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Favorite Japanese music?

PostPosted: Sat Apr 04, 2015 7:49 pm
by nillapoet
Who are some of your favorite jpop, jrock, and jrap artists?

Re: Favorite Japanese music?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2015 5:10 pm
by ClaecElric4God
Ooooooooooh, yay, I love this thread!

The first one that comes to mind is Kokia. I adore almost all of her songs. On top of her beautiful singing voice, her songs are so...I dunno, unique. It has such a wide range of emotions behind it, and doesn't seem to stick to any sort of pattern. The song that introduced me to her music was Transparent, one of my favorites of all time. *goes off to listen to Kokia*

Also, FictionJunction. Parallel Hearts comes to mind.

I want to say Kalafina, but I find that I actually dislike more of their songs than I like.

Touhou? Does that count as an artist? I dunno, but drill got me into that music and I enjoy it a lot. Good stuff.

In my search for Japanese Christian music, I discovered Daisuke Yokoyama awhile back, and I really enjoy his music. A lot.

Re: Favorite Japanese music?

PostPosted: Sun Apr 05, 2015 6:30 pm
by artisticDreamer
ClaecElric4God wrote:Also, FictionJunction. Parallel Hearts comes to mind.

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Re: Favorite Japanese music?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 06, 2015 7:52 pm
by Kaori
Sakamoto Maaya is my personal favorite J-pop artist. She has a good voice and has teamed up with a lot of good songwriters, Yoko Kanno for example, so a lot of her songs are just strong across the board.

This is kind of a stereotypical answer, but Mizuki Nana is fantastic. I only have one of her albums, but I love the way she floats up to that high note in “Eternal Blaze” (which is a great song anyways).

Arisaka Mika is, surprisingly, an alto, and I like the rich quality that her voice has. Also, she spent some time living in the States, so her English is quite good.

I have one album by Ceui which I like pretty well, but the musical style is so uniform across all the songs that I tend to find most of them pleasantly unmemorable (they all just kind of blend together). The style is a sort of delicate and pretty-sounding J-pop (female singer).

Recently I’ve started to be interested in Yamazaki Masayoshi, who might be most familiar to people here for having sung the song that was used at the end of 5 cm/s, “One More Time, One More Chance.” Minuet (used as the intro for a video game) is also a fantastic song. He has a sort of folksy, minstrely sound which is really unusual for Japanese music.

I listen to a little bit of Hirasawa Susumu also, but rather than saying he’s a favorite artist, he has a few songs and albums I really like, but outside of those I have a pretty indifferent reaction to his music.

Have never really gotten into J-rock; I’m not sure why, but although I listen to a ton of Western rock I just have not found J-rock artists I really like.

Since Touhou was mentioned already, I really like listening to the Touhou rock/metal remixes which can easily be found on YouTube, and I also listen to quite a bit of Japanese VGM. But that might be a bit off-topic for the thread.

Re: Favorite Japanese music?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 07, 2015 6:02 pm
by Lilac#18
It's been awhile since I listen to JPop. But recently I started listening to a japanese contemporary christian artist named Migiwa, who is now my favorite. I wish I knew how to get her CDs.

Re: Favorite Japanese music?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 6:27 am
by anlptgtsg
Well recently I saw some old music from the anime rurouni kenshin. I actually enjoyed many of the songs played in the anime. So yeah the bands/singer in that anime are enjoyable.

Re: Favorite Japanese music?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 7:14 am
by artisticDreamer
I really like Vocaloid songs. I'm actually listening to Vocaloid Eight songs right now; I just like the way voice synthesizers sound, I guess... So, yea... I also like Linked Horizon, because Guren no Yumiya and Jiyuu no Tsubasa.

Re: Favorite Japanese music?

PostPosted: Thu Apr 09, 2015 3:14 pm
by Thunderscream872
I like a number of songs from UVerworld, Back-On, Stereopony, Nico Touches the Walls, Abingdon School Boys, The Gazette, Aqua Timez, and Larc En Ciel to name a few artists.

I like allot of Japanese music, but I don't know that many band/artist names (or song names for that matter). I associate most of the Japanese music I like with the anime they're used for rather than the artist. That's kinda sad I guess, lol.

Re: Favorite Japanese music?

PostPosted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:56 pm
by the_wolfs_howl
Most of the Japanese music I listen to is from soundtracks, whether from anime or video games. Outside of that, I think my favorite J-rock band must be ONE OK ROCK. I discovered them through the live-action Rurouni Kenshin movies. After about two lines of this song, I fell in love with them. Whether they're singing in all-English, all-Japanese, or a beautiful mixture of both, it's so much fun to sing along.

Re: Favorite Japanese music?

PostPosted: Mon Apr 25, 2016 3:03 pm
by thedragongirl77
I'm not too familiar with many artists, but I really like SID and Perfume atm