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Alsdead will Gain New Drummer and Announces New Single

J-pop Asia - 5 hours 23 min ago
Visual Kei band alsdead announced that a new drummer will join them and that they will release a new single in June.
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Snag El Hazard - The Magnificent World Blu-ray box set on July 30

Japan News - 9 hours 39 min ago

I've been interested in El Hazard - The Magnificent World for some time, given its classic animation style and fantasy elements. I've just never been sure of which El Hazard I needed to start with or if I would like it, and I've never had the entire series in one place before to get into it. That's all about to be remedied, with NBC Universal Japan's Rondo Robe production company having announced a Blu-ray box set containing the entire series, releasing on July 30.

Originally set for a Christmas release, it was delayed until this July, but the wait should be worth it. The series is getting the deluxe treatment, with an HD remaster from a 35mm telecine. It contains the seven episodes that comprise the first El Hazard - The Magnificent World OVA in Japanese and English, and it will run you 18,000 yen ($176) for the whole thing.

Are you interested in checking it out?

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sukekiyo Rolls Out Preview to IMMORTALIS & Full List of Collaborators to Bonus Disc

J-pop Asia - 9 hours 44 min ago
sukekiyo - solo effort of Dir en Grey's Kyo has uploaded 10sec snippets of each track in the upcoming album IMMORTALIS and has revealed Korn's Jonathan Davis as the final guest in the bonus CD.
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New Godzilla poster is retro-awesome

Japan News - 10 hours 9 min ago

I think I'll take a few more excuses to write about Godzilla before the film comes out! Yes, this new Godzilla poster is just about perfect. I wish it was a tad more detailed, but other than that, it's pretty spot-on. I'd like to see these being posted around as advertising rather than the current ones, for sure. And if I had to choose one to hang up in my place, I'd definitely go with this one.

Also in the lineup for Godzilla marketing: a director featurette with Gareth Edwards, in which he speaks about using suspense properly, how he takes science fiction seriously, and the way he handled Godzilla as a whole. It's short, but if had to base my decision only on this, I think he'll do a good job with the film. 

Anyone else excited for Godzilla?

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Kick Dio out of his coffin so you can store your jewelry there

Japan News - 10 hours 39 min ago

You ever look over your jewelry collection and think to yourself "Wow, I really wish I had a coffin to store all of this in?" You're not alone, apparently. But it can't just be any coffin, because you're classy. You're an otaku. You need your love for anime to permeate into every subsection of your life, so you need Dio Brando's coffin. Sentinel Co.'s got you covered.

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Sony upgrades Shinji's ratchet old SDAT tape player with HD audio

Japan News - 11 hours 39 min ago

Stupid Shinji and his stupid tape player. All he ever does is replay that one track. You'd think he'd get tired of it by now, or at the very least he could upgrade to a CD player or an iPod. But no, he's still stuck with a Sony Walkman. Sony's taking pity on the poor child and offering him an upgrade, complete wth HD audio and some spiffy new artwork.

The Sony Walkman F Evangelion Series: SDAT is probably the coolest thing ever, with art on the front and back designed to look just like Shinji's Walkman and the Evangelion movie soundtracks installed on every unit. If you plunk down the cash for the special edition with XBA-H3 headphones, this neat little gadget will run you 87,000 yen (about $870), but there's a cheaper version available without headphones or retro packaging retailing for 43,000 yen (about $430).

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Sword Art Online II to simulcast worldwide, airing in Japan in July

Japan News - 12 hours 4 min ago

Following the success of the first Sword Art Online series, the second installment, Sword Art Online II, will be simulcast worldwide. Aniplex confirmed the announcement today, and the series will be airing in Japan in July of this year.

In addition, there will be Sword Art Online II special Premiere events behind held in several countries, though at this time, streaming schedules and locations have yet to be announced. Screening information is forthcoming at a later date as well, but will be held in the U.S., France, Germany, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, and Japan.

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The NOVEMBERS to Release New Single in May

J-pop Asia - 12 hours 10 min ago
THE NOVEMBERS will be releasing a new single titled "Kyou mo ikita ne" on 14th of May (Wednesday).
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Babymetal performing with Metallica and Iron Maiden at Sonisphere Festival UK

Japan News - 12 hours 39 min ago

Babymetal, the band the internet is just now getting around to hyping up, will be performing alongside bands like Metallica and Iron Maiden this year in the UK's Sonisphere Festival. It only seems like just yesterday Hiroko had a nice little chat with them, and now they're taking over the world. It may seem a little bizarre, but after the pint-sized rockers were featured on an English music magazine, they were offered a spot in the rotation. This makes them the only Japanese artists appearing in the festival, and their first time appearing in concert in England. They're just racking up their firsts. What? They're babies, after all.

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ORANGE RANGE to Hold a Special Battle of the Bands Tour

J-pop Asia - 12 hours 42 min ago
ORANGE RANGE will be holding a special battle of the bands tour from June onward.
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Arashi To Release New Single And New DVD/Blu-ray Next May

J-pop Asia - 14 hours 19 min ago
"Dare Mo Shiranai", used as a theme song for Ohno Satoshi's starring drama "Shinigami-kun", will be released on May 28th. In the meantime, fans will be able to buy their new DVD/Blu-ray "ARASHI Arafes '13 NATIONAL STADIUM 2013" from May 21st.
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Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal event to be livestreamed April 27 on Niconico

Japan News - 14 hours 39 min ago

Little by little, the pieces are all coming together to form the upcoming Sailor Moon series we've all been waiting for. We're getting dangerously close to the final product, and there's another exciting event to add to the laundry list of information us Sailor Moon fans have been greedily gobbling up.

