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Dec 25

Speed Anime Trance Best EcstasyExit Trance presents Speed Anime Trance Best Ecstasy
Release Date: 1/21/08
Price: 1905 yen

Trance covers of Bishoujo game themes.

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Dec 24

Tokusatsu TranceExit Trance presents Tokusatsu Trance
Release Date: 1/7/08
Price: 1905 yen

Finally, a non-anime release! Tokusatsu Trance features theme songs from famous tokusatsu films and television shows. Most of the themes are from Japanese media, including multiple songs from the Super Sentai (yay, Magiranger!) series. Some Western shows/films are represented as well. Unfortunately, “X-terminate” by Ziggy X doesn’t come anywhere close to Saifam’s amazing version of the Terminator theme.

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Dec 23

UmaUma Trance 3Exit Trance presents UmaUma Dekiru Trance wo Tsukutte Mita 3 – Samune de Yoyuu de Shita
Release Date: 1/7/08
Price: 1905 yen

Yet another remix of “Caramelldansen,” this time by famous doujin circle, IOSYS. The rest looks pretty random, but I guess that’s the point.

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Dec 22

Anime*MixHime Trance Anime*Mix
Release Date: 1/21/09
Price: 2171 yen

One new song from Tsukasa!
Two new songs from Kei!!
Two new songs from ari/Aya!!!
Two new songs from Chika!!!!
Two new songs from mint!!!!!
Gavin!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As Kylie would put it, wa-wa-wa-WOW! The only Hime Trance queen missing is Misa!

There are, of course, some repeats. Six tracks are from previous releases in the Hime Trance series. EMI also chose to license one song from Quake’s Speed Anime Trance Best series. Thankfully, it turns out to be one of the best: Florence’s “Komm, susser Tod.” Still, 7 old tracks out of 21 means that 2/3 of the album is brand new. That’s the largest percentage of new tracks on a Dancemania/Trance Paradise album in quite some time.

I’ve also been informed by DJ Tomoe that the princess on the cover is modeled after Rei Ayanami from the Neon Genesis Evangelion series. Hooray for copyright infringement!

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Dec 21

X-mas Party

Smile.dk have just put up a brand new, free download of “X-mas Party” on their official website. “X-mas Party” is a Christmas version of “Summer Party,” one of the best tracks off Party Around the World. In addition to sleigh bells and electric guitars, the remix also features slightly different vocals to make for a truly festive eurodance song. It’s just a shame they didn’t replace the “acting naughty” lyric, as it sounds completely out of place in a song that features Santa. I thought naughty kids get coal in their stockings?

While you’re in the holiday spirit, why not check out Me & My’s “Too Much Christmas,” which is available digitally on iTunes.

Dec 20

Caramelldansen (Christmas Remix)

It’s exactly what you think it is. *Shudder*

01. [3:02] Caramelldansen (Speedycake Christmas Remix)
02. [3:37] Caramelldansen (Christmas Remix)

Available now from Japanese iTunes, Listen.jp, mora, Musico, and others.

Dec 19

Host Para 2ndHost Para 2nd ~Host Paradise~
Release Date: 12/24/08
Price: 2838 yen

Host Para 2nd is yet another strange mixture of trance, house, reggae, euro, psychedelic, and hostalk. Did I enter some sort of time warp back to 2006? ‘Cause that’s the only possible explanation for this latest travesty in the Host Trance/Para series. It’s particularly sad that some of the tracks predate the ones that appeared on the first Hostrance.

The bonus DVD will include a “How to Champagne Call” video as well as introductions to all 26 hosts.

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Dec 18

Anime*Dance OnlineAnime*Dance Online
Release Date: 12/17/08
Price: 2190 yen

This looks like a doujin album. o_O

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Dec 17

Doki Doki

The Doki Doki digital single is now available for purchase on Amazon. Last I checked, it wasn’t yet available on iTunes, but the official Smile.dk site says it should be up there soon.

The odd thing is that the bonus track, which was supposed to be a new remix of Butterfly featuring Veronica and Malin, is not included on the digital single. There’s supposed to be a physical release of the single limited to 1,000 copies coming soon, so maybe the bonus track will only be included on the CD.

Here’s the track list for the digital version:

01. Doki Doki (Radio Edit)
02. Doki Doki (Panik Mix)
03. Doki Doki (Extended Mix)
04. Doki Doki (Disko Warp Lockdown Mix)
05. Doki Doki (Cyber Systers Euro Mix)
06. Doki Doki (Dancecore Inc. Remix)

In other Smile.dk news, it was recently revealed on Bubblegum Dancer that Doki Doki will be appearing on DDR X (most likely the Japanese version). Also, Naoki will be collaborating with Smile.dk for an all-new song!

Dec 16

Super Best Trance 10Super Best Trance 10 ~The Best~
Release Date: 1/7/09
Price: 2427 yen

Well, it’s not as bad as it could have been. At least Avex resisted the urge to license “Caramelldansen.” 😛

Obviously there are a ton of repeats, but it is surprising that they left off some of the more popular songs like “Heavenly Star” and “Are U Wake Up?” Instead, they’ve licensed quite a few tracks from EMI, FARM, and Quake.

There are at least 4 new J-trance tracks/remixes, the most exciting of which is a new Delaction remix of John Robinson’s “Can U Feel It?” Also noteworthy is a new collaboration between DJ Joker and Heaven’s Wire called “G-Kill.”

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Dec 15

Exit Trance presents Dramatic Trance #01 ~Memorial~
Release Date: 2/4/08
Price: 1905 yen

Another themed release, though at least this time it isn’t anime related. Dramatic Trance features, unsurprisingly, trance covers of J-Drama themes.

Thanks to Drama Wiki for some of the romanizations.

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Dec 14

Exit Trance presents R25 Speed Anime Trance Best 3
Release Date: 2/4/08
Price: 1905 yen

SATB presents Ghibli*Speed! Quake appear to have been “inspired” by FARM’s Ghibli*Speed and have decided to do their own Studio-Ghibli-themed release. I’m not sure why they didn’t just make a new series instead of including it as part of the R25 series.

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Dec 13

Exit Trance presents Vocarhythm
Release Date: 2/4/08
Price: 1905 yen

Near as I can tell, this release will focus primarily on popular Vocaloid-produced songs.

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Dec 12

Exit Trance presents Speed Anime Trance Best Ecstasy
Release Date: 1/21/08
Price: 1905 yen

Yet another new Speed Anime Trance Best sub-series. If you’re wondering what the “Ecstasy” in the title is referring to, well, let’s just say this easily could’ve been called “Perv Trance.” It seems that the focus will be on themes from bishōjo games. Umm, okay…

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Dec 11

Super Anime Remix Vol. 2
Release Date: 1/28/09
Price: 2286 yen

Man, they’re really churning these out, aren’t they? The sequel to Super Anime Remix Vol. 1 once again features a 2-disc set of eurobeat anime covers. Many of the artists are still undecided, but it’s nice to see new material from Shihori, who is perhaps Akiba Koubou’s best vocalist.

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