Ikimonogakari Performs on “SONGS” for April 15

This week’s episode featured Ikimonogakari. The band is currently celebrating their 15th anniversary. On this episode, Ikimonogakari talks about the difficulties they’ve overcome during the course of their career.

Ikimonogakari – SAKURA / Arigatou / TSUZUKU

Aimyon & Utada Hikaru Top the Female Artist Talent Power Ranking for the 1st Half of 2021

Talent Power Ranking recently revealed their top 30 ranking for female artists for the first half of 2021. This ranking is the result of a survey done by Architect Co., Ltd., which measures “awareness” (knowing artist’s face and name) and “attractiveness” (wanting to see / listen / know more about them). This survey combines the data that was collected in November 2020 and February 2021. Architect Co., Ltd. surveyed 4,400 people ages 10 to 69, evenly distributed by age and gender.

Aimyon and Utada Hikaru topped the list, followed by Miyuki Nakajima. See the full top 30 below!

The ’10s Best Idols: An Anisong History & Hokago Tea Time II

Wrapping up the year 2010, we have Hokago Tea Time II, by the eponymous group Hokago Tea Time. To understand why this album is special I have to first explain the anisong boom that happened in 2006 and only gained momentum with time.

The ’10s Best Idols: SDN48 Yuuwaku no Garter

Their first and only original stage, Yuuwaku no Garter, encapsulated in full this “sexy older sister” concept. The group itself was meant to be age restricted to over 20, and the name stood for Saturday Night 48. The structure of the stage is actually quite unusual for most Japan 48 original stage albums with the units going first – a structure only shared with A2, that also starts with two unit songs that then pivot to a group song. 

The ’10s Best Idols: AKB48 Mokugekisha

When the Music Magazine top 100 list came out, the conversation among many an idol and anisong fan was: how could you cover the 10 years that includes the idol sengoku period and the birth of the anisong craze and not include more than a handful in your list?

There are of course a lot of issues with the list which I have also gone over in length (to be released with the March Arama Podcast!) but to fix this issue, three big idol fans – myself, Ryo Miyauchi and Crests – banded together to create our top idol albums from 2010 to 2019. First up on the list: AKB48‘s Mokugekisha stage.

Best J-Pop Gyaru Version: The Rise of Ayu

Prior 2004, South Korea had a law – in place since the end of the colonial period – wherein all Japanese media products were banned. Being 13 year old, I didn’t really know or care about the specifics. All I knew was that I had to go to a smuggler selling on the streets of Myoungdong in 2002 to buy a copy of Ayumi Hamasaki‘s latest Rainbow album. When I finally saw the very nonchalant street peddler selling his wares I managed to nag not just a copy of her album, but the various copies of Egg and S Cawaii! he had with him as well. Both magazines were covered with the latest trend of pale, dyed hair girls – shirogyaru.

Sayuri Matsumura of Nogizaka46 announces graduation

Sayuri Matsumura, one of the last first generation members of Nogizaka46, announced that she would be graduating from the group earlier today.

PARKGOLF to Release First New Album in Nearly 4 Years

On April 14, PARKGOLF will release his new album, “Totem.” This is his first album since August 2017’s “REO.” The ten songs on the “Totem” feature sounds ranging from synth pop to new age. Collaborators on the album include SUSHIBOYS, Okamoto Emi, GOODMOODGOKU, and the Taiwanese rapper Mizu Mizu Mizu98.

In conjuction with the release of “Totem”, PARKGOLF has released the music video for his SUSHIBOYS collaboration, “Lumos Makishima.” One of the stars of the video is the totem which is features on the album’s cover. Check it out below, along with more information on PARKGOLF’s new album!