Concert Review: LiSA, GARNiDELiA, ReoNa & More Perform at SACRA MUSIC’s Music Festival
22.May.2019 | MUSIC
SACRA MUSIC―a music label under Sony Music Labels―held a music event entitled SACRA MUSIC FES.2019 -NEW GENERATION- at Makuhari Messe in Chiba on Saturday May 18 and Sunday May 19. This non-stop live show housed a 360° stage in the centre of the venue on which artists signed to the label dazzled a total of 12,000 fans across the weekend.
This was the first live event of its kind by SACRA MUSIC. The show’s subtitle “New Generation” refers to artists both signed to the label and the new generation of artists leading the music scene into the future. The line-up feature a diverse array of talent and genres spanning voice actors to rock bands, idols, virtual YouTubers and more.
The line-up for both days included ASCA, Ayano Mashiro, =LOVE, Luna Kaguya, GARNiDELiA, ClariS, Soma Saito, SawanoHiroyuki[nZk], Sangatsu no Phantasia, Spira Spica, TrySail, halca, PENGUIN RESEARCH, and ReoNa. A live band of skilled musicians dubbed the “SACRA BAND” also took to the stage to aid in performing various hits songs and anime songs. Virtual YouTuber Luna Kaguya performed as an opener, and EGOIST also made a surprise performance on screen, fusing the 2D world with the 3D world.
Several special collaborations also took place throughout the festival where artists banded together to perform covers as well as perform each others’ songs. This included ClariS x TrySail, Mikiha (Spira Spica) x halca, Soma Saito x Yoji Ikuta & Shota Horie (PENGUIN RESEARCH), GARNiDELiA x Ayano Mashiro, and ASCA x ReoNa.
At the end of the first night, Eir Aoi appeared as a secret guest to perform three songs including her first single Ryuusei. At the end of the second night, LiSA was the secret guest, who performed several songs including her latest number Gurenge. The two also came together to sing each of their respective hits IGNITE and Rising Hope.
A teaser video was also shown for two new SACRA MUSIC projects titled BATON=RELAY and Tenka Soul. The concerts are only set to continue growing bigger and better.
Attack on Titan Song ‘ətˈæk 0N tάɪtn＜TFSv＞’ Gets Anime Music Video
An animated music video for the track ətˈæk 0N tάɪtn＜TFSv＞ from Attack on Titan The Final Season has been uploaded to YouTube. The song will be featured on the upcoming second soundtrack, scheduled to be released on June 22 and composed by Hiroyuki Sawano. The track itself was played during a crucial moment in Episode 87.
The music video features footage from The Final Season Part 2, which aired from January to April.
ətˈæk 0N tάɪtn＜TFSv＞ – Attack on Titan The Final Season OST (Official Music Video)
The soundtrack will include 15 tracks including Ashes on the Fire -PTV- and Footsteps of Doom. Fans of the series won’t want to miss picking it up, and it will also be available to stream on all major streaming services this week.
The final episodes of Attack on Titan The Final Season will air on NHK General in 2023.
©諫山創・講談社／「進撃の巨人」The Final Season製作委員会
MARiA from GARNiDELiA and luz Release Duet Track, Music Video
20.June.2022 | MUSIC
GARNiDELiA vocalist MARiA released the music video for Cafe Latte no Uta, her duet track with luz, on June 15, 2022.
The track will be included in the singer’s second solo album Memories, which will go on sale on June 22 and is now available on streaming services. Cafe Latte no Uta was composed by PENGUIN RESERACH’s kemu with lyrics written by both Horie and luz.
Cafe Latte no Uta feat. luz
A release event has also been announced, scheduled to take place on June 22 at Tower Records Shibuya. The singer will hold a solo concert at Toyosu PIT on July 3. In exciting news, MARiA will be performing in an upcoming stage play, Quantum, which will be performed in Tokyo and Osaka for 23 total shows.
Although still very active in her work with GARNiDELiA, MARiA has been breaking new ground in her solo work, collaborating with a number of artists and creators. Keep an eye on what she does in the future!
Comment from MARiA
“I had a meeting with luz and kemu, and when we started chatting, we decided that since our voices are more adult, it would be perfect if we made a more sexy song.
All three of us have lived our lives as part of internet culture, so this song really shows off our history with all of its strengths!
This is a song best listened to with headphones on–we really used our breath a lot, especially in the gaps between the music.
Be sure to enjoy the perfect harmony between me and luz!”
Release Date: June 22, 2022
Limited Edition (CD＋Blu-ray): ¥4,950 (Tax Included)
Standard Edition (CD Only): ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
GARNiDELiA Official Site: https://www.garnidelia.com/
Toyokawa Inari to Bring Back Popular Naked YORU MO-DE Event in 2022
24.May.2022 | SPOT
One of Japan’s Three Great Inari Shrines, Toyokawa Inari in Aichi Prefecture, will be decorated in summer-themed lights from July 22 until August 8! The popular Naked YORU MO-DE event is coming back for 2022 after attracting over 40,000 visitors last year.
