Southern California AM2 Anime Convention Adds Scandal to Guest List

Scandal, the four-girl J-pop band made up of Haruna Ono (vocals, guitar), Tomomi Ogawa (bass, vocals), Mami Sasazaki (guitar, vocals) and Rina Suzuki (drums, percussions, keyboards, vocals) will be making an appearance at the Southern California convention AM2 which will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center from July 1-3.

The group probably entered the anime fan’s consciousness through “Shōjo S,” the tenth opening sequence for the Bleach anime. Since then, they’ve gone on to perform such hits as “Shunkan Sentimental” for Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Their work has also been featured in video games in addition to anime and so, should be very appealing to a wide crowd.

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

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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