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[EXCLUSIVE] Interview With: chelly from EGOIST – “I Am Very Grateful for My Chance to Be Here”

EGOIST, the virtual band born out from the anime Guilty Crown, consists of ryo(supercell) as the composer and chelly providing the vocals. Originally formed to produce theme music for the series, the duo has continued producing ever since the end of the series.

In 2011, supercell held auditions from May 25 to June 19 to find a vocalist for their third studio album “Zigaexperientia” . At the same time, ryo(supercell) was also searching  for the vocalist of EGOIST, a fictional band featured in Guilty Crown. 

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Out of more than 2000 applications, then 17-year-old chelly was chosen to sing under the persona of Inori Yuzuriha, the fictional band’s vocalist. Describing her feelings during the audition period and what made her go for the auditions,

“Firstly, about the audition…what was it (laughs). Because it was my first audition, I was super nervous and shaking , but it was a new experience and I managed to enjoy myself. I was not expecting to get selected and was surprised by the result.

“As for why did I try,  I actually knew supercell when I was younger and really liked them. a close friend of mine showed me the (supercell) website and told me about the audition, and I thought: “maybe I should give this a shot” and decided to participate.”

chelly’s first debut single as EGOIST was “Departures -Anata ni Okuru Ai no Uta” , released on 30 November 2011, was the first ending theme for Guilty Crown. Subsequently they released “The Everlasting Guilty Crown” on 7 March 2012, which was the second opening theme for the series.

After the end of Guilty Crown, EGOIST went on to release their new single “Namae no Nai Kaibutsu” on 5 December 2012, and the ending theme for the series Psycho-Pass, which reached the 6th spot on the “Oricon Weekly Singles Chart“. Similarly, EGOIST’s fourth single “All Alone With You” , the second ending theme for the series, also reached 6th spot on the “Oricon Weekly Singles Chart”

EGOIST then proceeded to release their first debut album “Extra Terrestrial Biological Entities” on 19 September 2013. chelly describes her experience working with ryo(supercell) to come up with new songs for EGOIST:

“During pre-production for new songs, since ryo-san is always busy, the demo tape comes in pretty late, so I have to practice really quickly, so it is very challenging for me.”

“During recording, I try to sing in different manners in-front of the mic to listen to how it would sound like, and ryo-san would give me advice from there.”

EGOIST’s songs are relatively diverse, relying quite heavily on chelly’s unique and coarse singing voice to their advantage. The songs are vocally dynamic, requiring her to reach very high notes at some points. We asked her which song is the most vocally challenging:

“All of the songs in EGOIST are difficult, but they are all different kinds of “difficult”. There are those that are difficult to express, and there are those that are difficult to pronounce, since they are too fast and I am not really good at pronunciation (laughs) “

“If I had to choose the most difficult one recently, it would be “Fallen“.  It is technically challenging because of the large range of pitches in the song.”

EGOIST is relatively well-known here in South East Asia, with many fans in the region that listen to her music. When asked to comment on how that made her feel:

“Currently, I have been able to have more performance worldwide. I didn’t expect anything of this scale to happen when I first debuted, so it makes me extremely happy.”

Her first ever performance in the region (and also her first live overseas) was during Anime Festival Asia 2013, which was held in Singapore. Describing how she felt coming back again to perform her own solo concert:

“I felt that it was very thought-provoking. The last time I came to Singapore, it was my first live overseas, and I didn’t know anything about live concerts back then, so I was very nervous and worried. However, it turned out well and I had a lot of fun.”

“Being able to come back again I feel very thankful and grateful that I am able to perform for a longer period of time in front of everyone.”

“I am very grateful for my chance to be here.”

EGOIST is set to release their new single “Reloaded” on 11 November 2015, containing the theme songs for the movies Genocidal Organ, Harmony and The Empire of Corpses. 

Lastly, we asked her how she came up with the name “chelly”, she had only this to say,

“To put it simply, it comes from my real name in some way.”

[GAMES] New Danganronpa V3: Minna no Koroshiai Shin Gakki announced for PS4/PS Vita

The Sony Computer Entertainment Japan Asia (SCEJA) press conference during the Tokyo Game Show dropped plenty of big bombs for the gaming world, and one of them is definitely the latest installment for the Danganronpa series, which is titled New Danganronpa V3: Minna no Koroshiai Shin Gakki. Here is the announcement video, which was revealed during Sony’s Press Conference:

Yeah, that sadistic little teddy bear, Monokuma is definitely back, and we may be in for another round of teenagers being forced to kill one another. According to the video, the game will be available for both the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita platforms sometime in 2016, though no exact release date has been announced so far.

