Season two of Astro Connect’s Online Planetarium series began on Friday. The project, which has streamed every Friday since April 2020, is a chance for people to connect with the stars and space.
The project began as a means of entertainment for people who have been in lockdown and unable to go outside due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our time indoors has increased, and so Online Planetarium serves as a way for people to have fun while begin able to travel. The stream, which is in Japanese, focuses on talking about space and stars.
Keina Suda Chosen to Perform Theme Song to Upcoming Mari Okada Film Dog Star
The grand opening of Konica Minolta Planetarium Manten NAGOYA is scheduled for October 27, 2021. The original film Dog Star: Kimi to Miageru Fuyu no Seiza-tachi (Winter Constellations to Look Up With You) is set to be screened as the location’s first event, and singer-songwriter Keina Suda has been chosen to perform the movie’s theme Yomosugara (All Night). Ahead of the film’s premiere, advanced tickets will be on sale starting October 20, and those who purchase one will receive a special character acrylic stand!
Dog Star: Kimi to Miageru Fuyu no Seiza-tachi Trailer #2
Advance Ticket Bonus: Acrylic Stand
Keina Suda, chosen to perform the theme song for Dog Star: Kimi to Miageru Fuyu no Seiza-tachi
Konica Minolta Planetarium Manten NAGOYA will be Japan’s first planetarium to use the LED dome system DYNAVISION-LED, which utilizes self-luminous LED elements instead of a projector.
Before making his major debut, Keina Suda was a popular Vocaloid producer going by the name Balloon. During this period, his song Charles became a smash hit, getting over 100 million views on YouTube. The musician wrote the song Yomosugara for the film. The writer of the film, Mari Okada, is also known for her work on Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day and The Anthem of the Heart.
A completely original story written by Mari Okada
A friendship between two boys begins to twinkle in the light of the winter constellations.
Nobunaga Shimazaki plays Kousuke, a boy who is crazy about the stars, while Yama Uchida portrays Natsuki, active on the track and field team. This is a coming-of-age story woven together with the starry sky made of LED lights only available at Manten NAGOYA.
Kousuke, a boy who loves stars, failed his high school entrance exam. He reluctantly enrolls at his second-choice school, where he meets Natsuki, a member of the track and field team. He compares the brilliance of Natsuki to that of Sirius, the first magnitude star that shines with a fierce intensity. Kousuke thinks Natsuki is not the same as him, who is only the second magnitude star with little presence. However, the fate of the two twinkling stars is about to change drastically…
Konica Minolta Planetarium Manten NAGOYA
Premiere: October 27, 2021
Address: Aeon Mall Nagoya Noritake Garden (3-chome Noritakeshinmachi, Nishi-ku, Nagoya)
Advanced Ticket Acrylic Stand Details: https://planetarium.konicaminolta.jp/event/dogstar_acrylic_stand
Dog Star Details: https://planetarium.konicaminolta.jp/program/dogstar/
Planetariums in Tokyo to Show Night Flower Film Narrated by Taishi Nakagawa
A stunning new film is coming to the Konica Minolta Planetarium in Tokyo Skytree Town and Planetaria Tokyo in Yurakucho Mullion starting November 19, 2021! Night Flower ~Blooming for One Night on a Starry Island~ will take guests on a journey to Iriomote Island in Okinawa, known for its beautiful starry sky. At night, this island is home to Sagaribana, a flower that only blooms at night and seems to glow in brilliant shades of white, pink, or red. The film is narrated by actor and model Taishi Nakagawa.
Journey to an Immersive Starry Island
Iriomote Island, a world heritage site, is filled with rich nature and a vast ecosystem of living things. From this island, 84 of the 88 constellations scattered across the sky can be seen, including the Crux. A number of these constellations have been captured in this film, with plenty of detail given by Taishi Nakagawa. It almost feels like a date with him–and who could resist that?
Feel as Though You’ve Been Transported to the Jungle
Using the SOUND DOME® stereoscopic sound system, even the tiniest sound of a bird chirping or leaves rustling will feel as close as can be. Along with the narrator, Manami Kakudo provides the theme song to the film which will leave audiences with goosebumps.
Mysterious Flowers Blooming Beneath a Starry Sky
The Sagaribana is a whimsical flower, almost alien in its appearance. They bloom for only one night, closing up by morning. This can teach us a valuable lesson: that each day, and each night, is precious, and life can be more fragile than we realize.
