Thursday, December 24, 2015

In 2 Weeks... Eir Aoi's First Solo Concert in Singapore & All The Merchandise You Can Get! (UPDATE)


Christmas is just around the corner... and Eir Aoi's first solo concert in Singapore is also just two weeks away! That's right! The prolific anisong singer is set to wrap up her first ever world tour, -ROCK THE WORLD!!- on our shores on Saturday, 9 January 2016.

Eir Aoi ROCK THE WORLD!! Interview: Musical Influences, Soup Curry King And More


First world tour. Nippon Budokan concert. Fourth album release. 2015 has certainly been an extraordinary year for Eir Aoi.

One of the hottest singers in Japanese music today, the Hokkaido-born songstress with eleven singles to her name, has performed the theme songs to many hit animes, from the likes of Sword Art Online, Aldnoah.Zero and Kill la Kill, gaining a legion of fans worldwide for her magnificent voice.

Originally scheduled to make a stop in Singapore this October as part of her "ROCK THE WORLD" first world tour, the concert was postponed to next year because of air quality problems.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

"Let's Stand Up!" Iketeru Hearts Unveils Music Video for Tsunku♂-Produced Debut Single


Idol group Iketeru Hearts has unveiled the music video for their debut single "Let's stand up!" on YouTube today.

The track, which releases on 10 February 2016, is written and composed by renowned record producer Tsunku♂, best known for producing highly-acclaimed idol group Morning Musume.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

$38 to Catch ELISA, Kamen Joshi & More Perform at ASCOT Singapore in January 2016


There's an anisong concert already planned for the first month of the new year!?

That's right! Get ready for an all-new anisong spectacle in January 2016! Featuring the return of Japanese singer ELISA, together with idol group Kamen Joshi and many other anisong legends in Singapore for the first time, ASCOT Singapore will be held at the Kallang Theatre on Friday, 29 January next year.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

A New TV Programme to Watch in January! Set Sail for Japan's San-in Area and Savour Delicious Seafood!


"Enjoy! Cruise Japan!" airs on Mediacorp Channel 5 from Sun, 3 January at 12.30pm!

Ever fancied travelling to Japan by cruise? Wait- who takes a cruise there? Well, you'd be surprised!

Starting 3 January next year, let Asia's popular travel show host Anita Kapoor take you to the beautiful San-in Area! With its mouthwatering fresh seafood, rich nature, history and culture, this southwestern region of Japan is the perfect destination for food and nature lovers.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Interview with Lia: Working With Jun Maeda, Voicing IA and That Life-Changing Call


Eurobeat, techno, trance, happy hardcore and anisong- Japanese singer-songwriter Lia has sung for so many different music genres but she is not stopping anytime soon.

"I like anime songs and I think my voice is more suited to them but I also want to try as many genres as possible in my life. I really like trying new things," said the 30 year-old in fluent English. She was in Singapore to perform at Anime Festival Asia 2015 last month .

Friday, December 11, 2015

Bushiroad Confirms C3 CharaExpo 2016 for July! (UPDATED)


CharaExpo will return in 2016

Rejoice! With the first CharaExpo barely over, fans can already expect a CharaExpo 2016 for next year. 16,324 fans attended CharaExpo 2015 over the weekend of June 20 and 21 in Singapore, according to official numbers by Bushiroad.

Saturday, December 05, 2015

ZAQ Interview: "My Music? It's CHAOS!"


"Chaos." She replied when asked to describe her music. "It's all over the place."

In 2012, anisong singer ZAQ, who had made her name composing and writing songs for other artistes, released her first single, "Sparkling Daydream". The opening theme for anime Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! went on to become a major hit and since then, her solo career has been on the rise, with an impressive nine singles and an album to her name.

Wednesday, December 02, 2015

Maaya Uchida Interview: "I Want to Graduate from Voicing Chuunibyous!"


Already in her twenties, she thinks that she should graduate from voicing chuunibyou (eighth-grade syndrome) characters.

