Nov 01 2018

Hironobu Kageyama – Interview (2018)

Hironobu Kageyama
Interview by David Cirone
November 1, 2018

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As a solo artist and as founder of JAM Project, you’ve been traveling the world and performing outside of Japan since the 1990s. For many international anime fans, you might be the first Japanese musician they’ve ever seen in a live performance. Do you feel a responsibility as an ambassador of Japanese music?

Kageyama: When I began traveling overseas, I went to places like Spain and Brazil, where a Japanese anisong singer like myself had never performed. Because of that, I tried so hard not to tarnish the image of Japanese anisong. In a sense, I felt like I was carrying Japan on my shoulders! (laughs)

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Oct 17 2018

Wasuta posts video message for international fans / 100k Facebook Likes

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Idol group Wasuta (The World Standard) has posted a video message in English on their Facebook page to thank fans for surpassing 100,000 likes on Facebook.
https://www.facebook.com/tws.wasuta/videos/542942002798755/

Wasuta’s overseas popularity has skyrocketed after multiple overseas concerts in France, China, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Spain, and their recent collaboration with Spanish artists Adexe & Nau “Yo Quiero Vivir” has hit over 2 million views on YouTube.

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Oct 15 2018

maidreamin wraps Canada tour with sugary smiles in Montreal and Toronto

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Japan’s top maid cafe chain maidreamin wrapped up their first-ever tour of Canada in early September with live performances and fan events at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto, just a few weeks after hitting Montreal’s Otakuthon in August.

Mega-popular maid Peace — crowned Moe Kawaii Queen in Akihabara three years in a row — led the overseas expeditions in both cities, taking rare breaks from her maid service and TV appearances in Japan. “I really felt such a wonderful energy from our overseas fans, and it made me emotional sometimes,” she said. “maidreamin had the chance to join with our masters and princesses from Canada, and we received so many words of support from everyone. It was one of the most powerful experiences I’ve ever had. I’ll really cherish it.”

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Oct 11 2018

Wasuta performs first concerts in Spain at Japan Weekend Madrid

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Japanese idol group Wasuta (The World Standard) performed their first-ever concerts in Spain at Japan Weekend Madrid with back to back shows September 29 and 30. The yearly Japanese animation and pop culture event had its biggest year ever with attendance of 97,000, and Wasuta drew a crowd of nearly 4,000 fans for their weekend showcase.

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Sep 30 2018

Four Ways J-Pop Could Expand More Internationally

GUEST EDITORIAL

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J-Pop has grown a lot since it first emerged as its own form on the Japanese music scene. While it’s expanded to influence other Asian nations and even gain some popularity in the West however, it doesn’t quite have the reach of some other nation-specific pop genres (such as K-Pop, for instance). This isn’t really a problem for anyone, as Japan and East Asia have more than enough passion for the genre to keep numerous groups and artists afloat. But if J-Pop is to become more of a global, international phenomenon at any point, these are five ideas that could help it along.

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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 14 2018

Gallery: 2& live at Night & Day, Manchester, 2018

2& (“Double And”) Live at Night & Day Cafe, Manchester, 2018 – Photo Gallery
Photos by Chris Woods; visit the Flickr album for many more photos from the night!

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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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Sep 02 2018

Gallery: Tokyo FLAVOR at Hyper Japan Summer 2018

Tokyo FLAVOR Live at Hyper Japan Summer 2018, London – Photo Gallery
Photos by Chris Woods

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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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