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Macross Delta’s 15-Year Old Theme Song Singer Junna Follows May’n’s Footsteps

May’n and Megumi Nakajima have made a name for themselves with Macross Frontier, and the upcoming Macross Delta TV anime is aiming to replicate their success with this new batch of theme song singers, who are most certainly following in the footsteps of their predecessors. While Minori Suzuki is seen as the successor to Megumi Nakajima, a young 15-year old singer named Junna is being touted as the successor to May’n, who served as the singing voice to Sheryl Nome.

May’n had previously provided the vocals for all of Sheryl Nome’s songs, and similarly, the young Junna will be providing the vocals for all of Mikumo Guynemer’s songs. Now 15, Junna first recorded “Ikenai Borderline” as a 14-year old middle school student, which makes her the youngest Macross theme song singer yet.

While Mikumo will be voiced by Ami Koshimizu, Junna will be the singing voice, which means that the character will have a separate seiyuu and singer, just like Sheryl Nome.

This was announced during the “Macross Delta Housou Chokuzen Runpika Joueikai” (Macross Delta Pre-Broadcast Runpika Screenings) event, which revealed that the anime’s OP theme song will be titled Ichido Dake no Koi Nara” (If I Love Only Once), and it will be performed by Walküre. Aside from Mikumo, the other seiyuu from the fictional idol unit will both be acting out and singing for their respective characters. You can check out the voice cast here: https://www.afachan.asia/2016/03/anime-macross-deltas-voice-cast-gets-official-confirmation/

Meanwhile, for the ED song, Minori Suzuki will be performing “Run ga …

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Memorable graduation songs

The  month of March is the fateful time when high school students in Japan have their graduation ceremonies and bid goodbye to their teachers and schoolmates from high school! It is probably a happy and emotional event for most high school students, as they move on to the next stage of lives. Of course, an emotional graduation ceremony is not complete without an emotional graduation song. Do you recall any popular graduation songs released in Japan in the recent years? If you don’t recall any, here are some tear-jerking graduation tunes you must not miss!

Sotsugyou made ni tsutaetai koto (Something i want to tell you before graduation)

By erica

This song is from the album, “Koku uta 2: Sotsugyou made ni tsutaetai koto” which was just released on 2nd March this year. It’s a continuation of  the album, “Koku uta: Anata e okuru uta,” and both albums feature sweet love songs that portray how teenagers feel when they’re in love.

This song by Momoiro Clover Z walks us through the life of a high school student, from the point where they enter the unfamiliar grounds of high school, until the time they bid farewell to their classmates. With a choir backing Momoiro Clover Z as they sing the song, they are portrayed like a school choir performing at the high school graduation ceremony, and it would definitely be an appropriate song to sing on one’s graduation day.

Sakura no kisetsu (cherry blossom season) was written by none other than …

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Kano to release her first-ever album,

After releasing two hit singles which are the theme songs for two separate anime titles, well-known utaite and AniSong singer, Kano, is finally releasing her very first album. Titled 「nowhere」, releasing 11 May 2016. The album includes her new song, Prima Stella (プリマステラ), previewed in the new video below,

The album will also include the song from her two major singles, which are “Stella-rium”, the opening song for “Wish Upon the Pleiades”, and “Dear Brave”, which served as the ending song for “Heavy Object”. The album will be released with 10 different songs, with the limited edition version also coming bundled with a music video DVD and a special picture book.

The standard edition will cost 2,500 yen plus tax, while the limited edition version, with the DVD and picture book, will cost 3,500 yen plus tax. The music video DVD will include music videos for Prima Stella, The Girl Who Leapt Through Time, and Walk This Way.

Kano started her career as a vocaloid producer, with the song, “Toumei Ningen no Nihilism.” She then went on to covering different songs, and gained popularity in Niconico through her soft, girly and whispery voice. She made her major debut with Stella-rium, before releasing Dear Brave. She also forms the utaite unit, Yurikanon, with fellow-utaite, Yurin.…

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Funassyi gets its own Budoukan concert!

Yes, you’ve read the title right, Funassyi, Funabashi City’s unofficial pear mascot, is going to do what many Japanese artistes are still dreaming of doing. That is, he will be holding a concert inside the hallowed halls of the Nippon Budoukan!

