Kawase's solo projects just didn't hold a candle to her work with The Brilliant Green. The sweet rock & roll pleasures of one of my all-time favorite bands ...

Hiroko Yamamura



5:30 PM on 06.23.2014

Star Finger! Stardust Crusader's OP awakens its 8-bit Stand

Studio Me-gaane's stepped into some interesting grounds as of late. The group started remixing more of Super Sentai's opening themes, and they've tackled a few Western shows like the Power Rangers franchise. Recent...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 06.23.2014

Check out a teaser for Perfume's upcoming single Cling Cling

We're a little late in catching this, but a couple weeks ago Perfume released a little teaser and some images to go with their upcoming single, Cling Cling. As usual, the girls look absolutely fabulous, and I'm probably going to love this release just like I love pretty much all of their songs. Cling Cling will be released July 16th in two editions.

Kristina Pino



10:00 AM on 06.23.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: URBANGARDE

It's time to kick off your week right, you need your Dose. The masters of Trauma Techno Pop, URBANGARDE have returned with their signature high energy sound, with the new song, ONE PIECE SHINJUU. The track features with thei...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 06.18.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Especia

If you haven't noticed, the 80's is back in full swing in Japan -- whether the artists can effectively emulate the era or not. One pop group that is embracing the blown-out campiness of the era is Especia, as evidenced in this PV for No1 Sweeper.

Dae Lee



4:00 PM on 06.16.2014

Nami Tamaki covers your favorite Gundam hits

Gundam fans are no stranger to the lovely, Nami Tamaki. The beautiful Wakayama native is responsible for multiple Gundam Seed hits, including one my favorites, Believe. This time she's decided to cover other fantastic songs ...

Hiroko Yamamura



1:00 PM on 06.16.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Ayumi Hamasaki

J-Pop's original princess has returned with a hot new video for her single Lelio, from her new album Colours. While Ayu hasn't quite been hitting the highs she may have hit in the past, this new song shows she still has some...

Hiroko Yamamura



7:00 PM on 06.14.2014

Dino Buckler: Zyuranger's opening morphs into an 8-bit remix

Studio Me-gaane picked a perfect time to give Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger's opening, since the show's main heroes fought along side the other two dinosaur-themed Sentai teams in Kyoryuger vs. Go-Busters a few mont...

Salvador GRodiles



12:00 PM on 06.12.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

It's been a while, but I sure am excited to you on another trip down memory lane. This week we head back a good decade to the year 2004. It seems weird to think of 2004 as a decade ago, but time sure does have a way to get a...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 06.11.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: AAA

There's a few things in anime that you can always count on. Son Goku ages slower than any living being in the universe, people will forever mispronounce Kaneda, and One Piece will bring the heat with their musical offerings....

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 05.22.2014

Belated Monthly Musings: Favorite Inu x Boku SS Endings

We're off to a good start, yes? Sometimes, a series comes along that blindsides you with how good it is. You didn't catch any discernible hype, but you were hooked from the first few minutes. For me, Inu x Boku SS is one of ...

Robo Panda Z



10:00 AM on 05.12.2014

Love Live School Idol Festival mobile game now in English

Besides the TV anime, live concerts, CDs and home video sales, the Love Live franchise has one significant arm that people out west don't see much of: the mobile game. This morning, the Live Live freemium mobile game, School ...

Jeff Chuang



1:00 PM on 05.05.2014

Morning Musume '14 is coming to NY in October '14

Idols, while a huge part of the music and marketing culture in Japan, is incredibly niche overseas, making it hard for even the biggest acts to justify coming stateside for concerts. Morning Musume, despite it's deep history ...

Dae Lee



5:00 PM on 05.03.2014

The Bestsellers: Thermae Romae heats up Japan

Japan's love affair with bath houses proves to dominate once again, as Thermae Romae II takes second place in the Japanese box office, behind Disney powerhouse Frozen. The first Thermae Romae movie did incredibly we...

Brad Rice



10:00 AM on 05.02.2014

The Dose: Superfly

If your week's been anything like mine I'm sure you could use some cool off time and very stiff drink. Unfortunately I can't help you with the second part of that equation, but I can take the edge off of things musically. So...

Hiroko Yamamura



9:00 AM on 05.02.2014

Vita rhythm game IA/VT's latest trailer is colorful in all the right ways

Marvelous is clearly making a bid for some of that sweet Project Diva pie with their upcoming rhythm game, IA/VT -Colorful- For the uninitiated, IA/VT is a music game starring IA, a brand new Vocaloid that started to gain tr...

