Category Archive: JPop

Aug 01

[photo] Mikako Joho, Aya Hirano, and VIXX @ Otakon 2012

Photos of Mikako Joho, Aya Hirano, and VIXX at Otakon 2012. Mikako Joho website – http://mikakojoho.com/ Aya Hirano website – http://www.ayahirano.jp/ VIXX website – http://www.realvixx.com/ To see more VIXX photos and read about their first North American appearance, go to KOME - http://www.kome-world.com/us/articles-13942-vixx-at-otakon.html [svgallery name="otakon_2012"]

Jun 19

[live report] LiSA – Not Just a Fictitious Anime Band Voice

J-pop gets a bad rap. Overpopulated with cutesy girls and herbivorous young men, the pop world in this country has the reputation of being sickeningly innocent and entirely inoffensive (unless you want to get into the whole “sexy children” discussion, which I’ll save that for another day). LiSA might fall into the Jpop category, but …

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Jun 10

[photo] Berryz Kobo @ Anime Next 2012

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Jan 26

[review] By My Side – Hemenway

“By My Side” starts out as a very generic pop-rock song.   While it’s catchy,  you kinda cruise through the first 2 minutes of the new NARUTO Shippuden end theme by Hemenway.  But there’s a little hint of something great in the chorus, a sweet falsetto at the end.  And then you get to the …

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Jan 23

[review] Sun Burns Down – Jin Akanishi

Jin Akanishi is hitting his stride with a fabulous new single, “Sun Burns Down.”  It’s upbeat techno-pop ala Kaskade, the lyrics hinting at some sexy time, but never wandering outside of radio-pop friendly.  The driving chorus, where Jin urges his listeners to “make love until the sun burns down,” is  fist-pumpingly catchy.  The simple beats …

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