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Japanese pop culture around thew world
Transcript of Japanese pop culture around thew world
developers have always been at the forefront of the industry, with seminal names like pacman, super mario, and final fantasy being just the tip of the iceberg" The Wii toke the industry by storm in tis first year and has greatly out sold its two rivals, while the Xbox 360 has continuously struggles to schieve serious sales in japan Is manga or anime that is geared toward young children Pokemon Hello Kitty refers specifically to a young woman approximately 7–18 years old Skip Beat Wallflower Ouran High School Host Club Fruits Basket generally about action/fighting but often contains a sense of humor and strong growing friendship-bonds between the characters. generally geared to boy between the age of 7 and 18 Bleach Black Butler Blue Exorcits D. Gray-man Soul Eater refers to the target demographic of manga and anime created mostly by women for late teenage and adult female audiences can portray realistic romance, as opposed to the mostly idealized romance of shōjo tends to be both more sexually explicit and contain more mature storytelling Honey and Clover Nana Paradise Kiss generally targeted at an 18–30 year old male audience, but the audience can be older with some comics aimed at businessmen well into their 40s. Gantz Ghost in the Shell Cowboy Bebep Hellsing High School of the Dead Deadman Wonderland Darker than Black Black Lagoon Genshiken all series that revolve around the use of piloted robotic armors in battle Mecha series cover a wide variety of genres from comedy to drama, though are always fantastical and larger-than-life in nature and feature large-scale battles and/or action sequences. Code Geass Eureka Seven Gurren Lagann Gundam Vandread Historical Japanese tales, normally focusing on famous feudal/samurai stories These would often have characters changed and events modified from their actual historical settings to create entirely new stories. Ninja Scroll Peacemaker Samurai X Makes reference to any anime or manga that has crime/ mystery to it Death Note Case Closed Coyote Ragtime Show Outlaw Star a rarefied pseudo-love for certain fictional characters and their related embodiments it usually referces to anime or characters that are really cute Azumanga Daioh Shugo Chara Lucky Star Clubbed to Death Angel Dokuro-chan Little Snow Fairy Suger In the West, is used when referring to sexually explicit or pornographic comics and animation Is commonly used to mean "sexually perverted" Refears to any anime or manga that has action or military reference to it Full metal alchemist Fullmetal Panic Gintama Tenjou Tenga Set in a world or civilization after such a disaster. The time frame may be immediately after the catastrophe, focusing on the travails or psychology of survivors, or considerably later, often including the theme that the existence of pre-catastrophe civilization has been forgotten Desert Punk Ergo Proxy Texhnolyse Ghost in th Shell Is abbreviation for Japanese pop, which is a loosely-defined musical genre that entered the musical mainstream of Japan in the 1990s. The origin of modern J-pop is said to be Japanese-language rock music inspired by The Beatles In the 1990s, the term J-pop came to refer to all Japanese popular songs except enka Ayumi Hamasaki extremely popular female J-pop singer Some may say she is the Japanese 'Britney Spears' Most Anime fans would know her for song Dearest which is a popular ending to the anime Inuyasha Utada Hikaru Utada has an estimated more than 52 million records sold worldwide. In 2007, her single "Flavor of Life" reached number 2 in worldwide digital download yearly single chart with over 7.2 million downloads,and contributes to 12 million digital sales for her over the same year Utada is most well known in the West for making two theme song contributions to Square Enix and Disney's collaborative video game series Kingdom Hearts: "Simple and Clean" for Kingdom Hearts and "Passion" for Kingdom Hearts II Puffy AmiYumi They have achieved superstar status in Japan, occasionally appearing in magazines and television, and have even successfully sold its own line of clothing, shoes, and toys. Puffy AmiYumi's music has somehow combined traditional rock instrumentals, Japan pop sensibilities, and their vocals into a style of their own. They also have their own animated show on Cartoon Network (Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Yui Is a Japanese singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, composer, music arranger and actress She can be heard for her work in Bleach where she di th 5th closing song called life and the opening song Rolling Star which has become a big hit amoung anime fans JRock stands for Japanese rock music. It started in Japan in the 1970s, but it has become a worldwide sensation and has spread to the United States, Europe and other places. Unlike other types of rock and roll or Japanese pop (J-pop), Jrock has its own unique style. JRock continued into the 1990s with groups like Three Michelle Gun Elephant, GLAY, B’z, Judy and Mary, and Malice Mizer. These bands and their songs became a part of Japanese culture by being incorporated into video games, television shows and anime. L'arc en ciel The group has sold over 13 million albums, 16 million singles, and millions of other units, including videos. They were ranked at number 58 on a list of Top 100 Japanese rock musicians, provided by HMV Japan in 2003, and are among the most influential artists in the Japanese music scene. Their most well known for the opening theme song "Ready, Steady, Go" which is played in Fullmetal Alchemist. And for the song "Lost Heaven" which is used at the closing song in Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa. Miyavi His accomplishments as guitarist for Dué le Quartz and his successful solo career established him as a renowned music icon in the Japanese music scene and across Asia. S.K.I.N. performed their debut live at the 2007 Anime Expo convention in Long Beach, California on June 29, 2007 On May 25, 2007 at the JRock Revolution concert organized by Yoshiki at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, it was officially announced that Miyavi would be a part of a band named S.K.I.N., which also consisted of solo artists Yoshiki, Gackt, and Sugizo. 10th Anniversary Commemorative Performance along with all artists signed under the PS Company at the Nippon Budokan on January 3, for which the 13,000+ tickets sold out within three minutes of going on sale on November 22, 2008 Gackt He has released fourteen albums and thirty-eight singles as a solo musician, which have sold over 10 million copies in Japan He became the first Japanese artist to release his music catalog on iTunes in October 2007 His music has been used as theme songs for various anime, television dramas, and video games, such as New Fist of the North Star, Dirge of Cerberus: Final Fantasy VII, and Kamen Rider Decade, amongst others. As an actor and writer, he co-starred and co-wrote the 2003 film Moon Child and acted in the NHK drama Fūrin Kazan as Uesugi Kenshin. He made his international film debut in the film Bunraku in 2010 at the Toronto International Film Festival. Maximum the Hormone Japanese nu metal band from Hachiōji, Tokyo. They are well known for their ability to mix genres. Their song "Rolling1000toon" was featured as an ending theme for the anime series Air Master The band had two of their songs featured in anime series; "What's Up, People?!" and "Zetsubou Billy" are featured as the opening and ending tracks, respectively, in the second season episodes of the Death Note anime series, and "Akagi" is featured as the ending theme for the Akagi anime series. movement among Japanese musicians, that is characterized by the use of make-up, elaborate hair styles and flamboyant costumes, often, but not always, coupled with androgynous aesthetics. Visual Kei emerged in the late 1980s, pioneered by bands such as X Japan, D'erlanger, Buck-Tick and Color. The term Visual Kei was created with one of X Japan's slogans "Psychedelic violence crime of visual shock" In 1992, X Japan launched an attempt to enter the European and American markets, but it would take another 8 years until popularity and awareness of Visual Kei bands would extend worldwide Visual Kei has enjoyed popularity among independent underground projects, as well as artists achieving mainstream success, with influences from Western phenomena, such as glam, goth and cyberpunk. Nagoya kei a subgenre of visual kei, with its roots in the early-1990s music scene of Nagoya, Japan. Often considered darker and gloomier than normal visual kei, nagoya kei takes its musical influences more so from western (specifically British) punk rock bands The focus of the bands tends to be much less on costume and makeup in favor of more complex musical compositions