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Seiyuu Satomi Akesaka Retires from Singing

Seiyuu Satomi Akesaka Retires from Singing

The official website of BanG Dream! media franchise announced that Roselia band member Satomi Akesaka will be retiring from her singing activities due to sudden hearing loss. Her doctor has advised her that musical activities requiring continuous live rehearsals would be difficult. Akesaka will be graduating from the franchise's five member all-girl band at the "Roselia Fan Meeting 2018" event held on September 17 at Culttz Kawasaki. In the future, her voice cast for the role of Rinko Shirokana...
Seiyuu Yurie Funato Enters Hiatus

Seiyuu Yurie Funato Enters Hiatus

Seiyuu Yurie Funato has announced via her Twitter account that she will take a break from her seiyuu activity and leave Purely Monster. She has been suffering with a right ankle fracture as well as a ligament injury since last April. Due to having been working nonstop, Funato's fracture struggled to heal and she has decided to take leave from her agency Holy Peak and seiyuu idol group Purely Monster to fully rest. Funato is a new seiyuu who debuted as a member of seiyuu idol group Purely Monster...
Band Aqua Timez Disbands

Band Aqua Timez Disbands

Rock band Aqua Timez has announced via their official website on Tuesday that they will disband at the end of 2018. The band cited that they have created a stronger bond with each other over the past 15 years by supporting each other whenever they lacked confidence or when they where troubled by their music differences. They also thank all of the fans and staff members that have supported them even though they say they aren't good enough. Aqua Timez has performed various anime theme songs such...
Band Fo'xTails Disbands

Band Fo'xTails Disbands

The Japanese rock band Fo'xTails have announced on Sunday that they will disband after their live performance in August. The band members left a message explaining that after working hard for five years, they have realized there are different thoughts and directions in the group, and that it is hard to stay together. Fo'xTails have performed various theme songs such as the Kuroko no Basket 3rd Season ending, the Junjou Romantica 3 opening, and the most recent Shokugeki no Souma: San no Sara - T...
Kalafina Considers Disbandment Following Yuki Kajiura's Departure [Update 3/14]

Kalafina Considers Disbandment Following Yuki Kajiura's Departure [Update 3/14]

Members of the vocal group Kalafina are considering splitting up, according to a report published Tuesday by the Sports Hochi newspaper. The report indicates that information on the group's future state comes from an interview the newspaper conducted with another music producer from Kalafina's management office, Space Craft Produce. In December, the Sports Nippon newspaper reported that composer Yuki Kajiura would leave Space Craft Produce in February after 25 years of being affiliated with the...

Mar 12, 11:30 PM by arsonal 29 Comments

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Japan Anime Music Lab. Aims to Connect Anisong Artists with Overseas Distributors

Japan Anime Music Lab. Aims to Connect Anisong Artists with Overseas Distributors

PROMIC, the foundation for promotion of Japan's music industry and culture, has launched a new service called Japan Anime Music Lab., which aims to support the overseas expansion of anime music (anisong). Also known by the abbreviation JAMLAB., the service provides a free portal in which international rights buyers can communicate directly with music industry professionals. JAMLAB. was first introduced last October at the 14th Tokyo International Music Market. In a seminar held at the event, Sh...
Anisong Singer Sayaka Sasaki Announces Marriage

Anisong Singer Sayaka Sasaki Announces Marriage

Anisong singer Sayaka Sasaki announced that she got married in November of last year. Her husband is actor Sanshirou Wada. They met through the Garo series, where he was an action actor in the live-action Garo series, while Sasaki performed theme songs in Garo anime series. He proposed to her on her birthday, and they married during Garo Kanshasai last November. Sasaki announced that she will continue working as a singer while married. Sayaka worked as an office lady before participating in and...
Singer Eir Aoi to Resume Activities in Spring

Singer Eir Aoi to Resume Activities in Spring

The official website of Eir Aoi announced on Thursday that the anisong singer will resume her activities in the coming spring. The announcement also included a preview of Aoi's newest song "Yakusoku," which will be released as a CD single to commemorate her return to singing. Eir Aoi returns to singing more than one year after indefinitely suspending activities following her fifth anniversary concerts at the Nippon Budokan in November 2016. At the time, she had already canceled a number of majo...
Seiyuu Unit Milky Holmes Disbands

Seiyuu Unit Milky Holmes Disbands

The official Twitter account for Project Milky Holmes has announced that the seiyuu unit will hold their final live next February. The Twitter has also asked the fans to continue supporting the unit in this remaining year by announcing a series of events titled Road to Final, which will be held before the final live. The first event will be held this June and the details will be announced this March. It was also announced via a fan club event held on Saturday. Milky Holmes is a seiyuu unit form...
Record Producer Tetsuya Komuro Retires from Music Industry

Record Producer Tetsuya Komuro Retires from Music Industry

Tetsuya Komuro, one of Japan's most successful record producers, announced in a press conference on Friday that he will be retiring from the music industry. Komuro, who turned 59 in November, is one of the founders of the pop/rock band TM NETWORK. Komuro's announcement follows Thursday's publication of the weekly tabloid Shukan Bunshun, which printed a report of an alleged extramarital relationship between Komuro and an unidentified woman. Komuro has been married to singer Keiko since 2002 and w...
Seiyuu and Singer Yurika Endou Announces Retirement

Seiyuu and Singer Yurika Endou Announces Retirement

Seiyuu Yurika Endou has announced via Swallow agency's website on Sunday that she will be retiring from the entertainment field and suspend her seiyuu and singing activities at the end of May 2018. She explained that it is mainly due to her declining health as it piles up. Even though she has tried to under her current condition, she decided that it would be best to retire at this time. A final solo live will be held before her retirement. Endou entered the entertainment field in 2012 when she w...
Seiyuu Unit Earth Star Dream Enters Hiatus

