At last, it’s here! This is the full, 42 minute video of our exclusive interview with Makenai, the anime song cover band now trying to branch out into original tunes. An edited audio version was included on the last episode of Anime Diet Radio, but here is the (mostly) uncut material! Find out more about the band and listen to some of their performances on their Myspace page.
Right now, only this streaming Flash version is available. A downloadable version will appear tomorrow here and in everyone’s podcast subscription feeds. Update, 2/4/10: The downloadable version is now up! It’s in MP4 format and is going out on the podcast channel too.
Once again, Pam from the band is asking for help in raising funds for her dog Hachiko’s surgery. Please click here for more details or see the banner on the right!
This is late due to tech issues, but this is epic! The stars of this episode, of course, are our friends at Makenai–the anime cover band based in Burbank CA! (One of their lead singers, Pam, was AX Idol 2008–see our brief interview with her shortly after her win.) Recently, we did a lengthy interview with them and they even agreed to perform their version of K-ON!‘s “Don’t Say Lazy“! You can hear an edited version of their interview on this episode, and an uncut video of both the interview and the song is coming very soon! Go visit Makenai at their Myspace page [http://myspace.com/makenaiband].
There were some audio issues with the interview. Another band was rehearsing in the studio next door, and they can be heard in the background sometimes–though the voices of the band are clear nonetheless thanks to a nice directional shotgun mic. Forgive us for the non-ideal recording. Hopefully it should be listenable!
Of course we have the usual crazy news items, which include the Love Plus marriage, Shokotan with cicadas in her hair, and Lupin III stealing a statue and Obama attending the premiere of Afro Samurai: Resurrection (really)?
Finally, as a gesture of goodwill–Pam and the band have also asked us to pass along the following message to help save her dog, Hachiko! Please help if you can.
Hi everyone. As most of you know, my little Maltese puppy Hachiko is sick T-T and he needs a surgery that will save his life. He has a liver shunt that produces stones to sit in his bladder and obstructs his urinary canal, thus endangering his urethra. Also his bladder could rupture. It is a very serious illness. The hospitals that offer the surgery don’t give us the chance to establish payment plans and it is extremely hard for us to afford it ($4500). So far, we have collected $200 as of 1/18/2010.
I don’t want to lose my puppy :( So I am asking all my friends to please help me with whatever you can, either by making a donation to Hachi’s paypal account or by going to the fundraising events I am organizing.
Thank you to all of you who have been helping me through these difficult time. It really means the world to me to receive the help needed to keep my little puppy.
This is the link for the paypal donation’s account:
OP: Toki no Mukou, Maboroshi no Sora (時の向こう 幻の空)” by FictionJunction (OP to Ookami Kakushi)
ED: 月導 -Tsukishirube- by Yuuka Nanri (ED to Ookami Kakushi)
Ray is now already the Tsundere Banana. See all his audio columns so far here [http://animediet.net/category/podcasts/audio-column].
The Claymore petition for the second season is here [http://www.shomei.tv/project-752.html]. See Ray’s original article about the subject here http://animediet.net/commentary/petition-for-claymore-season-2]. We were alerted to this by thiago_pagogna on MAL [http://myanimelist.net/profile/thiago_pagogna].
Mike wrote something about the Love Plus marriage here and accurately predicted he would become fodder for Anime Diet Radio. The original video can be seen there. [http://animediet.net/commentary/news-and-commentary/otaku-marries-love-plus-character-becomes-possible-anime-diet-radio-fodder]
Shokotan’s new cicada hairstyle was reported by Weird Asia News [http://www.weirdasianews.com/2009/12/11/japanese-entertainer-sports-dead-cicadas-hair/].
It turns out they’re actually 17-year cicadas, not 15. The one that hits DC is called Brood X [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brood_X].
Anime News Network has the two stories about Lupin and Obama http://www.animenewsnetwork.com/news/2009-12-08/lupin-steals-statue-obama-attends-afro-samurai-show].
