Tumblr has been a rewarding experience meeting people from different backgrounds. I’m lucky enough to meet people from Japan. I’m also fortunate enough to meet a young woman from Japan who models and recently released her first single on iTunes. I can honestly say I’ve never chatted online with a model or vocalist so this is a first. The other day ym blogged that she would soon release an album on iTunes. I didn’t take it too seriously and a few days later she blogged her album was on iTunes. Sure enough it was on iTunes and I purchased it. I was impressed with the album. I rated all three songs 5 stars. My favorite is the ballad Shiosai. She sings beautifully.
This came in my Tenso box. Most were used purchases from Amazon Japan. All were in good shape although the City Hunter CD needs some TLC as it was a rental. Key The Metal Idol is a double CD with a beautiful cover.
These CDs came in my Tenso box. All purchases from Amazon Japan. Most of them were iTunes recommendations except for Perfume–I heard that one on Youtube. I love the cover on Toko Furuuchi’s Purple.
I can listen to my anime tunes anywhere with my iPod or iPhone. Each tune reminds me of my favorite anime.
I’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.
My package from Tenso arrived last week. My CDs arrived in a recycled Amazon Japan box. It was smaller than expected considering Tenso sent me a much larger box with the same amount of CDs last time. They charged me about a $1.50 more than last time but I think it has to do the way they counted the mini CDs. Maybe it was the weight of the Fist of the North Star OST since it was a double CD. I’m not sure. Anyways, shipping was about $57.00 or $8.00 per CD.
Tenso did a nice job on the packaging. The CDs were bundled then bubble wrapped. All the CDs arrived in very good condition as described by the sellers. The empty space inside the box was filled neatly with air pillows and industrial tissue paper. Tenso included the Amazon invoices from the original packages. Outside of the box was a sealed transparent pouch for the EMS (Express Mail Service) label, invoices, and customs form (Customs Form CN 23). If the Tenso site ever asks you a package value it’s for the customs form.
Fist of the North Star OST
This is actually a Pachislot OST. I wanted the the OP “Ai wo Torimodose!!” and this CD has it for $8.00. It has all the full version OPs and EDs for Fist of the North Star. It also comes with a DVD containing footage from the Pachislot game. The picture I took shows a defect in the case. It’s cardboard bonded to a plastic film making it glossy. Well, that film is wrinkled on the front. I used Photoshop to take out the defect for my iTunes cover.
The case was shrink wrapped. Once I opened the case the plastic CD holders fell out. The glue used to bond them to the case did not stick. The CD and DVD were new. Both played fine. I didn’t count the case against the seller when leaving feedback. He might have mentioned it in the description. Bottom line: I bought it cheap.
Urusei Yatsura TV Best Theme Songs
I shouldn’t have put off buying this CD till now. The songs are actually pretty good and full versions. All of them made it to my play list except “Hoshizora Cycling.” Steffanie sings great. Her songs could fit in today’s music. I had a tough time tracking her down. Her real name is Steffanie Borges. Of course, I’ve seen Urusei Yatsura. That’s the case with most of the anime music I buy. As a bonus, I have DVD volume 50 which has all the OPs and EDs.