It turns out I was already quite familiar with Anamanaguchi's work - I just didn't know it was them. They were the ones behind the soundtrack for the video game adaptation of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World from three years ago. I'm quite fond of the game, and I really liked the soundtrack, but it was only after I started listening to Endles Fantasy and started thinking, "hmm, this sounds slightly familiar" that I actually started doing research and the penny dropped: "Oh, cool, it's that band I heard a few years ago".

I wasn't quite sure what to expect from a full album by the chiptune conisseurs, a band who "dream of playing pop-punk at raves," but well, Endless Fantasy is one of the most uplifting albums I've heard in the last few years. As the new album's press release says, they're serious about being happy - so we get a whole 76 minutes and 22 tracks of their new material. They don't do things by halves: the album's full-on, but manages to be an almost indescribably euphoric experience at the same time - the equivalent of an aural sugar rush.

Kicking off with the title track, the album reveals itself to be one huge, vibrant, sonic adventure. There's enough variety spread across the record to keep it from becoming too samey - there are songs with vocals, and slightly slower moments like the shimmering, cinematic pop of 'Planet'; even a few interludes are scattered here and there to offer the listener some breathing space, with 'Total Tea Time' possessing a serious groove that gives it an almost chip-hop feel (yes, chip-hop; for the purposes of the review, I have decided that this is now a thing), leading into single 'Meow' in an excellent fashion.

For such a sprawling album, there's actually a rather cohesive feel to it, with plenty of tracks running into others, and some more atmospheric moments thrown in for good measure, with 'Viridian Genesis' giving us a glimpse into a side of the band which doesn't really get much of a look in here, tempi fluctuating and keys changing almost at will. It's a much more musically adventurous record than many will give it credit for.

At its heart, however, what makes Endless Fantasy such a brilliant album is that it provides the kind of melodic escapism that many will be looking for - the product of three years of work, it comes together as a coherent listen almost effortlessly. It's an energetic listen which may well leave you feeling a little drained by its close, with '(T-T)b' bringing things to a halt in just as fast-paced a fashion as they began, but at the same time you may want to go back and listen to the whole thing again.

There's an addictive quality to an album like this that you don't come across every day (he says after roughly 15 listens in the last week and a half); its unrelenting positive vibes are compelling, and the rush of endorphins which it produces can't really be argued with. The best kind of music, after all, is the sort which can make you feel something. Anamanaguchi have proven themselves to be experts at that.