Ah, March. The cherry blossoms bloom, and so do the J-Pop releases.

I’m posting this a bit later than usual – it’s the only monthly post I do, so it’s hard to keep track sometimes – but here are some of the single and album releases for March (i.e. releases from groups that I’m interested in tracking). My apologies if I missed a significant release – please mention the artist and title in a comment and I’ll update the list.

More complete listings are available on merchant websites (I use CD Japan’s list). For my part, I think there’s some value in also having a shortlist (especially for my own reference), so I’ll stick with this format.

March 6th

Arashi – Calling/Breathless

Tegomasu – Sayonara ni Sayonara

illion – UBU (album)

A.B.C-Z – Twinkle Twinkle A.B.C-Z (DVD single)

Acid Black Cherry – Recreation 3 (album)

Amuro Namie – Big Boys Cry/Beautiful

Tohoshinki – Time (album)

ONE OK ROCK – Jinsei X Boku (album)

Shonan no Kaze – Shonan no Kaze -2023- (album)

Porno Graffiti – Matataku Hoshi no Moto de

March 13th

Nogizaka46 – Kimi no Na wo Kibo

Yamashita Tomohisa – Ke Sera Sera

Kuwata Keisuke – Yin Yang/Namida wo Buttobase!!/Oishii Himitsu

AAA – Ballad Collection (album)

AAA – Party It Up

Sakanaction – sakanaction (album)

Berryz Kobo – Asian Celebration

9nine – Cue (album)

March 20th

TOKIO – Tegami

Kitano Kii – Yokogao

S/mileage – Tabidachi no Haru ga Kita

HKT48 – Suki! Suki! Skip!

Koda Kumi – Driving Hits 5

Mihimaru GT – 10th Anniversary Best 2003-2013 (album)

Alice Nine – Daybreak

Makihara Noriyuki – Haru Uta, Natsu Uta – Donna Toki mo –

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Ninjyari Ban Ban

March 27th

Kis-My-Ft2 – Ki Su U Ma I – Kiss Your Mind / S.O.S. (Smile On Smile)

Kis-My-Ft2 – Good Ikuze! (album)

Funky Monkey Babys – Funky Monkey Babys Last Best (album)

RADWIMPS – Dreamer’s High

Babyraids – Jump

LUNA SEA – Complete Best Asia (album)

Princess Princess – Very Best of Princess Princess Tour 2012 (album)

April 3rd

Takahashi Minami – Jane Doe


Dir En Grey – The Unraveling

So, plenty to look forward to this month (finally). Obviously, the Arashi single gets the lion’s share of my interest, but the Kis-My-Ft2 triple release on March 27th (they also have a DVD due on that date) has plenty of suspense surrounding it. The Tegomass, Yamapi, and A.B.C-Z releases don’t have quite the same profile, but it’ll be nice to see them out there, too.

Outside of Johnny’s, the most interesting high-stakes release is Takahashi Minami-san’s solo effort on April 3rd. It’ll also be fun to see how Kuwata Keisuke-san does on his single.