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Here are all of the reviews related to Japanese pop culture.  Anime, Manga, Music, who knows what else – we’ll put them all here.  But if you’re only interested in one genre or band, please use the submenus above, those will only show the posts for the particular genre requested.

Sep
05

Morning Musume: Happy Summer Wedding (ハッピーサマーウェディング)

Full disclosure:  I’ve heard this song before as well, but I’ve never seen the video. If you listen to the song, it’s really nothing but a fluffy song about a young woman about to get married and telling her parents how she feels about how she was as a child. 

Sep
05

Morning Musume: Koi no Dance Site (恋のダンスサイト)

One thing I’ve always loved about JPop is how creative it tends to be – unafraid to try new things and experiment.  With nearly every JPop group I’m familiar with, they have never “nickelbacked” it – every song is a different creation.  Some groups, such as Babymetal, take this to rather

Sep
04

Morning Musume: Love Machine (LOVEマシーン)

So, full disclosure: I’ve heard this song before.  I’m aware it’s their breakout single, and I find the tune to be somewhat catchy.  But I’d never seen the video. I have just one word for all of it:  incomprehensible. The video kind of has a “Tears for Fears” psychedelic vibe

Sep
03

Morning Musume: Furusato (ふるさと)

Ok, not gonna lie, this one brought out the onion ninjas. You know, I can be hard on JPop.  The groups, the artists, the songs.  My standards are pretty high, and I’ll call anyone out when I don’t think they’re met.  I have been somewhat hard on the songs I’ve

Sep
03

Morning Musume: Manatsu no Kousen (真夏の光線)

Finally, a light one.  Pardon the pun. I don’t feel like there’s a lot to say about this one, though I’ll try to fill a couple of paragraphs.  I can find no evidence for this, but I feel like it was filmed in Hawaii, which would make sense.  It seems

Sep
03

Morning Musume: Memory Seishun no Hikari (Memory 青春の光)

Well, I gotta admit, this one surprised me. As I do when starting any review on this site of a song I’ve never heard before, the first thing I did was pull up the lyrics, and the first thing I thought was “oh no, not again”.  I mean, we have

Sep
01

Morning Musume: Daite Hold on me (抱いてHOLD ON ME!)

Going through Morning Musume’s early discography, I’m starting to notice patterns.  They had a very distinct style, they found it early, and I’m not entirely sure they ever really lost it.  I see their influences on AKB48 pretty strongly, except AKB48 kind of feels a bit like they’re doing it

Sep
01

Morning Musume: Summer Night Town (サマーナイトタウン)

“Summer Night Town” is Morning Musume’s third single, and it looks like this is where they start to figure out what their identity is as a group.  The video is stylistically very different from the first two – I mentioned that they were very stiff, but in this video, they

Aug
28

Megumi Hayashibara: Give a Reason

It would not be an exaggeration to say that this is probably the first JPop/Anime song I’d ever heard in my life.  I found it immediately attractive and had to actually look for help looking it up, because I immediately knew I wanted it as part of my life.  I’ve

 

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