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August 29th, 2009, 4:23 AM
What Kind Of Japanese Music Do You Listen To? And If You Do Can You Please Name Bands/Artists?

I'm more into J-pop than anything else.
I listen to ;
Hikaru Utada
Koda Kumi
& BoA [But only a little]

August 29th, 2009, 4:42 AM
Hmm. I'm only interested in songs that's shown in animes. So most artist I know are Seiyuus.

Mistic Maril
August 29th, 2009, 4:47 AM
I don't know what to classify them as, but my favorites are:
Fukari Mori
Ichigo go go!
And I hate stuff like:
Motteke sailor fuku

August 29th, 2009, 4:58 AM
I got into most of these bands/singers via anime OPs and EDs:

Aya Hirano
Hikaru Utada
Kazuki Kato
Masami Mitsuoka
Mori Tsubasa
Sakurakou K-ON Bu
savage genius
School Food Punishment
Vocaloid [Mostly Miku Hatsune, Rin & Len Kagamine and Luka Megurine]

… And there's more, but I can't be bothered to list them.

August 29th, 2009, 9:27 AM
I got into most of these bands/singers via anime OPs and EDs:

Aya Hirano
Hikaru Utada
Kazuki Kato
Masami Mitsuoka
Mori Tsubasa
Sakurakou K-ON Bu
savage genius
School Food Punishment
Vocaloid [Mostly Miku Hatsune, Rin & Len Kagamine and Luka Megurine]

… And there's more, but I can't be bothered to list them.
I like to think I'm on top of current Japanese music trends (at least I used to), but I have heard of only one of these. Anime music really is another world.

I'm a fan of Nakata Yasutaka's groups (Capsule, Perfume, and the lesser known Coltemonikha) and J-pop with more rock (Do As Infinity, the brilliant green) and electronic (recent Utada Hikaru and the unknown-to-most Sakanaction) influences and less of pop with too much rap/hip-hop ("J-urban" artists such as Koda Kumi and Exile) and excessive boring love ballads.

J-rock is also good (the pillows, Bump of Chicken, Radwimps, Asian Kung-Fu Generation) as long as it isn't gimmicky visual rock. Also Bonnie Pink, Superfly, Yui, Sakamoto Maaya and Nakashima Mika, all of whom are some variation of pop and have more style, personality and substance to them than your average pop.

I could go on, but then I would look obsessive. I'm not. Really.

August 29th, 2009, 9:32 AM
I only really listen to Miyavi because I like the music.

Oh and Polysics too, for the same reason.

Other than that I'm not too interested in listening to foreign language music because I can't understand it... =/

August 29th, 2009, 9:43 AM
Anime stuff (probably because I'm rarely exposed to anything else and don't care enough to check anything else out) and stuff from NicoNico and the like (for instance, Kumikyoku (http://www.nicovideo.jp/watch/sm500873) is pretty awesome).

August 29th, 2009, 9:47 AM
Japanese music...
Well, depends really. =/

I love Soundtrack Music, and since I'm very fond of the Rurouni Kenshin OVA music, you could say that I'm a fan of Taku Iwasaki. Specially the songs of Heart of the Sunrise, In Memories - Kotowari and others...
But also the soundtrack of Saiunkoku Monogatari (II), Rurouni Kenshin Movie, Vampire Knight, DN Angel, Fire Emblem...

As for Vocal Music, I tend to listen to the songs that are featured as Opening and Ending of the Anime I watch. If I really like the song, I will go search for more of the Artist, such as Shunichi Miyamoto (Byakuya True Light/ DN Angel op) or Suara (Mouso Uta/Utawarerumono op). I really like Suara. She has a nice voice, and some really nice songs. ^_^
If I really get into an Anime, I will listen to Image Songs as well, so I have many Seiyuu's in my artist's list as well...

Other Artist in my play-list: Abingdon Boys School (JAP - Sengoku Basara), Ayaka Hirahara (Hajimari no Kaze - Saiunkoku Monogatari), L'Arc~en~ciel (Shine - Seirei no Moribito/Lost Heaven - FMA), ON/OFF (Futatsu no Koudo to Akai Tsumi/Rinne-Rondo - Vampire Knight (Guilty))...

