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SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “VAMPIRE HUNTER D”

17 April, 2015 - 11:47
SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES  “VAMPIRE HUNTER D” Sentai Filmworks is proud to announce its acquisition of a landmark film in the history of Japanese animation, Vampire Hunter D.

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AYUMI HAMASAKI: A ONE

17 April, 2015 - 10:14
AYUMI HAMASAKI: A ONE
Release Date: 
4/8/15
Label: 
Avex
Ayumi's new album is the best thing she's done in roughly 15 years. No kidding.

This year is the 17th anniversary of Ayumi's debut and she's celebrating it with the release of her 16th original full-length album, A ONE. And, let me tell you, that A ought to stand for AWESOME because this album is an awesome one. In fact, it's my favorite album of Ayumi's since the classic Rainbow.

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Osamu Tezuka's manga, Clockwork Apple, to be Crowd Funded

14 April, 2015 - 13:38
After multiple Kickstarter campaigns in an effort to get the god of manga, Osamu Tezuka, printed in English, Digital Manga, Inc. is at it again with their new Kickstarter title, Clockwork Apple.

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GIRLS' GENERATION: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN

14 April, 2015 - 12:51
GIRLS' GENERATION: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN
Release Date: 
4/10/15
Label: 
SM Entertainment
Girls' Generation return with a killer new EDM/pop song and a sweet ballad to go with it.

Typically, Girls' Generation will release a song in one language -- Korean or Japanese -- and then release it in the other language later, sometimes as long as a few months later. But the Korean version of their new single, "Catch Me If You Can" was digitally released on iTunes (Korea and U.S. at least) on April 10th and the Japanese CD single is being released not long after on April 22nd.

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AILEE: SAKURA

10 April, 2015 - 12:27
AILEE: SAKURA
Release Date: 
3/25/15
Label: 
Warner Music Japan
Another brilliant ballad from Ailee, who's gearing up to toss Lee Soo Young off of the ballad queen of K-Pop throne.

Ailee seems to be inheriting Lee Soo Young's status as the ballad queen of K-Pop. And those are big shoes to fill. Lee Soo Young is like a goddess fallen to earth. You listen to her ballads and she pulls you in like a siren. For the duration of her songs, you can't think about anything else. She has your full attention. And she has your heart strings. If it's a happy ballad, you'll feel warmth swirling around in your heart and your head will feel light. And if it's a sad song, which most of her ballads are, then prepare yourself for tears.

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SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “WISH UPON THE PLEIADES”

7 April, 2015 - 11:30
Sentai Filmworks announces its latest acquisition, Wish Upon the Pleiades.

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VIZ MEDIA’S PERFECT SQUARE IMPRINT ACQUIRES YO-KAI WATCH MANGA SERIES

6 April, 2015 - 15:59
Japan’s Massive Hit Action Series About A Boy That Can See Japanese Yo-kai Launches in the U.S. This Fall

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RED VELVET: The 1st Mini Album `Ice Cream Cake`

6 April, 2015 - 08:08
RED VELVET: The 1st Mini Album `Ice Cream Cake`
Release Date: 
3/20/15
Label: 
S.M. Entertainment
Hot on the heels of their fantastic hit singles "Happiness" and "Be Natural," Red Velvet have now released their first mini-album in the form of Ice Cream Cake.

Hot on the heels of their fantastic hit singles "Happiness" and "Be Natural," Red Velvet have now released their first mini-album in the form of Ice Cream Cake. For those unaware, the K-Pop girl group was formed by S.M. Entertainment last year. Initially, it was four members -- Irene, Seulgi, Wendy, and Joy -- but this March they added a fifth member, Yeri. They are S.M.'s first new girl group in five years, following f(x). Last August their video for "Happiness" became the second most watched K-Pop video worldwide. Not bad for rookies, eh?

