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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Aug 29 2018

BanG Dream! 5th Live Concerts screening across USA and Canada this September

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Azoland Pictures has announced that BanG Dream! 5th Live Concerts will be screened in select U.S. and Canadian theaters in September 2018. “Poppin’Party Happy Party 2018!” is scheduled to be shown on September 8th and “Roselia -Ewigkeit-“ on September 15th (September 16th for Canada). The concerts will be shown with English subtitles except for the singing performances.

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Aug 24 2018

Gallery: Screaming Sixties at Night & Day, Manchester, 2018

Screaming Sities 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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Aug 24 2018

maidreamin treats Toronto to maid culture at Fan Expo Canada 2018

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​Japan’s top maid cafe chain maidreamin gives Canadian fans a double dose of Akihabara culture this month, returning to North America to perform at the four-day Fan Expo Canada event at Metro Toronto Convention Centre, August 30 – September 2.

maidreamin’s upcoming appearance at Fan Expo Canada will be one of their biggest-ever overseas events as they present genuine maid cafe service and musical performances at the the largest comics, anime, and gaming event in Canada. Top maids Peace, Mariru, and Hima will represent the internationally popular restaurant chain, just a few weeks after maidreamin’s performance at Montreal’s Otakuthon earlier this month.

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