I’ve only been introduced to the trio known as Baby Metal by Neko (thank you!) but already I’m a convert and it seems I’m not alone. The group performs death metal tracks in a unique and catchy way which makes it easier to appeal to a more mainstream audience. It seems like they’re starting to break out of Japan with the news that their song “Gimmie Chocolate!!” has received over 2.6 million views on YouTube.
Their self titled album has landed itself on the US iTunes chart in the Metal section. They also made an impact in Canada, the UK and loads of other countries. To see what we’re talking about, here’s a clip of the ladies in action with ‘Gimme chocolate!’
Crayon Shin chan is a very popular series in Japan and has spawned a massive franchise which keeps the fans happy. Now fans will have more reason to be happy with the news that the upcoming Crayon Shin chan feature film, Crayon Shin-chan: Gachinko! Gyakushu no Robo To-chan (Serious Battle! Robot dad strikes back), will have the theme song provided by Kyary Pamyu Pamyu.
Kyary’s new song, ”Family Party” which releases on April 9th, will be used which is also her first original theme song in her career. The track is being produced by Yasutaka Nakata who has also handled production duties on her past singles and albums.
The Harajuku Kawaii Amabassador, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, has taken the covers off of her latest PV and it’s quirky, features a polar bear and full of kawaii goodness!
CD single art
Bonus visual art for the single
The PV is for her new song, “Yume no Hajima Ring Ring”, which loosely translates as “The Dream’s Beginnring-Ring” and will also be the main track from her latest CD single which launches on the 26th of February. Enjoy the video below!
And now for an extra touch of kawaii, Hatsune Miku lovers will soon be able to get a pair of Miku inspired headphones. Hatsune Miku day is March the 9th in Japan and to celebrate, one of the larger bookstore and video rental stores, Tsutaya, will be releasing these awesome headphones to the public.
The phones are called mikuzip and are based on a design from well known earphone brand, ALPEX. New illustrations will be featured on the packaging from CHAN×CO and will retail for ¥1, 696.
Pretty cool, yeah?
That Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is one busy little Harajuku Princess. Not content with finishing her first world tour, she’s now launched into her second world tour, but even better, she’s coming to Australia this time around.
March 23rd will see Kyary come to Sydney’s Metro Theatre with tickets still completely sold out. It’s Japan, Man!’s very own resident kawaii princess, Katey, managed to score a ticket so we can’t wait to see what she thinks of it afterwards!
DECO*27 is a vocaloid composer that’s always cranking out massive hits for the virtual idols. His latest piece of work is for none other than the blue haired vocaloid herself, Hatsune Miku.
The track is called “Dokusenyoku/Mono Poisoner” and was posted on the interwebs on January 31st. The track will also form part of his 4th album release, “Conti New”, which hits Japan on March 26th.
So Miku fans, what do you of the latest track?
Miss Monochrome is an original digital creation based around android and brought to life using the voice of Yui Horie, an anime voice actress who also sings. She had her Youtube channel launch today which you can access here.
The first video to launched on the channel is a PV track called “Poker Face” which also doubles as the opening track for for the Fall anime, Miss Monochrome: The Animation which ran for 13 episodes. The CD single will hit stores in Japan on January 29. Catch the PV below.
Everything is all good on the Kyary front for fans in Australia with the announcement that the Harajuku singer will doing a concert in Sydney in March. In fact, tickets went on sale today. But even better is news of her new single have started to emerge.
The track, “Yume no hajima-rinrin”, is being put together by the usual team of Yasutaka Nakata who are no strangers to the pop world helming projects for Perfume and capsule on a regular basis.
The single drops on February 26th as a physical release in the form of CD and a CD/DVD bundle with limited and regular releases as well.
single regular release
single limited release
M1：Yume no Hajima-Ring Ring
M3：Mottainai –extended mix-
M4：Yume no Hajima-Ring Ring –instrumental-
M5：Slo Mo –instrumental-
The track also doubles at the commercial song for the CHINTAI’s room rental search app which has a promo clip as well. You can see that below.
J-Pop songstress, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, has announced that she will be coming to Australia as part of her current world tour called The Nanda Collection Tour. Kyary will be performing at the Sydney Metro Theatre on March 23rd. As you can imagine, the announcement of someone of her calibre has gotten her fans here very excited and wondering when and where to buy tickets.
Tickets for her Sydney show, the only one announced for Australia, go on pre-sale on Thursday, 23rd of January, 2014. You can get more info on this by signing up to the Handsome Tours newsletter. Kyary is being presented by Handsome Tours in Australia with support from Noisey and SBS Pop Asia.
General tickets will go on sale to the public on Friday 24th of January, 2014 through the Handsome Tours site. You can also get in on the action via the Handsome Tours Kyary event on Facebook and click if you’re going! The tour is in support of her latest album, Nanda Collection.
Fabs of classic anime Sailor Moon are all chomping at the bit waiting for the anime revival that’s been a long time coming. Unfortunately, as recently disclosed, the wait is a bit longer as the show has been pushed back until Summer comes around.
However, the celebrations for the 20th anniversary have received a push with the upcoming release of the ”Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Memorial tribute album”. The album is set to be released on the 29th of January and ahead of its release, a preview clip of the album can be seen below with a track listing below that.
“Moonlight Densetsu” (OP theme for the 1st to 4th season) by Momoiro Clover Z
“HEART MOVING” (1st season 1st ED) by Shoko Nakagawa
“Princess Moon” (1st season 2nd ED) by Haruka Fukuhara
“Otome no Policy” (2nd season ED) by Etsuko Yakushimaru
“La Soldier” (88th episode insert song) by Tommy heavenly6
“Ai no Senshi” (68th, 89th, 102nd episode insert stong)
“Tuxedo Mirage” (3rd season ED) by Mariko Goto x Abu-chan by Momoiro Clover Z
“Rashiku Ikimasho” (4th season 2nd ED) by Haruko Momoi
“Sailor Star Song” (5th season OP) by Mitsuko Horie
“Kaze mo Sora mo Kitto…” (5th season ED) by Makoto Kawamoto
bonus track “Moonlight Densetsu” (French version) by Clémentine