On Monday July 3, Hey! Say! JUMP member and actor Ryosuke Yamada, joined by award-winning director Fumihiko Sori, received warm welcome by American fans and audience at the packed Main Events hall of Anime Expo 2017. As the special guests for the Fullmetal Alchemist Live-Action Movie panel, both Yamada and Sori shared with enthusiastic AX attendees their thoughts and stories during the filming, followed by a premiere showcase of the movie footage and a Q&A session with fans.
The first day of this July marks not only the beginning of the biggest North American anime convention, Anime Expo 2017, but also the second night for the much-anticipated carnival of Anisong — “Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017 ~Japan Super Live~”. Most sought-after anisong musicians from Japan drew a packed house at Microsoft Theater that night and showcased the influential culture of Anisong and Anime with their respective stage in front of more than 6000 excited audience. Both new stars and veteran artists joined the lineup to complete a well-rounded set list, where the latest hot anisong releases intermixed with the refreshing ways they interpreted old songs that every fan would find familiar with. Keep Reading
Japanese singer-songwriter, Utada Hikaru will release her first single, “Oozora de Dakishimete” from Epic Records Japan, a division of Sony Music Entertainment Japan, on Monday, July 10th 2017. Her second single, “Forevermore” will follow its release on Friday, July 20th 2017. Her last record with Universal, Fantome, sold approx. 1.05 million copies worldwide (#23 on IFPI’s top selling albums chart from Global Music Report). Keep Reading
“Lemon & Sugar” are two adorable original characters, namely Lemon-chan and Sugar-kun, created by Lemona Design. They hit Japan by storm with their 4-koma manga, cute merchandise, signature Lemon Candies and huge Deco-Bento fan base. Lemon is a cute little girl who loves to be in love. As the world’s first Lemon Ambassador, she spends her days spreading LOVE and LEMON with her best friend Sugar, a fluffy plush toy. Snuggly and full of fun surprises, Sugar is very much in love with Lemon, so everything he does, he does it all for her from the goodness of his heart.
Two brothers set out on a journey in order to take back everything they have lost. This emotional adventure finally gets a live-action version! Anime Expo is honored to welcome Guests of Honor Fumihiko Sori and Ryosuke Yamada to their first overseas anime convention, where they will present AX’s first-ever live-action movie panel in anticipation of the release of the upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist movie! Keep Reading
Famed Japanese voice actor, Ryō Horikawa, joins Anime Expo 2017 as a Guest of Honor! Best known as the voice of Vegeta in the Dragon Ball series and Heiji Hattori from Case Closed, Horikawa will participate in a panel as well as autograph sessions throughout the weekend. Keep Reading
JAM Project, composed of Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endoh, Hiroshi Kitadani, Masami Okui, and Yoshiki Fukuyama, has announced information about their new album, tour, and their first live album digital release. Tour tickets can be registered in advance at the JAM Project fan app “MOTTO! MOTTO!! App” starting June 21. Keep Reading
Active Gaming Media Inc. in association with Tezuka Productions, is proud to announce that the latest battle strategy card game, Astro Boy: Edge of Time, is coming to PC via Steam. Keep Reading
Kaoru’s conversation with a different guest each time has been a regular program on his official blog magazine. With Hazuki being the guest this time, the two good friends had a relaxed and casual conversation over several drinks.