Elliot Gay



2:00 PM on 05.01.2014

The Dose: Old School Thursdays

Can you feel the sun starting to fight against the stubborn cold? As our clothes start to get lighter, and we creep out into society again, it can only mean one thing. Yes, the season is changing. Many songs come to mind whe...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 04.30.2014

May'N heads to San Francisco's J-POP SUMMIT

Things are heating up this summer with the announcement of May'n as the guest of honor at San Francisco's sixth annual J-POP SUMMIT. Although the Nagoya native has made herself a superstar in the world of Japanese pop music, ...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 04.30.2014

The Dose: Ayako Nakanomori

Well, hump day has come around once again. I'm hoping that the warming weather has you in good spirits and ready for the finest music Japan has to offer! It looks like we are recovering from the so-so rock songs that have pl...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 04.29.2014

The Dose: UNLIMITS

Over the last month you've probably caught wind of my dissatisfaction of the recent rock ballads coming out from major artists. Huge tracks with horrible muzak grade songs seem to be coming from every direction lately, and I...

Hiroko Yamamura



11:00 PM on 04.26.2014

Pick up Sailor Moon tribute album on vinyl June 25

It's Brittany again with another dose of Sailor Moon merchandising to populate the Japanator Sailor Moon tag! I kid, but hey, it's kind of true! Today I bring news and good fortune about the Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Tribu...

Brittany Vincent



9:00 PM on 04.26.2014

Shred with this ridiculous Monster Hunter guitar

[As originally posted at Destructoid.] My, how time flies. Capcom's indomitable Monster Hunter series has been around for ten years now, and to celebrate its tenth anniversary, Capcom has teamed up with ES...

Brittany Vincent



12:00 PM on 04.26.2014

The Bestsellers: KPP's new single rocks Japan

Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. I think it's no surprise that Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is back at the top of t...

Brad Rice



10:00 AM on 04.25.2014

The Dose: Momoiro Clover Z

Don't you start crying because the work week is up! The ladies from Momoiro Clover Z are here to wipe those tears away and begin your weekend right. Momoclo look like they are right out an issue of Wonder Woman or an episode...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 04.24.2014

The Dose: Old School Thursdays

It's time again for another edition of your favorite weekly flashback, Old School Thursdays. This week, I'm going to bring back a classic I posted a few years ago, but I'm sure no one is going to complain to my boss... I hop...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 04.23.2014

The Dose: Mika Nakashima & Miliyah Kato

When Hollywood films make their way to Japan, they usually spare no expense in treating fans to a memorable theme song. The upcoming Marvel Comics romp, The Amazing Spider-man 2 is no exception. In fact, they've called upon ...

Hiroko Yamamura



9:00 PM on 04.22.2014

Avril Lavigne's latest music video is hard on cute, Japanese stereotypes

When Avril Lavigne's latest music video for "Hello Kitty" surfaced earlier today, it hit the higher-brow internet with a wave of pain. I'm not sure what it really is about it, so you better see for yourself. The use of forei...

Jeff Chuang



11:00 AM on 04.22.2014

The Dose: ClariS

The (supposedly) young ladies of ClariS are back, with plenty of good stuff for their fans. Alice & Clara have returned with STEP, which is the new opening to the anime series, Nisekoi. If you're the kind of person that ...

Hiroko Yamamura



3:00 PM on 04.19.2014

Babymetal performing with Metallica and Iron Maiden at Sonisphere Festival UK

Babymetal, the band the internet is just now getting around to hyping up, will be performing alongside bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden this year in the UK's Sonisphere Festival. It only seems like just yesterday Hiroko h...

Brittany Vincent



12:00 PM on 04.18.2014

The Bestsellers: Naruto still can't be stopped

Welcome to The Bestsellers List, where we highlight the bestselling music and movies in Japan, along with the best of the American manga sales each week. This week's manga charts prove that Naruto is still one of the most pop...

Brad Rice



11:00 AM on 04.18.2014

The Dose: Kuroki Nagisa

You got Chris yesterday, and Brittany the day before that, and now you've got ME! The Dose is fully under our control! While Hiroko's away, the staff will play. Bwahahaha! And by "play", we of course mean "embed awesome...

Josh Tolentino




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