Mew Ichigo
August 29th, 2009, 10:39 AM
Sweet songs. Like Hikaru Michi (Sonic X) and Gilder (Tokyo Mew)

August 30th, 2009, 4:26 AM
My favourites are Yui, Mai Kuraki, Stereo Peony, and Buono right now. Though Yui is definitely the best. ^^

Vanilla Kitsune
August 30th, 2009, 6:08 AM
Vocaloid (only Kaito)
Porno Graffiti
Acid Black Cherry

There are probably some more.. but I'm lazy.

Miz en Scène
August 30th, 2009, 6:23 AM
I'm usually into songs that you find in Anime openng and ending themes. Songs that I like are:

Again - Yui
Uso(Lie) - Sid
Hologram - NICO Touches the Wall
It's Gonna Rain - Bonnie Pink
Raion - Jinn
Hero's Comeback - [Not sure who]
Bluebird - [Not sure who]
Distance - [Not sure who]
All the Way - Mikuni
Shichitenhakki Shijou Shugi - Kotoko
Cats on Mars - The Seatbelts
Diamond Flower - Yoriko

All related to Anime somehow or the other.

August 30th, 2009, 7:19 AM
I try to listen to other Japanese songs, but I always end up listening to anime songs. D:

I'm trying really hard...

August 30th, 2009, 7:30 AM
The only Japanese song I like is called
Hero's Comeback by +nobodyknows

August 30th, 2009, 9:23 PM
I like Mayumi Tanaka (Did I spell it right?) who voices Luffy in One Piece. Her Luffy singing voice is awesome and actually sounds like the character! That takes skill.

August 30th, 2009, 9:28 PM
Just what plays during whatever anime I watch.

Like in the openings or endings and in betweens and during the show.

Jpop mostly I guess. Don't know much as for japanese group names.

August 31st, 2009, 3:55 AM
Animu/gaem/eroge music mostly.
I also like J-Core/Nerdcore.

I find regular Japanese music these days to be boring.
And you know regular music is boring when three K-On CDs top the Oricon charts.

August 31st, 2009, 9:22 AM
Yay, total music otaku here. :D

I like to think I'm on top of current Japanese music trends (at least I used to), but I have heard of only one of these. Anime music really is another world.^ This.

Lately I've really started to like Tohoshinki, Arashi, MiChi and Kimaguren, the first two are pop boybands who I think actually do some really decent music, and Kimaguren is an easy listening duo who does what they call "beach music", so they're always great to listen to and MiChi is a really fun mix of pop and rock that's great to listen to.

I've always been a fan of rock, so flumpool (god I love flumpool, if you haven't listened to them, go do it, now) HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR, The Back Horn, FAKE, Tourbillon, Fujifabric, and Dragon Ash in their early days have been great music for me in that genre. Oh. Also, anything with Tak Matsumoto on the guitar is going to be really awesome as long as it doesn't involve Koshi Inaba on vocals because...gah. And when they aren't being totally generic (Hakanaku mo Towa no Kanashi for example), UVERworld is a great band.

I love J-Urban music as well, just not stuff like...Koda Kumi, can't stand her. mflo, anything with VERBAL in it, I'll probably like. I really love listening to Ryohei Yamamoto's music as well as Rip Slyme, BENNIE K, Shonan no Kaze.

I really love the Nakta produced groups as well, they're all the same genre of music, more or less, but they really do show off that dance/techno side of music in a wonderful manner that is so easy to get lost in. I especially love Capsule's older stuff and the newer Perfume. Also a huge fan of anything produced by JIN, GReeeeN, BACK ON, and 2BACKKA, they're really great to listen to, I love anything that uses the keyboard and vocoder effectively.

Slightly older artists I love are Mr. Children, THE ALFEE, Fukuyama Masaharu, V6, Do as Infinity, DA PUMP, BONNIE PINK, Porno Graffitti, and Kinki Kids.

