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Lego Hatsune Miku

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.

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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.

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Sony Evangelion Walkman Update

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).

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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.

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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.

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Japan Music Festival Hits Up Australia

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.

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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!

JILL

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

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.

KAIMOKUJISHO

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.

SPARKY QUANO

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

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Evangelion Walkman From Sony

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.

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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!

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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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Kyary Shows Off New Single Art

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu is currently in the middle of her 2nd world tour and will be performing in Australia next week for her many fans. Not content with that, she recently unveiled the artwork for her forthcoming 9th single, “Family Play”. The single, as previously posted here, will be also be used for the upcoming Crayon Shin-chan movie, Crayon Shin-chan: Serious Battle! Robot Dad Strikes Back.

We still have to wait until the single releases on April 16 but the artwork for all three releases of the single can be seen below.

Regular Edition

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Single, CD+DVD, Limited Edition A, Maxi

Single, CD+DVD, Limited Edition A, Maxi

Single , CD+DVD, Limited Edition B, Maxi

Single , CD+DVD, Limited Edition B, Maxi

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Baby Metal Burns Up The Music Charts

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.

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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!’

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Teams Up With Crayon Shin Chan

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.

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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.

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New PV For Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

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!

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!