Sony & JYP Entertainment’s ‘Nizi Project’ to be Streamed on YouTube
03.March.2020 | MUSIC
Nizi Project, an audition programme co-produced by Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Music Labels, and JYP Entertainment (JYP), is set for global release on March 6, 2020 at 19:00 (JST) when it will drop on YouTube.
Nizi Project was first announced by J.Y. Park at a press conference in February 2019. It is based on “GROBALIZATION BY LOCALIZATION,” one of the themes of J.Y. Park’s business vision JYP 2,0. The show aims to discover new talent for a girl group, train theme, and have them head out into the world.
Global auditions were held for Nizi Project from July to August last year in 10 places around the world including Japan, Hawaii, and LA. In September of the same year, 26 entrants were chosen from over 10,000. The chosen members gathered in Tokyo for a training camp that lasted 4 nights and 5 days. Nizi Project follows this training camp, covering the process the 26 short-listed applicants were put through. The show is available to watch on Hulu, but it’s heading to YouTube next month.
A compilation of the first four episodes will air on Hulu Kessaku Theatre in Japan on March 7, 2020 at 1:30 A.M.
Catch Nizi Project on YouTube on March 6, 2020 and see the forming of this international girl’s group.
Nizi Project YouTube Schedule
Date: March 6, 2020 (First 2 episodes)
Time: 19:00 (JST)
*Subsequent episodes to be shown every Friday at 19:00 (JST)
Nizi Project Official Website: https://niziproject.com/
DEAN FUJIOKA Announces Four Weeks Of YouTube Premiere Concert Footage
06.August.2020 | MUSIC
DEAN FUJIOKA has announced that over the next 4 weeks he will premiere his live performance of My Dimension held at Osaka-jo Hall back in 2016 over on his official YouTube channel starting on August 6, 2020 at 20:00 (JST).
DEAN FUJIOKA wrote My Dimension back in 2008, a song that would go on to be released for the first time in 2013 when it was used as the main theme for the Japanese film I Am Ichihashi: Journal of a Murderer which DEAN FUJIOKA also directed and starred in.
The live performance footage to be premiered is taken from the artist’s concert DEAN FUJIOKA Special Live “InterCycle 2016”.
DEAN FUJIOKA “My Dimension” Live from InterCycle 2016
DEAN FUJIOKA will premiere more live performances over the next four weeks on his YouTube channel.
The singer-songwriter is re-releasing My Dimension under the song title Neo Dimension on August 19 which breathes new life into the 12 year-old song with new lyrics.
Hulu Japan Announces Weekly Long Interviews With NiziU Members
28.July.2020 | MUSIC
NiziU is a nine-member global all-female group which formed via Nizi Project, an audition programme co-produced by Sony Music Entertainment, Sony Music Labels, and JYP Entertainment (JYP). NiziU’s first music video, Make you happy, has over 63 million views on YouTube (as of July 2020). Released at the end of June, the iconic jump rope dance in the video has already become something of a social phenomenon.
In the run up to NiziU’s first anniversary, Hulu Japan will begin streaming long interviews with each of the nine members in a show called NiziU 9 Nizi Stories, beginning on July 30, 2020, where they will talk about their experience in the Nizi Project, as well as life in Tokyo and South Korea. They will discuss in detail why they wanted to be part of a girl group, what troubles they have gone through, what the other members think of them, their impression of J.Y. Park, what kind of artists they want to become, and so on.
©Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.／JYP Entertainment.
NiziU 9 Nizi Stories
July 30: Mako
August 6: Lisa
August 13: Maya
August 20: Riku
August 27: Ayaka
September 3: Mayuka
September 10: Rima
September 17: Miihi
September 24: Mina
Hulu Japan: https://www.hulu.jp/
2D Virtual YouTuber Group NIJISANJI Launches Official English YouTube Channel
23.June.2020 | ANIME&GAME
An official English-subtitled YouTube channel was launched for the popular 2D virtual YouTuber network NIJISANJI on June 22 to the excitement of international fans. The official name is “NIJISANJI EN.”
What is NIJISANJI?
NIJISANJI is a group of 2D virtual YouTubers known as “Virtual Livers.” The project delivers next generation entertainment with events held for the VTubers, official merchandise and digital content sold, music produced, and more. As of June 2020 there are around 100 virtual members, each with their own unique personalities, who post on video streaming platforms like YouTube.
NIJISANJI started in Japan and has since expanded to audiences in China, Indonesia, South Korea, and now English speaking countries.
