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GLOBAL ROCK ICONS X JAPAN ANNOUNCE ON SALE DATE FOR OCTOBER 11th MADISON SQUARE GARDEN CONCERT

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 1st AT 10:00AM

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LOS ANGELES, CA (July 28th, 2014) – Internationally renowned rock icons X Japan announced today that tickets for their highly anticipated October 11th concert at Madison Square Garden will go on sale this Friday at 10:00AM EDT athttp://www.ticketmaster.com/XJapan-tickets/artist/723909. The Madison Square Garden concert event is sponsored by New York Comic Con.

 

X Japan, led by co-founder, drummer, pianist and songwriter Yoshiki, will return to New York City for their first concert since 2010, performing both fan favorites and previously unreleased music from the band’s decades of recordings. This Madison Square Garden concert marks a significant milestone for the band who made their U.S. debut with a Rockefeller Center press conference over 20 years ago, which presented the fierce J-Rock stars to an American audience. The band is finally fulfilling the promise they made to the fans to return. The group has since toured 16 countries, sold over 30 million albums and singles combined, and sold out Japan’s 55,000 seat Tokyo Dome a record-setting 18 times. The concert trailer for X Japan Madison Square Garden can be viewed here: http://youtu.be/qI-zQehlQaI

X Japan has had a notoriously tumultuous career, even among the world of rock, which includes the loss of two of its five founding members to tragic death. Amid death and breakups, the band has steadfastly maintained X Japan’s vision and this year brought themselves together to perform where their U.S. story started, in New York City.

 

In line with October’s Madison Square Garden concert, Yoshiki and X Japan will appear at New York Comic Con, where Yoshiki will participate in a panel with Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee and discuss the pair’s collaborations, including the comic based on Yoshiki, Blood Red Dragon. New York Super Week is an immersive and inclusive experience that will bring the energy, passion and color of the entire pop culture universe to every corner of all five boroughs of New York City. Featuring concerts, comedy shows, gaming events, lectures, podcasts, storytelling, food tastings, and more – New York Super Week will take place October 3-12, leading into the East Coast’s biggest and most exciting convention – New York Comic Con.

 

About X Japan

X Japan returns to the United States this October bringing their legendarily edgy brand of rock to New York City for one night at the iconic Madison Square Garden. The concert event marks the band’s first show together in 3 years and will feature fan favorites as well as previously unreleased and never before performed music. X Japan is revered in their native Japan and around the world as a genre-defining and boundary pushing group, and have mesmerized audiences across the globe with their incendiary live performances. With worldwide sales of over 30-million, they’ve headlined a staggering 18 sold out shows at the 55,000-capacity Tokyo Dome known for historic concerts by Michael Jackson and Bon Jovi. Since forming in 1982, they’ve continued to challenge not only themselves but rock n’ roll as a genre.

 

X Japan first landed on American soil in 1992. Signed to Atlantic Records at the time they held a massive press conference at Rockefeller Center debuting their eye-catching personal style. Embracing a combination of flamboyant futurist imagery and Japanese history, X Japan’s “Visual-Kei” style would go on to immensely influence the anime and cosplay that’s so commonplace today. Prior to the group’s 1998 breakup they released five albums —Vanishing Vision [1998], Blue Blood [1989], Jealousy [1991], Art of Life [1993], and Dahlia [1996]—solidifying a sound that’s equally scorching and soaring.

 

The death of original guitarist Hide profoundly shook the band, but in 2007 Toshi and Yoshiki, friends since childhood, reunited. They paid tribute to Hide on tour by utilizing a hologram of the deceased guitarist—long before 2Pac’s appearance at Coachella – during that first Japanese reunion run. After hitting sixteen countries, the United States tour commenced with a triumphant debut performance at Lollapalooza 2010 and was followed by sold out shows from Los Angeles to New York.

 

In 2011 X Japan faced another deep loss with the death of original bassist Taiji. The band continued with him in spirit, and X Japan were named Best International Rock Band at the Golden Gods Awards in 2012.

In 2014, Yoshiki, Toshi, Pata, Heath, and Sugizo embodied that mentality in working on the upcoming release on Warner Music, scheduled to be released early next year.

