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StorminNorman
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2004 12:04 pm    Post subject: Our Favourite Anime/JPop Music. Reply with quote
Rather than doing a recommendations/suggestions thread, I thought it would be better if people would just post their favourites, why they like those particular artists, and recommend them to others.

So if you're looking for JPop/Anime music recommendations, this is the thread to come to. I'll start with my own...

Maaya Sakamoto
I can't get enough of Maaya Sakamoto. Her songs are primarily composed by Yoko Kanno, which is a very good start, and they're fairly consistently brilliant. The music is broad-ranged, and mostly pop/rock.
She's been recording since about 1996, when she performed the opening theme for the anime series "The Vision of Escaflowne", which she also starred in as Hitomi Kanzaki.

She's appeared in several anime and games since then, including Record of Lodoss War, Rah Xephon, Dead Or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball, Risky/Safety, Devicereign, Napple Tale, Cowboy Bebop, and Panzer Dragoon Orta.

Songs worth listening to:
- Yakusoku Wa Iranai (The Vision of Escaflowne OP theme)
- Life Is Good (my favourite)
- Mameshiba (the best pop song ever made)
- Hemisphere (Rah Xephon OP theme)
- Feel Myself
- Vector
- Kiseki No Umi (Record of Lodoss War OP theme)
- Platinum (Cardcaptor Sakura OP theme)

If I had to recommend a particular album, it would be Lucy, which has Mameshiba, Life Is Good, Alkaloid and Watashi wa Okano Uekara Kabin wo Nageru on it.

Nearest Western equivalent: Hard to say... really... there's not a lot of Western singers with the same kind of musical focus as Maaya. Imagine a female singer/songwriter sort-of, but not quite, in the Fiona Apple mould, but with a more pop sensibility, maybe like something from the 1960s almost. Oh, and the Beatles, because all Japanese music sounds like the Beatles.

Yoko Kanno:
Starting out as a jazz musician, Kanno's first recordings were for an early 1980s synth band. She began composing anime music in the early 1990s, and worked on such notable soundtracks as Macross Plus, Record of Lodoss War, Cowboy Bebop, The Vision of Escaflowne, Ghost In The Shell Standalone Complex and Brain Powered. She's capable of creating a wide range of styles for different series, ranging from the pop/rock of Macross Plus through to the jazz of Bebop and the symphonics of Escaflowne (on which she worked with her husband, Hajime Mizoguchi).

Kanno doesn't perform herself (well... allegedly), but some songs that she's created that are worth listening to are...

- Idol Talk (Macross Plus)
- Information High (Macross Plus)*
- Voices (Macross Plus)
- Tank! (Cowboy Bebop)
- Rain (Cowboy Bebop)
- Space Lion (Cowboy Bebop)
- Some Other Time (Standalone Complex)
- Beauty Is Within Us (Standalone Complex)
- Where Does This Ocean Go? (Standalone Complex)

*: debate rages about Kanno's involvement in this song. The vocal is credited to someone named "Gabriela Robin", a person who doesn't actually exist. Some speculate that Robin is actually Kanno.

There's more, obviously, but even from three series, she shows a huge variety. If I had to recommend a single particular soundtrack of hers, then it would be Cowboy Bebop: Blue.

Nearest Western equivalent: That's a tough one. I don't think there's anyone quite like YK in the west.

Ayumi Hamasaki
Starting out in 1998, Ayumi Hamasaki has gone on to become one of Japan's biggest artists. A string of hit singles and albums has kept her pretty much at the forefront of Japanese pop music. She doesn't do much anime-related stuff, however this should be no deterrent. While her singing voice is something of an acquired taste, if you can get past it, then you're well on the way to appreciating some excellent music. The thing that stands out for me with Ayu is the production in her songs.

Songs worth checking out:
- Surreal (my all-time favourite Ayu song)
- Boys And Girls
- Vogue
- A Song For XX
- Evolution
- Voyage
- Dearest (Inu Yasha ED theme)

If I had to pick an album to start with, it would, without question, be I Am..., one of the best pop albums of the past decade.

Nearest Western equivalent: I want to say Bjork, but Ayu is nowhere near as musically adventurous, though the two seem, to me, to have some similarities. Madonna might be a better fit, with the whole image thing.

L'arc~en~ciel
Probably my favourite J-Rock band. L'arc~en~ciel (or Laruku as they're commonly abbreviated as) have been making good music for more than a decade now. They tend not to go in for the whole "visual kei" thing, although there is elements of it in their stuff, and their music isn't the often overblown heavy-guitar mania that some J-Rock can be. They range from soft, almost pop songs to grungy thrashes. Their singer, Hyde, isn't quite Thom Yorke, but his voice still stands out, and works well with the music.

Songs to check out...

- Blurry Eyes (D.N.A.^2 OP theme)
- Stay Away (my favourite)
- Heaven's Drive
- Driver's High (Great Teacher Onizuka OP theme)
- Finale
- Fourth Avenue Cafe (Rurouni Kenshin ED theme)
- Spirit Dreams Inside (Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within ED theme)
- Vivid Colors

If I had to recommend an album, I'd probably say Tierra. That said, a better starting point might be Clicked Singles 13, a compilation of their singles, or one of the two best-of releases that came out last year.

That'll do for now... let's see what your favourite music is.

Nearest Western equivalent: I'd say Bends-era Radiohead with just a dash of grunge and hair-rock thrown in for good measure.

I've added in a list of "nearest Western equivalents" so that people can see if the music matches things they're more likely to know. I'd suggest others do the same.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2004 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I have no energy to be as detail as you at the moment, so I'll just list the my favorite music related people for now and edit the post with more details later (if I can be bothered Razz)

Kajiura Yuki/Seesaw
I also like some of the singers that work with her:
Chiba Saeko (also a seiyuu)
Tanaka Rie (also a seiyuu)
YUUKA featuring FictionJunction

Okui Masami
One of the best j-pop artists of all time. Also forms one half of the great duo r.o.r/s, of which the other member is the equally talented Yonekura Chihiro. Their voices sound very alike as well. ^^ They've both performed for a lot of anime individually, but as r.o.r/s, they've done the third OP/ED for Kaleido Star.

I've Sound
In particular KOTOKO, who is arguably the most popular in this talented music production group.

myco/Changin' my Life
CML used to be a band consisting of myco and 2 male backup singers/instrument players. However, they disbanded a little while ago, and now myco is also known as CML by herself. But their songs are gorgeous and very ballad-y. The are probably best known for their involvement in the anime Full Moon wo Sagashite, in which myco played the lead character, Mitsuki.

