Yoko Kanno/Shinichiro Watanabe’s Jazzy Sakamichi no Apollon: Kids on the Slope Begins + Soundtrack Info

For those of you who have been eagerly waiting, the first episode of Sakamichi no Apollon: Kids on the Slope has been released. Directed by Shinichiro Watanabe with music taken from classic jazz albums, along with works by composer Yoko Kanno, Sakamichi no Apollon follows the story of a transfer student, Kaoru, a chance meeting with the school delinquent Sentaro, and how that eventually draws him into the world of jazz.

In our coverage of the anime, we will not only go over the plot points, but will also go into detail regarding the jazz pieces featured in the anime as well as put the pieces within the historical context of jazz as a whole. So for those who want to follow our episodic posts, you can use the episodic category.

Also, the soundtrack for Sakamichi no Apollon will be released on April 25, 2012 and can be pre-ordered through CDJapan. There’s also a collection of jazz pieces that have been compiled together. That disc was released in 2009 and can also be ordered through CDJapan.

Macross Frontier Singer May’n to go on Rock Your Beats World Tour

For people who enjoyed May’n’s work as the singing voice for Sheryl Nome on Macross Frontier’s soundtrack, loved her Anime Expo concert performance, or enjoyed the work she did for Phi Brain’s OP theme, “Brain Diver,” you’re in luck as May’n is setting forth upon a world tour titled Rock Your Beats!

The tour itself is set to begin in late June with a visit to the Key Club in Los Angeles on June 21 where she’ll perform with a live band and sign autographs for VIP ticket holders. From there, she’ll proceed to go to Yoshi’s in San Francisco on June 23 before departing to Germany, France, South Korea, and Hong Kong.

Further information about ticket sales and concert venues outside the United States can be found on the Resonance website.

LiSA of Angel Beats and Fate/Zero Fame to Debut at Anime Expo 2012

This summer, LiSA, the J-pop artist who performed the Girls Dead Monster segments for Angel Beats will be making her debut in the United States at Anime Expo, which will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 29 – July 2, 2012.

LiSA’s debut in anisong came with Angel Beats’ “Thousand Enemies” single where she shows off her generic rock sound while giving us a feel for her ability to sing at lower registers. She would go on to sing the opening theme to Fate/Zero, titled “Oath Sign,” which managed to enter the Japanese Oricon weekly charts at #5, and went on to capture the #2 spot on the daily charts.

No information on the exact day of the concert has been announced yet, but do stay tuned on the Anime Expo website for further news.

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