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Interview: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

The J-Pop Harajuku Kawaii Amabassador, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, is performing in Sydney, Australia on the 23rd of March as part of her current world tour. Japandaman HQ was lucky enough to snag a few minutes of her precious time for an email interview which she graciously agreed to. Many thanks to Katey Smile for assistance with the questions, Handsome Tours and Angela Henley Publicity.

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Japandaman: Are you excited to come to Australia?

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu: Yes very much! This will be my first time in Australia so I am very excited to meet local fans! I’ve never been to the Southern hemisphere so I am wondering if the climate is really opposite from what we have in Japan. Last but not least I would love to see sharks and koalas!

J: Who are your current influences?

KPP: I just love Katy Perry. Her cuteness is just perfect in every way. She is also a very humorous and kind person. Of course I respect her very much as an artist.

J: What is your favourite music video and song that you’ve released?

KPP: “Mottai-Nightland” video expresses the world of fantasy I love so much. On the other hand “Fashion Monster” is the very first video that I could express rock and the world’s quite different from the colourful popness like in other videos. Still it is very hard to pick which one is the best though.

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J: What is your favourite costume that you’ve worn?

KPP: I love the Fashion Monster costume. I tend to wear quite colourful and ‘full of pop’ costumes but with Fashion Monster I wanted to challenge something rock and cool so I feel very attached to the costume.

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J: Did you think you would end up being this sucessful when you started on You Tube?

KPP: I haven’t expected anything like this when I first uploaded the “PON PON PON” video on you tube. So I was honestly surprised to see the attention from overseas. I feel very fortunate that people find out about me on the Internet and they come see me on stage when I am touring their local cities for the first time.

J: Which artist would you like to collaborate with?

KPP: I cannot imagine to collaborate with anyone yet.

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J: You have many fans that don’t speak Japanese but love your music, why do you think this is so?

KPP: I sing mostly in Japanese but the lyrics really don’t have a clear meaning. You can just enjoy the way it sounds. I think that’s why people enjoy my music even if they don’t speak Japanese or they are too young to understand the language.

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J: How do you come up with the ideas for your clothes and music videos?

KPP: I get a lot of inspiration when I am going through the Internet. I pick up some pictures or videos I liked and I just talk with my stylist. Often our discussion starts with me drawing my images.

J: What else would you like to achieve through your music?

KPP: I want to achieve a lot of things through my music and fashion. Other than that I am not really interested. I just don’t want to be a jack-of-all-trades.

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J: Outside of music, what’s next for you with your fashion projects?

KPP: I always want to design a costume like no one has ever seen. It is boring to keep doing the same things so I want to keep challenging new things.

Kyary, thank you so much for your time. We at Japandaman and all our readers appreciate it and wish you all the best with your world tour.

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Arigatou gozaimasu!

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Attack On Titan Celebrates Milestone With Event

The unstoppable juggernaut that is Attack on Titan passed a milestone as a series recently. It surpassed 30 million units sold and is being celebrated by a special event which ran from April 10 – 12. The event saw a titanic (see what I did there?) 60 metre projection which was held at the Lazona Kawasaki Plaza shopping mall in Saiwai-ku, Kawasaki.

To see what I mean, have a look at the promo trailer below, it’s pretty impressive for a short clip.

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And here’s a couple of clips from the event!

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Chibi Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Characters

Now here’s something cute that will get fans squeeling with kawaii overload.  Square Enix are releasing a new batch of chibi characters based around the upcoming new game, Theathrhythm Final Fantasy. The new figures are Sephiroth, Cloud and Tifa. They’ll retail for ¥2, 880 and will go on sale June 27th.

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New Teaser Site For Tales of the World Opens

Bandai Namco have announced on the interwebs that they’ve opened a teaser site for the upcoming 3DS title, Tales of the World: Reve Unitia. The game is based on the existing Tales of the World: Tactics Union which is a smartphone game.

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The site can be found here and doesn’t really reveal much apart from the logo and some details from the game. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that more details around the game come to light soon as well as the developer which is still shrouded in secrecy.

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New Screens For Toukiden Kiwami

Toukiden has proven to be very popular in Japan, so much so that an updated version, Toukiden Kiwami, is being released later this year.

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The game will be hitting up both the PSP and the PS Vita with some nifty changes to the existing game. First off, there’s a new NPC in the mix along with a new demon called Imihayahi, special moves, new weapons, different customisation options and loads more.

The majority of the game looks like to be the same but we’ve discovered some new screenshots which show Reiki, the new NPC along with a peek at the demon, Imihayahi.

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Gaming Life In Japan ~ 24/3/14 – 30/3/14

It’s that awesome time of the week…Gaming Life in Japan!

