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!

Saturday, August 10, 2013

C84: beatlogic 「シュミックトリガ2 -Psychocrush A-POP!!-」


We all know Miku is out to rule the world (Project DIVA F hits North America later this month), but this time she will use denpa to seduce and conquer! After a splendid first compilation and an award-winning solo album from circle owner cello, beatlogic returns with yet another brainwashing winner!

The masses have demanded a followup to "シュミックトリガ!" almost immediately after the first one came out and this is exactly what we got with 「シュミックトリガ2-Psychocrush A-POP!!-」, right down to 70% returning composers. さつき が てんこもり, MAX VEGETABLE and デッドボールP are out, but were replaced with らいふ, ピノキオP and... おでんぱ☆スタジオ!

  1. 電波、受信チュウ... / かめりあ
  2. ちょまって! / おでんぱ☆スタジオ
  3. クリーム少女の末路 / 盛るP
  4. それともおやつ?(結月ゆかり・蒼姫ラピスver.) / azuma
  5. 總毛立ちCHU♡身まかりCHU♡ / ふなむし
  6. ウーパーとルーパー / Phasma
  7. アキバ☆二次元→ゲットだぜ! / cello
  8. ぽちっと☆ランダム / メルセンヌ・シスターズ with ぶっちぎりP
  9. こどものしくみ / ピノキオP
  10. せかいのいろをぬりかえて / らいふ

かめりあ opens the party with a sharp yet trippy number that hits with a huge breakdown. Odenpa's contribution is immediately recognizable, their signature sound unmistakable. You could say the same about 盛るP of course, although extreme cacophony is his signature. Will this song be featured on the next MilliRobo.beta?

azuma's contribution will also be featured on SEGA's 2014 Project 575 Vita game, although this is a special version using 結月ゆかり and 蒼姫ラピス just for beatlogic's compilation. ふなむし has a unique soft and spacey sound and I can't wait to hear the full version because it seems to be full of surprises. Phasma follows adequately with a slower electronica tune laced with pico pico elements in the background.

My man cello cranks the BPM right back up with his Akiba-themed symphony. I really can't stress enough how much his solo album belong in every denpa fan's collection, but this is another great example of his creativity and attention to detail. Believe it or not, this guy started doing hardstyle touhou arranges on the side. Hopefully this wasn't just a one-off because I'd totally buy a full album!

ぶっちぎりP had one of the most memorable songs on the previous compilation and this one is a great successor (check out the full length PV). This may be ピノキオP's first beatlogic track, but he is certainly not new to the scene! The veteran will also be on SEGA's vita title but for now his new song 「こどものしくみ」 is exclusive to this compilation.

Finally, you might remember らいふ for his delightful 「DENPA for JAPAN」 song composed shortly after the Tohoku tragedy, but this new one is a lot happier and a perfect finish to a perfect compilation. Albums like this show all too well that the original virtual diva still is far from done playing with our minds. All hail our Miku overlord!

Friday, August 9, 2013

C84 Super Roundup!

Hey guys, Mandi here! Here's the summary of what we've got our eyes on for C84! Miss anything? Leave a link in the comments!

C84 Day 1, 8/10/2013


asopaso.com (土曜日 東ハ−13a)

「ヲタ芸ファイター鷹丸 第二章Episode.4」, ?円
Takamaru returns for part 4 in this doujinshi series spawned from one of Momoi Haruko's talk radio shows based on the concept of a shounen manga about otagei. Always hilarious and hot blooded. Momoi fans in particular will spot a lot of familiar faces, but anyone who likes otagei culture can enjoy! Also a new issue of 「さよなら赤帽先生」, another Momoist fan comic with a Zetsubou-sensei inspired twist.








C84 Day 2, 8/10/2013


RIKI 東地区 セ-19a

キラキラスターナイト 2500円


Doujin artist RIKI, who you may remember from Toromi's previous release, ANIMEYASAN, is back, with a brand new... famicom game?! Yup, you read that right, this isn't just a 8-bit "inspired" game, but an actual new famicom release. Chiptune fans will love the soundtrack featuring lots of regulars to the Japanese chiptune scene. Of course, the game comes with a soundtrack so yo can listen to those tunes again and again. Plus, as a bonus it also includes an artbook featuring ぽよよんろっく, こげどんぼ, and とろ美 herself, for a whopping total of 54 artists!

But let's not forget the main attraction to most of our readers... The theme song is sang by the lovely とろ美 and composed by the chiptune mastermind Hally! This is a collaboration not to be missed! I know there's not much else to grab on day 2, but I highly recommend picking it up! Hear a very brief preview in the PV above.