HAL
Composes songs for Hamasaki Ayumi amongst others. ^^ I don't like Ayumi, but I like HAL. I've only heard 3-4 of the songs which they actually perform, but I like them all and really love the sound of HALNA's voice. They've done for anime:

-The Starry Sky, Justice (Angelic Layer)
-I'll Be the One (Hikaru no Go) [one of my fave songs of all time ^^].
-Confidence (R.O.D TV) [I may be wrong here, but I think they only composed this song. They didn't perform it though].

ALI PROJECT
Great with eerie sounding music, but also fantastic with cutesy and slow music. They are decent composers as well, doing the music for St. Luminous HIgh School, CLAMP's Wish, Avenger, and more recently Maria-sama ga Miteru (WAI! ^___^). Anime in which their music has been featured include Noir and CLAMP School Detectives.

I'm also finding a liking for some move songs.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2004 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Move! Mr. Green (and Dir En Grey if we're counting J-rock.)
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2004 6:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I'll write a few quick recommendations here, and maybe some more at a later date (I'll leave Gackt to you, Kei Razz ) .

Luna Sea

Arguably one of the greatest rock bands to come from Japan, Luna Sea have been a great influence on the visual genre, as well as Japanese music in general. Luna Sea have a great range of songs, and perform some awesome ballads. I've yet to hear another band that has solos as catchy as the ones Sugizo performs in Luna Sea. Unfortunately, Luna Sea have broken up, with their last live occuring in 1998.

Some recommended songs:
- Mother
- I For You
- In My Dream (With Shiver)
- Deja Vu
- Rosier
- Tonight

If you find yourself liking Luna Sea, I recommend getting either their Complete Singles Box, or the Eclipse I & II DVD (which has all their PVs on it). I would recommend their complete album collection, but I'm pretty sure it's OOP already.

Sugizo
Looking for bands similar to Luna Sea? Well, you may as well stop right at Sugizo's (the former lead guitarist of Luna Sea) solo project. He has successfully carried on the spirit of Luna Sea, while the other members have deviated from the Luna Sea sound (check out Ryuichi or J's solo projects). His constant collabarations with other artists help to keep his music fresh (the same core aspects, but different vocals).

Some recommended songs:
- Rest In Peace & Fly Away (featuring Bice)
- Hana Bira (featuring Aya)
- Dear Life (with "The Spank Your Juice" o.O)
- The entire Truth? album

Sugizo's work can also be heard in the other bands he has participated in, such as Sugizo & The Spank Your Juice and The Flare (his current group).
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 14, 2004 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Gackt: Started his career in 1995 when he joined Malice Mizer (whom I don't like), then quit the band in 1999 to start a (successful) solo career. Very broad range on music style, such as metal, rock, pop and jazz. He has three anime themes under his belt; the OP and ED for Shin Hokuto no Ken (New Fist of the North Star) and the ED for Texhnolyze. He also is credited with the "theme" for Gundam: The Ride, which is a ride at the Fujikyu Highland Amusement Park. Yeah, that is weird to me too.

Good songs are:
Vanilla (theme from Japanese TV show Romihi)
Hoshi no Suna
dears (Gundam: The Ride theme)
Lu:na (Shin Hokuto no Ken OP)
Saikai ~Story~
seven
Secret Garden
Last Song
rain
emu ~for my dear~
birdcage
white eyes
Lust for blood
OASIS (Shin Hokuto no Ken ED)
Cube
uncertain memory
Mizerable
Leeca

Recommended album:
Mizerable.

L'Arc~en~Ciel: This is the band that got me started on J-Rock. Consists of hyde (who has a successful solo career on the side), tetsu (who's solo project is TETSU69), ken (who's side project is SONS OF ALL PUSSYS, with former L'Arc~en~Ciel drummer, sakura) and yukihiro (who's solo/side project is acid android). They've been around a long time (over ten years) and have had countless hits. Played in America for the first time at Otakon this year to a crowd of 12000. They have a few anime themes too, such as Great Teacher Onizuka, Rurouni Kenshin, Full Metal Alchemist, Rurouni Kenshin: Requiem for the Ishin Shishi, DNA², and the theme for Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within and the theme from Ringu.

Good songs are:
finale (Ringu theme}
READY STEADY GO (Full Metal Alchemist OP)
NEO UNIVERSE
Jiyuu e no Shoutai
Hitomi no Juunin
HEAVEN'S DRIVE
Dune
DIVE TO BLUE
Perfect Blue
Blurry Eyes (DNA² OP)
Winterfall
Shutting from the sky
Spirit dreams inside (Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within theme)
DRIVER'S HIGH (Great Teacher Onizuka OP)
THE NEPENTHES
Shinshoku-lose control-
metropolis ~android goes to sleep mix~

Recommended album:
DUNE.

Dir en grey: Now, I'm still a little apprehensive about this band. They're... weird. I have their VULGAR CD, and it's quite good. Formerly known as La:Sadies. That's about all I know on Dir en grey.

Good songs are:
Cage
Shokubeni
RED...[em]
Kasumi
DRAIN AWAY
Child prey
MARMALADE CHAINSAW
Fukai
Akuro no Oka
Raison d'Etre
Taiyou no Ao
Berry
[KR] Cube
Hotarubi
embryo
Macabre
mazohyst of decadence
Schwein no Isu
ain't afraid to die
Machiavellism
-I'll-
Yokan
Toriko

Recommended album:
GAUZE.

X Japan: You haven't heard J-Rock until you've heard X Japan. Arguably the most influential band in Japanese history, X Japan had a long and successful career. Throughout their 17 year run, they released their magnum opus, ART OF LIFE. ART OF LIFE was (is?) is an absolutely astounding song, with a run time of 28:59. X Japan also paved the way for the ill-fated, yet legendary guitarist, hide, who will be covered later. The band's leader, Yoshiki, has a solo project called VIOLET UK. X Japan have had one anime theme, the X/1999 ED. X Japan disbanded in 1997.