 

For more information please visit:

www.xjapanmusic.com

www.yoshiki.net

 

YANAKIKU wins fans at J-Pop Summit

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July 25, 2014 – J-Pop female vocal duo YANAKIKU made their USA debut at San Francisco’s J-Pop Summit last weekend, giving American fans their first opportunity to see YANAKIKU’s high-energy performance and comedic MC. The duo gave a special name to the packed audience in San Francisco’s Japan Town, proclaiming “You are the lettuce, we are the meat!” before beginning their live set which included recent releases “FUJIYAMA DISCO” and an English version of their unreleased song “Ninja Iroha”.

Vocalists YANA and KIKU spoke in frequent English to the audience, giving a positive message that “Music is stronger than our differences,” a statement with special meaning to YANA as a representative of San Francisco’s sister city Osaka.

In addition to their live performances, YANAKIKU served as judges for J-Pop Summit’s cosplay and idol performer contests, as well as taking photos with fans and giving KIMOCOS (Kimono Cosplay) and Shuji calligraphy demonstrations at their booth.

YANAKIKU’s new song “Orihime” was released July 2 on iTunes and Spotify worldwide. They will follow their J-Pop Summit performance with a return engagement at London’s Hyper Japan Festival July 25-27.

SET LIST
SE (“We are YANAKIKU”)
“High BEAM”
MC
“PAKU PAKU KINGYO”
“NINJA IROHA English Version”
“Orihime”
MC
SE
“FUJIYAMA△DISCO”
MC
“HELLO WORLD”

Image Credit: ©YANAKIKU/30 Frame, Inc.

iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/yanakiku/id883264584

Spotify:

With Harajuku-inspired fashion and catchy dance beats, YANAKIKU has built up a strong following among Japanese music and fashion fans after appearances at Hyper Japan 2013 (London) and TIFFCOM 2013 (Japan). In 2014, they performed at Tokyo Dome’s Furusato Matsuri and the special “New Year Event with Japanese Artists 2014” live show in Korea. In July 2014, YANAKIKU returned to Hyper Japan and made their American debut at San Francisco’s J-Pop Summit.
LINKS
YANAKIKU Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yanakiku
YANAKIKU Official Website: http://yanakiku.jp
YANA Twitter: https://twitter.com/yanakiku_yana
KIKU Twitter: https://twitter.com/yanakiku_kiku
PROFILE
Japanese Pop female vocal duo YANAKIKU formed in 2012 and released their first single “Miwaku No LADY” in October 2012. In 2013, they released their second single “UP↑SIDE↓DOWN” and performed for international audiences at Hyper Japan 2013 (London) and TIFFCOM 2013 (Japan).

In January 2014, YANAKIKU performed at Tokyo Dome’s Furusato Matsuri and followed up with a special “New Year Event with Japanese Artists 2014″ live show in Korea. In April 2014, they released their new music video “FUJIYAMA DISCO,” achieving over 20,000 views in the first week, followed by a digital release of English and Japanese versions of the song in 109 countries. In July 2014 they returned to the UK for an encore performance at Hyper Japan 2014 and made their American debut at San Francisco’s J-Pop Summit.

With their unique costumes named KIMOCOS (“Kimono Cosplay”) and their live Japanese calligraphy, YANAKIKU’s high-energy performances and bright, funny personalities are winning over music fans worldwide.

Goto Maki submits marriage registration

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Former Morning Musume member Goto Maki (28) has submitted a marriage registration.

Goto announcd on her blog that she is marrying a company employee who is 25-years-old.

Goto wrote that she met him seen years ago and that she is not pregnant, nor are there plans for a wedding at this time.

Morning Musume’s Nakazawa Yuko and Iida Kaori have wished their best to Goto.

J-POP Summit Festival 2014 attracts 120,000 attendees this past weekend

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The J-Pop Summit Festival 2014 had a total of 120,000 attendees this past weekend.

“The 2014 J-POP Summit was the biggest and most successful we have ever staged. The addition of the Ramen Street attraction and the array of artists, performers and other events also made it one of the most exciting. We are looking forward to presenting an even bigger J-POP Summit for 2015!”, said Seiji Horibuchi, President/CEO of NEW PEOPLE, Inc. and Chairman of the J-Pop Summit Festival Committee.

