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B’z LIVE— “GYM 2011” North American Tour

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B’z LIVE— "GYM 2011" North American Tour

B’z the most popular rock band from Japan, have announced the West Coast North American leg of their “B’z LIVE‐GYM 2011” tour.

The North American run includes shows in Vancouver, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. This is a rare opportunity to see this group in a small and intimate setting. These shows are sure to sell out quickly, as the B’z have dedicated fans around the world.

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Aniplex of America adds the Garden of sinners to PlayStation®Network via the PlayStation®Store

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Aniplex of America Inc. announced today that the Garden of sinners is now available for rent on the PlayStation®Network’s video-on-demand service!

Aniplex of America adds the Garden of sinners to PlayStation®Network via the PlayStation®Store

SANTA MONICA, CA (June 11, 2011) – Aniplex of America Inc. announced today that the Garden of sinners—a critically-lauded seven-chapter animated epic and Japan theatrical box office smash—is now available for rent on the PlayStation®Network’s video-on-demand service via the PlayStation®Store for download onto PlayStation®3 (PS3™) and PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) systems in both the United States and Canada. Presented in its original 16:9 widescreen format in Japanese language with English subtitles, the Garden of sinners is the newest addition to a diverse stable of Aniplex-produced titles readily available through the PlayStation®Store, which also includes: Durarara!!, Gurren Lagann the Movie 1 & 2, R.O.D –THE TV-, Ghost Slayers Ayashi, and Toward the Terra. Previously, the Garden of sinners had been imported and released by Aniplex of America as an 8-disc Blu-ray box set in North America, which immediately sold out. Subsequently, following strong demand and numerous requests from enthusiastic fans, Aniplex has made the following seven movie chapters available as VOD rentals in standard definition format through the PlayStation®Store’s video-on-demand section at $2.99 per title:

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IT’S “SCANDAL-ICIOUS”! AM2 PROUDLY WELCOMES THE LADIES OF SCANDAL AS OFFICIAL MUSICAL GUESTS OF HONOR

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IT’S “SCANDAL-ICIOUS”! AM2 PROUDLY WELCOMES THE LADIES OF SCANDAL AS OFFICIAL MUSICAL GUESTS OF HONOR

This Summer’s Most Anticipated Animation, Music and Manga Convention in Southern California Partners with Cure Magazine to Bring the Best in Japanese Musical Talent to the U.S. Passport Holders Receive Premier Seating! Get your Passports Today and Experience the Difference!

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 6, 2011) – The “most powerful Japanese Girlie Pop Rock” band, Scandal, is scheduled to appear and perform at AM2 – this summer’s most anticipated anime, manga and music convention this coming 4th of July weekend. More info can be found at www.am2con.org
Fans will rock out to the all-girl rock band sensation with Haruna Ono (vocals, guitar), Tomomi Ogawa (bass, vocals), Mami Sasazaki (guitar, vocals) and Rina Suzuki (drums, percussions, keyboards vocals). Scandal’s music has been featured in anime series and films including BLEACH, FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST and a host of others.

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AM2 PROUDLY WELCOMES VISUAL KEI JUGGERNAUTS, SADIE, AS OFFICIAL MUSICAL GUESTS OF HONOR

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AM2 PROUDLY WELCOMES VISUAL KEI JUGGERNAUTS, SADIE, AS OFFICIAL MUSICAL GUESTS OF HONOR

This Summer’s Most Anticipated Animation, Music and Manga Convention in Southern California Partners with Cure Magazine to Bring the Best in Japanese Musical Talent to the U.S. Passport Holders Receive Premier Seating! Get your Passports Today and Experience the Difference!

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 6, 2011) – Fans get ready to rock out as AM2 proudly welcomes one of the most hottest and biggest visual kei bands from Japan … Sadie to this summer’s most anticipated anime, manga and music convention this coming 4th of July weekend. More info and rules can be found at www.am2con.org

With elements of heavy metal interwoven into their sound, unique style and musicianship, the band is-composed of Mao (Vocals), Mizuki (Guitar), Tsurugi (Guitar), Aki (Bass Guitar) and Kei (drums), will rock the house and bring the audience to their knees with their intense sound and amazing showmanship.

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For the First Time in the World, from Tokyo to the World! L’Arc~en~Ciel’s Live Streaming in Theaters!

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For the First Time in the World, from Tokyo to the World! L’Arc~en~Ciel’s Live Streaming in Theaters!

Marking the 20th anniversary of band formation as they release a new single “GOOD LUCK MY WAY” on 6/29, L’Arc~en~Ciel is broadcasting their 20th anniversary lives on 5/ 28(Sat) and 29(Sun) held at Ajinomoto Stadium, Tokyo in domestic theaters in Japan (40 theaters) and designated theaters in 6 cities around the world (Paris, London, New York, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea).

These special lives of 2 days are designed to reflect on the history of the band. The first day’s performance will mainly focus on the songs released during the time period from their 1st album “DUNE” released in 1993 to the album “HEART” released in 1998. The second day’s performance will include songs released during the time period from the simultaneously released albums “ark” and “ray” in 1999 to “KISS” released in 2007. These lives deserve to be called the “Best of L’Arc~en~Ciel” and the tickets were sold out as soon as the ticketing began. For those supportive fans who couldn’t purchase the tickets or can’t make it to the venues, it has been made possible for this live viewing in designated theaters.

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L’Arc-en-Ciel once again providing theme song for FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST!

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L'Arc-en-Ciel once again providing theme song for FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST!

Starting from July 2nd, “FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST the Movie: The Sacred Star of Milos” will have its nationwide release in Japan, announcing that the theme song for the movie will be provided by L’Arc-en-Ciel.

For L’Arc-en-Ciel, this will be their third time to contribute a theme song for FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST. Their song “READY STEADY GO” had been the opening theme song for the smash-hit TV animation series “FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST” in 2004, and “Link” was the theme song for the “FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa” in 2005.
*Both “READY STEADY GO” and “Link” are available on iTunes

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