Makoto Shinkai and My Introduction to J-Rock

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One of the avenues that led to my encounter with Asian rock music was the weekly music program, SBS PopAsia, which played on SBS at around 9am on Sunday. PopAsia not only screened K-Pop, but also music from Cantonese, Japanese and Malaysian idols and bands. Korean rock bands like Day6 and FTISLAND slowly began to catch my eye with each new release, and coaxed me onto the path to exploring the J-Rock scene. I became enthralled with bands like Mrs. Green Apple, Spyair, and Sekai No Owari.

A more recent epiphany I had regarding my engagement with the Japanese Rock scene began when Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name) was released in cinemas in 2016. For those who are unfamiliar, Your Name follows the story of Taki, a high school student who lives in the city, and Mitsuha, a high school girl who learns for a life outside the countryside…

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