Jan 28 2019

TRUE – Interview (2019)

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Interview by David Cirone
January 28, 2019

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Anisong hitmaker TRUE opens up about her transition from behind-the-scenes songwriter to on-stage performer, with a five-year career that has already yielded memorable themes to popular series such as That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime, Sound! Euphonium, Violet Evergarden, and Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans.

Songwriters like Prince or Shiina Ringo have commented that they sometimes start out to write a song for themselves, but then they realize they want a different artist to perform it. Have you ever experienced that type of creative switch in your songwriting?

TRUE: That does happen sometimes. I’ll start creating the lyrics for my own voice, but then once it develops, there are occasions where I’ll start to feel that there’s a specific person who can perform that song better than I can.

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Jan 26 2019

Shoko Nakagawa – Interview (2019)

Shoko Nakagawa
Interview by David Cirone
January 26, 2019

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There are so many stories about you eating your cats, going back more than 10 years. There are some people here in the U.S. who might not even know you’re a singer. Are you still biting cats as much as you used to?

Shoko Nakagawa: My father, my mother, my grandfather, they all loved cats, and that “biting” them was just part of how they expressed their love. I just thought it was natural! It was a big surprise to me that my photos were shared all over Japan and even overseas. Maybe a lot of people think I’m a strange person who eats cats, but if that’s a way to get people’s attention and help spread anisong, then that’s great. I still love cats more than ever.

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Jan 25 2019

Hikaru Utada – Chikai (live)

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Hikaru Utada has released a live performance clip of “Chikai” from the Kingdom Hearts III soundtrack. The teaser comes from her upcoming “Hikaru Utada Laughter in the Dark Tour 2018″ concert special, to be broadcast on BS Sky Perfect TV on January 27, followed by an encore performance on MUSIC ON! TV in March with a tour documentary.

Utada’s never-failing stage presence and always amazing vocals are even more impactful in this kind of stark setting. “Chikai” and “Don’t Think Twice” are included as B-sides on the “Face My Fears” single release of the Kingdom Hearts III main theme “Face My Fears”.

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Jan 25 2019

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

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Interview by David Cirone
January 25, 2019

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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 multi-media exhibition, which includes more than 400 pieces of original artwork, storyboards, paintings, and sketches, is a comprehensive and in some cases giant-sized retrospective of Urasawa’s artistry, which has led to over 127 million sales of his work in Japan alone and built a devoted worldwide fan base.

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Jan 24 2019

PassCode 2016-2018 LIVE UNLIMITED PREMIUM BOX (Review)

PassCode
2016-2018 LIVE UNLIMITED PREMIUM BOX

Review by David Cirone

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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 like Zepp DiverCity Tokyo, Tsutaya O-East, Studio Coast, and Osaka BigCat. LIVE UNLIMITED shows PassCode in their most powerful form: rocking with a live audience of fans ready to match their ferocious on-stage energy.

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Jan 18 2019

Super Dimension Convention returns to Southern California in 2019

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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

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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.

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

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Jan 03 2019

Perfume to perform at Coachella 2019

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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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Jan 03 2019

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

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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).

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Dec 29 2018

FEMM – Dolls Kill feat. ELLE TERESA (MV)

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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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