Mar 27 2017

Anisong subscription service ANiUTa launches in Japan, international due later this year


The worldʼs first anime music subscription service ANiUTa (Anime + Uta/”song”) launched in Japan on March 24. The combined production of multiple record companies, the streaming service is currently exclusive to Japan and will launch in other countries later this year.

The music lineup includes an extensive 50,000-track catalog of anime, game, and vocaloid selections, providing exclusive original content such as pre-release streaming and collaborations between voice actors/actresses. Services include exclusive concert ticket applications and exclusive merchandise. The star feature of the ANiUTa service is the ability to search for music from specific anime series (see list below)

[Photo: Mayu Yoshioka, Suzuko Mimori, Minori Suzuki, Nanaka Suwa, Yuri Komagata]

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Mar 27 2017

FES☆TIVE’s Hinari Aoba releases first photobook Hinari to Yukigeshiki to Yukemuri

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Hinari Aoba of matsuri-themed idol unit FES☆TIVE will release her first photo book, Hinari to Yukigeshiki to Yukemuri (Hinari, Snowy Scenes, and Onsen Steam) on April 4. The photos include backdrops of snowboarding, sleighs, snowpeople, and winter scenes, as well as Hinari dressed in a yukata and soaking in hot springs. The book will be available in five cover varieties, and a release event will be held on April 4 at Shibuya’s HMV&Books in Tokyo with special photo opportunities.

FES☆TIVE will perform their 4 Year Anniversary Solo Show “Wasshoi Wonderland 2 Days” at Shibuya Tsutaya O-EAST on May 17 and 18.

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Mar 26 2017

FAMM’IN releases new song Animus from Dazed in London


The female rap crew FAMM’IN, formed by FAKY, FEMM and Yup’in, has released their new song “animus”, premiered by popular UK magazine Dazed and Confused. Co-produced by Radical Hardcore Clique and choreographed by HIDALDI, the music video was inspired by the ideas of psychologist Carl Jung focusing on the subconscious masculinity in women.

“animus” will be released as a worldwide digital single on March 29th.

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Mar 17 2017

Airi Suzuki (C-ute) announces final photobook Zenshu 2010-2017 Eien


Airi Suzuki of Hello! Project’s popular idol group C-ute has announced her final photobook titled “Zenshu 2010-2017 Eien”, a collection of her previous work with photographer Koki Nishida. The book will feature Suzuki’s favorite photos from their previous collaborations and new images celebrating the singer’s graduation from C-ute this summer.

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Mar 14 2017

Namie Amuro and Masaharu Fukuyama rock Asahi’s new beer campaign


Superstars Namie Amuro and Masaharu Fukuyama join forces to promote Asahi’s new brand Asahi Super Dry Extra Hard in a hot television commercial airing today in Japan.

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Mar 04 2017

On set of a J-pop music video shoot: Da-iCE “Two As One”


On May 31, 2016, I was on set of the “Two As One” music video shoot for J-pop group Da-iCE on top of Hollywood Bowl Overlook. It felt more like watching a J-drama filming in Los Angeles though. There was no singing or dancing, or even music. Only acting.

Two vocalists (Sota Hanamura and Yudai Ohno) and three dancers, or as they like to be called “performers” (Taiki Kudo, Toru Iwaoka, and Hayate Wada), make up Da-iCE. I first met them in 2014 when I interviewed the then newly major debuted group for NekoPOP. They were fresh faced, and excited to give an English interview. Their friendly demeanor and gestures have remained unchanged, I am happy to report! But what did change was that they had performed their first American concert a few days before.

The bright atmosphere on that hot afternoon day reflected in the group’s mood. “I’m feeling lucky!” Leader Taiki said, when asked about how he felt filming their new PV. “The weather really affects [the luck] — it’s really sunny and bright out.”

They were confident now, but it’s a culmination of success and relief. Before arriving in the U.S. to perform at Fanime in San Jose, they were nervous as hell.
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Mar 03 2017

BRATS mess with your head in Nounai Shoukyo Game (“Brain Erase Game”)

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Japanese girls rock band BRATS have released their new music video “Nounai Shoukyo Game” (“Brain Erase Game”), the theme song from the upcoming film Slaveman, directed by Noboru Iguchi (Machine Girl, Robogeisha, Prison School).

BRATS (featuring Rei Kuromiya of LADYBABY/The Idol Formerly Known As) recently announced their return to live performances, and the applications for their March 29th free live show “Reborn” at Ikebukuro LIVE INN ROSA reached capacity in less than two hours after the announcement.

“Nounai Shoukyo Game” is the follow-up to the band’s recent release of “Ainikoiyo” (“Come see me”), the opening theme for the anime series To Be Hero.

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Feb 10 2017

Koda Kumi announces double album W Face – Inside/Outside


Koda Kumi has revealed the striking cover images for her upcoming double-album set “W Face – inside/outside”, featuring 20 new studio tracks showcasing softer, pop-oriented songs (“inside”) and dance-floor, R&B songs (“outside”). Her first album of all-new material since 2015’s “Walk of My Life“, “W Face – inside/outside” also includes “On my way,” the theme song for the Japanese TV drama Mahiru no Akuma, and a limited-edition Blu-ray video.

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