J!-ENT will be feature the J-POP Summit Festival 2014 in their upcoming annual to be released in Sept. 2014 but to see some of the awesome photos that were taken by J!-ENT, click here.

Zyurangers meets the Power Rangers at Power Morphicon

Morphicon is Proud to Announce Sentai and Henshin Actors Yuuta Mochizuki, Hiroshi Maeda and Yasuhiro Takeuchi as Special Guests

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Pasadena, CA – Power Morphicon, the official Power Rangers convention, is proud to announce that Super Sentai and Henshin actors, Yuuta Mochizuki, Hiroshi Maeda and Yasuhiro Takeuchi will be making their first U.S. convention appearance at Power Morphicon next month.

The three-day event will be held on August 22-24th at the Pasadena Convention Center.

Yuuta Mochizuki is best known for his role as Geki, the red Tyranno Ranger, from Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger, which Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, was adapted from.

Mochizuki is also known as J1 of the Neo-Jetman in Choujin Sentai Jetman, played the role of Koji Segawa/KamenRider J and has performed as the second Tuxedo Mask in the Sailor Moon musical.

Mochizuki recently reprised his role as Geki in the 2014 film, Kyoryuger vs Go-Busters: The Great Dinosaur Battle! Farewell our Eternal Friends.

Hiroshi Maeda is a professional Japanese stunt man and suit actor who is best known for portraying the Tyranno Ranger in the 1992 Super Sentai series Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger.

Maeda went on to play the red ranger in Saban’s Power Rangers series in Mighty Morphin, Turbo, In Space, Lost Galaxy, Lightspeed Rescue, Time Force, Wild Force, and Ninja Storm.

Maeda’s also known for playing Kamen Rider 1 in two films: Kamen Rider: The First and Kamen Rider: The Next, as well as playing Dragon Knight in Kamen Rider Dragon Knight.

Yasuhiro Takeuchi is a professional Japanese stunt man and suit actor who is known to have recurring roles in many Super Sentai series. Takeuchi has worn both Rangers and mecha (zords) suits.

Takeuchi is one of two stunt actors to portray the Dragon Ranger in Kyoryu Sentai Zyuranger (the Green Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers).

Takeuchi’s long list of credits include Mythical Chi Beast RyuseiOh (Red Dragon Thunderzord in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers), the Mega Winger (Power Rangers In Space), V-Rex(Power Rangers Time Force’s Q-Rex), Timeranger Blue & Green (Power Rangers Time Force’s Blue & Green Rangers), Shinken Green (Power Rangers Samurai’s Green Ranger), Gokai Green (Power Rangers Super Megaforce’s Green Ranger), and more recently in Ressha Sentai ToQger as the ToQ 4gou (Green Ranger), which is currently airing in Japan.

All three actors will join over 100 confirmed guests at Power Morphicon next month.

This will mark the first time a Japanese Super Sentai actor, Yuuta Mochizuki, will be meeting his American Power Ranger counterpart, Austin St. John, both of whom played the lead role in their respective series as the Red Ranger.

More information about Power Morphicon can be found online at http://officialpowermorphicon.com
About Power Morphicon

Power Morphicon is a three-day convention held every two years that celebrates Power Rangers and related series such as VR Troopers, Beetleborgs, Kamen Rider and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The three-day event brings in over 5,000 people from all over the world to participate in cosplay events, panels featuring all guests, breakfast with the guests, martial arts demo/classes, prop/FX workshop, and more. Power Morphicon is a local business owned by painter and artist, Scott Zillner, and is an event that is directed by an all volunteer, unpaid staff.

For more information about Power Morphicon, please visit http://officialpowermorphicon.com.

VIZ MEDIA UNVEILS NEW ENGLISH DUB CAST FOR THE LEGENDARY SAILOR MOON

Pre-Orders Available Soon For Season 1 Part 1 On Special Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, Coming November 11th

 

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San Francisco, CA, July 16, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, unveiled the brand new English voice cast for SAILOR MOON to a packed audience of enthusiastic fans at the 2014 Anime Expo in Los Angeles. The company also announced that preorders would be available soon for Blu-ray and DVD for the first home media release of the series that hits retailers on November 11th, making these sets an ideal purchase for the coming Holiday season.

