Sep 18 2018

STARMARIE to perform at Anime Weekend Atlanta 2018

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Japanese dance and vocal quintet STARMARIE will perform on the main stage of Anime Weekend Atlanta in Georgia, USA, on September 22.

STARMARIE’s song “Hime wa Rankiryuu☆Goikkou-sama” was used as the opening theme of the anime Onigiri in 2016 and their song “Natsu ni nare!” was chosen as the ending theme of the anime Cardfight!! Vanguard G NEXT in 2017.

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Sep 12 2018

The 10 Most Poppin’ist Highlights from BanG Dream! “Poppin’Party Happy Party 2018!”

The Ten Most Poppin’ist Highlights from BanG Dream! Poppin’Party Happy Party 2018!
by Dave Cirone

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I knew nothing about BanG Dream! Girls Band Party‘s characters — I’d never even played the game or listened to the music — but last Saturday’s Delayed Viewing screening of the BanG Dream! 5th☆Live “Poppin’Party Happy Party 2018!” concert film made me a fan.

Looking around the theater (which was actually theater #2 since the first auditorium had sold out), I got a pretty clear feeling that I was one of the few newbies at the venue, but there’s a lot to love about this two-part film series, and you’ve still got the second concert film — “Roselia -Ewigkeit-” to look forward to this weekend.

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Aug 29 2018

Macross Frontier’s May’n and Megumi Nakajima reunite with “Good Job!”

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A new single celebrating the 10th anniversary of Macross Frontier is reuniting May’n and Megumi Nakajima, the fan-favorite performers behind heroines Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee. “Good Job !” will be released on September 26th and features three new tracks coupled with karaoke versions.

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Aug 29 2018

BanG Dream! 5th Live Concerts screening across USA and Canada this September

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Azoland Pictures has announced that BanG Dream! 5th Live Concerts will be screened in select U.S. and Canadian theaters in September 2018. “Poppin’Party Happy Party 2018!” is scheduled to be shown on September 8th and “Roselia -Ewigkeit-“ on September 15th (September 16th for Canada). The concerts will be shown with English subtitles except for the singing performances.

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Aug 24 2018

maidreamin treats Toronto to maid culture at Fan Expo Canada 2018

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​Japan’s top maid cafe chain maidreamin gives Canadian fans a double dose of Akihabara culture this month, returning to North America to perform at the four-day Fan Expo Canada event at Metro Toronto Convention Centre, August 30 – September 2.

maidreamin’s upcoming appearance at Fan Expo Canada will be one of their biggest-ever overseas events as they present genuine maid cafe service and musical performances at the the largest comics, anime, and gaming event in Canada. Top maids Peace, Mariru, and Hima will represent the internationally popular restaurant chain, just a few weeks after maidreamin’s performance at Montreal’s Otakuthon earlier this month.

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Aug 23 2018

AnimeNYC 2018 reveals final artist lineup for and ticket dates for Anisong World Matsuri

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Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll has announced the final artist to join the lineup of the inaugural Anisong World Matsuri concert event in New York City, to be held November 16 and 17 at the historic Hammerstein Ballroom.

nano (Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Btooom!) will join previously announced J-Pop artists Luna Haruna, Shoko Nakagawa, Morning Musume。’18 and more for the two-day Anisong World Matsuri at Anime NYC. Tickets and VIP packages will go on sale beginning Monday, August 27 for Anime NYC Mega Ticket holders, with general pre-sales starting later in the week.

The Anisong World Matsuri at Anime NYC concert event is the first time the Anisong World Matsuri concert series will be presented in New York after shows in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Shanghai. The November 16th and 17th concerts will be open to anime fans and music lovers worldwide, with no Anime NYC badge required to attend. Ticket details are listed below.

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Aug 07 2018

m-flo’s OTAQUEST LIVE full of beats and surprises (Live Report)

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m-flo presents “OTAQUEST LIVE” powered by LDH USA
m-flo, PKCZ®, YASUTAKA NAKATA, Crystal Kay, Hachioji P, TeddyLoid, Masayoshi Iimori, and YUC’e
Microsoft Theater, July 5, 2018

Concert review by Nhu Nguyen
Photos by Kaori Suzuki

Six hours of dance music can be kind of intense for some people if you’re not used to it. While I’m not accustomed to starting an EDM marathon at 4 p.m., the concert’s early start time at the Microsoft Theater was a welcome relief from the 87-plus degree Fahrenheit weather outside. The line-up of Anime Expo’s m-flo presents “OTAQUEST LIVE” powered by LDH USA — featuring m-flo, YASUTAKA NAKATA, Crystal Kay, PKCZ, and featured TeddyLoid, YUC’e, Hachioji P, and Masayoshi Iimori — truly spoiled us. Here are the highlights of each act!

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Aug 06 2018

May’n – Interview (2018)

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Interview by David Cirone
August 10, 2018

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Legendary among anime fans for her performances in Macross Frontier, Accel World, and her latest theme song for Lord of Vermilion, May’n reflects on the first decade of her singing career, her approach to creating her anime theme performances, and her eternal love for taiyaki in our interview with the singer before her return to Anime Expo in Los Angeles for Anisong World Matsuri.

Years ago, you began performing your concerts backed by a full band. How has that added power to your live shows?

May’n: I think that by adding more people playing on stage with me, in addition to my own passion and heat toward the music, the audience can also feel the intensity of the band, and the excitement builds even more that way.

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Aug 03 2018

Wasuta teams with Spanish YouTube superstars Adexe & Nau for “Yo Quiero Vivir” music video

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The music video for Japanese idol group Wasuta (The World Standard)’s surprise collaboration with hit Spanish duo Adexe & Nau was released today on YouTube. In the multi-language remix of “Yo Quiero Vivir” (“I want to live”), Wasuta members sing verses in Japanese while dancing through Akihabara, Shibuya, Odaiba, and Tokyo Bay.

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Aug 02 2018

GARNiDELiA – Interview (2018)

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Interview by Todd Nelson
July 27, 2018

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GARNiDELiA is a Japanese pop duo consisting of singer MARiA, and producer/composer toku. Their songs have been featured in many anime series such as Kill la Kill and Fate/Apocrypha. Recently they performed as a musical guest at anime convention A-Kon in Fort Worth, Texas.

Your live performance at A-Kon was amazing! It was high energy from start to finish. The audience really enjoyed themselves. Were there any moments during the show that stood out to you?

MARiA: Overall, everyone’s loud cheers made me so happy! Thank you!

The way fans express themselves at concerts varies greatly from country to country. What were your impressions of the audience at A-Kon?

MARiA: I felt like A-Kon’s audience was enjoying themselves freely and however they wanted. Some people were sitting down and watching, others were singing along and even dancing! It was so interesting to watch from the stage.

toku: Overall, I think many people hadn’t heard our songs before, but the crowd’s reaction was great all the way to the end of our performance. For us, it was great!

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