Today is a light music (K-ON anyone?) kind of day. If you’ve followed this blog for a while, or my social media you know that I’m obsessed with Japanese music from anime themes and OST, to J-pop and Vocaloid tracks. I don’t speak Japanese, but taste in music should transcend the ability to understand the lyrics in my opinion. As I have very recently received a shipment from my favorite distributor of Japanese music (CDJapan) I decided to share with all my reader what I’m currently listening to. I’ll link to the legit sites you can find these songs on, but know that I don’t own any of the rights to any of these songs (duh). The last “Grab Bag” music post I did started with an anime opening theme, so in the spirit of that we’ll start with…
Dear answer – Beautiful Bones
On top of being the opening of a sublime edition to the fall 2015 season, “Dear answer” is an excellent song in its own right. This opening theme for “Beautiful Bones” delivers crisp vocals to the compliment of an accompanying piano. The animation on the video serves to add depth to the mysteries of the show itself, but if I had to choose I’d say I liked the full version the best. The singer TRUE (Miho Karasawa) is known for her fantastic voice, and has performed songs for a number of other anime like “Sound! Euphonium” and “The Virgin Witch Maria”. With a stunning voice like hers, I imagine we’ll be hearing more from her in the future.
Outside of Melancholy
This one isn’t from an anime, but instead from an album I found while looking up an anime song. While looking at the opening theme to “Comet Lucifer” I decided to look into this band’s (fhána) music, and the first album I found was simply amazing. The album, (like this song), is called “Outside the Melancholy”, and I enjoyed every song on it. The four person J-pop band delivers a unique sound, with an interesting array of traditional and new age instruments. As you can see one member (Kevin Mitsunaga) actually uses a sampler connected to a Macbook with a xylophone and a keyboard. Add in Towana’s exquisite vocals, and you have a band worth every cent (yen) spent at CD Japan or other music retailers.
by: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu
I love Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s music. She’s probably my #1 Japanese idol of all time, though to be fair I’ve only gotten super into J-Pop within the last two years or so. Still her music was my first foray into non-anime/video game music from Japan, and it has stuck with me ever since. This latest songs “Kisekae” is probably one of her more relaxed songs, but I love it nonetheless. I always have it on in the background whether I’m writing or gaming. The chill beat and delivery of the lyrics are really good for unwinding as well. Overall another win for the queen of J-pop.
Dance – P4 Dancing All Night
by: Shihoko Hirata
Honestly I could have put any song from the P4DAN soundtrack on this list, but the fantastic opening theme just seemed the most appropriate. Great music in the Persona franchise is nothing new, but this rhythm game takes it to the next level with all the remixes of classic P4 and P4G tracks. The opening theme is one of the few songs original to P4DAN, but it captures the essence of the game so well. If I were able to dance and not stumble around the dance floor like I’m having an epileptic seizure, then I’m sure this is a song I would enjoy dancing to. As it stands I still enjoy it plenty, though only for listening to and playing in Persona’s rhythm game.
Honey♥Come!! – Caslte Town Dandelion
by: Yui Ogura
Even after last season ended I still listen to this song constantly in the background of writing and video games. It’s upbeat and cheerful tempo keep me going when I would otherwise call it a day. I’d never really payed attention to Yui Ogura’s career before this song, but given how much I’ve been listening to it, I just might have to check out her past work. I apologize for the shortened video, but it’s all I could find of her music video for the song. Still if you dig it as much as I do you can either watch “Castle Town Dandelion” to hear it at the end of each episode, or grab a copy of it from CD Japan!
Another radio post down, another five songs for you to vibe with. Hopefully I introduced you to a new band/idol to enjoy, if not a new song or two to enjoy. Music is Let me know in the comments or on social media whether or not you enjoyed these songs, and if you’d like more in the future. Well I’m off to the Blade & Soul beta weekend, but since it’s also Halloween weekend let me leave you with once of my favorite AMV’s out there. Have a safe and Happy Halloween, and I’ll see you all again on Monday!
Arigatō my fellow BrOtaku!
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