and concentration on the music itself. Dir en Gray As of 2008, they have recorded seven full-length records and while the group's lineup has remained consistent since its inception, numerous stylistic changes have made the genre of their music difficult to determine Billboard commenting on the group's international fanbase, that the band "has transcended the language barrier in the United States through its music" and "gained its audience without singing in English" In early 2006 touring was expanded to the United States. The band performed in Austin, Texas (South by Southwest festival), New York City (Avalon Club) and Los Angeles, California (Wiltern Theatre), followed by the North American release of Withering to Death. Again, all shows sold out within days Malice Mizer a visual kei rock band from Japan. They were active from August 1992 to December 2001. Malice Mizer is as famous for their music as for their live shows, featuring lavish historical costumes and stage sets, short silent theatre pieces preluding various songs, whimsical dance routines, and even a particularly notable instance of the vocalist descending to Earth as a fallen angel, only to ascend again at the end of the concert In 1995, after a year of inactivity, Malice Mizer recruited Gackt as their new vocalis Dué le Quartz Japanese visual kei rock band that formed in December 1998 After releasing a few albums, several singles and a greatest hits compilation, the group disbanded in 2002. Vocalist Sakito and bassist Kikasa later reunited to form the band Figure; and guitarist Miyabi changed his name to "Miyavi" and started a solo career. They made it big quickly, landing their first one-man live on August 21, 2000 at Shibuya on Air West. Their first full one-man tour kicked off on May 16, 2001, and their second began on December 4, 2001.
The band also landed the feature spot in the indie publication, Expect Rush I and Expect Rush II Alice Nine a five member Japanese Visual Kei band. Their music varies between soft alternative rock and harder rock. Their first maxi single Namae wa madanai, was limited to 1000 copies and sold out during its pre-order period. A second press of Namae wa madanai was limited to 3000 copies and also sold out In 2006, alice nine. released their first live DVD, ALICE IN WONDER FILM and then three new singles, one of which was featured in an animated series and their first full length album, Zekkeishoku a fashion subculture originating in Japan that is based on Victorian clothing as well as costumes from the Rococo period the movement started in the late 1970s when famous labels including Pink House, Milk and Pretty (later known as Angelic Pretty) began selling clothes that would be considered "Lolita" by today's standards. Shortly after that came Baby, The Stars Shine Bright, and Metamorphose temps de fille. In the 1990s, Lolita fashion became better recognized, with bands like Malice Mizer and other Visual Kei bands coming into popularity. These bands wore intricate costumes, which fans began adopting as their own style. Gothic Lolita Gothic lolita, sometimes shortened to GothLoli is a combination of the Gothic and Lolita fashion Gothic Lolita fashion is characterized by a darker make-up and clothing. Red lipstick and smokey or neatly defined eyes, created using black eyeliner, are typical styles, although as with all Lolita substyles the look remains fairly natural.Though Gothic make-up is associated with a white powdered face, this is usually considered bad taste within the Lolita fashion.Gothic Lolita usually uses dark color schemes including black, dark blues and purples, although black and white remains popular. As with some Western Gothic styles, cross jewelry, religious symbols, bags and purses in shapes like bats, coffins, and crucifixes are also used to accessorize the Gothic Lolita look. Sweet Lolita Sweet Lolita, also known as ama-loli in Japanese, is heavily influenced by Rococo styles as well as Victorian and Edwardian clothing. Focusing on the child and fantasy aspects of Lolita, the Sweet Lolita style adopts the basic Lolita format and uses lighter colors and childlike motifs in its design Makeup used in sweet Lolita is common throughout most Lolita styles. Pink, Peach, or Pearl make up styles are highly 'sweet' and used by many Sweet Lolitas. This look, paired with a shade of bright pink, red or sometimes nude-pink lipstick, is commonly used as well.