Night Flower ~Blooming for One Night on a Starry Island~
Release Period: November 19, 2021 ~
Runtime: About 40 minutes
Address: Planetaria Tokyo (Yurakucho Mullion) / Konica Minolta Planetarium (Tokyo Skytree Town)
*Screening times will vary depending on the day and time of year.
*Facility hours are subject to change.
Official Site: https://planetarium.konicaminolta.jp/program/night_flower/
Popular YouTubers Uchira 3 Shimai Appear in New Visual for SPINNS 2021
03.September.2021 | FASHION
Apparel brand SPINNS has teamed up with popular YouTuber trio Uchira 3 Shimai for some new key visuals. The creators–Koma, Yura, and Toua– currently have over 490,000 followers, and have been taking Japan by storm with their genre-less and extremely original videos.
The inspiration for the visuals is self-love and acceptance. “It’s okay to like the real you. It’s also okay to want to be a little taller. What’s important is that you keep challenging yourself.” SPINNS 2021 brand slogan is ‘If you can change, you’re invincible.’
How do you like these new visuals? Do they inspire your individuality?
SPINNS 2021 Key Visual – Uchira 3 Shimai
Special Page: https://www.spinns.jp/feature/202108_uchira3shimai/?2
Uchira 3 Shimai YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRSThRrMDfxaXMVfpGODdww
Official Site: https://www.spinns.com/
New Characters Debuting In VTuber Group Aogiri High School
18.August.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Aogiri High School started in October 2018 when Minazuki Natauki and Otodama Tamako began their VTuber activities on Youtube, gaining over 150,000 subscribers. The members challenge a variety of genres, including singing, ASMR, drawing, and more.
New members have joined since the formation of Aogiri Gigh School, with Ishikari Akari joining in April 2019, Oshiro Mashiro in May 2020 and Yamaguro Nekuro in April 2021.
Now, Chiyoura Chiyomi and Kurikoma Komaru are the latest to make their debut at Aogiri High School.
Chiyoura Chiyomi (千代浦蝶美)
A first year student at Aogiri High School
She claims to have plenty of life experience, having been an announcer in her previous life.
She absolutely loves entertaining people and is known for her high energy.
Chiyoura dreams of performing on a big stage in front of a packed audience.
She joined Aogiri High School to achieve her dreams of becoming the greatest idol and sharing her funniness with the world.
Her first livestream will be held on her YouTube channel at 20:30 on August 12th at 21:00, with regular uploads due to start in mid-August.
YouTube: ちよみch. 千代浦蝶美 /あおぎり高校https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyY6YeINiwQoA-FnmdQCkug
Kurikoma Komaru (栗駒こまる)
A first year student at Aogiri High School.
She is devoted to bringing smiles and healing to her viewers through her creative daily activities.
She puts all of her energy into even the most last-minute of plans, with the motto “nothing beats hard work!”
Kurikoma joined Aogiri High School to follow her dream of animating her own original work.
Her first livestream will be held on her YouTube channel at 20:30 on August 14th at 20:30, with regular uploads due to start in mid-August.
・YouTube: こまるCh. – Komaru Kurikoma -/あおぎり高校
The group has also announced a new VTuber audition. As Aogiri High School’s motto says, “if it’s interesting then anything goes,” meaning all kinds of people can apply.
Make sure to keep an eye on Aogiri High School as the member list and momentum continues to grow!
Aogiri High School
Official YouTube Channel:
Audition Details: http://aogiri-hs.com/audition.html
Official Site: http://aogiri-hs.com/
New YouTube Video Highlights Famous Evangelion Scenes in 11 Languages
On August 13, 2021, the fourth and final installment of the Rebuild of Evangelion film series, Evangelion: 3.0+1.01 Thrice Upon a Time, was made available on Amazon Prime Video exclusively for Prime members. The service has also released Evangelion: 1.0 You are (Not) Alone, Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (Not) Advance, and Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo.
To commemorate the newest film’s worldwide streaming release, a new YouTube video is highlighting some of the most popular scenes from the Rebuild of Evangelion film series. Check out how the characters sound in 11 different languages! Be warned, it contains spoilers for the final film!
