Music

Voice Actress, Inori Minase releases 3rd single “Starry Wish” stars

Critically acclaimed singer and voice actress Inori Minase has released her 3rd single "Starry Wish." The lead track is the ending theme song of the October 2016-premiered TV anime "ViVid Strike!" where she was also cast as the main character, Fuka Leventon.

Silent Siren S World Tour 2016 in San Francisco! stars

Silent Siren, also known as "SaiSai" (taken from the first sound of each of the words) stopped by San Francisco earlier this month, one of their two stops in the States on their S World Tour 2016 . This marks Silent Siren's second time in San Francisco. They were in town only a few months earlier in July for J-Pop Summit (check out our interview coverage here). Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to see them back in July, so it's the first time seeing them for me.

Silent Siren S World Tour 2016 stars

Silent Siren is a 4-piece all-female band formed by Suu (Sumire Yoshida as Vo & Gt.), Hinanchu (Hinako Umemura on Dr.), Ainyan (Aina Yamauchi on Ba.), and Yukarun (Yukako Kurosaka on Key.). They all have backgrounds as reader models for major magazines, though their passion towards their music is authentic. Their first single, “SWEET POP!” was released on November 2012 and since then, they have risen in popularity amongst Harajuku high schoolers, whom endearingly call them “Sai Sai” for short. 

Make sure to check out what you're missing from their photos in Jakarta!

Love Live Sunshine at Anime Expo! stars

Anime Expo 2016 had yet another US first to its name. The super-franchise Love Live has, til now, never graced American shores to a meaningful degree. July 2 would mark the date that six of the nine members of Aquors (pronounced "aqua") walked the stage and said hello, in person, to America.

Anime Expo 2016 - Japan Super Live Report stars

This past Anime Expo was a banner year for musical events organized as a joint project between AX and Daisuki/Anime Consortium Japan under the name "Anisong Matsuri." The crown jewel of the event was Saturday night's Japan Super Live which combined the efforts of eight different singers and groups to put on a spectacular show in downtown Los Angeles' Microsoft Theater. This theater has been the Anime Expo home for names like Hatsune Miku, AKB48, and Momoiro Clover Z, among others.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and J-POP SUMMIT in San Francisco stars

J-Pop Summit has teamed up with Kyary Pamyu Pamyu to start the 2016 event off with a bang! On Friday, July 22, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will play at the Regency Ballroom in the heart of San Francisco as part of her 5ive Years Monster Tour which celebrates her illustrious five-year career.  

Babymetal 2016 US Tour adds west coast dates

Japanese band Babymetal is a polarizing one for metal fans but they still have a die-hard fanbase. They're a combination metal and Japanese idol act; for those of you not familiar with idols it might be easier to think of the group as female-fronted metal. Whatever the case may be, fans do not have too many opportunities to see them in America. That changed this year with the announcement of a proper tour and a slew of dates to go with it.  Most recently Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles were announced.

Wagakki Band's 1st US TOUR -DEEP IMPACT-

While Anime Expo is coming up fast music fans in California won't be done just yet.  Wagakki Band will be coming soon after for their "DEEP IMPACT" tour.  We last saw them on the west coast in 2015 at the previous year's Anime Expo where they played to a sold-out crowd and rocked Club Nokia.  Earlier this March they appeared at both SXSW and New York.  This will be their first multi-date tour in America.

Anisong World Matsuri makes American Debut at Anime Expo 2016 stars

AX has been very quiet about guests but there's a good reason why.  A slew of musical guests has just been announced under the name "Anisong World Matsuri."  This is BIG and quite possibly the closest we'll get to the massive fan festivals in Asia like Animelo.  Read the press release after the jump.  
 

J-POP DANCE/VOCAL Group DA-ICE to Make Overseas Debut at Fanime 2016 stars

Japanese dance/vocal group Da-iCE will make their American performance debut at FanimeCon later this month at the San Jose Convention Center, May 27-30. The groundbreaking five-member group has scored multiple chart-topping hits in Japan, becoming a pop music sensation for their multi-octave range, modern dance style, handsome looks, and sophisticated fashions. Their concert at FanimeCon will be the first chance for American fans to see the group’s energetic stage show that has sold out concerts across Japan.