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Announcing 'm-flo presents: OTAQUEST LIVE powered by LDH USA' at Anime Expo 2018

May 25, 2018 5:00am
by Lachlan Johnston

For the first time ever in the United States, taking place exclusively at Anime Expo 2018 in Los Angeles, we're beyond excited to announce that m-flo, PKCZ, and many more will be headlining your entire night at the debut m-flo presents: "OTAQUEST LIVE" powered by LDH USA showcase live event. Bringing some of the hottest names from Japan right now, we've teamed up with artists management and entertainment company LDH USA to host one of the biggest nights at Anime Expo '18, setting the stage for an event you're definitely not going to want to miss.



Set to take place at the Microsoft Theater in LA Live on July 5th, m-flo presents: "OTAQUEST LIVE" powered by LDH USA marks the first time both m-flo and PKCZ have ever performed in the United States, made especially valuable following the recent re-forming of m-flo with group member LISA. While our lips are currently sealed as to just who the other special guests are, you can expect a number of artists with tight relations to the group as a whole. Let's take a look at the profiles of the announced artists below:

In 1998, Taku, VERBAL and LISA formed m-flo and independently released "The Way We Were" to stunning success. In 1999, they made their major debut with "the tripod e.p." which debuted 9th on the ORICON Chart. They released 12 singles and 2 albums resulting in consecutive hits. Their 2nd album "EXPO EXPO" sold 800k copies and impacted the Japan music scene. Following a departure to focus on solo activities in December 2017, LISA returned to m-flo after 15 years. m-flo celebrated their 20th debut anniversary in 2018 and once again brings fresh air into Japanese mainstream music.

Formed by EXILE HIRO, DJ MAKIDAI, VERBAL (m-flo) and DJ DARUMA, the creative group PKCZ® combines "real inspiration and visceral cool feelings" across various creative platforms to create new value. They represent the new charm of Tokyo, “Japan to thrill the world.” Celebrating the concept "MIX the WORLD", they have collaborated not only with Japanese artists, but International Superstars, Afrojack, and Janet Jackson among others. In 2016, PKCZ® held Japan's largest Halloween Event at Makuhari Messe and opened "PKCZ® GALLERY STORE" attracting mass media attention.

- Event Details -
Name:
m-flo presents: "OTAQUEST LIVE" powered by LDH USA
Line-up: m-flo, PKCZ® (and Special Guests), plus many more to be announced!
Date/Time: Thursday, July 5 @ 4:00 pm
Location: Microsoft Theater at LA Live
Price: 

  • Tickets: $25 - $50
  • VIP: $75 - $200
Ticket Sale Date:
  • Premiere Fan: Wednesday, May 30 @ 6:00 pm (PDT)*
  • General Attendee: Friday, June 1 @ 6:00 pm (PDT)
*Note: VIP tickets will not be available for sale during the Premiere Fan pre-sale period.
Those interested in attending the event will need to be in possession of either a 4-Day Pass or a pass valid 1-Day Pass for Thursday, July 5, as well as an m-flo presents "OTAQUEST LIVE" powered by LDH USA concert ticket. 
For Anime Expo 2018, we're dedicated to putting the J-pop scene onto the maps of a new generation of convention attendees, and we're utilizing some of the biggest names in the music scene to do just that. Preparing for an evening you'll never forget, you can find further information about securing your m-flo presents "OTAQUEST LIVE" powered by LDH USA tickets via Anime Expo's official website

While there's a whole lot to be excited about with the currently announced line-up, you'll definitely want to keep your eyes peeled for what we've got in store for you as the next wave is revealed. Just don't forget to set that reminder for when ticket sales go live, they aren't going to last long!

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Tanuki Drops New Single 'Radiant Memories', Remakes and Mashes 'Plastic Love' & 'Sparkle'

June 19, 2018 3:00pm
by Lachlan Johnston

Whilst Scottish trackmaker TANUKI may be best known for his eclectic range of J-Core production values, it'd arguably be the field of future funk that he found the most success. Creating two of the most iconic tracks of the genre, including "BABY BABYの夢", there's been a demand for more ever since, and we've finally almost got it. But a traditional future funk edit simply wouldn't be enough for TANUKI, instead opting to completely remake the tracks he's working with, and the end result is nothing short of gorgeous. 
 


In TANUKI's latest release, "Radiant Memories," stemming from his upcoming Kanji Title EP, the artist sees himself recreating both Mariya Takeuchi's "Plastic Love" and Tatsuro Yamashita's "Sparkle" before mixing them all together into something beautiful. The end result is nothing short of incredible, bringing new life to two of the most iconic songs of the decade. Set to be released in the coming weeks, we most definitely can't wait to see what TANUKI puts together this time with the rest of the EP. 

Further works from TANUKI can be found via his official SoundCloud and Twitter.

