AKB48’s Team 8 to visit Manila this November 7-8

2015_09_akb48_team_8_manilaThe official website for AKB48’s Team 8 has announced that AKB48 5th Team will be performing live for the first time in the Manila this November.

Team 8 will be cast during the “Cool Japan Festival” to be held on November 7-8 at the Trinoma Mall in Quezon City. Admission is free. The event is organized by Hallo Hallo Alliance and it is intended to promote Japanese pop culture for the Filipino youth.

Idols who are going to make an appearance are (top) Okabe Rin, Shimizu Maria, Nanase Yoshikawa, Erina Oda, Sato Shiori, Ota Nao, (bottom) Yamada Nanami, Momoka Onishi, Tani Yuri, Hamamatsu Riona, Gyouten Yurina, and Fukuchi Reina.


Eir Aoi’s Fan Meet and The Best of Anime 2015 Concert


From Eir Aoi’s Facebook page

After Lisa’s first ever concert in Manila, another milestone has been reached in the local ani-concert scene when Japanese anisong artist Eir Aoi performed her first Philippine mini-concert last September 20 at Function Rms 1 & 2, SMX Convention Center in Pasay City.

Eir Aoi is known for her theme songs in anime series such as Sword Art Online and Kill La Kill. Her song, “Lapis Lazuri” is also the theme song for the currently airing Arslan Senki.

The 27-year old artist from Hokkaido arrived in Manila few hours before her concert. She described the Filipinos as “very generous and kind” during her fan meet held near the concert venue.

In the interview with the fans, she revealed that her favorite anime character is Kaneki from Tokyo Ghoul. She loves the series so much that if the sequel manga “Tokyo Ghoul:re” will be animated, she would like to sing the theme song.

Aside from Kaneki, she also likes Ryuko Matoi from Kill la Kill, Narsus from Arslan Senki, Caster from Fate/Zero and Kirito from Sword Art Online.

She also revealed that her favorite computer games are Dragon’s Dogma Online and Battlefield.

When asked about her singing career, she mentioned that the singer/group “Do As Infinity” (who played “Fukai Mori” from Inuyasha) was her biggest influence. During her student life, American bands Slipknot and Evanescence inspired her to pursue a singing career.

In the future, she would like to collaborate with another anisong artist, particularly LiSA. She is also looking forward to singing with an artist from the Philippines.

Before leaving Manila, she is planning to go around the area and if given a chance again, she wants to perform again here in the Philippines.

Days prior her concert in Manila, she was reported to have been hospitalized for a few days due to aspiration pneumonia. Many fans were worried that the concert would be cancelled. Everyone was relieved when reports announcing her recovery came and that the concert would push through as scheduled.

For the opening act, Joe Inoue got the crowd pumped up with his hilarious antics in between song numbers. Aside from the Naruto theme songs like Closer, Joe also sung his infamous Oppai song and Philippines, the song he dedicates to all his Filipino fans.

The energy rose higher as the visual kei rock band Uchusentai:Noiz rocked the stage. Famous for creating their own version of Filipino songs, their set list included Superhero, Liwanag sa Dilim, Pinoy Ako and Narda. Also included in their set list were Happy Tied, Sentimental Drop Kick and Kanata.

After a few minutes, the most awaited Eir Aoir appeared on stage. Among the songs she performed were “Innocence” and “Niji no Oto” from Sword Art Online, “Sirius” from Kill la Kill, “Aurora” from Mobile Suit Gundam AGE and “Lapis Lazuri” from Arslan Senki.

The concert ended with Sword Art Online II’s opening theme song”Ignite” that definitely ignited  the spirits of everyone. The audience gave it all with their light sticks, jumped to the tune and sang with her until the last minutes of the song.

Primetrade Asia, Inc. President Irene Lloren gave Eir Aoi a gift, a miniature jeep at the end of the concert.

Catch Eir Aoi again this October 3  at The Coliseum, Hard Rock Hotel for her Eir Aoi World Tour 2015 -ROCK THE WORLD!- IN SINGAPORE

Japanese pop singer Eir Aoi to perform at the Best of Anime 2015

Aside from the earlier announced guest artists, Primetrade Asia, Inc. the organizers of the upcoming The Best of Anime 2015 has revealed that Japanese pop singer Eir Aoi will be performing live at the event.

No details yet on the ticket prices or possible meet and greet.

Eir Aoi is known for her songs in anime series Sword Art Online, Fate/Zero, Kill la Kill, Aldnoah Zero and many more. She began her career as an singer during high school. She debuted on October 2011 with her single “Memoria” which was used first ending theme of the 2011 Fate/Zero.

Best of Anime 2015 will take place on September 19-20 at Functions Rooms 2, 3, 4, and 5, SMX Convention Center, Pasay City.

animeph project is media partner of the Best of Anime 2015

Source: Best of Anime

Applications now open for the 2015 J-pop Anime Sing and Dance Contest

The Embassy of Japan to the Philippines has now announced yesterday they are now accepting entries for this year’s J-Pop Anime Sing and Dance Contest.

According to the press release, the contest is open to all Filipino singers and dancers of all ages.

To join, participants for both the singing and dance should select a Japanese song sung by a Japanese artist for their entry and send a filled-up application form, a photo/group photo, a print-out of the song lyrics with the name of the original performing artist/s, a short write-up about the participant/participating group (50-100 words) and a demo CD containing an audio file in MP3 format (for the singing category) or a video file in MPEG format (for the dancing category).”

Ten finalists for the singing category and five finalists for the dancing category will be chosen to compete in the Grand Finals to be held on July 25, 2015 (Saturday) at the SM Cinema Centerstage, SM Mall of Asia, Pasay City. Registration ends on May 22, 2015.

The 2015 J-pop Anime Sing and Dance Contest aims to further promote Japanese language and culture appreciation among Filipinos and to strengthen the longstanding friendship between Philippines and Japan.

For more information, please visit www.ph.emb-japan.go.jp or email jicc-mnl@ma.mofa@go.jp. You call also call 551-5710 local 2311 to 2312.

Embassy of the Japan
Contest Rules

AME Gaiden: A J-Music Concert

Join the University of the Philippines Anime Manga Enthusiasts as they kick-off their eleventh anniversary celebration with this exciting prologue to AME Monogatari!
AME Gaiden
October 8, 2011
Freedom Bar, Anonas, Quezon City

Featuring performances from UP AME’s very own DyKromatic, UP Tomo-Kai and other J-cover bands namely:

  • Asian Chicken Fest
  • Asterisk*
  • Bandersnatch
  • Mixed Nuts
  • Molded Sushi
  • Onigiri Fusion
  • Raika
  • Rio
  • Shaolin Siomai
  • Stigma of Disgrace
  • Suicide Jelly Squad
  • Temp
  • Yui for President

Tickets are available at the UP AME tambayan (Kubo #2, FC Tambayan Complex, UP Diliman) for only 150php inclusive of one free drink.

Source: AME Gaiden Facebook Page, UP AME Website