Attention please! We are looking for a new writer!

電波の世界 started in December 2007 and while our passion for the genre has only increased over the years, it's been difficult to find time for new articles and features. That's why we (denpanosekai and mandichan) are looking for an enthusiastic new writer! Here are some typical articles and tasks:

※ album previews and reviews
※ event reports (comiket, M3, live, etc.)
※ artist spotlights and interviews
※ denpa watchlist renewal
※ a new theme would be nice!

Do you want to make a difference and contribute to the original and leading source for English denpa news worldwide? Please contact denpanosekai [at] gmail [dot] com today!

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Buy or Die! Second さつきがてんこもり major album 「人畜無害」

Rejoice, for today marks the release of Lord Tenkomori's second major album! Indeed 「人畜無害」 is now available for purchase in Japan and internationally through for a measly 2476 yen... buy or die! Absolutely no compromise this time. You're either with us, or against us... and we'll STOMP THE ENEMY!

Joking, of course. But be a pal and buy a copy. You'll not only get the following 15 tracks (including a nifty MOSAIC.WAV remix), the first-press edition also includes a DVD with 6 fantastic videos!

【CD contents】

  1. ウインク・トランジ・スター
  2. ハッピーシンセサイザ-さつき が てんこもり's "redial call remix"-
  3. 回線上のギャングスター
  4. アストロとルーパー
  5. ネトゲ廃人シュプレヒコール
  6. 夏休みYummy
  8. 人畜無害
  9. チョコレートは人体に対してこんなにも危険!
  10. お断りします
  11. 男の娘メモラブル
  12. お断りします-Denpa ga Tenkomo remix-
  13. ネトゲ廃人シュプレヒコール(buff!buff! REMIX)
  14. 男の娘メモラブル (He is Panda Girl!? REMIX)
  15. いいえ、トムは妹に対して性的な興奮を覚えています

【DVD contents】

  • 男の娘メモラブル
  • ネトゲ廃人シュプレヒコール
  • お断りします【PVのようなもの】
  • アストロ トルーパー
  • お断りします -Dempa ga Tenkomo remix-(MOSAIC.WAVリミックス)
  • 人畜無害

Wow, these are some intense remixes from y0c1e and PandaBoY! But if high-tension vocaloid denpa is not 100% your thing, don't forget Satsuki also does real girls... no holds barred! You can still score a copy of 2011's masterpiece 「ニコ生モラルハザード」 for around 25USD. Stay tuned for an extra "bit" of coverage!

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

例大祭9: Birdtune, Innocent Key, Forest Pireo, IOSYS + more

Not a single post in over a month, boy have we gotten lazy! The ninth annual Reitaisai event took place on May 27th 2012, where thousands of new albums were released. Although we're past fashionably late on this article, let's take a quick look at some of the most interesting stuff for denpa fans. You can still order most of these through Toranoana or MelonBooks, just check each individual album's page.

First up is 「東方惑星探検隊!」 which is a brand new album from beloved studio Birdtune! What's most interesting here is that nanano is handling producer duties, which leaves KuKuDoDo extra time to focus on his side projects (such as a boy band?). Speaking of whom, he's not the only arranger on board this time around. Make way for child prodigy かめりあ and his ridiculously catchy remixes! We have another newcomer in 麻痺 who provides a sweet intro and another track with slight hardcore edges. nanano is doing vocals on most tracks, except for a guest performance by まこと. Very cool to see Birdtune alive and kicking after a few shaky years.

Innocent Key is another popular studio 'round these parts, especially since they've stepped up the quality in the past couple years. Their (believe it or not) 21st album 「東方ぺろぺろ」 is yet another example of just what yohine and 溝口ゆうま can do. You can always count on ココ and 大瀬良あい to provide unique vocals, but Nimo, めらみぽっぷ and quite a few others are also on board. This album seems to have more of a focus on lovely pop and lush soundscapes (including a few hilarious drama tracks), but rest assured pure denpa songs such as 「さとりと こいしの ランデヴー☆」 will titillate your sense of hearing.

Next we have monoROSETTA, an IOSYS spin-off that's definitely paid its dues at this point. Their second touhou arrange album 「Sweet Beat TV」 is seven tracks of stylish pop à la older Capsule. IOSYS mainstay void once again arranges all tracks, but this time we have guest vocals such as めらみぽっぷ and even 野宮あゆみ. It's a wonderful package of bubble-gum pop that's sure to put a smile on your face.

Forest Pireo keeps getting better and better which each release, which now go to 19! Although it's not very clear what sets 「T★GIRLS.03」 apart from their other releases, it definitely has a focus on "cute and sexy arrangements" and thus has slightly more moe/denpa content than usual. Prepare to be blown away right as the first track drops, since it features Lord Tenkomori with 月葉 on vocals, their second performance together since C80's explosive 「じゃあ僕もう二度寝の歌作りますよ!」 which made it to our "best of 2011" article. Then you have another killer pair in the form of めらみぽっぷ with Good Guy きくお. かめりあ with みぃしゃ? ななひら? kana? Y'all betcha. Seriously, quality album right there, make sure this one's in your collection!

Even though it's long played second fiddle to the mainline albums, the "東方アゲハ" side-project has become a fully-featured denpa series (and that's according to IOSYS themselves). ARM was mostly responsible for the first two, but in this third outing he teams up with an old flame! That's right, Princess miko is doing vocals on all eight 「東方アゲハ NIGHTMARE」 tracks, including a duet with BeatMario. Other than pure denpa, some other genres explored include EuroBeat, Soul and "Gothic Horror"! ARM can do no wrong, forever a winner. Real fans with an open mind will also check out his solo album 「distant」.

While we're at it, let us also mention two more IOSYS albums, namely 「東方ENCYCLOPEDIA」 from ユウノウミ (side-note: she's actually a he) which includes FOUR excellent かめりあ compositions. The other is their 21st album 「風櫻 SECOND PHANTASMA」 (warning: broken website) which includes a fair amount of denpa songs, such as uno's 「きのこが好きで好きでたまらない魔理沙が歌う歌」 . Can you believe this is the same guy as RoughSketch??