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Studio Chizu Films Get Orchestral Concert in August

Performers include Masakatsu Takagi, Hanako Oku, Ann Sally ― The works of Studio Chizu, the production company behind Mamoru Hosoda films like Mirai and BELLE, are inspiring their first orchestral concert in the Tokyo International Forum on August 14 to commemorate the first anniversary of BELLE's release. The concert will feature performances by Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. Masakatsu Takagi (Wolf C...
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Kenshi Yonezu Tops Weekly Downloads in Japan With Record 10th Single, Shin Ultraman's 'M87'

Single downloaded 37,250 times in 1st 3 days ― Kenshi Yonezu's "M87" has been downloaded 37,250 times in the first three days since it debuted digitally on May 12, and it ranked #1 on Oricon's weekly digital single ranking for the May 9-15 week. It is Yonezu's 10th single to rank #1 — more than any other performing act in Japan. The song is the theme song for Studio Khara's new Shin Ultraman (New Ult...
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Man With a Mission Bassist Stable After Sustaining Injury During Concert

Bassist Kamikaze Boy sustained injury during Metropolitan Rock Festival concert on Sunday ― The Metropolitan Rock Festival concert's Twitter account announced on Sunday that the Man With a Mission band's bassist and background vocalist Kamikaze Boy sustained an injury during the Osaka leg of the concert and was rushed to the hospital, but is currently stable and fully conscious. Man with a Mission pr...
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Marina Horiuchi Performs The Devil Is a Part-Timer!! Season 2 Anime's Ending Song

nano.RIPE wrote, composed, arranged Horiuchi's ending "Mizukagami no Sekai" ― The official Twitter account for The Devil Is a Part-Timer!! (with two exclamation points), the second anime season based on Satoshi Wagahara's The Devil Is a Part-Timer! light novel series, announced on Tuesday that Marina Horiuchi will perform the new season's ending theme song "Mizukagami no Sekai" (The World in the Wate...
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Anime Limited Releases Soundtrack Single from Spy×Family Anime

Company to release anime's soundtrack physically, digitally ― European distributor based in Scotland Anime Limited (All the Anime) announced on Wednesday that it has released (K)NoW_NAME's single "TBD" from the original soundtrack for the television anime of Tatsuya Endō's SPY×FAMILY manga. The insert song "TBD" played in the anime's fifth episode. The company will release the anime's soundtrack digi...
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Arte Streams Joe Hisaishi's Full Paris Concert Until Monday

Hayao Miyazaki's longtime collaborator conducted Paris Philharmonie this weekend ― The European public service channel Arte is currently streaming composer Joe Hisaishi's concert with the Paris Philharmonie. The concert is available for viewing from Sunday until May 9, 2023. Hisaishi conducted his "Symphony No. 2;" an arrangement from Ponyo titled "Woman" for piano, harp, percussion, and strings; and...
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halca Performs Opening Theme Song for Dropkick on My Devil! X Anime

Song to also feature Jashin-chan voice actress Aina Suzuki ― Singer halca announced on Twitter on Saturday that she will perform the opening theme song for Dropkick on My Devil! X, the third season of the Dropkick on My Devil! television anime. halca will perform the song "Are Kore Drastic feat. Aina Suzuki." Virtual YouTuber (VTuber) Asano Ruri won the final audition round to play the vampire prince...
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Rica Matsumoto Says She Earned No Royalties From Iconic Japanese Pokémon Theme Song

She earned a flat fee of 100,000 yen from singing "Mezase Pokémon Master" ― Voice actress and singer Rica Matsumoto revealed on the Hakken! Girigiri no Giri variety show on Wednesday that she has earned no royalties from singing "Mezase Pokémon Master," the iconic first Japanese opening theme song of the Pokémon anime. Instead, she signed a contract that earned her a flat fee of 100,000 yen (approxim...
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Final Symphony Final Fantasy Concert Series Returns After 4 Years

Next year's concert will take place in Birmingham, England in April 2023 ― Square Enix announced on Wednesday that its Final Symphony concert series featuring music from its Final Fantasy series will return in 2023. The most recent Final Symphony concert was held in Essen, Germany in July 2019. The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra will perform next year's concert in Birmingham, England on April ...
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Love Live! Sunshine!!, Hatsune Miku's Music Video Previews Collaboration Song

"BANZAI! digital trippers" song will debut on August 4 ― The Love Live! Sunshine!! project's YouTube channel began streaming a music video that previews the collaboration between the franchise's Aqours unit and the Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku. The collaboration's song "BANZAI! digital trippers" will debut on August 4. Love Live! Sunshine!! and Hatsune Miku are collaborating as part of the "We Are...
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STU48 Idols' Concert Canceled After 13 Members Diagnosed With COVID-19

5th anniversary concert was slated for Tuesday ― The official website for AKB48 sister group STU48 announced on Sunday that the group is canceling its fifth anniversary concert on Tuesday in Hiroshima after 13 of the group's members were diagnosed with COVID-19. All the idols are receiving medical care according to health care professionals. The idols who contracted COVID-19 include: Mitsuki Imamura,...
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hololive's Houshou Marine Sets Sail In Animated Music Video

The Hidden Dungeon Only I Can Enter director Kenta Onishi directs, storyboards video at Frontier One ― hololive Virtual YouTuber Houshou Marine debuted a lavishly animated music video on Wednesday for her original song "Marine Shukkō!!" (Marine Sets Sail!!). The video depicts the pirate-themed VTuber's seafaring adventurers, and includes cameos by Shiranui Flare, Shirogane Noel, Usada Pekora, Uruha R...
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Singing Cosplayer Hikari To Cover Vocaloid song ‘Yorunaderu Menou’ , with lyrics and music by Ayase from YOASOBI.

