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Kara no Kyokai – Mirai Fukuin Limited Edition is the #1 Blu-ray release this week in Japan

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In Japan, the #1 Blu-ray for the week goes to “Kara no Kyokai – Mirai Fukuin” Limited Edition movie box set.  Coming at #2 in Shingeki no Kyojin Vol. 8 and Kuroko no Basket 2nd Season vol. 2.

Here are the current top 10 Blu-ray releases in Japan:

  1. Kara no Kyokai – Mirai Fukuin Limited Edition
  2. Shingeki no Kyojin vol. 8
  3. Kuroko no Basket 2nd Season Vol. 2
  4. Captain Harlock
  5. Chūnibyō Demo Koi ga Shitai!
  6. Captain Harlock Limited Edition
  7. One Direction THIS IS US
  8. Nazotoki wa Dinner no Ato de Premium Edition
  9. 2 Guns
  10. Perfume Clips

 

AKB48’s “Heavy Rotation” surpasses 100,000,000 views on YouTube

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When “Heavy Rotation” was released by AKB48 back in August 2010, the song would become one of the most popular hit songs by the female idol group and possibly their most controversial music video ever made (courtesy of the members wearing lingerie and kissing each other).

Fast forward to 2014 and with the group nearing 100,000,000 views, AKB48 fans took to social media and making 100,000,000 views a reality and the numbers continue to climb as of 10:00 p.m. PST.

Congratulations AKB48 for achieving another feat. and if there is one video that will always be remembered by AKB48 fans, it would definitely be “Heavy Rotation”!

ELISA, announced as a Musical Guest of Honor for Sakura-Con 2014!

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ELISA will be performing at Sakura-Con 2014 which will be taking place on April 18-20 in Seattle, Washington.

ELISA is from Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan and debuted in 2007 with the song “euphoric field”, the opening theme song for the anime series “ef-a tale of memories.”
She is noted for her distinguished singing voice which is rooted in opera and is said to possess a transparent quality.

Her music has been featured as theme songs for hit anime series such as “Hayate the Combat Butler” and “Project Railgun S.”

ELISA is also a successful live performer, showcasing her work at large capacity venues, including Japan’s biggest anime song festival “Animelo Summer Live” for four consecutive years, beginning in 2008. Her most recent live show was at the “Anime Festival Asia 2013” in Singapore.

Her most recent singles, “Sobani Iruyo” and “REALISM” were used in the anime series “Valvrave the Liberator” as the second and third ending themes, respectively.

Her soon to be released single “Millenario” will be featured as the ending theme for the anime series “The Irregular at Magic High School.”

ELISA kicks off her international activity at Sakura-Con 2014, which will be her first appearance at an anime convention in North America.

Official Website:
http://www.elisa-smile.com/

Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/elisa.smile.official

Twitter :
@ELISA_0414

[Sakura-Con 2014]
April 18~20
Washington State Convention Center (Seattle, WA)
Registration and more info @ http://www.sakuracon.org/

Another reason why we love AI

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There are not many Japanese pop stars who show their close relationship with their parents (typically it’s with friends or staff).  It’s a rarity to see stars having fun with their parents but for Japanese R&B star AI, she and her mother are cool about having fun and posting it on Facebook!

Source: Ai’s Facebook Page

Perfume performs at Taiwan’s KKBOX Music Awards

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Perfume was among the several performers from different countries that were invited to perform at Taiwan’s KKBOX Music Awards on Feb. 22nd.  The trio performed their single “Magic of Love”.

Perfume will be releasing their upcoming concert video “Perfume 4th Tour in DOME『LEVEL3』”on Blu-ray (April 9th).

Nogizaka46 celebrates their 2nd Year Birthday Live in Yokohama

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Nogizaka46 celebrated their two year anniversary (乃木坂46 2ND YEAR BIRTHDAY LIVE) with their largest audience at a concert (13,000) on Feb. 22nd in Yokohama. The theme of this concert was to perform every song that was featured in their seven CD singles. The concert featured a total of 42 songs!

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Suki-tte ii na yo. (Say “I Love You”) Vol. 12 by Kanae Hazuki is the #1 manga in Japan for the week

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Kanae Hazuki’s “Suki-tte ii na yo” (Say “I Love You”) vol. 12 is the #1 manga of the week seeling 116,362 copies. Ayu Watanabe’s “L-DK” vol. 14 is #2, selling 67,783 copies and the #3 manga of the week goes to Hideaki Sorachi’s “Gin Tama” vol. 53 which was #1 last week and sold an additional 66,292 copies this week.

The Top 10 selling manga of the week are as follows:

  1. Suki-tte ii na yo (Say “I Love You”)
  2. L-DK Vol. 14
  3. Gin Tama Vol. 53
  4. Shokugeki no Soma Vol. 6
  5. Kaicho wa Maid-sama Vol. 18
  6. Taiyou no ie Vol. 10
  7. Douse mou Nigeranai vol. 6
  8. Yozakura Quartet Vol. 15
  9. Gunka no Baltzar Vol. 6
  10. Mahouka Koukou no Rettousei  Vol. 3

A swag-filled box set release coming soon for “Idolmaster One For All” (アイドルマスター ワンフォーオール)

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Idolmaster fans are in for a treat with the PS3 release of “Idolmaster One For All” and a 765 Production Box Set featuring a drama CD, 765 Production Calendar, Brochure and 13 strip posters.  For those who don’t want all the swag, there is a game-only release as well.  Expect a release on May 15th!

Here is a PV for the upcoming game: