Jul 17 2018

Anime superstars thrill fans at Anisong World Matsuri’s Japan Super Live 2018

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On July 6, 2018, anisong fans packed the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for “Japan Super Live” — the second night of Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2018 — to see rare U.S. performances by anime superstars May’n, Aimer, Sanketsu-girl Sayuri, and Yuki Kajiura.

May’n charged onto the stage to open the concert and pump up the audience, backed by a full rock band and a squad of dancers. “Are you ready to make some noise? Come on, Los Angeles!” Beginning her set with her high-energy single “Chase the world”, followed by “One In A Billion -May’n Ver.-“, May’n shared her excitement, speaking in English to the thousands of fans in the Microsoft Theater. “Wow! So many, many people,” she said, smiling and waving to the fans in the high mezzanine, “I can see you!”

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Jul 05 2018

Aqours celebrates first American solo live show at Anisong World Matsuri

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Love Live! Sunshine!! school idol group Aqours kicked off the three-day Anisong World Matsuri concert event at Anime Expo with an electric, non-stop performance at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on July 4, 2018.

Performing to a near-capacity audience of enthusiastic fans, Aqours flew in to the United States in the middle of their current Japan tour to deliver their first-ever solo concert in America, titled “LOVELIVE! SUNSHINE!! Aqours World Love Live! in LA ~Beyond the Pacific~”. The two-hour concert included their popular singles from the Love Live! Sunshine!! anime, plus special performances by their sub-groups CYaRon!, AZALEA, and Guilty Kiss.

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Jul 02 2018

Aimer – Interview (2018)

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Interview by David Cirone
July 2, 2018

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At the age of 15, Aimer lost her voice due to an accident. After years of work to overcome her hardship, she acquired her distinctive sweet and husky voice. In October 2017, she released her single “Hana no Uta (Flower Song)”, which was chosen as the theme song for the anime feature film Fate/stay night [Heaven’s Feel] I. presage flower. The single became a huge hit, reaching #1 on iTunes. In February 2018, she released her 14th single “Ref:rain.”

Since you don’t personally appear in your music videos, it seems that you want fans to focus on the music instead of the artist. Why did you decide to take this approach?

Aimer: Because my best feature is singing voice, I wanted people to focus only on my singing voice without prejudice by excluding other information because nowadays you can get various kinds of information quickly.

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Jun 30 2018

i☆Ris – Interview (2018)

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Interview by DJ Greg Hignight (Tune in Tokyo)
June 30, 2018

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i☆Ris is best known for starring in the popular franchise PriPara. The five-member idol unit’s ambitious undertaking as idols has encompassed voice acting in both anime and gaming as well as live music performances. Their cheery stage presence and contagious enthusiasm will be on full display as they make their U.S. debut at Anime Expo 2018.

i☆Ris has been together as a group for six years. How has this made you stronger as performers?

Yuuki Wakai: I think we’ve grown so much! At first, everyone was inexperienced in dancing, but now I’m able to express myself better in dancing. Since i☆Ris sings in many different genres such as cute songs, cool songs, and ballads, all of us in the group have expanded our range of singing skills.

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May 25 2018

Wasuta dances through Harajuku for summertime love song Tapioca Milk Tea

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Japanese idol group Wasuta (The World Standard) has released the music video for their new digital single “Tapioca Milk Tea”.

The song’s theme was inspired by Taiki Kudo from Da-iCE, who played a part in providing music for Wasuta’s recent solo live concert. After the performance, Taiki gave the members tapioca milk tea to drink, sparking the new collaboration with lyrics and production by SHIROSE from WHITE JAM — whose work includes over 20 #1 hits and songs for top artists AAA, SUPER JUNIOR, KAT-TUN, Ms.OOJA, KARA, and others — to create a high-energy, “kawaii” pop song perfect for summertime.

Watch the video here (w/English subtitles):

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May 10 2018

Kamen Joshi’s Tomoka Igari shows true idol spirit, vows to move forward after injury

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On April 11, Kamen Joshi member Tomoka Igari was hospitalized following an accident where a sudden gust of wind blew over a signboard which collapsed on top of her, causing injuries to her head, legs, and spine.

After several weeks of private discussions with Igari, her family, and her doctors, Kamen Joshi’s management issued a statement this week on the group’s website:

“Regarding Tomoka Igari of Kamen Joshi:
Tomoka Igari was involved in an accident when a strong wind smashed her spine and caused a serious spinal cord injury. She is currently paralyzed in her lower body and cannot move her legs on her own. She will be in a wheelchair from now on, and will be hospitalized for three months to begin rehabilitation. Tomoka will continue to be a member of Kamen Joshi and we will support her wishes. We are truly sorry the report was delayed. Please support Tomoka with us.”

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May 09 2018

Maison book girl – UK tour news and Ticket Giveaway

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JaME UK x NekoPOP Maison book girl UK Tour Ticket Giveaway! — please visit Facebook for details.
(courtesy of Read The Air Records)

Japanese idol pop group Maison book girl has announced “Bath Room – UK Version” as the AA-side track on their forthcoming single, available on limited-edition blue 7″ vinyl May 18, 2018. The single will be the first release on new J-pop dedicated UK label Read The Air Records.

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Apr 25 2018

Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2018 announces musical performers

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An all-star lineup of nine Japanese anime song performers will take over L.A.’s Microsoft Theater on July 4th, 6th, And 7th. Anisong World Matsuri (AWM) and Anime Expo (AX) have announced the complete lineup for the three-day music festival to be held in conjunction with AX 2018, the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America.

Created in association with BANDAI NAMCO Arts, Inc., Amuse Inc., Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., and other leading Japanese entertainment companies, Anisong World Matsuri at AX 2018 will present a powerful collection of fan-favorite performers including Aimer, AKB48 Team 8, THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS, i☆Ris, Yuki Kajiura, May’n, Shoko Nakagawa, and Sanketsu-girl Sayuri. In addition, school idol group Aqours (Love Live! Sunshine!!) will perform their first-ever full-length solo concert in the United States.

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Apr 23 2018

Erina Kamiya (Kamen Joshi) – Interview (2018) Pt. 2

Erina Kamiya (Kamen Joshi)
Interview by David Cirone
Part 2
April 23, 2018

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Your YouTube channel became super-popular as soon you started, and you’ve created some outrageous, crazy videos. How do you come up with the ideas?

Erina: When I was little, I would imagine swimming in a pool filled with pudding, or filling a bath full of hot chocolate into bath and jumping into it. I used to share my thoughts with my mother like “Can we walk on the surface of water?” and my mom would give me a look like, “What is my daughter saying?” But I never changed. I still have a lot of curiosity. I’ll keep sharing my thoughts on YouTube, and I hope everyone will enjoy what I enjoy, too.

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Apr 12 2018

maidreamin serves “moe” to Montreal at Otakuthon in August

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​Japan’s top maid cafe chain maidreamin will perform their first Canadian service at Montreal’s Otakuthon, August 3-5, 2018.

maidreamin will perform on the event’s main stage at the Palais des congrès de Montréal Convention Center, featuring a live music concert followed other fun weekend activities including an autograph session, fan Q&A, and panel discussion on authentic maid culture with popular Japanese maids Peace, Kaori, and Hazuki.

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