The song has started music streaming and distributing its music video. ― Singing Cosplayer Hikari is going to cover the vocaloid song ‘Yorunaderu Menou’ , with lyrics and music by Ayase from YOASOBI. The song has started music streaming and distributing its music video. Singing cosplayer Hikari, who has been active worldwide as a cover singer of anime songs and vocaloid songs, mainly covering J-POP, ...
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Ace Attorney 20th Anniversary Online Concert Streams on May 7

Stream will be available from May 7-15 on Zaiko ― Live Nation Japan and Promax Inc. announced on Monday that the "Ace Attorney 20th Anniversary Online Concert" will stream worldwide (excluding some areas) from May 7 to May 15 on Zaiko. The concert will take place at the Bunkamura Orchard Hall in Tokyo on May 7 and will feature a talk-session with Takayuki Kondo, KENN, and Eiji Takemoto. The tickets f...
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VTuber Shibuya HAL Performs The Yakuza's Guide to Babysitting Anime's Ending Song

Anime premieres on July 7 ― The official website for the television anime for Tsukiya's The Yakuza's Guide to Babysitting (Kumichō Musume to Sewagakari) manga revealed on Monday that VTuber (Virtual YouTuber) Shibuya HAL will perform the anime's ending theme song "Kaerimichi no Iro" (The Color of the Road Home). ANCHOR composed, arranged, and wrote the song. The anime will premiere on Tokyo MX on Jul...
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May'n Performs Ending Theme for Teppen—!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Anime

May'n, Masayoshi Ōishi write lyrics for ending song for summer anime ― The official Twitter account for Teppen—!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, the television anime of the Teppen—!!! (Summit!!!) manga, revealed on Saturday that May'n will perform the show's ending theme song "Ahatte Teppen." May'n and Masayoshi Ōishi wrote the lyrics for the song, while Ōshi and Yashikin composed and arranged the song. The song's si...
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Rock Band La'cryma Christi's Guitarist KOJI Passes Away at 49

Band performed theme song for Nightwalker: The Midnight Detective anime ― The Twitter account for the five-member visual kei rock band La'cryma Christi announced on Friday that the band's guitarist KOJI passed away from esophageal cancer on April 15. He was 49. La'cryma Christi formed in 1991 and the band was known as one of the "four heavenly kings of visual kei" alongside Malice Mizer, Fanatic Cris...
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Mitei no Hanashi Performs New Ending Theme for Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai Anime

New song debuts with show's 7th cours on April 30 ― The official website for the new anime of Riku Sanjo and Kōji Inada's Dragon Quest: The Adventure of Dai (Dragon Quest: Dai no Daibōken) manga announced on Saturday that singer-songwriter Mitei no Hanashi (Peach Boy Riverside ending theme) will perform the show's new ending theme song "Tobutori wa" (The Flying Bird is). The song will debut in the sh...
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JAM Project Singer Hironobu Kageyama Discusses International Popularity, COVID

In new video, Kageyama performs the single "Olympia" on acoustic guitar ― Following his recent performance of the iconic Dragon Ball Z theme "Cha-La Head Cha-La" for the Anime Songs Party program, singer Hironobu Kageyama discussed his experiences performing abroad and how the COVID-19 pandemic brought about his latest album. Use YouTube's closed caption option to turn on subtitles for the videos In ...
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Akari Akase's Ending Theme Song for My Dress-Up Darling Anime Streamed 7 Million Times

Music video debuted on January 9 ― The music video for Akari Akase's "Koi no Yukue" (Where Love Is), the ending theme song for the television anime of Shinichi Fukuda's My Dress-Up Darling (Sono Bisque Doll wa Koi wo Suru), has been streamed over seven million times since its release about three months ago. The song's music video debuted on January 9: TikTok personality Akase debuted her singing care...
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Angela Vocalist Cancels Appearance Due to Suspected Case of COVID-19, 2 hololive VTubers Test Positive for COVID-19

Houshou Marine, Ookami Mio tested positive for COVID-19 in last week ― The official website for the musical duo Angela announced on Friday that vocalist Atsuko canceled a guest performance on Sayaka Sasaki's "SAYAKAVER. LIVE triangle" concert on Sunday due to Atsuko having a "suspected" case of COVID-19. The website did not confirm if Atsuko had taken a COVID-19 test. The angela duo includes keyboard...
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Violet Evergarden Gets Piano Concert On July 16-17

Performances will be based on "Though Seasons Change ~Violet Evergarden Piano Memories~" piano arrangement album ― The Violet Evergarden anime will hold a piano concert at Yamanashi Prefecture's Kawaguchiko Enkei Hall on July 16 and 17. The performances will be based on the "Though Seasons Change ~Violet Evergarden Piano Memories~" piano arrangement album which shipped in Japan on March 30. Ticket ap...
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Ayano Tsuji Composes Insert Song for Deaimon Anime

Minori Suzuki to perform insert song in show's 2nd episode ― The official website for the television anime of Rin Asano's Deaimon manga revealed on Tuesday that Kyoto-born singer-songwriter Ayano Tsuji (theme song for The Cat Returns) is composing and writing the lyrics for an insert song in the anime. The song "Yae ni Saku" will appear in the show's second episode on April 13. Minori Suzuki, who pla...
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How Composer MAYUKO Created Ranking of Kings' Fantasy-Infused Score

