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(We are sad Pacific Rim doesn’t technically count, because it gets our vote.)
We’ve been seeing this Disneybound thing going around, which is, according to their tumblr- DisneyBound is meant to be inspiration for you to pull together your own outfits which work for your body and wallet whether from your closet or local mall.
What would the anime/manga version be? Tokyobound?
This seems like a neat concept anime/manga fans could do as well, heck, we’ve seen something like it over the years with attendees where they do street clothes versions inspired by characters!
Maybe we can adopt this trend for our genre? Can we make Tokyobound a thing, you think?
Spotlight On: JAM Project- Yoshiki Fukuyama
Yoshiki Fukuyama is best known as the singing voice of Basara Nekki in Macross 7, and is a current member of JAM Project. He was also a member of the band Humming Bird, which stylistic was influenced by bands such as Queen and the Beatles.
Shortly after the Macross 25th Anniversary concert, Fukuyama teamed up with voice actor Nobutoshi Kanna (who voices Basara in the series) to do a further series of concerts as the character, under the performing name of Fukujin.
Animerica once described Fukuyama as sounding “eerily like John Lennon” in his Fire Bomber work for Macross 7, and his love for classic rock shines through in his songs.
Fukuyama will be performing as part of Jam Project this March at Anime Boston 2014, where the band will be playing two concerts- together as the full band, and a second individually featuring their solo work.
Some of work we recommend:
-All of his work as Fire Bomber from Macross 7, but if you had to pick a few, “Totsugeki Love Heart!”, “Try Again”, “Seventh Moon”, “Planet Dance”
-“Hikari Naki Yoru wo Yuke”- Ayatsuri Sakon opening theme (as Humming Bird)
-“Ride on the Night” City Hunter: The Motion Picture theme song (as Humming Bird)
Spotlight On: JAM Project- Masami Okui
If you came into anime around the 90s, you probably have heard songs by Masami Okui throughout various anime series. Beginning her career at age 21 as a backup singer, Okui has spent much of her career singing for anime television series and movies.
She is especially well known for her songs from Revolutionary Girl Utena, Tales of Eternia The Animation, Slayers, Sorcerer Hunters, Di Gi Charat, Magic User’s Club, Jungle de Ikou, Akihabara Dennou Gumi, Ray the Animation, He Is My Master and Yu-Gi-Oh! Duel Monsters.
Aside from performing, Okui currently hosts @Tunes, an anime music news program, on the Japanese anime television network Animax.
Fans will be able to see Okui perform live as part of JAM Project at Anime Boston 2014 this March, where the band will perform a concert together and a second concert featuring their solo work.
Songs of her solo work we recommend:
"Get Along"- Slayers opening theme
"Mask" - Sorcerer Hunters ending theme
"Never Die"- Slayers Excellent OVA ending theme
"Rinbu Revolution"- Revolutionary Girl Utena opening theme
"Toki ni Ai Wa" - Adolescence of Utena movie song
Spotlight On: JAM Project- Hiroshi Kitadani
Hiroshi Kitadani is a voice well known by One Piece fans, as the singer of the first opening theme “We Are!”
Beginning his singing career in 1994 performing in a band called Stagger, then releasing a solo album in 1999. His big break came in 2003 when he became a member of JAM Project. He continues to also release solo albums as well as perform with the group.
Aside from performing, he also collaborates with fellow JAM Project member Masaaki Endoh to produce songs, under the group name SV Tribe.
Kitadani will be performing with JAM Project at Anime Boston 2014 this March, where the band will be holding two concerts- one together as the full band, and another featuring each group member individually.
Some of his songs we recommend:
"We Are!" - One Piece first opening theme
"Taiyou no Transform!" - Transformers: Super Link opening theme
"We Go!" - One Piece fifteenth opening theme
Spotlight On: JAM Project- Hironobu Kageyama
If you’ve ever watched Dragonball Z in its original Japanese format, you’ve heard Hironobu Kageyama. Affectionately called “Mr. DBZ” by fans, his energetic vocals are very catchy and for many of us, he provided part of the soundtrack of our anime youth. What? You think you’re the only one who made mixed CDs of anime themes? Pssh!
Kageyama-san has been performing musically sing age 16, and in the 80s found success performing anime theme songs and music for tokusatsu shows. Aside from being Mr. DBZ, he is also dubbed “Prince of Anime/Tokusatsu Songs”.
He is an original member and current leader of JAM Project, who will be performing at Anime Boston 2014 this March in two concerts, one as a full band, and another one featuring each member’s solo work.
Some of his solo work we love:
"Cha-La Head Cha-La"- Dragonball Z first opening theme
"We Were Angels" Dragonball Z second ending theme
"Soldier Dream" Saint Seiya 2 opening theme
"Shine! Shinesman, You’re the Hero!" Special Duty Combat Unit Shinesman OVA Opening
Go check his work and JAM Project’s work out!
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Best Magical Series You Haven’t Seen: Scrapped Princess
Scrapped Princess - When Princess Pacifica Casull was born, a prophecy foretold that she would destroy the world on her 16th birthday. Thought to have been killed as an infant, she was saved and lived on in secrecy. But word of her existence spread, and now the entire world hunts to kill the Scrapped Princess before the prophecy comes true.
Best Magical Series You Haven’t Seen: Strike Witches
Strike Witches - Combine magic, military, machinery, and a ton of fan service and this is what you get. In an alternate timeline circa 1940, aliens attack the earth. Overpowered, the world governments must rely on Witches, young girls with magical powers. Augmented by mechanical Striker Units, they fly into battle. Also, they don’t wear pants for some reason that’s never really explained. Heavy on the fan service, this is a definite guilty pleasure. Though sometimes the gratuitous fan service becomes too much.
(Strike Witches is available through Funimation)