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Wind Up Geek’s J-Music Quick Fix – August 13, 2017

13 Aug

Little Glee Monster

By James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

The Back Horn

The Back Horn will be hosting a special live concert to celebrate the release of their upcoming 2-CD greatest hits album, Best of the Back Horn II, and their 20 years as a band. This special concert will be by invitation only and will be held at the intimate venue where the Back Horn had their first paid gig, 下北沢SHELTER (Shimokitazawa Shelter) in Kitazawa, Setagaya, Tokyo. Fans will be able to win an invitation via lottery through two ways:

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Fairies’ Release First MV ‘Synchronized’ Under New Formation

9 Feb

fairiescddvdBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Japanese pop group Fairies (フェアリーズ) have released through their official YouTube channel their first music video under their latest formation. The video titled “Synchronized” is the first without member Fujita Maria and will be released as a single March 1st of this year. Fujita announced through her Ameba Blog early in January her retirement from the entertainment industry. Fujita expressed interests in studying for a career.

Fairies will be promoting “Synchronized” with an evening performance at Zepp Tokyo in Aomi, Kōtō-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo Prefecture. The performance will start at 18:30 (6:30pm) on Sunday, February 19th. Those who are unable to attend can watch the performance through the LINE LIVE app. The viewing url will be https://live.line.me/channels/21/upcoming/979450.

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Wind Up Geek’s J-Music Quick Fix – February 5, 2017

5 Feb

princessprincessBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Ace of Spades

The group formed by EXILE’s Takahiro, GLAY’s Hisahi, Losalios’ TOKIE, and The Mad Capsule Market’s Motokatsu Miyagami can be seen in the upcoming release of High & Low the Live. The huge movie spectacle staged at four locations in Japan with over a million people in attendance will finally hit store shelves in DVD and Blu-Ray format.

The film that contains elements of car and bike stunts, drama, samurai warriors with swords, and musical performances. Over 450 performers were used in the making of this movie. Some of the artists who took part were EXILE, J Soul Brothers III, PKCZ, JAY’ED, E-girls, and EXILE TRIBE.

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Tokyo Ghoul’s Katsuyuki Konishi Announced as Anime Revolution Guest of Honor!

14 Jan

katsuyuki-konishiBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

You might call Katsuyuki Konishi (小西 克幸) Koutarou Amon of Tokyo Ghoul, Ozma Lee of Macross Frontier, Tom Tanaka of Durarara!!, or Bulat of Akame ga Kill!. But no matter what character you know him for, he is widely regarded as one of the most in-demand voice actors in the business today and he is coming to Anime Revolution in Vancouver this summer.

An award-winning actor, Konishi got his first break as Volfogg on Sunrise’s 1997 animated series The King of Braves GaoGaiGar. He would go on to reprise Volfogg in the 2000 OVA The King of Braves GaoGaiGar Final. That was the start of what would be a successful career for Konishi voicing many now favourite characters of anime. His list of credits includes Laxus Dreyar of Fairy Tail, Johann Trinity of Mobile Suit Gundam 00, Pinion of Suisei no Gargantia, and Raikou in two Pokémon feature films.

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Macross Delta Voice Artist Releases MV to Promote Solo Single Debut

7 Jan

naotouyamaBy James Robert Shaw (The Wind up Geek)

Actress Nao Tōyama who is behind the voice of Reina Prowler from the hit Japanese anime series Macross Delta will make her debut as a solo artist. Tōyama who’s voiced characters from such anime series as Hataraku Maou-sama! (はたらく魔王さま!, The Devil is a Part-Timer) and Ai Tenchi Muyou! (愛・天地無用!) will release her first single “True Destiny/Chain the world” on February 1, 2017 under the Flying Dog Label.

Yesterday Flying Dog released through their official YouTube channel the 2chorus music video promoting the single “True Destiny.”

Tōyama announced the release through her official Twitter account:

こんばんは! 「True Destiny」MV公開です!! 今までしたことのない表情や、バンドさんとの撮影、回るマネキンチャレンジ(?)そして大切な本にあんなことを…((;゚Д゚) ぜひご覧下さい!(東山奈央)

According to Richard Clark, member of the Macross Delta Facebook group, this video may not be available for viewers in the United States.

 Tōyama is a former student of Waseda University. She is currently managed by the talent agency Intention.

Source(s): Nao Tōyama‘s official Twitter, Macross Delta Facebook group, and Richard Clark.

Video Source(s): Flying Dog official YouTube channel.

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