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Apr 10
Dancemania Springs 2
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Dancemania Springs 2
Release Date: 4/10/16
Total Length: 1:19:42

Happy 20th anniversary, Dancemania! It’s been 20 years to the day since the first release in the series, and while the series hasn’t been too active in recent years the great memories will always remain. Thanks for the music that always kept my spirits up!

Unfortunately, it looks like Universal won’t be releasing an anniversary CD any time soon. Instead, celebrate with a fan mix I did a while back that features the best in bubblegum dance pop. A play on the Summers/Winters series, Dancemania Springs 2 is a bubbly mix of artists like Smile.dk, Me & My, Bambee, and E-Rotic, with some Almighty thrown in for good measure. Apologies in advance for the amateurish production; I originally just did it for something to listen to during my commutes. ^^; If you’ve been following me for way too long you’ve probably already heard it 😉

Also a quick reminder that a special, unofficial 20th birthday event will be held in Japan today: http://tweetvite.com/event/DancemaniaBIRTHDAY

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May 11

EDM Anthem -The Ultimate-
Release Date: 5/11/16
Price: 2200 yen

EDM Anthem gets a reboot for its 2016 entry. In other words, another excuse to use repeats. To be fair, the early tracklist has quite a few new tracks, and the description claims it’ll only feature the best EDM from 2015-2016. 25 tracks in all.

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Apr 11

EDM Anthem -The Ultimate-
Release Date: 5/11/16
Price: 2200 yen

EDM Anthem gets a reboot for its 2016 entry. In other words, another excuse to use repeats. To be fair, the early tracklist has quite a few new tracks, and the description claims it’ll only feature the best EDM from 2015-2016. 25 tracks in all.

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Mar 5

Anison Mix Laboratory ~Second Report~
Release Date: 5/27/15
Price: 3800 yen

About a month after the CD came out, Universal made both Second Report and the First Report available in FLAC on Mora.jp. It’s cool to see them embrace lossless, but unfortunately, they charge double compared to the 320kbps AAC versions.

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Mar 4

Anison Matome
Release Date: 6/24/15
Price: 1350 yen

Digital collection featuring full versions of various Akiba Koubou covers. Some of these are quite rare, and I believe haven’t been offered as full versions before.

Available on iTunes Japan and other digital storefronts.

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Mar 3

SAR Super BestMelodic Lover Digital Album
Release Date: 2/22/16
Price: 2400 yen

Melodic Lover was a CD originally released in 2008. It received an iTunes digital release on the same day as the CD. Now, almost eight years later, Universal randomly decided to release another digital album with longer edits and more songs, some of which originally appeared on FARM’s Love Para series. Right now it’s only available on Amazon JP and a few other Japanese stores.

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Mar 2

SAR Super BestSuper Anime Remix Super Best
Release Date: 7/22/09
Price: 10,000 yen

Super Anime Remix Super Best originally came out in July of 2009, but about a year later it was discontinued and any trace of it was expunged from Dreamusic’s site. The 2CD+DVD set became quite a rarity. Then in 2015, SARSB randomly popped up on iTunes with all 50 songs completely intact in non-stop mix form. The kicker, however, was that they didn’t allow for the album to be purchased as a whole, meaning you’d have to buy each of the tracks individually for 200 yen. That means 10,000 yen for the entire album. Yeah, good luck with that.

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Mar 1

Rave Mix 02 -Best Hit EDM-
Release Date: 6/24/15
Price: 1200 yen

Two months after the revival of the Rave Mix series, Avex went on to release another digital non-stop mix by Remo-con. Unfortunately the series went back into hibernation after the second release, and it doesn’t look like Avex have any plans to revisit again anytime soon.

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Feb 29

Rave Mix 01 -Best Hit EDM-
Release Date: 4/29/15
Price: 1200 yen

Avex’s Rave Mix 001 came out in August of 2013, but despite the numbering it seemed destined to be a one-off release. Enter 2015, when Avex randomly decided to revisit the series, this time with a digital non-stop mix mixed by the one and only Remo-con.

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Feb 28

Vocalo EDM Super Hits
Release Date: 6/24/15
Price: 2000 yen
Total Length: 31:38

EDM arrangements of popular Vocaloid songs. A bit expensive at 2,000 yen for only 8 songs. Also available on iTunes Japan and other digital storefronts for slightly cheaper, at 1,400 yen.

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Feb 27

EDM Wave -Best Hits- mixed by DJ Fumi*Yeah!
Release Date: 1/27/16
Price: 1800 yen
Total Length: 1:17:04

New tie-in series from Universal Japan, celebrating the best of the EDM Wave events. Mixed by DJ Fumi*Yeah! Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like there’s a digital version available.

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Feb 26

EDM Ultimate Hits
Release Date: 9/17/15
Price: 700 yen

Special digital release to coincide with Ultra Japan 2015. Features full versions of EDM hits.

Available on iTunes Japan.

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Feb 25

EDM Greatest Hits
Release Date: 6/17/15
Price: 1300 yen

Digital release to accompany EDM Anthem – Best Mix. Features full versions of songs from the CD. However, due to licensing issues some songs have been replaced.

Available on iTunes Japan.

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Feb 24

Tokyo Party Collection TGC Best Party! mixed by DJ Fumi*Yeah!
Release Date: 8/5/15 (7/24/15 Digital)
Price: 1886 yen
Total Length: 1:18:21

Sequel to Tokyo Girls Party. Interestingly, the iTunes/digital version actually came out a week earlier than the physical version. The digital version also includes both full versions as well as the same non-stop mix featured on the CD, but is only 1100 yen. I’m glad to see that trend continue.

Available on iTunes Japan as well as other digital storefronts.

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Feb 22

The 20th anniversary of Dancemania 1’s release is just a couple of months away. And while Universal don’t yet have anything planned to celebrate, a bunch of dedicated Dancemania fans will be holding an unofficial event to commemorate the momentous occasion. The event will be held at Stella Asakusa in Tokyo on Sunday, April 10, with an entrance fee of 2,000 yen (or 1,500 if you bring the flyer or a Dancemania CD). More details can be found here: http://tweetvite.com/event/DancemaniaBIRTHDAY

Expect a myriad of styles to be played, including classic eurodance, eurobeat, bubblegum dance, trance and hardcore. DJs include Hyuji, kazpulse, B, Anvil, DJ KIMO, DJ mAsa, Takahiro Aoki, and StackStorm. It seems that the DJs will also bring their personal Dancemania collections, so this is a chance to see all of the Dancemania CDs lined up, and perhaps even some special promotional releases as well. It should be a great time for Dancemania fans!

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