チワ倉屋 東地区 ”ル” 24b

チワ倉さんの漫画&おまけCD 「チワ倉屋 vol.2」 ?円
佐倉紗織 of ave;new fame is back, this time instead of being in the commercial area, she's at her own personal circle. The "main dish" here is a manga which she drew about her mascot character, チワ倉さん. A very special chance to get a good look at lots of her skillful illustrations that many fans won't want to miss out on. However, lots of fans probably have their eyes more focused on the mysterious "bonus CD" that comes with the doujinshi. Contents unknown: talk CD? Music CD? Only time will tell. (Price also unknown.)


ノンと秘密の森の奥(日曜日 東ル-38a)

のん本5, 700円
Non of the disbanded group Little Non releases her 5th original doujinshi. As usual, Momoi Haruko contributes a guest article.




C84 Day 3, 8/10/2013




ちぃむdmp☆ あ-17b



電波CHU×違法 1000円

mofumofu 1000円
ちぃむdmp☆のグラス (Glass cup) 500円


ちぃむdmp☆'s 6th album 「電波CHU×違法」&  桃箱 first original album「mofumofu」! Check our article for in depth details!



 ポヤッチオ 西あ-17a



ももいろHoliday - SHAKING PINK, Fan + Paper bag set 1000円,  indiviual 700 yen.
FreePl@ying - ななひら 1000円

Two new anticipated releases from the denpa giant: Check our article on FreePl@ying for full coverage!


FICE  西地区”け”-27b

"Dempunk" idols FICE are promising new t-shirts, AnB "Complete works", and 鋼鉄姉妹うしろゆびさされ組同人 arrange album! Plus limited edition gacha and first come first serve bonus items. That's all the info I got folks!


木下いちご東ム36b


It's super NEET time! Lovely release!


こなぐすり 東T-48b


Lots of familiar names like D.watt, 時花 加藤乃依 ななひら... Love the famicom inspired sounds!

Honey came Lab 西-け19b


An awesome lineup, from the composers to the singers to the chorus!

ふぉれすとぴれお 東T-43b


ふぉれすとぴれお VOCAL BEST ?円
The best of the best!


C.H.S 西さ-09b 


「108 Sketches 3」t+pazolite&RoughSketch  1000円
Crazy stuff from these masterminds, and we do get one リズナ track too!


Beatlogic 西い-17a


「シュミックトリガ2-PsychoCrush A-POP!!-」1000円
Beatlogic is no stranger to Denpa no Sekai, and we're psyched to see another wild release from them. Those looking for the more wild side to denpa should definitely not miss this one. Prepare to have your brain scrambled!



おんがくのじかん 西け-04a

New twintailed unit "twinkle" brings us their first CD with music by おでんぱ☆スタジオ's ひろて~! Cute vocals are provided by ちょこ and みるく. And don't forget the album artwork drawn by.... yup, me! Mandi!! For 300 yen, it's a steal!












おでんぱ☆スタジオ 西館 け-19a



おでんぱ☆夏祭り~でらっくちゅ~ 800円
No crossfade or samples yet, but I'm sure it's great as always!

RieMeloParfait く-05a


Former ave;new member 綾瀬理恵 brings us another original release with almost all music, lyrics, and arrange done on her own! This girl's got talent! 5 tracks in all.











かぜのねれこーど 西う36b/h4>


Super cute vocals, take a listen to the crossfade right away!

西地区 ”さ” 37b
BLENHEIM 1st mini album 「傲慢ロジカル」
Don't let the unfamiliar name fool you, this is a.k.a.dRESS of ave;new! You can hear the familiar voice of 佐倉紗織 on track 2 as well as dRESS's own singing voice on track 4! (Price unknown.)











BPM:MaximumCreations


Fans of the mobile game sensation will have to check this one out, with many idols not yet voiced in the game getting fan made vocal songs!



Team ZUMMER 西さ08a


Check out track 1 with めらみぽっぷ!




chocolatte 西 け25a 


Check track 2 for a nice cute surprise!




fishpond+西 “け” 28a



"Crossplay" is something common at otaku events, but you gotta give extra props for anyone who can not only look the part, but SOUND the part too!



merci BOX 西こ30a


2 whole discs for just 1000 yen, filled with lots of fun and pop music. A few nice denpa songs scattered throughout.


