Cornelius’s Fantasma

Cornelius’s Fantasma

In Tokyo in the early 1990s, an indie band called Flipper's Guitar was at the forefront of a new wave in Japanese popular music known as Shibuya-kei. The band's founder, Keigo Oyamada, would go on to produce, under the name Cornelius, a series of albums that are among the most innovative in Japanese popular music of the past two decades. Oyamada's third album under his Cornelius alter-ego, Fantasma (1997), played a key role in putting J-pop on the world map for Western music fans, and Oyamada himself is today one of the most respected figures in the Japanese music industry. This book tells the story of Fantasma's emergence from the Shibuya-kei scene and considers the wider impact of Oyamada's work both internationally and on Japanese popular music today.

33 1/3 Global, a series related to but independent from 33 1/3, takes the format of the original series of short, music-based books and brings the focus to music throughout the world. With initial volumes focusing on Japanese and Brazilian music, the series will also include volumes on the popular music of Australia/Oceania, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and more.

By Martin Roberts

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YuYu Hakusho, Vol. 12

YuYu Hakusho, Vol. 12

The Big Showdown!When Kuwabara learns the truth about Genkai’s demise, he takes the news hard, wondering why Yusuke waited so long to tell him. Then the elder Toguro reappears and taunts the team about Genkai’s death! It’s not a good idea to tease those experiencing great sorrow–a lesson the elder Toguro quickly learns, but not from the one you’d expect to teach him.Then it’s the match you’ve all been waiting for–Yusuke vs. younger Toguro! Witness fisticuffs the likes of which you’ve never before seen! Toguro powers up to 80 percent full fighting capacity and emits an aura so toxic it melts the weakest of the demons watching the tournament–and that’s just the beginning!

By Yoshihiro Togashi

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