Mayumi Morinaga – Ama no Jaku (Single) – Update

Posted by DanceMaster on November 30, 2011

Ama no Jaku (Single)
Artist: Mayumi Morinaga
Release Date: 2/1/12
Price: 1238 yen

Track list is out and it looks like there’ll be 3 Vocaloid covers plus one new, yet-to-be-titled Another Infinity song.

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30Nov

Dance Dance Revolution 2nd MIX Original Soundtrack presented by Dancemania – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 29, 2011

Dance Dance Revolution 2nd MIX Original Soundtrack Deluxe Edition presented by Dancemania
Release Date: 11/9/11 11/30/11
Price: 3619 yen (2 CD+DVD Version) or 3048 yen (2 CD Only Version)

Update (12/20/11): The entire OST, including bonus tracks and non-stop mix, is now available on iTunes Japan. It’s 150 yen per track or 2,400 yen for the whole album.

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29Nov

J-Pop in the House Vol. 2 – Digital Downloads

Posted by DanceMaster on November 29, 2011

J-Pop in the House Vol. 2
Artist: Party*Rockers
Release Date: 11/23/11
Price: 900 yen

Digital release featuring house J-Pop covers from Party*Rockers, whose tracks have appeared on releases such as J-Pop Cover Densetsu II and Age Mix.

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29Nov

Mayumi Morinaga – Ama no Jaku (Single) – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 28, 2011

Ama no Jaku (Single)
Artist: Mayumi Morinaga
Release Date: 2/1/12
Price: 1238 yen

3rd maxi single from songstress Mayumi Morinaga. Technically it’s the fourth if, unlike Quake, you count “Drift of the Wind”. I’m assuming this will be a cover of the 164 song. I wonder why it’s 300 yen more expensive than her previous singles, though.

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28Nov

Exit Tunes presents Vocalodream – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 27, 2011

Exit Tunes presents Vocalodream
Release Date: 1/18/12
Price: 1905 yen

Ninth in Quake’s hit series of Vocaloid albums, following Vocarhythm, Vocalostar, Vocalolegend, Vocalogenesis, Vocaloanthems, Vocalonexus, Vocalonation and Vocalocluster.

Limited bonuses include a mouse pad, poster, fake credit card, smartphone sticker and cellphone strap.

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27Nov

Exit Tunes presents The Best of otetsu – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 26, 2011

Exit Tunes presents The Best of otetsu
Release Date: 1/11/12
Price: 1905 yen

First major album from otetsu. Pre-order for a cellphone strap, poster, and clear file. Hmm, kinda skimpy on the bonus items. Maybe they’ll announce more in the future.

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26Nov

Exit Tunes presents Gu -Sonna Fuinki de Utatte Mita- – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 25, 2011

Exit Tunes presents Gu -Sonna Fuinki de Utatte Mita-
Release Date: 12/21/11
Price: 1905 yen

First album from male utaite, Glutamine. Pre-order for a cellphone strap, mouse pad (1 of 6 designs), poster, and clear file.

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25Nov

Exit Tunes presents GUMish from Megpoid – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 24, 2011

Exit Tunes presents GUMish from Megpoid
Release Date: 12/21/11
Price: 1905 yen

Third album featuring Megpoid, following GUMism and GUMitive. Order early for a smartphone sticker, cellphone strap, fake credit card, mouse pad (1 of 4 designs), poster, and clear file.

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24Nov

Captain Jack – Saturday Night (Single) – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 23, 2011

Saturday Night (Single)
Artist: Captain Jack
Release Date: 11/23/12

Second single from the new Captain Jack’s latest album. It’s available at Juno Download as well as iTunes and other online music stores.

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23Nov

Disco no Tetsujin – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 23, 2011

Disco no Tetsujin
Release Date: 11/23/11
Price: 2095 yen

Sequel to last year’s Disco no Tatsujin (Tatsujin = Master, Tetsujin = Iron Man). Somehow Boys Town Gang’s version of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” makes another appearance despite already being on the first release, but the rest of the track list is different. I believe this CD contains full-length versions, so nonstop mix fans should stay away.

