If you're a Hatsune Miku fan and you live near San Francisco, great news! According to Anime News Network, the city's J-Pop Summit Festival, which takes place on September 18th in Japantown, is slated for an appearance by Miku in Miku Hatsune LIVE!, making this her first stateside "concert". The concert itself will actually be a showing of a DVD/Blu-ray disc called 39's Giving Day, containing a VOCALOID performance done earlier in Japan as well as popular songs such as "Just Be Friends," "from Y to Y," "magnet," and others. It will also be available for purchase at the event in Blu-ray. Attendees will receive a Miku poster as well.
If you don't know who Hatsune Miku is, then why don't you give this a read?
Calling all Final Fantasy fans: On April 1st and April 2nd at the BAM Howard Gillman Opera House in NYC, The Distant Worlds Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing! This time they are being joined by Susan Calloway (the artist who sang vocals for the Final Fantasy XIV theme) and the beloved composers Nobuo Uematsu & Arnie Roth. Both of whom will be playing two different setlists of fan favorites, complete with some HD sequences to go along with the music.
With tickets ranging from $65 to $95, or $175 for a bundle with a meet, greet, autograph, and photo session with Nobuo Uematsu and Arnie Roth, this is bound to be an amazing show. Tickets are going extremely fast. If you're planning to go, buy ASAP! I've already booked myself for the second row in the orchestra seating section. Stay tuned during the first week of April to read about my experience!
New York will be the first stop in a seven month tour which includes stops in Sydney, Atlanta, Chicago and London.
For more information, and for tickets, please check the official BAM page. http://www.bam.org/view.aspx?pid=2915
Fans of the uber-popular group, VAMPS, rejoice! They're coming to New York this Fall. But wait, there's more! If you can't afford to see them live, they'll be performing a free concert that everyone can stream live! See more details after the jump.
During the "Hatsune Miku: Meet the Makers of a Digital Idol" panel in this year's New York Comic Con/New York Anime Festival, it was revealed that Hatsune Miku could potentially come to the United States in an English version - if she got enough friends on Facebook, that is.
Ever wanted the chance to see Utada Hikaru live in concert? Can't fly to Japan though? Well here's your chance to see her next concert. On December 8 at 7:00 pm JST (5:00 am EST) ustream will be streaming Utada's "Wild Life" concert. Her official website also announced a low bit-rate stream for mobile device users.
This is going to be her penultimate concert before taking an indefinite hiatus. Utada had announced in her blog that she was planning to take an indefinite break starting next year. This concert is the first of two at the Yokohama Arena.
Possibly my most favorite J-rock band in the whole world, Asian Kung-Fu Generation, is live streaming the last concert from their latest tour (that started last September resulting in a total of 75 concerts) on USTREAM on Friday March 25th from 5:30 PM to 6:30 PM JST. That means with the timezone difference, it will be live starting at 5:30 AM EST. IF you want to watch it, you'd better get up early since it will not be re-broadcasted. The concert will be held at Tokyo International Forum.
Based in Yokohama, the rock band first catapulted to fame with their hit single “Haruka Kanata”, the 2nd Naruto opening song. They then followed up with "Rewrite" for Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood and "After Dark" for Bleach’s seventh opening. Recently they released "Magic Disk", their 6th studio album last June.
EDIT: It should be 3:30am, not 5:30am as written. Japan Standard Time is (UTC +9:00) and Eastern Standard Time is (UTC- 5:00).
According to a post on Facebook earlier today that cites a tweet by Crypton's CEO, the long awaited English version of popular Vocaloid, Hatsune Miku, will be making its debut this coming week. The announcement of an English version of Hatsune Miku came at last year's New York Comic Con and Anime Festival. While many are excited there are some concerns over the digital pop diva going mainstream (such as Justin Bieber covers).
We're pretty pumped about it here and will be sure to report the news as it happens! Let us know how you feel in the comments below.
If there's a secret plan to make Vocaloid Hatsune Miku go mainstream in the United States this is almost certainly part of it. Sony Music Direct Inc. announced today that they'll be releasing supercell's first single, "THE WORLD IS MINE feat. Hatsune Miku" in the US. The track, which is instantly recognizable by Vocaloid fans and was recently used in US car commercials for Toyota, is now available on both Amazon and iTunes for 99 cents.
supercell is the creative group behind other hits including the ending theme of TV anime, Bakemonogatari. The group is led by composer/lyricist Ryo. Using the creative talents of the group's members they first released THE WORLD IS MINE on the Japanese video sharing site, Nico Nico Douga featuring artwork by Redjuice. The video quickly went viral, gathering over 20 million views and creating a large interest in the group as well as the Vocaloid software used in it.
One has to wonder what's coming next. One thing is for sure, there is a lot to look forward to stateside these days as Crypton shows its marketing prowess. Let us know what you think in the comments below or pay our Facebook a visit.