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Sunday, March 16th, 2008

Jpop Newsmail 2008 Vol.09 (March 10th, 2008)

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Featured Releases

Ayumi Hamasaki / Mirrorcle World [CD+DVD / Jacket A] (CDA)
Price: Yen- 1800, US$(17.42)
Release Date: 08-Apr-2008
Ayumi Hamasaki's first single in the year of her tenth anniversary. Includes "Mirrorcle World," the full-version of the song "Mirror" which is included in the album "Guilty" with only one chorus phrase. Also includes "Life" and 10th Anniversary version of her second single "You," the song originally recorded in 1998. Set also includes a bonus DVD with the music video and making-of footage for "Mirrorcle World." *Unless otherwise indicated, DVDs are region-2 encoded (Japan, Europe, and Middle East), and carry no subtitles.

Arashi / Summer Tour 2007 Final Time - Kotoba no Chikara (DVD)
Price: Yen- 5333, US$(51.61)
Release Date: 16-Apr-2008
Concert DVD release from Arashi includes footage from the October 8, 2007
"Summer Tour 2007 Time - Cotoba no Chikara" tour finale at the Tokyo Dome. Concert features plenty of tracks from the group's latest album "Time," plus other singles like "Happiness" and more . . . and you've got to hear these MCs. Get ready for suprises in this outstanding, three-hour-long performance spanning a total of 37 songs (subject to change). Also includes a performance of the song "Fight Song" at the July 31 Yokohama Arena show plus photo setlist.

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Anime Newsmail 2008 Vol.05 (March 7th, 2008)

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Featured Items

Maaya Sakamoto
TV Anime Macross Frontier Intro Theme: Triangler (CDA)
Price: Yen- 1000, US$(9.63)
Release Date: 23-Apr-2008
Maaya Sakamoto's new single includes the intro theme to the TV series "Macross Frontier." Produced by Yoko Kanno!

Yoko Kanno
CM Yoko (CDA)
Price: Yen- 2000, US$(19.25)
Release Date: 25-Apr-2008
Compilation of composer Yoko Kanno's works for TV commercials.

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Jpop Newsmail 2008 Vol.08 (March 3rd, 2008)

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Featured Releases

BUCK-TICK / BUCK-TICK Tour 2007 Tenshi no Revolver (Title subject to change) [w/ DVD, Limited Edition] (DVD)
Price: Yen- 8000, US$(76.87)
Release Date: 07-May-2008
Live DVD release from BUCK-TICK includes footage of the band's December 29, 2007 performance at the Budokan. Limited edition includes photo book with backyard photos and more plus bonus DVD.

Nami Tamaki / UNTITLED (4th Original Album) [w/ DVD, Limited Edition] (CDA)
Price: Yen- 3714, US$(35.69)
Release Date: 23-Apr-2008
Fourth full-length album from Nami Tamaki includes the singles "Cross Season," "Brightdown," "Promise," "My Way," and seven new tracks (one instrumental, details subject to change). Limited edition includes bonus DVD with the music vidoes for "Cross Season," "Brightdown," "Promise," and one new song (subject to change). *Unless otherwise indicated, DVDs are region-2 encoded (Japan, Europe, and Middle East), and carry no subtitles.

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Jpop Newsmail 2008 Vol.07 (February 26th, 2008)

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Featured Releases

HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR / Rock Pit [w/ DVD, Limited Edition] (CDA)
Price: Yen- 3333, US$(30.87)
Release Date: 19-Mar-2008
Fourth full-length original album from HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR includes the advanced singles "Amazing," "Flashback/Kinure Binoka," "ROSIER," new recordings, reworked tracks, and more! Limited edition includes bonus DVD with documentary on the making-of the album, recording footage, title discussions, and behind-the-scenes shots!

244 ENDLI-x / Kurikaesu Haru [Limited Edition] (CDA)
Price: Yen- 952, US$(8.78)
Release Date: 02-Apr-2008
New single release from 244 Endli-x (pronounced: Tsuyoshi Endlichs), the new name for Tsuyoshi Domoto's project Endlicheri Endlicheri. Single features the same techno sound heard on the upcoming full-lneght album. Limited edition includes bonus 3-side, 6-fold jackett with alternate artwork plus bonus tracks "Let's try the love" and "Kurikaesu Haru -Backing Track -" (both not available on the standard edition).

