Last year in August, shoppers of Japan's otaku shopping district, Akihabara, reported that actress Kirsten Dunst, probably best recognized for her role as Mary Jane in recent Spiderman films, was spotted wearing a magical girl sailor outfit. It was later revealed that she was working on a music video titled Akihabara Majokko Princess with director McG who worked on 2009's Terminator Salvation. Almost half a year later, the video has finally been released online. The four minute video portraits various locations in Japan and Dunst's apparent love for the otaku culture, "...I think I'm turning Japanese, I really think so."
Update: Got reports from some users the video is missing from the original site. Included the video inside. Let us know if it stops working.
Bringing her international acclaim with Kill Bill Vol. 1, Chiaki Kuriyama is once again making her debut as a singer with her single, Ryusei No Namida. The song was chosen as the theme song for Bandai's latest Gundam project, Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. Kuriyama had earlier attended a screening of there series with director Kazuhiro Furuhashi and writer Harutoshi Fukui at The Grand Cinema in Hong Kong on February 6, 2010.
Sony Music has also announced that the single will be making a future American release soon, so stay tuned.
Like the previous post in an effort to promote the coming release of the Animelo Summer Live 2009 DVD and Blu-ray release, here's teaser shots of our main m.o.v.e photo folder. We have also included some of the images full sized that were previously approved for publication by their management and record label. Enjoy!
Since the Blu-ray and DVD version of Animelo Summer Live 2009 is releasing soon, we've decided to hype it up by posting teaser screenshots of our picture folder of the event starting with Nana Mizuki. Unfortunately, we cannot release the full sized images; however, if there are any other artists who performed at the event you would like to see, let us know in the comments.
While they won't be appearing for a live, members of X Japan will make a public U.S. appearance together on January 9th, 2009 in Hollywood. The band will be filming four music videos that day, closing down Hollywood Boulevard in the process. Fans can sign up for more information through J Rock Nation. Since this will be one night only event, be sure to sign up and not miss this historic band's first American appearance!
Update: Added press release.
Musical group Chatmonchy will be performing in the US at the 2010 South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals (SXSW). The group, consisting of Eriko Hashimoto on guitar and vocal, Akiko Fukuoka on bass, and Kumiko Takahashi on drums. has been a huge hit in Japan, and have even performed at the prestigious Nippon Budokan concert hall. More information inside.
For those of you who couldn't be in Japan for Animelo Summer Live (Ani-Sama) 2009, DWANGO has announced they will be releasing the DVD and Blu-ray versions on February 24, 2010. We had previously provided coverage for the event including photos which can be found here.
In an effort to clear out the backlogging of articles before the new year, here's one of the first. Pop Korean star BoA made a visit on stage at the San Francisco Pride Parade on Sunday June 28, 2009. Appearing at a rather odd event, that didn't stop thousands of BoA fans from showing up in droves with cameras and camecorders.
For the anime fans, they may vaguely remember BoA for her song Every Heart (Minna no Kimochi) used as the third ending for Inyasha the anime.
Regardless of some of the problems, the performance starting almost an hour late and a cameraman in front of the stage blocking the audience’s view, it was definitely a welcomed wait for fans. Short video clip as well as photos from the front of the stage inside.