[J-Pop] Cover + Tracklist of Utada Hikaru’s New Album “Fantôme”

Queen Hikki has revealed the title, cover, and tracklist of her upcoming studio album that is slated for a 28 September 2016 release. The album’s title is Fantôme, and below are the cover and tracklist. Super excited! ❤ Tracklist: 1: 道 (Michi) … Continue reading

[2016] Week 31 Eats, Reads, Beats

The week started out with me making three trips to the hospital (all on Monday!), and no, this isn’t about my vertigo attacks, but another condition entirely. After that, I was practically bed-ridden again, but to my delight, I was … Continue reading

[J-Pop+Books] Still Waiting For…

I woke up today with my favorite writer Jodi Picoult announcing that shine, the prologue to her main novel this year is now up for preorder, and is slated for a 13 September 2016 release, while Small Great Things is due to come out on 11 October 2016.


My third favorite writer Gayle Forman, on the other hand, will release Leave Me on 06 September 2016. ❤

The rest of my favorites have already released their novels for the year, so I’m just waiting for these two to release theirs to complete my year. In the meantime, I still have to get on with my to-be-read pile ’cause I hate it when they pile up.

Also, one of my biggest influences in the music biz, Utada Hikaru, has announced that the title of her upcoming album is The U Testament. I am all kinds of happy and excited for the Queen’s comeback as a lot of things have happened already -Hikki’s mom’s suicide, her marriage, the birth of her first kid *gasp omg she’s a mommy now legit*-, so it’s a bit of a letdown when it was announced that there will be no promotions for the album. I’m not asking for a live tour like in the good old days, but an Utada United 2006-like live would be a great treat for the fans who have been waiting for her for like eight years. Still, whatever happens, naka-preorder nako. *courtesy of Ate Krystle bcause maxed out cc, lol*. Haha. Love you, Hikki, forevs.




Earlier this week we heard about the terrible news regarding Utada Hikaru’s mother, Junko Utada (aka Keiko Fuji).  And at the link above, Hikki just posted a heartbreaking message regarding her mother’s passing.

Credits to @UBlog at Twitter for the heads up.

[J-Rock] The first ever #LArcMNL Auction!


Looking for affordable CDs of your favorite Japanese artist/s? Then tune in to the L’Arc~en~Ciel Philippine Street Team’s first ever fund-raising event that is set to begin on April 3, 2013!

Titled the “L’ArcMNL Auction”,  preloved preowned J-Pop CDs shall be up for bidding at very reasonable prices. Some of the CDs that will be auctioned are CDs of L’Arc~en~Ciel, BoA, Utada Hikaru, Alice Nine., Asian Kung-Fu Generation, FLOW, and many, many more!

The Auction is going to start in a few days from now, so I implore everyone to register now since we have a strict policy of “No registration, no bidding.” 🙂

To register and also for the rest of the guidelines of the bidding, here is the link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dGRfbC1FdldUamVHZGIxUG5lSkpmb2c6MQ

ALL proceeds will go to the #LArcMNL fund so we can organize more L’Arc~en~Ciel-related events all throughout the year. Remember fans, it is not just for us. It is for the whole #LArcMNL campaign! 🙂

Also, I’m reposting the links to the Street Team’s accounts for you guys to follow and be updated with the latest in the L’Arc~en~Ciel Philippine fandom.

L’Arc~en~Ciel Philippine Street Team:

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LArcMNL
Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/LArc.Pilipinas
Twitter: https://twitter.com/LArc_Pilipinas
Wordpress: http://larcmnl.wordpress.com
Tumblr: http://larcpilipinas.tumblr.com/

[J-Pop] Deep River

I’m lazy like hell lately to blog, but I just got to post this one because I’m being overly-sentimental.

