Love this new era of nearly same-day streaming of shows as they air in Japan and most of my anime watching is over on Crunchyroll [profile] and on TAN (theanimenetwork). Watching shows also over on NicoNico.com x Funimation – though their player still needs some work. Their niche of streaming comments actually is fun with some of the shows though not so much the first time viewing a episode. Best is still Crunchyroll – player, site, and community is #1.
My introduction to Japanese pop music (Jpop) began with the many anime opening and ending themes that feature new singles from Japanese artists. The first ones I heard got me hooked,
– "ROCKS" by Hound Dog
– "Haruka Kanata" by Asian Kung-Fu Generation
- Bleach –
– "*~Asterisk" by Orange Range
– "Ichirin no Hana" by High and Mighty Color
- Full Metal Alchemist
– "Melissa" by Porno Graffitti
– "Ready Steady Go" by L’Arc-en-Ciel
These days my favorite Japanese and Korean artists and groups are,
– High and Mighty Color (broke-up)
– Girls Generation
– Namie Amuro
– After School
– Elisa (hiatus)
– Aya Hirano (yes I like her songs! – RIOT GIRL is great album)
(there are more but that’s enough)
If you love listening to asian music checkout the site 91.8 the Fan. Their 24/7 streaming music and often with DJs taking some requests is a great and legit way to listen. We’ve got their stream available here too – check the sidebar.
Am I an expert on anime or asian music? No – just a fan with a passion – that may make me “otaku” for it and I will work hard to bring the newest information about what’s happening to you.