Mobile Suit Gundam NT blasts into U.S. theaters February 19

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Sunrise Inc. and Fathom Events are bringing the hit Japanese mecha anime Mobile Suit Gundam NT to U.S. movie theaters for one night on February 19, 2019.

Following a successful run in Japan, Mobile Suit Gundam NT (Narrative) is coming to the U.S. with a new English-language dub for one night in February. Produced by Sunrise Inc.’s 1st Studio, directed by Toshikazu Yoshizawa and written by Harutoshi Fukui (Mobile Suit Gundam UC), Mobile Suit Gundam NT is a new work in the Universal Century saga and depicts what lies beyond Gundam UC.

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TRUE holds 5th Anniversary concert at TSUTAYA O-EAST

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Anisong singer TRUE began celebrating the 5th anniversary of her singing debut at the special “TRUE 5th Anniversary Live Sound! Vol.1 ~SINGLE COLLECTION~” concert at TSUTAYA O-EAST in Tokyo.

The “SINGLE COLLECTION” event featured several of TRUE’s TV anime themes including Sound! Euphonium OP theme song “DREAM SOLISTER”, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans ED theme song “STEEL”, and VIOLET EVERGARDEN OP theme song “Sincerely”. During the encore, TRUE performed “Another Colony” from That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and “Blast!”, the theme song for Sound! Euphonium the Movie ~Oath of the Finale~.

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Wasuta celebrates third year performance at Japan Expo Thailand 2019

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Japanese idol group Wasuta (“The World Standard”) returned for their third straight year of performances at Japan Expo Thailand on January 26 and 27, 2019.

Wasuta delivered five mini-concerts in two days at the Central World complex in Bangkok, Thailand, connecting with overseas fans who traveled from throughout Asia to support the group. Wasuta’s recent international activities also include last month’s concert at Kazuna 2018 in Vietnam and Japan Weekend Madrid in September 2018. Wasuta’s collaboration single with Spanish duo Adexe and Nau, “Yo Quiero Vivir” has achieved over 2.6 million views on YouTube.

At the Japan Expo Thailand event, Wasuta appeared in their colorful new stage costumes created for the upcoming album CAT’CH THE WORLD scheduled for release on March 6.

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JAM Project unleashes furious combo of One Punch Man and Super Robot Wars T theme songs

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Anisong super unit JAM Project — comprised of Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endo, Hiroshi Kitadani, Masami Okui, Yoshiki Fukuyama — held a special concert at January 25 and 26 at Toyosu PIT in Tokyo. On the second day’s performance, they announced the release of their new song “Seijaku no Apostle”, the theme for One Punch Man Season 2, which will begin broadcasting in Japan in April 2019. “Siejiaku no Apostle” features lyrics by Yukinojo Mori, who has written lyrics for X Japan guitarist hide and several Dragon Ball Z themes, including “Cha-La-Head-Cha-La”.

In addition, the opening theme song for the PlayStation 4/Nintendo Switch game Super Robot Wars T, titled “Tread on the Tiger’s Tail”, was first performed by the group at JAM Project’s Osaka concert on January 13 and 14.

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MIka Nakashima releases 15th anniversary set Bible

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Mika Nakashima released the 3-CD set Bible on January 30, 2019, to commemorate the 15th anniversary of her song “Yuki no Hana.” The 44-track compilation contains new versions of “Yuki no Hana”, “Orion”, “Glamorous Sky”, and more.

The special edition version also includes a bonus Blu-ray/DVD featuring the “MIKA NAKASHIMA FULL COURSE TOUR 2017 – YOU WON’T LOSE -” full-length concert plus a photo booklet.

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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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Shoko Nakagawa – Interview (2019)

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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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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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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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PassCode 2016-2018 LIVE UNLIMITED PREMIUM BOX (Review)

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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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