Generally can't stand any form of Visual Kei, but I do love SID.

I've also got a thing for indie artists like School Food Punishment, DUSTZ, Swinging Popsicles, Waffles, Over and Under, and Lolipop World.

Annnnd as if this post wasn't rambling enough, these are songs I happen to really love as well:

MiChi - Change the World, YOU
Tohoshinki - Stand by U, Survivor, Share the World, Bolero (love this song so much)
GReeeeN - Setsuna, Ano Koro Basho
2BACKKA - Namida, Harebare
UVERworld - kokorozashi, Gekidou, the truth, UNKNOWN ORCHESTRA
Mr. Children - GIFT, Hanabi, Kuchibue, Sign, HERO
Porno Graffitti - Neo Melodramatic, Agehachou, Koyoi Tsuki ga Miezu Tomo
BONNIE PINK - Water Me (could not stop listening to this for ages)
Kimaguren - AiNEED, LIFE, Moshi Kimi to
THE ALFEE - Faith of Love, Dear My Life, Juliet
Perfume - One Room Disco, Dream Fighter, Edge
Capsule - JUMPER, Music Controller (remix version is my favorite)
The Back Horn - Requiem, Wana, Kakusei
HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR - goover, Kirakira Summer, TOXIC, ROSIER
Ryohei Yamamoto - Fly, One Love, Relisten
Tourbillon - Break the Chain, Lily
flumpool - Over the Rain, Dear Mr. & Ms. Picaresque

And you know regular music is boring when three K-On CDs top the Oricon charts....or that the otaku market has just gone way up. :O

August 31st, 2009, 9:24 AM
I mostly Listen to Aural Vampire. and any Electroo Muzzik, x3

August 31st, 2009, 11:47 AM
Hmm. I'm only interested in songs that's shown in animes, so most artist I know are Seiyuus.

I concur with this statement. I especially prefer Eufonius and their works with Clannad in particular.

August 31st, 2009, 3:23 PM
I mainly listen to J-Pop and I pretty much only listen to Hello Project groups. My favorite would have to be Berryz Kobo, Ice Creamusume, and Morning Musume. I'm actually listening to a song by Morning Musume right now!

August 31st, 2009, 5:06 PM
Most Japanese music I listen to is anime related... I'm such a nerd. >.>

I have a new obsession with Character Songs. I didn't even know they existed until a while ago. But most of them are so darn catchy! If I haven't seen the show, I probably won't listen to the songs though. :P

August 31st, 2009, 6:35 PM
Most Japanese Music I listen to is related to Anime or from Anime.
The Japanese band I mostly listen to is An Cafe.

August 31st, 2009, 8:19 PM
The Japanese music I listen to are from Jrock bands.. I also like Koreans who sing Japanese music.

~*!*~Tatsujin Gosuto~*!*~
September 29th, 2009, 2:35 PM
I only list to Japanese Rock, Japanese Metal and Japanese Heavy Metal


September 29th, 2009, 5:08 PM
I listen to:
High and Mighty Color, with the old Makii. I don't like the new singer.
this one band...They made the song, "What's up People." I forgot the name just now.
An Cafe sometimes.
POKEMON MUSIC LAWLZ. Hey some pokemon music are somewhat japanese..ish. Like Ho-Oh's theme from HG/SS.>.>
YUI! I love her.<3 She's such a good singer.

So I listen to pretty much Japanese rock than pop.

Jazmine Marie
September 29th, 2009, 9:15 PM
I listen to Korean music normally, so I really only know of Korean artists that have done Japanese songs/albums, such as:

Younha [Go! Younha]
Big Bang [BIGBANG]

BoA [Valenti]

My favorite albums' titles are in the parenthesis.

September 29th, 2009, 9:17 PM
I listen to the opening music to all my fav animes

-beggining music of full metal alchemast
-begining music of bleach
-begining music of episode 45 Shugo Chara

September 29th, 2009, 9:26 PM
the Japanese artists i listen to are capsule (i have downloaded a couple of their albums) and Exile
i have heard a few other songs but have no idea who sings them (i can't read Japanese very good)

September 29th, 2009, 10:28 PM
Teiyaki Boyz SOUL'D OUT are my faves.Love Heartsdales too. Mainly J Pop and Rap.

