Jason Young

Jason Young

Former staff editor, occasional contributor to The-O Network. Part athlete, part avid gamer, 100% otaku certified.  

ANISONG WORLD TOUR to Invade Vegas January 16th and 17th stars

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In conjunction with Otakon Vegas 2015, Japanese and anime music label Lantis Records recently announced that they will be bringing seven major artists to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino on January 16th and 17th to spread word about Anisong to American fans. Scheduled to tour across six cities, Lantis will be kicking off the ANISONG WORLD TOUR- LANTIS FESTIVAL in Nevada to bring American fans the enjoyment of anime and video game music.

Featured singers include: JAM Project, Yoko Ishida, Yousei Teikoku, ChouCho, Faylan, Sayaka Sasaki and bamboo of milktub fame.

SCANDAL's Newest Album "HELLO WORLD" Now Available on iTunes and Amazon stars

Earlier today, Japanese rock band SCANDAL's newest album Hello World, was released on iTunes and Amazon. Featuring their newest single "Image," which features a composition and lyrics by MAMI, Hello World looks to be the group's latest success in a long line of albums that have all achieved top 5 status on the Oricon Charts in Japan.

UNIVERSAL COOL JAPAN to feature Evangelion, Attack on Titan, Biohazard and Monster Hunter stars

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If you're a fan of games and anime, then Universal Studios Japan has a special treat for you! Well, that is assuming you're planning on booking a trip to Japan sometime within the beginning of 2015. From January 23 to May 10, UNIVERSAL COOL JAPAN will be taking over the amusement park for a total of 108 days. In addition to the previously announced Biohazard (Resident Evil) and Monster Hunter, the main attraction for Universal Cool Japan will also include a special 4D Evangelion attraction along with a full reproduction of a life-sized Titan from Attack on Titan to showcase these special entertainment brands in an immersive environment. More details on the attractions themselves after the jump.

New ClariS Member Karen Revealed in Lis Ani! Magazine stars

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Earlier this week, the official Japanese website for the pop duo ClariS was updated with a character visual for the newest member Karen, illustrated by Otohiko Takano. As the replacement for Alice, who left the duo to focus on her studies, Karen made her debut with the song "Clear Sky," which was included as a bonus CD with M-ON! Entertainment's Lis Ani! Magazine.

The magazine also revealed that the duo will be singing the ED for the upcoming Tsukimonogatari anime, Border and that they will be doing their very first live show during Lis Ani! Live 5 on January 25, 2015.

Sekai Project Reaches Goal for CLANNAD Kickstarter stars

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Fueled by the passion of Key fans worldwide, English localization group, Sekai Project's recently released Kickstarter campaign for the translation of CLANNAD managed to reach its target stretch goal of over $140,000.00 within twenty-four hours of its launch. Currently, both the $1,000.00 and $7,000.00 pledge tiers are all sold out, with Sekai Project hinting that they are currently looking to adding a few more spots to the $1,000.00 tier which includes an exclusive B2 tapestry and autographed copy of the game by Key artist Itaru Hinoue. The company has also announced that they are currently exploring bringing over the HD assets from the PlayStation 3 release of CLANNAD.

Daigo Ikeno Interview @ Japan Expo USA 2014 stars

During Japan Expo 2014, we had a chance to interview incumbent Street Fighter character designer, illustrator and art director Daigo Ikeno who has been working for the video game company Capcom since 1993. Known for his unique take on Ryu, Ken and the rest of the Street Fighter family, find out what he had to say about his design process and his thoughts on his appearance at Japan Expo 2014 in San Mateo, California.

Key/Sekai Project Interview @ Japan Expo USA 2014 stars

For fans of Japanese visual novel-style games, the name Key evokes a lot of fond memories, magical storylines and endearing characters that often culminate into an cathartic bliss that I personally like to describe as "tear nirvana." Known as the company behind the scripts for tearjerker anime such as Kanon, Air and most recently Little Busters!, VisualArt's, Key's parent company, has finally begun to localize these timeless visual novels into English as part of a collaboration with the localization company Sekai Project.

With the recent release of the kinetic novel Planetarian already under their belt, the next big project for the two companies will be the upcoming Kickstarter campaign for Clannad; the title that is often arguably seen as the company's magnum opus. Take a trip with us as we interview Genki Tenkumo, one of the scenario writers for Clannad, and Yoshikuni Toyoizumi, one of VisualArt's PR representatives, at Japan Expo USA 2014 to discuss the company's plans and their hopes for the English market.

Gen Urobuchi Interview @ Japan Expo USA 2014 stars

Also known as "Urobutcher," Gen Urobuchi has penned some of the most notorious anime scripts for series such as Fate/Zero and Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Famous for taking his audience on a journey full of unexpected twists and turns, Gen has worked on stories across multiple mediums including the live-action Kamen Rider Gamen along with some of Nitroplus' quintessential visual novels Saya no Uta and Phantom of Inferno. His upcoming anime film Expelled from Paradise is slated to open in Japan later this year on November 15. Together with Nihongogo, join us as we learn about the man behind some of the anime world's most nefarious villains, [contract anyone?], as he shares his thoughts on his craft and how he goes from pen to script.

ANISONG World Tour to Feature a Las Vegas Pit Stop in 2015 stars

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As part of the Lantis Festival 2014 Tokyo Live, it was announced by Jam project member, Kageyama Hironobu that there will be an Overseas tour tour starting in Las Vegas from January 16-17th, followed by a stop in Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Taipei and one additional city.

“Persona Concert” to be Held at Taiyou Con Next January stars

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For fans of video game JRPG series Persona, Shoji Meguro's evocative compositions have always played a key role in accentuating the immersive environments found in the Shin Megami Tensei, Catherine and Trauama Center video game series. Most recently, his popularity has skyrocketed thanks to in part to his Persona 3 and Persona 4 soundtracks featuring the vocals of Shihoko Hirata, Lotus Juice and Yumi Kawamura.

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