Music / Anamanaguchi

Anamanaguchi is a New York based chiptune punk band comprising Peter Berkman, James DeVito, Ary Warnaar, and Luke Silas. Self described as playing "loud, fast music with a hacked NES from 1985," Anamanaguchi has seen mostly underground popularity, but has been getting more attention as of late, thanks in part to YouTube and their recent involvement with the Scott Pilgrim video game.


  • Power Supply EP (2006, free)
  • Dawn Metropolis (2009)
  • Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: The Game - Original Videogame Soundtrack (2010)
  • Summer 2010 singles (free)
    • "Airbrushed"
    • "My Skateboard Will Go On"
    • "Aurora (Meet Me in the Stars)"
    • "Airbrushed (RAC Remix)"
    • "Mess"
  • Endless Fantasy (2013)
  • Capsule Silence XXIV (2016)


On March 28th, 2016 the group posted a link on twitter to a download of "Capsule Silence XXIV", which was set up via a now-deleted twitter rant to be an unfinished build for a game based on their music that the band leaked out of disgust for (fictional) development studio NHX being unable to properly manage the project. In reality, it was an interactive medium designed to experience their newer album, which also allowed players to download one of the songs at the end of each playthrough.

Tropes used by Anamanaguchi include:

  • Bilingual Bonus: The Japanese text in the "Meow" video, about half the time. The other half it's just English letters swapped out for katakana.
  • Chiptune: Mixed with punk/indie rock and Dance Pop
  • Epileptic Flashing Lights: Their live shows are awesome, if you don't suffer from epilepsy.
  • Everything Is an Instrument: They use a gameboy and NES to make music. It's Justified though since they are in the Chiptune genre and that's pretty much what Chiptune is all about.
  • The Faceless: In the Pop It music video, everybody's face is covered either with a balloon or paper mask.
  • Fan Disservice: The Pop It video has a cute girl dancing in a sailor outfit with suggestively-placed balloons. It also features a group of masked men and women getting a little too close to her for comfort, and that her own face is concealed makes the fact that we can't see her expressions dubious.
  • I Am the Band: Peter Berkman does most of the songwriting.
  • Instrumentals: Very few of their songs have singing in them, and the ones that do are done by guest vocalists.
  • Lyrical Dissonance:
    • "Japan Air" sung by Meesh is a bouncy, cheerful Pop Punk song featuring a Genki Girl who sings with a cutesy voice (made even more so by pitching up the vocals) where she's happily recounting her and the listener having fun in the snow. Then there's the last verse that's easily missed, not helped by the song having a guitar solo right after.
    Girl: And can you see it, That I'm falling through the snow without you here? I thought I'd never be alone, until you went away.
    • Pop It, also featuring Meesh has this too, combined with the suggestive imagery.
    Girl: Pop It, see me on your screen
    Sit back and watch
    Show you what I mean

    Can't top it
    Doo Dee Doo Dee Doo
    La La Dee Da
    Well I don't know
    Well I don't know
    What's really good?
    What you want me to be?
    Well I don't know
  • Melody: They're very good at this trope, and they manage to do it with a gameboy and NES too.
  • Neo Classical Punk Zydeco Rockabilly: Punk Rock mixed with Indie Rock mixed with Power Pop mixed with Chiptune.
  • Nostalgia Filter: Especially for gamers, and children of The '80s and The '90s.
  • New Sound Album: Endless Fantasy brought 16 bit consoles into the mix, particularly the use of the Sega Genesis synths, as well as many effects and production that gave some tracks a more Dance Pop feel, and using vocalists on two of their tracks. That being said, most tracks still have the classic chiptune and punk formula, albeit with production tricks outside of strict limitations of the Gameboy.
  • Power Pop: Their music has strong influences drawn from this.
  • The Reveal: For the first few days after the release of the "Pop It" music video, the guest singer was labelled as "ft. ______彡☆", and considering that her face is covered up in the entire video, added some mystery to who she was. Later on Twitter, it was revealed to be Meesh, who also did vocals for Japan Air.
  • Shout-Out:
  • The Stinger: "Meow" has a post credits scene where internet celebrity and 4chan creator moot has a brief cameo.
  • Sugar Bowl: Frequent in their very upbeat, nostalgic retro-flavored music and associated designs and videos. Except for "Meow", which is somewhat nightmarish.
  • Stylistic Suck: Becoming a major part of their aesthetic, one glance at their main blog or their 2012 tour poster should be enough.
  • Viral Marketing: The supposed Twitter rants with a video game publisher that seemed to be working on a First-Person Shooter based off the band. In reality, it's a glorified platform made to promote their newest album by finding tapes in the game that let you decode the alledged soundtrack.