September 30th, 2009, 2:37 PM
A lot of random stuff. Mostly anime OSTs, though. Like the person above me said, SOUL'D OUT and Teriyaki Boyz are fun. And Heartsdales. ^^

I also love Orange Range and BACK-ON.

September 30th, 2009, 2:50 PM
J-Pop mostly. Although I also listen to Japanese rock, and anime music.

September 30th, 2009, 3:28 PM
this one band...They made the song, "What's up People." I forgot the name just now.

You're thinking of Maximum the Hormone, which I also adore. Especially "Chu Chu Lovely Muni Muni Mura Mura Purin Purin Boron Nurururerorero."
Let's not forget abingdon boys school, which has brought us the lovely "Innocent Sorrow" and "[email protected] $HoW." And Girugamesh ~ So mostly J-Rock.

October 4th, 2009, 12:45 AM
I like Anime songs, J-Pop, and J-Rock.

Although, I don't know many artists in the Japanese culture. ^^; I just listen via streaming on last.fm~ Random streaming ;D

October 7th, 2009, 2:27 AM
I also listen to ;
Keiko Fuji
Miyuu Sawai

I only found out those tow because Keiko's Daughter Is Hikaru Utada and Miyuu is from PGSM.(Usagi)

Serene Grace
October 7th, 2009, 11:26 AM
I listen to Japanese music mostly because of Anime openings. I find out about a song I like and listen to the bands other song. I only listen to Japanese rock though, it's the most appealing genre to me and at it's best, Japanese rock is better than normal rock. My favourite bands are probably Nobodyknows+ and Aqua Timez.

October 7th, 2009, 11:38 AM
Lots of Japanese instrumental rock and soundtracks really. There are a few alternative and heavy bands (HIGH and MIGHTY COLOR, Envy...)

October 8th, 2009, 9:09 AM
I also listen to ;
Keiko Fuji
Miyuu Sawai

I only found out those tow because Keiko's Daughter Is Hikaru Utada and Miyuu is from PGSM.(Usagi)
I also like the Girl Who Plays Sailor Venus(Minako) in PGSM. I like her "C'est La Vie!"! That song rules.....

Gold warehouse
October 8th, 2009, 9:35 AM
Generally can't stand any form of Visual Kei, but I do love SID.

I thought that was just an image, not a genre...?
Granted, most of the bands I've listed here fall into that image category... xD;
But I'm not sure what affect it has on the actual music.

Most of the bands are either rock or metal:

Ali Project
Kanon Wakeshima
Isao Tomita
Mass of the Fermenting Dregs
Matenrou Opera
Alice Nine
Exist Trace
Malice Mizer
Moi dix Mois
Schwarz Stein

I also listen to a ton of Anime OSTs, not included in that list.

Captain Hobo.
October 8th, 2009, 1:25 PM
I don't listen to Japanese music.

October 9th, 2009, 7:04 AM
I don't listen to Japanese music.
Please Don't Spam. Please. If You Don't Listen to it What's The Point In Posting? -Clickies Report button*

Moonlight Legend ~ Sailor Moon ~ Japanese Theme Tune <3

October 9th, 2009, 8:30 AM
I listen to the deathnote bands Nightmare and Maximum the hormone =D

Elite Overlord LeSabre™
October 9th, 2009, 8:54 AM
Mostly J-pop associated with anime (not necessarily the OP/ED but also music featured in the program). Ayako Kawasumi has done several that I like, including composing the opening piece for Piano.