Outfits consist of pastels, fruit themes, flowers lace, bows, animal themes and ribbons to emphasize the cuteness of the design. Popular themes in the sweet Lolita are references to Alice in Wonderland, sweets, and classic fairy tales. Jewelry often reflects this fantasy theme. Headdresses, bonnets and bows are a popular hair accessory to the sweet Lolita look. Bags and purses usually have a princess-like design and often take the shape of strawberries, crowns, hearts, and stuffed animals. Classic Lolita Classic Lolita is a more mature style of Lolita that focuses on Baroque, Regency, and Rococo styles. Colors and patterns used in classic Lolita can be seen as somewhere between the Gothic and sweet styles; it is not as dark as Gothic Lolita, but not as cutesy as sweet Lolita Designs containing a-lines, as well as Empire waists are also used to add to the more mature look of the classic style. Most classic Lolita outfits, however, still stick to the basic Lolita silhouette. Shoes and accessories are less whimsical and more functional. Jewelry with intricate designs is also common. The makeup used in classic Lolita is often a more muted version of the sweet Lolita makeup, with an emphasis placed on natural coloring. Punk Lolita Punk Lolita (or Lolita Punk) adds punk fashion elements to Lolita fashion Motifs that are usually found in punk clothing, such as tattered fabric, ties, safety pins and chains, screen-printed fabrics, plaids, and short, androgynous hairstyles are incorporated into the Lolita look. The most popular garments are blouses or cutsews and skirts, although dresses and jumper skirts are also worn. Common footwear includes boots, Mary Janes or oxfords with platforms Princess Lolita Hime or "Princess," Lolita is characterized by a princess-style look based upon the European aristocratic style Shiro & Kuro Lolita Shiro Lolita, or 'White Lolita,' is a Lolita outfit made entirely of white/cream/off-white co-ordinates. Shiro Lolitas often pair themselves with Kuro Lolitas in twin outfits to create an interesting contrast. Kuro Lolita, or 'Black Lolita,' is an outfit made-up of entirely black co-ordinates. Ōji Lolita (Boystyle) meaning "prince", is a Japanese fashion that is considered the male version of Lolita fashion. Ōji Includes blouses and shirts, knickerbockers and other styles of short trousers, knee high socks, top hats, and newsboy caps. The colors usually used are black, white, blue and burgundy, though there are feminine versions of the fashion with a broader palette Guro Lolita Guro Lolita (Gore Lolita) is the portrayal of a 'broken doll' or "Innocent Gore" by using items such as fake blood, make-up, and bandages to give the appearance of injury. It is suggested that Guro Lolitas wear white to "emphasize the contrast between purity and their wounds" or because blood contrasts better with white. Sailor Lolita Lolita fashion that incorporates the look of a Sailor. This can include sailor collars and ties, sailor hats, and stripes. Not to be confused with the common Japanese "seifuku" or sailor-style school uniform. Also popular is the related substyle "pirate lolita" with a similar nautical theme - this usually incorporates a more elaborate dress, styled with treasure chest bags, tricorns and eyepatches Country Lolita Country Lolita is derived from the Sweet Lolita style, and is often a little hard to distinguish due to the use of the same sweet patterns and motifs that the Sweet Lolita style uses. However the Country Lolita style can be recognised by straw baskets, hats, fruit, and gingham patterns. Wa Lolita Wa rori , or Wa Lolita combines traditional Japanese clothing styles with the Lolita fashion. Wa Lolita usually consists of kimono or hakama modified to fit with common Lolita garments. The bottom half of the garment is altered to accommodate a petticoat, or a kimono-style blouse is used as a top to accompany a plain Lolita skirt. Outerwear can include haori or adult-sized hifu-vests. The shoes and accessories used in this style are typical of traditional Japanese garb including kanzashi flowers, and geta, zori, or Okobo. These shoes are often used in place of the normal Lolita platform and high-heeled shoes.