Starting in 2021, Toyokawa Inari has held the Naked YORU MO-DE event monthly on the 22nd, the founding date of the shrine’s founding. Using technology, Naked’s artwork is updating the worship experience to fit into the ‘new normal,’ keeping social distancing in mind.
Jihoukan Projection-Mapping – Summer Festival ver.
Socially Distanced Art – Naked Distanced Lanterns, Summer Festival ver.
Naked Tsukubai – Summer Festival ver.
The theme for this new event is ‘a summer festival for a new era.’ Many of Toyokawa City’s annual festivals, such as the Oiden Festival and the Mitama Festival, have been canceled since the spread of the coronavirus. This new kind of festival will pull inspiration from other local events and will feature handheld firework displays, a collection of gorgeous wind chimes, and tons of night stalls for guests to enjoy alongside Naked’s digital artwork. The local handheld fireworks will be shown using projection mapping, and all of the fan-favorite Naked social distancing art projects will be transformed to suit the summer festival theme. The Naked Tsukubai hand sanitizing art project will show goldfish and fireworks in the palm of your hand, and the Naked Distanced Lanterns will be decorated with a summer firework pattern.
Toyokawa Inari, One of Japan’s Three Great Inari Shrines x Naked YORU MO-DE
Venue: Toyokawa Inari (1 Toyokawacho, Toyokawa, Aichi Prefecture)
Running: July 22 – August 6, 2022
*Held throughout the year starting on the 22nd of every month
Official Site: https://event.naked.works/yoru-mo-de/
Shueisha’s Haruman!! 2022 Festival Celebrates Manga this Spring
29.April.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Shueisha is currently offering a ton of manga for free as part of Haruman!! 2022. The campaign is running until May 15 at participating locations and tons of digital manga series are available for download.
During Haruman!! 2022, users can read over 305 digital titles for free. This year’s theme is ‘Manga Festival,’ and manga fans can find both recent and classic titles. Why not catch up on some manga history while you can?
A collaboration with the popular VTuber agency Hololive is also underway. One of the group’s manga-loving members will be chosen each day to serve as Editor-in-Chief of an original manga magazine.
Popular authors are also commemorating the occasion with new illustrations. Eleven artists from Shueisha’s manga department have drawn popular VTubers, and these awesome images are available exclusively on the Haruman!! website.
Stream Date: April 23, 2022
Participants: Shueisha x Hololive Traveling Editorial Department
Streaming Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFZiqLMntJufDCHc6bQixg
In collaboration with puzzle game creators RIDDLER, ‘The Search for the Great Manga King’s Treasure’ will be held. Pulling inspiration from One Piece, which is currently celebrating 25 years of serialization, fans will have to find clues to solve a massive mystery.
Find your new favorite manga series during Haruman!! 2022.
Running: April 11 – May 15, 2022
Official Site: https://haruman.jp
‘AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline’ Ending Theme to be Performed by Natumi., Produced by Hiroyuki Sawano
20.April.2022 | MUSIC
The mysterious singer Natumi., known for her incredibly powerful voice, will make her CD debut on June 1, 2022, with music produced by Hiroyuki Sawano.
The singer’s debut song pARTs has also been chosen as the ending theme for the second season of SUNRISE BEYOND’s first original anime series ‘AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline,’ which began airing on April 12, 2022. To mark the start of the broadcast, the track is now available to stream and the music video has been released!
pARTs Music Video:
Nice to meet everyone! I’m Natumi, and I’ve been put in charge of the ending theme for the second season of ‘AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline,’ which began airing on April 11.
Of course, the series is filled with intense battle scenes, but you also get to see the capacity of human beings to be kind. The dialogue between the characters is incredible as well.
I became completely obsessed with season one after being drawn in by the show’s unique worldview.
I’ve loved anime since I was a child, and I’m so thrilled to be able to sing the ending theme for this awesome series. Hiroyuki Sawano, someone I adore and look up to so much, produced the song!
I hope tons of people will listen to pARTs because it turned into a truly magnificent and powerful song. Please continue to support both the series and myself as well!
Hiroyuki Sawano Comment
I was given the opportunity to produce Natumi.’s debut song.
Her incredibly powerful and penetrating voice and the way she approaches her music have helped me to expand my own sound in new ways. This process also became a place where we could imagine how her career is going to progress and how she will evolve as a vocalist going forward. I’m looking forward to seeing how the finished track will impact those watching ‘AMAIM Warrior at the Borderline.’
