Model and actress Tamashiro Tina will have a voice actress role in Hosoda Mamoru’s 2021 anime feature film BELLE. She will perform the part of Watanabe Ruka, a classmate of the main heroine of the story Suzu (Belle). Below is a tweet from Studio Chizu featuring Tamashiro Tina introducing herself for the role.
I’ve watched every film from Hosoda so I’m really looking forward to this one and now there’s an added bonus with an Uchinanchuu in the cast!
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 she’s only been active since 2017, her filmography is already impressive. We look forward to seeing (rather, hearing) more of her in 2021!
What says pop culture better than a pop icon (Domo-kun) and the most epic television series created about Okinawa’s history, NHK’s “Ryukyu no Kaze“? You’ll have to pass a quiz to win the wallpaper so head on over to NHK’s special Taiga Drama 50 site to get started!
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 on July 3 at the Nokia Theater.
BENI, who used to perform under her full name Beni Arashiro, once attended an elementary school in San Diego, California. However, this will be her first time performing as a singer in the continental United States.
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 ‘Katekyo Hitman Reborn!’ anime series.
The single is set for a CD release on June 3 and a chaku-uta release on April 1. Because the song will begin airplay on ‘Katekyo Hitman Reborn!’ starting April 4, priority was given for the chaku-uta release.
Like Ueto, ‘Smile for…’ is a positive and upbeat song that gives off a feeling of ‘spring.’ It was written and composed by singer Kohmi Hirose, who is involved in the Smile Project 2009.
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 as a genius of the music. While Ikue has had indie record releases since 1997, it wasn’t until 2002 that she had her first major label release with the album “Utaba Utayun” on Universal Music. According to her Wikipedia page, “Utaba Utayun” is one of her most famous, notably for the song “Obokuri Eeumi,” which was featured in the anime “Samurai Champloo” (see below video).
With 2005’s “Obokuri” (Toshiba EMI) being her last major label release, Ikue has since returned as an indies musician with her most recent album released on 2007 titled “Hamasaki” from the HIGH CONTRAST RECORDINGS label. Ikue’s official website can be found here.
(Nifee deebitan to Shari Tamashiro for bringing the singer to my attention.)
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 animation, was assembled for the project. Special animators from movies, commercials, and video games are involved, including studios like the up-and-coming Kamikaze Douga, SUNRISE, and Studio Jack. The previous credits of these artists include the ‘Dragon Quest’ series, ‘AKIRA,’ ‘Steamboy,’ and ‘Pokemon.’ Leading the project is creative director Shuichi Sato, known primarily for commercials such as Vidal Sassoon.
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. An offer to produce the music video was given in November, and Momose agreed after hearing the song. Momose’s previous work includes ‘Ghiblies Episode 2’ and music videos for artists such as capsule.
In addition to the animated music video, a second live-action video is also being made. Likewise, the CD jacket will come in three flavors – one illustrated by Aragaki, one illustrated by Momose, and one featuring a photo of Aragaki’s face.