My iPod is my daily companion. Wherever I go, it goes with me. With my varied taste in music, it gives my train commute to work or a Target errand run the flare I need to either elevate my energy to get through my day, or it becomes my soundtrack of the day. Among the songs taking up residence in my iPod are Japanese songs of the J-pop or J-rock variety. Songs with its bubble gum poppy sweetness to the headbanging chords of an electric guitar, I can’t even begin to sing along to the words blaring through my earbuds even if I tried. As foreign as the song’s lyrics and most of the Japanese artists are to this American girl, there’s something about the music I discovered that I couldn’t get enough of. And my love of the J-pop and J-rock genre is all thanks to anime.