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Monday, February 25th, 2008

Anime Newsmail 2008 Vol.04 (February 21st, 2008)

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Announcement
CDJapan will be receiving a limited amount of the preorder-only "Evangelion Shin Gekijobn: Jo Animation Gengashu" book--a 330-page collection of development material for new "Neon Genesis Evangelion" theatrical feature. Preorder by February 26, 2008 (Japan time) to guarantee your order. Further product info available below:
http://cdjapan.jp/d.html?KEY=NEOIPS-1&MAIL=ANIME

Featured Items

Ghost in the Shell S.A.C. (English Subtitles) [Limited Release] [Blu-ray]
Price: Yen- 28000, US$(256.6)
Release Date: 25-Jul-2008
Blu-ray release of legendary anime OVA series "Ghost in the Shell S.A.C." includes the features "The Laughing Man," "Individual Eleven," and "Solid State Society" plus bonus disc with 180 minutes of bonus footage including the features "Tachikoma na Hibi" (new feature), "Section 9 Science File Extra Tachikoma na Hibi" ("The Laughing Man" ver), "Section 9 Science File Extra Tachikoma na Hibi" ("Individual Eleven" ver), short anime "Uchikoma na Hibi," "S.A.C. Arcive," "S.A.C. Archive 2," "Work World File Sakuhin Sekai Tettei Kensho," "Anime + Car Design Designing The Future Car," and "Making of Tachikoma Robot - Robo Garage no Chosen." Features Tru HD and 5.1 channel Japanese audio tracks, Tru HD and 5.1 channel English audio tracks, and Japanese and English subtitles. Box includes deluxe "S.S.S." setting guide and special 24-page booklet (details subject to change).

The Black Mages III Darkness and Starlight (CDA)
Price: Yen- 2667, US$(24.44) Release Date: 19-Mar-2008
Third full-length album from The Black Mages featuring more rock-arranged versions of your favorite "Final Fantasy" battle tracks. Includes ten songs total.

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Jpop Newsmail 2008 Vol.06 (February 18th, 2008)

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Featured Releases

Tackey & Tsubasa / "Tackey & Tsubasa Premium Live DVD -5th Anniversary Special Package- (Title subject to change) [Limited Release / Jacket A]" (DVD)
Price: Yen- 8095, US$(75.05)
Release Date: 19-Mar-2008
Tackey & Tsubasa's first concert DVD release in 3 years! This version includes two main discs with footage from their 2007's two concerts, "Tackey & Tsubasa Takitsuba Best Tour 07 - 08 Arena" held in Spring and "Tackey & Tsubasa Arena '07 Minna Issho ni Tanoshimanakucha Dame" held in winter. Also includes a bonus disc with backstage footage Type A (footage from Tackey & Tsubasa's concert rehearsal), "Zenkoku Aisihteruze T & T Collection" (title subject to change), multi-angle collection: "Real DX" (Takizawa Angle), "Real DX" (Tsubasa Angle), "Kamen" (Takizawa Angle), and "Kamen" (Tsubasa Angle).

KAYA / "Chocolat" (CDA)
Price: Yen- 1619, US$(15.01)
Release Date: 23-Apr-2008
Major debut single from Schwarz Stein vocalist KAYA! Single features a
bittersweet electro-pop sound crafted by cohort Hora, all based around the theme of converting everything into sound. Also includes a neo-decadence-style trance number, and acoustic version of the track with Sugar member Sizna on guitar. Includes four songs total.

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Anime Newsmail 2008 Vol.03 (February 8th, 2008)

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Featured Items

Dragon Ball Z CD-BOX Cho Zenshu (CDA)
Price: Yen- 19000, US$(175.37)
Release Date: 26-Mar-2008
Vocal collectino box set from classic anime series "Dragon Ball Z" includes all your favorite hits, remixes, theatrical feature add-in tracks, image songs for the games, and rare tracks for a total of over 200 songs on 13 CDs!

Higurashi no Naku Koro ni Kai DVD Sosaroku - Musubi file.01 [Limited Edition] (DVD)
Price: Yen- 6600, US$(60.92)
Release Date: 21-Mar-2008
First DVD release from the final season of the anime series "Higurashi no Naku Koro ni." Includes episodes 13 and 14. Limited edition comes with a bonus disc with new contents from cast and staff. Set also includes a special DVD case to house the all six DVDs.

