Model and now solo artist AKIRA has many faces, such as a magazine model who graces the cover of popular magazine KERA, the lead singer of DISACODE and now a solo artist who sings the ending theme of Black Butler: Book of Circus “Aoki Tsuki Michite”. I was able to catch up with the singer/model during San Francisco’s, J-POP Summit Festival in July. AKIRA had just finished her first performance as a solo artist the day before at the time of this interview. I hope you get to know AKIRA in this first half of the two-part interview after the jump!
So what if Free! was only ranked in the 10th spot in the recent poll that asked Japanese otaku which anime reminds them of Summer. The sexy summer swimming anime is still aiming to be "the" summer anime and this cute short TV spot for the new Free! Eternal Summer Aqua Charm Collection line features Haruka in water doing what he does best! Watch it after the jump!
Seirei No Moribito, the fantasy novel series by Nahoko Uehashi, will become a live-action TV drama on the NHK network in 2016 in Japan. The drama is planned to run for 3 years to cover the entire 10 volume run of the novel series and, as previously reported, Haruka Ayase was chosen to play the main character Balsa. More after the jump!
Which anime comes to your mind when you think of the Summer season? The distinctive seasons in Japan have a strong influence on the country's culture and anime is no exception. A website specializing in location inspirations of anime series recently conducted an online survey to find out what anime is strongly associated with the Summer season and 333 effective answers decided the Top 30 ranking. Find out the results after the jump!
The Iwatobi swimming club members from Free! Eternal Summer failed Gou's lunch evaluation miserably, but a bakery in the town of Iwami, the location inspiration for the anime took note of the strange looking bread that Nagisa loves and decided to make it available for sale. See the bread in its real life form after the jump!
People are constantly coming up with new and creative ways to use tools that are given to them further enrich our lives. In one such way, Japanese users of Asian social networking platform LINE have been enjoying stamps in the chat function, but who would have thought that there was a way to use the existing stamps to "touch" your favorite anime character! Find out how after the jump!
The new ending theme for sexy summer swimming anime Free! Eternal Summer in FUTURE FISH explores sexy swimming boys in cosplay! I mean, the fantasy world of their dream they had when they were young. The already addicting tune will be on sale August 6th and the new preview video has been posted. Check it out after the jump!
It's only a week before the concert by anisong singer May'n at Slim's in San Francisco as the grand finale for the celebration of JPOP culture and music at San Francisco's JPOP Summit Festival and now there is another reason fans won't want to miss it as JPOP Summit Festival has announced a raffle contest for a free ticket to Japan! Get the details after the jump!
The popularity of Macross Frontier is thriving in Japan as the anime themed Cafe & Bar, CHARACRO will do a new collaboration with the series following the successful Tiger & Bunny collaboration. A new Macross F themed CHARACRO theme will unfold on July 27th, which is Alto Saotome's birthday and the huge celebration for the beautiful pilot is planned for fans to partake in Japan. More after the jump!
Gen Urobuchi must really enjoy visiting the United States! Japan Expo USA has announced that the writer of hit series such as Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, PSYCHO-PASS, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet and Kamen Rider Gaim will be their guest of honor not too long after his appearance at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, CA during Independence Day weekend. More after the jump!
Former AKB 48 member Tomomi Itano joins the dazzling array of musical guests to perform at the JPOP Summit Festival in San Francisco on the 19th & 20th of this month. Tomomi recently released her first full-length solo album, SxWxAxG on July 2nd and this will be her first post-AKB US appearance and performance. Plus May'n, AKIRA and a Japanese Kuro-gyaru group Black Diamond. Read more after the jump!
Do you think the Free! anime is only for female audiences? The anime also attracts a fair amount of male fans and the mangaka of Tiger & Bunny for Miracle Jump in Hiroshi Ueda is one of them. He picked up watching the anime on July 3rd after just watching the first episode and finished all the episodes by the following day. A new spate of awesome Free! character drawings and then some came as a result of his binge watching. See them all after the jump!
How did you like the first episode of Free! Eternal Summer? The broadcast date of the anime in Japan was also the release date of the second volume of the light novel that the anime is based on in High☆Speed 2 with a new TV spot to promote the new volume. Plus new art from a new Lawson convenience store promotion after the jump!
Happy birthday Haruka! Interestingly, this is the first official birthday since the sexy swimming anime Free! started, as his birthday last year was before the actual broadcast premiere of the anime. To celebrate, the anime's official site has posted special voice messages for a limited time, so let's see what the fans are doing to make this day special for Haruka after the jump!
The Nishi Nippon Shinbun newspaper in Japan recently inserted 4 pages of promotional editorial in collaboration with Ghost In The Shell ARISE in their June 28th issue. The special collaboration editorial was done due to the fact the capital of Japan is set in Fukuoka in 2027 in the ARISE series and has also resulted in a new collaboration website. Plus, watch the preview of BD vol. 3 which contains "border:3 Ghost Tears" that just opened in theaters in Japan!