(The languages featured are: English, French, German, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, Castilian Spanish, Latin-American Spanish, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, and the original Japanese.)
From hearing Shinji’s famed line ‘I mustn’t run away, I mustn’t run away’ in Japanese to hearing Kaworu utter “I’m looking forward to seeing you, Shinji Ikari,” in German, the trailer is full of memorable moments in its brief two minute and 35 second runtime, with classic lines delivered in ways audiences may have not heard them before. Fans of the series may be able to quickly discern which line is which, even hearing them spoken in a foreign language!
The final line is spoken by Shinji’s original English voice actor, Spike Spencer, bidding farewell to ‘all Evangelions.”
Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time has made over ¥10.22 billion ($92.7 million) at the Japanese box office since it was released on March 8, 2021, making it the highest-grossing film in the series.
*Translations and video availability may vary by country.
Evangelion: 3.0 1.01 THRICE UPON A TIME
Now Available on Amazon Prime Video (released August 13, 2021)
Tennozu Canal Fes 2021 Spring: A Line-Up Of Asian Music Artists
Tennozu Canal Fes 2021 Spring ~WORLD TRAVEL – ASIA~ is set to take place online via CANAL’s official YouTube channel on April 24. The event comes in response to the cancellation of the in-person event due to fears of COVID-19 transmission.
“World Travel” is the theme of Tennozu Canal Fes 2021 with a different region to be chosen each season, allowing for music lovers and concertgoers to enjoy a little bit of something from abroad. The theme for spring is Asian music which focuses on music from around Asia – except Japan. Viewers can tune in to see everything from Indian dancing to classical Chinese opera, Chinese erhu performance, and more. Performances will still take place at Tennozu Canal in Tokyo but will be live streamed.
14:00～14:30 coco ayumi & Ethno-Exotica Vaudeville (Indian dance)
15:00～15:30 Kanae Nozawa (Erhu)
16:00～16:30 Shinchou Gekiin (Classical Chinese opera)
17:00～17:30 HamojiN (Acapella)
18:00～18:30 Tsukiko Nakamura (Piano and hand mic)
18:40～19:10 Tsuzu King (Solo singing)
The final livestreaming of Online Planetarium Announced
13.April.2021 | MOVIE
Astro Connect, the space and astronomical project organizer, has been organised the project called Online Planetarium with ABLab, the astronomical online salon, to livestream the sky where you can observe the stars every Friday night since April 16, 2020. The final livestream will take place on April 16, 2021, which marks the first anniversary of project launching. The renewal of project will begin after April as Season 2.
We used to visit the Planetarium to explore and experience the universe with expert commentary until before the pandemic began. This time, they will deliver it to your home. You can observe the universe while listening to the interaction between a presenter and a commentator live. Also, the viewers can send questions directly to the presenter during the livestream to experience the new communication style of planetarium.
Why don’t you spend a luxurious time at home while watching the starry sky over the online planetarium?
VTuber Group Holostars Launch First Official Show On YouTube
04.March.2021 | ANIME&GAME
VTuber group Holostars’ first official program on YouTube will launch on March 4 at 7pm (JST).
The program will treat fans to a whole new side of the members, the likes of which they’ve never seen. The official name and further details of the program will be announced on the first broadcast on March 4 on Holostars’ YouTube channel.
Holostarts Official Youtube Program
First broadcast date: March 4, 2021 at 7pm (JST)
Cast: Miyabi Hanasaki, Izuru Kanade, Rikka, Arurandeisu
Hololive Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJFZiqLMntJufDCHc6bQixg/
Holostars Official YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWsfcksUUpoEvhia0_ut0bA
Official Website: https://www.hololive.tv/holostars
VTuber Group Nijisanji Release Two Songs Simultaneously to Celebrate 3rd Anniversary
The VTuber group Nijisanji are celebrating three years since their debut with the release of two new ones: PALETTE 001 – Wonder NeverLand and PALETTE 002 – Nijiiro no Puddle, both of which hit music streaming and download services on February 25, 2021.
PALETTE 001 – Wonder NeverLand
PALETTE 002 – Nijiiro no Puddle
The first new song, PALETTE 001 – Wonder NeverLand, was produced by kz (livetune) who also wrote the song Virtual to LIVE for Nijisanji’s 1st anniversary. It was recorded live in a studio with wind and string instruments and features singing from 12 streamers.