Japan has shown they love their vocaloids with the newest entry to the rhythm game genre, Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd, taking out the top spot on the PS Vita. Second on the software charts is Mario Party: Island Tour for the Nintendo 3DS selling a neat 78,098 units the past week.

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Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd PS Vita version

The 3rd spot sees Hatsune Miku Project Diva F 2nd for the PS3 finding its home this week. A new entry for the 3DS from a popular dating simulation series takes the 7th position, that game being New Love Plus+. Positions 8 and 9 are taken up J-Stars Victory VS for the PS3 and PS Vita, respectively. Rounding out the software chart top 10 is another entry, this time for the PS Vita, which is Hakuoki SSL: Sweet School Life.

Great looking box art!

Great looking box art!

Let’s take a look at the hardware charts where we can see that once again the Nintendo 3DS XL is back at the top with sales over 52,124 units this week.

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The PS Vita takes 2nd with 39,752 units shifted. Meanwhile the new kid on the block, the PS4, seems to be holding its own in 3rd place shifting 23,327 consoles for the week, the figure is down from last week but it isn’t all doom and gloom. Which brings us to the Wii U, I mean that in a good way, the system shifted 13,026 units this week which is great considering it doesn’t have a game in the top 10. So it managed to break double figures on its own strength which is something new for Nintendo. We can’t wait to see if this indicates a change in fortunes for Nintendo with their home console, we’ll see what the latest charts say soon.

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George Clooney Stars In Kirin Beer Commercial

Now here’s something you don’t see everyday…George Clooney is starring in a Japanese ad for Kirin beer as we speak. Hollywood stars making some spare change overseas is nothing new but what does stand out about this short TV spot is Clooney’s ability to sound like Batman when he speaks with just one word.

Classy, right?

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Attack On Titan Live Action Movie Update

It was inevitable that hugely popular series, Attack on Titan, would be receiving a live action adaptation but who exactly will be filling in the shoes of the characters we all know and love?

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The first bit of casting has leaked out pointing towards the casting of Japanese singer turned actor, Haruma Miura in the film. No word on who he’ll be playing but rumours are rife on the interwebs that he’ll be taking over the role of Eren.

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Miura has previously starred in Bloody Monday, Samurai High School, Last Cinderella and is also a member of J-Pop boy band, Brash Brats. Filming looks set to take place at Hashima island otherwise known as Gunkanjima. It’s a long abandoned island in the area of Nagasaki.

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If the island looks vaguely familiar, it was used in the James Bond film, Skyfall as the enemy stronghold.

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Design A Weapon For Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate

Now here’s a great contest that will get  a whole community excited. Capcom are currently holding a competition inviting gamers to design a weapon for the upcoming Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate on the 3DS. And the winning entrant will see their design featured in the game, now that would be cool.

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It can’t be a completely made up design as it needs to be based on one of the existing Sword & Shield, Dual Blades, Great Sword, Long Sword, Hammer, Hunting Horn, Lance, Gunlance, Switch Axe, Light Bowgun, Heavy Bowgun, Bow, Insect Glaive, or Charge Blade weapon classes. If you think you have what it takes, email your entry to contest@capcom.com using the subject “MH4U WEAPON DESIGN.” You can also include a brief 100 word description of the designed weapon. The contest closes on May 5th so get cracking and may the best design win!

You can also check out the rules and terms of the competition as well.

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PS Vita Miku Commercial With Alodia

Alodia is a name well known to cosplayers around the world. Her works are amazing and she’s a great ambassador for the world of cosplay. Recently she’s been busy in Japan filming a new TV commercial for the PS Vita release of Hatsune Miku Project Diva f 2nd which looks amazing. The game and the commercial. Have a look at the dancing commercial below.

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Trailer For High Kick Angels

Here’s a great looking trailer for a new Japanese martial arts called High Kick Angels. The movie stars Kanon Miyahara, a young 17 year female old who in 2007 actually won the 7th All Japan Boys’ and Girls’ Karatedo Championships. Production duties are being handled by Fuyuhiko Nishi, who previously looked after High Kick Girl! (2009) and KG-Karate Girl (2011).  Seems to be a bit of a pattern here.

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The flick will hit the Japanese cinemas on the 14th of June while video site Nico Nico Douga will be doing a pay per view stream of the film as well. The plot of the movie revolves around a group of girls who belong to a movie club who watch action movies and have a love for Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee. Inspired by the movies they watch, they head to a derelict school to make a film called “High Kick Angels” and instead end up encountering a number of men who storm the building. Finding themselves trapped, they take on the men in a battle. The tagline for the movie says it all: ”Ever get your ass kicked by a high school girl?”

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