Tenmon and Makoto Shinkai Collaboration Continues in Hoshi o Ou Kodomo

It’s been awhile since we’ve heard of anything out of Makoto Shinkai, but with his announcement of the new Hoshi o Ou Kodomo movie, we can finally look forwards to a visual feast that has been Shinkai’s hallmark among anime directors.

The story looks to follow a girl’s coming of age as she ventures forth to meet a boy. Whether the movie’s themes will reprise the obstacles of love and distance that characterize Shinkai’s previous works is up in the air, but it should make for some poignant storytelling.

The soundtrack will, once again, be composed by Tenmon. We’ve recently reviewed Eminence Symphony Orchestra’s Makoto Shinkai album titled Promise which features a selection of Tenmon’s music from Shinkai’s movies, so give that album a shot if you’re looking to see how heartfelt his music is.

All told, this project does sound promising and here’s hoping for another success!

IOSYS Composes Theme Song for Winter Anime Yumekui Merry

In another sign of just how far the doujin music scene has come, it looks like that the doujin music circle IOSYS will be doing the theme songs to this winter’s Yumekui Merry anime series. The plot of the show revolves around the protagonist’s ability to see other people’s dreams and nightmares and one day, he meets a girl who comes from the land of dreams.

I’m slightly skeptical of how this will go because, to be frank, IOSYS hasn’t exactly been at the top of their game in their latest Touhou releases. A lot of their tracks are somewhat gimmicky and the last album that Anime Instrumentality reviewed, their Anime House Vol. 2 album, was utterly atrocious. Still, that they’ve gotten this gig is pretty interesting and I do hope to see some good melodies/tunes come out of it.

If anything’s for certain, the quality of the OP/ED will most definitely depend on the singers they can find. Some of their usuals just haven’t been able to cut it.

Club2theMAX Schedules Anaheim Convention during July 4th holidays.

Apparently, Club2theMAX, a new convention is seeking to make something out of its admittedly odd choice for a convention date. Club2theMAX, self-described as a place where fans and industry can meet (presumably related to all things Japan) will be held on July 1-3, 2011 in Anaheim, CA at the Anaheim Convention Center.

For veteran convention goers, you’ll know that this Southern California convention will clash with another well-known SoCal convention: Anime Expo. Where this convention looks to differ is the fact that it’s charging no admission, so for the budget conscious, that might be an appealing proposal.

Nothing’s been set yet though. Their website is trying to raise interest in activities such as concerts, cosplay, dances, and whatnot, but as of yet, there’s no schedule out. I’m admittedly a skeptic where this is concerned, but will be keeping an eye out on them nonetheless.

New York Anime Festival Musical Guests

With only one week left until the official start of the New York Anime Festival, it might be helpful for con-goers to know which musical guests are worth taking a look at. Of course, we’ve already reported on Minori Chihara making a guest appearance at the convention, but since then, we’ve been rather quiet about who the others are going to be. Without further ado, the guest list is as follows:

  • Puffy AmiYumi – You might know them for the ending to Naruto Shippuuden.
  • VAMPS – Mostly because of HYDE from L’arc~en~Ciel.
  • Boom Boom Satellites – The guys who did the opening to Bounen no Xam’d.

So there’s plenty of action for this convention and hope to see some positive reports trickle down!

Etsuko Yakushimaru Reprises Her Role in Arakawa Under the Bridge's Second Season

Etsuko Yakushimaru, also known as the lead vocalist to the rock band Sōtaisei Riron, will be performing the opening to the second season of Arakawa Under the Bridge. This time, the title of the opening song is “COSMOS vs ALIEN” which falls in within Arakawa’s eccentric themes, but should make for a decent listen all around since Yakushimaru’s voice is pleasantly mesmerizing. For those looking forward to the music, the album will be released in November 17, 2010 and can be pre-ordered through CDJapan.

Source: Comic Natalie

Vocaloid Character Hatsune Miku Turns Three

Given all of the Hatsune Miku songs that have been created and played on sites like Nico Nico Douga, it seems as though she’s been around forever. But when August 31 rolls around, it’s a firm reminder just how relatively new she is as she turns 3 years old this year.

With a voice sampled from the voice actress Saki Fujita (known most recently for playing the roll of Mahiru Inami from Working!!), Hatsune Miku has gone on to do arrangements of popular anime themes along with original works like supercell’s “Melt” and more famously, “Black Rock Shooter.” Her popularity continues to grow and reach out far beyond Japan and with new mixes continually being churned out, she still has plenty left in her and so, we can all look forward to seeing what this year brings for her!

Disko Warp Music Releases Happy Hardcore Anime Arrangement Album

Pete Ellison, known by his DJ moniker as Initial P has released an anime arrange album through his music label, Disko Warp Records. The album, titled Anime Love Hardcore, consists of ten anime songs, all arranged in the style of happy hardcore, featuring sped up rhythms and vocals and run the gamut of anime titles as far back as Lupin III and the more recent Tengen Toppa Gurrent Lagaan.

The album has already been on sale through iTunes. You can also purchase the physical copy of the album through Disko Warp’s website.

Ghibli Movie, Only Yesterday, Gets Stage Adaptation

Starting at Tokyo’s Ginga Gekijō theater, the Studio Ghibli film, Only Yesterday, will premiere as a stage musical starting April 16, 2011 and continuing until April 29, 2011. The stage adaptation will star Hikaru Asami as Taeko during the musical’s Tokyo run, with Keaki Mori playing Taeko’s mother. Tamiya Kuriyama will be behind the director’s chair, and Masato Kai is in charge of the musical’s soundtrack.

There are additional plans to take it out of Tokyo, with a performance in Semboku City before embarking upon a national tour April of 2012.

Source: Oricon via AnimeNewsNetwork

Tickets for Mikuni Shimokawa's Singapore Concert on Sale

As reported earlier, Mikuni Shimokawa had announced a concert to be taking place on August 22 of this year and that the concert would be held at the Movida, St James Power Station venue. And for those looking to attend, tickets are finally available and on sale to the public.

Tickets for the event can be found on Gatecrash. The tickets themselves cost around SGD $93 excluding booking fee.

Utada Hikaru Going on Hiatus

J-pop singer Utada Hikaru has announced on her blog that she’ll be going on hiatus starting next year. She does plan to release a full-length album consisting of her more recent singles before she departs, but as she takes note to emphasize, this will not be a retirement announcement or even a break. Based on what she wrote, she’s looking to mature as an artist and once she feels recharged, it’ll be full steam ahead.

What she doesn’t say is how long this hiatus will last because she hints it could range from 2 years to as long as 5 years. It has been 12 years since she debuted and has been working almost non-stop this entire time.

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