Written by Karma del Valle
Shojo Beat’s February 2008 issue has to be one of my favorites and not only because of the generous Monkey High! manga preview in the issue but because – as a dedicated J-Pop fan I found the musical profiles touch on a number of Japanese artists I love the most.
I have to admit, I was turned on to cover artists Puffy AmiYumi since I discovered they were the voices behind the opening theme of Teen Titans. Something about their vocals made me want to check them out and immediately had a friend from Tokyo send me their latest CD entitled honeycreeper. Needless to say, I was hooked. I highly recommend you pick up their infectious and diverse CD that will hopefully make it to our shores.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, L’Arc~en~Ciel’s latest will rock your world and you can find it available right now on iTunes so definitely check them out. The group, bringing back solo artist HYDE, features songs for Guardians of the Sacred Spirit (the song “SHINE” is really hot) as well as “Daybreak’s Bell” for Mobile Suit Gundam 00.
Maybe it’s our Editor-in-Chief’s affinitity (read: monster crush) for Yuna Ito (who he says was the absolute picture of hotness as Reira Serizawa in the live-action version of the manga Nana. Her single for the movie, “Endless Story,” was a hit in Japan and a hit here in our offices since he won’t stop playing it.
If you’re interested in reading more about the number of artists I mentioned – plus a number of other incredible new and returning artists across various musical genres – you should definitely pick up Shojo Beat’s February 2008 issue.
You can also vote for your favorite artists right here: http://www.shojobeat.com/music_sb/