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Complete “Death Note” manga series to be released as a one volume omnibus on October 4th

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With the upcoming film “DEATH NOTE Light up the NEW world”, to be released on October 29th in theaters in Japan, the 12-volume manga series will be released as a one volume 2400-page omnibus. It will be released on October 4th in Japan for Y2500.

exist†trace announces new album Royal Straight Magic

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September 27, 2016 — Japanese all-female rock band exist†trace has announced the title and release date of their new album Royal Straight Magic, due for release November 16.

The six-song EP will be the follow-up to exist†trace’s March release This Is Now. Guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter miko explains that the title represents the strength of their band’s combined forces. “When these five cards, the members of exist†trace, get together, we create the strongest hand, the best magic!” The theme of inner strength is central to the album’s concept. “Miracles do not just come to you when you wait for them. But, if you take a chance with your courage high, opportunities will always come to you. I want this album to give a strong push to people who are hesitating to step forward.”

exist†trace has also announced the “Survival March” tour in November, teaming up with popular rock groups BAND-MAID, Disqualia, Last May Jaguar, GALMET, and Soundwitch. The band will cap off the year with three straight one-man performances titled “Royal Straight Magical Show” in Osaka (December 17), Nagoya (December 18), and Tokyo (January 9).

“We’re already planning new things and fun surprises for our fans on this tour, even while we’re recording the songs for Royal Straight Magic,” miko said. “And we’ll continue to create moments together when we meet you at the live shows. Without a doubt, this will be a culmination of all our feelings from 2016. We’re going to make this a most special and magical time. We’ll wait for you to join us from overseas!”

VIDEO: “Dream Rider”

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exist†trace International Fan Club: http://archangel-diamond.com
exist†trace PROFILE

VOCAL: Jyou
GUITAR and VOCAL: miko
GUITAR: Omi
BASS: Naoto
DRUMS: Mally

exist†trace is one of Japan’s first all-female Visual Kei rock bands.

Along with multiple tours of Japan, exist†trace has performed twice in Europe, making appearances in Berlin, Helsinki, Moscow, Paris, London, and Barcelona. In 2009, the band performed at the 2-day V-ROCK FESTIVAL in Chiba, Japan.

In November 2010, exist†trace released their album TWIN GATE in Japan and America, followed by their first American live show for 3000 fans at Sakura-Con in Seattle in April 2011. In June of the same year, they made their major-label debut with the TRUE EP on Tokuma Japan, and released a second 5-song EP THE LAST DAYBREAK in October 2011.

In March 2012, exist†trace performed their first live-house tour of America, playing New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh (Hard Rock Cafe), and a special 1000-person show at Japanese culture event Tekkoshocon.

In April 2012, exist†trace’s “I feel you” was selected as the main theme for Olympic champion Nadeshiko Japan’s official guidebook. Their first full-length major-label album VIRGIN was released May 23, 2012.

In June 2012, over 27,000 viewers from around the world tuned in to Nico Nico Douga to watch exist†trace’s live-show event “Just Like a Virgin” from Tokyo’s renowned live house Shibuya O-WEST, which was later released on DVD and screened in theaters worldwide by Live Viewing Japan.

In June 2013, exist†trace returned to America for the third time in three years to perform at A-Kon in Dallas, TX. Their next single, DIAMOND, was released in July 2013, followed by a worldwide digital release on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. Spiral Daisakusen was released in May 2014, and the band launched their international fan club ARCHANGEL DIAMOND the same month.

exist†trace released WORLD MAKER in September 2014, and spent the following year concentrating on touring and songwriting. The band released two “one-coin” singles in 2015, “Twin Wings” and “Shout Out”, available only at live shows in Japan and through Archangel Diamond. The 6-track mini-album THIS IS NOW was released in March 2016, which included “Neo Japanese Heroine”, the theme song for the Yahoo! Sports simulcast of the Japan Women’s Football League (Nadeshiko League).

exist†trace’s next 6-song mini-album, Royal Straight Magic, will be released in November 2016.

