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Live Viewing Japan, a famous distribution company dedicated to introducing Japanese artists of various genres globally, is very pleased to share the spectacular stage presence of world-famous Japanese rock juggernaut, L’Arc~en~Ciel, with 10 major cities all over the United States, in the form of a delayed satellite broadcast of their long-awaited “L’Arc~en~Ciel LIVE 2014 at National Stadium.”
Chosen as the venue for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, the iconic National Stadium only played host to four most influential Japanese music bands’ performances as of 2012, with L’Arc~en~Ciel included. Being the band’s second time to play at this enormous venue as well as their very first show since the last world tour, the significant “L’Arc~en~Ciel LIVE 2014 at National Stadium” sparked worldwide attention as soon as it was announced. In response to fervent requests from the U.S. audience,the second day (March22nd, 2014) of the two-day concert will be presented in 10 theaters across the United States as a special delayed satellite broadcast.
Originalpost cards will be given to everyone attending the live viewing and original limited edition glow sticks for the first 50 people who arrive. Tickets are available for $20 at the following theaters and Fandango.com.
Los Angeles, CA
Century City 15
San Diego, CA
Mission Valley 20
San Francisco, CA
Bay Street 16
Pacific Place 11
River East 21
Columbia Mall 14
New York, NY
Please visit http://larcenciel2014lvj.com for more information.
Comprised of Hyde (vocals), Ken (guitarist), Tetsuya (bassist), and Yukihiro (drummer), L’Arc~en~Ciel achieved blockbuster commercial success with many number one singles and albums on the Oricon charts after their major debut in 1994. Featuring a wide range of sounds from hard-rock tunes to romantic ballads, the band has so far sold over 15 million albums,16 million singles, and millions of merchandise, including DVDs.
Finding success at home, L’Arc~en~Ciel continued to expand their profile through launching activities overseas. On July 31st, 2004, L’Arc~en~Ciel made their North American debut at the anime convention, Otakon, as the first Japanese band to perform at the 1st Mariner Arena, which attracted an audience of 12,000 people. Sequentially hitting Asia and Europe from 2005 to 2008, L’Arc~en~Ciel gained increasing international fame and solidified their loyal fan base everywhere they went.
The band embarked on a stunning world tour, which covered 10 countries throughout Asia, Europe, and North America, one year after they celebrated their 20th anniversary in 2011. Their New York show took place at Madison Square Garden on March 25th, 2012,making L’Arc~en~Ciel the first Japanese artist ever to be the lead act at the legendary venue. Acclaimed for having “made a great contribution to cultural activities, and built a bridge of friendship between Hawaii and Japan” by the mayor of Honolulu, Peter Carlisle, the band has conquered the Japanese rock scene at a furious pace with their captivating music and dramatic live performances, while setting their sights worldwide to keep up with the frenzied response in Asia, Europe, and the United States.
About Live Viewing Japan:
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As expected, there were massive changes to AKB48G (AKB48 Groups – AKB48, SKE48, NMB48, HKT48 and Team 4 but also involving Nogizaka46).