AKB48, an Akihabara-based idol group, had their US debut at Webster Hall following the New York Anime Festival. While initial enthusiasm for their preview performance was great, the Sunday evening show time coupled with the location – across the city from the convention – thinned the crowd of con attendees considerably. Not to be deterred, AKB48 had cleverly rallied a separate fan base of non-conventiongoers, and a large throng of overwhelmingly middle-aged men clutched email printouts rather than tickets in line.
Bandai Entertainment has announced on Tuesday that music from the sola and true tears anime series are now availabe in Apple’s iTunes Store in the United States. Currently, the store offers Aira Yuki’s “Colorless Wind” and “Koi Shika Nakatta” songs from sola, and eufonius’ “Reflectia” and “Elekto” songs from true tears.
Mike’s Take: I always liked the True Tears songs, so I decided to buy the two singles (one for the OP and ED). I’ve had a very stressful past week or so, and the relaxing music was just what I needed to clear my head as I started working. To my surprise, I found myself listening to the B-sides (eufonius’s “Elekto” and Aira Yuuki’s “Soko ni Hitotsu Dake”) more than the main songs. They were the kind of soothing, fluffy pop I needed for today.
What’s actually encouraging is that this is just the beginning of a bunch of anime-related singles that Bandai and the big anisong record label, Lantis, will be releasing over the next several weeks. I remember they mentioned this deal at the Bandai panel at Comic Con, and this is just the first fruits of widely available, legal anime music in the US. Singles from Haruhi and Lucky Star are coming, among other things. As someone who remembers–and has, on occasion, purchased–$30 import CDs from Japan being the only legal way to acquire anime music, I think this is a very welcome development.
The hall was packed Saturday at Otakon, the line forming three hours beforehand and stretching around and back. Only the careful attentions of staffers kept it from devouring itself like an ouroboros of human bodies. Gear in hand, I sat in the press section and chatted with the official photographers while we waited for the seats to fill.
This is the full video of Pamela Moss of Makenai band singing her winning AX Idol entry, “Kouga Ninpouchou” (the OP of Basilisk). I think she does a great job here. Check out more works by her band, Makenai, at their Myspace profile–they do some great covers of other anime theme songs as well.
A short while back, the Japanese rock band The Pillows finished their Delicious Bump tour with all girl rock band the Noodles. While they were here in Los Angeles we stopped by to catch their show and have a brief chat with them.
Wow. I’m late to this news item, I guess, but better late than never: one of my favorite (since 1995) bands, Dream Theater, hired Gonzo Studio to do their latest music video:
It doesn’t really look like typical anime at all, not until you see some closeups of the female character and the eyes of both. There’s some CGI of future Paris in the end; stylistically, it really resembles rotoscoping like in Waking Life and A Scanner Darkly than traditional animation.
Musically, it’s DT’s catchiest song in a long time. They’re known–and loved by old prog rock folks like me–for their unabashed shredding and noodling in odd time signatures and for very lengthy songs. I’ve been into prog rock for years longer than I’ve been into anime, and with this, all my main interests–theology, music, writing, and anime–have at last met in a single blog!
(I know I’ve been absent for a while. Midterm season is over, though, so I should be joining the fray more in the coming days. Thanks for your patience.)
Today’s moment is not, properly speaking, a moment in the story of The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (Toki wo Kakeru Shoujo). It’s the ending song, “Garnet” by Hanaka Oku, which is not only sweet, melodic, and mood-appropriate–its lyrics fit the story well without being blindingly obvious or obnoxious. (One of my greatest disappointments was learning the English translation of the wonderful Russian choral song of Fullmetal Alchemist, “Bratya.” It was so…wooden and unworkable outside of FMA.) “Garnet” is probably the one anime song I listened to more this year than any other, for what I consider the finest anime film of the year.
Here’s the full, orchestrated version of the song, translated in the video itself: