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Photographer Sinme (Spiral Cats) Interview


Spiral Cats is arguably one of the most recognizable and popular professional cosplay group. Hailing from Korea, they have made various appearances around the world including ones sponsored by Blizzard Entertainment (Diablo, Starcraft, Warcraft), and Riot Games (League of Legends). In July 2014, Spiral Cats' core members, Tasha and Doremi made their first appearance in the United States at Anime Expo in downtown Los Angeles. While most of the attention is focused on the feminine duo's amazing crafting and cosplay abilities, we cannot forget about the photographer who took them.

Join us as we sit down with Spiral Cats' photographer and now producer, Sinme, as we discuss in a quick interview about his amazing photography work and process, as well as a little history of the team and current cosplay scene in Korea.


LiSA releases her 6th single, “BRiGHT FLiGHT / L. Miranic”

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Earlier this year, J-pop starlet LiSA released her 5th single, "Rising Hope" which became the opening theme song to the hit anime series The Irregular at Magic High School and climbed all the way to number four spot on the Oricon Music Charts in Japan. Today, her 6th single "BRiGHT FLiGHT/ L. Miranic" was officially released on the North American iTunes store- a near month before its scheduled release in Japan!


Nanoha Returns to TV: Magical Girl Lyrical ViVid

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After 6 years missing from TV and with numerous movie and manga adaptations, promotional fans handed out at this week's Comic Market 86 announced an anime adaptation of Magical Girl Lyrical ViVid.

The story follows Vivio Takamichi adventures as a magical girl and takes places roughly four years after the events of the third season of Nanoha. New characters as well as familiar faces return in relatively compromising and provocative situations. No other information regarding the anime adapatation is currently available; however, the official website has opened:

The current manga is serialized in Kadokawa's Monthly Comp Ace and written by Masaki Tsuzuki and illustrated by Takuya Fujima.


May'n SF Dots and Lines 10th Anniversary Tour Impressions


J-Pop Summit Festival 2014 took place on July 19-20. This was the sixth rendition of the event and by all accounts the biggest. Just a few weeks ago it seemed hard to surpass last year's event which had Kyary Pamyu Pamyu headlining it but J-Pop Summit Festival seems to have done it. Fans of Japanese music were treated to the sights and sounds of performers like Tomomi Itano (newly graduated from AKB48) and the fresh faces of Tokyo Girls Style. The event may have formally closed at 6PM in Japantown but those willing to hang around were able to see singer extraordinaire May'n and end J-Pop Summit with a bang.


Macross Frontier Sketches Sells for $7.5K Each


Six years has passed since the original televised airing of Macross Frontier ended, and fans clearly have not forgotten. Over the weekend a pair of hand drawn gorgeous colored sketches of the show’s female leads, Sheryl Nome and Ranka Lee sold roughly $7500 USD each.

A grand total of 100 bidders for Ranka and 288 bidders for Sheryl. The sketches were drawn on shikishi boards by Risa Ebata who was a character designer for the series. For people interested in shopping for sketches, please be aware of counterfeit sketches on Yahoo Auction.

See the full sketches inside. Let us know in the comments who do you like more, Sheryl or Ranka, and how much would you pay for these sketches?


J-POP Summit 2014 Impressions


Since the J-POP Summit first started 2009, local Bay Area residents have been treated to a special one-of-a-kind event celebrating Japanese fashion, anime, art and of course J-POP. From its humble beginnings featuring small Japanese indie bands, along with the first U.S. premiere of Hatsune Miku, to its now considerable presence, it has been a wonderful delight watching the festival grow into one of the premiere San Francisco events. This year especially as it featured a top tier guest lineup that included Tomomi Itano, May'n, Tokyo Girls Style, YANAKIKU, human beatbox DAICHI and many more thousands of enthusiastic fans packed the streets of the famous San Francisco landmark. However, the performances were not the only main reason to attend it as there were also the food and ramen festivals. Both of which contributed to some growing pains for the festival that not even the upper managers were able to clearly foresee during its infant planning stages.


Eir Aoi Interview at Anime Expo 2014

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Japanese singer Eir Aoi performed at Anime Expo, celebrating the hit original anime series, KILL la KILL. Apart from KILL la KILL, Aoi's music has been featured in other anime series such as Sword Art Online, Fate/Zero, and Mobile Suit Gundam AGE. Watch our resident host, AJ hold a light hearted conversation with Aoi about her favorite aspects of KILL la KILL, what she thought about her concert, and a little about her secret cosplay hobby! As Aoi has been known to be prolific gamer, don't miss towards the end as AJ challenges her to a video game match!


BABYMETAL at the Fonda Theater in Hollywood Impressions


My Sunday began at the San Diego Comic Con. By nightfall it ended at the feet of Babymetal. These idols turned metal princesses are some of the youngest that you will see on stage and have gained plenty of attention in the last year where they went from a national act to an international one in no time flat. They've sold out the Budokan, played festivals like Japan's Summer Sonic and UK's Sonisphere, and now they're on US soil; the invasion has begun.

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