October 9th, 2009, 9:21 AM
c'mon y'all. this j-pop/j-rock anime stuff is all well and good if that's what you dig, but nobody's into the huge japanoise/experimental/jazz/rock stuff? some of the world's most cutting edge musicians are from japan. check it:

mono (very cinematic instrumental post-rock, gorgeous gorgeous)
merzbow (harsh noise/experimental/extreme)
fushitsusha/keiji haino (noise/experimental/rock)
Les Rallizes Dénudés (noise/experimental/rock)

ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE (all you classic rock led zeppelin pink floyd dudes better check this out, 1000x more psychedelic than all of that)

Boris (probably my favorite metal/doom band, cool stuff, variety of styles)

GROUND-ZERO/Otomo Yoshihide (great experimental/noise/free jazz)

but the greatest of all of these is a little osaka band known as BOREDOMS!

everyone should hear their albums VISION CREATION NEWSUN and SUPER AE. look those up. essential, mindblowing, avant-garde, everything. you'll never look at rock music the same again.


Misheard Whisper
October 9th, 2009, 3:26 PM
These days, it's really only Vocaloid, though I do like Koda Kumi's music. Hatsune Miku ftw.

October 9th, 2009, 8:03 PM
Beck, it's from an anime and it's so good :)

October 9th, 2009, 8:22 PM
Higurashi no Naku Koro ni stuff. Nuf said

October 14th, 2009, 7:13 AM
I like Utada Hikaru, Mika Nakashima, L'Arc~en~Ciel, THE BACK HORN...but my favorite lately has been Ayumi Hamasaki! Her lyrics are so poignant and her music is well-composed (even the ones she composed herself are really good).

The Apprentice™
October 14th, 2009, 7:16 AM
Mostly songs from anime openings ^^

peach girl
October 15th, 2009, 10:38 AM
Malice Mizer is my favorite. <3

Lucy Lu
October 15th, 2009, 11:18 AM
Pretty much like Pop, R&B, and some rock. Like I love to listen to Utada Hikaru, Nami Tamaki, Namie Amuro, m-flo, Sowelu, Yuna Ito, T.M. Revolution, HMK, UVERworld, FLOW, BoA, SOUL'd OUT, and Heartsdales. These guys are the best. <3

Amulet Dream
October 16th, 2009, 1:19 AM
I like to listen to lots of stuff, usually anime. =D

My favourites songs are probably from:

Aya Hirano
Suzumiya Haruhi no Yuutsu
Hayate no Gotoku!
Horie Yui
Lucky Star

Yeah, I likes a lot of songs. Usually they all relate to anime, but I've been trying to find more J-Pop songs but fail in the process.

October 20th, 2009, 7:44 AM
beat crusaders
high and mighty color
inoue joe
asian kung-fu generation

October 20th, 2009, 8:17 AM
Bands that i heard in animes like Nightmare, Beck etc..

October 20th, 2009, 4:13 PM
The only time i hear a good song is from an anime (not always)

But one of my all time favorites is:
Innocent Sorrow by Abingdon Boys School

October 20th, 2009, 6:34 PM
I'll list a few.

Purachina-Maaya Sakamoto
Tsubasa-ANZA Ohyama
Blue-Utada Hikaru
Capsuel-Sugarless Girl
Lovely Boy-Tommy February6

October 30th, 2009, 8:15 AM
Mostly J-pop. I like:

Ellegarden, Uverworld, Home Made Kazoku, m-flo, Flow, Monkey Majik, the pillows, Ryohei Yamamoto, Chemistry, Maaya Sakamoto, Porno Graffitti

October 30th, 2009, 9:16 AM
I don't know many but I mainly listen to Girugamesh.
Oh, and takeharu ishimoto for all you Final fantasy fans ;).

October 31st, 2009, 11:44 PM
But out of all my favorites
Asian Kung-Fu Generation is my favorite Japanese band.

November 1st, 2009, 11:38 AM
Just Japanese video game soundtracks, which is about all they're good at making imo. Just random tracks I like from random games, so there aren't any specific artists I go for.
The opening of 'What's up People' by Maximum the Hormone is funny/cool/wtf though.

November 2nd, 2009, 8:55 AM
I also like Misono. Koda Kumi's Younger Sister. After Them Making A Single Together I've done some....Re-search.