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Yoshiki Announces New York Concert with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra

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Yoshiki — songwriter, drummer/percussionist, classically-trained pianist and the creative force of the rock group X Japan — has announced a special concert event presented by Knitting Factory, “Yoshiki Classical Special Featuring Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra”.

The special classical performance will take place on January 12 and 13, 2017, at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage in New York City. Tickets, priced at $105/ $85/ $75/ $65/ $55/ $40, will be available at 11am (EST) on September 29th at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling Carnegie Charge at 212-247-7800 and Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

“I began taking piano lessons and music theory at age four, and became interested in classical works by Beethoven and Schubert,” explains Yoshiki. “In elementary school, I played the trumpet in the brass band, and around age ten started composing songs for piano. I’ve been writing classical music ever since. Needless to say, classical music has been a major influence in my musical career, including X Japan. I was fortunate enough to play Madison Square Garden 2 years ago with my band X Japan. Now I’m playing Carnegie Hall as a pianist with Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, which was another dream of mine. Words can’t describe how honored I am to be performing at such a prestigious venue with an amazing orchestra.”

For the Carnegie Hall concert, Yoshiki will perform his original compositions alongside the world-renowned Tokyo Philharmonic; he will also play several traditional classical pieces. The Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra was named one of the Top 10 greatest orchestras in the world by CNN in 2015. This classical concert will also take place in Japan and Hong Kong.

YOSHIKI CLASSICAL SPECIAL WORLD TOUR
Japan -Presented By UDO Artists, Inc.-
DEC 5TH (Mon): OSAKA Castle Hall
DEC 6th (Tue): Tokyo International Forum
DEC 7th (Wed): Tokyo International Forum
DEC 8 (Thu): Tokyo International Forum
For Tickets and information, please visit www.udo.jp
Hong Kong -Presented By Big Honor Entertainment-
DEC 29th (Thu) Hong Kong Asia World Expo

