Listen to Me Girls, I’m Your Father!

Sora Takanashi

The Takanashi sisters are adorable beyond compare!  This was a heartbreaking anime with moments of comic ecchi thrown in to break the tension. You’ll watch and worry what will become of three sisters.

I loved this show, the moe characters, and music.  Yui Horie (Raika) sings the ED and Eri Kitamura (Miu) sings the OP.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Best source for Japan iTunes cards

JBOX & Japan Codes

I’ve been ordering my Japan iTunes cards through JBOX exclusively. Recently, I found out Japan Codes sells them as well. I decided to try them for comparison. Yesterday, I ordered Japan iTunes cards from both around 10:30 am. I received my codes from both around 11:30 pm. You’re asking why it took so long? Most likely because of the time difference and neither store was open. Both stores sent my redemption codes promptly as far as I can tell.

So how are the stores different? I think JBOX has earned a better reputation for itself. Both storefronts are similar except JBOX uses a secure server. Japan Codes uses PayPal’s server for the actual transaction so that’s secure except setting up an account (i.e. name, password) on their site is done in an unsecure manner so you may have some privacy concerns with that.

Another difference is Japan Codes offers 10,000 yen iTunes Cards with an $8.00 markup while JBOX’s largest card is 3,000 yen with a $13.00 markup. You’ll save money buying from Japan Codes.

My first experience using Japan Codes didn’t go smoothly. I received my redemption codes by email. They actually sent me codes for two 5,000 yen cards. One code did not work. I emailed them and 6 hours later they emailed me back apologizing for a typo along with the correct code. I’m happy with that–they took care of my problem before closing shop.

Would I recommend either store? Yes, but I prefer the reliability of JBOX. I only wish JBOX sold 10,000 yen cards.

Spotify: Poor source for anime soundtracks and jpop

Spotify logoI’ve been wondering about Spotify for listening to anime soundtracks and jpop. After some quick searches I determined Spotify wasn’t worth it. I searched for some popular artists and anime with dismal results

  • Megumi Hayashibara: None
  • Yoko Kanno: 1 Album
  • m-flo: 1 Song
  • Round Table featuring Nino: None
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: None
  • Home Made Kazoku: None
  • Crystal Kay: 1 Song
  • Yui Horie: None
  • BoA: 1 Song
  • Rurouni Kenshin: None
  • MISIA: None
  • Utada Hikaru: None

I did find covers on some of the above but that’s not what I wanted.  You’ll find much better selection on iTunes U.S.

How to create a Japanese iTunes account

First open iTunes, scroll down and click the U.S. icon on the bottom right corner.
Choose country
On the next page, select Japan from the list of countries. Next, click the “Sign In” button in the upper right corner of iTunes. Next, you see a popup with the option to create an Apple id–click the button.
Create ID
The next page welcomes you to the iTunes store, click the continue button.
Welcome to ITunes
The next page requires you to check the agreement box and click the “Agree” button.
Terms of agreement
On the next page you’ll enter your email, create a password and complete other information then click “Continue.”
Account info
Next, you’ll complete your billing information and address. If you are redeeming a Japanese iTunes card enter the code and leave the credit card info blank. Enter your Japanese address too–JBOX will tell you how to complete that. Click the “Create Apple ID” button and you’re done. By the way, a U.S. credit card will not work.
Payment information

Update

Some customers have reported that iTMS won’t let you proceed without entering a credit card. In order to bypass this, hit the “Home” button and begin the Redeem process again, and you’ll see the “None” button the second time through.  — JBOX

Gunbuster and Gunbuster 2 soundtracks on iTunes

I’ve already posted about Gunbuster Music Collection on iTunes ($11.99). Gunbuster 2 is also on iTunes for ($11.99). Gunbuster 2 has 44 tracks including Groovin’ Magic by ROUND TABLE featuring Nino as well as the ending theme “Hoshi Kuzu Namida” by ACKO–both songs are full versions. If you have trouble finding it search “top wo nerae.”

Top wo nerae 2! ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/top-wo-nerae-2!-original-soundtrack+/id534047693

Gunbuster Music Collection
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/gunbuster-music-collection/id503494198