We sat down with MAYUKO to discuss how she brought magic to the score of Wit Studio's Ranking of Kings, from crashing cathedral bells to lilting sopranino recorders. ― Writer, composer, arranger and singer, MAYUKO has been performing as a singer-songwriter since she was a student. As a composer, she created music for the drama The Full-Time Wife Escapist, the anime Cells at Work! and her latest sound...
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King Super Live 2022 Concert Delayed Until Further Notice

Concert featuring King Records artists was originally slated for June 25-26 ― The official website of King Super Live, the concert event consisting of artists from the King Records company, announced last Friday that the concert has been delayed until further notice due to "various circumstances." The concert was originally slated to take place at the MetLife Dome in Saitama on June 25 and 26. The co...
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Eve's Jujutsu Kaisen Song 'Kaikai Kitan' Played Over 300 Million Times

Song debuted digitally 78 weeks ago in October 2020 ― Billboard Japan revealed on Wednesday that Eve's "Kaikai Kitan," the first opening theme song for the Jujutsu Kaisen television anime, has been played over 300 million times after 78 weeks since its release. The song debuted digitally on October 3, 2020, and had accumulated 100 million playbacks after 22 weeks on March 10, 2021. It accumulated 200...
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hololive's Mori Calliope To Make Major Label Debut, Hold Solo Concert

Cover Corporation announced on Twitter on Monday that hololive Virtual YouTuber Mori Calliope will make her major-label debut under the Universal Music sublabel EMI Records with the release of her first EP "SHINIGAMI NOTE" on July 20. Furthermore, a day after the release on July 21, Calliope will hold a live solo concert titled "New Underworld Order - Mori Calliope Major Debut Concert" at Tokyo's ...
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Arrangement of Song from Kirby Super Star Game Wins Grammy Award

The 8-Bit Big Band's cover of "Meta Knight's Revenge" won award ― Charlie Rosen and Jake Silverman's fusion and big band arrangement of the song "Meta Knight's Revenge" from the Kirby Super Star Super Nintendo game won a Grammy in the Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella category at the 64th Grammy Awards ceremony on Sunday. The music video premiered in February 2021: Silverman arranged the c...
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Weaver Band to Break Up Next February

Band performed theme songs for Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Sagrada Reset anime ― Rock band Weaver announced on their official website on Sunday that they will disband on February 26, 2023, after 18 years of activity. The band will have their last live performances at LINE CUBE SHIBUYA on February 11, and at Kobe Kokusai Kaikankokusai Hall on February 26. The band explained that the current COVI...
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30 Years Later, Hironobu Kageyama Still Rocks Dragon Ball Z's "Cha-La Head Cha-La"

Singer Hironobu Kageyama can still wail with the best of them. ― Singer Hironobu Kageyama can still wail with the best of them. In a new video, the Dragon Ball Z theme song singer belts out "Cha-La Head Cha-La" for the Anime Songs Party program for Nippon Cultural Broadcasting's FM91.6 radio station. Kageyama performed the song with Yohei Onishi and singing cosplayer Hikari on Sunday. "Cha-La Head Ch...
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Crunchyroll Streams Sony Music AnimeSongs Online 2022 Concert

Online concert originally streamed live on January 8-9 ― Crunchyroll began streaming the Sony Music AnimeSongs Online 2022 concert on Wednesday. The online concert originally streamed live on January 8-9. The concert features the following performers: Eir Aoi KANA-BOON Sayuri sumika TK from Ling Tosite sigure Who-ya Extended FLOW Aimer Cö shu Nie SPYAIR CHiCO with HoneyWorks T.M.Revolution TrySail BL...
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The Executioner and Her Way of Life Theme Song Band Mili

Anime News Network had the opportunity to interview the group's lead vocalist Cassie Wei about the band's unique sound, her anime and manga recommendations, and the upcoming series. ― International indie rockers Mili made their anisong debut in the 2016 series Bloodivores and have since gone on to contribute themes for Goblin Slayer, Gleipnir, amd Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045. The group's newest song...
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Kunihiko 'Bonsoir' Ikuhara's Name Change Tied to New Music Project

Ikuhara will produce cover album with Teiko, Bonjour Suzuki as "Teiko Bonbon" unit ― After a cryptic announcement that he was changing his name to "Bonsoir Ikuhara," the Utena and Penguindrum director revealed he's participating in a new music project. Ikuhara is teaming up with Bonjour Suzuki (Yuri Kuma Arashi opening theme) and Elise Shōjoshiki indie band member Teiko (Sarazanmai's Sara Azuma) to f...
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SPYAIR Vocalist IKE Leaves Band Due to Ulcerative Colitis

Concerts from May-July have been canceled ― Rock band SPYAIR's vocalist IKE announced on Thursday that he has left the band due to his ulcerative colitis, a chronic inflammatory bowel disease. IKE was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in summer 2019 and was hospitalized. He then reached a remission period. However, following a re-examination in January, he found out that the disease has relapse...
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Konomi Suzuki Featuring Kitaro Kousaka Performs Theme Song for Isekai Quartet: Another World Anime Film

Film in crossover franchise opens in Japan on June 10 ― The official website for the Gekijо̄ban Isekai Quartet ~Another World~ (Isekai Quartet the Movie: Another World) crossover anime film revealed on Sunday that Konomi Suzuki featuring Kashitarō Itō will perform the film's theme song "Melodic Road Movie." The film's original characters and their cast members are, from left to right below: Minami Ta...
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Anna Suzuki Performs New Opening Theme for Waccha PriMagi! Anime

