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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...
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...
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, 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...
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...
Interview: Yousei Teikoku Commemorates 20th Anniversary with New Single

Interview: Yousei Teikoku Commemorates 20th Anniversary with New Single

This year, gothic metal band Yousei Teikoku is commemorating their 20th anniversary. Ahead of their special performance at Otakon® 2017 in Washington, DC, in August, MyAnimeList is pleased to interview Yui, the Empress of the Fairy Empire. Yousei Teikoku was founded on the idea that humanity's dwindling belief in fairies must be reversed in order to bring back the purity in people's hearts. It was in year 1997 in Nagoya when the Empress of the Fairy Empire, Yui (vocals), first joined with Takah...
Seiyuu & Singer Sayaka Kanda Announces Marriage

Seiyuu & Singer Sayaka Kanda Announces Marriage

Seiyuu and Singer Sayaka Kanda has announced on her Instagram account that she has married. Her spouse is actor Mitsu Murata. Both of them performed live-action stage adaptation of Danganronpa (Danganronpa The Stage) together last Summer. Known as daughter of actor Masaki Kanda and singer Seiko Matsuda, Kanda's first seiyuu job was Japanese dub version of Anna from Disney movie Frozen (Ana to Yuki no Jouou), which she received Best Actress of 9th Seiyuu Awards. She also voiced Nadeshiko Adenoko...
Editorial: Yousei Teikoku Interview Survey

Editorial: Yousei Teikoku Interview Survey

Yousei Teikoku, the gothic metal band with anime theme song credits such as "Baptize" from Seikon no Qwaser and "Kuusou Mesorogiwi" from Mirai Nikki, was announced last month as a guest at the anime fan convention Otakon 2017 in Washington, DC. The five-member band will perform as part of Anisong World Matsuri, a two-day concert organized by music label Lantis to be held on August 11 and 12. MyAnimeList has been given an opportunity to interview Empress Yui, the vocalist of Yousei Teikoku. Edit...
Anisong Singer AKINO Married

Anisong Singer AKINO Married

It has been announced via bless4's "SAYONARA ~Saikai no Yakusoku~" digital single release event held on Saturday that AKINO has been married. Born Akino Kawamitsu, AKINO debuted in 2003 with her brothers, Akashi and Aiki, and her sister, Kanasa, in the band bless4. Akino made her solo debut in 2005 singing the opening themes of the TV anime Sousei no Aquarion. AKINO with bless4 also sung the opening themes for Amagi Brilliant Park and Kantai Collection: KanColle, among others. Source: Otakomu
Anisong Singer Ray Announces Graduation From Artist Career

Anisong Singer Ray Announces Graduation From Artist Career

Anisong singer Ray has announced via her blog that she will graduate from being a singer after her summer live tour ends. The reason for her retirement is to take up another challenge—something other than singing. Born Reika Nakayama, Ray debuted from singing the Ano Natsu de Matteru opening theme song "sign." She then sung several theme songs for other anime series such as Nagi no Asukara, To LOVE-Ru Darkness, Long Riders, and more. Source: Ray's Blog
J-Pop Band Ikimono-gakari Announces Indefinite Hiatus

J-Pop Band Ikimono-gakari Announces Indefinite Hiatus

J-Pop Band Ikimono-gakari has announced via the website that the band will take a break and each member will do the solo activities. Ikimono-gakari consists of Kiyoe Yoshioka, Hotaka Yamashita and Yoshiki Mizuno. The band is popular for singing the theme songs for Naruto: Shippuuden, Blue Bird and Hotaru no Hikari. The band has also sung theme songs for Bleach, Nanatsu no Taizai and more. Source: Official site
Musical Duo Trustrick Goes on Indefinite Hiatus

Musical Duo Trustrick Goes on Indefinite Hiatus

The official website for the duo band Trustrick has announced that they will go indefinite hiatus after their live event "TRUSTRICK TRICK TOUR 2016" on December 17. They will then pursue solo careers. The announcement mentions that they planned to release an album compilation trilogy of "Eternity," "TRUST," and "TRICK" when the project started and are satisfied with the outcome. After discussing about their future goals, they've decided to put the project on hold and pursue solo careers. The duo...