One of the hottest seiyuus (voice actresses) in the anime industry right now, Maaya Uchida has lent her voice to many fan-favourite anime characters, most notably Takanashi Rikka in Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai! and Kanzaki Ranko in The Idolmaster: Cinderella Girls.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Why You Definitely Need To Go to AFA 2015 This Weekend! You Won't Regret It!


How did your first day of Anime Festival Asia go? Large crowds and snaking queues were the most common sights of the day as fans scrambled to get their hands on exclusive merchandise and autographs in the eighth edition of the annual Japanese pop culture convention. XDantheManX Online checked out what went down on the opening day and what you can expect over the next two days.

Friday, November 27, 2015

All the Autographs You Can Get at AFA 2015! Collect them ALL!


Gotta catch 'em all!

AFA 2015 starts tomorrow! What's the first thing to do when the doors open? Dash in and get every possible autograph you can get, of course! Ain't nothing better than meeting your favourite singers and voice actresses and getting your memorabilia signed by them personally! Here's XDantheManX Online's guide to ALL the autographs that you can get at AFA! Collect them all!

Monday, November 23, 2015

6 New Exhibitors to Check Out at AFA 2015!


Bushiroad! Culture Japan! Good Smile Company! Many famous companies will be returning to AFA once again, following their successful outings in previous years, bringing with them tons of new and exclusive anime merchandise sure to tempt the many gullible young fans attending the convention. Joining them every year will be many new exhibitors, both big names and lesser-known ones. We take a look at some of the new exhibitors who you can check out at AFA this Friday!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Want to Make your Anime Product Official? Now you Can, at AFA 2015!


Urawa no Usagi-chan

Are you an anime merchandise creator? Do you make your own doujinshi? Want to make your product official? Good news, now you can! With copyright infringement of doujinshi becoming a hot topic in Japan lately, you wouldn't want to be caught on the wrong side of the law, would you?

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

DJ YURiA is Coming to AFA! Meet this Super-Cute Japanese Bunny Disc Jockey!


Source: DJ YURiA's Instagram

Going along with their all-new introduction of opening acts for this year's I Love Anisong Reboot concerts, AFA has announced super-hot Japanese EDM DJ, YURiA to open Sunday night's concert. "Wait- who's DJ YURiA? Is she an anisong DJ like Kazu?" you ask.

Fret not, the XDantheManX Online team has got you covered! The EDM disc jockey has been on our radar for some time ever since we chanced upon her Instagram profile a while back. Find out who this super-cute bunny-loving Japanese DJ is!

Monday, November 16, 2015

What You May Not Know About AFA 2015...More Cosplay and Idol News


Exciting news for cosplayers and idol fans after the break!

It's less than two weeks away to the largest Japanese pop culture convention of the year and announcements are in full swing. The organisers are certainly not resting on their laurels, with this year's all-new, all-different "I Love Anisong Reboot" concert's 17-singer line-up and an astonishing 13 guest cosplayers hitting our shores.

Amidst the deluge of recent announcements, here are some interesting news which you may have missed.

Wednesday, November 04, 2015

13 Cosplayers to Meet at AFA 2015!


What's an anime convention without cosplay?

The slate of announcements from the year's largest Japanese pop culture celebration, Anime Festival Asia (AFA) 2015 continues with the reveal of an astounding 13 bedazzling cosplayers, a mix of both fresh and familiar faces, who will be making their way to the convention later this month. With so many cosplay guests, will you have the time to meet all of them?

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Idol Resurgence in Singapore Continues! Rie Yunohara and You Yanase Enthrall at STGCC's First Idol Showcase!


Kyoto and Tokyo. One is the keeper of tradition while one is a modern metropolis. They hail from two distinctively different regions of Japan yet what they do is very much alike. Idols You Yanase and Rie Yunohara were in Singapore to perform at STGCC 2015 last month. Each bringing their unique brand of music, they enthralled a strong crowd at the pop culture convention's first-ever idol showcase.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Maaya Uchida Reveals Cover Art and Tracklist for First Album "PENKI"


It's finally here. The moment you've all been waiting for. Popular voice actress-singer Maaya Uchida will be releasing her long-anticipated first album, "PENKI" on December 2nd! The cover art and tracklist, along with a short track preview was unveiled by record label Pony Canyon today.