The changes are as follows:
Takahashi Mina becomes Team A captain again, Nakamura Mariko becomes a vice captain
Nakanishi Chiyori (HKT48) goes to Team A
Miyawaki Sakura (HKT48) goes to Team A (AKB48) (concurrent), also becomes vice-captain of HKT48 Team KIV
Furahata Nao (SKE48 Team KII) is concurrent with Team A
Tomonaga Mio (HKT48) goes to Team B (AKB48) (concurrent)
Watanabe Mayu (Team A of AKB48) returns back to Team B (AKB48)
Yokoyama Yui (AKB48) went to Team K and is now the new captain
Vice Captain of Team K will now be Kitahara Rie
Kuramochi Asuka becomes the new Team B Captain of AKB48
Vice Captain for Team B is Oya Shizuka
Nogizaka46’s Ikoma Rina goes to Team B (concurrent)
Oba Mina is now Co-Captain of SKE48 (Team KII) along with Furukawa Airi
Miyazawa Sae (SHN48) goes to SKE48 Team S as Captain (concurrent)
Sato Mieko will be vice-president of Team S
Iwata Karen (AKB48) transfers to Team S
Yamauchi Suzuran (AKB48) transfers to Team S
Suda Akari becomes Team E Captain
Umemoto Madoka becomes Team E Vice-Captain
Sato Sumire (AKB48) goes to SKE48 Team E
Tani Marika (HKT48) transfers to Team E
Kashiwagi Yuki (AKB48 – TEAM B) is concurrent with Team N (NMB48)
Kikuchi Ayaka (AKB48) goes to Team N (NMB48)
Murashige Anna (HKT48) goes to Team N (NMB48)
Fujie Reina (AKB48) goes to Team M (NMB48)
Umeda Ayaka (AKB48) goes to Team BII (NMB48)
Ichikawa Miori is no longer concurrent and is a permanent member with NMB48
Yabuki Nako, Tanaka Miku promoted to Team H
Miyawaki Sakura now vice-captain of Team KIV
Kimoto Kanon (SKE48 Team E) goes to HKT48 Team KIV (Concurrent)
Kusaba Manami and Fukugawa Maiko has been promoted to Team KIV
TEAM 4 Changes
Kotani Riho (Team N of NMB48) is now concurrent with Team 4
Kizaki Yuria of SKE48 becomes Vice Captain of Team 4
Mukaichi Mion and Komiyama Haruka is promoted to Team 4
Kato Reina (AKB48) goes to Team 4
Chikano Rina (AKB48) goes to JKT48
Nogizaka 46 Changes
Matsui Rena becomes a new member of Nogizaka46
Matsui Jurina will still be Team S (SKE48) and concurrent with AKB48 Team K
Yamamoto Sayaka will still be Team N (NMB48) and concurrent with AKB48 Team K
Yagura Fukou (NMB48) is concurrent with Team M and AKB48 Team A
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ELISA, announced as a Musical Guest of Honor for Sakura-Con 2014!
ELISA will be performing at Sakura-Con 2014 which will be taking place on April 18-20 in Seattle, Washington.
ELISA is from Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan and debuted in 2007 with the song “euphoric field”, the opening theme song for the anime series “ef-a tale of memories.”
She is noted for her distinguished singing voice which is rooted in opera and is said to possess a transparent quality.
Her music has been featured as theme songs for hit anime series such as “Hayate the Combat Butler” and “Project Railgun S.”
ELISA is also a successful live performer, showcasing her work at large capacity venues, including Japan’s biggest anime song festival “Animelo Summer Live” for four consecutive years, beginning in 2008. Her most recent live show was at the “Anime Festival Asia 2013″ in Singapore.
Her most recent singles, “Sobani Iruyo” and “REALISM” were used in the anime series “Valvrave the Liberator” as the second and third ending themes, respectively.
Her soon to be released single “Millenario” will be featured as the ending theme for the anime series “The Irregular at Magic High School.”
ELISA kicks off her international activity at Sakura-Con 2014, which will be her first appearance at an anime convention in North America.
Washington State Convention Center (Seattle, WA)
Registration and more info @ http://www.sakuracon.org/
February 3, 2014 – J-Pop band Swinging Popsicle released their latest digital single “Do Your Homework (Remix)” last week on iTunes worldwide. Featuring vocalist Mineko Fujishima’s crystal-clear vocals and a dreamy, electro-bossa-nova melody, the remix of the original 2011 track was inspired by composer Hironobu Hirata’s recent work producing tracks for Nitroplus mascot and anime star Super Sonico.
“Do Your Homework (Remix)” on iTunes:
Swinging Popsicle Official Website: http://www.swinging-popsicle.com
Swinging Popsicle Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Swinging-Popsicle/302720713086316
Swinging Popsicle was formed in 1995 when singer Mineko Fujishima and guitarist Osamu Shimada joined bassist Hironobu Hirata through a newspaper ad. The band’s first effort was the Sunny Silent Park EP.