An official English Twitter account called NIJISANJI World opened at the end of January this year. With the opening of the official English YouTube channel, NIJISANJI’s popularity is set to grow even more and will help to spread the word of Virtual YouTubers, or “VTubers.”
NIJISANJI World English Twitter: https://twitter.com/NIJISANJI_World
NIJISANJI English Official YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-JSeFfovhNsEhftt1WHMvg
Magical Angel Creamy Mami Launches Her Own YouTube Channel
07.May.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Creamy Mami from the popular anime series Creamy Mami, the Magical Angel now has her very own YouTube channel where she appears as a 3D CG character.
What is “Creamy Mami, the Magical Angel”?
It’s a magical girl anime series by Pierrot (Naruto, Bleach, Tokyo Ghoul) which aired from 1983 to 1984. It follows the titular character Mami, a ten-year-old girl who after seeing a spaceship is granted magical powers with which she transforms into the magical girl and idol Creamy Mami.
Mami’s new YouTube channel has numerous “Creamy Exercise” videos to get people moving during the lockdown. Videos feature the anime’s opening and ending songs and more.
Creamy Exercise (Beginners) – Delicate ni Suki Shite
Creamy Exercise (Intermediate) – Love Sarigenaku
There’s also a morning exercise routine you can do in your PJ’s after waking up.
Creamy Exercise – In Your PJ’s
The Creamy Exercise videos were co-produced by Pierrot and East Field. Mami is voiced by her original voice actress Takako Ota which is sure to bring a wave of nostalgia to fans. The videos were also worked on by Fusanobu Fujiyama who was the sound director of the original show.
Stay fit while at home during the lockdown with Creamy Mami!
Creamy Mami Official YouTube Channel:
DEAN FUJIOKA to Celebrate ‘Shelly’ EP Release With Christmas Eve Live Stream
10.December.2019 | MUSIC
DEAN FUJIOKA will release his new EP Shelly tomorrow, and to celebrate, the singer and actor has announced that he will hold a special Christmas Eve live stream entitled “Christmas Streaming Party 2019” on December 24, 2019.
The live stream will take place simultaneously across various platforms including YouTube and the official LINE accounts of SSTV and A-Sketch. It will of course be free to view. FUJIOKA will discuss the writing and production of the EP as well as look back over his experiences in 2019.
A campaign is also being held in Japan for 20 lucky fans who have purchased a copy of the Shelly to sign up and watch the Christmas Streaming Party in the place it will be streamed, with FUJIOKA in point-blank range. More details can be find on the special Shelly website. Applications close on December 16, 2019.
Be sure to write in your calendars that you’ll be spending your Christmas Eve with DEAN FUJIOKA this year.
DEAN FUJIOKA – “Christmas Streaming Party 2019”
Stream Date: December 24, 2019 from 19:30 (JST) *Subject to change
Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/5TQy9q3tyRE
Watch on SSTV LINE LIVE: https://live.line.me/channels/52/upcoming/12573100
Watch on A-Sketch LINE LIVE: https://live.line.me/channels/2096065/upcoming/12591773
CD Purchase Bonuses
Those who purchase a copy of the CD can receive the following bonus presents on a first-come, first-served basis.
A-Prize: “Shelly” Original T-Shirt (20 People)
B-Prize “Ghost” Original Mug (50 People)
20 people can also sign up on the special Shelly website for a chance to be invited to the DEAN FUJIOKA Christmas Streaming Party 2019.
Application Deadline: December 16, 2019
CD Purchase Bonus Winner Announcements
*Winners for A and B Prizes will be announced by the items being sent to them
*The DEAN FUJIOKA Streaming Party 2019 will be held at an undisclosed location. Winners will be contacted by e-mail or telephone by December 12, 2019. All accommodation and travel expenses are the responsibility of the person attending.
Information regarding sign-ups can be found on the special Shelly website below. Please note that while there is information regarding the sign-up coupled with CD purchases, not all the information is listed. Check the website for detailed information.
Shelly Special Website: http://www.deanfujioka.net/shelly/
Space Shower TV Viewing Applications
CD Release Date: December 11, 2019
Shelly Version (CD+DVD): ¥2,600 (Before Tax) [AZZS-99]
Ghost Version (CD+DVD): ¥2,600 (Before Tax) [AZZS-100]
Normal Version (CD): ¥2,000 (Before Tax) [AZZS-1088]
Those who purchase the CD at the following stores will receive exclusive items. All available on a first-come, first-served basis:
Amazon – Original A4 folder (Amazon ver.)
ASMART – Original A4 folder (ASMART ver.)
