January 2018 archive

maidreamin featured in Fuji TV show Kuragehime

The cast of the Fuji TV program Kuragehime (“Princess Jellyfish”) dropped by maidreamin’s Ekimae store for a short dose of sweets in the romantic comedy’s third episode, which aired January 29th in Japan. Filmed in January during the restaurant’s off-hours, eagle-eyed viewers can spot famous maid Peace (this year’s “Moe Kawaii Queen”) in the background …

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Tokyo Idols (Film Review)

Tokyo Idols Film Review by David Cirone [originally published on Drama-MAX] Tokyo Idols has an agenda, and that’s no spoiler. Starting with its slanted description on Netflix, filmmaker Kyoko Miyake uses the documentary platform to selectively focus on fringe, negative aspects of idol fandom. For the millions of Japanese and international fans who have actually …

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Best J-Pop on Spotify: Sekai no Owari – Dragon Night

Tomomi Itano finds her way back in new photobook and single

Tomomi Itano will release two projects in February, her latest photobook Wanderer and a new maxi-single “Just As I Am”. Itano says she’s been thinking a lot about self-awareness and acceptance, and she created the two projects to complement each other and express the full scope of her feelings. Wanderer, shot by photographer ND Chow …

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Sayaka Yamamoto announces 2017 identity Live Tour BD/DVD

Sayaka Yamamoto will release her second concert video Sayaka Yamamoto LIVE TOUR 2017 -identity-, recorded November 19, 2017 at NHK Hall in Tokyo. Fans can grab the 20-track Blu-ray or DVD on February 16.

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NekoPOP’s Best J-Pop Album Covers 2017

Check out NekoPOP′s best J-Pop album/single jackets for 2017, chosen by NekoPOP contributors David Cirone, Nhu Nguyen, Todd Nelson, and John Winner. Click here to view the full list, including LiSA, Koda Kumi, BiSH, AKB48, YUZU, NECRONOMIDOL, Daoko, and many more!

PassCode teases new album Locus

PassCode has released a teaser video for their “Early Works Reconstruction Album” Locus, which will showcase the group’s hits re-recorded in their new four-member incarnation.

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MUTANT MONSTER joins Electric Six on 2018 EU & UK Tour

Japanese girl punk band MUTANT MONSTER will join Detroit’s Electric Six on 19 dates of their European and UK tour between February and March 2018. The band’s music is now available worldwide on Spotify for the first time. MUTANT MONSTER finished their first headline tour of the United Kingdom at the end of 2017, which …

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Mashiro Ayano releases Record of Grancrest War theme

J-Pop anisong princess Mashiro Ayano will release her sixth single “starry” on January 17, 2018. “Starry” is the opening them from the TV anime Record of Grancrest War, and the single also contains new tracks “LAST FUTURE” and “pixy breath” along with the “starry” music video and “One-man Live 2016 WHITE PLACE” live video.

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The World Standard (Wa-Suta) wraps national tour at Asakasa Blitz

The World Standard (Wa-Suta) completed their second nationwide tour “Wasuta LIVE TOUR 2017 Paradox World” at Akasaka Blitz on Jan. 8th, 2018. The 9-city tour took Wasuta through 18 shows across Japan for over 5000 fans. At the tour’s final show, the group premiered their new single “Welcome to Dream”. Group leader Nanase Hirokawa said, …

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