For Tickets and information, please visit: www.puffinent.net

Yoshiki composed a piano concerto and performed it with a 77-piece orchestra to celebrate the tenth year of the Emperor of Japan’s reign in 1999. In 2015, he composed the theme song and conducted the Super World Orchestra at the opening ceremony of the World Expo. In 2012, Yoshiki composed the official theme song for the Golden Globes®. His classical concerts in 2014 captivated crowds earning him standing ovations and sold out shows in over 10 countries as he performed classical versions of X Japan songs and popular rock tracks with a string sextet live on stage, as well as some traditional Classical pieces. His album,Yoshiki Classical, debuted at #1 on the iTunes Classical Music chart in 10 countries around the world. Pianist Magazine raved Yoshiki Classical “is a true labor of love from a talented artist who’s made an impressive mark within the classical and rock genres.” The album featured performances by Yoshiki as both the composer and pianist with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Tokyo City Philharmonic Orchestra. Produced by Yoshiki, the album included two songs produced by the legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin.
In film news, the new music documentary about Yoshiki’s rock group X Japan titled We Are X, from Passion Pictures, will be released by Drafthouse Films in New York and Los Angeles on October 21, 2016, followed by nationwide expansion. Since its premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival — where it was awarded the Special Jury Prize for editing — the film has continued to garner critical acclaim due to its remarkably candid portrayal of its enigmatic subject, Yoshiki, leader of the Japanese band X Japan.
Chronicling the band’s exhilarating, tumultuous and unimaginable history over the past three decades–persevering through personal, physical and spiritual heartache–the film culminates with preparations for their breathtaking concert at New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden. Directed by acclaimed documentarian Stephen Kijak (Stones in Exile, Scott Walker: 30 Century Man), We Are X is an astonishingly intimate portrait of a deeply haunted–but truly unstoppable–virtuoso and the music that has enthralled legions of the world’s most devoted fans.
X Japan has sold over 30 million singles and albums combined — captivating such a wide range of admirers as Sir George Martin, KISS, Stan Lee, and even the Japanese Emperor — and pioneered a spectacle-driven style of visual rock, creating a one-of-a-kind cultural phenomenon. The group is currently laying down tracks in a Los Angeles studio for their as-yet-untitled album, which is due for a worldwide release in early 2017.
For more information about the Yoshiki Classical album, visit: http://www.yoshiki.net/classical.html. Yoshiki is a Kawai Artist.
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About Yoshiki
Yoshiki is a songwriter, drummer, and a classically-trained pianist. His rock group X Japan has sold 30-million singles and albums combined, and filled the 55,000-seat Toyko Dome a record 18 times. Now the band’s popularity is spreading throughout the world, having recently completed a sold-out World Tour, performing in North America, Europe, Latin America, and South East Asia. In 1999, Yoshiki composed a piano concerto and performed it with a 77-piece orchestra to celebrate the tenth year of the Emperor of Japan’s reign. In 2005, Yoshiki composed the theme song and conducted the Super World Orchestra at the opening ceremony of the World Expo. Previously, Yoshiki also recorded a classical album co-produced and arranged by acclaimed Beatles producer Sir George Martin and performed by the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Beyond music, Yoshiki has his own Visa Card and MasterCard issued by one of the largest Japanese banks. Recently, the legendary Stan Lee created a Super Hero based on him, and for the first time, a Hello Kitty product line is named after a person – “Yoshikitty”. In 2010, he launched his non-profit organization Yoshiki Foundation America (http://www.yoshikifoundationamerica.org), a 501©(3) organization, which continues to donate to various charitable organizations, including supporting Japanese Earthquake victims. In 2012, Yoshiki composed the official theme song for the Golden Globes®, which airs in 167 countries. The Golden Globe® Theme was released through iTunes in Jan 2013, available in 111 countries worldwide. In 2014, Yoshiki completed his Yoshiki Classical World Tour, which took place in 10 different countries (US, Mexico, Russia, Germany, France, United Kingdom, China, Thailand, Taiwan and Japan). In 2016, Yoshiki was asked to be an advisor to Japan House, which will open in Los Angeles, London and Sao Paulo. These offices are being set up in the interest of promoting Japanese culture and technologies.

About X JAPAN:

X Japan is the most successful rock band in Japanese history, and that is not a statement made lightly. The band has sold more than 30 million albums; singles and videos combined, sold out Japan’s 55,000-seat Tokyo Dome 18 times – so far – and have played to tens of thousands of fans outside of Japan. In the band’s early days their look and sound sparked a global interest in entertainment, especially with the Japanese cultural rock phenomenon, “Visual-Kei,” a movement X Japan pioneered that spread globally. X Japan formed in 1982 (calling themselves X) by Yoshiki and Toshi while they were still teenagers. Over the next 13 years, the band released five studio albums – Vanishing Vision (1988), Blue Blood (1989), Jealousy (1991), Art of Life (1993) and Dahlia (1996), as well as six live albums, ten best hits albums and 20 DVD releases. X Japan was the first Japanese band to achieve mainstream success while signed to an independent label. The band was so popular they became a cultural phenomenon.
In the fall of 1997, at the height of their success, the band broke up. Four months later, Hide, X Japan’s original lead guitarist, was found dead in his Tokyo apartment. At his funeral, more than 50,000 fans came to mourn his passing. In early 2007 Yoshiki and Toshi resumed communication and later that year X Japan officially reformed. The band launched its reunion in 2008 with 3 nights at the Tokyo Dome. 2 years later, X Japan filmed a music video on the rooftop of Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre with a throng of some 8,000 U.S. fans taking part in the shoot on Hollywood Blvd. But it was on August 8, 2010 that X Japan performed in front of a mainstream American crowd for the first time at Lollapalooza. Immediately following the festival, X Japan played the biggest concert in its history, selling out two consecutive shows at Japan’s Nissan Stadium, filling 140,000 seats. The band’s first North American tour wrapped with a monumental New York date selling out The Roseland Ballroom on Oct. 11, 2010. In June 2011, X Japan kicked off a European Tour at London’s Shepherd’s Bush (selling -out the venue in 30 minutes). The tour continued to Paris and Utrecht wrapping in Berlin before the band traveled back to Japan to play the famed Summer Sonic Festival. That same year the world tour took them to South America where they sold out shows playing to massive crowds in Santiago, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires, Lima and Mexico City. X Japan then returned to Asia playing arena shows in Seoul, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Taipei and Bangkok. In 2012 X Japan was the first Japanese band to take home the prize for “Best International Band” at the Golden Gods Awards held in the U.S. In 2014 X Japan headlined a colossal show at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden in the U.S. “We Are X” is a documentary film that chronicles the history of X Japan. In January 2016 the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival as a part of the World Cinema Documentary and won the special jury award for Best Editing. It then went to the SXSW Film Festival and won the audience award for Excellence in Title Design. The band will perform at a concert event at SSE Wembley Arena on March 4, 2017. The Current line up of X Japan is Yoshiki/drums, piano; Toshi/vocals; Pata/guitars; Heath/bass; and Sugizo/guitars, violin.