In 1998, their first self-titled full-length album Swinging Popsicle debuted from Sony Music Entertainment at Number 1 in the New Artists category, producing the hit singles “Joy of Living,” “I Love Your Smile,” and “Parade.” After extensive touring, the band returned to the studio for their second album Fennec! (2000).
After starting strong with multiple Sony-label releases, Swinging Popsicle continued to build their international fan base with their independent releases of “Change” and “Orange.” Four solid years of writing and performing live throughout Japan produced their most mature and powerful CD titled Transit (2004), featuring signature song “I Just Wanna Kiss You.” In 2005, the band embarked on their first tour to Korea.
2006 marked their United States debut at Fanime MusicFest in San Jose, CA. The same year their song “Clash” was included in a compilation CD with the Korean manga “Cracker.” Performing to regular sold-out one-man live shows in Japan, (some running as long as 3 hours!) the band continued to develop new material for their full-length album Go on (2007), which featured “rainbounds,” “Clash,” and “Chocolate Soul Music.” In June 2007, they returned to America to perform at Anime Mid Atlantic in Richmond, VA, and New York City’s Knitting Factory.
Swinging Popsicle has also contributed music to the NITROPLUS PC games “SUMAGA/STAR MINE GIRL,” “AXANAEL,” “Kimi to Kanojo to Kanojo to Koi,” and various songs for the Nitroplus mascot Super Sonico’s band, Daiichi Uchuu Sokudo (First Astronomical Velocity).
Swinging Popsicle members have kept busy in recent years with various solo projects. Guitarist Osamu Shimada formed his own shoegazer band The Caraway, and lends support to Seikama II’s Ace Shimizu Project, Face to Ace, Korean pop vocalist Taru, and popular J-Pop artist Fujii Fumiya. Vocalist Mineko Fujishima has performed backing vocals with top-selling J-Pop R&B artist Kusuo, and performs regularly with the experimental 9-drummer band DQS.
Bassist/band leader Hironobu Hirata has acted as producer for the NITROPLUS games “SUMAGA,” “SUMAGA Special,” “AXANAEL,” and “Sonicomi,” and provided musical arrangements for artists such as 7!!, Kanako Ito, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Taru (Korea), Yozoh (Korea), and Daiichi Uchuu Sokudo. Hirata also plays support bass for Kusuo and DQS, and was the band leader for Kusuo’s 2012 Budokan live concert. His latest producer credit, Super Sonico’s Love & II+ Peace Plus debuted in the Oricon Top 50 in June 2012.
Swinging Popsicle was nominated as Best Japanese Rock Band by Shojo Beat magazine.
USA appearances include: Fanime (San Jose, CA), Anime Mid-Atlantic (Richmond, VA), Knitting Factory (New York City)
JAPAN: In a shocking announcement on NHK’s “Kouhaku Uta Gassen” (New Year’s Eve Red-White Battle), popular and longtime AKB48 member Yuko Oshima announced right after the group’s performance of “Koisuru Fortune Cookie”, that she will be graduating from AKB48 before performing “Heavy Rotation”.
While many people are watching worldwide via Ustream and Justin.tv, people have taken to Twitter to show their displeasure of AKB48 management using the Kouhaku New Year’s Eve special for Yuko to announce her graduation.
Kouhaku Uta Gassen’s second half received over 42% viewership in the ratings in 2012.
Nico Nico Live On Air – Japan’s most popular online live platform seen around the world – examined more than a 1000 of their music programs shown between January 1st 2013 – November 26th to create it’s Top Ranking list for 2013.
Based on viewers and comments, Nico Nico declared the exciting “X JAPAN x NICO LIVE SPECIAL 〜24 Hour Attack In Progress〜 Yoshiki Descends on Nicofarre,” that aired on September 27th and 28th, the #1 program for 2013.
