Voice Actor Shimabukuro Miyuri in Carole & Tuesday

If you’re looking for an amazing anime to binge on before the year ends, look no further than Carole & Tuesday which is streaming on Netflix (US). It has a great story, great music, and a great message. Voice actor Shimabukuro Miyuri (島袋美由利) from Okinawa voices Carole (singing is done by Nai Br.XX) and although …

“BENI invited to Anime Expo 2010” – Tokyograph

Singer BENI (24), who just achieved her first #1 album this past week with “Lovebox,” has been confirmed as an official Guest of Honor for this year’s Anime Expo convention in Los Angeles. Anime Expo 2010 is being held on July 1-4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. BENI is scheduled to perform a concert …

Aya Ueto returns to music with “Reborn” theme – Tokyograph

Tokyograph: Actress Aya Ueto is set to release her first single in two years. The song, titled ‘Smile for…,’ is originally part of a concept album for the Smile Project 2009, a music collection intended to bring smiles to faces across Japan. However, it has also been selected as the new ending theme for the …

Veteran Amami utasha Ikue Asazaki

We often focus on the new singers from Amami-Oshima like Rikki Nakano, Chitose Hajime, Kosuke Atari, and Minami Kizuki, leaving out the traditional singers. So, better late than never, no? Ikue Asazaki is a veteran utasha (now in her 70s) who has been singing Amami shimauta since picking it up from her father and regarded …

Amuro does animated music video – Tokyograph

Namie Amuro’s new song ‘Dr.’ will be made into an anime music video. This is the first time that one of her music videos will be a fully animated work. In addition, Amuro will appear in it as an animated character. A group of more than forty of Japan’s leading creators, deemed the ‘strongest’ in …

Gakky works with Ghibli for new single – Tokyograph

Actress Yui Aragaki is collaborating with Studio Ghibli for her upcoming single, ‘piece.’ Ghibli’s Yoshiyuki Momose directed the title song’s music video, as well as contributing art for the CD jacket. The collaboration came about after Aragaki served as the guide of an NHK music program last May that focused on Disney and Ghibli songs. …

Aya Ueto set to star in an animation titled “Baton”

Sure to be on every film buffs need-to-watch-this-or-I’m-nobody list is the upcoming animation “Baton,” by directors (whose work I very much admire) Shunji Iwai and Ryuhei Kitamura. If that wasn’t enough, it was announced that Aya Ueto will be starring in the main role (of Michal) for the animated film. Aya starred in the film …

Stereo Pony steps up from “Bleach” to “Gundam” – Tokyograph

The new Okinawan girls band Stereo Pony is on a roll. Last month, they released their debut single ‘Hitohira no Hanabira,’ which was used as the ending theme of the hit anime series ‘Bleach.’ Now, they will be doing the theme song for the ‘Mobile Suit Gundam 00’ series, starting on January 11. The ‘Gundam’ …