About TOKYO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA:
In 2011, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra celebrated its 100th anniversary as Japan’s first symphony orchestra. With about 130 musicians, TPO performs both symphonies and operas regularly. TPO is proud to have appointed Maestro Myung-Whun Chung, who has been conducting TPO since 2001, as Honorary Music Director, Maestro Mikhail Pletnev as Special Guest Conductor and Maestro Andrea Battistoni as Principal Guest Conductor.

TPO has established its world-class reputation through its subscription concert series, regular opera and ballet assignment at the New National Theatre, and a full, ever in-demand agenda around Japan and the world, including broadcasting with NHK Broadcasting Corporation, various educational programs, and tours abroad. In March 2014, TPO became a global sensation in its centennial world tour of six major cities: New York, Madrid, Paris, London, Singapore and Bangkok. In December 2015, TPO held Beethoven’s 9th symphony concerts in Seoul and Tokyo with Maestro Myung-Whun Chung, with Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra combined into one orchestra. TPO has partnerships with Bunkamura Orchard Hall, the Bunkyo Ward in Tokyo, Chiba City, Karuizawa Cho in Nagano and Nagaoka City in Niigata.

Kochikame to receive a live stage adaptation

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Kochira Katsushika-ku Kameari Kōen-mae Hashutsujo (Kochikame) to receive a live stage version.

Akimoto Osamu’s popular manga series was published in “Weekly Shonen Jump” since 1976 (issue 42) and will be celebrating its 40th year anniversary with its final serialization in 2016 (issue 42) which will be released on September 17th and the 200th volume of the graphic novel will also be released.

Nakajo Ayumi as Arale of Toriyama Akira’s “Dr. Slump” in GU CM

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Model Nakajo Ayumi recently starred in a GU commercial as Arale, the main character of the manga/anime series “Dr. Slump” by Toriyama Akira (best known as the creator of the “Dragon Ball” series).

The commercial also stars singer/actress Uchida Yuki as Kimidori Akane and Kora Kengo as Pisuke.

Here is the commercial:

Nogizaka46’s Nishino Nanase to release second photobook

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Nogizaka46 member Nishino Nanase will be releasing her second photobook “Kaze wo Kigaete” from Shueisha on September 27th.

The photobook was shot in Malta and Italy.

Cup Noodle to celebrate 45th Anniversary with Nazo Niku-sai

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It’s the 45th Anniversary of Cup Noodle and what best than to celebrate with a Big Cup Noodle “Mystery Meat Festival” (Nazo Niku-sai” with pepper and soy sauce.

“Shingeki no Kyojin” (Attack on Titan) has achieved 60 million copies sold in Japan

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Bessatsu Shonen Magazine announced on Twitter that “Shingeki no Kyojin” (Attack on Titan) has sold 60 million copies.

That’s a wonderful achievement by mangaka Isayama Hajime!