Aa from Savage Genius Goes on Maternity Leave

Aa, the sole member of the band Savage Genius, has announced that she is going on maternity leave. This effectively brings the band’s work to a halt since composer/producer TAKUMI retired in 2007.

Savage Genius began their career with the release of “Orange” in 2002. Since then, they have had a lot of credits to their name with anime opening and ending themes, ranging from Simoun’s ending theme “Song of Prayer” to their biggest hit, “Forever…” for Elemental Gelade, which saw them rise up to #16 on the Oricon charts.

Source: Aa’s blog

Lia & Girls Dead Monster to Sing at Animelo Concert

Although the Animelo Summer Live 2010 concert has quite a list of big names performing during the two days, the list has gotten bigger with the additions of Lia and the Girls Dead Monster singers marina and LiSA set to appear on August 28. Their inclusion means that the Angel Beats! anime will be fully represented at Animelo this year since Lia performed the opening song “My Soul, Your Beats” and LiSA and marina were the singing voices for Yui and Iwasawa respectively for the in-anime band Girls Dead Monster.

Source: Animelo Summer Live

Animax Musix Unveils Lineup of Artists For Fall Concert

So far Animax Asia has announced that a group of eight artists/bands will be taking part in the television station’s Animax Musix fall concert which will take place on November 3, 2010. Their current lineup features the likes of May’n, who has performed openings, endings, and insert songs for Macross Frontier, Kalafina, whose work on the Kara no Kyoukai films are particularly well-known, ORIGA, ELISA, Canadian-born singer HIMEKA, Kita Shuuhei, and Sasaki Sayaka. This will be the fourth Animax Musix concert to be held ever since it began in May 2009.

These won’t be the only artists to be performing, but the others are unknown for the time being. As is normally the case, we can expect more names to be announced as the Animax Musix concert date approaches.

Source: Animax Musix Site

Nana Mizuki's Impact Exciter Lands #2 Slot on Oricon Weeklies

Seiyuu and singer Nana Mizuki’s latest album, Impact Exciter, has managed to get ranked on the Oricon weekly charts for the week of July 5, 2010 by selling 93,000 copies of the album. This mark tops her previous album’s effort in that Ultimate Diamond managed to sell 74,000 copies last year.

Impact Exciter is Nana Mizuki’s eighth album, and anime fans who follow her closely should be able to pick out tracks such as “Mugen,” which was the intro song to the second run of the White Album anime and “Phantom Minds” from the Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha movie.

Source: Kyō mo Yarareyaku via Anime News Network

The Traditional and New Age Combine in Sei-Peridot's Vocaloid Album

Sei-Peridot’s latest album, Trees of Origin, has been released since July 14. This Vocaloid album, featuring Megurine Luka, is described as combining New-Age together with traditional Japanese music, with the result being a rather unique sound.

Sei-Peridot is been known for producing Vocaloid music primarily with Rock or New-Age music, but all of his works share a bent towards using traditional Japanese sounds.

If this sounds interesting or promising, more information can be had over at HearJapan.

Release Date for Otakon Theme Song Set for July 30, 2010

The Otakon theme song, titled “Shackles of Night,” will be released on July 30, 2010 for $15. This CD contains music composed by Hiroki Kikuta, with instrumentals performed by Eminence Symphony Orchestra’s founder Hiroaki Yura, and sung by Shihori. The Vocaloid character Hatsune Miku will also sing her own version of the song for the CD.

In addition to “Shackles of Night,” the disc will also have a B-side, titled “Antique Doll,” also sung by Shihori and three tracks that currently have been labeled as a collaboration between Hiroki Kikuta and Hiroaki Yura.

More information can be found on Eminence’s page for “Shackles of Night.”

AKB48 Continues International Tour, Head to Milan, Macau, and Singapore

After having completed a successful concert at Los Angeles’s Anime Expo Convention, AKB48 have their sights set on Milan in October and Macau and Singapore in November. Their appearance in Singapore coincides with their annual anime convention Anime Festival Asia, though the convention organizers have not yet confirmed whether AKB48 will be performing there.

Source: AKB48’s Blog

Minori Chihara to Attend, Perform at NYAF

Bandai has announced that singer and voice actress Minori Chihara will be attending New York’s Anime Festival as a part of a promotional campaign for the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie. In addition to doing the usual rounds of fan panels and signings, she will also be performing live in concert.

If concerts are what you’re looking for, there’s a lot of material that Chihara can cover since she sings the ending theme to the Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya movie as well as the really catchy opening sequence to Ga-Rei Zero titled “Paradise Lost.” The character song “Yuki, Muon, Madobe Nite,” is also an enjoyable piece, so don’t be surprised if that pops up either.

Given her relative prominence, seats might be in short supply. NYAF will be taken reservations for seats starting July 15 so check out their website around that date if you want to get a spot.

Via: MediumAtLarge.net

K-ON!! Episode 14 Features New OP and ED Theme

With the release of episode 14, the K-ON!! anime now comes with a new intro and outro theme. “Utauyo!!MIRACLE” and “NO, Thank You!” replace “Go! Go! Maniac” and “Listen!!” respectively. As expected, Aki Toyosaki sings the introduction and Yoko Hisaka sings the ending theme like they have been from the start of the K-ON! franchise.

For a quick look at the new themes, the youtube videos are posted after the jump! [Read more…]

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