Tower Records – Original A4 folder (Tower Records ver.)
HMV – Original B3 Poster (HMV ver.)
TSUTAYA RECORDS – Original B3 Poster (TSUTAYA RECORDS ver.)
Other Stores – Original B3 Poster
DEAN FUJIOKA Official Website: http://www.deanfujioka.net
“Sherlock: Untold Stories” – Fuji TV
Initial Broadcast: October 7, 2019
Written/Produced By: Fuji TV
Sherlock Official Website: https://www.fujitv.co.jp/sherlock/
ONE OK ROCK to Stream Two Full Live Concerts Worldwide on YouTube Premieres
21.August.2019 | MUSIC
ONE OK ROCK revealed that they will be streaming the live videos of two earth-shattering live performances they delivered last year. Both live concert videos will be uploaded in full onto their official YouTube channel and accessible only via YouTube Premieres.
The two videos to be streamed are the AMBITIONS JAPAN DOME TOUR 2018 finale and the special live concert called ONE OK ROCK with ORCHESTRA JAPAN TOUR 2018 which was supported by a live 53-piece live orchestra.
This streaming event stretches over two days and is a fantastic way to commemorate the sale of the videos, which were released in Blu-Ray and DVD format on August 21. The livestream for each video will run for one day only. This event aims to connect ONE OK ROCK fans across the world, allowing fans to share their excitement in real time. If you are a fan, you definitely cannot miss out on this opportunity.
Tune in on Saturday to witness the full AMBITIONS JAPAN DOME TOUR 2018 live concert finale which saw the end of the AMBITIONS WORLD TOUR, in which they played at over 100 concerts worldwide.
If you tune in on Sunday, you will be treated to the special ONE OK ROCK live concert called ONE OK ROCK with ORCHESTRA JAPAN TOUR 2018, which was supported by a 53 piece live orchestra. As this video will only be available on Sunday, this is a once in a lifetime chance that fans around the world just cannot miss out on.
Streaming Dates and Times:
① ONE OK ROCK 2018 AMBITIONS JAPAN DOME TOUR
Saturday, August 24 from 22:00 (JST)
9:00 (EDT), 6:00 (PDT), 14:00 (BST)
② ONE OK ROCK with Orchestra Japan Tour 2018
Sunday, August 25 22:00 (JST)
9:00 (EDT), 6:00 (PDT), 14:00 (BST)
ONE OK ROCK 2018 AMBITIONS JAPAN DOME TOUR LIVE DVD & Blu-ray
Release: August 21, 2019
■ Product Identification Numbers
DVD: ¥5,500（before tax）
Blu-ray: ¥6,500（before tax）
ONE OK ROCK with Orchestra Japan Tour 2018 LIVE DVD & Blu-ray
Release: August 21, 2019
■ Product Identification Numbers
DVD: ¥5,500 (before tax)
Blu-ray: ¥6,500 (before tax)
ONE OK ROCK Official Website: http://www.oneokrock.com/jp/
SCANDAL Announce YouTube Live Stream of Red Bull Music Studios Tokyo Performance
02.August.2019 | MUSIC
SCANDAL are set to host their first ever live YouTube stream on August 9 from 20:00 (JST) when they perform a one-hour show at Red Bull Music Studios Tokyo.
The studio performance will feature a long list of tracks including their new song Fuzzy which they performed at the finale of their “Fuzzy Summer Mood” Japan tour on July 11.
SCANDAL will subsequently perform at ROCK IN JAPAN FESTIVAL 2019 the following day on August 10 and SUMMER SONIC 2019 OSAKA the following week on August 18.
Be sure to tune in to their stream to catch them live.
SCANDAL – Fuzzy (Live at Red Bull Music Studios Tokyo) YouTube Live Stream
Date: August 9, 2019
Time: From 20:00 (JST)
*The stream will not be archived on the channel
*This is a studio-only show and so there are no tickets to attend the performance
SCANDAL Official Website: http://www.scandal-4.com/
Uru’s New Song Negai Becomes Ending Song For New Anime Granbelm And Gets Music Video
Uru’s new single Negai will be released on September 11 and will be available for downloading and streaming from July 26. The official music video has just been uploaded on YouTube.
Negai is a down-to-earth song which paints a world of a happy place that is filled with the people most important to you. It contains strong feelings of not wanting to let go.
Uru Negai YouTube ver.
Atsunari Toushi, who was previously involved in the making of the music videos for Uru’s songs Freesia and Shiawase no Uta, was in charge of making the music video for Negai. The music video contains scenes of a utopia where two young sisters are living a beautiful life together as well as an empty dystopian scene where one of the girls can be seen stood in a plain white dress.