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NEW: MADARA UCHIHA DXTRA BY TSUME

6 April, 2015 - 07:44
Madara Uchiha by Tsume The awesome Madara Uchiha by Tsume is now available.
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PERFUME: PICK ME UP

1 April, 2015 - 11:55
PERFUME: PICK ME UP
Release Date: 
3/31/15
Label: 
Universal Japan
Perfume's eagerly awaiting new song/video has arrived!

"Pick Me Up" is Perfume's new video, which hit Youtube yesterday and already has over 100,000 views, which I'd say is a lot because chances are that most of their fans aren't even aware that it's out yet.

For those who aren't away, Perfume is a J-Pop trio consisting of Ayano Omoto, Yuka Kashino, and Ayaka Nishiwaki. They are produced exclusively by Capsule's Yasutaka Nakata. And they are fabulous. Nakata is a genius and anyone who says otherwise is insane. (In addition to Capsule and Perfume, he's the producer of the magnificent Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.)

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SHANNON WILLIAMS: 18

1 April, 2015 - 11:27
SHANNON WILLIAMS: 18
Release Date: 
3/18/15
Label: 
Universal Music (South Korea)
Shannon's 18 is easily one of the best EPs I've heard in ages and I'm not just talking about K-Pop EPs. This one is amazing.

Shannon Williams, who's often simply referred to as Shannon, is a Korean-British singer who got her start on the variety show Star King in 2010. Ever since she's been collaborating with various artists and performing on television. Last December she finally released her debut single in the form of "Daybreak Rain." Eighteen is her first mini-album, 18 being her "Korean age," though she's actually 16 years old.

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Coming Soon from Vinyl Sugar: Batman Dorbz

31 March, 2015 - 12:32
Announcing Batman Doobz from Vinyl Sugar The next Dorbz series features characters from the Batman universe and the Caped Crusader himself!
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STYLIPS: THE SUPERNOVA STRIKES

30 March, 2015 - 09:52
STYLIPS: THE SUPERNOVA STRIKES
Release Date: 
11/26/14
Label: 
lantis
Some of these tracks were anime theme songs, but let's face it: anime themes can be cheesy but they're usually super catchy. And that's how I'd sum up The Supernova Strikes, all sixteen songs of it.

StylipS is a four member J-Pop girl group who specialize in doing songs for anime. Or at least that was the case when they were started. Now they're more like a normal J-Pop unit. The current members are : Arisa Noto, Matsunaga Maho, Ito Miku and Toyota Moe. The group's name stands for "Brand a new Style for LipS." And, no, that doesn't make much sense to me either.

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AN INTERVIEW WITH MEGA-HIT SONGWRITER ALBI ALBERTSSON

23 March, 2015 - 09:38
AN INTERVIEW WITH MEGA-HIT SONGWRITER ALBI ALBERTSSON
Release Date: 
various
Label: 
various
K-Poppers and J-Poppers, you're in for a real treat... Today we bring you an exclusive interview with Albi Albertsson, one of Asian pop music's top songwriters!

Whether you're a fan of K-Pop, J-Pop or C-Pop, chances are you've heard songs written by Albi Albertsson. As you'll see below, he's written for plenty of A-listers, including massive artists like Girls' Generation, Shinee, Arashi, Show Luo and Koda Kumi. K-Pop doesn't get any bigger than Girls' Generation, does it? Likewise, Koda Kumi is one of Japan's biggest megastars. Clearly, Albi knows what he's doing and he does it very well. Recently, I discovered that he was on Facebook and sent him a friend request. I was very happy when he approved it.

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BERRY GOOD: 2ND SINGLE BECAUSE OF YOU

19 March, 2015 - 08:59
BERRY GOOD: 2ND SINGLE BECAUSE OF YOU
Release Date: 
2/9/15
Label: 
Asia Bridge Entertainment
"Because of You" is very formulaic, following the bubblegum K-Pop mold perfectly, which means you're likely to love it or hate it. Personally, I think it's great.