November 3rd, 2009, 1:15 PM
Mainly underground doujin stuff. A while back, it was a lot of J-Pop and such, but nowadays, it's a lot of J-core/trance with some jazz and rock thrown in. Not really a fan of anime music. :\

Artists (Circle/Band Name):
Beat Mario (COOL&CREATE)
myu314 (COOL&CREATE)
t+pazolite (C.H.S.)
D.watt (OTAKU-ELITE recordings)
MasamiT (O-LIFE.JP)
ZUN (Team Shanghai Alice)
Bizen (DDBY)
Sekken-ya (Sekken-ya)
tio (emroots)

Mr. Epic
November 3rd, 2009, 2:11 PM
'What's up People' by Maximum the Hormone.
One of the best songs ever!

November 3rd, 2009, 4:48 PM
I also listen to alot of japanese music. So really anything that sounds good, no matter what it is, I usually like XD
But mostly J-Pop, and my favorite group is Arashi :3

November 3rd, 2009, 8:39 PM
I love perfume <u>
besides that vocaloids count i gues

rest of it is just animu music
...like the opening to code geass

I try to find other stuff by the singers of animu stuff, i really do, i try to actually find something other than animu music

i really do

but im lazeh ~n~

November 4th, 2009, 9:51 AM

Those are my main three. I'm more into Korean music now~

November 4th, 2009, 11:51 AM
I love Visual Kei. X3
I like J-rock and J-pop too, but I'm a lover of the visual concept.

Well, my favourite bands & singers are:
Malice Mizer, GACKT, Közi, Versailles -Philharmonic Quintet-, The Candy Spooky Theater, KneuKlid Romance, Kaya, Klaha, X Japan, PENICILLIN, and some others too.
I just say the ones that I listen the most, because there's some artists that I listen just about five songs or less, so... ^-^"
But I count to hear more of them, of course. I discover little by little, we'll say. ^w^

Psychedelic Violence Crime of Visual Shock X3

November 4th, 2009, 3:01 PM
I don't listen to Japanese music as much as I used to, but I LOVE AYU!!!! :D
Oh and Megumi Hayashibara.

November 5th, 2009, 2:28 PM
I mostly listen to soundtracks from anime or games. Otherwise I really like a couple songs by angela.

November 6th, 2009, 1:46 AM
Hello Sir,
I am Frank.I read your entire post.I grew up on show tunes and movie soundtracks,I was even more exposed to movie related music by his listening to movie scores. Because of my background with movie music, I really like anime music.Anime is pretty nifty in the sense that it’s the whole package visually as well as audibly.Firstly we’re entertained by the putty pictures on the TV screen, then we pop the soundtrack in the stereo and presto, more entertainment!
I’m still new and absolutely unexposed to j-R, J-Pop, Visual Kei and all that good stuff so I can’t even tell you if I’d like any of it. I can tell you, however, that the Japanese bands I’ve seen on the net look damn cool.

Thank you very much and Stay connected with me.

November 12th, 2009, 12:48 AM
I mostly like listening to anime OSTs and music from various video games like the Persona series
My fav genre is J-pop and J-rock

November 13th, 2009, 6:25 AM
I can agree that the only Japanese songs I listen to are from anime and video games... my favorite songs from anime are Kawaita Sakebi from Yu-Gi-Oh! and My Will from InuYasha.

Hikari San
November 14th, 2009, 12:10 AM
I listen to all the songs Rica Matsumoto. My favorite songs: Starlight Heaven, Spurt!, Burning Soul and High Touch!

November 15th, 2009, 9:15 AM
Day After Tomorrow Were Good While They Lasted. Perfume, Leah Dixon.....er......j-pop & J-rock

December 1st, 2009, 12:08 PM
I listning to alot of Jpop/rock-singers, bands and groups. Ayumi Hamasaki, Zwei, KOTOKO, Maaya Sakamoto, Gackt, X-Japan is the ones I listning to the most. :)
I know so very many. I've listning to Japanese music in 12years now. :P

December 30th, 2009, 5:41 AM
I mostly listen to 80s jpop and Enka!
My favorite japanese singers and groups are.

