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Saturday, March 1, 2014

It's JAM Project March at The Land of Obscusion!!!

Though I admittedly try not to make each month "themed" here, I just keep getting ideas that drive me. This month is no different, & that's because of an upcoming con & five guests who will be there...

Meet JAM Project. Created by the legendary Ichiro Mizuki back on July 19, 2000, the Japan Animationsong Makers Project is a supergroup of epic proprotions based around creating music for anime, video game, & tokusatsu productions. Though some of the founding members aren't with the group anymore (Mizuki himself reduced his status to "part-time" in August 2002, Eizou Sakamoto "graduated" in March 2003, & Rica Matsumoto has been on hiatus since April 2008), the five that make up the group are essentially a who's-who of iconic anime songs. JAM made their first North American appearance at Otakon 2008, followed by a live-performance at Baltimore in November 2012, but this month they'll be making their second U.S. con appearance at Anime Boston! Unlike Otakon, though, they won't just be doing a group concert at AB, but rather they'll also be doing a second concert featuring all five members' solo works. Needless to say, I'll be at Anime Boston once again this year... Will you?

With this in mind I feel I just have to celebrate JAM's return to the States by reviewing some obscure anime that were lucky to have the voices of Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endoh, Hiroshi Kitadani, Masami Okui, or Yoshiki Fukuyama behind their theme songs, plus one anime that had a group song. Unlike usual, where I leave list of titles generally unknown, for this month I will reveal all six anime that I'll be reviewing!

Hironobu Kageyama: The Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman
Masaaki Endoh: Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up
Hiroshi Kitadani: Me Gumi no Daigo: Kajiba no Bakayaro
Masami Okui: Ray the Animation
Yoshiki Fukuyama: Buso Renkin
JAM Project: Robonimal Panda-Z: The Robonimation

Not only that, but each day of this month I'll be sharing an obscure anime theme that each present member of JAM Project has sung, plus some from the group as a whole, over at Twitter. As I share each song I'll add it to the list on this post, so keep checking back daily (I'll figure out something for while I'm at AB) if you don't follow me on Twitter (or if you just don't use Twitter in general):

Hironobu Kageyama:
1. Kishin Douji Zenki - "Chou Kishin Zenki, Raigou Shourin!" (2nd OP)
2. Saint Seiya - "Saint Shinwa ~Soldier Dream~" (2nd OP)
3. The Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman - "Shine/Shinesman - You are the Hero" (OP)
4. Transformers: The Headmasters - "The Headmasters" (OP)
5. Zone of the Enders: Dolores, i - "Zone of the Enders" (OP)

Masaaki Endoh:
6. Kaiketsu Zorro - "ZORRO" (OP)
7. Cybuster - "Senshi yo, Tachiagare!" (OP)
8. B't X Neo - "Towa no Sono Saki ~You're the Best Buddies" (ED)
9. Voltage Fighter Gowcaizer - "New Generation Heroes" (OP/ED)
10. Ghastly Prince Enma Burning Up - "Tamashii Mera Mera Icchou C!" (OP)

Hiroshi Kitadani:
11. Shootfighter Tekken/Tough - "Private Emotion" (ED)
12. Babel II -Beyond Infinity- - "Never Die" (OP)
13. Me Gumi no Daigo: Kajiba no Bakayaro - "Red Darkness" (ED)
14. Transformers: Super Link/Energon - "Taiyou no Transform!" (OP)
15. New Getter Robo - "DEEP RED" (IN)

Masami Okui:
16. Tekkaman Blade II - "Reincarnation" (OP)
17. Tales of Eternia the Animation - "Sora ni Kakeru Hashi" (OP)
18. Ramen Fighter Miki - "Wild Spice" (OP)
19. Ray the Animation - "zero -G-" (OP)
20. Sorcerer Hunters - "MASK" (ED)

Yoshiki Fukuyama:
21. Next Senki Ehrgeiz - "Dream Jack" (OP)
22. Karakuri Zoushi Ayatsuri Sakon - "Hikari Naki Yoru wo Yuke" (OP)
23. Kamen no Maid Guy - "Work Guy!!" (ED)
24. Buso Renkin - "Makka na Chikai" (OP)
25. City Hunter Special: Good-bye My Sweet Heart - "Ride on the Night" (OP)

JAM Project:
26. éX-Driver - "Kaze ni Nare" (OP)
27. Gekitou! Crush Gear Turbo - "Crush Gear Fight!!" (OP)
28. Robonimal Panda-Z: the Robonimation - "VOYAGER" (OP)
29. Shutsugeki! Machine Robo Rescue - "GO! GO! RESCUE" (OP)
30. Yomigaeru Sora -RESCUE WINGS- - "EMBLEM: Na mo naki Eiyuu-tachi" (ED)
31. The SoulTaker - "SoulTaker" (OP)

It's going to be a wild month, for sure... And now it has come to an end.

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