Good songs are:
ART OF LIFE
Forever Love (X/1999 theme)
Orgasm
Endless Rain
Tears
Kurenai
X
Rose of Pain
Voiceless Screaming
Stab Me In The Back
Rusty Nail
Crucify My Love
Silent Jealousy
Drain
Not True
Longing~Togireta Melody
Standing Sex

Recommended album:
BLUE BLOOD.

hide: hide was a member of X Japan, and one of the best guitarists the world has ever known. His short solo career lasted four years and four albums; two with backing bands (Zilch and Spread Beaver). His career ended abruptly in 1998 when he was found hanged in his bathroom with a towel. Interesting fact: his birthday (13/12) is the day before mine. Very Happy

Good songs are:
DICE
EYES LOVE YOU
BLUE SKY COMPLEX
TELL ME
HONEY BLADE
50% & 50%
pink spider
ROCKET DIVE
Hi-Ho
FLAME
MISERY
GOOD BYE
ERASE
HURRY GO ROUND

Recommended album:
PSYENCE.

TAKUI: TAKUI is a very underrated artist in the J-Rock scene. I don't know much about him but his music is great. Somewhat like Gackt, but without the range in music style.

Good songs are:
Innovator
LAMBRETTA
FORK IN THE ROAD
I'm A Sod
ALIVE
MUST BE STRONG
BADLY NOOOO!!!!
BEAT YOURSELF BLIND
RE-SET

Recommended album:
NUCLEAR SONIC PUNK.

Porno Graffitti: Now here is a truly awesome band. Porno Graffitti are well known for their PVs (Promotional Videos; video clips) being really... weird. Their songs are awesome. They have a few anime themes under their belt, such as Great Teacher Onizuka and Full Metal Alchemist.

Good songs are:
Melissa (Full Metal Alchemist OP)
Hitori no Yoru (Great Teacher Onizuka OP)
Mugen
Vintage
Music Hour
Agehachou
Apollo
Go Steady Go!
Century Lovers
Voice
Lack
Mahoroba
Films
Vintage
Ore, Tenshi
Mienai Sekai
Sister

Recommended album:
BEST BLUE'S or BEST RED'S.

ZONE: ZONE are an all-girl troupe who have evolved from generic pop to easy rock. First members (when they made it big) were miyu, mizuho, maiku and takayo. However, takayo quit the band a few years later to concentrate on university, so former member tomoka (my personal favourite Wink) joined and they have been going strong since. They have one anime theme to their name; Tetsuwan Atom (the 2003 version).

Good songs are:
H.A.N.A.B.I ~kimi ga ita natsu~
Kusou to Genjitsu no Yoake
true blue (Tetsuwan Atom OP)
Tetsuwan Atomu (Tetsuwan Atom insert song)
Taiyou no KISS
Sotsugyou
Sarariman
Akashi
Secret Base ~kimi ga kureta mono~
Glory Colors ~kaze no tobira~
Real
Yume no Kakera

Recommended album:
N.

And that was the J-Rock. Now for the J-Pop.

Hamasaki Ayumi: You don't know J-Pop if you don't know who Hamasaki Ayumi is. She is possibly the biggest singer in Japan, and has had innumerable hits. She has two anime themes credited to her name, the theme for Inu Yasha: Love that Transcends Time and the ED for Inu Yasha.

Good songs are:
Dearest (Inu Yasha ED)
No More Words (Inu Yasha: Love that Transcends Time theme)
evolution
No way to say
Because of you
ANGEL'S SONG
HANABI ~episode II~
ourselves
forgiveness

Recommended album:
RAINBOW or Memorial address.

Ichikawa Yui: Ichikawa Yui is a model-turned-singer, who has just begun her career. Currently only three singles released, they have all been quite promising. No anime themes as yet.

Good songs are:
Ame
Kira Kira
love letter
Fu Fu Fu Boyfriend
Shiny Day
Soba ni Ite Kureta

Recommended album:
-No albums released-

Bonnie Pink: Bonnie Pink is my favourite J-Pop artist. She is quite diverse, and she has an amazing voice. Her trademark is her pink hair, and she is apparently one of the nicest people you could ever hope to meet. With a few anime themes to her credit, like the ED for GANTZ and the ED for Rurouni Kenshin, she should be no stranger to you all. Smile

Good songs are:
It's gonna rain! (Rurouni Kenshin ED)
Last Kiss (GANTZ ED)
Do you crash?
Heaven's Kitchen
Inu to Tsuki
One Night With Chocolate
Silence
I'm in the mood for dancing
5 more minutes

Recommended album:
BONNIE'S KITCHEN.

So there you have it. A rather long winded post from Kei that took almost three hours (whilst doing various other things) to write. Enjoy.

EDIT - Added Dir en grey songs.

EDIT - Changed hide songs. Added albums.


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 12, 2004 12:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
StorminNorman: Just to add one more thing to your Ayumi Hamasaki list, she also sang "No More Words" for the first Inu Yasha movie (The Love that Transcends Time)
*EDIT* Seems I was ninjaed, I need to read above more Razz
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 17, 2004 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yeah, I quite like Gackt, but my two favourite songs of his are:

Kimi ga Matteiru Kara
Tsuki no Uta (ED theme for Texhnolyze)

I also like Maaya Sakamoto (Though I've heard few of her songs), especially:

Kingfisher Girl


My favourite artist mentioned already, though, is definately Yoko Kanno. Her work on Cowboy Bebop is fantastic, but so is her work on Wolf's Rain. I'm not sure, but I think she also did the music for Jin-Roh, which I liked.

(Other) Recommended songs:

Run, Wolf Warrior, Run (Wolf's rain)
Mouth on Fire (Wolf's Rain)
Blue (Cowboy Bebop)
Call Me, Call Me (Cowboy Bebop)
The Real Folk Blues (Cowboy Bebop)
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 30, 2004 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
As far as anime related artists go I would say:

Hayashibara Megumi

How could anyone not have Megu-chan in a list of best anime artists? She would have to be the most successful seiyuu/singer of all time with most of her albums having been in the top 5 or 10 on the Oricon chart, she's legend! My personal favourite songs are:

Over Soul (Shaman King)
Lost In You (Shaman King)
Koibumi (Centre Colour Remix version) (Cant remember what it's from)
Space Lonely Soldier (Tekkaman Blade II)
A House Cat (Nuku Nuku DASH!!)
Fine Colour Day (Nuku Nuku TV)
Sakura Saku (Love Hina)
Tokyo Boogie Night 2002 (from her radio show of the same name)
Northern Lights (Shaman King)

Best albums I think are her last 2 releases, Feel Well and Centre Colour.

