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J-core is the style of hardcore techno associated with Japanese groups and DJs from the late 1990s onward. It is marked by its usage of samples derived from video games and anime, colorful kawaii imagery and album graphics, and the general borrowing of elements from denpa and otaku culture.[1] The style is featured in video games such as Beatmania IIDX and forms a substantial part of the doujin music scene.[2]

DJ Sharpnel is considered to have pioneered the style in 1998,[2] and in the early 2000s the style spread through Japanese peer-to-peer networks.[1] As anime became popular in the United States and Europe, J-core would also find appreciation among anime fans there, allowing for the development of a Western, J-core-inspired remix culture, as well as for J-core’s contribution to the nightcore phenomenon of the early 2010s.[2]

Notable producers[edit]

  • DJ Chucky
  • DJ Sharpnel
  • DJ Technetium
  • Lemmy
  • m1dy
  • t+pazolite
  • Techn0rch
  • Moro
  • Camellia
  • Laur
  • USAO
  • Kobaryo
  • RoughSketch


  1. ^ a b Jenkins, Dave (26 April 2018). "Beyond J-Core: An Introduction to the Real Sound of Japanese Hardcore". Bandcamp. Retrieved 8 June 2021.
  2. ^ a b c Host, Vivian (19 January 2015). "A Kick in the Kawaii: Inside the World of J-Core". Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved 8 June 2021.