As you might guess with "Because of You" being their second single, Berry Good are a relatively new K-Pop girl group, having debuted in 2014 via Asia Bridge Entertainment. They've already undergone quite a few changes though, losing two rappers, Sun Bin and Ie Ra, in addition to a lead vocalist Na Yeon. I'm not sure if they quit or were fired. Genasia just says that the group was revamped keeping two original members, Tae Ha and Go Woon, and adding three new members, Seo Yul, Da Ye and Se Hyung.

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NINE MUSES: DRAMA

18 March, 2015 - 10:32
NINE MUSES: DRAMA
Release Date: 
1/29/15
Label: 
KT Music
Last year three members left Nine Muses, Sem, Eun Ji and Sera. So, you'd have every reason to suspect that their new mini-album would be rubbish. But it's not.

Last year three members left Nine Muses, Sem, Eun Ji and Sera. So, you'd have every reason to suspect that their new mini-album would be rubbish. But it's not. With the addition of new members So Jin and Keum Jo the group is as strong as ever. Or pretty close to it. What I find amusing is the fact that there are no longer nine muses but *eight* muses. You'd think they would have brought in one more new member in the interest to continuing to live up to their namesake but for whatever reason(s) they didn't.

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AZIN: Développé

11 March, 2015 - 10:43
AZIN: Développé
Release Date: 
2/10/15
Label: 
Pastel Music
If you like electronic pop and K-Pop, look no further than AZIN's remarkable EP. If I gave stars, it'd be 5 stars out of 5.

Well, I have to admit something: I don't know anything about this artist other than the fact that she is female and she makes great K-Pop music. I tried to find info about her on Wiki, Genasia and Google but I could find nothing. I did find her Facebook page but it doesn't list any info. about her except that her EP was released on February 10th on Pastel Music. Anyway, knowing her background isn't necessary to appreciate her very fine K-Pop.

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FIESTAR: BLACK LABEL (THE 1ST MINI ALBUM)

9 March, 2015 - 11:56
FIESTAR: BLACK LABEL (THE 1ST MINI ALBUM)
Release Date: 
3/4/15
Label: 
Collabodadi
Fiestar unleash their first mini-album and it's great, especially if you like R&B. If you're not a fan of R&B, you should probably avoid this one.

Fiestar is a girl group formed by LOEN Entertainment in 2012, though they're currently under the Collabodadi label due to LOEN's "multi-label system," according to Wiki. Initially, Fiestar had six members, but one of the girls, Cheska, left the group last year. Rather than replacing her, it was decided that the group would just feature the five remaining members from now on. They are Jei, Cao Lu, Linzy, Kim Hyemi and Lee Yezi. Cao Lu is from China, the other four girls being from South Korea. Black Label is the group's first mini-album, as they've only released singles previously.

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M-ZERO: RUN AWAY

6 March, 2015 - 17:29
M-ZERO: RUN AWAY
Release Date: 
2/13/15
Label: 
모아이 사운드
M-zero's new single is RED HOT. Awesome sauce. Check it out. Youtube video in post!

M-zero's red hot single opens with "난 돼," which Google translates as "I Have." The only background I have on her is that she released a mixtape called Rapping Flower last year, which I found posted on Youtube. I also Googled her plenty and all I could find was downloading sites that had posted this single. But I can tell you this -- "난 돼" is one of the best Korean rap songs I've come across in quite a while. I absolutely love her voice, which is perfectly cool and confident without sounding like she's trying to paint herself as a cocky gangster rapper.

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G.E.M. - CONCERT REVIEW AND LIVE ALBUM REVIEW

2 March, 2015 - 16:57
G.E.M. - CONCERT REVIEW AND LIVE ALBUM REVIEW
Release Date: 
concert: 3/1/15, live album: 12/10/13
Label: 
Forward Music Co. Limited
I was lucky enough to catch G.E.M. live in concert on March 1st of this year. Here, I write about the show and the live album X.X.X. Live.

GEM: X.X.X. LIVE (3/1/15 CONCERT REVIEW + X.X.X. LIVE ALBUM COVERAGE)
 

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