Ai Higuchi – Zensen (MV)

Singer/songwriter Ai Higuchi delivers a powerful vocal and piano performance in her music video for the digital single “Zensen”. Higuchi’s classical training combined with merciless treatment of the keys create a complex, dramatic melody with nothing held back.

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FAKY to appear at Otakuthon 2019, premieres new song in Brazil

(L-to-R: Mikako, Taki, Akina, Lil’ Fang, Hina)

FAKY premiered their new song “GIRLS GOTTA LIVE” at Brazil’s Anime Friends event held last month in São Paulo.

FAKY made hints on social media leading up to their July 14 performance, signaling that the five-member vocal and dance group had prepared a special surprise for their first-ever South American live concert and the first overseas event for FAKY’s new lineup of Akina, Taki, Lil’Fang, Hina, and Mikako.

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Lantis Matsuri comes to Anime NYC with JAM Project, TRUE, ZAQ, and Guilty Kiss

The Lantis Matsuri concert series will launch its first U.S. performances on November 15, 2019, at Anime NYC, New York City’s largest Japanese pop culture convention.

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Japanese music label Lantis, the event will feature popular anisong performers JAM Project, TRUE, ZAQ, and Guilty Kiss from Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours.

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Why Ninja Gaiden is Still One of the Most Culturally Influential Games Around

Contributed by James Winston
Guest Editorial

Image credit: Professional Moron

The video game world is taking a trip back to the past with Hamster Corporation’s release of Ninja Spirit on the PS4 and Nintendo Switch. The adrenaline-pumping gameplay of Ninja Spirit takes much of its influence from Ninja Gaiden, an 80’s arcade legend. Although many casual gamers may not have heard of Ninja Gaiden, avid gamers regard it as one of the most influential games to date.

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At Home Cafe (@home cafe) to appear at Saboten Con 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona

World-famous @home cafe (“at-home cafe”) will return to the United States for a special appearance at Saboten Con 2019 in Phoenix, Arizona.

@home cafe’s Chief Branding Officer Hitomi will represent the award-winning restaurant chain, which is Akihabara’s longest-running food and entertainment maid cafe. Hitomi will be accompanied by @home cafe’s Premium maids Chimu and Mizukin as they demonstrate authentic Japanese maid service and participate in several key events at the convention, including the fashion show, masquerade, and a live concert.

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MINMI releases new English version of Samurai Champloo’s Shiki No Uta

Singer/songwriter MINMI has released an English-lyrics version of one of her best-known singles, “Shiki No Uta”, which was originally featured as the closing theme song to the Samurai Champloo anime series.

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LOVE LIVE! SUNSHINE!! Aqours World LoveLive! in L.A. -BRAND NEW WAVE-

Idol group Aqours from LOVE LIVE! SUNSHINE!! presented a 2-day performance at the Novo in downtown Los Angeles on July 5th and 6th as part of Anime Expo 2019, including songs from the new movie, LOVE LIVE! SUNSHINE!! The School Idol Movie: Over the Rainbow.

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Super Dimension Convention 2019 announces Macross voice actors Takumi Yamazaki and Tsutomu Takayama

Super Dimension Convention, in association with Anime Los Angeles, has announced special appearances by Macross voice actors Takumi Yamazaki and Tsutomu Takayama. Both will join this year’s convention for a special panel followed by a meet & greet signing opportunity.

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Music anime CAROLE & TUESDAY Blu-ray announced for October

Studio Bones 20th anniversary x FlyingDog 10th anniversary anime series CAROLE & TUESDAY‘s Blu-ray Disc/DVD Vol. 1 will be released on October 30. The set will include episodes 1-12, the “Kiss Me” music video, and a re-edited version of the “Story of a Miracle” documentary released on YouTube.

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OTAQUEST LIVE 2019 in Los Angeles (Live Report)

OTAQUEST LIVE 2019 in Los Angeles powered by LDH USA
CAPSULE, CrazyBoy, Hiroomi Tosaka, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, m-flo
The Novo (Los Angeles) – July 3, 2019
Concert Review by David Cirone and Nhu Nguyen

Last Wednesday, m-flo’s DJ Taku Takahashi walked out on stage to welcome the hyped-up crowd to the Novo for OTAQUEST’s return to L.A. after last year’s inaugural event at the neighboring Microsoft Theater. Looking totally low-key in a T-shirt and basketball shorts, his tone chill as always, you could still see his boyish grin all the way in the rear seats of the balcony — it’s the look you see on a guy who’s picked out a really cool gift and can’t wait for you to open it.

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