Okui Masami

She started her career in 1993 when she signed with King Records and her first hits were "Reincarnation" and "It's Destiny" from Tekkaman Blade II. She has done alot of Op/Ed songs for various Star Child releases, you may not know the name but I bet you know alot of songs! She distanced herself from doing anime themes in 2002 when she released her Crossroads album, I think her last anime themes were from the Tales Of Destiny anime (Sora Ni Kakeru Hashi/I'd Love You To Touch Me). Her latest album, "Re-Birth" is simply awesome. She announced in late July that she is starting her own label and the first release will be her new single, "Olive" coming out December 12, my pre-order is in already of course Very Happy My fav songs are:

Reincarnation (Tekkaman Blade II)
Live Alone-Sennen Tattemo (Tekkman Blade II)
MASK (Sorcerer Hunters)
Jama Wa Sasenai (Slayers NEXT)
Naked Mind (Slayers EX radio show)
Souda, Zettai (Yamamoto Yohko II)
Rondo-Revolution (Utena)
endless life (Advanced V.G 2 PS game)
Kiss In The Dark (Eretusvyu PS game)
CLIMAX
Turning Point
Over The End
Sora Ni Kakeru Hashi (Tales Of Destiny)
Shuffle (Yu-Gi-Oh)
SECOND IMPACT

For J-Pop my absolute favourite is of course Hamasaki Ayumi and I own every CD, CDS, DVD and vinyl of hers I could get my hands on in Japan. I will whole heartily agree with Stormin Norman both about Surreal (my favourite Ayu song too, always one of her highlights on her live DVDs and the PV is awesome) and I am... STUCK in my cd player and will never leave! It is one of the greatest cds in history of music for me. Other J-Pop artists I like are:

Utada Hikaru

Dont confuse "Hikki" with "Utada", although I like her English atempt it doesn't come close to her best Japanese work, recomended songs are:

Can You Keep A Secret?
Wait and See-Risku
Additcted To You
Hikari (Japanese Kingdom Hearts theme, English version is called Simple and Clean)
Drama
Letters
Colours
Sakura Drops
FINAL DISTANCE
Automatic
Amaiwanai-Paint It Black
KETTOBASE!
Uso Mitaina I Love You
Tokyo Nights

BoA

She has 3 Japanese albums and all are good, I am split on wether I like Valenti or Love And Honsety more. Recomended songs are:

Valenti
Rock With You
Double
Jewel Song
Power
Listen To My Heart
Every Heart-Mina no Kimochi (INU YASHA ed theme)
Nobody But You
B.I.O
Kiseki
Flower
Midnight Parade
Expect
Be The One
Shine We Are
Quincy (latest song)


Do As Infinity

Cant recomend alot of songs cause although I have 4 of their albums I haven't listened to them alot, lol, but they are great. People who have seen Inu Yasha might know Hukai Mori.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 13, 2004 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Cowboy Bebop 4 disc boxset. Especially with the 4th disc being the Seatbelts LIVE!!! Unbelievable!

GIS SAC OST 1 Very very good.

Have several others but they don't inspire (ie GIS Techno tracks)

I want GIS GIG 2 Opening soundtrack. WOW!
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2004 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
holy crap i can't believe no-one's mentioned the pillows yet. the FLCL soundtrack comprises most of their songs. they are an awesome rock band, with songs like little buster, ride on shooting star, i think i can, we have a theme song and last dinosaur.

they rock my socks. they are my favourite japanese artist tied with yoko kanno, who people have already mentioned.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2004 11:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
The Pillows are win, as are move and Dir En Grey. That's about the extent of my japanese musical interests Razz
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Mm. Saw a mention of J-Rock in here. At the moment, I'm only listening to Dir En Grey. I've heard one X Japan song, and I'm gonna find Art of Life since I hear it's really good. One thing I love about J-Rock is there isn't a single J-Rock drummer I've heard with less than awesome talent. They gagagoogoo own. Dir En Grey's Shinya <3

New Age Culture is the best Dir En Grey song, btw. Razz
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 11, 2005 10:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
My favourite J-pop/rock artists include (in no particular order):

The Pillows: Hybrid Rainbow, Crazy Sunshine, Last Dinosaur, Happy Bivouac, Juliet and Ride on Shooting Star (not hard to guess that one of my favourite parts of FLCL was them playing the music in it)

Do As Infinity: Raven, Shinjitsu no Uta, Signal, Summer Days, Heart, Tooku Made and Eternity

Glay: Two Bell Silence, Survival, Winter Again, Children in the War and Beautiful Dreamer

Dir en Grey: Ash, The Final, Cage, Jealous, Marmalade Chainsaw and Fukai

Malice Mizer: Au Revoir, Je te Veux, Gardenia, Beast of Blood, Madrigal, Syunikiss and Illuminati (P-Type)

Gackt: Mizerable, Vanilla (the 'night' version's interesting to say the least), Secret Garden, Emu ~For My Dear~ and Kimi no Tameni Dekiru Koto

Ayumi Hamasaki: Evolution, I Am..., Depend on You, Far Away, M and Ever Free

[EDIT]Whoops, I forgot to add Luna Sea! ^,^ [Into the Sun, Tonight, Sweetest Coma Again, Rosier, Love Song]
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2005 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
In an(other) attempt to resurrect a dying forum, here is some additions! I'm not going to bother with descriptions, because Google exists for a reason.

LUNA SEA

Good songs are:
ROSIER.
MOTHER.
FACE TO FACE.
GENESIS OF MIND ~yume no kanata e~.
TRUE BLUE.

Recommended album:
MOTHER.

SIAM SHADE

Good songs are:
Life.
1/3 no Junjou na Kanjou (Rurouni Kenshin ED).
1999.
Glacial LOVE.
PASSION.
LOVE.
Why not?
TIME'S.
GET A LIFE (Korean film Volcano High theme. Daita, the lead guitarist, wrote most of the OST.).

Recommended album:
SIAM SHADE IX A-sides Collection.
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 28, 2005 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I thought I'd add my list:

Ayumi Hamasaki
The one and only. She started my J-pop obession, and I will love her forever. <3 Her sound is unique, and unlike any other pop music in the world. She's the queen, and deserves to be one too.

Reccomended Songs: (* ones are my alltime favourites of hers)
Fly High *
Boys & Girls
Dearest *
Evolution *
M *
Never Ever
Real Me *
Free & Easy
Voyage *
RAINBOW *
ANGEL'S SONG
Because of you *
forgiveness
Memorial Address *
About You *
Moments
walking proud
Replace
Connected (Trancey-ayu)
Appears

I'll stop there before I list too many songs.