[ Qi Lolita Qi Lolita is a similar style but uses Chinese clothing and accessories in place of Japanese. Usually this includes qipao dresses modified to accommodate a petticoat. Accessories include platform-slippers for footwear and bun-covers as hair accessories Casual Lolita Casual Lolita can best be described as what a Lolita would wear when not 'dressing up': Still modest and elegant, but not to the degree of most other Lolita styles. Casual Lolita is less of a style in and of itself but is used to describe a 'toned down' approach to the lolita fashion.While the basic lolita elements and still adhered to, the key element in the casual lolita co-ordination is simplicity Unlike traditional goths, Cybergoths follow electronic dance music more often than rock. Cybergoth fashion combines rave, rivethead, and goth fashion, as well as drawing inspiration from cyberpunk and other forms of science fiction. Androgyny is common. The style sometimes features one starkly contrasting bright or neon-reactive theme colour, such as red, blue, neon green, chrome, or pink, set against a basic, black gothic outfi The black-and-monochromatic juxtaposition can take a variety of forms, including brightly colored hair and make-up, cybernetic patterns such as live LED circuit boards, body modification, gas masks and goggles (especially aviator-style), typically worn on the forehead or around the neck rather than on the eyes. The most common use of a theme color is in the hair or eye make-up Popular club gear for cybergoths includes tight black pants, tight black vests or shirts cut from ripped, solid or fishnet fabrics, resembling costumes from 19th Century Gothic novels or early black and white horror films from the mid-20th century.[5 Cyber goth style incorporates extravagant hair pieces and styles, including synthetic dread locks, cyberlox, extensions and so on. These hair pieces can be made of a variety of materials, from real hair to synthetic kankelon hair to plastic tubing, rubber and foam and are often accented with goggles Is a fashion trend of blonde or orange hair and tanned skin among young Japanese women that peaked in popularity around the year 2000 The Shibuya and Ikebukuro districts of Tokyo were the centers of ganguro fashion. In contradiction to the traditional Japanese concept of beauty by having pale skin, dark hair and neutral makeup tones; rebellious youth tanned their skin, bleached their hair and used colourful makeup. Ganguro appeared as a new fashion style in Japan in the early 1990s and to date is prevalent mostly among young women a deep tan is combined with hair dyed in shades of orange to blonde, or a silver grey known as "high bleached". Black ink is used as eye-liner and white concealer is used as lipstick and eyeshadow. False eyelashes, plastic facial gems, and pearl powder are often added to this. Platform shoes and brightly-coloured outfits complete the ganguro look. Also typical of ganguro fashion are tie-dyed sarongs, miniskirts, stickers on the face, and many bracelets, rings, and necklaces. Short for "costume play", is a type of performance art in which participants don costumes and accessories to represent a specific character or idea. Characters are often drawn from popular fiction in Japan, but recent trends have included American cartoons and Sci-Fi. Favourite sources include manga, anime, tokusatsu, comic books, graphic novels, video games, hentai and fantasy movies Cosplayers often interact to create a subculture centred around role play. A broader use of the term cosplay applies it to any costumed role play in venues apart from the stage, regardless of the cultural context. Since 1998 Tokyo's Akihabara district has contained a large number of cosplay cafés, catering to devoted anime and cosplay fans. The waitresses at such cafés dress as game or anime characters; maid costumes are particularly popular. In areas outside of Japan, cosplay is primarily done at manga and anime conventions. The largest event for cosplayers outside Asia is the annual San Diego Comic-Con held in the California city in the USA. The biggest event in the UK is the London MCM Expo at ExCeL London The Japanese youth has without any hesitance whatsoever taken upon the punk style of dressing in an attempt to be like their favorite stars. Initially the inspiration came from the west but today Japan has its very own punk rock culture that fuels the fashion. There are different categories of punk fashion that fall under the umbrella of Japanese punk fashion. When it comes to women the French Maid look is soaring on the streets of Japan. The typical French maid punk look includes a full black skirt with white lace trims and puffed up sleeves. You will also be able to find women dressed up as nurses although the latter is not