Nov 25, 2016 3:52 AM by tsubasalover 7 Comments

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Boom Boom Satellites' Vocalist Dies

Boom Boom Satellites' Vocalist Dies

The official website for the band Boom Boom Satellites has announced that vocalist Michiyuki Kawashima died from complication due to a brain tumor in the very early morning of October 9, 2016. The band sang the theme songs of Bounen no Xamdou, Appleseed (Movie), Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn, Ninja Slayer From Animation, and also provided music to Vexille: 2077 Nihon Sakoku. The most recent theme song was the opening to Kiznaiver "LAY YOUR HANDS ON ME," which was announced to be their very last sin...

Oct 10, 2016 11:27 PM by tsubasalover 34 Comments

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Singer Eir Aoi Takes a Break

Singer Eir Aoi Takes a Break

Anisong singer Eir Aoi announced via her official website that she will be taking a break due to poor health. Her attendances in the live performances at AFA Thailand 2016, Odaiba Minna no Yume Tairiku 2016, Animelo Summer Live 2016, and Animax Musix 2017 have also been cancelled. Luna Haruna will be replacing her during Animelo Summer Live 2016 on August 26. Eir Aoi debuted as an anisong singer in 2011, signing for SME Records and releasing her first single "MEMORIA," which is the ending theme...

Aug 18, 2016 12:46 PM by tsubasalover 48 Comments

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Anisong Rock Band Customi Z Announces Disbandment

Anisong Rock Band Customi Z Announces Disbandment

Customi Z announced on Monday that they will disband. Each member has considered their future and after a long discussion, decided that disbanding is the best choice. The band's final live show will be on August 26. Customi Z was formed with Gorou Kurihara, Daichi Izumi, Hiroki Terasaka, and Kenta Matsui in 2012 with no band name at EBiDAN The Live. They received their band name as Customize (Kasutamaizu) in May of the same year. The band name was changed to Customi Z in October 2013 when Matsui...

Jul 11, 2016 11:04 PM by tsubasalover 8 Comments

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Pioneering Composer Isao Tomita Dies at 84

Pioneering Composer Isao Tomita Dies at 84

Nippon Columbia announced on Sunday that Isao Tomita, the composer who pioneered use of the synthesizer in music arrangements, has died from chronic heart failure at the age of 84. Tomita collapsed at his home in Tokyo's Shinagawa ward on Thursday, May 5, and was transported to a nearby hospital, where he died before 3 p.m. local time. Tomita, who was born in Tokyo in 1932, studied art history in Keio University but also took private music lessons with composers Kishio Hirao and Koujirou Kobune....

May 8, 2016 2:00 AM by arsonal 20 Comments

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'Love Live! School Idol Project' Group μ's Gets Politician's Attention

'Love Live! School Idol Project' Group μ's Gets Politician's Attention

According to a report, ex-wrestler who attended 1984 Summer Olympics and politician Hiroshi Hase attended μ's' final concert Love Live! μ's Final LoveLive! ~μ'sic Forever♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪♪~ on March 31 and April 1 with Takaaki Kidani, the Bushiroad president and New Japan Pro-Wrestling owner. Hiroshi soon became a fan of the group, to the extent where he proclaims himself as the "Love Liver Minister", and he wishes to invite the group to attend the opening or closing ceremony of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic g...

Apr 13, 2016 9:47 AM by Sakana-san 62 Comments

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Anisong Performer Kouji Wada Dies at 42

Anisong Performer Kouji Wada Dies at 42

The official website announced that anisong performer Kouji Wada has passed away on the morning of April 3 at the age of 42. His family announced that his cause of death was cancer in his upper pharynx and has already conducted a private funeral. Wada's former agency, Solid Vox, will hold a public service for his fans later in April. Wada was first diagnosed with cancer in 2003 and he had recovered in 2005. The cancer reoccurred in 2011 and spread to his lymph nodes. In October 2013, after a 2-y...

Apr 8, 2016 10:51 AM by tsubasalover 72 Comments

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Interview: GARNiDELiA at Anime Festival Asia 2015

Interview: GARNiDELiA at Anime Festival Asia 2015

March 5 marks the second anniversary of GARNiDELiA's major label debut under Defstar Records. The music duo consisting of vocalist Mai Mizuhashi (MARiA) and producer Yoshinori Abe (Toku) began as an independent, self-produced unit but immediately rose to popularity with theme songs for Kill la Kill and other anime. To commemorate this anniversary, we are publishing GARNiDELiA's media interview at last November's Anime Festival Asia 2015 in Singapore. Your most recent album BiRTHiA is a collecti...