Animation song DJ event, “Alchemi night” will be held at animation song DJ BAR in Akihabara
28.February.2018 | MUSIC
“Alchemist,” an animation song DJ BAR in Akihabara will hold the DJ event, “Alchemi night” on the 10th of March, 2018 (Sat.) (midnight).
“Alchemist” is a bar where many animation song fans gather, and the bar reached its 7th anniversary this year. About 50 DJs who play various kinds of animation songs such as old animation songs, new animation songs, vocaloid songs, game songs, idol songs and voice actor/actress songs are enrolled at this bar. You can also enjoy chatting with girl staff members who are disguised in animation characters on weekends.
“Alchemi night” which is held every second Saturday of every month is a festival of animation songs hosted by regular DJs. Special DJs who have been working in this bar from the bar’s early days gather and hold DJ events featuring remixed idol songs and game songs.
The bar also offers a “requesting system” where customers can write down the songs they want to listen to on a white board. They also offer the champagne called “Angeaile” for 2,000 yen which usually costs 3,000 yen.
Let’s enjoy this all-nighter animation song party!
Pokemon Diamond and Pearl Anime Ending Theme Medley Gets Special Animation
Project Pocchama, a limited-time project to support the adorable water Pokemon Piplup, has revealed a new music video on the official Pokemon YouTube channel!
The music video is an ending theme medley of the Pokemon Diamond and Pearl anime series which aired on TV Tokyo from 2006 until 2010.
The video was created to make people happy during these difficult times. As Hikari, a character in the anime series who travels with Piplup, always says, “everything will be okay!”
The medley includes an arrangement of four songs: Kimi no Soba de ~Hikari’s Theme~, Ashita wa Kitto, Kimi no Mune ni LaLaLa, and Kaze no Message. How could anyone not be happy after watching this peppy video?
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©Nintendo・Creatures・GAME FREAK・TV Tokyo・ShoPro・JR Kikaku ©Pokémon
Project Pochama Special Site: https://www.pokemon.jp/special/project_pochama/pochamaDPMV/
Masayoshi Oishi and Yukari Tamura to Perform Theme Song for Love After World Domination Anime Series
Masayoshi Oishi has been chosen to perform the theme song for the upcoming anime series Love After World Domination, scheduled to premiere in April 2022. The new track is a duet with popular voice actress Yukari Tamura, and a preview of the track can be heard in the newest trailer.
Based on the manga series written by Hiroshi Noda and illustrated by Takahiro Wakamatsu, the show tells the story of a hero and villain pursuing a forbidden love.
Love After World Domination Trailer
Masayoshi Oishi has also announced a three-stop concert tour! The artist will perform at Zepp Namba on May 6, at Zepp Nagoya on June 9, and at KT Zepp Yokohama on June 17. Ticket details will be announced on the official website at a later date. This will be the first solo concert for the artist in about eight months.
Comment from Masayoshi Oishi
“From the beginning, I wanted to make the opening song a male/female duet track, and I was so thrilled to work with Yukari Tamura! Thanks to her, it became an incredibly emotional song. I hope everyone enjoys the series as much as I enjoyed creating the theme.”
Comment from Yukari Tamura
“Masayoshi Oishi invited me to perform a duet with him! I was so nervous about recording as a guest vocalist in this major track rather than performing a character song, but I ended up really enjoying it! I hope this becomes a famous duet song, please enjoy it!”
Love After World Domination
Airing April 2022
Official Site: https://koiseka-anime.com/
Masayoshi Oishi One-Man Zepp Concert Tour 2022
Zepp Namba: May 6, 2022
Zepp Nagoya: June 9, 2022
KT Zepp Yokohama: June 17, 2022
*Ticket Details to be Posted to Official Website
Masayoshi Oishi Official Site: https://www.014014.jp/
Shadows House Anime Gets Second Season in July 2022
17.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
The anime series Shadows House premiered in April 2021 to immense acclaim. The show tells the story of a dark mansion filled with people attended by Living Doll partners. Emilico, a young and cheerful Living Doll, serves her mistress Kate, and as the two grow closer, a number of dark secrets begin to emerge. The second season will begin airing in July 2022, and a new teaser visual and cast comments have been released.
Akari Kito (Kate)
Congratulations to everyone on the second season of Shadows House!
To all the fans anxiously awaiting a second season, I am truly happy to be reprising my role as Kate!
Although the first season of the anime came to an end, the original work has continued, and there are so many scenes I want to see brought to life in season two. I can’t wait to see what happens to Kate and Emilico next.
I promise to give my all in my voice work to meet everyone’s expectations. I hope you enjoy it!
Yu Sasahara (Emilico)
The time has finally arrived!
The second season of Shadows House is coming!
I can’t stop thinking about all the scenes I want to see in the anime…!
