Musical duo GENTLE LOVE, comprised of Norihiko Hibino on saxophone and Ayaki on piano, have created an album entitled Prescription for Sleep: Lullabies of Mana, which features instrumental arrangements of music composed by Hiroki Kikuta for the 16-bit Super Nintendo JRPG, Secret of Mana. Hit the jump to learn more.
Masatoshi Hamada, one half of the popular Japanese comic duo Downtown, is spoofing kawaii idol culture with the December 16, 2015, release of his debut idol single, "Nandeyanennen". Hit the jump to check out the short version of this bewildering musical act.
The Dragon Quest concert series is concluding its 2015 run with a special performance on December 31, 2015, at the Tokyo International Forum in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. Hit the jump to learn more.
Nobuo Uematsu and his band Earthbound Papas will be headlining the 4th annual "Fantasy Rock Festival", which takes place on November 29, 2015, at the Shinagawa Inner City Hall in Minato, Tokyo, Japan, beginning at 4:00PM JST. Hit the jump to learn more.
New details are now available for the release of "Kimi to Boku" and "White Xmas", Miss Monochrome's 3rd and 4th singles, which will be released in Japan on December 09, 2015. Hit the jump to stand out more.
Clock Tower, a series of survival horror games that began in 1995 with a release on Nintendo's Super Famicom home video game console, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a deluxe, 4 CD music release entitled the "CLOCK TOWER 20th Anniversary Sound Collection". Hit the jump to learn more.
A new "story x music" multimedia project entitled Utakata Overdrive has been announced, and it will feature a 40 minute introductory anime directed by Seiji Mizushima (Full Metal Alchemist, Concrete Revolutio). Hit the jump to learn more.
Kodansha's Nakayoshi shōjo manga magazine is celebrating its 60th anniversary with "Twinkle Songs", a collection of music from the anime adaptations of some of the most famous manga series to appear in Nakayoshi, such as Sailor Moon and Cardcaptor Sakura. Hit the jump to learn more.
Marty Friedman, former lead guitarist of heavy metal band Megadeth, has been tapped as a special guest artist for the "iMarine Project", a collaboration effort which celebrates the 15th anniversary of Marine-chan, a character from the popular Sea Story line of pachinko machines published by Sanyo Bussan. Hit the jump to learn more.
Japanese promos for music and some anime have recently gotten less available than they used to be on YouTube as previously accessible official video uploads from major content providers have started showing up blocked with the message "is not available in your country." More after the jump.
RIKI is releasing "8Bit Music Power", a chiptune album in the form of a Nintendo Famicom cartridge. Hit the jump to learn more and sample the beats.
Victor Entertainment is gearing up to release a deluxe Bluray set of Hatsune Miku's "Magical Mirai 2015" concert, which was filmed at the prestigious Nippon Budokan venue. Hit the jump to learn more.
Looking for a way to celebrate the upcoming remake of Final Fantasy VII? This might be a good bet. Materia Collective's Final Fantasy VII Remixed is a remix project spanning five discs with tracks created by over 200 artists. Hit the jump for more!
The newest music video by Japanese death pop band Death Rabbits, entitled "Nande?" ("Why?"), envisions their gas mask clad stormtrooper manager Bucho as a frustrated salaryman who fights ninjas and engages in a little interoffice romance. Hit the jump to check it out.