A statement by Atsunari Toushi
Uru’s lyrics perfectly depict the story of two young girls who are forever close. We hope that you will be struck by many emotions when you watch this video. This entire creation is but a beautiful story and music. We hope that viewers who watch and listen will want to hold those precious to them even closer as they enter the world we have created in the new music video. Please take a look and enjoy both the beautiful scenes and the music.
Along with the release of the music video, the lyrics for the full song have been released on song lyric website UTA-NET (Japanese only).
Negai has also been chosen to become the ending theme song for the new original anime Granbelm. You can enjoy the new song on air from today. Granbelm is directed by Masaharu Watanabe, who is also known for directing Re:Zero − Starting Life in Another World. Original character designs were created by Shinichiro Otsuka and the series was structured by Jukki Hanada, who is famous for many works including directing multimedia project Love Live! There was an advanced screening of the anime a few days ago, which received a great response. This is one of the most sensational topics in the media and is snatching up the attention of many anime fans.
Release: September 9, 2019
First Press Limited Edition: (CD+DVD) AICL-3753～4 ￥1,900 (after tax)
Regular Edition: (CD) AICL-3755 ￥1,200 (after tax)
Limited Pressing Edition – anime version (CD+BD) AICL-3756～7 ￥2,000 (after tax)
Special Edition Website: https://uru-official.com/feature/negai
Uru Official Website: http://uru-official.com
Premiere: July 5th (Broadcast by: MBS/TBS/BS-TBS Animeism)
Official Website: http://granbelm.com
YouTubers Mizutamari Bond Make Guest Appearance in ‘Sadako’ Film
23.May.2019 | MOVIE
The original Ring film was released in Japan in 1998 and was directed by Hideo Nakata. It is an adaptation of Koji Suzuki’s horror novel of the same name about a cursed video that when watched kills the viewer seven days after watching. It went on to become Japan’s No. 1 horror film. The film franchise is set to receive a sequel entitled in Sadako which is set to premiere in Japan on May 24, 2019.
The film stars Hiroya Shimizu who plays the role of a video creator. He spreads Sadako’s curse after posting a certain video on a video streaming website.
It has been revealed that hugely popular Japanese YouTubers Mizutamari Bond will make an appearance in the film.
Mizutamari Bond are a comedy duo on YouTube consisting of Kanta and Tommy. They first began posting videos in 2015 and have since gone on to garner almost 4 million subscribers. They produce a variety of different videos daily, from pranks to experiments to exploring urban legends. Their fried rice prank video which was posted in January has clocked 9.5 million views and even featured on TIME’s website.
Kanta and Tommy will play themselves in Sadako. While they are watching content from another creator, they will discover something strange in the video. We will get to see the spread of Sadako’s curse across the video streaming platform.
Both Kanta and Tommy gave comments on being involved with the film. Kanta said: “I am extremely happy to have the opportunity to be involved with such a historical film as this. I shuddered when I first saw the cursed tape as a child. Sadako finely traumatised me. I’m happy that Nakata is bringing Sadako to modern society by changing it from a tape to an online video. It’s because we’re so familiar them that makes it scary, and if you love in Japan, it’s scary because of the way Japanese houses are laid out and how Japanese-style rooms are. Sadako can come in many forms and is scary in whatever time she appears. This is a really fantastic film.”
Tommy commented: “I never thought a day would come where I would appear in a national horror movie like Sadako. I was also really happy that it came when it did as the subject matter is what I do as my job. I definitely want all the kids of the younger generation who are using the net to watch this film. It’s really scary, but in one viewing I also think it’s a fantastic film.”
The film’s director Hideo Nakata also spoke about having Kanta and Tommy involved. He said: “The scene where both of them appear went unbelievably smoothly, as expected of such big YouTubers. They were lively in front of the camera. Their ability to talk so casually [in front of it] is their forte. We shot on location, so the middle school kids on their way back from cram school spotted them. The setting is that they are watching a―street-style?―type of video which we made by learning from watching others. They praised us enthusiastically for out efforts and said ‘With this you’ll be able to hit a million views!’ [laughs] We were overjoyed to hear that. There’s also a part where a shot from the cursed tape appears on their smartphone…
©2019 Sadako Production Committee
Release Date: May 24, 2019
Official Website: https://sadako-movie.jp/
Mizutamari Bond Official YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpOjLndjOqMoffA-fr8cbKA