I’m looking so forward to performing the role of Emilico again, and I hope the fans enjoy these new adventures!
Shadows House 2nd Season
Airing July 2022
Official Site: https://shadowshouse-anime.com/
Type-Moon’s ‘Witch on the Holy Night’ Gets Anime Film by ufotable
07.January.2022 | ANIME&GAME
Type-Moon’s visual novel PC game Mahotsukai no Yoru: Witch on the Holy Night will be getting an anime film adaptation by ufotable (The Garden of Sinners, Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel, Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba). A teaser trailer for the project has been released on the Aniplex YouTube channel.
Witch on the Holy Night Teaser Trailer
More details will be released soon, so stay tuned!
©奈須きのこ・TYPE-MOON / アニプレックス・ノーツ・ufotable
Bleach: Thousand Year Blood War Anime Adaptation Announced, Details Revealed
27.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump since 2001, the manga series Bleach has become one of the best-selling series in history, with over 120 million volumes sold. During the Jump Festa 2022 event, it was announced that the manga’s final story arc, the Thousand Year Blood War, would receive an anime adaptation in October 2022. Along with the good news, a teaser visual and teaser trailer were announced. Comments from the main staff have also been released!
The new visual shows protagonist Ichigo Kurosaki, wearing a torn version of his Soul Reaper uniform as he holds his Zanpakuto.
The teaser video for Bleach Thousand-Year Blood War features looks at the main cast of the series at the time of the anime series’ conclusion. Protagonist and Substitute Soul Reaper Ichigo Kurosaki, his friends Orihime, Chad, Uryu, and Soul Reapers Rukia, Yoruichi, Urahara, and Renji are featured. We also get a glimpse of captains Byakuya Kuchiki, Soi Fon, Toshiro Hitsugaya, Shinji Hirako, Kensei Muguruma, Rose Otorimashi, Sajin Komamura, Jushiro Ukitake, Retsu Unohana, Kenpachi Zaraki, Mayuri Kurotsuchi, Shunsui Kyoraku, and Genryusai Yamamoto. The antagonist this time around is Quincy King Yhwach. If the music sounds familiar, it’s a new rendition of “Number One,” an iconic Bleach theme.
Tomohisa Taguchi will direct the series, while Shiro Sagisu is returning to compose the music. Studio Pierrot will be in charge of the new arc.
Comments from Main Staff and Illustrators
Based on the Series by Tite Kubo
Comment from Tomohisa Taguchi (Director)
“I’m incredibly honored to contribute to such an incredible piece of work. I was just another reader when the manga series was first published, and I can remember thinking how amazed I was that something so cool existed. The staff and I are working hard every day to bring audiences the most exciting animation possible. Although there’s still some time to wait before the anime premieres, please look forward to it!”
Comment from Masashi Kudo (Character Designer)
Since the series ended years ago, I’ve heard a single question not only from fans in Japan but from fans around the world.
‘Will the series ever continue?’
For years, I could only respond with ‘I don’t know.’
After answering that way for so many years, I finally have a different response.
‘Yes, more episodes of Bleach are coming!’”
Comment from Shiro Sagisu (Composer)
“When I create music for Bleach, all the sounds just come pouring into my head as if they were coming from Soul Society. Now, all I have to do is keep listening and get it done. I don’t write music. The songs simply tell me ‘this is how I want to be written.’
Now, it’s time for me to experience that incredible feeling once again!”
Bleach: Thousand-Year Blood War
Airing October 2022 on TV Tokyo
Official Site: https://bleach-anime.com/
Rurouni Kenshin Gets New TV Anime Project from LIDENFILMS
26.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Announced at Jump Festa 2022 on December 19, a new Rurouni Kenshin anime project is coming soon! The series is being led by studio LIDENFILMS, known for working on Tokyo Revengers and Blade of the Immortal.
More details will be released soon!
Rurouni Kenshin Teaser Trailer
Cast Information for Anime Series Mato Seihei no Slave Unveiled
24.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Premiering in Shonen Jump+ in January 2019, Mato Seihei no Slave (Slave of the Magic Capital’s Elite Troops) has been a certified hit, selling over 1 million copies. Cast information for the upcoming anime series was just announced at Jump Festa 2022!
The ongoing Mato Seihei no Slave manga series is set in a world where a demonic gate has unleashed monsters called Shuki. A special peach tree can grant special powers to those in need, but only if they are women. A boy named Yuki Wakura meets Uzen Kyoka, a girl who has gained the power of the peach, and the captain of the 7th Anti-Demon squad.
Mato Seihei no Slave Teaser Video
Three new voice cast members have been announced for the 7th Anti-Demon Squad. Yume Miyamoto will play Himari Azuma, Mari Hino will portray Shushu Suruga, and Hina Tachibana will play Nei Okawamura.