Reccomended Album/s:
I am... It's by far her best album, it will show you who Ayu is, what her music is like and how deep and meaningful her lyrics are.
Memorial Address - I reccomend this because of two songs: Because of you and Memorial Address. Two songs of Ayu's, firm favourite, and it just makes the album worthwhile. Don't dislike any one song off this album.

Reccomended PV's (Music Videos) :
RAINBOW (Best. PV. Ever)
Voyage
Because of you
M
SURREAL
Dearest
INSPIRE
walking proud
Connected (Anime style)
Appears
Ourselves



Utada Hikaru
My second J-Pop love. One thing must be said: She differens a lot from Ayu. Her sound is also unique, that's why I like her. Plus she has very weird PV's half the time. I'm not anywhere into Hikki as much as I'm into ayu.

Reccomended Songs:

Can you keep a secret? *
Sakura Drops
Hikari *
FINAL DISTANCE
Tokyo Nights
Addicted to you

Reccomended Album:
Her singles collection is the way to go.

BoA
Yes, BoA is a manufactured western-like-music J-pop/K-pop artist. But that won't make me stop liking her. She has some very catchy songs, cool PV's and she's very... pretty too. Very Happy

Reccomended songs:

Rock with you
Listen to your heart
Double
Quincy

Reccomended Album:
Love and Honesty.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2005 2:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Add to my list:

dream
They started off as 3 girls chosen from 120 000 contestants in a idol search show run by avex trax in 2000. The songs released by the trio were typical j-pop, but ones I really like. Their voices match so beautifully. However in 2002, one of the girls, Matsumuro Mai, left the band to pursue lyric writing. And all of sudden 6 new, younger girls were added and dream became a group of 8. Their songs are still nice, but I prefer the original 3 as things start to get messy when there's so many people in the group. Plus I really liked Mai's voice and talent (she wrote a lot of their songs). dream have performed songs for Inu Yasha (ED 1 "My Will"), Hikaru no Go (OP1 "Get Over", ED3 "Sincerely ~Ever Dream", ED5 "Music is my Thing") and Assobot Senki Goku (OP2 "Wo Ai Ni").
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2005 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
So. Brilliant Green. Yaida Hitomi. Does anyone else like them?

I mean, I can't really give my opinions of them, because I've only heard one song from each.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2005 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Gouki wrote:
Yaida Hitomi


She's awesome. I had a chance to see her in concert with Mattt but me and the person I was travelling with were totally buggered from the trip so we didn't go. Regretting ever since. Razz
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2005 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I've only heard Chain. Which is, indeed, excellent. It reminds me a lot Sarah McLachlan. Only, less, you know, depressing and mopy.

What other songs (or for convenience sake an album) of hers is worth getting?
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2005 10:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I have Yaiko's Selection, which is awesome. It's a singles collection.

I should point out that I love her. And Onitsuka Chihiro too.

I'll post them at a later date.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 29, 2005 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I've also only heard Chain, not bad at allr. Would love to dive deeper.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 19, 2005 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
the only bands i have heard a couple of each are L'arc~en~ciel and the pillows.
my favs from those two are
Drivers high
fourth avanue cafe
rainbow

ride on shooting star
hybrid rainbow
happy bivouac
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 30, 2005 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
L'arc en Ciel - they just rock. period.
Favorites from L'arc en Ciel:
The whole SMILE album (Special mentions : Ready Steady Go! - Full Metal Alchemist 2nd OP, Hitomi no Jyuunin, Lover Boy)
Killing me - latest chart topping single
Snow Drop

Dir en Gray - they're quite disturbed, but that's fine by me.
Favorites from Dir en Gray:
Cage
Cube

Do As Infinity - this goes to show that japanese girls can also rock.
Favorites from Do As Infinity:
Deep Forest \
Tangerine Dream > Inu Yasha music
Shinjutsu no Uta /

Judy and Mary - Cute vocalist
Favorites from Judy and Mary:
Sobakasu (Rurouni Kenshin)
Daydream

The Brilliant Green - ZOMGHAWT female vocalist <3
Favorites from The Brilliant Green:
All

Porno Graffiti - don't be fooled by the band name... coz they rock.
Favorites from Porno Graffiti:
Melissa (Full Metal Alchemist OP)
Tsukigai

Siam Shade - Absolutely classic band... amazing vocalist's on par with Hyde from L'arc en Ciel:
Since most of their songs are my favorites, I'll just put in my super favorite! :
1/3 Junjou na Kanjou (Rurouni Kenshin ED)

Whew... That's about it for now.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2005 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
yay for reposting on dead threads!!!!
haha anyway.....my favourites are:
THE BACK HORN
yes, i know probably no one has ever heard of THE BACK HORN and a lot of ppl think they suck but i really love them Very Happy i love nearly all their songs on their newest album, headphone children, so i recommend that if ur interested (which u probably arent Razz ) favourite songs are ame, yume no hana, Miracle
L'arc~en~ciel
obviously ^___^ i love hydes voice and tetsu's bass playing hehe....so good. favourite songs are probably New World, Killing Me and Fourth Avenue Cafe. cliched but, hey, they ARE good songs Cool
Gackt
hehe.....another really famous Japanese musician.....my favourite songs are Emu ~for my dear~, Last Song, Tsuki no Uta and Seki Ray.
Others
other random Japanese songs that i like are Cage by Dir en Grey, Fad by Maaya Sakamoto, Heart of the Sword by TM Revolution (rk ending song), and super drive (Gravitation opening) haha random...
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2005 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
This forum needs more traffic. Not that I expectmy posts to bring it. Anyway, these are my favourites.

Ayumi Hamasaki - What do you mean you don't know she is? Get. Out. Now.

- Evolution
- M
- Surreal
- Dearest
- Rainbow
- A Song for XX
- Boy & Girls
- GAME
- INSPIRE
- NEVER EVER
- Endless Sorrow ~gone with the wind ver.~

Best Album: I am... is her best album no question. A Ballads is also an excellent way to guage if you'd like her or not. being a collection of a lot of the different styles she sings. Either of those two.

Gackt - Probably my favourite male vocalist. An inrecdibly androgynous man with equally, possibly more than equal, talent. Originally part of Malice Mizer, now a succesful solo artist.

- Mizerable
- Emu ~for my Dear~
- IllnesIllusion
- vanilla
- Lust for Blood
- Cube
- Birdcage
- Kimi ni Aitakute
- Story
- Death Wish
- Dooms day
- Lapis~prologue~

Best Album: Mizerable is an excellent album, but it only has four tracks, so I'd go with ~Mars~.

