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.

Video:

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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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Jul 30 2018

Yuki Kajiura – Interview (2018)

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Interview by David Cirone and Nhu Nguyen
July 20, 2018

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With a musical career spanning games, films, musicals, and an extensive list of anime titles including Sword Art Online, Fate/Zero, and .hack//SIGN, composer, lyricist, and performer Yuki Kajiura has provided soundtracks to hit after hit, not to mention producing for acts like Kalafina and her own solo project, Fiction Junction.

One day before performing at Anisong World Matsuri’s “Japan Super Live” at L.A.’s Microsoft Theater, we talked with her about the lure of anime, her music’s relationship to the art form, and working with directors and other musicians.

In modern day film, the musical score is highly respected, and it’s an essential part of dramatic storytelling. Do you think scores for anime are seen the same way?

Yuki Kajiura: I think the importance of anime music really depends on the director. Some directors say, “Oh I want this part to be really enhanced by the music.” But some directors feel that “as long as it fits, it’s okay” — there’s no soul or value put into the score or music for the show. The interesting thing is that, recently, anisong has developed commercial value, so it’s a different situation now. When it comes to the difference between anime music and modern, live-action film, sometimes anisong has a commercial value that live action scores don’t have. I think music and anime have the power to bring out emotions and feelings unconsciously when they’re presented together to the audience, so it’s important that I communicate with the director a lot beforehand. I read the script and make sure I understand the director’s intention — the elements he wants to put in and what kind of emotions or feelings will be created as a result. I really prefer to work with directors this way, and we’re able to create something powerful when we collaborate.

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Jul 23 2018

THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2018 (Gallery)

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THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS performing at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2018
2018.07.07
Los Angeles – Microsoft Theater

Set List

1. Shine!! (THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS anime)
2. SUN♡FLOWER (THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS anime)
3. Love∞Destiny (THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS: Starlight Stage game)
4. Tulip (THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS: Starlight Stage game)
5. Onegai! Cinderella (THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS: Starlight Stage game)

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Jul 22 2018

BESPA KUMAMERO releases special cyber-stickers for LINE app

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Japanese electronic performance unit BESPA KUMAMERO has released a set of illustrated stickers for the popular LINE messaging app, featuring composer/programmer Monkichi and the energetic, unstoppable vocalist Azumi.

Presenting comical chibi versions of the cyberpunk duo, BESPA KUMAMERO takes fans through a wide range of hyper-expressive emotions, with plenty of chances to make your friends smile and get fired up for the day ahead.

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Jul 20 2018

Yuki Kajiura at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2018 (Gallery)

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Yuki Kajiura (Fate/Zero, Sword Art Online) performing at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2018
2018.07.06
Los Angeles – Microsoft Theater

Set List
1. the beginning of the end (Fate/Zero)
2. Lancer and Assassin (Fate/Stay Night [Heaven’s Feel] I. Presage Flower)
3. Longing (Sword Art Online -Ordinal Scale-)
4. Key of the Twilight (.hack//SIGN)
5. Yasashii Yoake (.hack//SIGN)
6. Luminous Sword (Sword Art Online -Ordinal Scale-)

Aimer x Yuki Kajiura special collaboration
1. Hana No Uta (Fate/Stay Night [Heaven’s Feel] I. Presage Flower)

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Jul 20 2018

Aimer at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2018 (Gallery)

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Aimer (Fate/ Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn) performing at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2018
2018.07.06
Los Angeles – Microsoft Theater

Set List
1. StarRingChild (Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn)
2. Brave Shine (Fate/ Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works)
3. Ref:rain (Koi Wa Ameagari no You ni)
4. broKen NIGHT (Fate/hollow ataraxia)
5. LAST STARDUST (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works)

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Jul 20 2018

Sanketsu-girl Sayuri at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2018 (Gallery)

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Sanketsu-girl Sayuri (Fate/Extra: Last Encore, Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace) performing at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2018
2018.07.06
Los Angeles – Microsoft Theater

Set List
1. Heikousen (Scum’s Wish)
2. Sore wa Chiisana Hikari no youna (Erased)
3. Tsuki to Hanataba (Fate/Extra: Last Encore)
4. Furaregai Girl
5. Mikazuki (Rampo Kitan: Game of Laplace)

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