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Matsuura Aya and w-inds. member Tachibana Keita are expecting a child

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Hello! Project music artist Matsuura Aya (28) and her husband, w-inds. member Tachibana Keita, are expecting their first child.

Aya is seven months pregnant.

Both Matsuura and Tachibana were married in August 2013 after dating for seven months.

AKB48 wants families to eat together on New Year’s Eve

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AKB48 collaborates with Matsuzakaya Dept. Store and Daimaru and cooking expert Yoshida Asako to create meals that families can eat together during New Year’s Eve. People can begin booking reservations for the specialized New Year Eve meals [AKB48あけおめおせち] on Oct. 1st through December 10th.

Tokyo Game Show 2014 brings in 251,832 attendees

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Tokyo Game Show has concluded and while the attendance was short of what was achieved last year, the numbers are still good at over 250,000 people attending the event. TGS was announced to take place starting on September 17th in 2015.

(Image courtesy of Gamers Media)

Possible “Final Fantasy VII” remake?

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At the Tokyo Game show 2014, “Final Fantasy VII G Bike” and “Final Fantasy World Wide Words” talk event, Hashimoto Matsuyama talked about remaking “Final Fantasy VII”.  For those who watched the “Final Fantasy X5” trailer from Tokyo Game Show, if made with current technology, that would be awesome!

Not yet “already” 2014.5.10 1st LIVE to be released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 15th

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With the graduation of Oshima Yuko from AKB48, it would also become the end of the AKB48 sub-unit Not Yet which featured members Oshima, Sashihara Rino, Kitahara Rie and Yokoyama Yui.  With the final concert and album released earlier this spring, the first and only live concert performance by Not Yet will be released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 15th.  The Blu-ray will included a making of featurette plus audio commentary.

Hatsune Miku to perform on David Letterman before MIKU EXPO 2014

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International sensation Hatsune Miku, the virtual idol at the forefront of Crypton Future Media’s vocaloid software, will make her American television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman on CBS on October 8.

Hatsune Miku’s appearance on the nationally-televised show will give American audiences a preview of the MIKU EXPO performance awaiting fans at L.A.’s Nokia Theater and New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom later this month. Celebrating the music, imagery, and interactive excitement of Hatsune Miku with back-to-back events in October, MIKU EXPO is a once-in-a-lifetime chance for fans to immerse themselves in the Miku World!

MIKU EXPO tickets and information:
http://mikuexpo.com/
MIKU EXPO recently revealed its Halloween Party Area Map for the L.A. event at Los Angeles Center Studios, including a guide to vendors and limited-edition Halloween-themed merchandise.
http://mikuexpo.com/la_exhibition
http://mikuexpo.com/la_goods
Buzz for the New York and L.A. events has continued to build this month, with several fan-based activities and announcements.

“Sharing The World” by BIGHEAD feat. Hatsune Miku was released this month as the official theme song for the event.
iTunes: http://karent.jp/album/1599
Music Video: http://youtu.be/GRc_Vz6kEjc

Streaming anime website Crunchyroll announced a fan video contest and a 30-minute exclusive concert video from MIKU EXPO in Indonesia.
http://www.crunchyroll.com/forumtopic-864989/hatsune-miku-expo-contest-crunchyroll-exclusive-miku-expo-footage
http://www.crunchyroll.com/hatsune-miku-expo-2014-indonesia
Hatsune Miku fans can keep up with the latest news on Facebook and Twitter using hashtag #MikuExpo.
https://www.facebook.com/HatsuneMikuOfficialPage
https://twitter.com/mikuexpo
ABOUT HATSUNE MIKU EXPO

HATSUNE MIKU EXPO presents multiple activities featuring Hatsune Miku, including an artwork exhibition focused on the virtual singer and the cultural movement she inspired, fan gathering activities, and — the ultimate highlight — the Hatsune Miku concert show using cutting-edge projection technology and a live band.

LOS ANGELES – The HATSUNE MIKU live concert is hosted in Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre, with the collaborative exhibition hosted by Miku and her friends at an early Halloween party at Los Angeles Center Studios. At the exhibition, you can enjoy artwork displays, a special Halloween-themed area, and a shop where you can buy exclusive goods, including special Halloween items!

HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2014 in Los Angeles
Live Concert Dates: October 11th & 12th
Live Concert Venue: NOKIA Theatre
Website: http://mikuexpo.com/la
NEW YORK – The HATSUNE MIKU live concert is held in New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom, and the exhibition is hosted in Lower East Side concept space Wallplay over a period of eleven days. The exhibition shows illustrations, videos, and more, revolving around Hatsune Miku and the theme of Universal Positivity.

HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2014 in New York
Live Concert Dates: October 17th & 18th
Concert Venue: Hammerstein Ballroom
Website: http://mikuexpo.com/ny

HATSUNE MIKU PROFILE

Hatsune Miku is a singing voice synthesizer featured in over 100,000 songs released worldwide. Popular with millions of international fans, Hatsune Miku means “The first Sound from the Future”.

