In an attempt to globalize Japanese music, Sony Music Label, under their “SACRA MUSIC” label, has started the World Anisong Cover Project “WACAVA Project”.
Currently, auditions are open for a cover singer for their first project, a cover of the music of”Sword Art Online”.
As the current age of music streaming has gained popularity internationally, the new project “WACAVA Project” aims to close the distance even further between Japanese produced music and the international market by creating more avenues for Japanese music to gain popularity internationally.
The acronym “WACAVA” stands for “World Anisong Cover Association by Various Artists”.
In order to make Japanese music popular internationally, the project aims to produce and distribute foreign language covers of already popular anime songs that fall under copyright of the “SACRA Music” label.
The first released songs attached to the “SACRA MUSIC” label was an English cover of LiSA’s “Catch the Moment”sung in English by famous YouTuber PelleK who currently boasts over 3,470,000 subscribers, and the Chinese cover of Haruna Luna’s “Overfly” sung by famous singer Shuang Sheng, who has a cumulative of over 10,000,000 followers across all China social platforms.
As a collaboration with “Tokyo Otaku Mode” a company that aims to internationalize Japanese pop culture, there will be various audition events hosted around the globe in search of cover singers.
Starting from “Anime NYC” that was held on Nov. 15 to Nov. 17 in New York, America, the search for the “Japan Insipred Artist” is progressing throughout the world.
As of now, auditions are open from Nov. 13, 2019 until Mar. 31, 2020.
"Anime Game Festival Nagoya 2020" will be held on Feb. 15 - 16, 2020.
It will be the biggest Anime/Game event in Tokai region. The visitors can experience the contents of Anime, e-sports, Cosplay, and VTuber etc. all at once.
Manga artist Tsukushi Akihito known for his work "Made in Abyss" and Producer Fukuhara Yoshitada from Yaoyorozu, who directed "Kemono Friends" will join anime project "Mokuri".
The project started a crowd funding at "Makuake" on Nov.17.
It has been one month since the fall 2020 anime season started.
Not only the main story of TV anime but also the theme songs that show the world of the title in 1 minute 30 seconds attract a lot of attention. Since many anime titles have been released during the fall of 2020, we have a wider variety of songs than usual. Which theme song among that variety caught the hearts of fans?
Here, at Anime! Anime!, we conducted a reader survey entitled "Which song among the theme songs of the fall 2020 anime titles do you like the most?" We received responses from 253 people during the survey period from November 3 to November 10.
The male-female ratio is about 40% for males and about 60% for females. About 50% of the age group were minors, and about 25% were in their 20s.
This time, we will announce the results for ED.
■ "Jujutsu Kaisen" is topping the list of OP and ED!
1st place goes to "LOST IN PARADISE feat. AKLO" by AKI from "Jujutsu Kaisen" with an approval rating of about 10%.
Many readers explained the reason behind their votes as a good matching of song and anime, "The pop-song fits well with the main characters resting on their day off", "I like the touch of characters' everyday life pictures. It is so cool, I could watch anime just for ED", and "The characters' dance matches to the song really well! I can watch it forever!"
2nd place goes to "Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle - Rhyme Anima" with an approval rating of about 9%.
Readers seem to enjoy the differences of each of the versions, "Passionate lyrics make you feel deep bonds between members of the division", "It is interesting how each division has its own individuality", and "They are all way too cool."
Some readers pointed out often appearances of the band, "You can't talk about 'Haikyu!!' without SPYAIR. It was their first ED, although before the band was in charge of three OPs, and I think they are essential music for this title. Great lyrics, inspired by the story, and music that makes you dance are the best combination!". Many readers liked ED's performance, "The highlights of this week are the best. I also like the moments from previous matches."
Moreover, in the men vote only, 1st place went to "Is the Order a Rabbit?", 2nd place to "Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club", 3rd place is shared between "Mr. Osomatsu (season 3), and "Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear", and for women votes only 1st place goes to "Jujutsu Kaisen" and 2nd to "Haikyu!! To the Top 2nd Cool", and 3rd place to "Hypnosis-Mic".
About "Nakayoshi! ○! Nakayoshi!" by Chimame-tai from "Is the order a rabbit?", "Chimame-tai cute as always at BLOOM", and "I can feel the growth of the Chimame-tai trio, and now it seems more like parents view".
About "NEO SKY, NEO MAP!" by Nijigasaki High School Idol Club from "Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club", "I think this song is the best, because the nine idols sing the best song that makes me cry.", and "The ED animation with a gentle hand-painted touch is wonderful."