It was previously announced that Yuya Hirose (Takuya Yamamoto in Tokyo Revengers) would play Yuki Wakura, while Akari Kito (Nezuko in Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba) would play Kyoya Uzen. More information is coming soon!
Mato Seihei no Slave (Slave of the Magic Capital’s Elite Troops)
Slave of the Magic Capital’s Elite Troops Teaser Site: https://mabotai.jp/
2022 Anime Series ‘Sasaki and Miyano’ Releases Information on Second Drama CD
24.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Yaoi slice-of-life series Sasaki and Miyano is getting an anime series in January 2022. Ahead of release, more details regarding Volume 2 of the series’ Drama CD series, including the cover image, have been unveiled! The CD will be released on January 26, 2022, and will feature an illustration by original author Sho Harusono.
The second volume is based on a bonus chapter centered around the possibility of Sasaki and Miyano being roommates in a dormitory.
Animate Bonus: A5-size Mini Clear Folder with Original Jacket Illustration
Sasaki and Miyano Drama CD Vol. 1 – The Spring Charity Bazaar
Those who purchase Volume 2 at Animate will receive a special A5-size clear folder with the new illustration. Those who buy both available volumes will receive a newly-recorded cast talk on CD!
Animate will also be holding a campaign to give away cast autographs by lottery. Those purchasing both volumes together will be entered into the giveaway.
A preview of the first volume has also been released. It features an original story by Sho Harusono and takes place when Sasaki is in his third year and Miyano is in his second.
Miyano witnesses a fight between Kuresawa, his classmate and friend, and several other students. Too afraid to step in, he calls for help over his phone, when Sasaki, a second-year student, steps in to dissolve the quarrel.
A new bond is formed when Sasaki meets Miyano again a few months later, and he becomes especially interested in Miyano’s hobby: Boy’s Love manga.
Though Sasaki has no idea what seme, uke, or moe means, he is eager to read more in order to get closer with his underclassman.
Sasaki and Miyano Drama CD Vol. 1 – The Spring Charity Bazaar
Price: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Sasaki and Miyano Drama CD Vol. 2 – If Sasaki and Miyano were Roommates…
Price: ¥3,300 (Tax Included)
Official Site: https://sasamiya.com/
Digimon Illustration Competition Open to Japan and United States Residents
22.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME
Digimon Con, an online event held by Bandai, will be held in February 2022! The event will be open to fans around the world, and the Digimon Illustration Competition is now open to fans of the series in Japan and the United States.
This free online event will feature a unique lineup of content related to the long-running Digimon franchise, including an anime segment, a game information segment, a live performance, and more!
JST: February 27, 2022 at 10:00
PST: February 26, 2022 at 17:00
EST: February 26, 2022 at 20:00
Where to Watch: The Official Bandai YouTube Channel
Digimon Illustration Competition
Starting December 17, fans from both the US and Japan can send in their best Digimon art until February 7, 2022. Detailed information, including requirements, can be found on the special Digimon Illustration Competition website!
Digimon Illustration Competition
JST: December 17, 2021 at 10:00 – February 7, 2022 at 12:00
PST: December 16, 2021 at 17:00 – February 6, 2022 at 19:00
EST: December 16, 2021 at 20:00 – February 6, 2022 at 22:00
■Theme: Cute or Cool Digimon
Choose one of the following eight Digimon and draw them in either a cool or cute scene!
Application for Participation: Fill out the form found on https://compe.japandesign.ne.jp/digimon-ic-2022/
Eligible Countries: Japan, United States
Eligibility: Applicants must be recognized as an adult in their country of residence.
Grand Prize（1 Winner）
・Winning Illustration Used in the Digimon Trading Card Game
Award of Excellence（7 Winners）
・Winning Illustrations Used in the Digimon Trading Card Game
Judges’ Special Prize（Number Undetermined）
©本郷あきよし・東映アニメーション ©本郷あきよし・東映アニメーション・フジテレビ ©BANDAI
AMNIBUS Releases New To Your Eternity Anime Merchandise
AMNIBUS, known for its original merchandise, has opened preorders for a new collection of goods inspired by the anime series ‘To Your Eternity.’
The t-shirt features the main character Fushi in the center surrounded by silhouettes of March, Joaan, Parona, Oniguma, and Gugu surrounding him.
The clear folders feature scenes from the popular anime series. More merchandise is available on the official AMNIBUS website, so be sure to take a look!
Fans of the series, don’t miss these!
‘To Your Eternity’ Original Goods
Orders Open until January 27, 2022
Official Site: http://armabianca.com
Urusei Yatsura Series Turns 40, ‘Lum’s Love Song’ Reboot Project Announced
Urusei Yatsura is one of the most beloved anime series of all time. The show’s theme song Lum’s Love Song is still a fan-favorite 40 years after its release in 1981. To celebrate the anniversary of the track, the original composer Izumi Kobayashi has released a self-cover only available on streaming services. A worldwide remix project based on the song is also underway and will continue into the new year.