Thursday, October 08, 2015

[Video] Highlights from Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival 2015 in Singapore


Attracting more than 7,500 visitors over two days, Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival 2015 in Singapore was held at *SCAPE Playspace on 5 and 6 Sept. Aimed at promoting Japanese pop culture to the masses, the festival featured a diverse selection of booths showcasing Japanese cuisine, music and products.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Japanese Pop Culture Invades Singapore! Top 10 Moments from the First Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival


It has been a month since the first Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival, aimed at introducing Japanese pop culture to the masses, was held in Singapore. Many renowned Japanese personalities including model-singer Anna Yano, DJ twins AMIAYA and idol unit BPM15Q were invited to the outdoor festival, which was held in the heart of the city and attracted over 7,500 visitors over its two days.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Higedriver Interview: Talking "Maware!", Love for Chiptunes and Rock music


Maware! Setsugetsuka (Unbreakable Machine-Doll ED), Fubuki (Kantai Collection ED) and Uraomote Fortune (Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun ED). You may know these anisongs but do you know the man behind them? A top musician in the chiptunes scene, Hige Driver has been steadily creating chart-topping anisong hits since his breakout success with Unbreakable Machine-Doll's sensational ending theme in 2013.

We sat down for a chat with the Yamuguchi native about his career, inspirations and plans for the future when he came down to Singapore to spin at STGCC 2015's DJ Night recently.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Exclusive Interview with Rinahamu of BPM15Q in Singapore


Rinahamu of BPM15Q speaks about the duo's origins, goals and feelings about their first overseas performance in Singapore.

Japanese idol unit BPM15Q held their first overseas performance at the first Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival in Singapore over the weekend of 5 and 6 September. Idols Rinahamu and Nicamoq, who make up the duo, performed three self-produced songs tirelessly for a total of four times over two days.

Ever wondered what is BPM15Q? Who are they? What do they do? How did they come about? We find out the answers straight from Rinahamu, one-half of BPM15Q in a Tanoshii World exclusive interview.

STGCC 2015: Rekindling the Comic Book Fan in Us

STGCC rekindled the comic book fan in us

STGCC 2015 was dearly special to us for one reason. It rekindled the comic book fan in us. Before our interests became aligned more towards Japanese pop culture, we were huge followers of American pop culture. We used to collect American comics, watched American dramas and kept ourselves up-to-date on the latest Hollywood movies (which we still do).

Thursday, September 24, 2015

第25回星蘭祭 Seiransai 2015 @ Waseda Shibuya: Back for Seconds!


It was that time of the year again. The time when the only Japanese senior high school in Singapore would open its doors to the public. Students holding placards and handing out flyers would greet you warmly as you stepped into the school. Colourful decorations adorned the classrooms, transforming the school into a vibrant playground for two days.

Friday, September 11, 2015

STGCC 2015 Media Preview: The Biggest, Most Record-Breaking Edition Yet


It has been a very busy and record-breaking day for us today as we prepare for our first STGCC coverage as accredited media. With this post, we will be setting a new record of publishing three full-length feature articles on the same day. In addition, this might also be the shortest article to ever feature on the site. Seems like there will be no short article. Without further ado...

The Singapore Toy, Game & Comic Convention (STGCC) has always been one of the XDantheManX Online team's favourite events to attend in Singapore. We simply love the unrivalled freedom of interaction with the guests, the diverse mix of Eastern and Western pop content, the stunning and incredible guest cosplayers they invite every year and who could forget- the riveting stage programmes, including the annual DJ Night!

18 Guests to Check Out at STGCC 2015 this Weekend!


The Coolest Event of the Year is back again, leaving pop culture fans barely any room to breathe as it lands on the weekend right after the inaugural Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival in Singapore. This year's edition promises to be the biggest and the best yet, with the largest line-up of Japanese pop culture personalities- a staggering total of 19, making up more than half of the 29 invited guests. STGCC really represents the best of both worlds.