The special was awarded the “Nico Nico Live On Air Music Program Award 2013.”
On September 25th both “Yoshiki Classical,” Yoshiki’s first solo album in 8 years, and X JAPAN’s first Blue-ray was released.
Yoshiki visited Nico Nico headquarters as a surprise late night guest on September 27th. During this live visit, fans were treated to a rare inside look at Yoshiki as he disclosed his own wallet, discussed shopping and eating “Unappetizing Blue Curry” – all of which was captured and aired live on screen.
On the following day – September 28th, X JAPAN members gathered at Nicofarre. With the audience calling out “X”, Yoshiki entered the stage blasting white smoke dramatically. He asked his online fans to join him live resulting in crashing the server with repeated signs of “X” which has never happened in Nico Nico’s history.
The same night, Yoshiki appeared in the center of Shibuya in Tokyo, which caused a sensation amongst the busy crowds while all being captured live on the Internet. The online viewers interactions speculated whether the Yoshiki they were seeing in Shibuya was the real one or not, creating more online activities.
Yoshiki, other than live music performances, has never appeared on any Internet live broadcast. This program attracted not only his fans but also thousands of new and interested viewers, pushing the program to number one out of all of the thousands of 2013 programing.
Beginning yesterday, December 15th Japan time, “X JAPAN x NICO LIVE SPECIAL 〜24 Hour Attack In Progress〜 Yoshiki Descends on Nicofarre” will air on repeat for one week. The celebration is called the “X JAPAN WEEKDAY 1-7″
Yoshiki participated live via telephone last night to introduce this special week. The DJ asked “What do you want to do in the near future?” which Yoshiki replied in closing the show “I’m going to do a solo World Tour … but anyway, I love NICO NICO! Like I would buy out the company!”
X JAPAN WEEK DAY1～7
PROGRAM AIR TIME:
Dec 15th (Sun) – Dec 21st (Sat)
7 Days X JAPAN Legendary Live Performance “X JAPAN WEEK”
A Very Rare “X JAPAN GATHER AT NICOFARRE！”,
Sensational “Yoshiki Appears in Shibuya” on Repeat
YOSHIKI INFO / SOCIAL MEDIA
YOSHIKI Official Site http://www.yoshiki.net/
YOSHIKI Official Twitter https://twitter.com/YOSHIKIOfficial
YOSHIKI Official Facebook https://www.facebook.com/YoshikiOfficial
YOSHIKI Official YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/yoshikiofficial
After performing to sold-out crowds at the Nippon Budokan and sports arenas around Japan, the up and coming wolf crew, MAN WITH A MISSION has officially announced their signing with Epic Records and is planning on releasing a full album to hit the U.S. in the fall of 2014!
“All of us Epic are excited to sign with a fun & energetic band like MAN WITH A MISSION. They have the potential to break it here in the U.S. and across the world.” says Scott Seviour, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Artist Development, at Epic Records.
Epic Records is one of the world’s largest record labels and a home of worldwide famous artists such as Avril Lavigne, Ozzy Osbourne, and Michael Jackson.
When asked how the band felt about the signing, band member, Jean-Ken Johnny commented
“One of our dreams is to have people from all over the world listen to our music, we are excited because this is our first step in achieving that goal. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you guys in this whole world”.
MAN WITH A MISSION has been active in Japan, Europe and the U.S., and this signing marks their next step on the international stage.
From the popular animation series “Kill la Kill”, the opening theme song “sirius” and soundtrack “Sanbika” has been released on December 1st in twenty countries including the US.
The song “sirius-EP” also includes a coupling track “Kuroiuta”, the theme song for PS3 game software “Drankenguard 3”.
Eir Aoi download URL list: http://www.aoieir.com/intl-url/
Eir Aoi debuted in October 2011 with the song “MEMORIA”, an ending theme song for the TV animation “Fate/ZERO”. Since then, she has been standing out as a singer. In January 2013, Eir released her first full album “BLAU” which debuted No.4 on the Oricon chart, and sold out the tour which included venues such as Akasaka Blitz.