Release Date: June 1, 2022
CD＋DVD: ¥1,800 (Tax Included)
CD: ¥1,100 (Tax Included)
Streaming Links/Preorder: https://avex.lnk.to/Natumi_pARTs
More Cast, Details Announced for Upcoming Fanfare of Adolescence Anime Series
02.March.2022 | ANIME&GAME
New details have emerged about Fanfare of Adolescence, an upcoming anime series following young boys aiming to become horse jockeys. Masako Katsumi will play Naoko Saionji, the main character’s foster parent, while Daisuke Namikawa will play Yoshihisa Kuji, a jockey who meets Yu at a local racetrack.
Additional new information will be presented during an upcoming YouTube livestream on March 6 on the official Aniplex channel. The opening theme, performed by popular boy band J01, and the ending theme by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] with J01 members Junki Kono and Sho Yonashiro will be previewed for the first time during the broadcast, so don’t miss it!
Naoko Saionji (Masako Katsuki)
The president of the company Yu Arimura was signed to when he was an idol.
She has acted Yu’s foster parent.
Yoshihisa Kuji (Daisuke Namikawa)
A graduate of a horse racing school and an active jockey.
He meets Yu by chance at a racetrack.
©Fanfare Anime Project
Fanfare of Adolescence Announcement Stream
Date: March 6, 18:00~
Where: Aniplex Official YouTube Channel
Official Site: https://fanfare-anime.com/
BAND-MAID to Perform at the World’s Largest Festival ‘AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL’ in California
Internationally beloved hard rock band BAND-MAID has been invited to perform at AFTERSHOCK FESTIVAL in Sacramento, California!
The festival will take place across four days, from October 6 until October 9, 2022. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the festival, with headliners like KISS and Slipknot.
BAND-MAID has also announced US stops on their global tour during 2022. More information is scheduled to be released soon!
NIJISANJI Fes 2022 to Take Place at Makuhari Messe in October
VTuber group NIJISANJI will hold their largest event ever in October 2022! NIJISANJI Festival 2022 will be held at Makuhari Messe in Chiba for two days only, on October 1 and October 2.
Last year’s NIJISANJI Festival was held in February 2021 but had no live audience due to the ongoing pandemic. This year’s event will be held in Halls 1-5 of Makuhari Messe, which is a massive space. Even more is planned for the 2022 event, so keep an eye out for more info!
This year’s theme is ‘Let’s Play!’ More than 100 members–both domestic and international–will take part in the festival, which will feature booths produced by the members, concerts, interviews, food and drinks, original merchandise, and more.
J01, SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] to Perform Opening and Ending Themes for Fanfare of Adolescence Anime Series
Fanfare of Adolescence, an anime series following young boys aiming to become horse jockeys, is scheduled to premiere this spring. The opening theme will be performed by popular boy band J01, while the ending theme will be SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] with J01 members Junki Kono and Sho Yonashiro.
The opening theme is titled Move the Soul, with all 11 members of J01 participating in the catchy track. The ending track is OUTSIDERS by SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]: Junki Kono & Shou Yonashiro. This [nZk] vocal song project has brought together a number of guest singers since it began in 2014, with many of Sawano’s tracks used in anime and drama series, including Attack on Titan.
Gaining admission to horse racing schools is extremely difficult, with prospective students required to do a written exam and a physical and motor function test. After being admitted, the boys in Fanfare of Adolescence live in a boarding house and must overcome trial after trial.
The series will begin airing in Spring 2022 on TOKYO MX, BS11, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, and MBS.
Fanfare of Adolescence Trailer #1: https://youtu.be/APOBicMkuMI
Comment from J01’s Leader Sho Yonashiro
J01 has been chosen to perform the theme song for Fanfare of Adolescence. When I first heard about the project, I was surprised and excited, but I also felt a sense of responsibility. We’re incredibly grateful for this opportunity, and all of the members are hyped.
The concept of the anime is ‘youthful ensemble drama/horse racing/survival game,’ so I’m super excited to see the final product.
I’m happy to be participating in the ending theme as well!
Junki and I will be singing the ending theme together! I was nervous at first since it’s just the two of us, but I think the song really turned out great. Please look forward to it!
Enjoy both of these tracks as you watch Fanfare of Adolescence!
Comment from Hiroyuki Sawano
I’m happy to be in charge of the music for Fanfare of Adolescence, and also happy to be producing the ending theme as SawanoHiroyuki[nZk].
Mr. Kono and Mr. Yonashiro from J01 are performing as the vocalists on the track, which has a very fresh feeling.
I hope everyone will enjoy the music as well as the story of this series.
