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Track: Traveling | Artist: Utada Hikaru | Album: Deep River

Kotaku Soundtrack is a selection of the stuff we’re listening to at the moment.

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Originally from Texas, Ashcraft has called Osaka home since 2001. He has authored six books, including most recently, The Japanese Sake Bible.

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DISCUSSION

Constant Colors

I never really thought about this until now, how much of J Pop is made with the intent to actively capture the attention of anime/video game producers?

Many of the tunes attached to various media are contracted specifically for a project. But it seems like a lot of it is just whatever pop song a producer/music director thought might fit a project.