Category: J-Pop

Naoki Urasawa – Interview with creator of Monster, 20th Century Boys at JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles (2019)

Naoki Urasawa Interview by David Cirone January 25, 2019 We sat down for a one-on-one interview with famed manga creator Naoki Urasawa at the opening of his first North American art exhibition, “This is MANGA – the Art of NAOKI URASAWA”, which runs January 23 – March 28, 2019 at JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles. The …

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PassCode 2016-2018 LIVE UNLIMITED PREMIUM BOX (Review)

PassCode 2016-2018 LIVE UNLIMITED PREMIUM BOX Review by David Cirone The PassCode 2016-2018 LIVE UNLIMITED PREMIUM BOX Blu-ray set is a remarkable historical journey through the group’s recent evolution. Beautifully shot and edited, and presenting each concert uncut for the first time, we get to experience PassCode live and up-close in famous Japanese concert venues …

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Super Dimension Convention returns to Southern California in 2019

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, …

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

Perfume to perform at Coachella 2019

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.

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

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, …

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FEMM – Dolls Kill feat. ELLE TERESA (MV)

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.

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Hiroshi Kitadani – Interview (2018)

Hiroshi Kitadani Interview by VampyBitMe December 18, 2018 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 …

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Superstar collaborations shine at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime NYC 2018

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 …

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Hironobu Kageyama – Interview (2018)

Hironobu Kageyama Interview by David Cirone November 1, 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 …

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