Saki Yamakita from i☆Ris writes lyrics for new song ― Voice actress Anna Suzuki announced at the AnimeJapan 2022 event on Saturday that she will perform the new opening theme song "Chasing the dream" for the third cours (quarter of a year) of Waccha Purimaji! (Waccha PriMagi!), the latest television anime in Takara Tomy Arts and syn Sophia's Pretty Series franchise. Saki Yamakita from i☆Ris wrote the...
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Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans: Urðr-Hunt Spinoff Posts Theme Song's Music Video

Singer kayto, composer Ryūtarō Fujinaga perform "The Over" song as new band Re:End ― Sunrise unveiled the theme song music video on Friday for Kidō Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans: Urðr-Hunt (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans: Urðr-Hunt), the spinoff from the Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans (Kidō Senshi Gundam: Tekketsu no Orphans) television anime series. The video features the so...
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Hey! Say! JUMP Performs Love All Play Badminton Anime's Opening Song

sumika band members pen song ― The official website for the television anime of Asami Koseki's Love All Play badminton novel revealed on Friday that the boy band Hey! Say! JUMP is performing the anime's opening theme song "Haru Tsubame" (Spring Swallow). Vocalist and guitarist Kenta Kataoka of the band sumika wrote the lyrics, and sumika's keyboardist and choral vocalist Takayuki Ogawa scored the mus...
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Netflix Streams LiSA's 10th Anniversary Documentary This Fall

Taketoshi Sado directs LiSA Another Great Day documentary ― Netflix announced on Friday that it will debut LiSA Another Great Day, a documentary about singer LiSA, worldwide this fall. The documentary will show LiSA's 10th anniversary project from last year. Taketoshi Sado is directing the documentary. LiSA's Facebook page describes the documentary: This documentary explores the true face of LiSA, a ...
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Rhapsody Music Anime Project Unveils Music Video for Pink Flag Band

Video features "Dai Ni Shō" song, preview of voice drama ― The official website for the rockin'on group's Rhapsody music anime project began streaming a music video for the song "Dai Ni Shō" (Second Chapter) by the project's in-story band Pink Flag on Wednesday. The music video also previews the band's first voice drama episode at the end. The voice drama episode will debut on March 30. "Dai Ni Shō" ...
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Promoted: A Program Called Anime Songs Party! Will Start on Sunday the 3rd of April

― A program called, “ANIME SONGS PARTY!'', will start on Sunday the 3rd of April. On this program, you will be connected with anime fans all over the world by singing anime songs together. The hosts of this show are Yohei Onishi, a singer of anime songs and Tokusatsu (special effects movies) and Singing Cosplayer Hikari, a popular cover singer worldwide. A new show called, “ANIME SONGS PARTY!” will ...
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Exclusive: Attack on Titan Tribute Jazz Album Will Soothe You To Sleep

Metal Gear Solid composer Norihiko Hibino, Etrian Odyssey performer AYAKI team up for 12th Prescription for Sleep album ― Saxophonist Norihiko Hibino (Metal Gear Solid/Bayonetta series) and pianist AYAKI (Etrian Odyssey/PersonaQ) are teaming up for their 12th album with Scarlet Moon Records on their "Prescription for Sleep" tribute series. The duo, known as GENTLE LOVE, is tackling anime for the firs...
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Mai Yoneyama Animates Eve's "Yoku" Music Video

Eve's 6th album Kaizin shipped on Wednesday ― Singer Eve (Jujutsu Kaisen, Josee, The Tiger and the Fish) debuted an animated music video on Friday for the song "Yoku." Animator Mai Yoneyama (Kill la Kill, Promare, Kiznaiver) served as the director, storyboard artist, character designer, and main animator at production studio P.I.C.S (ODDTAXI). The song is included on Eve's 6th studio album, Kaizin, w...
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Rockin'on Group's Rhapsody Music Anime Project Reveals Cast in Music Video

Project features 13 cast members ― The official website for the rockin'on group's Rhapsody music anime project unveiled a visual and "super music video" for the project on Wednesday. The video introduces the cast members and the main theme song "I Believe" for the project. The cast in their respective bands includes: Pink Flag Jun Suetsugu as Kazuma Mochino (vocalist/guitarist) Junta Terashima as Its...
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My Isekai Life Anime Reveals July Debut, Opening Theme Artist

3-member rock band Non Stop Rabbit performs opening theme ― The official Twitter account for the television anime of Shinkoshoto's Tensei Kenja no Isekai Life ~Daini no Shokugyō o Ete, Sekai Saikyō ni Narimashita~ (The Reincarnated Sage's Alternate World Life: I Got a Second Profession, and Became the Most Powerful in the World) light novel series revealed on Monday that the anime will premiere in Ju...
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Musical Duo All At Once Performs Ending Theme for 'Shoot! Goal to the Future' Soccer Anime

Series premieres in July ― The official website for Shoot! Goal to the Future, the first new anime based on Tsukasa Ooshima's soccer-themed manga Shoot! in 28 years, announced on Monday that musical duo All at Once will perform the show's ending theme song "Rivals." The anime will premiere in July on Tokyo MX, BS Fuji, TV Shizuoka, and AT-X. The show stars: Chiaki Kobayashi as Hideto Tsuji Shunichi T...
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Musical Duo ClariS Releases 1st Music Video Without Masks