On November 17, Izumi Kobayashi released Lum’s Love Song (Reboot) along with Limited Toss, a trackmaker she met in London. The B-side of the single is another self-cover of Bambutsuruten, the theme to Tokyo Gambo.
Izumi Kobayashi wrote a number of anime songs in addition to Lum’s Love Song, such as tracks for Sasuga no Sarutobi and Stop!! Hibari-kun! After working as an artist, session musician, and playwright in the 1980s, she moved to the UK and worked alongside Depeche Mode and SWING OUT SISTER, while also supporting the overseas activities of Ken Ishii, Denki Groove, and DJ KRUSH.
In addition to this self-cover project, Lum’s Love Song is now being remixed by a number of talented artists from around the world. The first EP of the remix project, ‘Lum’s Love Song (Reboot) Mimix EP.1’ was released digitally on December 8. It features remixes by Kenmochi Hidefumi of Wednesday Campanella, Chinese trackmaker 3asic, and Osaka-based Limited Toss.
Upcoming Lum’s Love Song remixes will be provided by Korean music producer T.WON and SKYTOPIA, along with tofubeats. ‘Lum’s Love Song (Reboot) Mimix EP.2’ will be released on January 12, 2022.
Rumiko Takahashi, the original creator of Urusei Yatsura, was inducted into the Harvey Awards Hall of Fame in October 2021, one of the most prestigious U.S. comic awards.
Comment from Izumi Kobayashi
“It’s been a long time since I’ve released a new album!
Everyone involved in this project is so excited, and we know that something amazing is going to come from it. As it’s the 40th anniversary of Lum’s Love Song, I created a new cel cover for it. I’m just thrilled!
Thank you to everyone who listens!”
Lum’s Love Song (Reboot)
Release Date: November 17, 2021
Streaming Links: https://lnk.to/lumnolovesong_reboot
Lum’s Love Song (Reboot) Mimix EP.1
Release Date: December 8, 2021
Participating Artists: Kenmochi Hidefumi (Wednesday Campanella), 3asic, Limited Toss
Lum’s Love Song (Reboot) Mimix EP.2
Release Date: January 12, 2022
Participating Artists: tofubeats, T-WON, SKYTOPIA
To be continued…
My Isekai Life Anime Series Releases First Teaser PV, Announces Main Cast
14.December.2021 | ANIME&GAME
The upcoming anime series My Isekai Life (also known as My Isekai Life: I Gained a Second Character Class and Became the Strongest Sage in the World!) has released its first teaser trailer and cast announcements. The series will air in 2022.
The series is being adapted from the light novel series of the same name and is being animated by REVOROOT. Pony Canyon is producing the show’s music.
Chiaki Kobayashi (Makoto Edamura in Great Pretender, Langa Hasegawa in SK8 the Infinity) will take on the rule of Yuji. The fairy Dryad will be played by Azumi Waki (Sanae Katagiri in The Idolmaster Cinderella Girls, Maika Sakuranomiya in Blend S), while Proudwolf will be portrayed by Wataru Takagi (Eikichi Onizuka in GTO, Obito Uchiha in Naruto).
Comment from Chiaki Kobayashi (Yuji)
Yuji has an incredible amount of mental strength from working at a terrible company. Even after his reincarnation in a new world, he is relatively unfazed by the new world around him. Although he’s tough, I hope I can express his more kind and charming side. Please enjoy!
Comment from Azumi Waki (Dryad)
I’m thankful to have been chosen for the role of Dryad! She is a spirit of the forest and is very gentle and healing, so I hope I can express that to the audience. (Although, I promise the slimes that appear in the show are equally cute, lol.) The interactions between Yuji and myself are hilarious, so I hope you’ll enjoy those as much as the battle scenes!
Comment from Wataru Takagi (Proudwolf)
Although Proudwolf is usually quite timid, as Yuji’s right-hand man, I hope that I can convey some of his strength. There are also a ton of cute slimes in the series! I’m looking forward to working with so many new people, and to see what we can create together.
The My Isekai Life novel was published in 2017 with a light novel series beginning in 2018 and continuing to this day. A manga series also began in 2018, and is licensed in North America by Square Enix.
My Isekai Life follows Yuji Sano, who works at a company that is horrible to its employees. After heading home to do some overtime work, he gets a message on his computer reading “You have been summoned to an alternate world!” This game-like world is complete with status bars and special skills, and Yuji quickly becomes aware of his own magical powers. His journey in this other world begins when he follows a slime, the weakest of all monsters.
An exact date for the anime’s premiere will be announced soon.
My Isekai Life
Official Site: https://tenseikenja.com