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Earlier last March, Danganronpa creator, Kazutaka Kodaka, teased everyone by saying that a new Danganronpa game has already started development, and this is it. So who is excited for this third Danganronpa mystery game? I sure am!

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Images via: Dengeki Online

Cure Maid Cafe in Akihabara celebrate’s the birthday of Love Live!’s Kotori with a special menu

Cure Maid Cafe in Akihabara is one of the most famous maid cafes in the world, and they have often teamed up with various anime series for some special collaboration menu items. Interestingly their latest collaboration is not with a series, but with one certain character who has been seen working inside their cafe during episode 9 of Love Live! season 1.

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With her birthday drawing near on 12 September, the famous maid cafe is celebrating the occasion with a very special menu dedicated to the one and only Kotori Minami, who they have described as a “model employee”.

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Their special Kotori menu includes a fluffy omelette served with a side of salad worth 1,400 yen and a special healthy quiche worth 1,000 yen. They are also offering a sweet Kotori parfait worth 900 yen and a special Kotori cheesecake worth 600 yen for dessert. And finally, the elegant little bird of Love Live! will have two 500-yen tea sets to her name, the Muscat Oolong and the White Earl Grey, as well as a special Kotori beverage, which is also worth 500 yen.

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Customers of the Kotori birthday menu will get some very special Kotori birthday postcards for free, and they can also purchase special limited edition Kotori mugs and coasters worth 1,000 yen each.

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The special menu will be available at the Cure Maid Cafe, which is found in the 6th floor of the Gee Store building in Akihabara, from 11 – 27 September 2015. Kotori Minami’s birthday will be on 12 September, and a special program will be held on the day before Kotori’s birthday.

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Source: Yaraon!

[ANIME] Owari No Seraph 2 key visual, OP/ED Theme revealed

The official page for the upcoming sequel of Takaya Kagami & Yamato Yamamoto’s Owari no Seraph 2 (Seraph of the End ~ Battle in Nagoya) revealed the key visual for the series. The story will continue on where they left off, after they triumphantly defended Shinjuku. The Japan Imperial Demon Army’s Moon Demon Company led by Guren Ichinose (CV:Yuichi Nakamura) must prepare anew and strengthen their forces as they wage battle against the main forces of vampires in Nagoya. The opening theme song “Two souls -toward the truth- ” will be sung by fripSide, while the ending theme song, “オラリオン”, Orarion which means pray in Greek, will be sung by yanaginagi.

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Owari no Seraph is a manga written by Takaya Kagami and illustrated by Yamato Yamamoto with storyboards by Daisuke Furuya. It first started serialisation in Shueisha’s Jump Square on 03 Sep 2012. The story begins at a time when the world is ravaged by a man-made virus, and that children are the lone survivors of this tragedy. Vampires emerged from their slumber and dominated the world enslaving the children. In midst of it all stands a 13-year old boy, Yuuichirou Hyakuya (CV: Miyu Irino), who dreams of one day killing all the vampires and bring humanity back.

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Coincidentally, the theme song performers for this season’s Owari no Seraph will perform in AFAID 2015’s I Love Anisong! Anisong artistes fripSide and yanaginagi will be at Jakarta International Expo on 25 -27 September 2015. Check out more info here.

Source: Natalie

[ENTERTAINMENT] Prison School gets a live-action late night TV series, cast revealed

Akira Hiramoto’s popular echhi manga series, Prison School, is getting a live-action TV series, which will air late at night, starting this October, and the official series website has now unveiled the cast in costume as they prepare for their new television show.

Leading the cast will be the five prison boys, who will be the first male students in Hachimitsu Academy. Taishi Nakagawa will star in the series as the male lead, Kiyoshi.

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The other four Prison Boys include Tokio Emoto as Gakuto, Masato Yano as Shingo, Comedian Galigaligalixon as Andre, and a mystery ctor whose identity is yet to be revealed playing as Joe.

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Meanwhile, the three girls who are guaranteed to give them a hard time, the underground student council, will comprise of Hirona Yamazaki as President Mari Kurihara, Asana Mamoru as Vice President Meiko Shiraki, and Aoi Morikawa as Secretary Hana Midorikawa. Mamoru, who plays the manga/ anime’s most famous punisher, has previously appeared in the live-action Ghost in the Shell Arise stage play. She is known for her “assets”, yet many fans have voiced out that her “assets” may not live up to Meiko’s gargantuan proportions.