Yesterday, the official Sailor Moon 20th anniversary website announced a special stage event to be held on April 27 at the Niconico Chokaigi 3 convention which will announce the cast for Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal! In addition, all five main cast members from the recently-announced musical will be making an appearance.

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Watch Various Jrock Bands Join Forces for T.M. Revolution's STAND UP! JAPAN Broadcast

J-pop Asia - 14 hours 55 min ago
Alice Nine, Nightmare, FLOW and many more jrock artists to participate at T.M. Revolution's STAND UP! JAPAN event which will be broadcast on April 20 Niconico.
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New Black Heart Noire spin-off game gets an adorable trailer

Japan News - 16 hours 39 min ago

Having never played a single Neptunia game, perhaps I'm the worst person to be writing anything about a game in this franchise.

Be that as it may, the latest trailer for spin-off Vita game Chou Megami Shinkou Noire: Gekishin Black Heart is as adorable as they come. Watch as tiny versions of Noire and co duke it out in the least impressive way humanly possible!

For those of you not in the know, Gekishin Black Heart is a strategy RPG being developed by Sting, who some of you might know through games like Knights in the Nightmare and Yggdra Unison. If anybody knows how to make an interesting SRPG, it's them.

Anybody else looking forward to this? It's only a matter of time before it gets announced for the west.

New Black Heart Noire spin-off game gets an adorable trailer screenshot

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Dragon Ball Kai's Buu saga will last almost a year and a half

Japan News - 17 hours 39 min ago

Dragon Ball Kai has quite a noble goal in trying to cut out all of the added fluff from the original Dragon Ball Z series. Even though I'd seen the original series in its entirety, as well as plenty of times via Toonami as a kid, Kai was enough to prevent a rewatch from feeling stale. It was good fun, though a little strange that it omitted the Buu saga.

But hey, who cares about that now! Two episodes of the new series have now aired, and according to Toei's European website, we're due for 69 episodes of Babidi and his odd-looking Ditto. On the same page, we also find out that the western name for the series will be Dragon Ball Z Kai: The Final Chapters.

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Rejoice?! Akiba's Trip 2 might be coming to PS4 this summer

Japan News - 18 hours 39 min ago

I played Acquire's open world strip-action game, Akiba's Trip 2, when it came out in Japan this past year. While it wasn't exactly a mind blowing experience one way or the other, I had my fun with it. I think there are definitely folks out there who are gonna have a good time with the game once XSEED releases it in English.

That being said, Akiba's Trip 2 didn't exactly set the sales charts on fire, which makes this rumor that much more odd.

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Sadie Comes Clean with Bleach Tracklist and Upcoming Tour

J-pop Asia - 19 hours 37 min ago
Sadie's mini-album Bleach contains six tracks, 5 of which are re-released songs with new arrangement; promotional nationwide tour to coincide with album release.
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Annotated Anime: Mushishi episode 3

Japan News - 19 hours 39 min ago

Snow. I'm sick of of it. I'm sure most of you guys are, too, given that we on the east coast have had quite the winter. But it looks like there's plenty of snow wherever Ginko is travelling. And it sounds like the mushi he's encountering would be the worst mushi ever -- at least for me. Let's take a look at this week's episode.

 Mushishi episode 3 screenshot

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Huzzah! DanganRonpa 2: Goodbye Despair gets a NA release date

Japan News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 01:11

If you didn't play DanganRonpa: Trigger Happy Havoc for the Vita, what exactly are you doing reading this? Shut your computer off, head to your local store, and buy yourself a copy. You deserve it.

It's one hell of a game.

Finished playing? Now it's time to get down to business.

Courtesy of an Atlus sell sheet, it looks like DanganRonpa 2: Goodbye Despair will be hitting Vita systems in NA on September 2nd of this year. Hell to the yeah!

For those of you wondering why Atlus is distributing the game, they've actually done this many a time in the past. 

The game will run you $39.99, and also features dual audio. 

Are you ready for the second chapter in this ridiculously cool series?

[Atlus sell sheet]

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Teaser trailer for The Tomb of Daisuke Jigen released

Japan News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 18:00

I don't know about you guys, but I'm super hyped for the Lupin III special film, The Tomb of Daisuke Jigen. It's directed by Redline director Takeshi Koike and features music by James Shimoji (also of Redline) and will tell the tale of how Jigen and Lupin first meet. The first teaser trailer for the film has been released and it looks awesome. I'm totally in love with the colors on display here, and... Lupin in a blue jacket? I like it!

The film will have a limited release in Japanese theaters from June 21st through the 27th, and will reportedly run about 50-ish minutes. It almost seems like a TV special that may have gotten a bit of an upgrade, perhaps? I hope international fans will be able to see it soon, as I'm eager to get my hands on it.

I've also included some screenshots from the the teaser along with the new poster. Check 'em out!

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