Seiyuu Unit Earth Star Dream Enters Hiatus

The official website for the seiyuu unit Earth Star Dream has announced that the unit will cease activity and enter an indefinite hiatus after the concert held on December 29, which was originally a graduation concert for the two members Arisa Aihara and Maria Tanijiri. It was announced that Aihara and Tanijiri will leave the unit on Thursday so that they can "progress on the new road." The rest of the members, Kanon Takao, Hikaru Koide, and Eri Sogabe, will continue with their solo activities...
Band flumpool Enters Hiatus

Band flumpool Enters Hiatus

The band flumpool has announced via their official website on Wednesday that the band will enter an indefinite hiatus. The vocalist Ryuta Yamamura mentioned that his throat didn't feel well during flumpool's 8th 2017 tour "Re:image" on December 3, and later learned that he has been diagnosed with functional dysphonia in his vocal chord. The band has decided to cancel upcoming concerts as well as enter a hiatus so Yamamura can rest. flumpool is a band from Osaka that had their debut in 2007. The...

Dec 6, 2017 4:37 PM by tsubasalover 5 Comments

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Vocalist of MYTH & ROID Graduates From the Unit

Vocalist of MYTH & ROID Graduates From the Unit

The official website for anisong unit MYTH & ROID has announced that the first generation vocalist, Mayu, has graduated from the unit as of Monday. She will be aiming for a solo career. The new vocalist will be KIHOW, who is a kikoku shijo (returning from living abroad) with a "rainbow-colored voice." MYTH & ROID is an unit consisting of vocalist Mayu and music producer Tom-H@ck. They have performed theme songs for Bubuki Buranki, Overlord, Overlord First Movie, Re:Zero kara Hajimeru Isekai Sei...
Singer Namie Amuro Retires

Singer Namie Amuro Retires

Singer Namie Amuro has announced on Wednesday that she will retire on September 16, 2018. The past Saturday marked her 25th anniversary since her debut. She mentions that she will make the final year meaningful by focusing on her final album as well as concerts. Born in Okinawa, Amuro made her debut in the Japanese music industry in 1992 as a member of SUPER MONKEY's, a band which changed its name to Namie Amuro with SUPER MONKEY's in 1994. Her solo activities started in 1995 and she has since r...

Sep 20, 2017 9:33 PM by tsubasalover 24 Comments

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Interview: JAM Project Brings the Anisong Spirit to the U.S. at Otakon 2017

Interview: JAM Project Brings the Anisong Spirit to the U.S. at Otakon 2017

JAM Project was conceived in 2000 by legendary singer Ichirou Mizuki to introduce the "old spirit of anisong" into the twenty-first century. Its members have been active in the industry since the 1980s and 1990s and have seen its many transformations, including taking part in the annual Animelo Summer Live festivities since it began in 2005. JAM Project was one of the first artists to sign onto the anisong record company Lantis after it was founded. Today, the group's regular members consist of...

Aug 4, 2017 6:59 AM by arsonal 5 Comments

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Interview: fhána Previews 12th CD Single 'Hello! My World!!'

Interview: fhána Previews 12th CD Single 'Hello! My World!!'

As the number of bands performing anime theme songs has increased in recent years, one band that stands out with its unique vocals and compositions is the four-person pop band fhána. Although the group began as an indie band with guest vocalists in 2012, they quickly built a reputation for expressive compositions and were eventually signed by the record company Lantis in 2013. fhána made their international concert debut at Anime Weekend Atlanta in 2015, and they have since held performances in...

Jul 30, 2017 11:15 PM by arsonal 9 Comments

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Anisong Unit MimimemeMIMI Disbands, Seiyuu Yuki Takao Ends Career

Anisong Unit MimimemeMIMI Disbands, Seiyuu Yuki Takao Ends Career

The official website for the anisong unit MimimemeMIMI has announced on Tuesday that they will disband, as well as the vocalist and seiyuu Yuki Takao will end her career after their live event on September 9 titled MimimemeMIMI Live 2017 ~Bon! Voyage!~. Her reason for ending her career is "I want to challenge myself as a woman to deliver various emotions in a different way." Consisting of vocalist Yuki Takao and illustrator Chamo-i, MimimemeMIMI debuted in August 2013. Takao used the name "Yuka"...
Composer Seiji Yokoyama Dies at 82

Composer Seiji Yokoyama Dies at 82

Seiji Yokoyama, the composer known for his work in the anime series Uchuu Kaizoku Captain Herlock and Saint Seiya, died on Saturday in a hospital in Hiroshima Prefecture due to complications from pneumonia. He was 82. Yokoyama was a composer of incidental music, background compositions intended to add atmosphere in a television or radio program, a video game, or any other presentation that is not primarily musical. As a native of Hiroshima, he composed a fight song for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp ba...

Jul 11, 2017 8:45 PM by arsonal 16 Comments

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Interview: Wake Up, Girls! Returns to the U.S. for Concert at Anime Expo 2017

Interview: Wake Up, Girls! Returns to the U.S. for Concert at Anime Expo 2017

When the seiyuu unit Wake Up, Girls! first visited the United States in 2014, the seven-person idol group had just finished the broadcast run of their debut anime series in Japan. They were gaining popularity among fans around the world, but their activities were still limited as rookie performers. Now, as they return three years later to perform at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017, the members of Wake Up, Girls! (also known as WUG in short) are no longer rookies. Together, they have he...