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

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

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



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.