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Jpop Newsmail 2008 Vol.05 (February 4th, 2008)

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Featured Releases

L'Arc-en-Ciel / Are you ready? 2007 Mata Heart ni Hi wo Tsuketo! in OKINAWA (DVD)
Price: Yen- 7600, US$(70.48)
Release Date: 02-Apr-2008
Live DVD release from L'Arc-en-Ciel includes footage from the band's "Are you Ready? 2007 Mata Heart ni Hi wo Tsukero!" performance in Okinawa. Includes two DVDs, one with the concert and one with special footage documenting the rest of the three-month tour.

Antic Cafe / Gokutama Rock Cafe (Title Subject to Change) [CD+DVD]
Price: Yen- 3619, US$(33.56)
Release Date: 09-Apr-2008
New full-length album from Antic Cafe features tracks ranging from the band's distinctive dance rock sound, through visual kei, J-pop, and regular pop as well! Limited edition includes bonus DVD with the music videos for "Kakusei Heroism," "Ryusei Rocket," and "Cherry Saku Yuki." *Unless otherwise indicated, DVDs are region-2 encoded (Japan, Europe, and Middle East), and carry no subtitles.

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Friday, February 1st, 2008

Jpop Newsmail 2008 Vol.04 (January 28th, 2008)

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Featured Releases

Yuna Ito / "Wish [w/ DVD, Limited Edition]" (CDA)
Price: Yen- 3800, US$(35.77)
Release Date: 20-Feb-2008
New full-length album from Yuna Ito includes the singles "I'm Here," "Mahaloha," "Urban Mermaid," "Colorful," "Anata ga Iru Kagiri - A World To Believe In," "My Heart Will Go On" (cover of the classic Celine Dion track), and more for 13 songs total (subject to change). This time around Yuna Ito wants to give you power through song, hence the title "Wish." Limited edition includes bonus DVD with music videos for the songs "I'm Here," "Mahaloha," "Urban Mermaid," and "Anata ga Iru Kagiri - A World To Believe In."

Hello! Project / "Hello! Project 2008 Winter Live DVD Box [Limited Release]" (DVD)
Price: Yen- 10000, US$(94.13)
Release Date: 26-Mar-2008
Video release from the Hello! Project full-team concert "Hello! Project 2008 Winter" recorded live, New Year's at the Nakano Sun Plaza "Eternal Club" and "Wonderful Hearts" shows plus the Yokohama Arena "Kettei! Haropuro Award '80" show on four DVDs.

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Anime Newsmail 2008 Vol.02 (January 25th, 2008)

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Featured Items

[Theatrical Feature] Evangelion 1.0 You are (not) Alone [Limited Pressing] (DVD)
Price: Yen- 5700, US$(52.7)
Release Date: 25-Apr-2008
Prepare yourself to experience "Neon Genesis Evangelion" like you've never before--director Hideaki Anno and the main staff behind the original 1990s "Evangelion" animation series return with the help of some new faces to bring you a completely revamped new "Neon Genesis Evangelion" animated theatrical feature. Assembling theater lines on the day of its screen debut surpassing that of the original series feature, the screening venue for this feature was temporarily changed from the 224-seat Cinema Square to the 1046-seat Shinjuku Milano theater--now you don't need to suffer the that trauma since the most talked about work of 2007 now comes to DVD! This is the first work in planned trilogy. Fifteen years since the apocalyptical "Second Impact" event, 14-year-old Shinji Ikari is summoned to the headquarters of the special forces group NERV by his father, the commander Gendo Ikari. Now this helpless child must take on the gigantic and mysterious angels in a man-made automaton called an Evangelion, without knowing the truth about his endeavors. DVD set includes main theatrical feature, bonus disc with feature "Explanation of Evangelion: 1.01" (main feature with scene explanations via subtitles), feature "Rebuild of Evangelion 1.01" (uncut CG sequences, CG making-of footage), "Angel of Doom PV" (Evangelion footage music video for the climax music scene of the "Battle of Yashima" section of the film), Evangelion-style music video for Hikaru Utada's theme song "Beautiful World," and more. Set also includes deluxe explanatory guide, bonus film still actually used in the theatrical run of the film, and deluxe box.

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