Category: J-Pop Reviews

OTAQUEST LIVE 2019 in Los Angeles (Live Report)

OTAQUEST LIVE 2019 in Los Angeles powered by LDH USA CAPSULE, CrazyBoy, Hiroomi Tosaka, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, m-flo The Novo (Los Angeles) – July 3, 2019 Concert Review by David Cirone and Nhu Nguyen Last Wednesday, m-flo’s DJ Taku Takahashi walked out on stage to welcome the hyped-up crowd to the Novo for OTAQUEST’s return …

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PassCode 2016-2018 LIVE UNLIMITED PREMIUM BOX (Review)

PassCode 2016-2018 LIVE UNLIMITED PREMIUM BOX Review by David Cirone The PassCode 2016-2018 LIVE UNLIMITED PREMIUM BOX Blu-ray set is a remarkable historical journey through the group’s recent evolution. Beautifully shot and edited, and presenting each concert uncut for the first time, we get to experience PassCode live and up-close in famous Japanese concert venues …

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The 10 Most Poppin’ist Highlights from BanG Dream! “Poppin’Party Happy Party 2018!”

The Ten Most Poppin’ist Highlights from BanG Dream! Poppin’Party Happy Party 2018! by Dave Cirone I knew nothing about BanG Dream! Girls Band Party‘s characters — I’d never even played the game or listened to the music — but last Saturday’s Delayed Viewing screening of the BanG Dream! 5th☆Live “Poppin’Party Happy Party 2018!” concert film …

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PassCode – Locus (Review)

PassCode Locus Review by David Cirone PassCode’s new release Locus — an “Early Works Reconstruction Album” featuring the group’s early favorites re-recorded with the current member lineup and new music backing tracks — is a perfect primer for jumping into the mosh pit with one of today’s most formidable Japanese alternative idol groups.

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Houkago Princess – Abrakatab Luv! (Review)

In a sparkling new release, Houkago Princess transform once again and bring the heat to your winter days with Abrakatab Luv!, a spirited single that features four outstanding tracks. Based on the classic collection of short stories, the titular songs lyrics portrays the tale of a brave and alluring princess and her ability to tell …

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NECRONOMIDOL – STRANGE AEONS (Review)

NECRONOMIDOL STRANGE AEONS Review by John Winner (Straight From Japan) NECRONOMIDOL’s Strange Aeons is available in two physical CD versions — Ver. DIRGE and Ver. PAEAN. Both are presented in deluxe 6-panel matte digipack packaging with artwork by manga artist Waita Uziga and photography by Dan Szpara.

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Tokyo Idols (Film Review)

Tokyo Idols Film Review by David Cirone [originally published on Drama-MAX] Tokyo Idols has an agenda, and that’s no spoiler. Starting with its slanted description on Netflix, filmmaker Kyoko Miyake uses the documentary platform to selectively focus on fringe, negative aspects of idol fandom. For the millions of Japanese and international fans who have actually …

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BiSH – THE GUERRiLLA BiSH (Review)

BiSH THE GUERRiLLA BiSH Review by David Cirone Whatever you thought you wanted from BiSH’s new album THE GUERRiLLA BiSH, you got it and you didn’t, and the unpredictable mix is proof-positive that BiSH is doing it right. After a blisteringly busy year and the rocketing popularity of KILLER BiSH and their recent singles and …

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Top 10 Koda Kumi Dance Tracks

Koda Kumi is one of the most successful artists to bring authentic Western beats and urban lyrics to the Japanese music scene — topping the charts again and again with top-level dance jams and choreography to solidify her “Pop Diva” status. Check out her best dance songs, primed for high-volume playback — available worldwide on …

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Dreams Come True – The URA BEST! (Review)

Dreams Come True The URA Best! Review by David Cirone Last year’s Dreams Come True – THE BEST! Watashi no Dorikamu collection boasted a massive list of 50 fan-favorite songs, but when you’ve got a group like Dreams Come True whose catalog spans multiple decades and worldwide hits, 50 songs just isn’t enough. Dreams Come …

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