And yes ladies and gentlemen, this is not an April Fools’ joke… though it was announced last 1 April during a LINE live broadcast.

Called the Funassyi Summer Festival 2016 – Nashisai NASSYI FES. ~(『ふなっしー夏祭り2016 ~梨祭 NASSYI FES.~』), the Budoukan concert will be held on 23 August. After that, Funassyi will be holding another concert on 29 August at the Osaka-Jou Hall in Osaka.

For those wondering if Funassyi could hold a concert in the hallowed ground of Japanese music, the Yuru-chara mascot actually has two singles and one album (which reached #4 in the Oricon charts) already out. Though it did admit that it doesn’t yet have enough material to do a 90-minute concert during the live broadcast, which announced that it is going to the Budoukan.

Funassyi will be the very first Yuru-chara mascot to get a Budoukan concert, which has been a long time coming, as the lovable pear from Chiba Prefecture once said that it wanted to perform at the Budoukan back in 2013. Fast forward three years to now, and the mascot’s dream has finally come true!

Congratulations yellow guy!…

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Nestle Japan celebrates the love of tea with new Kit Kat flavors

Japan is known for its many unique Kit Kat flavors, the most popular of which is Matcha Green Tea. Now, Nestle Japan is giving us more than the usual Matcha Green Tea flavor with the release of their new “I LOVE TEA” series, which introduces us to five new tea-flavored Kit Kats.

These new flavors are:

Gyokuro, considered the highest quality of green tea in Japan, and is described to have a mellow flavor.

All five flavors will be sold in a 10-pack box set worth 2,484 yen. Each set will contain two packs of each flavor, and will be available in various Kit Kat Chocolatory stores starting 1 April. However, people who visit the Shinjuku Takashimaya store on 25 March will be able to purchase these chocolates before its official release date.

In the words of Kongou from Kantai Collection: “Always got to make time for tea-time!”…

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Haiku Contest for otakus Features Hilarious Winning Entries

One of Japan’s greatest contributions to literature is the haiku, a type of poem which has 17 syllables in a five-seven-five pattern. A contest was recently held in Japan for haikus (not to be confused with the volleyball manga, Haikyuu!!), and it was held for otakus and was called the  11th “otaku senryu contest.”

The Top 10 winners received some very nifty cash prizes, and their poetry was all too hilarious, however, some of them hit too close to home. Here are the winners, as loosely translated by Rocket News 24 (Note that it’s nearly impossible to translate both the meaning and haiku format, so we opted to take some liberties with the 5-7-5 format in English.) (Note that it’s nearly impossible to translate both the meaning and haiku format, so they opted to take some liberties with the 5-7-5 format in English.):

#1. 100,000 yen prize

I turn off the computer
The beautiful woman disappears
Only my fat reflection fills the screen

#2. 50,000 yen prize

I have many hobbies
But talking to people
Is not one of them

#3. 50,000 yen prize

From my wallet
A ten-thousand yen bill disappears
Ah! And there goes another

#3. 10,000 yen prize

At the handshake event
The hot guy gets two minutes
Alas, I get five seconds

#5. 10,000 yen prize

The idea of buying something
On the spot, spur of the moment
Makes me laugh

#7. 10,000 yen prize

The year of Evangelion
Came and went
But the angels

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Hatsune Miku also gets her own official marriage registration papers

Konin Todoke Seisakujo/Design Laboratory for Marriage Paperworks has been releasing official marriage papers for couples wanting to get married. After releasing their Sailor Moon Marriage Documents, it seems that they are expanding to the Vocaloid franchise.

In Japan, just handing a marriage registration to your local government office is enough for two people who love each other to get married, and no elaborate ceremonies, no rice throwing, no bouquet tosses, no priests, are required to be officially recognized as a married couple.

These new Hatsune Miku Marriage Documents are officially recognized by the Japanese government, which means that if you and your partner use these papers to file your marriage, it will be recognized. They come in two designs, “Hatsune Miku Loving Bride (Blue)” and “Hatsune Miku Loving Bride (Pink),” and both come in sets of three pages worth of documents for you and your bride to fill up. Each set of three documents cost 3,900 yen. These documents are illustrated by one of Miku’s most popular illustrators, KEI.