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23Nov

J-Pop in the House Vol. 1 – Digital Downloads

Posted by DanceMaster on November 22, 2011

J-Pop in the House Vol. 1
Artist: House Popper
Release Date: 11/16/11
Price: 900 yen

Digital release featuring house J-Pop covers from House Popper. Their tracks have appeared on a number of FARM compilations such as J-Pop Cover Densetsu IV and Age Mix.

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22Nov

Dance Dance Revolution X3 vs. Dance Dance Revolution 2nd MIX – Update

Posted by DanceMaster on November 21, 2011

Bemanistyle have an update on the recently released DDR X3 vs. 2nd MIX. 2nd MIX mode has all of the 2nd MIX licenses playable with the exception of “Strictly Business,” which I suppose shouldn’t be a surprise. So far 6 of these licenses are also playable in X3 mode. Interestingly, all of this wouldn’t have been possible just a year or two ago since EMI lost the AATW license (necessary for the Bus Stop song) to Avex and only recently reacquired it. I’m sure they probably would’ve worked something out, but getting the license back no doubt made things easier.

X3 has some others songs by artists I frequently cover here. “Come Back to My Heart” by Another Infinity feat. Mayumi Morinaga makes a surprise appearance, and there’s also a J-Mi and Midi-D song, “Wings of an Angel (Fly with Me).” Also licensed is Yuki Kimura’s “Love & Joy,” which is about 5 years too late since it was most popular during the Hime Trance era.

Shout out to my friend, Tyma, repository of obscure DDR trivia. Make sure to check out his podcast at http://www.maniacmode.com/ for a nostalgic trip back in time as he, Max, and special guest JAKAZiD look back at the history of DDR 2nd MIX. It’s kind of like The Ricky Gervais Show, except about DDR. And funny. Oh, I kid, I kid. Neither is very funny.

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21Nov

Ryu☆ – Rainbow☆Rainbow – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 21, 2011

Rainbow☆Rainbow
Artist: Ryu☆
Release Date: 10/5/11 11/2/11 12/7/11
Price: 1905 yen

Final list is out, and there are really only 3 new tracks. I suppose it’ll be nice to get extended versions of the beatmania songs, but I still expected more new material given that Ryu* hasn’t been on any of the Speed Anime Trance Best release this year.

Bonus items include a cell phone strap, yupo suction tack, mouse pad, B2-size poster, fake credit card, and clear file. The clear file is available if you send in the included questionnaire card, or if you order the cyber beatnation 2 + Rainbow☆Rainbow 2 CD Set from Konami Style.

Also available from Konami Style is a cyber beatnation 2 + Rainbow☆Rainbow + Live Ticket Set. That one’s probably only of interest to those in Japan since the Live Ticket gets you access to the Exit Tunes Academy release party on January 29, 2012. In addition to Another Infinity and Mayumi Morinaga, many other beatnation artists will be performing at the event.

Sadly, it appears that Konami are forgoing a Ryu* goods set for this release. 🙁

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21Nov

cyber beatnation 2 -Hi Speed conclusion- – Final Release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 20, 2011

cyber beatnation 2 -Hi Speed conclusion-
Release Date: 12/7/11
Price: 2381 yen

Sequel to the 2005 album featuring new remixes of Beatmania songs. This one essentially serves as yet another Ryu* album, however, considering that every track is either originally by Ryu* or remixed by him. Guest remixers include kors k, Hommarju, DJ Shimamura, REDALiCE, and JAKAZiD.

The album is available exclusively at Konami Style, so you’ll have to order it through a middleman if you’re outside of Japan. CDJapan has a special request service, but the commission fee starts at 1,500 yen. Another potentially cheaper option is Otokichi, who charges a nonrefundable request fee of 500 yen plus an additional commission fee of 500 yen for up to a 5000 yen order. Finally, VGM World is also known to take special orders, though I don’t know how much they’ll charge for this.

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20Nov

Geki Atsu! Drama Euro Love Love Hen – Pre-release Info

Posted by DanceMaster on November 19, 2011

Geki Atsu! Drama Euro Love Love Hen
Release Date: 1/25/12
Price: 2000 yen

It’s been a while since a Geki Atsu! release (May 2011 to be exact), so I thought Tokuma had abandoned the series. Well, the new year will bring not one, but TWO new releases in the Akiba Koubou-produced series. Whereas previous albums focused on anime and pachislot themes, these two new albums will instead include themes from J-Drama.

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19Nov