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Mitsubachi Lands in the Oricon Weeklies at #9

Sunday, November 25th, 2012


I was actually hoping that I was late by a week, but it seemed that the release may have just been initially buoyed by pre-orders, and it landed 6 spots lower than the debut day. Either way, 19654 units for a compilation is pretty good, in my opinion.

Mitsubachi Lands in Oricon Daily Rankings at #3

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

That’s 9480 units in the Oricon index. The artists above her sure have fighting stats though! But congratulations to the team for reaching the top 3, I hope it stays for the weeklies. It usually does ;)

Cowboy Bebop Re-issued / Price-Down Merchandise

Monday, November 12th, 2012

There will be a set of re-issued Cowboy Bebop merchandise, some of which are priced down, coming this December 21, 2012. Check them out:

This was previously out of print, first published on the year November 7, 2001.
Description: Reissue compilation of music clips by The Seatbelts. Songs are used in the movie “Cowboy Bebop: Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door” and video includes live action footage shot in Thailand. A kind of a road movie following the last week of the multi-national band “The Seatbelts ” includes an appearance of producer Yoko Kanno and the live footage (same reference of VIBL-38).

SEATBELTS/COWBOY BEBOP Knockin’on heaven’s door Ask DNA
This was previously out of print, first published on July 25, 2001.
Description: Mini album reissue of “Cowboy Bebop” theatrical anime composed by Yoko Kanno. The content is the same as previous release (VICL-35297)

This was previously out of print, first published on June 3, 1998.
Description: Song compilation reissue of “Cowboy Bebop” anime series including the ending theme “The Real Folk Blues” composed by Yoko Kanno. The content is the same as previous release (VICL-60248)

SEATBELTS/COWBOY BEBOP originalsoundtrack3 BLUE [Priced-down Reissue]
This release is Y400 off from the original release.
Description: Original soundtrack priced-down reissue of “Cowboy Bebop” anime series including “Blue” song from the last episode. All titles are composed by Yoko Kanno. The content is the same as previous release (VICL-60203).

Yoko Kanno & Seatbelts/COWBOY BEBOP Tank! THE! BEST!

Description: Reissue contains 12 tracks including three all-new songs written for the 2005 game. Other songs are selected from the TV series and the theatrical feature. The content is the same as previous release (VICL-61543).

SEATBELTS/Cowboy Bebop Remixes “Music For Freelance”
This was out of print, first published on June 2, 1999.
Description: Remix CD reissue from “Cowboy Bebop” anime. The content is the same as previous release (VICL-60371).


Sakamichi no Apollon Sheet Music

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

I thought a good number of you would be interested in this. The song list based on the cover is “Sakamichi no Melody”, “Altair”, “Moanin’”, “My Favorite Things”, and “Someday My Prince Will Come”.


Title: Piano Piece Sakamichi no Apollon “Sakamichi no Melody / Altair”
Price: Y1000 (Y1050 Tax incl.) [approx. US$ 12.60]
Release Date: October 2012
Purchase from CDJapan.

Sakamichi no Apollon Live Report

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

As reported by, Kanno doesn’t seem to have appeared, but other important staff like Yuki Kodama, Shinichiro Watanabe, and the main characters’ voice artists, came to the concert. Mao Sone came up as guest, playing the trumpet and vocals (maybe for “But Not For Me”?) beside the main players, Takashi Matsunaga as Kaoru on Piano, and Jun Ishikawa as Sentarou on drums.

The songs performed were primarily from the animation, starting from the drum solo of Sentarou, and the encore is a jazz arrangement of “Sakamichi no Melody”. They also played the medley and the ending version of Moanin’, much to the delight of the audience.

Gabriela, on the Gift of SMAP album?!

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

For those who have listened to the Gift of SMAP album, you’ll recognize a surprisingly familiar voice on the “Theme of gift -prologue-” track. One that would make you wonder if you’re listening to the right album. I’m still scouring for vocal credits on this, but it seems very Gabriela, singing an English version of the song “gift”… on a SMAP album!

Here’s what I hear, any other ideas?:

You turn around back with a big smile on
Just livened up myself on be(ing) with you
Gifted, gifted, as aware this isn’t as you are

The rest of the prologue has no other vocals other than this, and rather sticks out by being a very edgy orchestrated piece. The epilogue is more toned down, and devoid of lyrics.

For those interested on how maybe the prologue and epilogue tracks are used in the SMAP concerts, you may try watching this video, at about 1:35 minutes in. This is a compilation of song previews, but it doesn’t include the snippet of the prologue with the vocals.