JapanCodeSupply - Cheap Japanese iTunes, PSN, Nintendo Gift Cards

J-pop music

Dec 16, 2014 by Mia Uchida 0

Did you know that all 7 seasons of Gilmore Girls came out on Netflix?  Well, even greater news is that PSYCHO-PASS season 1 came out at the same time. 

PSYCHO-PASS is a Fuji TV original anime series about a future 100 years from now (well, 100 years - 2 years.  It came out in 2012).  The Sibyl system has taken over society, and everyone's level of emotional stability, plus their shortcomings are gauged through individual psychological analyses.  

The criminal justice system is so advanced that you can figure out how dangerous a person is towards civilization based on how "clean" a person's psycho path appears.  The healthier your mindset and attitude, the clearer your path.  The main character works for the police force and tracks down crazy next-level murders.  Think about it; petty crime has pretty much been absolved.

Some of the neater and cooler points about PSYCHO-PASS: 

1. They really take advantage of animation as a media.  The plot development around holograms and reality are completely flawless, because the artwork allows seamless incorporation 

2. The violence in this series is frightening, arguably as terrifying as the psychological mind f*ck.  PSYCHO-PASS really makes viewers think about what they would do if they were in the same position as some of the people in future Tokyo

3. The soundtrack is really awesome.  The creators really invested in the music- it costs a lot of money to get a song to represent your series.  Season 1 has 2 opening soundtracks and ending tracks- one for the first half and second half.  

4. Watching this series makes me instantly feel smart.  There are so many references to some of the greatest thinkers of the 19th and 20th century.  A part of me gets really excited, because the idea that the past 100 years will be more influential to people living 100 years from now, as opposed to the next 100 years, well, this sentence is definitely a run-on and I need to feel smart sometimes.  Notable references include: Joseph Conrad, Philip K. Dick, Nietzche, Kierkegaard, Orwell...

Here are the opening tracks, available through iTunes Japan

"abnormalizeand "out of control

Ending tracks: 

"名前のない怪物" and "All Alone With You"

I definitely recommend "abnormalize".  The tinny pop punk drums are reminiscent of Asian Kung-Fu Generation and the whispy whiny vocals are one step below UverWorld.  

 The band's name is the best.  "Ling Tosite Sigure" (Cold seasonal rain) is the Japanese equivalent of those long band names like "And They Will Know Us From The Trail Of The Dead" or "Reciting Poetry with a Full Mouth" (no, I didn't make those up).  

iTunes Japan cards is available through JapanCodeSupply

Read more

Dec 09, 2014 by Mia Uchida 0

Southern All Stars (サザンオールスターズ) is a Japanese pop rock band formed in 1978.  They celebrated their 35th anniversary with their newest single, "東京VICTORY" ("Tokyo Victory"), in light of Japan hosting the Summer Olympics 2020 in Tokyo.  



Back in the day in 1940, Japan was supposed to host both the summer and winter olympics (because they used to have them in the same year then).  For obvious historical reasons, it was cancelled.  Since then, Japan hosted the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, and the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano.  

That's actually quite a few Olympics that one country has had the privilege of hosting.  The 2020 Tokyo Olympics is a considerable feat, due to the recent Earthquake and nuclear tragedies in March 2011.  

In a recent interview, Southern All Stars was quoted to have said, that "Tokyo Victory" is meant to be a morale boost during these darker times.  Japan as a nation still hasn't recovered from the Great Tohoku Earthquake of 2011.  The reputation of the country was ruined, with accusations and blames for radioactivity in the Pacific against Japan.  

Hopefully the 2020 Olympics will be a safe and wonderful event to remember.  

Here's to another entertaining promotion video (music video) by Southern All Stars: "天国オン・ザ・ビーチ" ("Heaven on the Beach")

My parents would rock out to this stuff.  A little bit of Japanese culture for you.  

Unfortunately, サザンオールスターズ pulled off a similar stunt as Taylor Swift against iTunes, so you'll have to purchase some recohoku credit through JapanCodeSupply and find their singles there. 

Read more

Dec 05, 2014 by Mia Uchida 0

Happiness" is ranked #1 right now in the iTunes music charts.  Artist シェネル(Che’Nelle) was born in Australia to a Chinese father and a mother of Indian and Dutch descent.  She’s currently an L.A. based R & B singer. 


What’s interesting about Che’Nelle is that she had a very short stunt with Capitol Records after her small flame of internet celebrity in 2005, via Myspace.  She even toured with Kanye West in Australia during his 2006 tour.  

She’s kind of a backwards MACO, where she did an English cover of 久保田利伸's “Missing”.  Her cover album, “Love Songs” was released in 2011 in Japan, to give her better ground as an artist in the land of the rising sun.  


Despite all of this, the cynic in me kills me.  There’s a lot going against Che’Nelle in the Japanese market: first of all, she’s old.  Well no, she’s not “old,” but she was born in 1983.  Her shelf life is not the best, if you know what I mean.  The other thing is, she’s now based in Los Angeles.  Why?  Because she only speaks English, Chinese, and Malay. I’m using the word “only” very liberally here.  She can sing in Japanese, but she can’t do interviews and she can’t go on the game shows (BUMMER).  There’s always hope though, for polyglots.  She can pick it up quickly, if she wanted to.  Finally, she married a back-up dancer.  So I’m gonna revert to that shelf life thing.  

Now available only in iTunes Japan, we’ve got シェネル's “Hapiness”.  iTunes Japan gift card is available through JapanCodeSupply

Read more