With over 2 million fans on Facebook, over 100,000 released songs, 170,000 uploaded YouTube videos, and 1,000,000 artwork creations, Hatsune Miku has performed sold-out 3D concerts worldwide with performances in L.A., Taipei, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Tokyo in addition to corporate collaborations with SEGA, Toyota USA, Google and more.

Full English Profile at http://www.crypton.co.jp/miku_eng

L’Arc~en~Ciel, releases new single, “EVERLASTING”

Their highly anticipated new song now available!

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On March 21 and 22, L’Arc~en~Ciel played a historical two-day concert at the iconic National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, which was also live streamed across the world in the U.S., UK, France, Mexico, Brazil, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

At venue, they played and announced the future release of their new single “EVERLASTING”, to great fanfare.

After several months of fans eagerly waiting, this latest single from the band has been released in 35 countries worldwide and is now available today!

<iTunes>
Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Canada, United States,
Finland, Sweden, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, France, Germany,
Austria, Switzerland, Netherlands, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong,
Singapore, Malaysia, Taiwan, Indonesia, India, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei,
Cambodia, Laos, Macau, Vietnam, Sri Lanka

<Amazon Mp3>
United States, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, and Switzerland

 

 

[L’Arc~en~Ciel]

L’Arc~en~Ciel is a Japanese rock band that was formed in 1991 in Osaka by tetsuya. They made their debut in 1993 with the album “DUNE,” which hit number one on the Indies charts. Next they made their major label in 1994 by releasing the video single “Nemuri ni Yosete” (Ki/oon Records). Over the years, they have released 36 singles and 11 albums. Their first million-seller was the album “True,” released in 1996. In December, 1997, they set a record by selling out their show at Tokyo Dome
(capacity of 50,000) in four minutes. In 1999, the double album release of “ark” and “ray” sold 6 million copies (sold simultaneously in seven countries across Asia) and their “1999 GRAND CROSS TOUR” was viewed by 650,000 people (at 12 shows), while being broadcast to various countries across Asia.

In 2003, L’Arc~en~Ciel took to the skies and had their first overseas show at Baltimore in the USA, playing to 12,000 people. The next year, they played shows in Seoul and Shanghai to 10,000 people each and were a massive success. They played their 9th show at Tokyo Dome in November, 2006 with the “15th L’Anniversary Live” which was broadcast to 25 countries across the world. In celebration of their 15th anniversary, they re-released fifteen of their early singles, and all of them entered the Top 30 in the singles rankings. This was a new record for most singles in a Top 30 at the same time.

In April 2008 they started their “TOUR 2008 L’7〜Trans ASIA via PARIS〜” and played 10 shows in 7 cities across the world, including a tenth show at Tokyo Dome, to a total of 320,000 people. The Paris show was not only shown in Japan, but also broadcast on French national TV, and was a memorable event.
They became a part of history when their single “BLESS” was used as the NHK Vancouver 2010 Olympics theme song. And at midnight on December 31 2010 they played their first show in two and a half years, with the “20th L‘Anniversary Starting Live ‘L’A HAPPY NEW YEAR !’ ” show at Makuhari Messe. 2011 marked the 20th anniversary of the formation of the band.

 

This year L’Arc~en~Ciel played a historical two-day concert at the iconic National Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, which was also live streamed across the world in the U.S., UK, France, Mexico, Brazil, Hong Kong and Taiwan.  On the first day 80,000 fans packed the stadium with a total attendance of 160,000 people in a span of two days, which was the largest recorded attendance at the National Stadium.

On September 17, they released their new single “EVERLASTING” in 35 countries worldwide.

L’Arc~en~Ciel continues to be a “Monster Band” that is known across Asia and other regions across the world.

 

 

Official  Website

http://www.larc-en-ciel.com/

 

Facebook

http://www.facebook.com/pages/LArc-en-Ciel/139185632806476

 

Twitter

http://twitter.com/LArc_official

AKB48th’s 38th single to feature double center – Watanabe Mayu and Miyawaki Sakura

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The biggest surprise of the Janken Taikai came after Watanabe Miyuki winning the event and that was the announcement of the 38th single lineup.  It was announced that there will be a double center and Watanabe Mayu and Miyawaki Sakura would be the centers for the upcoming single.

Sakura was in disbelief after being announced.  But possibly the most shocked was Tano Yuka who burst out into tears.

The upcoming single will feature a total of 32 members which will also include:

Matsui Jurina、Shimazaki Haruka、Sashihara Rino、Iriyama Anna、Takahashi Minami、Shiroma Miru、Kojima Haruna、Kawamoto Saya、Matsui Rena、Kizaki Yuria、Moriyasu Madoka、Kawaei Rina、Muto Tomu、Suda Akari、Kashiwagi Yuki、Kato Rena、Yokoyama Yui、Owada Nana、Takahashi Juri、Yamamoto Sayaka、Mukaichi Mion、Miyazawa Sae、Kojima Mako、Ikoma Rina、Minegishi Minami、TANO YUKA、Watanabe Miyuki、Oshima Ryoka、Kodama Haruka and Nakano Ikumi