L'Arc~en~Ciel - Yeah. I don't know much about them. But they're good. And really popular. And Hyde does stuff with Gackt. Not sex stuff, just songs and a movie.

- get out from the shell
- Shinjitsu to Gensou
- Ready Steady Go
- NEO UNIVERSE
- spirit dreams inside
- Feeling fine
- Driver's High
- shinshoku ~lose control~

Best Album: Smile was my first taste of L'Arc~en Ciel, so I'm going to have to say that. Or real for NEO UNIVERSE, because it's an awesome song. Actually, just buy a singles collection.

Maaya Sakamoto - Usually paired with Yoko Kanno, for most of what I've heard, but she's an amazing singer, with or without the aformentioned composer. She has a few anime tracks to her name, incluing Card Captor Sakura, Tsuabasa and Arjuna.

- Mameshiba
- Platinum
- Life is Good
- Gravity
- Hemisphere
- Kingfisher Girl

Best Album: Lucy. No Question.

GLAY - I quite this formerly underground band. A good sound, and they have the elusive quality where you want to sing and dance and constantly listen to them.

- Winter, Again
- Mata Koko de Aimashou
- Way of Difference
- peak hateshinaku soul kagirina
- tenshi no waekeme

Best Album: HEAVY GUAGE.

The Pillows - This fantastic band has been around since 1990, but only came to my (and many, many others) attention when they provided almost the entire soundtrack to Gainax's anime smash, FLCL.

- Hybrid Rainbow
- Ride on Shooting Star
- Come Down
- Our Love and Peace
- RUSH
- Carnival
- She if Perfect
- Sleepy Head

Best Album - Go for the FLCL OSTs. They're a great selection of The Pillows songs. A lot of those I like are on them.

Puffy AmiYumi - Alright. So they're fairly generic, but they're fun to listen to. They have great energy and they sound good.

- K2G
- Planet Tokyo
- Your Love is a Drug
- Invisible Tomorrow
- Teen Titans Theme

Best Album: Nice

X Japan - Hugely influential, and worth all the praise they get.

- Forever Love
- Silent Jealousy
- Tears
- ENDLESS RAIN
- Orgasm
- Rusty Nail
- EX Dream

Best Album: One of the Collections.

Hironobu Kageyama - Sure, he's been around since the 70's, and he's mostly associated with Dragonball Z, but he's an excellent singer. He also is the head of JAM Project

- Unmei no Hi ~Tamashii no Tamashii~
- ChaLa Head ChaLa
- Sonic Drive
- Hikari no Tabi
- Ore wa Tokoton Tomoranai!!
-

Best Album: Dragonball Z: Never Ending Story ~Best Collection~.

Yoko Kanno - Moslty a composer, she's so good she can have people who don't exist sing her songs. He frequent collaberator (recently) Mai Yamane, is an excellent match.

- After in the Dark ~Torch Song~
- Information High
- Gotta Knock a Little Harder
- Blue
- Real Folk Blue
- Inner Universe
- Green Bird
- TANK!
- Space lion

Best Album: One of the Cowboy Bebop ones, definitely, or maybe the Arjuna OST.


People I need to hear more of before I can make a proper decision. *Plus the best of what I've heard.

Yaida Hitomi - I've heard on song of hers, and before it had even finished I needed to hear more.

- Chain

Dir En Grey - They've got an interesting sound. Would it be wrong to call it an extreme sound? 'Cause it's not a bad thing.

- CHILD PREY
- Cage
- Yokan

Ai Otsuka - I've only heard this one single, and the music sounds generic but, in a fun Puffy AmiYumi way.

- SMILY
- Bitama

hide - I already know he's awesome. I just want more.

- Dice
- GOOD BYE
- Rocket Drive

Koda Kumi - Fairly generic, yes. Whats your point?

- Cutey Honey
- 1000 Words
- Real Emotion

MALICE MIZER - Definitely an aqquired taste.

- Illuminati
- Beast of Blood

PIPO☆Angel's - Very similar to AmiYumi, I've only heard one of there songs and that was in GuitarFreaks/Dummania. Awesome song though.

- Luvly, Merry-Go-Round

Porno Graffitti - What more needs to be said?

- Music Hour
- Lack
- Melissa

I think thats everybody.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 25, 2005 5:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Quote:

- Endless Sorrow ~gone with the wind ver.~


The single version is so much better, listen to it! ^___^
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2005 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
My favourite:

- Hirosue Ryoko (I know, she's pretty much past her expiration date, but...)
- Okui Masami - Kiss in the Dark
- Otsuki Ai - Album LOVE JAM
- Koda Kumi - both of the songs in FFX2
- Matsu Takako
- L'arc~en~ciel
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 26, 2005 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I've only just started to get into Jpop and haven't heard a lot yet but these are my favourites so far:

.::Move::.
As you can see from my list, I really haven't heard anything by Move that I haven't liked (and I just love their PVs). ^_^

•Noizy Tribe
•Nobody Reason
•Gamble Rumble
•Ghetto Blaster
•Pure Minds
•Blast My Desire
•Dogfight
•Come Together
•Fly Me So High

.::Rei Fu::.
I really like her voice and her songs being in Japanese & English

•Life is like a boat
•They Always Talk About
•I So Wanted

.::Utada Hikaru::.
Her song seems like they could easily fit into the Top 40's songs without standing out much. I don't really like much of the Top 40 charts but I like her songs.

•Deep River
•Addicted To You(I think that's what it's called)
•Colors
•Wait & See(once again I'm not sure of the title)

.::Ayumi Hamasaki::.
Well everyone knows her so I can't relly add much.

•Because of You
•M
•Surreal
•About You
etc(too many to list

.::Asian Kung Fu Generation::.
My favourite type of music is grunge/alternative rock and this is exactly what they are.

•Haruka Kanata

.::UVERworld::.
Same reason as above

•D-technolife

.::Sowelu::.
There's just something in her voice...

