NekoPOP′s best J-Pop album/single jackets for 2013.
Sasaki Sayaka – Break your world
Jen: I love the mix of traditional Japanese clothing with rocker fashion. Sasaki’s pose and smile ooze confidence, and that is sexy.
Nogizaka46 – Girls Rule
Dave: Mai Shiraishi goes bravely eyes-wide-open into a Tokyo pool for a (literally) unblinking look of youthful innocence and girl-power potential.
EXILE PRIDE – Konna Sekai wo Aisurutame
Dave: This superhero-inspired lineup makes EXILE PRIDE look like they could take flight at any second.
Momoiro Clover Z – 5th Dimension
Nhu: Illuminati!? Nope! It’s just Momoiro Clover Z… with a full face, baby pink, spiked mask.
BENI – Red
Dave: BENi is all class (when isn’t she?) with this back-lit, elevated pose.
BiS (Brand New Idol Society) – BiSimulation
Dave: BiS continues their mission to beat the image of “idol’ to a pulp. There’s enough tinge of menace in their eyes to make me think they’d really use those nail-spiked bats to punish any rivals who got too “kawaii” for their own good.
Jin Akanishi – Hey What’s Up
Jen: What is up with the multiple hats and straws? We may never know, but it’s nice to see Jin break out of his polished boyband look for something more kooky.
FUDANJUKU – Shita Wo Muite Kaero
Dave: The girls of FUDANJUKU have found the perfect balance of host-boy charm, sexy style, and high-energy humor that has their Tokyo concerts packed every time.
JASMINE – Hero
Dave: JASMINE goes full-out Clockwork Orange for her latest release. I get the feeling Malcolm McDowell would’ve reformed his ways with a bit more Jasmine mixed into his therapy.
Koda Kumi – Summer Trip
Dave: Shot in the freezing winter winds of Malibu Beach, Koda Kumi’s pregnancy-comeback EP jacket just made me say “Goddamn!” Half the world joined in with me.
Kana Nishino – Love Collection – pink
Nhu: This cover could double as a Marc Jacobs perfume ad. Become a lovely, simple, clean, bright, and expensive woman with just one spray!
Perfume – Love The World
Jen: This cover mixes pointilism with LED lights to create a futuristic silhouette of the ladies of Perfume. This is right up their alley.
The Gospellers – Hamo Sodo
Nhu: That dressing room is simply too small, or this group is too big! Either way, they throw caution to the wind, or rather, clothes.
Yuki Koyanagi – One in a million / return to you
Nhu: I am enamored with this cover as the man and woman find love despite a universe (there are planets growing from the tree branches) that is spinning around them.
Yuzu – Tomo Tabidachi no Toki
Nhu: The winding road the two children walk on continues onto the heavens, showing that the sky does not have to be the limit.