In addition to this, Eir Aoi was invited to attend and perform at events outside Japan, such as U.S., Germany, Indonesia, Taiwan, and Singapore.
Now, Eir is one of the most attractive female singers in the market. Her facebook page has more than 200,000 “like!”s
On Saturday November 30th, which happened to be Eir’s birthday, she announced that her awaited second album “AUBE” will be released on January 29th. This album might become a true daybreak for her. It will also include a soundtrack “Sanbika” from the TV animation series “Kill la Kill”, which will be released in advance on December 1st.
One year has passed from the release of her first album “BLAU” which became a smash hit.
Since then, Eir Aoi has experienced performing in many stages in Japan and in overseas, and she is widely known around the world. Now she has completed creating her long-awaited new album.
The latest album title is “AUBE”, which means “dawn” in French.
This is a powerful album full with Eir’s spirit. It makes the listeners imagine a bright power in the clear air of the dawn, getting ready to face the beginning of a new day.
In this latest album, you will experience Eir’s talent in full volume, along with her astonishing vocal skills. This is an album that music fans should not miss.
【Official Web Site】http://www.aoieir.com/
The Bay Area’s Largest Japanese Pop Culture Festival Will Return For 6th Consecutive Year To Showcase The Best In Modern Japanese Film, Food, Fashion, Music And Entertainment At Weekend-Long Celebration Scheduled For July 2014
San Francisco, CA, December 3, 2013 – NEW PEOPLE, a dynamic entertainment destination bringing the latest examples of Japanese popular culture to North American shores, and the J-POP Summit Festival Committee have announced the dates for the 2014 J-POP Summit Festival.
The popular annual celebration of Japanese pop culture, music, art, anime, fashion, and film will return to San Francisco’s Japantown and will also present another special J-Pop concert in Union Square the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, July 19th and 20th, 2014.
The J-POP Summit Festival is the Bay Area’s premier annual Japanese pop culture celebration featuring a variety of live bands and artists, pop culture panel discussions, film premieres, fashion shows, DJ dance events, interactive games, celebrity appearances, and much more. Many of the attractions are free to attend. The Festival is hosted by J-POP Summit Festival Committee in cooperation with the Japantown Merchants Association. Additional details will be forthcoming at www.J-POP.com.
In 2013, J-POP Summit welcomed more than 80,000 people to Japantown and nearly 10,000 more music fans to the Festival’s first-ever concert held in Union Square that featured Japan’s Ambassador of Kawaii, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, as well as Kylee, Daichi, and LoVendoЯ. The downtown San Francisco Union Square stage will host a compelling line-up of J-Pop artists again next year.
Also returning as part of the 2014 J-POP Summit will be the second annual Japan Film Festival of San Francisco, the only full-fledged Japanese film festival held in the Bay Area. The week-long series of live-action and anime film theatrical premieres will run Saturday, July 19th through Sunday, July 27th at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema and will be highlighted by red carpet events featuring appearances by prominent Japanese directors and actors, as well as several lecture presentations, workshops, autograph sessions, and film industry networking opportunities. Additional information will be available at: www.JFFSF.org.
Showcasing cutting edge Japanese fashion has always been a popular aspect of the J-POP Summit. 2013’s theme of “Making Kawaii Universal” resonated with thousands of attendees that savored leading brands as well as live shows featuring top models from the bustling Harajuku fashion scene including Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Next year’s programming will present even more brands and icons to highlight a wide selection of exclusive designs, apparel, and accessories only available for a limited time during the Festival.
The 2014 J-POP Summit Festival also will present the return of the POP GOURMET Food Festival, which will delight attendees with a scrumptious array of innovative Japanese and Asian-influenced cuisine along with Japanese sake and teas. Festival-goers will be able to enjoy popular local gourmet food trucks and exclusive sake tasting by premier sake distillers/distributors on an even bigger scale.
