Apr 252017
 

Current version: 5.0
Upgradable: Yes, from 2.0 upwards.

Overview: One of the most known circles established by Masayoshi Minoshima. Dance music touhou arranges (made by Masayoshi Minoshima, Nhato, Tsukasa, REDALiCE, Syrufit, t+pazolite etc) and charming female vocals by Mei Ayakura, mican*, Nachi Sakaue, nomico, 3L and many more — you can find it all here.
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Apr 192017
 

Current version: 3.0.
Upgradable: yes.

Overview: Otographic Music is a Japanese EDM label run by Kenji Sekiguchi. It was started in 2009 and has a focus on high-quality progressive house and trance music. The label is probably the most major trance/house label in Japan and is also known outside of Japan. Artists: Nhato, aran, Hiroyuki ODA, KaNa, Kazusa, KIWAMU, Kyohei Akagawa, Masanori Yasuda, OCOT, Ryunosuke Kudo, Shingo Nakamura, Tin5ha.

official site, Otographic releases can be bought in digital format from beatport, Amazon etc.
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Apr 182017
 

Current version: 3.0.
Upgradable: yes*

Overview: Diverse System is a pioneer doujin label that has been active since 2000. Originally, beatmania-related remixes were the main activity of the circle, but in the end of 2010 they received a complaint letter from KONAMI and suspended the activity. It was a turning point for the label’s life, YsK439 started recruiting various electronic composers from all over Japan (now the circle is getting work submissions from other countries as well) and decided to divide future albums genre-wise. To name a few: techno, trance, house, drum’n’bass, EDM, experimental, fusion, ambient, and so on. Thanks to the wise label policy and extremely talented composers, Diverse System became the biggest doujin label creating electronic music and is now recognized worldwide.

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May 032016
 

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Current version: 2.0.
Upgradable: yes*

Overview: LiLA’c Records is a doujin circle focused on dance-music touhou arranges. Genres vary from psy-trance, handsup trance, d’n’b’, progressive trance to hardcore. Members: Irus, lapix; guests arrangers: cittan*, kirin, Tracy, sumijun, Hedonist and other. A lineup of vocalists includes Nana Mitani, hotaru, Kano, ℃iel, nanahira, koko and many more.

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May 022016
 

Current version: 2.0.
Upgradable: yes

Overview: CYTOKINE circle has been founded by illustrator Unagi Kabayaki, and later his brother Linjin has also joined it. Linjin is making electronic music, focusing on electro house, trance and the like.

The circle released more than 45 albums since it was formed in 2006. 81th comiket (2011) has became the first event when Linjin released his “solo” work under the name of ZYTOKINE. Linjin had been using vocaloid vocals until aki joined the circle in 2009. Now she’s one of the main vocalists of ZYTOKINE together with Nana Takahashi (Linjin+Nana Takahashi=cold kiss), itori, Mei Ayakura and 3L. You can find some similarities with Alstroemeria Records.

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May 022016
 

Current version: 3.0.
Upgradable: yes*

Overview: If I’d have to describe ENS in two words, I’d say electronic dance music + female vocals. Genres vary from electro house and trance to hardcore (artists: 黒鳥, すみじゅん, きりん, crouka, spiced with amazing doujin vocalists like Tsubaki, Chata, Hotaru et al.) If you like toho arranges, that would be another great reason to check it out, since it is main activity of the circle.
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Mar 202016
 

Current version: 2.0.
Upgradable: no.

Overview: Mohican Sandbag is a doujin circle has been active until 2011. The type of music is electronic (touhou arranges): psy/goa-trance, techno, experimental etc. Mohican Sandbag has many collaboration albums with techno doujin circle Aramitama (荒御霊).

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Mar 202016
 

Current version: 2.0.
Upgradable: no.

Overview: Yuuhei Satellite is one of the most popular doujin circles these days with its own live events and stuff. The circle is known for trance/dance music/pop/rock touhou and kancolle arranges performed by Autobahn, Iceon, HiZuMi and others artists. Yuuhei Satellite has also been involved with Sound Voltex & Beatmania games.
Yuuhei Katharsis (幽閉カタルシス) is a branch of Yuuhei Satellite intended for Vocaloid and Kancolle releases.
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Mar 132016
 

Current version: 4.0.
Upgradable: yes, from 3.0.
Overview: ALiCE’s EMOTiON is one of the most recognizable doujin circles created by REDALiCE. Music varies from trance, happy/UK hardcore to speedcore. First albums contain many arranges on popular series like MOTHER, Final Fantasy, Key, Mai-hime, Higurashi no naku koro ni and more. In 2008 ALiCE’s EMOTiON changed its activity to toho arranges. Artists: REDALiCE, t+pazolite, Thanatos, Alabaster, Betwixt & Between, minamotoya, Noriken, DJ Genki and many more. Vocalists: Ayumi Nomiya, rizna, Nachi Sakaue, motoko, 3L, Aki Misawa et al.
Saisen Turn is a joint project with Alstromeria Records.

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