You see, yesterday, 19 June 2012, was the 10th anniversary of the release of Utada Hikaru’s third studio album “DEEP RIVER.” For those who do not have an idea what DEEP RIVER is, here’s some info from Wikipedia, as posted in Utada Hikaru Philippines:

Released: 2002.06.19Deep River is the third Japanese studio album released by American-born Japanese J-pop star Hikaru Utada, released in June 19, 2002. It sold just over 2.35 million copies in its first week of release (much like the 2,026,870 units by First Love and 3,002,720 by Distance in their debut sales week), easily debuting at #1 on the weekly, monthly and eventually yearly charts of the Oricon Albums chart. Deep River is Japan’s 5th highest album in debut sales.

The final track, “Hikari”, would be her first single to reach #1 on the Oricon Weekly Singles chart three times, and would be the Japanese version of the theme song for Square Enix’s smash hit RPG video game, Kingdom Hearts. The song has an English version, “Simple and Clean,” that would accompany promotion of “Kingdom Hearts” in the Western Hemisphere and elsewhere. That song would give Utada’s voice and music its first major mark of international recognition. The album was Utada’s most acclaimed work to date by fans and critics alike, and earned her the Triple Crown at the 17th Golden Disc Awards. Deep River is the 8th highest selling album in Japan of all time.

According to IFPI the album is listed at #18 on the Top 50 Global Best Selling Albums for 2002.

And here’s my Deep River album with the singles that are also included in the album:
I have known Utada Hikaru since I was in third grade, ever since I heard the song “Can You Keep a Secret?”. For quite sometime it was the only non-anime Japanese song that I know, and “Automatic,” which didn’t really leave an impression on me. So life went on…. Until I heard he song “Hikari” in 2003.
Actually what I watched was “Hikari’s” Kingdom Hearts version PV. And the only word that came out of my mouth after watching the PV was: Magical. And I knew that I will love Utada forever.
After sometime, I saw this other PV in one of our cable TV’s local text chat channels. What I watched actually was the last 1 minute of the song, unfortunately, but I already fell in love with it. In that one minute, I already knew that it was Utada Hikaru. But I had no idea what the title was. It wasn’t shown. It was the year 2003 at that time, YouTube wasn’t really very popular back then.
I then also stumbled upon this video on a local music channel. You see, Utada Hikaru, at that time, was the only Japanese artist who got little exposures like those. Anyhoo, it was “traveling.” I liked the upbeat tempo of the song, but didn’t really strike me as the next song that I discovered, titled “Deep River.”
Watching Deep River’s PV did it for me. It was time to look for more Hikki songs.
A friend then suggested me this J-Pop site, in which I can listen to songs in full online. From there, I only listened to Utada Hikaru. My first priority at that time: To find the song that had its PV featured on our local cable TV’s chat channel. And then I found it. The song was “Final Distance.”
Final Distance instantly became my favorite, alongside Deep River and Hikari. You don’t know how these three songs have affected me. And from there, the rest is history.
Deep River turned my life to a 180-degree turn (the other 180 degrees were from L’Arc~en~Ciel). It became my stepping stone in the J-Pop world, and now, nine years later, I’m still immersed.
If there is a J-Pop album that everybody is compelled to listen to, hands down, it’ll be DEEP RIVER.

[Event] J-Pop Anime Singing Contest Grand Finals 2011

Last Saturday, July 23, I attended the annual J-Pop Anime Singing Contest Grand Finals 2011 organized by the Japan Embassy. Yes, I attended…….. the awarding ceremony. 😛  Since there was this UP-Lasalle basketball game from 1-3pm on that same day, I wasn’t able to watch the band performances. When I got to SM Megamall at about 3:30pm….. it’s the awarding ceremony already.

Heiki won first place at the contest. Congratulations to them. 🙂

I heard that there was a Japanese band that performed “Glamorous Sky” and “Kimi ga Suki Dato Sakebitai”! And a finalist performed some Utada Hikaru songs… YES, I MISSED THEM ALL. K. 😦 So much for my effort.

Looking at the bright side of life, at least I got to be with a few friends from the fandom! 🙂 That’s the point. Haha. 🙂 AND I GOT TO SEE DORAEMON! HAHA. XD

Here are some photos from the event. More photos in my Facebook account.