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Shigeru Miyamoto Shares a Few Choice Words for Australian Fans

June 19, 2018 2:00pm
by Lachlan Johnston

Shigeru Miyamoto is known for a lot of different things, from being a representative director at Nintendo, all the way to being the creator of legendary series such as Mario and The Legend of Zelda,  but now you can add him being a true blue legend to the list. In a recent video shared with Nintendo of Australia and New Zealand, Miyamoto was seen on the show floor at E3 2018 giving a special message to the fans down under in regards to the latest Super Mario Odyssey, and it absolutely rules.
 


Being an Australian living in Japan, it's pretty cool to see a shoutout including such "choice, bro" words to my home country, even if it is this ridiculously goofy. The grin on his face during the entire video says it all, even he knows how ridiculously funny this all is. This one definitely deserves to go in the history books as one of Nintendo's greatest moments and is probably one of the best things to come out of this year's E3 event. It's also worth noting that as a true blue gamer myself, I've already managed to collect all the moons, and can't wait to see what additional content finds its way into the game, as Miyamoto stated.

Keep at it Miyamoto, ya ripper legend. 

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'Pop Team Epic' is Coming to Adult Swim on June 30th

June 19, 2018 1:00pm
by Lachlan Johnston

Adult Swim's Toonami took to their social media over the weekend to announce their all-new programming schedule, as well as the addition of the surreal comedy series Pop Team Epic. Taking over the highly-contested midnight slot just after FLCL: Progressive, the series finds itself replacing Dragon Ball Z: Kai in the Toonami lineup of anime series. Let's take a look at the updated programming schedule below, as well as the announcement from Toonami themselves:
 

10:30p – Dragon Ball Super
11:00p – My Hero Academia
11:30p – FLCL: Progressive
12:00a – Pop Team Epic
12:30a – JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders
1:00a – Hunter x Hunter
1:30a – Black Clover
2:00a – Naruto: Shippuden
2:30a – Space Dandy
3:00a – Cowboy Bebop
3:30a – Lupin the 3rd

Kicking off from June 30 on Adult Swim's Toonami, Pop Team Epic originally aired in Japan at the begin of 2018 and ran for a total of 12 episodes. The series was praised globally for its heavily satirical nature, offering unique and humorous takes on a number of different topics ranging from anime to idol culture. Unafraid of throwing punches, series creator Bkub Okawa has long been lauded for their hot takes. Never been on the internet before and somehow missed the series entirely? Pop Team Epic is described below:

Pop Team Epic turns absurdist comedy up to eleven with its pop culture references and surreal hilarity. With two bonafide high school girl protagonists—the short and exceptionally quick to anger Popuko, and the tall and unshakably calm Pipimi—they throw genres against the wall and don't wait to see what sticks. Parody is interlaced with drama, action, crudeness, and the show's overarching goal—to become a real anime.

Those interested in checking out further information on the series should head on over to Toonami's official website. Additionally, further information can be found via our archives, including exclusive interviews with series staff, here.

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VIZ Media to Release Demon Slayer Manga & One Piece Art Book

June 19, 2018 12:00pm
by Lachlan Johnston

VIZ Media today announced the North American releases of both Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and One Piece Color Walk Compendium: East Blue to Skypiea as slated for early-July. Following the announcement just a few short weeks ago of an anime adaptation of the Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba from ufotable, it couldn't be a better time for VIZ Media to pick up the Weekly Shonen Jump series for English release. Both releases are expected to hit stores across North America from July 3rd.

Published via Weekly Shonen Jump since 2016, the VIZ Media release will see publication both digitally and physically via the Shonen Jump imprint. Written and illustrated by author Koyoharu Gotouge, the manga has constantly been a high-performer in Japan. The series was previously given a test-run in VIZ Media's "Jump Start" imprint, but it was not renewed for serialization at the time. Given the recent announcement of an anime adaptation, however, it makes sense that they'd bring this one back. 

VIZ Media describes the series below:

In Taisho-era Japan, Tanjiro Kamado is a kindhearted boy who makes a living selling charcoal. But his peaceful life is shattered when a demon slaughters his entire family. His little sister Nezuko is the only survivor, but she has been transformed into a demon herself! Tanjiro sets out on a dangerous journey to find a way to return his sister to normal and destroy the demon who ruined his life.

Following on, the upcoming July 3 release of One Piece Color Walk Compendium: East Blue to Skypiea is a deluxe hardcover book containing a collection of artwork from the One Piece manga series. Long renowned as the worlds most popular manga series, it comes as little surprise that we're seeing even more of Eiichiro Oda's ongoing pirate adventure. 