The second new song, PALETTE 002 – Nijiiro no Puddle, is performed by the internationally-beloved Japanese rock band FLOW. It’s a song about enjoying the here and now to the fullest, and also includes the voices of 12 streamers. This also marks the group’s first collaboration with FLOW, a band who is set to perform at Nijisanji Anniversary Festival 2021 on February 26, 2021.
Nijisanji Anniversary Festival 2021 Zenyasai feat. FLOW
You can follow Nijisanji’s 3rd anniversary celebrations on social media with the hashtag #nijisanji_palette.
VTuber Nijisanji 3rd Anniversary Project “PALETTE”
Simultaneous Song Release: February 25, 2021
PALETTE 001 – Wonder NeverLand: https://nex-tone.link/96905
PALETTE 002 – Nijiiro no Puddle: https://nex-tone.link/96907
Project PALETTE Details: https://music.nijisanji.jp/palette
Nijisanji Anniversary Festival 2021 Zenyasai feat.FLOW
Stream Date: February 26, 2021
Stream Time: 17:30-19:30 (JST)
Event Details: https://anniversaryfes.nijisanji.jp/eve-festival/
Buy Tickets: https://secure.live.nicovideo.jp/product/5952
Ticket Window: Available now until March 31, 2021 @ 23:59 (JST
Jin Akanishi and Ryo Nishikido Feature in Swarovski’s Christmas Campaign
29.November.2020 | FASHION
Swarovski Japan is launching a Christmas campaign this year in collaboration with Jin Akanishi and Ryo Nishikido’s YouTube channel “NO GOOD TV” and fashion magazine ELLE Japon.
Swarovski is an Austrian glass producer founded in 1895 that’s celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. The company’s Swarovski Crystal Business is known for its craftsmanship and innovation, providing crystal glass, jewellery, and accessories to the people of the world since its inception.
As part of Swarovski Japan’s Christmas campaign, it is teaming up with Japanese musicians Jin Akanishi and Ryo Nishikido. This is the first time the company has used male celebrities in its promotions in Japan. Together with the global women’s fashion magazine ELLE Japon, the campaign will promote Swarovski products in the run up to Christmas. A six-page feature will be included in January 2021 issue of ELLE Japon of the two musicians promoting Swarovski’s jewellery, watches, and more.
Jin Akanishi and Ryo Nishikido posted a 14-minute video on their YouTube channel (“NO GOOD TV – Vol. 21”) with behind-the-scenes footage of their ELLE Japon photo shoot as well as other news related to the collaboration with Swarovski.
Exclusive photos of Akanishi and Nishikido which weren’t feature in either the magazine or on YouTube were also officially released on Swarovski’s official LINE account.
Jin Akanishi and Ryo Nishikido Christmas Campaign Collaboration
Official Website: http://swarovs.ki/vl~D
AnimeLog YouTube Channel Launches Overseas With Free Anime Streams
19.November.2020 | ANIME&GAME
Analyzelog launched an international version of AnimeLog on November 13 which is offers free distribution of officially licensed anime content. It currently has six anime series in the pipeline including Jungle Emperor Leo (1989), Aware! Meisaku-kun, Fantastic Children, Konnichiwa Anne Before Green Gables, The World of Golden Eggs, and Hungry Heart: Wild Striker.
The Japanese version of AnimeLog launched on August 7, 2020 and as of November 17 has 296k subscribers. The channel features licensing agreements with some of Japan’s top anime companies such as Toei Animation, Nippon Animation, and Shin-Ei Animation, and more.
Over the next year, AnimeLog plans to release over 100 titles for anime fans around the world to enjoy. Be sure to subscribe to the channel below.
©NIPPON ANIMATION CO., LTD.“Before Green Gables” ™AGGLA
©Yoichi Takahashi/Nippon Animation
©TAKASHI NAKAMURA/NIPPON ANIMATION CO.,LTD.・FC PROJECT
©Dai Yoshihiko 2020
Confirmed Titles: Jungle Emperor Leo (1989), Aware! Meisaku-kun, Fantastic Children, Konnichiwa Anne Before Green Gables, The World of Golden Eggs, and Hungry Heart: Wild Striker
AnimeLog Global: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgEoMXWqA1cQuJxRhvJXKhQ
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.