Apr 23 2018

Erina Kamiya (Kamen Joshi) – Interview (2018) Pt. 2

Erina Kamiya (Kamen Joshi)
Interview by David Cirone
Part 2
April 23, 2018

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Your YouTube channel became super-popular as soon you started, and you’ve created some outrageous, crazy videos. How do you come up with the ideas?

Erina: When I was little, I would imagine swimming in a pool filled with pudding, or filling a bath full of hot chocolate into bath and jumping into it. I used to share my thoughts with my mother like “Can we walk on the surface of water?” and my mom would give me a look like, “What is my daughter saying?” But I never changed. I still have a lot of curiosity. I’ll keep sharing my thoughts on YouTube, and I hope everyone will enjoy what I enjoy, too.

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Apr 12 2018

maidreamin serves “moe” to Montreal at Otakuthon in August

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​Japan’s top maid cafe chain maidreamin will perform their first Canadian service at Montreal’s Otakuthon, August 3-5, 2018.

maidreamin will perform on the event’s main stage at the Palais des congrès de Montréal Convention Center, featuring a live music concert followed other fun weekend activities including an autograph session, fan Q&A, and panel discussion on authentic maid culture with popular Japanese maids Peace, Kaori, and Hazuki.

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Apr 08 2018

Erina Kamiya (Kamen Joshi) – Interview (2018) Pt. 1

Erina Kamiya (Kamen Joshi)
Interview by David Cirone
Part 1
April 8, 2018

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How long have you been a member of Kamen Joshi? How did you get your start?

Erina: It’s my sixth year now. I came to Tokyo hoping to become an idol and was looking for an audition. On YouTube, I saw an idol group performing and it captured my eyes and my heart. This was an idol group I auditioned for before I became involved in Kamen Joshi. I tried out for the group, and was really surprised that I got accepted! But since my parents didn’t approve, I had wait for another year until I become 20 years old so I could make my own decisions and move to Tokyo to start a new life.

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Apr 08 2018

GARNiDELiA – Error (MV)

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GARNiDELiA takes a giant techno step into the dystopian future for their music video “Error”, the opening theme from the anime series Beatless. Vocalist MARiA shows off some deftly mechanized dance moves backed by her personal group of hIEs (human-like robots).

“Error” is also included in the group’s new album G.R.N.D., along with other anime themes “Speed Star” (from The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie), “Aikotoba” (from Anime-Gitaris), and “Desir” (from Fate/Apocrypha).

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Apr 06 2018

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu announces 2018 Europe and USA tour dates

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu has announced the European and American dates for her extended Halloween-themed tour “THE SPOOKY OBAKEYASHIKI ~PUMPKINS STRIKE BACK~”.

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Apr 05 2018

Momoiro Clover Z celebrates 10th Anniversary with Greatest Hits album

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Momoiro Clover Z has announced the release of their first greatest hits album on May 23, 2018, commemorating the 10th anniversary of their career. The special edition contains three music CDs and two Blu-ray discs, box packaging, and a photo booklet. The Blu-rays contains documentary footage and the group’s live concert held on January 21, 2018 at Makuhari Messe.

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Apr 04 2018

PassCode – Interview (2018)

PassCode
Interview by John Winner (Straight From Japan) and David Cirone
April 4, 2018

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Formed in 2014 with a musical direction towards a mix of EDM and rock, PassCode achieved popularity right from the start. In 2015, the group released their first album and single, followed by performances at major music events Summer Sonic and @JAM EXPO. In 2016, they released the extremely popular album VIRTUAL and signed with Universal Music.

In 2017, PassCode released their first major label album ZENITH, a perfect storm of idol rock and digital hardcore. This year, after the latest in a few lineup changes, the group has released their highly-anticipated album Locus, featuring popular older material reaching back to 2014. All the music has been re-recorded with new vocals and instrumental backing tracks. What does the future hold for PassCode? Only time will tell.

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Apr 04 2018

Anisong World Matsuri returns to Anime Expo 2018

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Anime music festival Anisong World Matsuri returns to L.A.’s Microsoft Theater for the third year in a row with a three-day, multi-artist event at Anime Expo 2018.

Created in association with BANDAI NAMCO Arts, Inc., Amuse Inc., Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., and other leading Japanese entertainment companies, Anisong World Matsuri (AWM) at Anime Expo 2018 will be held on July 4, 6, and 7. Performer and ticket package details will be announced in the coming weeks.

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Mar 30 2018

JAMLAB. premieres video interview with Lantis founder Shunji Inoue

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Japan Anime Music Lab. (JAMLAB.) has released an informative new video interview with Lantis founder and label president Shunji Inoue. Presented as part of JAM LAB.’s video trailer which premiered at Anime Japan 2018, the exclusive interview with Mr. Inoue focuses on the importance of strong worldwide connections to promote Japan’s anisong industry.

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Mar 29 2018

Sasara Sekine stars in GetNews Girl photobook

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Houkago Princess’s Sasara Sekine gets the spotlight in a new photobook, GetNews girl, set for release on March 30th. Produced in collaboration with lifestyle site GetNews and idol ranking app Cheerz, the photobook features Sasara on the cover and also includes shoots with other prominent Cheerz personalities such as MIKANSEI Lip Sparkle’s Miyuu Nanase, Afilia Saga’s Maho, and Aozora Sorano.

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