VIZ Media has licensed all 5 seasons of the original SAILOR MOON anime series (rated ‘TV-PG’), spanning 200 episodes, as well as all three feature films and specials. As part of the return of the series, VIZ Media is releasing SAILOR MOON , restored for the modern Blu-ray format, with its original un-cropped 4×3 aspect ratio using the original Japanese character names, story elements and relationships, but with an all-new, uncut English dub approved by the original creator, featuring a English voice cast consisting of fan favorites, seasoned talent and exciting new voices. The new production is produced by Jamie Simone and Rita Majkut, with Suzanne Goldish as Voice Director.

 

The New SAILOR MOON English Cast Includes:

 

Usagi Tsukino / Sailor Moon – Stephanie Sheh

Ami Mizuno / Sailor Mercury – Kate Higgins

Rei Hino / Sailor Mars – Christina Vee

Makoto Kino / Sailor Jupiter – Amanda Miller

Minako Aino / Sailor Venus – Cherami Leigh

Mamoru Chiba / Tuxedo Mask – Robbie Daymond

 

The SAILOR MOON Supporting Cast Includes:

 

Luna – Michelle Ruff

Artemis – Johnny Yong Bosch

 

Naru Osaka – Danielle Nicole

Gurio Umino – Ben Diskin

 

Ikuku Tsukino – Tara Platt

Kenji Tsukino – Keith Silverstein

Shingo Tsukino – Nicolas Roye

 

Queen Beryl – Cindy Robinson

 

Jadite – Todd Haberkom

Nephrite – Liam O’Brien

Zoicite – Lucien Dodge

Kunzite – Patrick Seitz

 

VIZ Media also thrills fans as it presents SAILOR MOON for the first time, uncut and re-mastered, on Blu-ray and DVD. Pre-orders are now available for Season One, Part 1 (Episodes 1-23) of SAILOR MOON in a special Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, as well as a Standard Edition DVD-only release. Watch our social media channels for coming information on how you can be among the first to secure your home media order for SAILOR MOON, which will debut on November 11th. Fans who preorder at RightStuf.com and select anime specialty retailers will receive a limited edition collectible memorial coin for Season One Part 1 (while supplies last), first in a series of 5 that features Usagi’s transformation brooch and iconic phrase! The coin is 1.5” diameter in size, and made from sturdy gold-tone metal.

 

SAILOR MOON Limited Edition Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack Season One Part One · Available November 11 · Preorders Available Soon!

Special set contains 23 episodes on 3 Blu-ray discs and 3 DVDs that are packaged in a premium shimmery rainbow foil-accented chipboard box. Set also includes a collectable full-color 88-page SAILOR MOON booklet filled with art, character profiles, episode guides and more. Episodes are presented in 1080p High Definition with a 4×3 native aspect ratio, and English and Japanese stereo audio and available English subtitles; a ‘signs and songs’ subtitle track will also be included. An interactive art gallery along with an exclusive all-new behind the scenes footage and special SAILOR MOON convention panel footage and trailers are also included. Packaging art will be unveiled soon.

 

 

SAILOR MOON Standard Edition DVD Set Season One Part One ·

Available November 11· Preorders Available Soon!

Set features Season One, Part 1 (Episodes 1-23) on 3 DVDs offered in a full-color, elegant foil-accented O-card cover package. English and Japanese stereo audio is available, along with English subtitles and a ‘signs and songs’ subtitle track. Standard DVD set also includes an announcement convention reel. Packaging art will be unveiled soon.

 

Also don’t miss brand new remastered episodes of SAILOR MOON, available now on Hulu and NeonAlley.com, VIZ Media’s consolidated online destination for FREE streaming anime content in the U.S.! Two new episodes (subtitled) debut each Monday.

 

The smash hit SAILOR MOON anime series is inspired by the bestselling manga (graphic novel) series created by Naoko Takeuchi (published in North America by Kodansha). In the series, Usagi Tsukino is a cheerful 14-year-old schoolgirl who often finds herself in unwanted trouble. One day, she saves a talking cat named Luna from some mean kids, and her life is changed forever. Luna gives Usagi a magic brooch that transforms her into Sailor Moon, defender of love and justice! Now Usagi must work with Luna to find the other Sailor Guardians and the Moon Princess, whose Legendary Silver Crystal is Earth’s only hope against the dark forces of the evil Queen Beryl!

