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May’n performs both 2nd OP and 2nd ED for Aquarion Logos

After rocking out with Aquarion Logos‘ first OP song, “Yamaidare Darlin’,” it has been confirmed that May’n is not only singing the anime’s second OP song, be she is also performing the anime’s second ED song as well.

The new OP song is titled “Yoake no Logos,“,which means Logos of Dawn. The new ED song meanwhile will not be performed by May’n alone, as she will be performing it alongside seiyuu, Haruka Chisuga, who currently voices Kokone Kikogami in Aquarion Logos. The 2nd ED song is titled  “Hontou no Koe wo Anata ni Azuketakute“, which means I Want to Entrust My True Voice to You. Chisuga sang the first ED song for the anime, which is titled “Je Je t’aime Communication.”

Like “Yamaidare Darlin’,” the new OP song was composed by Yoko Kanno, who previously worked with May’n for the songs from Macross Frontier. Both the new ED theme and the new OP theme was introduced on episode 17, which made its premiere last 23 October.

Yoake no Logos” will serve as May’n’s next single, and will be due for release on 16 December 2016.…

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UTADA Hikaru is OFFICIALLY BACK #おかえり

After a 6 years hiatus that saw her releasing only one song, “Sakura Nagashi“, for the 3rd Evangelion Movie in 2012, Hikki is back!

Officially announcing her return as well as a new release, the theme song for an upcoming NHK TV series “Toto Nee-chan” to be debuted on the 4th of April, titled “Hantaba o Kimi ni” as mentioned on her official site. Utada Hikaru will also be contributing a theme song for NTV’s “News Zero” program.

To commemorate her return, a twitter hashtag #おかえりHIKKI is currently being promoted. Tweets featuring the hashtag will be featured on Project New(U)-Turn‘s site as part of the campaign. The goal of the campaign is to raise money via the sales of the Utada Hikaru’s music at participating merchants like Itunes, Mora, and etc, with a portion of the proceeds, will, in turn, be donated to fund the replanting efforts.

Project NEW(U)-Turn is an effort to replant Sakura Trees in the areas affected by the Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami in 2011, It will be working with the non-profit organisation, Sakura Namiki Network.

More interestingly, the site will be tracking the progress with a Sakura Tree, at currently it is at 30% to full bloom. Something that the organisers hoped to achieve by the fourth of April along with the debut of the new songs.

Well, allow me to go doing some shopping on Itunes and contribute to the blooming Sakura Tree!

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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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Singer and Digimon icon, Kouji Wada, passes away at 42

Kouji Wada, whose voice has influenced the childhood of many by singing the theme songs for many Digimon anime, has passed away at the age of 42 on 3 April after a long battle with cancer in his upper pharynx.

He discovered that he had a malignant tumor in his upper pharynx and a lymph node on his neck back in 2003. It was treated properly, but his cancer came back, and he was forced to put his career on hold in 2011. He later came back in 2013, and fittingly ended his career with his final single, which is a re-recording of Butter-Fly for the Digimon Adventure tri. anime, the very song which made him famous.

A private memorial service will be held for the singer’s family and friends, while his agency, Solid Vox, will be holding a memorial event for fans later this month called the  “Wada Kouji Owakare no Kai” or the Kouji Wada Farewell Event. No exact date for this memorial service for fans has been announced as of writing.

Aside from his career-defining Butter-fly song, the talented singer was also responsible for the theme songs for Digimon Adventure 02, Digimon Tamers, Digimon Frontier, Digimon: Data Squad, and Digimon Xros Wars. He also performed the theme song the OP theme song of the Japanese version of Transformers: Robots in Disguise.

We send our condolences to the family of Kouji Wada. May he rest in peace.…