©Fanfare Anime Project
Fanfare of Adolescence
Airing in Spring 2022 on TOKYO MX, BS11, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV and MBS
Official site: https://fanfare-anime.com/
Composer Hiroyuki Sawano to Release Solo Piano Album, Announces Concert in March 2022
09.January.2022 | MUSIC
Composer Hiroyuki Sawano has created a number of classic pieces for anime, drama series, and films, including Attack on Titan, Promare, and Mobile Suit Gundam: Hathaway. Last year, Sawano released a video on YouTube set to the score of Attack on Titan, pulling in thousands of comments from around the world. With over 1.3 million subscribers to their channel on the Chinese video-sharing site bilibili, Sawano also performed solo at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai in 2019.
Hiroyuki Sawano has just released his first solo piano album ‘scene,’ including 19 songs from his famous works.
Limited First Edition (CD+BD): ¥4,290 (Tax Included)
Standard Edition (CD): ¥2,640 (Tax Included)
The artist will also hold a live concert on March 13, 2022, featuring a number of guest vocalists including Jean-Ken Johnny, ReoNa, mizuki, mpi, Benjamin, Laco, and SennaRin. Those in Sawano’s official fan club can currently snag advanced tickets, so don’t miss out!
Hiroyuki Sawano LIVE [n2k]007
Guest Vocalists: Jean-Ken Johnny (MAN WITH A MISSION), ReoNa, mizuki (UNIDOTS), mpi, Benjamin, Laco (EOW), SennaRin
Performance Date: March 13, 2022 (Doors Open at 17:00, Show Starts at 18:00)
Location: Tokyo International Forum Hall A（https://www.t-i-forum.co.jp/visitors/facilities/a/）
Ticket Sales: December 22, 2021 – January 10, 2022 at 23:59
Official FanClub [-30k]: https://n30k.com/s/nzk/
Concert Details: https://www.sonymusic.co.jp/Music/Info/hiroyukisawano/LIVEnZk007/
Solo Piano Album ‘scene‘
Download & Streaming: https://sawanohiroyuki.lnk.to/scene
Official Site: http://www.sawanohiroyuki.com/
GARNiDELiA Provides Theme for Soukai Tenki Nintendo Switch Game
Musical duo GARNiDELiA will perform the theme song Souten for the upcoming Nintendo Switch title Soukai Tenki, scheduled to be released in 2022. The song was also used in the recent Soukai Tenki stage play.
Soukai Tenki is an adventure game with character designs by Teita and a scenario by Yuumi Yamada. The title is listed as a mixed-media project by Otomate, Toho Animation, and Plus81.
In November 2021, GARNiDELiA released their new album ‘Duality Code.’ The duo is currently participating in a nationwide tour.
Comment from GARNiDELiA
We’re very thankful to be given the opportunity to provide the theme song for Soukai Tenki.
Although the characters are separated, love is a powerful force that will always bring people together.
This incredible realization led us as we created the song.
I hope that this song inspires those who listen to it.
This song was inspired by the battles and bonds between men in a world shrouded in darkness.
We created this song with both strength and sadness in mind, and I hope that it sets the stage for the characters’ stories.
Soukai Tenki (Nintendo Switch / Nintendo Switch Lite)
Soukai Tenki Stage Play ~Introduction: The Moon Crashing Into Darkness~
Running: December 8 – December 13, 2021
Address: THEATRE1010 (SENJU MILDIX Ichiban-kan 11F, 3-92 Senji, Adachi-ku, Tokyo)
Soukai Tenki Stage Play Official Site: https://soukaitenki-stage.com/
GARNiDELiA Official Site: https://www.garnidelia.com/
Gyoza Festival 2021 Opens at Nagoya PARCO
Pan-fried dumplings, or gyoza, can be found all over Japan from fine restaurants to convenience stores. They’re cheap, easy to consume, and incredibly tasty. Those able to make it to Nagoya PARCO by December 26 can experience this year’s Gyoza Festival, bringing together some of the best examples of creative and mouthwatering gyoza in the country.
A number of participating restaurants within Nagoya PARCO have developed unique gyoza-centric menus, including Kimchi Gyoza from Yansando, Chicken Wing Gyoza with spicy tartar sauce from Kyoto Shijo Kuon, and Spicy Gyoza from ANDY CURRY, participating in the event for the first time. Yummy Hawaiian Barbeque is also offering nine new menu items only found at Nagoya PARCO, including Gyoza Pie.
Yansando Ueno Honten
Nagoya Chicken Noodle Shop
Kyoto Shijo Kuon
FUJIYAMA55 RAMEN STAND
Okuyama Yasuzou Himonoterasu
Yummy Hawaiian Barbeque
Gyoza Festival 2021
Running: November 26 – December 26, 2021
Location: Nagoya PARCO West Building 7F
Official Site: http://www.parco.co.jp