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Anime Expo 2007 has announced that Anna Tsuchiya, the singer/actress of the NANA television anime and Kamikaze Girls film, will perform a one-hour concert on Saturday, June 30 at the Long Beach Arena in California.
Born to a Japanese mother and Russian-American father, Tsuchiya began her career as a model for the Japanese version of Seventeen magazine. She then starred as the rebellious biker Ichiko in Kamikaze Girls, the 2004 movie adaptation of the novel about polar opposites with a common hometown. Tsuchiya then provided the singing voice for the rebellious rocker NANA Osaki in NANA, the 2006 anime adaptation of the manga about polar opposites with a common name. More recently, she starred as a rebellious courtesan in Sakuran, the 2007 movie adaptation of the manga with an Edo-era Tokyo setting and a post-modern fashion sense.
Tsuchiya has also had a singing career that dovetails with her acting. She began as one-half of Spin Aqua with former Oblivion Dust member Kaz Iwaike in 2002. The duo created several singles and an album, but disbanded in 2004. Tsuchiya has since had a successful solo career with the mini-album Taste My Beat and several singles that include three theme songs for the NANA anime series. She also sang "My Fate," the theme song for Rean no Tsubasa. She released her first full album, strip me?, in 2006.
Tsuchiya joins a musical line-up that already includes the female teen ska band ORESKABAND, The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya's SOS Brigade, the new J-rock supergroup SKIN, Akihabara idol Halko Momoi, See-Saw's Chiaki Ishikawa, and Simoun soundtrack's savage genius.
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