 

Additional information on Neon Alley is available at: www.NeonAlley.com.

 

For more information on SAILOR MOON, or other award-winning anime titles from VIZ Media, please visit www.VIZ.com.

 

About VIZ Media, LLC

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan. Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products. Learn more about VIZ Media, anime and manga at www.VIZ.com.

VIZ MEDIA ANNOUNCES A SPECIAL THEATRICAL SCREENING OF “BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC III – THE ADVENT” AT 2014 JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL OF SAN FRANCISCO

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San Francisco, CA, July 14, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of anime and manga in North America, delivers a special theatrical treat for attendees of the 2014 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco as it announces a screening of the visceral anime action feature – BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC III – THE ADVENT – on Wednesday, July 23th at 7:00pm with an encore presentation on Sunday, July 27nd at 7:00pm. The film will be presented with the original Japanese dialogue and English subtitles.

The 2014 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco is presented in conjunction with the annual J-POP SUMMIT Festival and takes place July 19th–27th at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema, located in the heart of the city’s historic Japantown district, inside the NEW PEOPLE J-POP entertainment complex at 1746 Post St., San Francisco, CA 94115. Tickets for BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC III – THE ADVENT are $13.00 each. Trailers and advance tickets are available now at: www.JFFSF.org.

BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC III – THE ADVENT depicts the horrifying conclusion to the epic Golden Age trilogy and unfolds in a magnificently violent nightmare, signifying the birth of a new era. It’s been a year since Griffith’s imprisonment by the Kingdom of Midland. Once praised as the saviors of the Midland, the Band of the Hawk has been on the run and is on the brink of breaking apart. Much to everyone’s surprise, Guts returns to the Hawks, and the search for Griffith begins!

Also catch the entire BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC trilogy, including BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC I – THE EGG OF THE KING and BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC II- THE BATTLE FOR DOLDREY, available now on DVD and Blu-ray from VIZ Media.

The acclaimed BERSERK manga series, by Kentarou Miura, debuted in Japan in 1989 and quickly drew a devoted following, going on to sell more than 30 million copies worldwide. The series, still ongoing in Japan, has been published in North America and the UK, as well as in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Russia, and Latin America. The BERSERK manga has also inspired a popular anime television series and has spawned a variety of related video games, collectable figures and toys, and music soundtracks, as well as the current BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC film trilogy.

For more information on the BERSERK: THE GOLDEN AGE ARC film trilogy, please visit the official Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/BerserkFilm.

About THE JAPAN FILM FESTIVAL OF SAN FRANCISCO
Launched in 2013, Japan Film Festival of San Francisco is the first and only fully-dedicated Japanese film event for the SF Bay Area, will feature a colorful mix of narratives, anime and documentary film premieres and exclusive screenings with special guest appearance at the NEW PEOPLE Cinema in SF Japantown from July 19 (Sat) through 27 (Sun), 2014. See additional details and ticket information at www.jffsf.org.

About VIZ Media, LLC
Headquartered in San Francisco, California, VIZ Media distributes, markets and licenses the best anime and manga titles direct from Japan. Owned by three of Japan’s largest manga and animation companies, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media has the most extensive library of anime and manga for English speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa. With its popular digital manga anthology WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP and blockbuster properties like NARUTO, BLEACH and INUYASHA, VIZ Media offers cutting-edge action, romance and family friendly properties for anime, manga, science fiction and fantasy fans of all ages. VIZ Media properties are available as graphic novels, DVDs, animated television series, feature films, downloadable and streaming video and a variety of consumer products.

Paruru promotes the SDF

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Haruka “Paruru” Shimazaki is known for her “salty” behavior and despite not being a talkative member of AKB48, the idol member was selected to promote Japan’s Self-Defense Forces recruitment campaign for high school graduates.

In a 30-second commercial, Haruka explains how people can work in the land and the sea and ends with Paruru showcasing a “You AND PEACE”.