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MEG: THANK YOU, MAMA

26 November, 2014 - 15:14
MEG: THANK YOU, MAMA
Release Date: 
10/29/14
Label: 
publisher code: XQMN
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Meg brings the world "Thank you Mama." (OK, so it was actually released a month ago, but you get the idea.)

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Meg brings the world "Thank you Mama" (that's how she writes it). Which might just be the very first Thanksgiving song.

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MIKI KOZONO: MY LOVE SONG / SNOW WITH YOU

26 November, 2014 - 11:25
MIKI KOZONO: MY LOVE SONG / SNOW WITH YOU
Release Date: 
11/26/14
Label: 
Village Again
Miki Kozono delivers a wonderful double A-side, "My Love Song" and "Snow With You," the later obviously being a Christmas song.

I couldn't find a Wiki page or a GenAsia page or anything about Miki Kozono, but I'm really digging her Christmas single, "Snow With You," so I thought I'd give it a shout out. Not understanding the lyrics, it only really sounds like a Christmas song during the chorus because it has Christmas bells in the background at that point. During the rest of that song it just sounds like a J-Pop song in the J-Rock vein. A very, very infectious J-Pop song, mind you.

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AMBER AN: WITH YOU

25 November, 2014 - 11:01
AMBER AN: WITH YOU
Release Date: 
9/26/14
Label: 
Wonderful Music
Her new album opens with "哈囉" (translation: "Hello"), a song so soft and delicate, it's like the audio equivalent of a butterfly. A butterfly emerging from a cocoon, saying "hello" to the world. So beautiful and awe-inspiring.

My favorite foreign language to listen to music in might surprise you because it's not an Asian language but French. I'm actually obsessed with France and have been ever since I first went to Paris back in 1999. But, getting to my point, if you asked me what my second favorite foreign language to listen to music in was I would probably say Mandarin (Chinese). I just love the way it sounds; it always sounds so poetic in songs. And actress/singer Amber An's With You is a shining example of why I love Mandarin. Every word that she sings just sounds so lovely.

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CHARA: せつなくてごめんね/ Rainbow / ラッキーガール

21 November, 2014 - 15:02
CHARA: せつなくてごめんね/ Rainbow / ラッキーガール
Release Date: 
2014
Label: 
Ki/oon Records
Three delightful new songs by Chara. Each was released as a digital single. I'm honestly not sure if they've been compiled as an EP now, which is what I thought when I wrote the review, or if they were just released separately. Regardless, they're great songs!

Chara is back! Yes, that deserves an exclamation point. Why? Because I always find myself smiling whenever new music from her pops up. She's been one of my favorite J-Pop stars for around 15 years, too. How many J-Pop stars have that longevity? Not many. So, even if you don't like her very unique voice, you still have to admire her for continuing to make music and not just retire and live off of royalties like other artists her age might do. Also, Chara writes her own music and does whatever she wants. Nobody can tell her what to do.

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KAELA KIMURA: TODAY IS A NEW DAY

19 November, 2014 - 09:32
KAELA KIMURA: TODAY IS A NEW DAY
Release Date: 
10/22/14
Label: 
Victor Entertainment
Today is a New Day is Kaela Kimura's second single since signing with Victor Entertainment and this year is the 15th anniversary of her career... So, you'd have to expect something special here, right? I know my expectations were high. And I can honestly say that I was not disappointed.

Today is a New Day is Kaela Kimura's second single since signing with Victor Entertainment and this year is the 15th anniversary of her career... So, you'd have to expect something special here, right? I know my expectations were high. And I can honestly say that I was not disappointed. Kaela's always been like a chameleon, except that she changes colors *before* her environment, creating the bandwagons that everybody else later tries to jump on. At least that's how I see it, but, yes, I'm a big fan.

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Sentai Filmworks Licenses “The World God Only Knows: Goddesses”

18 November, 2014 - 11:19
The God of Conquests returns to once again win his way into the hearts of young girls and goddesses everywhere in Sentai Filmworks' latest acquisition, The World God Only Knows: Goddesses.

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Sentai Filmworks Licenses “Familiar Of Zero: Knight Of The Twin Moons”

18 November, 2014 - 11:13
When your hero’s a zero and decides to stick around, there’s not much to do but soldier on in Sentai Filmworks' latest acquisition, Familiar of Zero: Knight of the Twin Moons.

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Fan-Favorite DORAEMON Makes United States Product Debut, Just in Time for the Holidays!

18 November, 2014 - 11:08
Viz Media Announces New Officially Licensed Collectables And Apparel Based On The Celebrated Anime Property Doraemon

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FERRI: ∞ [Mugen]

14 November, 2014 - 08:54
FERRI: ∞ [Mugen]
Release Date: 
11/5/14
Label: 
Kilk Records
Not long after I began writing reviews for OtakuDx, a label from Japan called Kilk Records sent me a box of CDs. One of those CDs was Ferri's debut album, A Broken Carousel, which was and remains one of the most beautiful and unique albums I've ever heard. Now she's back with a stunning sophomore record.

Not long after I began writing reviews for OtakuDx, a label from Japan called Kilk Records sent me a box of CDs. One of those CDs was Ferri's debut album, A Broken Carousel, which was and remains one of the most beautiful and unique albums I've ever heard. Using lush electronic sounds and children's instruments, it meshed moments of quiet innocence with sounds that struck you like premonitions, enough to make one tremble. If you listened to it with an opened mind and let your wildly imaginative songstress take you on her one-of-a-kind journey, you were richly rewarded.

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ERI KITAMURA: RINREI

12 November, 2014 - 11:21
ERI KITAMURA: RINREI
Release Date: 
10/29/14
Label: 
King Records
Eri Kitamura continues to deliver song of J-Rock's best music. A must for fans of Babymetal and Kamen Rider Girls

Eri Kitamura has unleashed her eighth single and it's called "凛麗" or "Rinrei," which I'm assuming is somebody's name. When I tried Google translate, it spit out: "RinUrara." But I'm assuming that Rinrei is the more accurate translation since that's what the single is called on Yes Asia and CD Japan.

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ANNA TSUCHIYA: LUCIFER

10 November, 2014 - 12:39
ANNA TSUCHIYA: LUCIFER
Release Date: 
10/22/14
Label: 
avex
Anna Tsuchiya celebrates the 10th anniversary of her career by making new versions of 3 classics from her first release, Taste My Beat, which follow two brand new songs, "Lucifer" and "The Magic of Halloween."

I've always felt that Anna Tsuchiya makes her best music when she's doing dark and edgy stuff. Her punk side is much more intriguing than her pop persona. Not that she does mainstream pop very often, but there have been some songs that I would list under that header. "Bubble Trip" and "Brave Vibration," for example. Not that her pop songs are bad. Even doing pop, Anna is still 1000x better than most artists, but when she's indulging her dark side, that's when she makes her best music. And she's gone totally dark for her new single, "Lucifer," much of which is in English.

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BOA: WHO'S BACK?

6 November, 2014 - 12:57
BOA: WHO'S BACK?
Release Date: 
9/3/14
Label: 
Avex
BoA's eighth full-length Japanese album, Who's Back?, is appropriately entitled because it's been four and a half years since she last released one in Japan. Suffice to say she has millions of fans there who've been itching for her to release a new Japanese album there.

I've been meaning to review this one since it was released in early September but I'm just so swamped between writing for Otaku and Love is Pop that things fall through the cracks sometimes. There just aren't enough hours in a day for me to review everything I want to right when it comes out. So, if anyone was waiting for me to review this, I apologize for the delay. It's just necessary sometimes. But this is about BoA, not me, so I digress.

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Viz Media Delivers the North American Home Media Release of Road To Ninja – Naruto The Movie

6 November, 2014 - 09:21
Road To Ninja – Naruto The Movie “For My Friends And Family, I’ll Risk My Life For This Mission!”

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Pop! Domo Ghostbusters

4 November, 2014 - 19:54
Domo Who you gonna call?! ...Domo?

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Target Exclusive Rainbow Dash Vinyl Figure

4 November, 2014 - 19:46
Rainbow Dash Funko is excited to announce a Target Exclusive Rainbow Dash Vinyl Figure!

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Excellent Model Shinrabansho Choco Demon General Astaroth from Megahouse

4 November, 2014 - 19:40
Astaroth Sultry Succubus from Shinra Bansho

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Sentai Filmworks licenses WOLF GIRL AND BLACK PRINCE

4 November, 2014 - 19:30
A girl with a penchant for flagrant fabrications is about to learn a hard lesson as one of her lies becomes a reality in Sentai Filmworks' latest acquisition, Wolf girl and Black prince.

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Sentai Filmworks licenses SHIROBAKO

3 November, 2014 - 17:33
A group of young girls will follow their dreams to make an anime of their very own in Sentai Filmworks' latest acquisition, SHIROBAKO.

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MINMI: BAD

30 October, 2014 - 14:33
MINMI: BAD
Release Date: 
9/24/14
Label: 
Universal
Many of you probably already know who Minmi is, but I'm sure there are just as many of you who don't, so let's talk about her career and many talents before we discuss her new album.

Minmi is an artist who I should have reviewed a long time ago but I just never got around to it. There are only so many hours in a day and I'm writing for both Otaku and my site, Love is Pop, so I can only write so many reviews. Now that I've been doing this for a few years, I'm always faced with a dilemma: do I keep reviewing every new release by artists whom I've already reviewed before or do I review artists I've never covered instead? So, I try my best to introduce you to new artists while trying to staying loyal to most of the artists I've already covered.

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MINMI: BAD

30 October, 2014 - 14:33
MINMI: BAD
Release Date: 
9/24/14
Label: 
Universal
Many of you probably already know who Minmi is, but I'm sure there are just as many of you who don't, so let's talk about her career and many talents before we discuss her new album.

Minmi is an artist who I should have reviewed a long time ago but I just never got around to it. There are only so many hours in a day and I'm writing for both Otaku and my site, Love is Pop, so I can only write so many reviews. Now that I've been doing this for a few years, I'm always faced with a dilemma: do I keep reviewing every new release by artists whom I've already reviewed before or do I review artists I've never covered instead? So, I try my best to introduce you to new artists while trying to staying loyal to most of the artists I've already covered.

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