•Moon on the Water
•Let's go faraway
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 07, 2005 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
X Japan
    Art of life
    Orgasm
    ENDLESS RAIN
    Rusty nail

hide
    pink spider
    Doubt
    GOODBYE

Dir En Grey
    Psycho
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    Filth
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 08, 2005 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Yui Horie

Yui Horie is one of the most popular Seiyuu (voice actror/actress) in Japan. She is the voice of many characters including Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket, Naru Narusegawa from Love Hina, Multi from To Heart, she's also the voice of Hitomi on the Play Station game Dead or Alive, and heaps more. Not only is she a talented Seiyuu, she also sings. She has one of the cutest and sweetest voices ever and has some pretty awesome songs. Luckily, she not only sounds good, she looks good too which definately helps with her popularity, she can be found in many magazines and live events in Japan.

Some songs worth listening to are

- Mainichi ga Otenki
- Sakura
- Tsubara (On the Sister Princess soundtrack)
- Promise
- Kirari Takaramono (Love Hina Again OP theme)
- Happy Happy rice shower
- Tutty Fruitty
- Good Morning
- Love Destiny
- Chisana Inori (Fruits Basket ED theme)
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Kohaku wrote:
Yui Horie

Yui Horie is one of the most popular Seiyuu (voice actror/actress) in Japan. She is the voice of many characters including Tohru Honda from Fruits Basket, Naru Narusegawa from Love Hina, Multi from To Heart, she's also the voice of Hitomi on the Play Station game Dead or Alive, and heaps more. Not only is she a talented Seiyuu, she also sings. She has one of the cutest and sweetest voices ever and has some pretty awesome songs. Luckily, she not only sounds good, she looks good too which definately helps with her popularity, she can be found in many magazines and live events in Japan.

Some songs worth listening to are

- Mainichi ga Otenki
- Sakura
- Tsubara (On the Sister Princess soundtrack)
- Promise
- Kirari Takaramono (Love Hina Again OP theme)
- Happy Happy rice shower
- Tutty Fruitty
- Good Morning
- Love Destiny
- Chisana Inori (Fruits Basket ED theme)


She definitely gets the Sly thumbs up. My fav seiyuu too. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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She definitely gets the Sly thumbs up. My fav seiyuu too.


Yeah! Yui Horie fans rock ^^
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 4:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
She's the best. I loved her doing the Fruits Basket interviews. She was so cute. <3
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 30, 2005 12:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
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I loved her doing the Fruits Basket interviews. She was so cute. <3


Oh my gosh, that was soooo kawaii. I wish all anime had those sorta things ^^.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 29, 2005 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Wow. A lot of my favourites have already been mentioned.

Anyhoo, GLAY are by far my favourite J-Rock group.

Some bands that haven't been mentioned yet.

Janne Da Arc- FANTASTIC! You'll never get bored of listening to their music. They did a few anime songs too such as Black Jack and Shining Ray.

Recommendations:

Black Jack
Shining Ray
Wing
Gekkouka
Diamond Virgin
Wizard
Dolls
Tsumetai Kagerou
Mr Troublemaker


Garnet Crow- They're a very different J-Pop group. For some reason, they don't seem to get too much recognition. Their music is very mellow. They've done theme songs for Case Closed, Tales of Destiny 2 (VG) amongst other anime.

Bokura Dake no Mirai
Tsumetai Kage
Picture of World
Flying
Mysterious Eyes

Nobuchika Eri- Quite a new artist but definately worth checking out. She combines ballads with dance music very well. She only has three singles out at the moment but is due for an album in a couple of months

Lights (the best)
Voice
Sketch for Summer

Hirahara Ayaka- I really enjoy her music. She has quite a few ballads. She's got a very deep voice but is also great at singing high notes.

Jupiter
Hello Again, Jojo
Eternally

Kuraki Mai- Don't know if anyone has mentioned her yet but she's done a ton of songs for the anime Detective Conan. Her music is very poppy sounding yet I love it (I'm more into rock). It's very soothing

Secret of My Heart
Time After Time
Delicious Way
Happy Days
Never Gonna Give You Up
Tsumetai Umi

B'z- I just love these guys. I have to admit, I'm a new fan. I only got to know them a month ago but I just think they're great! Every single and album they've released has reached #1.

Arigato
Ocean

EXILE- Pop RnB style, although their music does extremely well in Japan, I often hear people bagging them and saying that they're corny. The group consists of six members: two vocalists and four dancers.

Distance
Heart of Gold
EXIT
HERO
Ki.zu.na
Choo Choo Train
Hane 1/2
Song For You
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 30, 2005 3:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Mikuni Shimokawa

After buying the Full Metal Panic! Fumoffu dvd, I have fallen in love with this music, and her fantastic voice

Opening Kimi ni fuku kaze

Closing Sore ga ai deshou



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2005 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Sephiroth_FF wrote:

Garnet Crow- They're a very different J-Pop group. For some reason, they don't seem to get too much recognition. Their music is very mellow. They've done theme songs for Case Closed, Tales of Destiny 2 (VG) amongst other anime.


Not to mention the singer always sounds wasted in a peaceful way.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2005 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I have just bought the Inuyasha OST 1.

The music by Kaoru Wada is absolutely fantastic, with all the strings, including the Shakuhachi.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 19, 2005 11:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Well, I noticed that nobody mentioned my favourite band of all time:

Every Little Thing (ELT)
This group started out at the end of 1996, with three members: Ichiro Ito (guitar), Mitsuru Igarashi(keyboards/songwriter) and Kaori Mochida(lead singer). Mitsuru had started the band, but later left in 2001, and Kaori took over the songwriting. This band has seen phenomenal success in Japan, with all albums reaching the #1 or #2 spot, and ever since Kaori took over, the band has become more mainstream, and has seen it's biggest successes. They've toured the country almost every year, and from what I've heard, they sell out within hours at times. I like Kaori so much, I've bought one of her photobooks, and am still searching for the solo effort she did way back in 1995, "Mo Ichido"!

Anime appearances:
"Grip!" from Inuyasha. "Ai no uta" from the first Inuyasha movie, and other anime I don't know of, but I know they've done more than this. Other than anime, they've had most of their best songs featured for commercials.

Favourite singles:
"Feel My Heart"
"(When) Will it rain?" (instrumental)
All the songs on the album "Many Pieces", which includes "Grip!" and "Ai no uta"
"NECESSARY"
"No Limit"
"JIRENMA"
"Dear My Friend"
"Deatta goro no youni"
"Ai no kakera"
"Get into a groove"
"Rescue me"
"Home Sweet Home"

Favourite Albums are: ALL of them! Including the remixes, except for the 3rd one (Rice Mix Plantation)


Ayumi Hamasaki:
Did you know, she has a single that was made in 1994? It wasn't under her name, but she's on the single's cover. Anyway, I like the "LOVEppears" (this one started me liking Japanese music), "I am" and "Rainbow" albums, and my favourite singles are: "Fly High", "I am", "evolution" and "independent+"


I made a seperate thread on my liking of L'Arc~en~Ciel, so I won't mention them again, other than I'm listening to their album "AWAKE" while I type this.


