Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Ayaka Kitazawa Captivates Singapore fans at Key's 1st Overseas Live


Singer Ayaka Kitazawa held her first overseas live in Singapore

"Kud!" The entire hall erupted in applause as Ayaka Kitazawa strode onto the stage cosplaying fan-favourite Little Busters! character Kudryavka.

Hailing from Saitama, the Japanese singer held her first overseas live in Singapore at the CharaExpo Entertainment Stage on 21 June. She performed as part of the VisualArts/Key Special Live Stage, which included a talk show segment with both music producer Shinji Orito and herself.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

5 Factors that made CharaExpo so Special


Artistes roaming freely in the halls, wrestling matches taking place alongside live performances and many Japanese exhibitors here for the first time- what's not to love about the carnival atmosphere at CharaExpo?

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Ayano Mashiro's Weekend in Singapore in Photos


Anisong singer Ayano Mashiro was recently in Singapore for the inaugural CharaExpo anime convention on 20 and 21 June. We compiled a summary of the photos of her weekend in Singapore.

Despite her petite frame, the singer hailing from Hokkaido actually boasts a set of powerful vocals and is an extremely stunning performer on stage.

Eir Aoi's Singapore Concert Tickets On Sale July 3rd


UPDATE: Concert organisers have rescheduled Eir Aoi's concert for Saturday, 9 January 2016. More details here.


Early-bird tickets for Eir Aoi's first solo concert in Singapore on Oct 3rd Jan 9, 2016, will go on sale on July 3rd, from 10am onwards, organisers Japan Music Festival announced today. The concert will be a standing concert with admission on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Maon Kurosaki, Masami Obari & 2 NJPW Champions in A Wrestling Ring


You may know her as a singer of many anisong hits but do you know that Maon Kurosaki is also a self-professed huge wrestling fan?

The 27 year-old, famous for singing theme songs to animes High School of the Dead and A Certain Magical Index, joined animation director/mechanic designer Masami Obari, together with New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) wrestlers Togi Makabe and Hirooki Goto in the ring for a special Sunday morning talk show at new anime, comics and games (ACG) convention CharaExpo in Singapore on 21st June.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Ayano Mashiro Interview: "I Want to Get Closer to My Fans"


She has been in love with anime culture since young and is finally living the dream.

Hokkaido-born singer Ayano Mashiro held her first performance outside of Japan over the weekend of June 20th and 21st, at the inaugural CharaExpo anime, comics and games (ACG) convention in Singapore. The up-and-rising singer has been invited to perform at Anime Expo 2015 in Los Angeles next, on July 4th.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Wake, Up Girls! New Single "Shoujo Koukyouku" Releasing August 26

Wake Up, Girls! new single,  Shoujo Koukyouku

Rejoice, WUGners! The Sendai idols' new single, "Shoujo Koukyouku" has been confirmed to be releasing on August 26th via their official Twitter page. It is the girls' long-awaited first new single in a year and a half.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of CharaExpo


With CharaExpo only 1 day away, we have compiled the quintessential guide for you on how to get the most out of your eight bucks (or six, if you have already bought the early bird tickets).

Wednesday, June 17, 2015



Yanagi Nagi, Hachioji-P and livetune will return to Singapore this September! They will be performing alongside singer-model Anna Yano, J-POP duo CAPSULE and dance group TEMPURA KIDZ at the first MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON FESTIVAL in Singapore. The line-up of performing artistes for the event's live concert was unveiled on its official Facebook page on 16 June.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Wake Up, Girls' New Single Release Date Leaked! (CONFIRMED)


UPDATE: The new single has been confirmed for an August release. A jacket visual has been unveiled.

I am a huge fan of Wake Up, Girls! You can read how the anime changed my life here and more here. Therefore, when I got wind of news that the girls would be releasing a new single for 2015, I was no doubt ecstatic. Early last evening, eagle-eyed Japanese Twitter user posted a link to a new WUG August release in Sofmap's Rakuten store.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

What to Buy at CharaExpo Part 2: Angel Beats, Little Busters & Charlotte


Welcome back to Part 2 of our Buying Guide for CharaExpo! Visual novels are out in full force as renowned studios VisualArt's/Key and Frontwing will be bringing a huge assortment of goods from Japan to Singapore. Key is well-known for Angel Beats and Little Busters while Frontwing is famous for producing the Grisaia trilogy. There are even some event-exclusive items so don't miss your one and only chance to get them at the convention! In this edition, let's take a closer look at the attractive merchandise on sale at the VisualArt's/Key booth.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

What to Buy at CharaExpo Part 1: Love Live! & Cinderella Girls (UPDATED)


Time for more CharaExpo goodness in the lead-up to June 20th! Many Japanese exhibitors have announced the goods they will be bringing to Singapore, including exclusive Comiket merchandise and limited edition outside-of-Japan only items. Here's a rundown of what to bust your wallet on:

Saturday, June 06, 2015

SHAFT, Kantoku, KitaEri & Mimorin's Magical Girls Anime Coming to Singapore (UPDATED)


Madoka Magica's anime studio SHAFT and HenNeko illustrator Kantoku's MAGICAL SUITE PRISM NANA, will be coming to Singapore! We had previously reported on this mysterious project with Eri Kitamura, Suzuko Mimori and Asami Imai involved. Now, new details have emerged regarding the merchandise on sale and activities that will be taking place at booth M01 at CharaExpo.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Ayano Mashiro and Kurosaki Maon Have Dinner Together Before CharaExpo


Recently, Ayano Mashiro had dinner with fellow anisong singer Kurosaki Maon, who is also coming to Singapore for CharaExpo, amidst her busy schedule. In addition, she announced that she will be performing on both days of CharaExpo. She will be performing a mini-live at the Entertainment Stage at 2.40pm on June 20 and be participating in the Special Live Stage at 5.10pm on June 21.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Wake Up, Girls Coming to Singapore's CharaExpo?


KonnichiWUG! With 17 days to go, the stage schedule for CharaExpo has been released. The line-up matches with the previously announced stage highlights. However, a notable addition is the Ultra Super Pictures Special Stage, which could feature Sendai idols Wake Up, Girls! performing live for the first time in Singapore. CharaExpo has yet to respond to our queries regarding this mysterious new inclusion at press time.

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Tokyo Girls' Style Will "Never Ever" Be Idols Again. New Dance Anthem Previewed.


A short MV for "Never Ever", Tokyo Girls' Style's first single since quitting the idol scene in April 2015 has been released. The 19th ending theme for the anime Fairy Tail is their first release since declaring that they would be artists during their solo concert in Shibuya Public Hall on December 20, 2014. The single will be released on 24 June 2015.

Monday, June 01, 2015

SCANDAL to Release 3 Singles & New Album in 2015 after Stamp?


Fresh off their first world tour with 41 sell-out performances in 9 countries, SCANDAL is not hitting the brakes anytime soon. The Japanese girl band announced their long-awaited 21st major single (24th overall) "Stamp!" this morning, their first in 8 months and first of 2015. Their previous single, "Image" popped last November, making this the longest wait between singles for fans.