"Connect -reformare-" is a remake of Madoka Magica theme song ― The musical duo ClariS, which had a reputation for years of keeping the singers' identities secret, has released its first music video showing the performers take off their masks. The song "Connect -reformare-" is a remake of the 2011 hit song "Connect," which served as the opening theme for the Puella Magi Madoka Magica television anime...
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Alternative Rock Band This is Japan Performs New Ending Theme for Boruto Anime

New theme song premieres in April ― This year's 14th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that four-member alternative rock band This is Japan (No Guns Life, SD Gundam World Heroes) will perform the new ending theme song for the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime. The new song will premiere in April. Rock band FLOW is performing the current opening theme song, and sin...
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Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club Anime Launches Singing Contest With TwitCasting

Anime's 2nd season will premiere on April 2 ― The Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club opened entries for a singing contest on the TwitCasting livestreaming platform on Friday. The winner will receive a trophy (Note that while the contest is open to everyone, only Japan residents will be able to participate in the finals.) To participate, users must submit the link to an unlisted video on Twit...
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Aimer's Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Song Tops Billboard Japan Hot 100 for Record-Tying 7th Straight Week

"Zankyō Sanka" ranked #1 for 9 total weeks, also streamed over 100 million times ― Aimer's new song "Zankyō Sanka" (Song of Reverberation), the opening theme song for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Yūkaku-hen) television anime, ranked #1 on the Billboard Japan Hot 100 chart for the seventh consecutive week (February 21-27). It was also the song's nint...
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22/7 Idol Group Adds 8 New Members

New members will begin activity with March 10 concert ― The official website for the 22/7 idol project announced on Sunday that eight new members have joined the project. The new members include Nao Aikawa, Mao Asaoka, Oto Amaya, Mina Kiyoi, Satsuki Shiina, Runa Shijō, Ema Tsukishiro, and Rino Mochizuki. The group now has a total of 14 members. The new members will begin their activity in the idol gr...
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Love Live! Franchise Launches 'Virtual School Idol' Project This Fall

Project to focus on streaming videos ― The official YouTube channel for the Love Live! idol franchise began streaming a video on Monday, revealing that the franchise has a new project focusing on "virtual school idols" with an emphasis on streaming. The video teases a story told "together with school idols over 365 days." According to the video and volume 25 of the Love Live! Days magazine (which als...
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Sora Amamiya Performs 'Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove it' Anime Season 2's Opening Theme

Anime's lead voice actress contributes "Love-Evidence" song to April season ― Voice actress and singer Sora Amamiya is performing the opening theme song for this spring's second television anime season based on Alifred Yamamoto's Science Fell in Love, So I Tried to Prove it (Rikei ga Koi ni Ochita no de Shōmei Shite Mita) manga. Amamiya, who also stars as the anime's heroine Ayame Himuro and sang the...
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Aimer's Demon Slayer: Entertainment District Opening Song Streamed Over 90 Million Times

"Zankyō Sanka" tops streaming chart for 6th week with over 10 million streams ― Aimer's new song "Zankyō Sanka" (Song of Reverberation), the opening theme song for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Entertainment District Arc (Kimetsu no Yaiba: Yūkaku-hen) television anime, ranked #1 on Oricon's weekly streaming ranking for the sixth time since its digital release on December 6 last year. It was stre...
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Kimi ga Otoshita Aozora Live-Action Film's Theme Song Gets Animated Music Video

Asuka Dokai directs music video for Mafumafu's "Shiori" song ― Singer Mafumafu released an animated music video for "Shiori," the main theme song for the Kimi ga Otoshita Aozora live-action romance film. The music video debuted on Friday, the same day the film opened in Japan. The video's story depicts the protagonist traveling in time and finding closure with his past self. The music video was direc...
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Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs Anime Reveals Theme Song Artists

Kashitarō Itō, Riko Azuna perform theme songs for April anime ― The official website for the television anime adaptation of Yomu Mishima's Trapped in a Dating Sim: The World of Otome Games is Tough for Mobs (Otome Game Sekai wa Mob ni Kibishii Sekai Desu) light novel series revealed the anime's theme song artists on Monday. Kashitarō Itō will perform the anime's opening theme song "Silent Minority," ...
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JYOCHO's Let's Promise to Be Happy Album

Nick Dupree checks out the newest album from the band behind the ending theme in the Banished from the Heroes' Party anime series. ― JYOCHO first caught my ear last year when their single, “All The Same” was used as the ending theme to Banished From The Hero's Party. It was a sedate, yet intricately instrumented track that perfectly captured the idyllic, contented vibes of that story almost better th...
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Tempalay Writes Music for Live-Action I Want to Hold Aono-kun So Badly I Could Die Show

Rock band performs opening song, ending song, music ― The staff of the live-action series of Umi Shiina's I Want to Hold Aono-kun So Badly I Could Die (Aono-kun ni Sawaritai kara Shinitai) manga revealed on Tuesday that rock band Tempalay is performing the opening theme song, ending theme song, and the music for the series. The show will air and stream starting on March 18 at 11:30 p.m. Shori Sato, a...
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Attack on Titan The Final Season Opening Band SiM

Straight from Shonan, Japan, the band SiM claimed the spotlight with the release of their Billboard chart-topping single "The Rumbling." Anime News Network spoke with the band about their newest song that's taking the anime world by storm. ― Straight from Shonan, Japan, the band SiM claimed the spotlight with the release of their Billboard chart-topping single "The Rumbling." The song introduced scor...
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hololive's Mori Calliope, Gawr Gura Get Rebellious New Animated Music Video