as popular as the former. The little girl look with a teddy bear as a fashion accessory is also part of this bizarre punk fashion. Japanese punk fashion is not complete without the accessories. From the weirdest of head gears to the most diverse range of earrings and studs you will find the punks loaded with fashion accessories. Other typical accessories include chains, pendants, belts, wrist bands and Kogal The kogal fashion involves wearing an outfit based on a Japanese school uniform, but with a shortened skirt, loose socks, and often dyed hair and a scarf as well The word "kogal" is anglicized from kogyaru, a contraction of kôkôsei gyaru (high school gal). The girls refer to themselves as gyaru (gals), although this word is applied to several other fashion looks as well. Bōsōzoku Dolly Kei The word bōsōzoku is also applied to motorcycle gangs, who share an interest in modifications (often illegal) for motorcycles, such as removing the mufflers so that more noise is produced. These bōsōzoku groups also engage in dangerous or reckless driving, such as weaving in traffic, not wearing motorcycle helmets, and running red lights. These bōsōzoku gangs are generally composed of people under the legal adult age, which in Japan is 20 years old. In Japan since the late 1970s, the term Yankī has been used to refer to a type of delinquent youth. Yanki's are mostly female and their usually of high school age Dolly Kei is a newly-emerging style based on Japan's view of the Middle Ages and European fairy tales, especially the Brothers Grimm. It includes a lot of vintage skirts, dresses, etc., and sometimes has religious symbols. Dolly Kei uses a lot of sumptuous jewel tones like ruby red, brilliant gold, deep violet and malachite green. This lends an almost regal air of decadence It’s equal parts Romanian gypsy, Russian matryoshka doll and Norwegian bunad. What’s interesting about this is that the wearers are referencing typically working class clothing, but remixing it with such sumptuous gold jewelry and beautifully curled hair that it suddenly looks rich and luxurious. Hello Kitty was an immediate success and the obsession with cute continued to progress in other areas as well. The market for cute merchandise in Japan is driven by Japanese girls between 15 and 18 years old cute fashion in Japan can be traced back to the Edo Period with the popularity of netsuke a multinational corporation located in Kyoto, Japan. Founded on September 23, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi, In 1975, Nintendo moved into the video arcade game industry with EVR Race, designed by their first game designer, Genyo Takeda, and several more titles followed. Nintendo had some small success with this venture, but the release of Donkey Kong in 1981, designed by Miyamoto, changed Nintendo's fortunes dramatically. Nintendo developed into a video game company, becoming one of the most influential in the industry, and Japan's third most valuable listed company, with a market value of over US$85 billion In 1985, the NES launched in North America, and was accompanied by Super Mario Bros., currently one of the best-selling video games of all time. The Nintendo GameCube followed in 2001 and was the first Nintendo console to utilize optical disc storage instead of cartridges The Nintendo DS replaced the Game Boy line sometime after its initial release in 2004, originally advertised as an alternative to the Game Boy Advance. Zelda Tetris Kirby usually styled as SEGA, is a multinational video game software developer and an arcade software and hardware development company headquartered in Ōta, Tokyo, Japan As a preemptive strike against the release of the Super Nintendo, Sega re-branded itself with a new game and mascot, Sonic the Hedgehog. commonly referred to as Sony, is a Japanese multinational conglomerate corporation headquartered in Minato, Tokyo, Japan and the world's fifth largest media conglomerate with US$77.20 billion In late 1994 Sony launched the PlayStation to compete with other consoles. This successful console was succeeded by the PlayStation 2 in 2000. The PlayStation 2 has become the most successful video game console of all time, selling over 150 million units as of 2011. The PlayStation brand was extended to the portable games market in 2005 by the PlayStation Portable (PSP) Sony released the PlayStation 3, a high-definition console, in 2006 Resident Evil Call of Duty Kingdom Hearts Final Fantasy Assassin's Creed