Hime Trance Speed – Review

Posted by DanceMaster on August 4, 2008

Hime Trance SpeedHime Trance Speed
Release Date: 7/30/08
Price: 1886 yen

The Dancemania Speed series has been dormant for a while now (and no, I don’t count Happy Speed), so it came as a surprise to see the series revived in the form of Hime Trance Speed. HTS is clash of the old with the new, with classic Dancemania Speed tracks appearing along with brand-new remixes of popular Hime Trance and anime songs.

It is a little jarring to hear all of the different styles come together on the same album, sort of like Speed Buyuuden. However, unlike Quiqman, DJ Hibiki of Delaction did a great job with the mixing. The album starts off at 160 BPM and stays there for the first few tracks before going up to 170-180 BPM, where it stays for the remainder of the album. No unnaturally fast BPMs here.

The transitions are mostly of the beat-mixing variety, and for the most part work well. The only awkward transition is the one into “Max,” if only because he kept the “Smile” part in.

Sales have been brisk so far, so I do think a sequel is a given. With any luck, we may also finally see Speed G6. KCP and Runaway may no longer be around, but Delaction, Shohei Matsumoto, and the J-Core artists have proven that they’re more than capable of producing fantastic Speed songs. If we do get a Hime Trance Speed 2, I just hope there are fewer repeats and more contributions from Saifam and LED. Use those new Rose songs, EMI!

Full review after the jump, but for now, enjoy the TV commercial:

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Exit Trance presents Pagal! Trance – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on August 4, 2008

Exit Trance presents Pagal! Trance
Release Date: 9/17/08
Price: 2000 yen

So, I googled “pagyaru” and discovered that it’s a fashion statement in Japan. It seems to be aimed at the equivalent of the US “tween” market, which should give you an idea of what this CD will be about. Pagal! is also a comic book illustrated by female illustrator Britney Hamada. Ms. Hamada will be the one producing the CD, and will also be drawing the cover art.

Tentative list full of repeats after the jump. Warning: It contains both “Sousei no Aquarion” and “Caramelldansen.”

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