Vocaloid composer DECO*27 composes track, writes lyrics ― hololive Virtual YouTubers Mori Calliope and Gawr Gura debuted an animated music video for their new original song "Q" on Friday. The song features a rebellious theme, as the two VTubers duke it out in a gang war. Vocaloid composer DECO*27 composed the track and collaborated with Mori Calliope on the lyrics. The music video was animated by Mas...
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Pokémon Releases Sound Library For Pokémon Diamond/Pearl Games

Users can freely download, use music in specific non-commercial contexts ― The Pokémon Company International released the English version of its sound library for the Pokémon Diamond and Pokémon Pearl games on Wednesday. The site allows users to download and use the games' original soundtracks in specific non-commercial contexts outlined in the guidelines. The service additionally offers playlists an...
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Urusei Yatsura's "Lum no Love Song" Theme Song Gets 40th Anniversary Remix Playlist

Contributors include composer Izumi (Mimi) Kobayashi, OST composer Fumitaka Anzai Urusei Yatsura's iconic "Lum no Love Song" theme song has received a 40th anniversary remix playlist on Spotify. The project is organized by Izumi (Mimi) Kobayashi, the keyboardist and singer-songwriter who composed the original theme song. The following artists contributed their remixes: Kenmochi Hidefumi 3asic Limit...
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Kuroko's Basketball Anime Gets New Anime Music Video for 10th Anniversary

Production I.G animates music video featuring anniversary song by Granrodeo, Kensho Ono ― The official website for the anime adaptations of Tadatoshi Fujimaki's Kuroko's Basketball manga announced on Monday that the franchise will launch a 10th anniversary celebration that will run from April 2022 to March 2023. The celebration will include a new song by Granrodeo and Kensho Ono, with an accompanying...
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Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 Opening Theme Reaches #1 on U.S. Billboard Hard Rock Chart

SiM's "The Rumbling" debuted at #3 ― The opening theme of the Attack on Titan The Final Season Part 2 anime has reached the U.S. billboard charts after its release on January 22. The TV size version of SiM's "The Rumbling" debuted on the hard rock chart at #3. On Saturday, it reached #1, where it currently still stands. According to Pony Canyon, the song received over 10 million playbacks within the ...
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Singer Masayoshi Ōishi Sings All 34 Voices in the Uma Musume Theme

Ōishi knocks it out of the park with his "Umapyoi Densetsu" cover ― Singer Masayoshi Ōishi pulled off an incredible feat last Saturday when he sang the iconic Uma Musume Pretty Derby song "Umapyoi Densetsu" for TV Asahi's "Masayoshi Ōishi x Airi Suzuki's Incredible Anisong Cover Desho Deshow!!" internet program. The mix includes Ōishi's take on all 34 voices that feature in the song, including each s...
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Voice Actors for Phantom of the Idol Anime's Pop Duo ZINGS Form Idol Unit in Real Life

Fumiya Imai, Shun Horie to host upcoming event to perform under new unit name ― The official website for the television anime of Hijiki Isoflavone's Phantom of the Idol (Kami Kuzu Idol) manga revealed on Monday that Fumiya Imai and Shun Horie will form a new idol unit named ZINGS. In the manga and anime, the characters Yuuya Niyodo (voiced by Imai) and Kazuki Yoshino (voiced by Horie) also form the p...
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Minori Suzuki Performs I'm Quitting Heroing Anime's Opening Song

Opening theme is titled "Broken Identity" ― The official website of the television anime of Quantum and Hana Amano's I'm Quitting Heroing: Next Gig Is at the Demon Queen's Castle (Yūsha, Yamemasu: Tsugi no Shokuba wa Maōjō) fantasy light novel series announced on Saturday that Minori Suzuki is performing the opening theme song for the anime. The song is titled "Broken Identity." The story centers on ...
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Singer KOTOKO Cancels Events After Testing Positive for COVID-19

Singer reschedules Chiba leg of live tour to February after testing positive on Friday ― The official website for singer KOTOKO announced on Friday that KOTOKO tested positive for COVID-19 on the same day. As a result, the Chiba performance of her "KOTOKO Acoustic Live Tour" on Saturday was canceled and rescheduled for February 25. KOTOKO has another performance on the tour in Ibaraki prefecture on J...
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BELLE Lead Composer Taisei Iwasaki

ANN's Richard Eisenbeis had the opportunity to talk with Lead Composer Taisei Iwasaki about the process of creating the music that is so central to BELLE's narrative and themes. ― It is perhaps an understatement to say that music is an important component to Mamoru Hosoda's latest film BELLE; after all, BELLE revolves around a grief-stricken girl named Suzu who finds shelter and salvation by creating...
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Kiyoshi Hikawa to Put Enka Singing Career on Hold on December 31

22-year career includes theme songs for Dragon Ball Super, GeGeGe no Kitarō ― The agency Nagara Production announced on Friday that enka singer Kiyoshi Hikawa will go on hiatus on December 31. The agency noted that Hikawa has been performing for 22 years, and now wishes to take some time to reflect and refresh. Hikawa has not decided how long the hiatus will be, but is still planning to go forward wi...
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Yui Makino Performs Theme Song for The Girl From the Other Side Feature-Length Anime

Anime releases on DVD on March 10 ― The official website for the feature-length original anime DVD (OAD) for Nagabe's The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún manga revealed on Wednesday that Yui Makino will perform the anime's theme song "Touch of Hope." Wit Studio's Kickstarter campaign for the OAD achieved its 3-million-yen (about US$28,000) goal on the same day it launched in March 2021, eventu...
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Fanfare of Adolescence Anime Reveals Theme Song Artists