着せ替え人形スズユチャン 西こ-40b

金魚のひみつ 1000円
2nd track sounds quite catchy!


PPQ 西け-20a

PPQ has brought us some denpa gems in the past, this time nothing is known except it will be a "sukumizu song" with 5 alternate covers.


第二生徒会室, 西け01b

 

まほメタル(仮)500円
ナツを感じる水着まほちゃん's 500円
No crossfades or samples, but 第二生徒会室 is definitely a reliable circle, so they're worth looking forward to. Plus, how can you beat the title "MAHO METAL ~LEGEND OF DEATH~"??


冬夏-TOHKA 西く-21a

Some denpa gems mixed into this album with a great lineup of guest vocalists.



EEE く-31a

げっちゅ! Dreamy Princess, 500円
For those who can't make it all the way down to Osaka, here's a chance to grab the theme song to this eroge music event. Composed by 柏木るざりん and sang by 鈴音, who was told to sing it with slight yandere undertones.



Innocent Key 東T-32b


東方ジャンプ 1000円
Surprising combination of songs from anime based on manga from Shounen Jump, and Touhou themed lyrics! I just wish there was a Rurouni Kenshin track!


MINAMOTRANCE 西さ-37a


Sparkle of Voices 1000円F
Not a bad collection, more denpa tracks than I expected! Don't miss ななひら and かめりあ!

ulu 西き-44a


2nd Album: Psyche, 1000円
Mostly rather soothing, but still has some cute voices and pico sounds to keep denpa fans entertained.



M.H.S. 西いー26a


『東方飛翔頭~トウホウフライングヘッド~』 ?円
Definitely one of the craziest WEBSITES I've seen yet for doujin music releases... and the music isn't bad either!!



A-One + DiGiTAL WiNG + Halozy, A-75ab


デジハロ NEXUS 1000円
ななひら, 坂上なち, 桃箱 , and more in some fun touhou madness.



C84 Commercial Area (All 3 Days)



Russel 532


MOSAIC.WAV 10th single "All Last One Chance!" 1200円
MOSAIC.WAV cycling jersey 12000円



onomatope* 514-515

ずっとすきして たくさんすきして
新堂真弓 is back... with 桜川未央、きのみ聖、雪村とあ、and 夏野こおり.



ぽにきゃん 212

ふたりのサマバケ♪ / あかり&京子(CV:三上枝織、大坪由佳)2000円
YuruYuri fans rejoice! Sample here. 


 ブロッコリー 211

アサギ ボーカルアルバム (with 日本一☆ヒロイン計画 - ULTRA-PRISM) 1500円
Sample here. Sold early at C84 but will be available elsewhere.



 Whew! I'm tired! I may go back and update this more later, but that's all for now! Hope your wallets can survive!

(Sorry for the inconsistent formatting... Blogger made some insane CSS junk and it's too much of a pain to edit by hand right now...)

As always, thanks to Clix for his thorough reporting!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

C84: Third ななひら full album 「Free Pl@ying」


Ever since her humble beginnings in 2009, leading up to her released her first album in 2010, Lady ななひら has not slowed down one second. "A blessing to denpa music", her unique voice is reaching ears around the globe and frankly, what's not to like about her? She's one of us, passionate about her hobbies, unafraid to speak her mind, a true otaku and... an addicted gamer. High-fucking-five, girl.

The only surprising thing about a gaming-themed denpa album is that it hadn't been done before. Either through lyrics or musically, all of these songs have to do with gaming and the love we share for this hobby... nay, lifestyle. Whether you're a casual or hardcore gamer (and occasional translator), you'll find something relatable here.

Personally I was immediately drawn to Master Katahotori's fantastic Gradius hommage 「あなたのコアにLove Shot!」. Now that we know his influences, one can figure he was probably chomping at the bit to write a song like this. You can shoot my core anytime, Lady ななひら! Having been a REDALiCE for a number of years (thanks in no small part to ななひら and ARM being featured on many of his albums) it was a pleasant surprise to finally see him returning the favour. The small preview presents a sharp and stylish song (as expected) but with a happy-go-lucky twist.

「課金厨のうた -More Charin Ver.-」 from task was originally released on Colorpop 2 last summer but it has undergone some tweaks since, so we're looking forward to this upgrade. Another ear-catcher is 「びっくりさせたらおこるよ!」 from Child Prodigy (soon to become Wonder Boy) かめりあ, these two are always such a great duo! Finally 「女流ハンターななひら奮闘記」 from 塚越雄一朗(NanosizeMir) has high epic-potential, in the true sense of the term. Just a week to go!