About "Max Charm Faces ~ She is the best !!!!!! ~" by Shuta Sueyoshi with Totoko Nya & Matsuno family 6 brothers from "Mr. Osomatsu", "Totoko and Meow are very cute! It's fun to watch! "
About "Anone" by Yuna (CV: Kawase Maki) from "Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear", "The moment of" Ane, Ane " is so cute, I can't stop repeating it."
■Let's introduce other comments!!
About "WOW WAR TONIGHT ~ Occasionally wake up movement ~" by Amano Airi (CV: Mizuki Nana) and Himekamiv (CV: Raychell) from "D4DJ First Mix", "I was surprised to hear the cover of a classic song from the 90s", and "Maho-chan, who is dancing alone in the ED anime, was cute!"
About "Beside you" by Kito Akari from "Adachi and Shimamura", "This song conveys Adachi's feelings for Shimamura played by Kito", and "OP is also sung under the name of "Adachi and Shimamura", but you can see the different charm of Kito-san."
About "ALPHA" by STEREO DIVE FOUNDATION from "Moriarty the Patriot", "You can enjoy various aspects such as the smiley moments when the three young Moriarty brothers are painting and being covered with paint, and the cool place where their figures are wet with water. I like the intro more than anything else!"
■ Ranking Top 20
"What song theme song of fall of 2020 anime titles do you like the most? [ED Ver.]"
1st place "Jujutsu Kaisen"
2nd place "Hypnosis Mic: Division Rap Battle - Rhyme Anima"
3rd place "Haikyu!! To the Top 2nd Cool"
4th place "Mr. Osomatsu (season 3)"
5th place "Love Live! Nijigasaki High School Idol Club"
6th place "IDOLiSH7: Second Beat!"
7th place "Is the Order a Rabbit?"
8th place "Wandering Witch: The Journey of Elaina"
9th place "Assault Lily"
10th place "Kuma Kuma Kuma Bear"
10th place "D4DJ First Mix"
10th place "Adachi and Shimamura"
10th place "Moriarty the Patriot"
14th place "The Day I Became God"
15th place "Fly Me to the Moon"
15th place "Yashahime: Princess Half-Demon "
15th place "Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle"
18th place "Our Last Crusade or the Rise of a New World"
18th place "Golden Kamuy (season 3)"
18th place "Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? III"
18th place "Warlords of Sigrdrifa"
(Survey period: November 3, 2020 to November 10, 2020)
Smartphone game with TV anime adoption, "Idolish Seven", decided to hold the 5th anniversary event called "Idolish Seven 5th Anniversary Event & BEGINNING NEXT", and the event will be held from Jan. 23, 2021 to Jan. 24, 2021 at Yokohama Arena.
In "Idolish Seven 5th Anniversary Event & BEGINNING NEXT", the cast, including Ono Kenshou and Shirai Yuusuke, will appear on the stage and the reading performance and other special contents will be held at the event.
The fastest reservation code for the ticket is included in the 1st edition of the TV anime "Idolish Seven Second BEAT" Blu-ray/DVD and ZOOL's 1st album "einsatZ".
"Idolish Seven 5th Anniversary Event & BEGINNING NEXT" will be held from Jan. 23, 2021 to Jan. 24, 2021 at Yokohama Arena.
Detail information is at "Idolish Seven Official Website.
(C) Ainana Production Committee/ BNOI
On November 16, 2020, the contestants of "71st NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen" have been announced, and singer LiSA, who is known for "Gurenge", the theme song of "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba" and "Flame" from "Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Infinity Train the Movie", will appear on the show for the second consecutive year. On the same day, LiSA shared her enthusiasm on Twitter.
The 71st NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen will feature LiSA and other artists who have sung theme songs for 2020 animes.
Suzuki Masayuki from "Kaguya-sama Love is War" ("DADDY! DADDY ! DO ! feat. Airi Suzuki), Sixtones from "Fugou Keiji Balance:UNLIMITED" ("NAVIGATOR"), "Hanyou no Yashahime" ("NEW ERA"), Snow Man from "Black Clover" ("Stories"), and milet from "Fate/Grand Order - Absolute Monster Sen Sen Babylonia" ("Prover/Tell me") and other singers have joined the list.
On November 16, when the contestants for the" 71st NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen" were announced, LiSA wrote on Twitter: "I'm going to participate in the 71st NHK Kohaku Uta Gassen. I'm so happy to be able to be on the Kohaku Uta Gassen stage for the second year in a row."
She continued: "With gratitude to everyone who keeps improving with me to make it the best future with me... I'm going to burn my heart out in red, just like you think LiSA would, and deliver the live performance on the Kohaku Utah stage again. We look forward to seeing you," she wrote with enthusiasm.