-Seiko Matsuda
-Mariya Takeuchi
-The Anri
-Yoko Nagayama
-Hibari Misora
-Hikawa kiyoshi
-The peanuts
-Junko Akimoto
-Naomi Chiyaki
-Momoe Yamaguchi
-Akina Nakamori
-Kaori Mizumori
-Akiko Waka
-Sayuri Yoshinaga

December 30th, 2009, 6:43 AM
Only The GazettE. <3 And I wouldn't even know them if I haven't had a girlfriend.

January 6th, 2010, 4:22 PM
JElectro & JUrban, mostly.

Anyone from DTOPIA and contemode. Which includes Aira Mitsuki (SHE'S A POKEFAN) and Perfume (and capsule, mentioned because I have serious love for them).

SAWA has been getting a lot better, but I've always liked her.

Nujabes, Thelma Aoyama, Miliyah Kato... These are good examples of who I like on the JUrban side of the spectrum.

January 7th, 2010, 3:34 PM
I tend to listen to j-ska more than anything else. Bands like Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, Muramasa, midnightPumpkin, Ore Ska Band, GOLLBETTY, and as such. I will admit that some anime songs rope me in, but that's a rare occasion.

Live in Color
January 7th, 2010, 9:01 PM
Abingdon Boys School
Asian Kung-Fu Generation
Beat Crusaders
High and Mighty Color
Joe Hisaishi
Road of Major
Shiro Sagisu
Shoko Nakagawa
Tommy Heavenly6
Toshiro Masuda

Yeah... all songs that are from anime basically... aha. Anime is my only reference to Japanese music. :)

January 8th, 2010, 12:24 AM
Abingdon School Boys
Asian Kung-fu Generation
Beat Crusaders
Duel Jewel
Maximum the Hormone
Malice Maizer
JAM Project
The Brilliant Green
High and Mighty Color
Sukima Switch
T.M. Revolution
Janne Da Arc
Mami Kawada
Base Ball bear

and this is for starters. XD

Soul Eater
January 8th, 2010, 12:56 AM
Ogod don't get me started. I loooove Japanese music. :D

Orange Range
Alice Nine
Abingdon Boys School
Asian Kungfu Generation
TM Revolution
Aya Hirano
Ayumi Hamasaki
Shoko Nakagawa
Paku Romi
Daisuke Namikawa

I know there is more but I cbf to remember them all. XD

January 12th, 2010, 5:48 PM
Since I don't actually watch anime I can say that I've never found any music through animes :P Though I know some of my favourite artists have done multiple openings.
Just scrolling through my iTunes here...:

Hirano Aya
Porno Graffiti
Remioromen (I know I bombed that spelling :P)

Top 4 easily

4. Maximum The Hormone
3. Kobukuro
2. YUI

Love, love, LOVE ONE OK ROCK, any NEWS fans of old might remember Taka as NEWS' ninth member. If you feel like catchig up with him then...ONE OK ROCK :P YUI, Kobukuro and Maximum The Hormone are also all epic. And yeah...I have no idea what kind of music I'm into...:P

February 5th, 2010, 7:17 PM
Alice Nine
An Cafe
Daigo Stardust (He amuses me so much XD)
Dir en Grey
the GazettE
Hime Ichigo
Matenrou Opera
Moi dix Mois

And a bunch of Jpop artists that I am too lazy to list.

February 7th, 2010, 3:30 AM
My favourite artists are Detroit Metal City and Iwasaki Taku. The rest I have are just some random anime soundtracks I like.

February 14th, 2010, 1:49 PM
To name all the Japanese bands and singers I listen to on a semi-regular basis:
Rica Matsumoto (purely because of Pokémon OP songs)
Imakuni? / Suzukisan (I think I know all the words to Pokémon Ierukana?)
Maximum the Hormone
Akiko Shikata (sang the Opening songs for Umineko VMs and Anime)
Aya Hirano (aka Haruhi Suzumiya, Konata Izumi and so on)
JAM Project
Masaaki Endoh/Endou (sings a lot of anime OP themes)
Hironobu Kageyama (sings a lot of anime themes, is also part of JAM Project)

At least, these are all the ones that I can name off the top of my head.