  1. 脇役じゃ終わらない!
  2. こたえなさいっ☆
  3. 七陸アクロバット!
  4. あなたのコアにLove Shot!
  5. cache cache
  6. マジカルロジック
  7. 課金厨のうた -More Charin Ver.-
  8. びっくりさせたらおこるよ!
  9. PUPUPU'S pace
  10. 女流ハンターななひら奮闘記
  11. Wake Walk Working!

Lady ななひら will be on at least six other C84 albums (not the least of which is a new SHAKING PINK mini-album) so check out her homepage confetto.chu.jp for the latest details.

Doujincore Import Info (deadline August 10th 12AM PST)
Title:Free Pl@ying
Label:  ポヤッチオ (あ-17a)
Price:1000
Link:http://confetto.chu.jp/freeplaying/

Saturday, August 3, 2013

C84: ちぃむdmp☆ 「電波CHU×違法」 and 桃箱 「mofumofu」

It's never a bad time to be a 桃箱, 愛原圭織 and ちぃむdmp☆ fan, but this Comiket 84 will solicit your wallet twice as much!


First is the sixth full album from ちぃむdmp☆ titled 「電波CHU×違法」. Despite some rocky personal moments and increasingly more solo side-projects, the girls managed to keep their act together and pull off another fantastic album! This one introduces a bit more vocaloid covers than previous albums, but that is what brought the duo together in the first place so it it's not uncalled for. Besides, their renditions of 「クノイチでも恋がしたい」 and 「幸せになれる隠しコマンドがあるらしい」 are just fantastic!

  1. CHU*LIP
  2. トキメキエンザ流行中♪
  3. クノイチでも恋がしたい
  4. げつようじょのうた
  5. Perfect Dreamer
  6. さくらんぼ旅館は移転しました
  7. ハニカミウサギ
  8. 幸せになれる隠しコマンドがあるらしい
  9. ゴー!ホー!ロリ
  10. 専属メイド☆宣言
  11. One Summer's Day
  12. ジュウナンザイのうた。~オルゴールVER~

Composer-wise we are looking two tracks from Master かたほとり, one of which is a new rendition of a 2009 classic. The opening track was composed by 塚越雄一朗(NanosizeMir) who also also contributed the fantastic 専属メイド☆宣言 back on the first album... which makes a repeat appearance here. muhmue comes back, so does しの with a sweet nostalgic track. 華飯 is another frequent contributor and ニゴロウ was also on a few albums in the past. Renowned voca producers うたたP, みきとP and オワタP bring the rest of the noise.

Doujincore Import Info (deadline August 10th 12AM PST)
Title:電波CHU×違法
Label:  ちぃむdmp☆ (あ-17b)
Price:1000
Link:http://dmp.babymilk.jp/DenpaChuihou/




mofumofu」 is the first solo album from 桃箱! She had been hinting at it on her blog for a while, so it's nice to see that it's finally going to be released. We're getting seven songs and three voice drama tracks. Most of this album's music is new, but the salacious 「セクシーキャットレディ」 was on summer 2012's 「電波娘々」 in case you getting the déjà vu feeling.

  1. ドレミファロンド
  2. 恋するうさぎのひとやすみ
  3. 我☆猛獣ちゃんなり(`・ω・´)<にゃー
  4. セクシーキャットレディ
  5. 起きなきゃコケッコー
  6. ぼくはくま
  7. ササクレパンダ
  8. モフモフごっこ (voice drama)
  9. もしもしモフモフ (voice drama)
  10. まだ寝ないもん! (voice drama)

「我☆猛獣ちゃんなり(`・ω・´)<にゃー」 really stands out as a powerful track, as well as 「恋するうさぎのひとやすみ」. Master かたほとり and 華飯 also contributed to this album. It's good to see BBレモネード getting some work outside of odenpa, plus his tracks keep on sounding better and better. You'll also notice a cover of 「ササクレパンダ」 which is completely appropriate and ties in with モフ☆モフ.

Note that if you buy 「mofumofu」 at Comiket, you'll receive a bonus doujinshi with artwork from her close friend ひつじまる (aka 大山チロル, aka 英みらい!) as well as ちぃ from the above モフ☆モフ tie-up. Neat!

Doujincore Import Info (deadline August 10th 12AM PST)
Title:mofumofu
Label:  ちぃむdmp☆ (あ-17b)
Price:1000
Link:http://dmp.babymilk.jp/mofumofuhp/