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Some of the supporting cast members have also been revealed, and they include Kiyoshi’s love interest, Chiyo, who is played by none other than Rena Takeda. Yuuko Araki will meanwhile play as Anzu, who is Shingo’s love interest. Finally, the school chairman will be played by veteran actor, Masahiro Takashima.

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Because of the series’ graphic nature, which includes scenes of abuse, punishment, and nudity, the live-action Prison School series will be aired late at night in Japan. It is slated to premiere on 25 October 2015.

Source: Comic Natalie

[MOVIE] New Initial D the Movie: Legend 2 – Racer IN SG

Fans of the racing franchise, INITIAL D, be happy as the second in the new movie series – Legend 2: Racer – opens in Singapore’s GV Cinema today.

“New Initial D the Movie: Legend 2 – Racer” continues the story of Takumi Fujiwara’s path to becoming a racer, with his AE86 Trueno.

The Singapore screenings will be accompanied by a movie premium and with subtitles in English and Simplified Chinese. Tickets are now available on GV’s website.

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Theaters: GV Plaza Singapura, Tampines, Yishun & Jurong Point
Theatrical release date: 27 July 2015

*Movie Premium:
Every New Initial D the Movie: Legend 2 – Racer ticket is entitled to a Movie Poster A2

* Every New Initial D the Movie: Legend 2 – Racer ticket holder is entitled to 1 movie premium depending on availability at GV Box Office counter.
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Synopsis:

The film trilogy retells the beginning of the story from Shuuichi Shigeno’s original car-racing manga. High school student Takumi Fujiwara works as a gas station attendant during the day and a delivery boy for his father’s tofu shop during late nights. Little does he know that his precise driving skills and his father’s modified Toyota Sprinter AE86 Trueno make him the best amateur road racer on Mt. Akina’s highway. Because of this, racing groups from all over Gunma Prefecture issue challenges to Takumi to see if he really has what it takes to be a road legend.

Official website: http://www.initiald-movie.com/(Japanese)

  • Chief Director: Masamitsu Hidaka
  • Director: Tomohito Naka
  • Script: Mayori Sekijima
  • Music: Akio Dobashi
  • Original creator: Shuuichi Shigeno
  • Character Design: Koji Haneda
  • Art Director: Shinichi Uehara
  • Sound Director: Youji Shimizu
  • Cgi Director: Ryuusuke Ishida
  • Director of Photography: Shinsuke Ikeda

Cast:
Hiroaki Hirata as Bunta Fujiwara
Hiroshi Tsuchida as Kōichirō Iketani
Maaya Uchida as Natsuki Mogi
Mamoru Miyano as Takumi Fujiwara
Minoru Shiraishi as Itsuki Takeuchi
Yūichi Nakamura as Keisuke Takahashi

Online booking link: http://www.gv.com.sg/GVMovieDetails#/movie/7003

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[ENTERTAINMENT] The child versions of the live-action AnoHana cast revealed

One of the most touching moments in the original AnoHana anime was presented when the Super Peace Busters were just kids. As the anime is getting a live-action TV drama special, the child actors playing the younger versions of the main cast have finally been revealed.

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From left to right, here are the kids playing the younger Super Peace Busters:

  • Santa Takahashi as Tetsudoi “Poppo” Hisakawa
  • Chinami Yoshioka as Naruko “Anaru” Anjou
  • Minamide Ryouka as Jinta “Jintan” Yadomi
  • Kanon Tani as Meiko “Menma” Honma
  • Ruiki Satou as Atsumu “Yukiatsu” Matsuyuki
  • Karen Ichihara as Chiriko “Tsuruko” Tsurumi

These child actors will be starring in the TV special’s opening scene, which features them playing a game of Hide-and-Seek in the famous Saitama poppy fields.

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The live-action TV drama special will be set in the city of Chichibu in Saitama Prefecture. Since the original anime premiered back in 2011, Chichibu has become a tourist destination for many anime fans around the world and is regarded as an “anime holy land”.

The special will be airing this 21 September in Japan, which is of course, plenty of time to stock up on tissues and napkins to wipe away all those tears, which are a guaranteed part of the AnoHana franchise. You can check out the TV special’s main cast (in costume), through this link: http://www.afachan.asia/2015/06/entertainment-live-action-anohana-tv-drama-special-announced/

source: Mantan

[GAMES] Kantai Collection’s Summer 2015 event begins, new ships added

It’s event time once again for the teitokus playing DMM and Kadokawa’s extremely popular PC browser game, Kantai Collection. Admirals all over the globe are stressing out because events have been known to be an energy-draining and resource-draining affair. So teitokus, get your hearts and minds ready because this one is predicted to be a tough one to crack.