“The growth of the J-POP Summit Festival has been phenomenal since our very first one in 2009 that also marked the Grand Opening of the NEW PEOPLE complex,” says Seiji Horibuchi, the President/CEO of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. and Chairman of the J-Pop Summit Festival. “The J-POP Summit Festival has become an integral part of San Francisco’s summertime fun and after 2013’s tremendous success we are planning even bigger and more exciting programming for 2014. Stay tuned for news and updates as we begin announcing artists and events early next year!”
About J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL
The J-POP SUMMIT FESTIVAL is an annual Japanese Pop Culture celebration that features live bands and artists from Japan, pop culture panel discussions, film premieres, fashion, food, art, and celebrity appearances. The Festival is hosted by NEW PEOPLE in cooperation with the Japantown Merchants Association. In 2013, the two-day event attracted 80,000 attendees.
About NEW PEOPLE, Inc.
Based in San Francisco, California, NEW PEOPLE, Inc. (www.newpeopleworld.com) offers the latest films, art, fashion, and retail brands from Japan through its unique entertainment destination as well as through licensing and distribution of selective Japanese films. NEW PEOPLE Entertainment (www.newpeopleent.com), a film division of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. strives to offer the most entertaining motion pictures straight from the “Kingdom of Pop” for audiences of all ages, especially the manga and anime generation, in North America.
Edo, Birthplace Of Japan’s Modern Age, Is Also Home To Vengeful Ghosts Of The Past In A Gripping Horror Collection By Acclaimed Author Of BRAVE STORY And ICO: CASTLE IN THE MIST
San Francisco, CA, November 19, 2013 – VIZ Media’s Haikasoru literary imprint is proud to announce the North American release of famed Japanese author Miyuki Miyabe’s chilling collection of ghost stories – APPARITIONS: THE GHOSTS OF OLD EDO. The new release carries an MSRP of $14.99 U.S. / $16.99 CAN.
An eBook edition is also available for $8.99 (U.S. / CAN) for the Amazon Kindle, Apple’s iBooks Store, Barnes & Noble’s Nook Book Store, and the Kobo eBooks Store.
Haikasoru publishes some of the most compelling contemporary Japanese science fiction and fantasy stories for English-speaking audiences, and is the first imprint based in the U.S. dedicated to Japanese science fiction and fantasy in translation.
In old Edo, the past was never forgotten. It lived alongside the present in dark corners and in the shadows. In these tales, award-winning author Miyuki Miyabe explores the ghosts of early modern Japan and the spaces of the living world – workplaces, families, and the human soul – that they inhabit. Written with a journalistic eye and a fantasist’s heart, APPARITIONS brings the restless dead, and those who encounter them, to life.
“Miyuki Miyabe turns her thorough knowledge of Japan’s rich tradition of horror and genuinely creepy folklore into a unique collection of terrifying stories set amidst the darker shadows of Japan’s old capital in APPARITIONS: THE GHOSTS OF OLD EDO,” says Nick Mamatas, Editor, Haikasoru. “The days draw shorter, the nights longer and more ominous, and it’s a perfect time to take in this remarkable collection of ghost stories set amidst the bustling merchant culture of the classic Edo period!”
Author Miyuki Miyabe’s first novel was published in 1987, and since then she has become one of Japan’s most popular and best-selling authors. In 2007, Miyabe’s novel, BRAVE STORY (also published North America by Haikasoru), notably won the Batchelder Award for Best Children’s Book in Translation from the American Library Association. Her fantasy novels ICO: CASTLE IN THE MIST and BRAVE STORY are also available from VIZ Media’s Haikasoru imprint. APPARITIONS: THE GHOSTS OF OLD EDO is her newest book to be translated into English.
For more information on APPARITIONS: THE GHOSTS OF OLD EDO and the Haikasoru imprint, please visit www.haikasoru.com.
For more information on other titles available from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.
About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan. Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products. Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.