Sep 12 2014

DAZZLE VISION releases official Hakaine Maiko LINE stickers


Japanese hard rock band DAZZLE VISION has released a set of official LINE stickers for Hakaine Maiko, the UTAU vocal software character modeled after screamo vocalist Maiko. The stickers are designed to “let you show your angry side with no limits!”

A video preview has been created using DAZZLE VISION’s song “Second” to demonstrate the feeling users can communicate with the stickers.

Check out the stickers at:

DAZZLE VISION official CDs and goods (including Hakaine Maiko buttons) are available at JRockShop.
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Sep 11 2014

FLOW Interview (2014)

Interview by Jen Wang
September 11, 2014


In 2006, FLOW made their overseas debut at AnimeFEST. Their return to the Dallas convention brought them to a different location with fans, new and old, who still go wild at the first few notes of “GO!!!”. Despite being veterans of the con scene now, the band still had the enthusiasm of newcomers as they discussed anime, the baseball theme in their recent releases, and and of course, the surprises during their performance.

With Dragon Ball Z being such a well-known anime, how did you feel about covering “Cha-La Head-Cha-La”?

KEIGO: We grew up with Dragon Ball Z so we were happy. But there was a lot of pressure too. We wanted to put our own FLOW touch to the song.

What anime theme would you like to cover?

GOT’S: Attack on Titan, which we were able to play last night.


KEIGO: We’ve done different covers in the past for popular anime. We want to continue that in the future like we did last year.

KOHSHI: Saint Seiya. I sing it a lot in karaoke.

TAKE: We’ve done a lot already so I want to do an original song for others to cover.
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Sep 09 2014

MAXIMUM THE HORMONE to play solo show in New York City


MAXIMUM THE HORMONE will return to the United States for a solo show at New York’s Best Buy Theater on October 27 following their appearance at KNOTFEST October 25. The one-man live in New York will be a rare opportunity for American fans to see this powerful band best known in the West for their contributions “What’s Up People?!” and “Zetsubou Billy” for the hit anime series Death Note.

Notorious for sold-out shows and high-voltage stage antics, MAXIMUM THE HORMONE’s latest album (their 5th) Yoshuu Fukushuu won the number 1 spot on Japan’s Oricon Weekly Chart for 3 weeks straight after its release in 2013. Their concerts are in such high demand due to their insistence on smaller venues that a lottery system determines tickets for the sometimes 30,000+ applicants per show.

For the release of Yoshuu Fukushuu, the band embarked on a 56-show tour across Japan spanning 2013-2014, and also made an appearance at Ozzfest 2013. Other recent tours include a sold-out headlining tour of Europe (France, UK, Belgium, and Germany) and co-starring events with Korn and Dropkick Murphys.

Yoshuu Fukushuu (translated by the band as “Our Merciless Home’war’k”) was released in a 156-page manga package with 5 outrageous, adult-themed stories written by Maximum the Ryo-kun about his school days and teenage musical/sexual adventures. The album itself features extreme lyrics, heavy metal guitar, and death-voice, screaming vocals to match the persona of Japan’s premiere hard rock band.

Tickets for MAXIMUM THE HORMONE at the Best Buy Theater are available now.



Sep 08 2014

Anime USA Schwarz Stein VIP package and Tea Party


Along with the announcement for Schwarz Stein’s US debut, Anime USA and ViSULOG now release additional items for their activities: A VIP Experience Package and an exclusive Tea Party featuring Kaya of Schwarz Stein in a solo chanson performance.

The VIP Experience Package provides attendees with exclusive advantages for Schwarz Stein events. For $40, the VIP package includes a special badge, which will grant priority
access to all Schwarz Stein events such as the concert and panel. (Please note that the VIP badge does not grant priority over Anime USA Silver, Gold and Sponsor badges).
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Sep 08 2014

Guitarist Yutori to leave METEOROID


METEOROID have announced that following the one-man performances on 9/17 and 9/27, guitarist Yutori will officially resign from the band. The band have issued an official statement and comments from each of the members regarding Yutori’s decision.

Thank you for always supporting METEOROID. This is a sudden announcement but following the one-man performance “Domestic Alien at O-WEST” on 9/17 at Tsutaya O-WEST and Machi and Yutori’s birthday performance, “Time Flies Like an Arrow“ at Kichijoji SHUFFLE on 9/27, guitarist Yutori will be leaving METEOROID. After discussing it many times between the 5 members, Yutori decided to withdraw because of a directional difference with the respect of the other members. While it is an abrupt announcement, we deeply apologize from our hearts to our fans who consistently supported us and to all of the staff to whom we caused much worry and trouble. Furthermore, we will be discontinuing the “GEMINI PROGRAM,” which we implemented last year, following this announcement. While we only have two performances left as these 5 members, we will be very happy to have your support. Please continue to support Yutori as an individual and METEOROID from here on out.
From everyone in METEOROID

Sep 08 2014

MAXIMUM THE HORMONE – Tsume Tsume Tsume (drum cover)


MAXIMUM THE HORMONE – Tsume Tsume Tsume (drum cover)

Sep 08 2014

CANTOY – Crepe Loop (live)


Sep 06 2014

Yoko Yazawa – Lady No. 5 (Review)

Yoko Yazawa
Lady No. 5

Review by David Cirone


Lady No. 5 is another great vocal showcase for Yoko Yazawa, who continues to come into her own with 6 more songs in a fast follow up to 2013′s Bad Cat EP. Produced by L.A.’s Toshi Yanagi (of Jimmy Kimmel fame), opening track “Naked Love” rocks out from the opening riffs with a rhythm that’s begging for a disco remix.

Yazawa’s captivating chorus and dramatic synthesizer on “Black Sunshine” plus the confident sing-along groove of “Tokyo Souon Scramble” make the first half of the EP almost triple-A-side material.

Yazawa has pulled of some great cover versions in previous releases (The Pretenders’ “Don’t Get Me Wrong” and Suzy Quatro’s “The Wild One”). This time around the cover of “Walk Like An Egyptian” is technically correct, but the literal interpretation misses the tongue-in-cheek charisma of the original.

Title track “Lady No. 5″ is all spunk and swagger, and “Garakuta” lets Yazawa go full-on tigress on her straying lover with a mixed English vocal mix that’s an almost spot-on match to her live performance power.

Lady No.5 / Yoko Yazawa
Yoko Yazawa

Sep 03 2014

GLAY announces new song for Ace of Diamond anime


Japanese rock band GLAY will release “Hashire! Mirai” (Run Ahead to the Future!) as the third opening theme song for the baseball anime Ace of Diamond. GLAY vocalist TERU is a fan of the original manga series, and he wrote the lyrics for the rock tune specifically for the show.

via ANN

Sep 03 2014

KAMIJO Special Ustream Show from CDJapan


On October 18, 2014, KAMIJO will broadcast a special acoustic Ustream Live & Talk show exclusively for everyone who purchase his new album Heart at CDJapan. The live & talk show will take place at his private studio. An English-subtitled version will also be available for a limited time.

Details at CDJapan:

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