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1:00 PM on 01.31.2015

Week Ender - Kyoto Animation Edition

"Hare Hare Yukai (Sunny Sunny Happiness)"Anime: The Melancholy of Haruhi SuzumiyaYear: 2006Welcome to start of endings extravaganza here at Japanator, this is Week Ender and here to give your weekend some great anime endings....

Red Veron



5:00 PM on 01.28.2015

OP Up! Super Robot Edition

Welcome to the first edition of OP Up!, a weekly selection of anime opening videos that is here to help you get through your Wednesday to the end of the week. This week's theme is about Super Robot anime and the many opening ...

Red Veron



1:00 PM on 01.28.2015

Lindsey Stirling does her violin magic with Senbonzakura

Lindsey Stirling, that awesome lady on Youtube that does her exciting violin dancing has now offered up her violin rendition of the popular song Senbonzakura. Originally a Hatsune Miku Vocaloid song, Senbonzakura is written ...

Red Veron



12:00 PM on 01.22.2015

This plus-sized idol group is literally big in Japan

Here's one to file under the "Sure, why the hell not?" column: Pottya, (or more accurately, "P♡ttya"), a five-girl idol quintet consisting entirely of plus-sized girls. They made their debut last week, with their first...

Josh Tolentino



2:30 PM on 01.21.2015

A Daily Dose of Music: ClariS

If you've been hoping for a bit of variety from tween sensation ClariS, it looks like your prayers might be answered. It looks as though Alice has departed, and Karen has stepped up to the plate. It may actually be a step in...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 01.20.2015

Momoiro Clover Z vs. Kiss' insanely amazing music video has entered the scene

At long last, Momoiro Clover Z's YouTube channel finally uploaded the music video for "Yume no Ukiyo ni Saitemina," which features the colorful group alongside Kiss. To top things off, Sushio's animation was scrumptious...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 01.14.2015

What do American teens think of J-Pop?

I'm a bit of a Youtube React Channel junky. I especially love the show when they cover stuff that's near and dear to my heart, so you can be sure my interest piqued when the word "J-Pop" showed up on my playlist. I won't spo...

Hiroko Yamamura



12:00 PM on 01.14.2015

SCANDAL prepare to invade North America

Ask and you shall receive my friends. It looks like one of my all time favorite Japanese rock bands is coming back to North America! The always amazing SCANDAL are heading to the United States and Mexico and have announced co...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 01.14.2015

A Daily Dose of Music: Ayumi Hamasaki

I've always been quick to defend against the critics of Ayumi Hamasaki's lengthy career. After a 16 years in the business, there's bound to be a fair amount of ups and downs. However, I have to admit that there hasn't been a...

Hiroko Yamamura



8:00 AM on 01.08.2015

Lantis Fest Vegas: An Interview with Faylan

As a part of promotion for Lantis Festival Las Vegas, we were able to ask anison singer Faylan a few questions! Since her tie-in with CANAAN, Faylan has done a slew of rocking songs for various shows and games, like BlazBlue Alter Memory, Griasia no Meikyuu and Tokyo ESP. Big thanks to Lantis Fest for the opportunity!

Jeff Chuang



8:00 AM on 01.06.2015

Huzzah: Two JAM Project and Yousei Teikoku albums head to iTunes

As Lantis Festival gets ready to take Las Vegas by storm, JAM Project's albums, Best Collection X - X Cures Earth and Thumb Rise Again, have hit iTunes recently, which might keep people entertained until they get to see the a...

Salvador GRodiles



8:00 AM on 01.02.2015

Lantis Fest Vegas: Interview with Choucho

Japanator got to ask Choucho a few questions over email! The self-starting anisong artist is now attached to a bunch of great shows and her melodic tones make them all the more memorable, like Girls und Panzer and Gargantia on the Verderous Planet. Big thanks to Lantis Festival for making this interview possible!

Jeff Chuang



2:00 PM on 12.22.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Chelsy

We're hitting the home-stretch of 2014, but that doesn't mean that the amazing music from Japan is going to be slowing down. Today we take a look at the adorable three piece from the Honey Bee Studio team's latest effort, YE...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 PM on 12.11.2014

Rejoice: Lantis Festival gets a JAM Project solo performance concert

For a good while, it's been known that the legendary anison band, JAM Project, were going to be at the Lantis Festival in Las Vegas. However, Lantis Festival has announced that the group'll be doing solo performances througho...

Salvador GRodiles



2:00 PM on 12.08.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Tomomi Itano

It's back to the dance-floor for ex-AKB48 member Tomomi Itano. The amazingly catchy tune definitely has some K-Pop vibes going on, but still manages to features Tomo-chin's cute energy and inexplicable presence. The message ...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 12.05.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Sora Amamiya

Akame is back! Actually I mean that Sora Amamiya the popular seiyu behind the title character in Akame ga Kill! is back with a lovely new song. Not only does she provide the voice work, she also was behind the original openi...

Hiroko Yamamura



2:00 PM on 12.04.2014

Utada Hikaru releases new video for Beautiful World

We're less than a week away from the Utada Hikaru tribute album, Hikaru no Uta. Quite a few tracks can currently be previewed on her official YouTube channel already. Much to my surprise there was actually quite a treat wait...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 12.04.2014

A Daily Dose of Music: Old School Thursdays

You know I'm also up for listening to my favorite tunes from Super Dimension Fortress Macross. It is by far my favorite television show ever made. While the animation and music still look great, even by today's standards, it...

Hiroko Yamamura



10:00 AM on 11.30.2014

Unlimited Blade Works' opening gets an ideal 8-bit remix

Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works has been a great adaptation to the original visual novel game's second route so far, and Studio Megaane is ready to make people rejoice with his next move. In other words, the show's&nb...

Salvador GRodiles



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




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