General Japan News
J-pop Asia - 3 hours 22 min ago
You're interested in the concept of An Cafe's latest album "Hikagyaku ZiprocK", want to find out what happened during their PV-shooting for "RO-MAN" and what drummer Teruki and figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu have in common? Then check out JPA's interview with the band!
J-pop Asia - 5 hours 54 min ago
Japanese Visual Kei band Sel'm announces the release of a brand new mini album titled "Violations" to drop on April 2nd.
J-pop Asia - 6 hours 43 min ago
Rose Noire has released their brand new MV for song "Alice" with a haunting display of the original "Alice in Wonderland" theme and twisted into their own unique sound, also the duo has announced a 2nd performance slotted for Toronto, Canada May 26th.
Japan News - 11 hours 55 min ago
Crunchyroll has really been on point with their manga system lately! They've been adding new titles left and right. Recently, they've added two new ones which you can read now.
Memoirs of Amorous Gentlemen (Bikacho Shinshi Kaikoroku) by Moyoco Anno was one of the newest titles they've added. The manga tells a tale about a young woman named Colette who works in a brothel located in Paris. The series talks about Colette and all of the other girls who work beside her. All the girls are there for each other, because they know what it's like to live a life like they do. Leon, Colette's love interest, is the only person she had hope for. But can she really be sure Leon loves her like she loves him?
Japan News - 12 hours 55 min ago
Sorry for the interruption! I swung by Japan for a couple weeks with the hopes of catching a glimpse of the actual Wake Up! Girls! in the flesh. To no avail, their events in Tokyo at the time were booked solid and I was way too late in on the act, so like many I had to make do with their Wonfest stream. This also means we have a three-episode recap this week since actually trying to watch late-night TV while traveling is a major pain in the rear.
Japan News - 13 hours 55 min ago
As I've said before, in general I am not a fan of mecha anime. I do love moe girls though which is why I am absolutely in love with Robot Girls Z! It really has all the elements that I love in a series including cute characters, over the top action and explosions and fun writing that doesn't take itself too seriously in the least and it seems that I'm not alone in loving this series because to celebrate the release of the DVD and Blu-ray in Japan the entire nine episode series will be getting a theatrical run on May 31st! So not fair!
According to the official Twitter account, the entire series will be run along with a special unaired episode which will be included in the DVD/Blu-ray release (scheduled to hit store shelves in Japan on June 13th). More information about the theatrical screening will be released soon via social media.
J-pop Asia - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 01:47
Popular South Korean actress Jun Ji Hyun might focus on her married life after big success of her starring SBS drama "You Who Came From The Stars".
J-pop Asia - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 01:17
Japanese actress Yuriko Yoshitaka was present at the premiere event for her upcoming lead NHK drama "Hanako to Anne".
J-pop Asia - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 00:57
The trailer for the upcoming film "Oh! Father" which stars Masaki Okada has been revealed.
J-pop Asia - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 00:12
Due to their vocalist YUI being diagnosed with panic disorder, FLOWER FLOWER won't be able to appear at the "VIVA LA ROCK" event.
J-pop Asia - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 22:16
the Raid. will release a new single titled "raison d'etre" this April. Check out more details on it!
J-pop Asia - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 17:46
Visual Kei band Capella will release one last album before going different ways.
Japan News - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 15:00
Do you want to make your voice heard? Vertical is always open to what its readers want, and their seasonal reader survey is the best way to do so. Apart from following them around at convention after convention, pestering them constantly. Ed gets the hint at that point.
This survey features an early feeler for a subscription program. Vertical has been floating the idea of running a subscription service to automatically sign readers up for either books, manga, or all Vertical publications as a means of helping to sell more independent titles that wouldn't normally meet minimum sales requirements. It's a program I think would be a great solution for bringing a greater breadth of titles to audiences that you wouldn't normally see from larger publishers.
J-pop Asia - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 10:23
2NE1's latest album "Crush" debuted at number 61 on the Billboard 200, setting the record for highest-charting and best-selling K-pop album.
Japan News - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 10:00
Every year around this time the nominees for the Tokyo Anime Awards are announced with the most prestigious award being given the title of Anime of the Year. Over the years many wonderful movies and series have been given this award including Wolf Children in 2012, Summer Wars in 2009 and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time in 2007.
This year there are seven titles which will be competing for the coveted spot as the best anime of the year and while some of these titles were pretty much guaranteed to get a nomination given their legacy or current popularity, a couple of these nominees are sure to surprise you (I know that I was certainly surprised as I went through the nomination list).
J-pop Asia - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 08:21
Japanese band FLOW recognized for their performances of many popular anime series such as Naruto will be the musical guests of honor at AnimeFest in Dallas Texas in the U.S.A. this summer. Furthermore the band will be releasing a full album "26 a Go Go!!!" on the 26th.
Japan News - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 08:00
The first trailer for Brynhildr in the Darkness (wow is that a tricky title to type) has gone live on the internets and reveals the story behind this series which will premiere in April. The series, which is based off a manga of the same name, features a boy who can't let go of the guilt he feels for letting his childhood friend die in an accident. The high school boy named Ryouta deals with this guilt by trying to prove that aliens exist to fulfill the promise that he and his friend made as children. One day, he meets a girl named Neko who looks exactly like his childhood friend but says that she is actually a magic user who escaped from a nearby research facility.
J-pop Asia - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 07:26
The shooting features the band's "re (construction) LIVE" held on December 28th, 2013 at Tokyo Globe-za. They performed a total of 12 songs focused around the concept of the album with the same name released last year.
J-pop Asia - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 06:54
The performances will be part of their third concert tour "SHINee WORLD III". The band will hold lives starting from the event in Mexico City Arena on April 4th, then they’ll move to the Movistar Arena in Chile on April 6th and then at Luna Park Arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina on April 8th.
Japan News - Thu, 03/06/2014 - 06:00
Animated pokémon battles are always great fun to watch, but the movies always like to go the extra mile. As it's Pokémon X&Ys first movie, we've got the powerhouses Yveltal and Xerneas firing all sorts of colourful attacks at each other, and even a few mega evolutions for good measure. Did you see that lady with the key stone as an earring? So cool!
We also get to see more of Diancie, the first of three legendary pokémon that you can't obtain in the games under normal circumstances. It'll be interesting to see what it can do, and you can count on seeing the next two appear in future pokémon films. The film will hit Japanese cinemas on July 19th.
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