Boy band JO1, Hiroyuki Sawano with 2 members of JO1 perform theme songs for springanime ― The official website for Aniplex's original television anime Fanfare of Adolescence (Gunjō no Fanfare) revealed the show's theme song artists on Tuesday. Boy band JO1 will perform the opening theme song "Move The Soul," and SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] with Junki Kono and Sho Yonashiro (both from JO1) will perform the en...
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Interview: The Heike Story Music Composer Kensuke Ushio

Composer kensuke ushio, who has collaborated before with director Naoko Yamada on critically-acclaimed films such as A Silent Voice and Liz and the Blue Bird, talks about the challenges behind creating the hauntingly beautiful soundtrack. ― Based on a work of classical Japanese literature of the same name, The Heike Story anime tells the story of the fall of the Heike clan through the point of view o...
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Akira Ouse Performs Theme Song for Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki Anime's 4th Season

New season will premiere in April ― The staff of the television anime of Masaki Ando's Yatogame-chan Kansatsu Nikki (Yatogame-chan Observation Diary) four-panel manga announced on Saturday that Akira Ouse will perform the theme song for the fourth season of the anime. The new season will premiere in April. The first season of the anime premiered in April 2019. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it ai...
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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to Perform at Coachella Event in April

Artist will perform at festival on April 16, April 23 ― Record label Nippon Columbia announced on Thursday that Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will perform at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 16 and April 23. The festival will take place from April 15-17 and from April 22-24. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu was originally slated to perform at the festival in April 2020. Vocaloid icon Hatsune Miku was also ...
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King Gnu Performs Theme for Live-Action Do not say mystery Series

Adaptation of Yumi Tamura's manga premieres on Monday ― The staff for the live-action series of Yumi Tamura's Do not say mystery (Mystery to Iu Nakare) manga announced on Sunday that King Gnu (Ranking of Kings, Banana Fish, Gekijō-ban Jujutsu Kaisen 0) will perform the theme song "Chameleon" for the series. The group wrote the song specifically for the series. The series will star Masaki Suda as prot...
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hololive's Tsunomaki Watame Gets "Movie-Quality" Anime Music Video

Takashi Ishida directs "My Song" music video at Qzil.la ― hololive Virtual YouTuber Tsunomaki Watame debuted an animated music video for her 12th original song "My song" on her channel on Thursday. Takashi Ishida directed the music video at Qzil.la and is also credited for CG and compositing. Kamata drew the storyboards and character designs. Yutaka Araki and Kosuke Iwanaga were the animation directo...
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U.S. Secretary of State's 2021 Spotify Playlist Includes Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Movie Theme

LiSA's "Homura" was among the 36 songs recommended by Antony Blinken ― U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken revealed himself as a fan of LiSA when he published his list of favorite recent songs on Spotify last Friday. The "Secretary's 2021 Playlist: On the Road" playlist represents 36 songs that were released either in 2021 or recently by artists around the world. Notably for anime fans, it include...
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Hikaru Utada Streams Radio Special in English on Spotify

"Hikaru Utada's Liner Voice+" special debuts on January 24, after Utada's 8th album launches ― Hikaru Utada's website announced on Saturday that the radio special for their eighth studio album will stream on Spotify in English on January 24 at 4:00 p.m. The special is titled "Hikaru Utada's Liner Voice+" and will also be available in Japanese. The radio special will premiere on ZIP-FM on January 19 a...
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Love Live! Sunshine!!, Hatsune Miku Collaborate on Song, Animated Music Video

Love Live! Sunshine!! also gets BD box, new manga, magazine, lyric collection ― The Love Live! Sunshine!! project and the Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku are collaborating as part of the "We Are Challengers Project" which marks the sixth anniversary of Love Live! Sunshine!! The collaboration includes a new song and an animated music video. The announcement was made during the second day of "Love Live...

OLDCODEX to Disband After Contributing 2nd Free! The Final Stroke Film's Theme Song

OLDCODEX vocalist Tatsuhisa Suzuki voices Free! franchise's Makoto Tachibana ― The official website for the musical unit OLDCODEX announced on Monday that the unit is disbanding. The website also announced that the unit is contributing the theme song for the second Free! The Final Stroke film, which will open on April 22. The unit thanked the fans for their support for 12 years, and noted that the up...
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'Caramelldansen' Song Owners Copyright Strike YouTube Documentary Contesting the Meme's Origins

According to video creator jan Misali, the song's sped-up remix in the meme predates the official music video ― A YouTube documentary tracing the history of the "Caramelldansen" anime fandom meme was taken down from the platform on Monday after receiving eight separate copyright strikes from the song's record label Remixed Records. The documentary creator, jan Misali, claims that the company has been...
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Kuhaku Gokko Performs New Ending Theme Song for Platinum End Anime

Anime premiered on October 7 ― The Jump Festa '22 event on Saturday revealed that the group Kuhaku Gokko will perform the new ending theme song "Last Straw" for the television anime of Takeshi Obata and Tsugumi Ohba's Platinum End manga. The anime premiered on October 7 on TBS. The anime will have an uninterrupted 24-episode run (until March 2022) to adapt the manga's entire story. Crunchyroll and Fu...
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FLOW, Anly Perform New Themes for Boruto Anime

Both songs premiere in January ― The second 2022 issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday the new theme song artists for the Boruto: Naruto Next Generations anime. Rock band FLOW will perform the new opening theme song, and singer-songwriter Anly will perform the ending theme song. Both theme songs will premiere in January. CHiCO with HoneyWorks is performing the current ope...

