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AKB48 Announces Results for 37th Single Senbatsu Election

AKB48 37th Senbatsu Election Mayu Watanabe

Over the weekend, Japanese idol group AKB48 announced the vote count results for the AKB48 37th Single Senbatsu General Election at Ajinomoto Stadium. For this election, the top 80 girls were chosen; an increase over the previous 64 girls from past elections. 263 girls were eligible for candidacy including members from AKB48, SKE48, NMB48 and HKT48. Unlike last year, girls who were previously incumbent members of AKB-affiliated groups for more than four years were not eligible.

LiSA’s latest single “Rising Hope” Surfaces on iTunes Worldwide


After reaching #2 on the Oricon music charts in Japan with "LANDSCAPE," J-pop artist LiSA's newest single "Rising Hope" has finally arrived on iTunes worldwide. Her fifth single, the title song is also the opening to Madhouse's twenty-six episode fantasy series The Irregular at Magic High School. The series is currently being simulcasted on a number of streaming services including Daisuki and Crunchyroll.

"Rising Hope" Single Cover Released!

LiSA RH Header

LiSA’s Rising Hope will be released on May 7, 2013 (JST). With five weeks left until her new single release, the cover for the single Rising Hope has been released on both Sony Music Japan and Aniplex websites. Read More Below.

LiSA 2014 Budokan Concert Report


Japanese popstar LiSA held her very first concert at the prestigious Nippon Budokan arena on January 3, 2014. For many artists, performing at Budokan is an honor and a life long dream. The-O Network was fortunate enough to attend and provide coverage of the sold out event. If you are a fan of Fate/Zero or Sword Art Online, chances are you will recognize songs that were performed that night.

Sekai Project’s 2013 Moe Headphones Doujin Book Surpasses Expectations on Kickstarter

Sekai Project 2013 Moe Headphones Kickstarter Project

Illustrated by Lunatic Joker, a circle (group) name for Tsukigami Luna (pen name), Sekai Project has launched a Kickstarter campaign to translate a 52-page softcover book featuring six designer headphones accentuated with ‘kawaii’ girls wearing the equipment. The book also includes headphone discussions with nine different Namco sound engineers and more.

ClariS 1st Live Report

ClariS event

On January 5, 2014, Japanese hit duo sensation ClariS held their first live event titled 2014 New Year's Festival Hajimari no Yokan at Zepp Tokyo. Tickets were sold on a lottery basis. At the event ClariS revealed their newest character image designed from the upcoming anime adaptation of Nisekoi which will feature ClariS' song, "CLICK."

ClariS sings "CLICK" for Nisekoi opening theme!

ClariS Click Title

ClariS’s new song“CLICK” will be the opening theme song for Weekly Shonen Jump’s Nisekoi (ニセコイ, tr. “Fake Love”) anime adaptation. Nisekoi is scheduled to be aired starting on January 11, 2014. This series will be directed by Akiyuki Shinbo and produced by Shaft, Inc.

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