L’Arc~en~Ciel Live in US Theaters March 22

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Since L’Arc~en~Ciel started their music careers back in 1991 in Osaka, Japan, they’ve rocked on to stardom with numerous anime opening themes. Their discography includes hits such as the opening theme to DNA², “Blurry Eyes,” but they’re better known for songs like “Ready Steady Go,” which served as the opening theme to the first Fullmetal Alchemist anime series.

The band is made up of hyde on vocals, the guitarist ken, tetsuya, who plays the bass, and yukihiro on drums. In addition to performing the above-mentioned opening themes, they’ve also performed live at many overseas venues. Their first performance in North America was at the anime convention, Otakon, in 2004. They also did a New York show at Madison Square Garden on March 25th, 2012.

With this anime history in tow and their impact on worldwide audiences, it’s fitting that L’Arc~en~Ciel reach out to as many of its fans as possible. So on March 22, 2014, L’Arc~en~Ciel will be broadcasting its concert around the world, where fans can watch the event at select locations in movie theaters of certain cities. Below, you can find a list of cities that will be hosting the event:

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City/Theater/Time:
1. Los Angeles, CA – Century City 15 – 3:00 (PST)
2. Orange, CA – Orange 30 – 3:00 (PST)
3. San Diego, CA – Mission Valley 20 – 3:00 (PST)
4. San Francisco, CA – Bay Street 16 – 3:00 (PST)
5. Seattle, WA – Pacific Place 11 – 3:00 (PST)
6. Chicago, IL – River East 21 – 5:00 (CST)
7. Houston, TX – Willowbrook 24 – 5:00 (CST)
8. Baltimore, MD – Columbia Mall 14 – 6:00 (EST)
9. Boston, MA – Burlington 10 – 6:00 (EST)
10. New York, NY – Empire 25 – 6:00 (EST)

Tickets are being sold for $20 and if you live within easy reach of these theaters, you can go ahead and buy them on Fandango. As a note, everyone who attends will receive original post cards. If you’re one of the first 50 people to attend, you will get limited edition glow sticks. You can find more information about the concert by going to the main L’Arc~en~Ciel concert broadcast website.

Rock Band FLOW to Perform at Anime Fest in Dallas

FLOW BandFLOW, a 5-man J-rock band have been around since 1998. This group, made up of the two brothers KEIGO and KOHSHI on vocals, guitarist TAKE, bassist GOT’S, and the drummer IWASAKI, has done many works for anime such as the opening themes to shows like Naruto, Eureka Seven: Psalm of Planets, Code Geass, and Samurai Flamenco. If these are anime songs that have really rocked your world, you will want to check out the performance that FLOW will be putting on at Anime Fest, an anime convention in Dallas, TX. So if any of you are going to be in Dallas between August 15th – 18th in 2014, that’s a concert you can look forward to.

For those of you who might not recognize their name up front or might not be familiar with their works, here is a sampling of what they’ve done previously. They’re probably got their way into the anime fan’s consciousness back when they released the song “Go!!!” which was used as the opening theme to the Naruto anime. Take a look:

From there, they went to do a couple songs for the Eureka Seven franchise. “Days” was one of those songs that got really popular when the anime was airing and FLOW went on to do another opening theme titled “Bravelue” for Eureka Seven AO. Here’s their work “Days”:

But out of all the songs they’ve written for anime, perhaps none of them is more iconic than Code Geass’s “Colors”. There’s something about that iconic JIBUNN WOOO opening lyric that really resonates with people and made the whole Code Geass experience that much more memorable. Definitely a song that most people are likely to be familiar with. After all, that energy is really infectious and one that stands tall in terms of what people are likely to remember from the show:

So with all the songs they’ve done, past and present, their concert appearance at Anime Fest should prove to be an entertaining one.

A Journey Through Space with Yamato and Majestic Prince

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Space Battleship Yamato and Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince have much in common beyond just orchestral music and anime that are set in space. So for those who haven’t looked at our reviews for awhile, we’d like to present our two latest soundtrack reviews that you can look forward to! So with that, here’s a snippet of what we thought about Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince and Space Battleship Yamato 2199.

The first of our reviews is none other than Ginga Kikoutai Majestic Prince. The latest anime work by Toshiyuki Watanabe, anime fans can definitely count on the rich orchestrals that make Majestic Prince such an exciting listen because of how consistent the album is in general, making this one a worthy mecha album. Definitely check out our review to hear the samples and if this is what you’re looking for, go ahead and grab it off of CDJapan.

The next CD that we wound up reviewing is the almighty soundtrack to Space Battleship Yamato 2199, which incorporates a lot of retro elements like disjointed melodic snippets and discordant passages that were present on Hiroshi Miyagawa’s score for the original. The music for Yamato 2199 also incorporates some new music by Hiroshi Miyagawa’s son, Akira Miyagawa, but if there’s anything that’s tried and true, composer Akira Miyagawa retains the old, classic music that made the original Yamato such a memorable experience. So yes, for old fans, you can definitely hear Isao Sasaki belt out his rendition of the Yamato opening which captures the awesome space odyssey feel and the anthems will really come off as being inspiring. Unfortunately, some of the more repetitive and uninteresting tracks weigh this album down and so, it’s not quite as consistent as it could be. Again, check out the samples and if you think it works for you, this is also another album you can get off of CDJapan.

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