The new update adds seven new fleet girls who will be joining the game’s already large line-up, so admirals better be clearing some space for these new additions, because once the event is over, they will become rare. Let’s start with the newest Shiratsuyu-class destroyer, Kawakaze, who is the reward for clearing the E-2 map:

Those who clear the E-5 map meanwhile will be getting the cute new Italian destroyer, Libeccio, a Maestrale Class Destroyer and is the third Italian ship to join the game after Littorio/ Italia and Roma.

The event also introduces Mizuho, a Mizuho-class Seaplane tender.

Kazagumo is the latest Yuugumo-class Destroyer to join the game.

Besides Kawakaze, there is another Shiratsuyu-class Destroyer joining the game, and she is Umikaze.

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The auxiliary ship, Hayasui, who is a Hayasui-class fleet oiler, is the first oiler joining the game.

And finally, the final ship added is Teruzuki, an Akizuki-class Destroyer.

The event will feature seven new limited-time maps all-in-all, from E-1 to E-7, which recreates the Second Battle of the Solomon Islands. It is officially titled Operation SN.

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A new Abyssal Ship will act as the “Final Boss” for this event, and she is known as the Anti-Air Princess, and she can be found in the Boss Node of E-7.

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The event is noted for its Ship Locking , which limits a teitoku’s choices when choosing the ships to send out in a particular mission. The event also makes use of the Combined Fleet.

So, who here has cleared E-1 already? Who here is already stressed out?! Because I surely am, and I’m still on E-2!

[Entertainment] SG50 Special: 7 times Singapore has appeared in Anime

With Singapore’s Golden Jubilee, many Singaporeans will be looking back at our country’s big growth through the years, not only surviving but prospering. However as a fan of anime and Japan pop-culture, we would like to see our country getting some recognition in the anime we love, so here are 7 times that Singapore has been mentioned in anime.

  1. Cowboy Bebop
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One of the characters from this popular anime, Cowboy Bebop, Faye Valentine has been suggested to be a Singaporean and seeing from the various landmarks you can spot, it definitely fills you up with some of that National Pride

2. Cardfight Vanguard

A popular card game among many Singaporean youths, the anime Cardfight Vangaurd did not just have a scene but an entire episode of the characters traveling to Singapore!

  1. Jojo Bizarre Adventures

The adventures of Jojo has led them to Singapore, a fine ‘city’ and I’m sure many Jojo fans found it amazing that our small red dot of an island to be featured in such a popular anime.

  1. Psycho Pass

Singapore isn’t expressly mentioned in the latest Pyscho Pass movie, but the mention of a South-east Asia Union and a character named Nicholas Wong. With a name like that, it isn’t hard to guess where he is from. In fact I believe that I know a Nicholas Wong myself.

  1. Plastic Memories
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As mentioned in a previous post, Plastic Memories has featured Singapore landmarks as a background.

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  1. Zetsuen no Tempest

Again in the background, you can see a certain water-spewing-lion-fish hybrid in the background that we all hold dear to us.

  1. Gundam

Where you can see Ashura Gundam of Neo Singapore teamed up with Skull Gundam of Neo Malaysia in the finals of the 13th Gundam Fight against Domon in his God Gundam and his partner Nobel Gundam.

Finally, we can never forget that Singapore is also home to the biggest anime event in South-east Asia, Anime Festival Asia Singapore, where we can see all of our favourite anime, cosplayers and seiyuu. So happy birthday Singapore and may we get to see more of our dear country in anime and manga. Did we leave out any others? Feel free to let us know!

[MOVIE] Live-action Corpse Party Movie to get an uncut version with all the blood and gore

Anyone who is familiar with the horror-adventure game, Corpse Party, will be familiar with the series’ affinity with blood and violence. Now fans will be able to experience more bloody action, as the live-action Corpse Party movie has announced that an uncut version, called the “Unlimited Edition”, will be shown in cinemas in Japan. Here is the new trailer for that “Unlimited Edition”:

This new version promises to show several scenes which were deemed too explicit or too violent for the regular release, and therefore were cut from the movie. This means that if you thought the original version of the movie was really violent and scary, we have some bad news for you…

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The original version premiered last 1 August, while Corpse Party: Unlimited Edition will premiere in Japanese theaters on 19 September 2015.

The live action movie adaptation of 5pb.’s bestselling horror game stars NOGIZAKA46‘s Rina IkomaRyosuke Ikeoka, and Nozomi Maeda. At the helm of this project is horror veteran, Masafumi Yamada, who is responsible for directing various J-horror works like the Hontouni Atta Kowai Hanashi series and Tsuburo no Kara.

source: ANN