And if your order numbers ends in either 3 or 9, you will also get your own Hatsune Miku Bride clear file. The released last 9 March, or 3/9, which is Miku day!…

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Evangelion Shinkansen continues campaign with new visual and bonuses

Last November, the JR West Sanyou Shinkansen line launched the Shinkansen Evangelion Project, which features a special train called the 500-type EVA, which comes complete with a life-size cockpit from the 1995 classic anime.

The train is running until March 2017, and it is launching a new promotion, as well as new campaign bonuses. Heck, it’s even gotten itself a new visual!

The new promotion aims to attract kids during the spring break period into riding the Eva Shinkansen, and they will be giving away limited edition button badges to parents who accompany their elementary school children in the period between 15 March and 17 April 2016.

The train stops in Okayama Prefecture, and has a tie-in for the area’s tourism, with passengers who take the Eva Shinkansen during weekdays from 15 March – 30 June getting a special Okayama Prefecture postcard featuring Asuka.

The  “500 Type Eva Project” will be running from mid-autumn 2015 all the way until March 2017, so there is plenty of time to catch these trains when visiting Japan. Special events and limited edition collaboration items during the time of its implementation.

Here are the schedules for the train’s journeys:

Hakata Station 6:36a.m. – Shin-Osaka Station 11:14 a.m. (Kodama 730)
Shin-Osaka Station 11:32 a.m. – Hakata Station 4:07 p.m. (Kodama 741)…

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Holiday at ANIME JAPAN 2016!

Want a holiday? Many of us prefer unique or exclusive areas when it comes to loitering around with the loved ones, no matter kids or adults everybody loves adventure trips with amazing and exciting tours. There are many events that are organized all around the globe and on the same hand people from different backgrounds come together and have fun. One such event is Anime Japan 2016 happening in Tokyo from the 25th to 26th of March.

It not only offers entertainment options but also the opportunities for people to connect and enroll for what all is happening in the Anime world.

Anime Japan is all about adventure, excitement, lots of fun activities, amusements and celebrations. Most of all the Anime Japan 2016 has a pleasant and an enjoyable environment with lots of ongoing activities around. With the most elaborate booths set up and stages ranging from the experiential like the Aniplex booth or those packed with WOW factor like GoodSmile Company, where the latest products are being showcased.

The Japanese anime with colorful graphics, vibrant characters and fantastical subjects is without a doubt, the main attraction of the event.

Want to experience a new anime world; Anime Japan 2016 is the event which shouldn’t be missed. Different stage performances and activities are being performed here, as Anime Japan 2016 is on its way, avail the opportunity and book your fast passes skipping the long procedure of standing in the queues and you can avoid any delays for sure.

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Penang Anime Matsuri 2016: Magical Summer!!

This year’s Penang Anime Matsuri will be one of the biggest outdoor anisong concert held to date in Malaysia. The festival themed, “Magical Summer”, will take place at the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Georgetown in Dewan Sri Pinang and the Penang Esplanade on 21 -22 May 2016.

Event-goers will be treated to an array of activities — from cosplay to anime screenings, panels, workshop, meet-and-greet sessions as well as the Biggest Outdoor Anisong concert in Malaysia.

GUEST COSPLAYERS

A team of celebrity cosplayers, Angie(Malaysia), Ely(Taiwan), Liui (The Philippines), Sansin(South Korea), Siu Tao (Hong Kong), Tomia (South Korea) and Ying Tze (Malaysia) will be onboard to help liven up the festival. They will be conducting cosplay workshops to help keen cosplay enthusiasts hone their skills.

Guest Illustrators

Guest illustrators, nob-c (Japan) and FeiGiap(Malaysia) will also be on stage for some illustration panels.

Chong Fei Giap is an illustrator from Malaysia, is a Co-founder of Running Snail Studio as well as Creative Director of design brand “Loka Made”. He is also a part-time teacher at The One Academy of Communication Design. His illustrations reflect streets of Malaysia and probably someone’s daily life. These illustrations are mysterious and nostalgic, yet feel very realistic.

nob-c is a character designer and illustrator. He is also the illustrator for PAM2016 main visual. He is known for his warmth in his illustrations and high attention to detail, with high proficiency in delicate graphics. He has worked on characters from …