I wrestled with this one a little bit.
Throughout highschool and a significant portion of my early adult life I was an otaku. By the time I was eight, the seeds had been planted withForce Five (Spacekateers, Gaiking, Danguard Ace, Starvengers, Grandizer), Battle of the Planets, and Robotech. A decade later I was watching any anime I could get my hands on (some of which I probably shouldn’t have been watching). The point of all this brief history is my affinity towards J-Pop. Originally I thought it was Namie Amuro that put the spotlight onto the genre for me. When I got to really thinking about it though, it was actually the anime series Bubblegum Crisis that did it. Music was a significant theme in the series and I fell in love with it. Konyawa Hurricane, by the fictional animated band Priss and the Replicants laid the cement for what would become my Japanophile years.
And in case you’re interested, the Namie Amuro track that I originally thought of is below.