VTuber Kizuna Ai Goes on Indefinite Hiatus Next February

Videos to be archived during hiatus, intended for update to further develop her ― Popular virtual YouTuber (VTuber) Kizuna Ai will go on indefinite hiatus after her online "Kizuna Ai The Last Live 'hello, world 2022'" concert on February 26. The announcement posted in Japanese, English, and Chinese on Saturday cited an update to "future activities with the goal of further developing Kizuna Ai" as the...
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DUSTCELL Song "Kaen" Gets Anime Music Video

Shun Yamaguchi, Sowiti direct video for ZONe's Immersive Song Project ― The DUSTCELL musical unit released an animated music video for the song "Kaen" (Blaze) on Tuesday. The music video is directed by Shun Yamaguchi (Fate/Grand Order -Absolute Demonic Front: Babylonia- OP 2 motion graphics, Baki OP 2 CG design) and animator Sowiti. The full credit list is as follows: Director: Shun Yamaguchi / Sowit...
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4-Member Rock Band 'I Don't Like Mondays' Perform One Piece Anime's New Opening Theme Song

New theme song "Paint" debuts on January 9 ― This year's 52nd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that the four-member rock band "I Don't Like Mondays" will perform the new opening theme song "Paint" for the One Piece anime. The new theme song will debut in the show on January 9. The five-member male dance and vocal group Da-iCE (theme song for The case files of Jeweler...
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The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Gets 10th Anniversary Anime Video

"Complete version" of promo anime featuring all 190 idols to debut in 2022 ― The official website for The [email protected] franchise began streaming a 10th anniversary "celebration animation" for THE [email protected] CINDERELLA GIRLS part of the franchise. The video reveals that the celebration animation will have a "complete version" that will debut in 2022 that will feature all 190 idols in THE [email protected] CIND...
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Anime NYC 2021 - My Hero Academia Composer Yuki Hayashi

His discography includes hit anime like Precure to Haikyu! and follows a particularly unique trajectory. Hayashi made his American convention debut at Anime NYC and made some time to discuss his work with Anime News Network. ― At 41 years old, composer and musician Yuki Hayashi has created songs from everything ranging from live-action television dramas, video games, and popular anime series. His dis...
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Interview: Naruto Series Composer Yasuharu Takanashi

Naruto is a legendary anime, but without a doubt, the music helped catapult it to success. Jacki Jing talks with composer Yasuharu Takanashi now that the music is available for streaming and download stateside. ― For the first time ever since the first episode of the Naruto anime aired in Japan in 2002, music from all three installments of the massively popular anime series (Naruto, Naruto Shippuden ...
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Ikimono-gakari Vocalist's Upcoming Single Inspires Anime Short

'Massara' short starring Kana Hanazawa debuts on November 30 ― The official website for the Ikimono-gakari band revealed on Tuesday that the band's vocalist Kiyoe Yoshioka's first solo original song "Massara" (Clean Slate) is inspiring an anime short of the same title that will debut on the band's official YouTube channel on November 30. Kana Hanazawa is voicing the short's main character Yuna. The b...
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Ed Sheeran Collaboration Event Launches in Pokémon GO

Sheeran performance videos, Squirtle wearing sunglasses will be available in-game until November 30 ― Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran is starring in a special performance for Pokémon GO players. To commemorate the release of his new album, “=” (Equals), pre-recorded performance videos of songs such as "Perfect," "Bad Habits," “Overpass Graffiti,” “Thinking Out Loud,” “First Time,” and “Shivers” will be ...
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Mamoru Hosoda's Belle Film Theme Song to Feature at 2021 Kōhaku Song Contest

Singer-songwriter Kaho Nakamura, Millennium Parade make their debut on Japan's most popular music program ― NHK revealed the lineup for the 72nd Kōhaku Uta Gassen ("Red and White Song Contest"), Japan's most-watched music television program, on Friday. The yearly New Year's Eve contest pits two teams of female singers (the red team) and male singers (the white team) against each other. "U," the theme...
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LiSA's New Demon Slayer Song Wins Japan Record Awards' Song of the Year

Songs by Junretsu, Nogizaka46, Da-iCE, NiziU, DA PUMP, AKB48, more also win Song of the Year ― The 63rd Japan Record Awards announced on Friday that LiSA's "Akeboshi" song for the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Mugen Train Arc anime was named one of the Songs of the Year. Other artists with Songs of the Year awards include Junretsu ("Kimi ga Soba na Iru Kara"), Nogizaka46 ("Gomen ne Fingers crossed")...
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Sasaki and Miyano Anime Reveals Opening, Ending Song Artists

Miracle Chimpanzee performs opening; Yusuke Shirai, Sōma Saitō perform ending as lead characters ― The official website for the television anime of Shō Harusono's Sasaki and Miyano manga revealed the anime's opening and ending theme songs on Friday. The five-member band Miracle Chimpanzee is performing the opening theme song "Mabataki" (Blink) is the band's first single on a major label, while Yusuke...
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Singer Ayumi Hamasaki Hospitalized After Suffering Anaphylactic Shock

Singer regains consciousness, cancels concert on Sunday ― The official website for singer Ayumi Hamasaki revealed on Sunday that Hamasaki was hospitalized on Saturday in Nagoya after a concert, and was diagnosed with anaphylactic shock. Hamasaki's Twitter account revealed on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. JST that while she had lost consciousness, she has now regained consciousness and is gradually stabilizing...

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