Jan 18 2019

Super Dimension Convention returns to Southern California in 2019

NekoPOP-Super-Dimension-Convention-2019-announce-1

Since its inaugural event in 2001, fans of Macross have gathered annually in Southern California to celebrate their love of the franchise. Super Dimension Convention has announced its return in 2019, offering a full-day celebration for fans of anime, idols, mecha, cosplay and collectibles at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center in Torrance, California on Saturday, October 5th.

The Macross Museum, dealers room, arcade, cosplay and idol competitions are set to return, with special guest announcements to be revealed in the coming months. Past guests have included cast, crew, and performers from Macross and other anime productions from both Japan and the United States.

Registration and event details: http://www.superdimensioncon.com

Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 17 2019

NekoPOP’s Best J-Pop Album Covers 2018

Check out NekoPOP′s best J-Pop album/single jackets for 2018, chosen by NekoPOP contributors David Cirone, Nhu Nguyen, and Todd Nelson.

NekoPOP-Reol-Jijitsu-Jo-best-cover

Click here to view the full list, including PassCode, Seiko Oomori, Reol, Aimer, Nogizaka46, Daoko, and many more!

NekoPOP-Best-Album-Covers-2018-CompA-Horz

Jan 03 2019

Perfume to perform at Coachella 2019

NekoPOP-Perfume-Coachella-2019-announce-1

J-Pop trio Perfume will perform live at Coachella 2019 in Indio, California, on April 14 and 21 at the Empire Polo Club. Their festival appearance adds an extra chance for fans to catch the group during their upcoming USA tour in March/April this year.

Read the rest of this entry »

Jan 03 2019

Japan House LA announces first Naoki Urasawa art exhibit in North America

NekoPOP-Naoki-Urasawa-Japan-House-LA-2019-exhibit-1

JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles will present “This is MANGA – the Art of NAOKI URASAWA,” the first North American exhibition of internationally acclaimed Japanese manga artist, Naoki Urasawa. Considered a modern master, Urasawa combines dynamic storytelling and transcendent artistic skill in the development of rich and sophisticated characters. His stories touch upon the hopes, dreams, and at times underlying fears of humanity.

This retrospective exhibition will introduce Urasawa’s ideas from inception through development, with an extraordinary presentation of more than 400 original drawings and storyboards. Selected stories from seven of his major works will be presented in English, highlighting the breadth of the artist’s narrative styles, including: YAWARA!, MONSTER, 20th Century Boys, PLUTO, BILLY BAT, MASTER KEATON ReMASTER (Story by Takashi Nagasaki), and MUJIRUSHI (“The Sign of Dreams”, with the cooperation of Fujio Productions).

Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 29 2018

FEMM – Dolls Kill feat. ELLE TERESA (MV)

NekoPOP-FEMM-Dolls-Kill-Elle-Teresa-MV-1

FEMM dropped their new digital single “Dolls Kill” feat. ELLE TERESA on December 26th. The internationally-popular mannequin duo debuted the song at their one-man show “DOLLHOUSE” held in August at the Omotesando shopping district in Tokyo.

Read the rest of this entry »

Dec 18 2018

Hiroshi Kitadani – Interview (2018)

Hiroshi Kitadani
Interview by VampyBitMe
December 18, 2018

NekoPOP-Hiroshi-Kitadani-Anime-NYC-interview-2018-A

VampyBitMe: Every time we see you on stage or in music videos, you’re such a passionate artist and performer. What drives you to keep going full-force? How do you keep so energized and focused?

Kitadani: It’s the power of the song itself, that’s what really fuels my passion. And then when the audience is added on top of that, it turns into “stage magic”. The energy comes straight at me from the people in the audience, and then I want to give it back even more.

VampyBitMe: It’s like an energy exchange.

Kitadani: Yes! Exchanging the energy between me and the audience, that’s where all the power comes from.

Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 30 2018

Superstar collaborations shine at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime NYC 2018

NekoPOP-Anisong-World-Matsuri-Anime-NYC-2018n-Day-2-Ending1

Photo Credit: Mayumi Nashida

Anisong World Matsuri made its New York City debut at Anime NYC on November 16 and 17, 2018, featuring eight of the most popular anisong and J-Pop artists assembled at the Hammerstein Ballroom for a two-day audience of 4000 fans.

Day 1 of the music festival began with all four of the night’s vocalists — Luna Haruna (Sword Art Online, Fate/Zero), Konomi Suzuki (Re:Zero, No Game, No Life), TRUE (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans, Violet Evergarden), and nano (Arpeggio of Blue Steel, Conception) — coming together on stage for a premiere collaboration performance of the Genesis of Aquarion theme song. Fans welcomed the diverse performers with loud cheers and hundreds of light sticks waving in unison.

NekoPOP-Anisong-World-Matsuri-Anime-NYC-2018a-Day-1-Opening

Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 01 2018

Hironobu Kageyama – Interview (2018)

Hironobu Kageyama
Interview by David Cirone
November 1, 2018

NekoPOP-Hironobu-Kageyama-interview-2018

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)

Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 17 2018

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

NekoPOP-Wasuta-100k-Facebook-1

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 15 2018

maidreamin wraps Canada tour with sugary smiles in Montreal and Toronto

NekoPOP-maidreamin-Fan-Expo-Canada-Toronto-2018-A

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.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Older posts «