I won't go into details about my other favourites, but I'll mention them here:
Plastic Tree, Luna Sea, Glay, Janne de Arc, Ai Ohtsuka, Mai Kuraki, La'cryma Christi, Porno Graffitti, 175R, RIP SLYME, FLOW, Gospellers, Kick the Can Crew, Heartsdales, Zone, Zard, SADS, PIERROT, capsule, Road of Major, Shiina Ringo, Utada Hikaru, Nanase Aikawa, Matsu Takako, Do As Infinity, Dreams Come True, Hyde, Gackt, Dragon Ash, SPEED, Tube, Morning Musume, Yuko Ogura! Very Happy, Puchimoni, Minimoni, Black Biscuits, LINDBERG, Judy and Mary, Aya Matsuura, Takako Uehara, Amano Tsukiko (Project Zero 1-3 theme songs) and many others I can't remember the names!
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2005 2:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Greatkazooman wrote:

I won't go into details about my other favourites, but I'll mention them here:
Plastic Tree, Luna Sea, Glay, Janne de Arc, Ai Ohtsuka, Mai Kuraki, La'cryma Christi, Porno Graffitti, 175R, RIP SLYME, FLOW, Gospellers, Kick the Can Crew, Heartsdales, Zone, Zard, SADS, PIERROT, capsule, Road of Major, Shiina Ringo, Utada Hikaru, Nanase Aikawa, Matsu Takako, Do As Infinity, Dreams Come True, Hyde, Gackt, Dragon Ash, SPEED, Tube, Morning Musume, Yuko Ogura! Very Happy, Puchimoni, Minimoni, Black Biscuits, LINDBERG, Judy and Mary, Aya Matsuura, Takako Uehara, Amano Tsukiko (Project Zero 1-3 theme songs) and many others I can't remember the names!

Nice to know there's someone else who loves J-music as much as me. There don't seem to be a whole bunch of die hard fans around here. If you ever want to discuss any of these singers/bands, drop by here
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2005 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Being able to rattle off a bunch of names makes you a die-hard fan?
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 21, 2005 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Gouki wrote:
Being able to rattle off a bunch of names makes you a die-hard fan?

Calm down man. I am a die hard fan. Are you?
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PostPosted: Thu May 11, 2006 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
I love:

Namie Amuro: Put 'Em Up, So Crazy, Want me want me, Violet Sauce, ALARM, .... She's so cute and beautiful ^^
Try it : STYLE album, Queen of Hippop, Love Enhanced,...

Hitomi Shimatani: YUME Byori, Mermaids, 亜麻色の髪の乙女, papillon,... She's lovely!!
Try it : Delicious ~ Best of Shimatani album

Hikki: Eh, I don't need to tell about her ^^
Try it : First Love album

Dir en Grey: Kodou, Cage, Umbrella,... Rock, crazy, whatever
Try it : Vulgar album
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2006 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR ~ full stop!!! the best Jrock group out there at the moment (i think so). Tell me who does not love Bleach's 3rd and best OP "Ichirin no Hana"?

Go here for info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High_and_mighty_color
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 14, 2007 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Mikuni Shimokawa

Kimi ni Fuku Kaze (The Wind That Blows To You) is my favourite song at the moment, after buying the FMP?: Fumoffu boxset. Previously it had been Tomorrow. She's great.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 20, 2008 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
I think some good old fashioned resurrecting is called for here.

Ayumi Hamasaki
Just what everyone else has said, really.

BUCK-TICK
I like most of their stuff.

°C-ute
-Soku Daikishimete
-Lalala Shiawase no Uta
-Meguru Koi no Kisetsu
-Ooki na Ai de Motenashite
-Takaikko Junjou

Gackt
-Orenji no Taiyou (Duet with Hyde from L’Arc~en~Ciel)
-Sakurasou
-Love Letter
-Emu ~For my Dear~
-U+K
-Mirror
-Mizerable
-Rain
-Redemption
-RETURNER~yami no shuuen~
-この誰もいない部屋で
-Secret Garden
-Lu:na
-Last Song
-seki-ray
-Lust for Blood

Kaya
-Walkure
-Masquerade -fabulous night mix-
-Silvery Dark
-Glitter Arch
-Kaleidoscope -glitter mix-

Lareine

-Cinderella Fantasy
-Setsurenka
-Fleur
-Fuyu Tokyo

LM.C-marble-s
-Oh My Juliet
-Sentimental PIGgy Romance
-Boys and Girls
- Haunted House make a Secret

Malice Mizer
I love everything of theirs.

Moi Dix Mois
Dix Infernal and Nocturnal Opera are my favourite albums.

Nightmare
Libido and the WORLD ruler are my favourite albums.

Vidoll-CLOUD
-High ~rise~ buildings
-Shutdown
-Deathmate
-Sister
-Gothikaroid

X Japan
-Art of Live (Full Version, the short version just doesn't do the song justice)
-Forever Love
-Kurenai
-Longing ~Togireta Melody~
-Rusty Nail
-Scars
-Silent Jealousy
-Tears
-Crucify my Love
-Say Anything
-Celebration
-The Last Song
-X
-Endless Rain
-I.V.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
Koda kumi
taboo
hot stuff
BUT
promise

Namie Amuro
Put em up
new look
as good as
gimme more
love 2000
hide and seek
baby dont cry

amano tsukiko
koe
chou
zero
ningyo
howling
shiroi hana

ai otsuka
planetarium
smily
pon pon

nana kitade
The I scream album.
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 18, 2010 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Hiromi Uehara

If you like jazz piano and haven't seen her music on Youtube or bought her cd's or dvd's you are missing out. Has performed with the likes of Chick Corea and Stanley Clarke as well as with a band and solo.

Ayaka Hirahara

She performed in the Joe Hisaishi 25 years with Hayao Miyazaki concerts in 2008 on two vocal arrangements from tunes from "Spirited Away". Also some great vocal arrangements of classical compositions.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
Takako Minekawa

She does an amazing rendition of the closing song of Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind with Ryuichi Sakamoto, a song that was written by YMO bass player Haruomi Hosono.

Watch it here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_mvuDxs4Ot4
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