Sometimes it can be a pain searching for Japanese music, movies, etc that you like. Often the sites that most people love cater to the “English” crowd. That’s where TasteKid steps in.
TasteKid is one of my favorite new websites to visit. TasteKid is a website where you can search for bands, movies, books, or authors and then find similar matches. What is so powerful about TasteKid is that it actually has a fair amount of true Japanese bands. Why do I say true Japanese bands? Well, because most of the sites I’ve found that try to provide matching functionality like this only have Japanese bands that sing in English most of the time, which can be really annoying(to find out they sing in English, after all that searching).
I typically just use TasteKid for music as I’ve found that to be the hardest thing for me to find. I can often find good books and movies, but music… well, that just tends to be more difficult for me. Once I’ve learned more Japanese, I can definitely see myself looking for actual Japanese books, that may not have an English equivalent or English review anywhere.
When you first arrive at TasteKid, you can immediately start typing in a band(movie, book, etc) that you know of and it will try to predict what you’re looking for automatically for you!
TasteKid is quite speedy and will pop up results like the ones you can see above, fairly quickly. As you can see, TasteKid simply took a guess at some other bands I like, having told it I was interested in D’espairsray. To view more information, just click on one of the bands and then another screen will pop up, just like this:
From the this page, you now have access to everything you’d really ever need. You can watch a Youtube preview, add a comment, like/dislike a band(which will effect the results TasteKid gives you), read info about the band(movie, book, etc), and even share it with others!
All in all, TasteKid presents a solution to a problem I’ve had for some time now, and I’m sure it does the same for many others. So, does TasteKid help you, and if so, how? I’d love to hear what you think of it.