Upon receiving LiSA's report, on Twitter the following was posted, "Congratulations~! It's been a raging year since your first Kohaku! The joy of being on that stage for the second year in a row: ... It's a pleasure for me too! I'm happy to spend another last day of the year listening to LiSA's songs! I can't wait to see what you'll be performing this year! Thank you for always creating the best possible future.
'Inori Minase 5th ANNIVERSARY LIVE Starry Wishes', the first online live performance by Minase Inori as a voice actress and singer will be held on Dec. 5, 2020. In advance, Insta-live will also be held on Nov. 18 on her own account.
The exclusively online live performance will be held at Yokohama Arena. The tour final was to be held there in Jun., but it was canceled. The first online live performance is getting more and more attention as "Starlight Museum", her 9th single will be released on Dec. 2, which is her birthday and 5th anniversary of the debut as an artist.
After the live performance, the after talk will be streamed for 'Inorimachi', her official fan club, for members only . Please look forward to the talk with a guest Onishi Saori, a voice actress and her close friend. The live will be archived until 23:59 on Dec. 12.
In addition, from about 20:05 on Nov. 18, she is going live on her official Instagram for the first time. It will be a commemorative project of her 5th anniversary as an artist, following the release of a playlist from her past live performances. She will take requests the themes of conversations.
From 20:00 on Nov. 18, 'Omoide no Kakera', the coupling song of 'Starlight Museum', will be uploaded on YouTube. Please check it out.
'Inori Minase 5th ANNIVERSARY LIVE Starry Wishes' will be held from 19:00 on Dec. 5, 2020. Tickets are on sale at 'PIA LIVE STREA' and other video distribution media.
"Disney's Twisted Wonderland" and Sony have collaborated to produce a line of wireless headphones and a Walkman, which are available for pre-order at the Sony Store from October 28.
The wireless headphones and Walkman are designed in the image of Knight Raven College, the setting of Disney's Twisted Wonderland, a smartphone game that features characters inspired by the villains of Disney's films (Villains).
The wireless stereo headset WH-XB700 is a compact model that delivers powerful, deep bass.
The left side of the housing is engraved with the Knight Raven College emblem, while the right side of the housing can be engraved with one of seven dormitory designs (Heartslabyul, Savanaclaw, Octavinelle, Scarabia, Pomefiore, Ignihyde, and Diasomnia).
The product itself will be delivered in its original packaging.
The Walkman(R) NW-A55 is a high-quality music player that can play high-resolution audio files as well as compressed audio files such as MP3s. It also supports LDAC for high-resolution* wireless music playback via Bluetooth(R).
LDAC is a codec technology certified by the Japan Audio Society as "Hi-Res Audio Wireless. (When transmitting high-resolution content at a transmission speed of 990 kbps)
On the back of the unit, you can engrave one of the designs on the back of each dormitory ("Heartslabyul Dormitory", "Savanaclaw Dormitory", "Octavinelle Dormitory", "Scarabia Dormitory", "Pomefiore Dormitory", "Ignihyde Dormitory", or "Diasomnia Dormitory"), and you can also choose to engrave the name of a student from each dormitory in the center of the back of the unit.
The product will be delivered in its original packaging.
In addition, as a bonus for both the headphones and Walkman "Disney Twisted Wonderland" Edition, one sticker with the original design will be given to each purchaser at the "Sony Store" for each product. The stickers can be affixed to the headphones, Walkman(R), or wherever you like.
The "Wireless Stereo Headset WH-XB700 'Disney's Twisted Wonderland' Edition" will be priced at 20,000 JPY (tax included). The Walkman(R) NW-A55 'Disney's Twisted Wonderland' Edition will be priced at 25,000 JPY (excluding tax). Pre-orders are currently available at Sony Store and other stores, and the product will be delivered in late December 2020 (in the case of ANIPLEX+).
The new project “Shinogono”, collaboration of Virtual Youtuber Project “Niji Sanji” and Sony Music Labels, has started. Tsukino Mito and Honma Himawari from “Niji Sanji” will participate in the project.
"Shinogono" means "let me grumble about it", using it as a keyword, Tsukino Mito, a school class president who is tsundere but also earnest, and "Honma Himawari" a 11th grade girl who loves games and cats, cooperate and build a project together with fans and staffs while they grumble.
The brand itself is that the Vtubers themselves produce multiple contents include music, and it has been announced that the first song of Tsukino Mito will be directed by Horie Shouta (vocaloid producer name: kemu, PENGUIN RESEARCH) at the first solo event of her "Tsukino Mito Artist Live Improvement Committee" held on Jan. 25.
Music will be created in the live streaming of "Shinogono" on Feb. 6, 2020 at 9:00pm. More information will be posted on the official website.
