Great news for lovers of video game music with the announcement from Capcom that they’re releasing a CD packed full of memorable tunes.
The CD is to commemorate Capcom’s 30th Anniversary and will actually consist of a 2 CD pack. Titled Capcom 30th Anniversary Music Best: Original & Arrange, the CD will contain tracks from Sengoku Basara, Mega Man and loads more with more than 40 tracks on board.
You can actually pre-order the cd now from here for a measly ¥3,150 and above, you can catch a sample of what’s on offer.
It was five years ago when the Metal Gear Solid franchise turned 20 and to commemorate the occasion, Konami released a companion cd with jazz influenced rearrangements of songs past and present. The songs featured were from Metal Gear 1 – 3 and Metal Gear Solid Portable Ops.
Now on five years on, the word is out that Konami are planning on releasing another cd for the 25th anniversary. This one will be showcasing tracks from Metal Gear Solid 4 and Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker. There isn’t a finalised list of tracks as yet however Konami have assured us that the listing will contain original and newly arranged compositions in the line up.
Either way, keep an eye out for it when it touched down in Japan on July 25.
If you’re a fan of jazz music and the Monster Hunter series then we have news for you. Capcom have announced that they’ll be releasing an album featuring ten tracks from the Monster Hunter games but rearranged with a jazz flavour to them.
The album, ‘Monster Hunter Swing: Big Band Jazz Arrange’ will be covering tracks heard from the first Monster Hunter all the way through to Monster Hunter 3G which was released last year.
The cd has already been released so run on over to your favourite importers and pick it up, if that’s your sort of bag. The cd is retailing for ¥2,940 and to help you make up your mind, there’s a sample below of what you can expect to find.
The Japanese Club Nintendo Premium members will be in for a treat this year with a swag of great freebies. First up, they’ll be getting a “Dot Mario cushion” as seen below.
However, if the cushion isn’t their sort of thing, they can have their choice of a set of two table calendars or they can select two soundtracks cd’s from a choice of five. That’s a great deal!
But if you can’t make up your mind with the awesome selection on hand and you also happen to have points just burning a hole in your virtual pocket, then you can opt to receive a second and third freebie at 400 points a pop each.
In Japan there is J-pop and then there is J-pop! And one of the biggest groups to exist in Japan is AKB48. This is a girl group made up of 48, yes, 48 members in three teams, Team A, K and B. They have a great presence in Akihabara in the Don Quixote building in downtown Chuo Dori where they do regular concerts and signings. Formed in 2005 by super producer, Yasushi Akimoto and releasing their first single in 2006, AKB48 have steadily and consistently been building their fanbase around the world by the thousands as well as currently holding the world record for most members in one group! They have already released over 10 albums ranging from studio to stage albums with each one selling extremely well and charting with great success on the Japanese Oricon music charts.
One of these albums is Kamikyokutachi, which translates loosely as Goddess Tracks, is a compilation of their greatest hits previously released on other albums as well as two previously unreleased singles. There are some absolute corkers in here with tunes that will have you tapping your foot and nodding your head to the beat. Now keep in mind that J-pop, just like anime, isn’t for everyone but if you’re a J-pop Otaku, then you simply must have some AKB48 in your collection and this cd is a great place to start.
From my personal collection, Harajuku March 2010
Dripping in sugary sweetness, the high pitched voices are immediately infectious and catchy and will make anyone an instant fan eager to keep track after track coming. I dare anyone to skip past any of the tracks on this album as they are all massive chart toppers in their own right. Particularly worth mentioning are “River”, “Kimi no Koto ga Suki Dakara”, “Baby! Baby! Baby! Baby!”, “10nen Zakura” and Iiwake Maybe. But to be completely honest, on my very first listen through, I didn’t feel the need to skip any tracks and loved them all but I do like my J-pop very sweet and not so mature. I’ve included a You Tube clip of “River” just below just to give you an idea of what to expect. This cd, as most Japanese releases, also comes with a DVD disc which has three of their songs performed in a studio with multiple camera angles on offer which offers more than one viewing just to make sure you can appreciate all of their dance steps.This album also went to the top of the Oricon charts so you’re in great company by buying this and adding it to your music library.
Will AKB48 be for everyone? Maybe not but give the clip below a go and if you like it, maybe give their You Tube channel a look so you know what to expect and then when you’re ready head straight to Otaku Fuel and snap up this slice of J-pop goodness that will remind you why one of the things that Japan is known for, is their quirky and infectious anime sounding tunes.