Latest CDs from Japan

Latest CDs from Japan

Watching Crunchyroll @ Work

I love the fact I can watch Crunchyroll during my break at work.  I’m not limited to watching on my phone either.  I hook my Droid Razr to the TV using a HDMI to HDMI micro cable.

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.

More CDs from Japan via Tenso

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.