September 2013 archive

Tune in Tokyo and Anime Explode take over Little Tokyo

Anime Explode and Tune in Tokyo take over Little Tokyo Anime-inspired art, cosplay, live music and J-Pop come together in the Little Tokyo district of Los Angeles on Saturday, October 12th, with Anime Explode 1.5 and Tune in Tokyo presents HEMISPHERE! Anime Explode! 1.5: Samurais and Geishas, presented by Deathpop and NinjaArts, is a gallery …

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UTB Hollywood begins on-air broadcast of Lucky Seven and After Dinner Mysteries

Popular comedy crime dramas star Jun Matsumoto and Sho Sakurai Music by Arashi and Koda Kumi UTB 18.2 Los Angeles began on-air broadcast this week of two popular mystery programs this week in Southern California. UTB airs the programs for free in the SoCal area with English subtitles. LUCKY SEVEN Lucky Seven stars Jun Matsumoto …

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BABYMETAL announced the release of a special 3-concert Live Blu-Ray/DVD set “LIVE ~LEGEND I, D, Z APOCALYPSE~” today. Live concerts include: LEGEND “I” 2012/10/6 at Shibuya O-EAST LEGEND “D” SU-METAL Seitansai 2012/12/20 at Akasaka BLITZ LEGEND “Z” 2013/2/1 at Zepp Tokyo Teaser video and complete set list at BABYMETAL’s official YouTube page:

Renji Ruhara to graduate from FUDANJUKU with new single Dansou Revolution

Tall, striking, orange-clad manga and game otaku Renji Ruhara will graduate with FUDANJUKU’s latest single, “Dansou Revolution” (released on Sept. 18). A member of the popular cross-dressing Japanese idol group since 2008, Ruhara left this summer’s national tour “FUDANJUKU Ranbu TOUR 2013 -12 locations nation-wide Ichi Dozen Time-” due to physical illness and was hospitalized …

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Jin Akanishi – HEY WHAT’S UP? (Review)

Jin Akanishi HEY WHAT’S UP? Review by Jen Wang Back in March*, Jin Akanishi broke his hiatus, which lasted over a year and a half, with the release of HEY WHAT’S UP? The single anticipated the summer with the upbeat melodies and seasonally appropriate lyrics. It also marked Akanishi’s shift from R&B to dance. The …

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FUDANJUKU – Dansou Revolution comment

FUDANJUKU members explain the title of their new single “Dansou Revolution”.

AKB48 – Koisuru Fortune Cookie – Staff Versions!

AKB48 has re-invented itself as a Japanese national phenomenon with “Koi Suru Fortune Cookie.” As wonderfully epic as the original is… …the even more amazing event is the growing number of company “staff versions,” where a corporation or group’s ensemble of employees have gathered together to share their celebration and valiant attempts at synchronized choreography. …

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AKB48’s Ayaka Umeda as MC Hammer

AKB48 Team B leader Ayaka Umeda says “You Can’t Touch This” as she busts a move doing MC Hammer’s famous dance.

Super Sonico named mascot for Saitama’s Anitamasai Anime and Manga Convention

Saitama’s Anitamasai (a mixed abbreviation for anime + manga + Saitama) Anime and Manga event will be held October 19 and 20 in Saitama, celebrating the just-outside-of-Tokyo city’s connection to famous titles like Lucky Star, Anohana, and Kamisama Kiss. Nitroplus mascot Super Sonico has been named the official “image girl” of the event, which …

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