The big game/anime event "Animate Girls Festival Aozora Marche" (hereinafter, this is called AGF Aozora Marche), was held at an outdoor venue in Ikebukuro on November 7 and 8, 2020, with measures to control the spread of COVID-19. The total number of visitors was 14,974.
As an effort to control the spread of COVID-19, "AGF Aozora Marche" limited the number of people entering " Exhibit Venue in Ikebukuro Sunshine City", had marks with numbers on the floor in the queue control area, and marks on the floor of each booth to keep social distancing.
Also, at the " Aozora Merchandise Shop in Whitehouse Building", they started sales at the booths and online sales on the same day, so the visitors could safely enjoy the event.
In addition, they conducted outdoor events: "Digimon Adventure:" only shop & Animate cafe kitchen car, "VR Boyfriend" illumination & VR experience, and acosta! ~AGF Aozora Marche Special~. And as an online event, they had a live broadcast celebrating the 6th anniversary of "AniKan", including "AniBako" Ep.2 ~AGF Aozora Marche Special~.
The number of visitors at Sunshine City, Ikebukuro, was 4,818, and the total number of visitors to the whole event was 14,974.
(C) AGF Aozora Marche
(C) Hongou Akiyoshi, Fuji TV, Toei Animation
Studio Live, an old-established anime production studio known for ”Mashin Hero Wataru"'s design, marked 1st anniversary on cloud funding started to create an original animation.
Studio Live started the cloud funding called "Studio Live☆Fun Club" in Nov. 2019. They provided a postcard and original autograph board based on the imageboard following the original anime's plot as an every-month gift, and they continue to increase the applicants every month.
They created character design, setting, the construction of the world's view, and basic scenario together with the participants.
Moreover, as the collaboration with music providing service "with+m", the studio received the theme song, and they seem to progress step by step toward the completion of the project.
They decided to provide the original illustration collection written by CEO Kamishina Hiroshi and other studio members as the commemoration for 1st anniversary to the participants in order to appreciate and ask for continuing support for the project.
In addition, the live painting of the 1st-anniversary illustration will be held at official YouTube Live, which is held every month. This 1st-anniversary illustration will be used as the returned product for November's postcard, and this postcard will have a foil stamping on the logo as a special feature.
The start of Animate Ltd.'s crowdfunding service "Sore Osu" was announced in November 5, 2020.
"Sore Osu" is a crowdfunding service that is produced by the anime news website "Animate Times".
Animate, which has a profound knowledge of anime business and marketing will fully support each project in reaching theirs goals.
Not only will Animate Times promote the project through various media, including the publishing article, banner advertisements, social media, and email, but animate group will also support the goods sale and event as well.
Currently, the first project of "Sore Osu", a project featuring the voice actor Tanaka Yuuya, is being held.
The world's first online exhibition of the anime based on "serial experiments lain" will be held at "Anique" from October 28, 2020.
The theme of this project, "laine 2020 eXhibition", is the cult work "serial experiments lain", which was broadcast in 1998 and still has deep-rooted support, and the contents of the exhibition will be expanded by the participants.
The idea is that if you post your own illustrations, photos, novels, music, videos and other material related to "lain" on Twitter with the hashtag "#lain2020", your work will be displayed.
In addition, if you submit a video or audio file of your love for "Iain" or a commentary on "Iain" through the special form, your voice will be processed and mixed with the voices of the creators of "Iain" to be played as a supplementary voice (RUMORS) at the exhibition.
To celebrate "lain 2020 eXhibition", a digital collection with a certificate of ownership is also available for purchase.
There is a lineup of special items such as the virtual figure (VRM) of "lain" and other items that you can keep forever, both digitally and in real life. For more details, visit the special page.
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The 2nd PV for TV anime Ahiru no Sora has been released and features the passionate plays of a freakishly tall basketball club member. Broadcasting information was released at the same time. The series will be aired on TV Tokyo’s channel 6 starting on October 2nd.
「BanG Dream! Girls Band Party!」 and its 4th tie-up with Lawson as of September the 3rd, has been revealed. The campaign is to give out a limited quantity of originals goods which will be sold on a first-come-first-serve basis
From TV anime "JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Golden Wind" comes blazers and pants (slacks) which can be worn together as business suits inspired by Giorno Giovanna and Bruno Bucciarati. Pre-orders are available at "Premium Bandai" until Dec. 26, 2019.
"Kishiryu Sentai Ryusoulger VS Lupinranger VS Patranger the Movie", the newest work in the "Super Sentai VS Film Series", is scheduled to be released on Feb. 8, 2020. The newest footage andscene photos have also been revealed.