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The Manimal's Yuletide J-Pop Advent Calendar 2020 Edition
« on: November 25, 2020, 08:00:42 AM »
It's back. In 2016 I did this and now I'll do it again. Everyday I'll share a different J-Pop song as a advent calendar of sorts. I'm starting now and going for 30 days until Christmas Eve.

As to not clog the front page I'll only make a new post every now and then so keep checking back every day for updates. Enjoy the tunes and hopefully you'll find some cool new to you stuff.




Let's get into it! Links for every song under my small write ups. 
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Re: The Manimal's Yuletide J-Pop Advent Calendar 2020 Edition
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2020, 08:03:19 AM »
Day 1 - the peggies : weekend

  • Rock trio the peggies have grown a lot in the last two years. Their latest EP anemone saw them take on something new with the fun poppy song "weekend". This is a delightful airy song with some funky elements. The instrumental is very nice with an awesome bassline and drum groove. Yuho's vocals sound sweet as always. the peggies have been a great group to follow and I highly recommend everyone to check out their album Hell Like Heaven. "weekend" has been one of my favorite songs this year and I've listened to it tons. I could hardly recognize Yuho when I first watched the video, the whole band has matured their image and sound a lot.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRGeqFB2TUY 

Day 2 - Ayumi Hamasaki : Boys & Girls

  • An ultimate jam from one of J-Pop's classic artists. Ayumi has had many classics and most people who like J-Pop are bound to like atleast one of them. "Boys & Girls" is my favorite, it has that great techno instrumental with an awesome melody. This could of been a song in a 90's Gundam show. I can see the animation playing out as we hit the chorus. The production is awesome on this track, the whole album Loveppears quickly became a new to me classic recently. It's extremely good and this is the album's brightest moment.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sw_cTMqHQ1w


Day 3 - miwa : We Are The Light

  • This song ended up becoming an all time J-Pop favorite for me. It's a wonderful track that highlights miwa's soft comforting vocals. The instrumental is fantastic and adds to the emotion and positive feeling of the song. This track came out in 2017 and I really wish miwa had released an album that year. She had two fantastic singles which focused on this Electro sound. These are my favorite kind of songs, not just of J-Pop but of all time. I can always go back and listen and love them as much as my first listen.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=skMWL7wbcF8 
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« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2020, 10:00:40 AM »
Day 4 - ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION : Loop&Loop

  • A track that hits you with that wall of comforting guitars. "Loop&Loop" has great melodies and production, the guitar tones are excellent and I love all the small details ASIAN KUNG-FU GENERATION put in their tracks. All the arpeggios and little fills have great effect, such as the small part at 0:56. This song has a unique structure as well, taking it's time to get to the first chorus. You really can't go wrong with the songs on their album Sol-fa. The band re-recorded the album in 2016. I much prefer the remade version of "Re:Re", famously used in Erased. However the re-record of "Loop&Loop" takes all the balls & punch out of the track. I say stick with the original.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F4l9qxtTbmM

Day 5 - Nana Kitade : KISS

  • Nana Kitade was known for her song "KISS or KISS" so logically she released an EP of songs with the word kiss in the title. The song "KISS" is a cover of a Princess Princess song and oh man, this is one of my top most beloved songs of all time. It's instantly sentimental to me and takes me back to late 2015 everytime I hear it. The instrumental is fantastic and I love Nana's catty vocals. She's forgotten these days which is a shame because she had some pretty good songs in the 2000's. She was in a grunge band The Teenage Kissers for a while and then made a surprise comeback in 2017 with a 4th solo album Violet Blaze. The short version of "KISS" is the only one on YouTube, I recommend seeking it out elsewhere to enjoy the full thing.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdAZm7Rb9qY

Day 6 - You'll Melt More! : Night Hiking

  • Here is a group who beat you over the head with their pure Idol power. There is a certain energy that You'll Melt More! have that is unique, they are not traditional idols. The music is always great and varied. It's an experience to listen to one of their albums. They are certainly more candy sweet than other Alternative Idols and "Night Hiking" is one of their more chill laid back songs. I recommend anyone who likes idols to look into this group, they are quite good!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h1xHnExn9Ks 

Day 7 - Haru Nemuri : Narash!te

  • Haru is the sort of artist who assures you Rock 'n Roll isn't dead, it's just changed hands. "Narash!te" is a powerful song with her intense and raw vocals. When she breaks into screaming it's so visceral. Her sort of rapping in the verses is great and this is one of the many amazing songs on her Haru to Shura album. It's a record that kicked ass and showed Haru had a lot of potential as a rising artist. This is my favorite song that she has made so far.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XY9QHQlfNQ8
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« Reply #3 on: December 02, 2020, 08:51:30 AM »
Day 8 - Momoko Kikuchi : Adventure

  • Here is a great City Pop jam, a very sweet and fun song. The instrumental is excellent and catchy. It has a great soft feeling, especially with Momoko's vocals. This is the sort of track that's amazing from it's first second. The intro sets a great tone. This album recently came back out of nowhere and I just found out it's now available for Western buyers on record and tape! It is a bit expensive for a repress, I will have to think about it. But anyway "Adventure" is a fantastic track and one of my favorite City Pop songs!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hv6IE8l2TA 

Day 9 - BRADIO : You Make Me Feel Brand New

  • One of the great songs that's soundtracked by life. This is a very powerful track from BRADIO, who mostly make high energy Funky jams. You know them from "Flyers", a God tier anime OP, but they have so many more amazing songs. This is a beautiful track that rides a great melancholy Winter mood. The slow drums, gradually adding of instruments and low vocals of the singer all give it a vivid feeling. The chorus where he breaks into his high range is great, this song just hits me directly in my soul. It was my defining song of 2019 and I love it dearly.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4-soz7ADAjI
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