A new powerhouse from Japan has jumped into the fray to help promote the 3DS launch of Super Smash Bros. Japanese girl group AKB48 features in the new commercial screening on Japanese TV in a cute Mii style. The ad also serves to show exactly how the Miis can be used in the game and what kind of action you can expect from the game when it releases.
Everyone’s favourite blue haired vocaloid has made an appearance in a new PV recently in Japan. Hachioji-P is a hugely popular vocaloid producer who posted the clip online for “Twinkle World feat. Hatsune Miku”. The clip is to promote his forthcoming third album while the PV itself was directed by Wakamura-P, a well known vocaloid director.
The album, “Twinkle World”, will feature 14 tracks and is set to launch in Japan on August 27th.
“Twinkle World feat. Hatsune Miku” PV
Easily Japandaman’s favourite trio of J-Pop girls, Perfume have announced plans regarding their upcoming third world tour. Add to that their 20th single release on July 16 called “Cling Cling” and that all adds up to very busy young ladies. Check out the trailer for the third world tour below and below that you can see which cities have been announced so far. Are they coming to your town?
FRI.,Oct.31 Taiwan Taipei International Convention Center
SUN.,Nov.2 Singapore Resorts World TM Theatre, Resorts World Sentosa
SUN.,Nov.9 USA HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM
WED.,Noc.12 UK EVENTIM APOLLO HAMMERSMITH
SAT.,Nov.15 USA HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM
Sword Art Online II is still to release in Japan but we have a preview of the end theme which was recently unleashed onto Japanese television. The theme itself won’t be on sale until August 20th. The track, “Startear”, is performed by Luna Haruna.
Those kawaii metal rockers, BABYMETAL, have revealed they’re about to undertake a world tour soon in the coming months. Countries so far announced are Germany, UK and France but we’re hoping some are thrown into the mix very soon.
In what could be very interesting, the girls will be sharing the UK stage at the Sonisphere Festival with Metallica, Limp Bizkit and Alice In Chains.
So you love Monster Hunter and have a penchant for shredding it up with an axe to some hardcore tunes? Now you can mix it up and cross both these interests with the news that Capcom have authorised ESP Guitars to release a Monster Hunter themed guitar.
Taking inspiration from the Great Sword in the game, the Rathalos Firesword guitar will set you back ¥2,300,000 but check out the serious cred you’ll also be able to claim. It comes with an ESP logo, a gold foil dragon and a hard shell case.
If you ever wanted to do a rock version of some in-game tunes, this guitar is the one to do it with.
Yep, that’s right and really, it was only a matter of time. Combining his love of Lego and the popular vocaloid, Hatsune Miku, ChaosBrick has managed to painstakingly bring to life a Lego version of Hatsune Miku. Starting back in October last year and only finishing the face in February, he’s managed to make amazing progress and complete it by April 15th.
He ran into a few snags here and there especially when putting together the top body with the legs which ended up reworking her skirt and signature pig tails but it all came together nicely in the end.
We featured a piece on Sony releasing Evangelion branded walkmans a while back, today we give you an update on this exciting release with more information and specifications.
They release on April 24th and will be available in 3 different from the Android WALKMAN F series “NW-F887 (64GB).
Here are the 3 different flavours which will be available at launch:
NW-F887/EVA1 – ¥43,000
This version features one of three Rebuild of Evangelion soundtrack albums installed
NW-F887/EVA3 – ¥51,000
All three album are installed
NW-F887/EVA3 with special earphone - ¥87,000
The Hi-Res audio compatible inner ear receiver “XBA-H3″ is also included
You can even select the rear image for the walkman to be based on the same one that Shinji uses on his DAT player in the series.
The players support FLAC, HE-AAC support and, like the E series, plays MP3, WMA, L-PCM, and AAC format audio. There’s also the option to integrate it with Sony’s Music Unlimited service.
All you J-Rockers out there will be rapt to hear that the Japan Music Festival is hitting up Australia with select venues in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. So who’s coming out I hear you ask? Well, we have Jill, 101A, Kaimokujisho and Sparky Quano.
Looking at venues around Australia, here’s where you can catch up with all the action:
APR 03rd (THU) MELBOURNE – ESPLANADE HOTEL
APR 04th (FRI) SYDNEY – THE ROLLER DEN, ERSKINEVILLE
APR 05th (SAT) BRISBANE – RIC’S BAR
APR 06th (SUN) MELBOURNE – THE RETREAT BRUNSWICK
And if you want some more info on the artists, then look no further than below!
Eri is the singer and writer for this immensely popular band in the live circuit. She has a lifelong passion for the typical Japanese pop/rock anime music, which is becoming more popular throughout the world. The band take pride in writing original music but also include some of the more popular anime covers at their live show. From high-energy pop to lyrical ballads, Eri delivers her delicious vocals that you will not forget.
101A cross Grunge, Shoe-gaze and Industrial genres. Rough, heavily distorted instruments paired with delicate, melodic female vocals characterize their sound. They have written songs in a variety of styles; soft, melodic, cinematic pieces, bright, energetic, beat-driven instrumentals, sharp but brooding sounds paired with screaming vocals and gentle, expansive, uplifting ballads, each song conjuring a new scene, demonstrating the band’s unique style and striking individuality.
An intense sound akin to the 90’s rock pioneers Korn and The Deftones, Kaimokujishō have garnered a reputation on the Japanese live circuit as ‘Line-up destroyers’ because they have the uncanny knack of blowing the rest of the bands off stage regardless of their genre. Vocalist Natsumi’s almost improbable vocal range sails over an organic drum sound that in turn contrasts the nimble fingered guitarist, the resulting total of which is sonic overload on a grand scale.
A solo guitarist with a whole slew of pedals, Sparky creates everything including rhythm tracks and percussion from a single guitar. His instrumental rock pieces are haunting and progressive with occasional ghostly whispers, evoking images of intergalactic travel. His hands play percussively like a piano, churning out tribal beats and space-rock on a level never seen before.
For ticket info, click on over to japanmusicfestival.com.au
Proving that once again, Japan is the home of crossovers and collaborations, word has trickled out that Sony is teaming up with Evangelion to produce a unique walkman. Details are scant but there is a page on the Sony site (here it is), that outlines some loose details about pre-orders starting next month for the Evangelion branded walkman.
The walkman is part of the F-series and will be able to playback MP3, WMA, L-PCM, AAC format audio as well as adding, FLAC and HE-AAC support. I haven’t even seen it and I want one!