VIZ Media describes the release below:

Enjoy this gorgeous collection of color artwork from Eiichiro Oda’s ONE PIECE! Filled with color images and special illustrations from the world’s most popular manga series, the compendium features over 300 pages of beautiful color art, several large pull-out posters, and interviews between Eiichiro Oda and other famous manga artists, including Akira Toriyama, the creator of DRAGON BALL. This collection contains both volumes of previously released and now out-of-print COLOR WALK art books as well as COLOR WALK 3, which was never released in English, and covers the early parts of ONE PIECE—from the East Blue arc, where the main characters of the Straw Hat pirates first meet, to the Skypiea arc where Luffy and friends face high-flying adventures!

Those interested in checking out further information on the upcoming releases can head over to VIZ Media's official website.

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Moodoïd Teams Up With Wednesday Campanella on 'Langage'

June 18, 2018 3:00pm
by Lachlan Johnston

Definitely not something I saw coming anytime soon, yet something that makes sense nonetheless, Wednesday Campanella's latest collaborative track with French psychedelic rock band Moodoïd is absolutely incredible. Straight off of Moodoïd's latest album, "Cité Champagne," the track and its accompanying music video prominently feature Wednesday Campanella member KOM_I as both her and band frontman Pablo Padovani dance around Nakano with their new reptile friend.
 


Released just a week apart from another collaborative track between Moodoïd and Wednesday Campanella, "Matryoshka," you'll find that "Langage" is very much more of a Moodoïd song, whilst the former is very much your traditional Wednesday Campanella song. Both songs feature the same powerful intertwining of both Japanese and French lyrical stylings, however, making for something unlike anything else I've ever heard. 

It's no secret that Japanese musical group Wednesday Campanella has had their eyes set on a global audience from a while now, something particularly showcased by their numerous international gigs and appearances. What this marks, however, these releases mark the group's first collaborative effort with anybody from outside of their home turf. If this is just the beginning, we can't wait to see where Wednesday Campanella can go from here.

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Friends, Gifting, Trading Are Finally Coming to Pokémon GO

June 18, 2018 2:00pm
by Lachlan Johnston

Almost two years since the launch of Pokémon GO on both iOS and Android devices, some of the most highly requested features are being added to the game -- friends, gifting, and trading. Announced via Pokémon GO's official website earlier today, the news comes just weeks after the announcement of both Pokémon Let's Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon Let's Go, Eevee! on Nintendo Switch, the upcoming companion RPG titles for the smartphone game.

Expected to begin rolling out as early as next week, the full package of in-game improvements is expected to come as part of Pokémon GO's Summer update. There's a lot to know about the features and how they work, but perhaps most importantly is the implementation of the friends feature. Once the update goes live, players will find themselves assigned with a new Trainer Code, which can be distributed to up to 200 people as you continue growing as a trainer. From there, players will find themselves able to trade and gift Pokémon to those on their list.

There's a catch to all this, however, and that comes in the form of an original trick to trading Pokémon; trainers will need to be within a certain proximity of each other for the trade to go through. In other words, you probably won't be sending Pokémon to your friends overseas anytime soon. 

Slated to go live during the Summer, trainers have a lot to look forward to in the way of new improvements and long-needed features for the smartphone game. Until the update goes live, however, you can find further information via the game's official website.

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Rhythm Game 'Groove Coaster' Invades PC via Steam in July

June 18, 2018 1:00pm
by Lachlan Johnston

These recent years have been some of the most promising for the global rhythm game community; a trend that can easily be tracked back to Round 1's continued expansion across North America. While that expansion has certainly been ongoing, however, it'd be a stretch to say that it's anywhere near accessible to the general public. That's where Taito's latest bit of news comes in with so much excitement -- the announcement that the PC release of Groove Coaster is just around the corner, with a July 17, 2018, release date on Steam.
 


Originally released as an iOS exclusive rhythm game, Groove Coaster burst onto the scene in 2011 as a spin-off title to Taito's massively-popular Space Invaders series. It would only take two years after the release of the iOS version of the game, however, for its full potential to be realized with the release of the arcade variant of the game. Five years later and we're finally seeing things go full circle with another home release of the game, this time for PC via Steam. Taito describes the game below:

Riding the rhythmic rails of success from smart phone, into the arcades, now GROOVE COASTER arrives at full Steam! Staying true to its core concept of simplicity of play + exhilarating experience, the Steam version is better than ever, with 36 original tracks included from various game music composers and more on the way. Get ready to ride a roller coaster of sound and light through a universe of music!

The game is currently set to be compatible with both keyboards and controllers, as well as allowing players to utilize three different aspect ratios and layouts that will include a more arcade-traditional vertical monitor layout. Additionally, while the game has been noted to include a total of 36 original tracks, its unknown if any tie-in tracks will become available, such as those with idol group Dempagumi.inc. 

Set to release July 17 on Steam, further information on the upcoming home release can be found via the game's official website.

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