Takayoshi Ohmura’s band UROBOROS to release its 2nd EP!

Was announced on Monday, BABYMETAL Kami Band God Of Guitar Takayoshi Ohmura parallel project UROBOROS announced the release of its 2nd EP called "Zodiac"! In addition announced a new solo show at Tsutaya O-East, more details below.

 

UROBOROS 2nd EP "Zodiac" out on Abril 20

UROBOROS has announced the release of its 2nd EP called "Zodiac" with 7 Tracks set for April 20, 2016 and the solo performance at Tsutaya O-East "The Ark Of Zodiac" set for April 29, 2016. 

 

In addition the band announced High Quality sound and High Quality board called HD Edition. The benefit is an Ultimate High Quality CD "UHQCD" available along with the Bluray Edition.  Tom-H@ck is featured as a sound producer following the previous album, Koji Yoda who works for album jackets of DIR EN GREY and the GazettE is the art director, and Takuya Tada is the MV director who works for BABYMETAL and kalafina.

 

To commemorate this release, UROBOROS will play its first solo show on April 29 to be held at Tsutaya O-East on April 29. The Pre-Sale Tickets started and are available until February 28 only for UROBOROS suscribers. 

 

RELEASE DETAILS: 

2nd EP "Zodiac"

To be released on April 20, 2006

Standard Edition (CD Only) 1.833Yen + Tax

 

HD Edition (UHQCD + Bluray) 3.000Yen + Tax

Bluray Contents: 

Zodiac Music Video

Making Of Zodiac

Uroboros secret live "Dark Redemption" digest

 

UROBOROS First solo show "The Ark OF Zodiac" 

Date: April 29, 2016

Doors Open: 17:00 - Curtain: 18:00 Japanese Time

Venue: Tsutaya O-East 

Advanced Tickets: 4.800Yen 

On the day Ticket: 5.300Yen

 

 

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For more details please visit UROBOROS, Official Site, click here


New Rinon’s Diary: Beginnings in Sakura Gakuin and advice from Suzuka Nakamoto

Sakura Gakuin Nendo 2015 Third Grader and Students Council President Rinon Isono wrote a Diary entry about her beginnings in Sakura Gakuin, the advices from Nendo 2012 President Suzuka Nakamoto and the support from the other BABYMETAL members Moa Kikuchi and Yui Mizuno, read the diary translated below. 

 

2016.02.13 - Rinon Isono new Diary Entry on Sakura Gakuin 

Hello, It's Isono!!

Today, I want to write about Sakura Gakuin.

 

In fact, Rinon took the audition for the founding members of Sakura Gakuin when I was a 3rd grader of elementary school. I've had no intention to make this secret, but I think I'll disclose this fact for the first time.

 

At the time, I didn't know I had been participating in the audition. I thought I was just taking lessons for one year. I then realized that those lessons had been the audition after my transfer-in was decided one year later!! I really believed those lessons were just lessons. When I became a 4th grader, I took the audition knowing it was an audition for Sakura girls. I had been adoring Sakura Gakuin and I had been pretending to dance Sakura songs so often. At the audition, I played 'Yumeni Mukatte' as a compulsory piece, and 'Kiseki' 【of Greeeen】as a free piece. To play a free piece, I was informed to bring an instrumental version of the song. But I brought a concert-version footage. Lately, I was told that a teacher of Sakura Gakuin had thought Rinon was an alien monster!? (Laughs)

 

New Rinon's Diary: Beginnings in Sakura Gakuin and advice from Suzuka Nakamoto

I could hear the hand-clapping of the footage while I was taking the audition and I felt as if I was playing a concert. But the result of the audition was not informed of for a long while and I thought I failed the audition. I was really disappointed. But the letter of acceptance finally came!!

 

I was told I was accepted bacause, first of all, my singing was clear and easy to catch. It was my first time to sing in front of strangers. So I sang without trying to show somthing better than me (and actually, I had no skills). And, it was very impressive to the teachers that I brought the concert-version.

 

At the time, one of the teachers of Sakura Gakuin was a person who spotted and recruited Rinon to show-biz world. When I was accepted, he said to me. "When we first met, Rinon said nothing at all. So I know you've improved a lot since those days. But I expect you to improve even further. Please try to improve yourself in Sakura Gakuin". The words made me moved and inspired me to try my very best.

 

There was a meeting with Sakura girls and new transfer-ins (Hana and Rinon) during a lesson for the Valentine concert. At the time, eight of founding members didn't anticipate that the number of members would grow, so I guess it was very confusing for them that they must accept two new girls!! We were the first transfer-ins into Sakura Gakuin and we were the youngest members but had never been pampered. We were treated just like other girls. Rinon was very happy to be able to dance with other Sakura girls.

 

And when I had some trouble, Suu-san kindly talked to me and advised me. After lessons, when I had to have voluntary practices, Moa, Yui, Hana and Hinata-chan often instructed me (or took practices together). They helped me a lot!!

 

Nowadays, some graduates tell me "I'm jelly of you". As they feel, Sakura Gakuin is now blessed with favorable condition and good people. Now, I can see far more pink flags than I saw when I stood on a stage for the first time. I feel very happy for it.

I know I must thank many people who is setting this good circumstance for us.

Now, the 'Road To Graduation' begin. 12 of us shall smile our very best till the last day of Sakura Gakuin 2015!!

 

 

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Translation by: Onji Kobe


Sakura Gakuin students diary: “Happy Valentine. Thank you very much!”

Sakura Gakuin Nendo 2015 students wrote a new diary entry to share their impressions after their show at Akasaka Blitz "The Road To Graduation 2015, Happy Valentine" on February 13. Maaya was abscent becuase was feeling unwell so Sara wrote a message from her. Read the diary translated below! 

 

Sakura Gakuin members impressions on "Happy Valentine" performance

Kurashima Sara, the 2nd grade of middle school.

Thank you very much for your coming to see us at our first concert in 2016.

How was the Valentine-present from us?? I hope you liked it!! Let's make a blast again in the next all-standing show.

 

Ooga Saki

We had an all-standing concert for the first time in a long while, and I got excited a lot. it was really fun.

I'm glad we could make a blast together with Fukei-sans! I shall smile my best in improving my dance further more! (I'm sorry for writing in too bold lines)

 

Fujihira Kano, the 5th grade of elementary school

This time, I'm very happy we could have a hyper moment together with you. Please look forward to the next concert!

 

●Okazaki Momoko

It's been two months since the last concert we played. So I was very nervous just before the opening. But everyone greeted us so warmly. I enjoyed the concerts, a lot!! Thank you very much.

 

Kurosawa Mirena, the 2nd grade of middle school

After a long while, we finally had concerts, all-standing ones! I was too happy. Thank you for your making a blast! I shall smile my best in everything, as always. :D

 

Yamaide Aiko, middle school

I enjoyed the Valentine concerts very much!!

This time, we played with 11 members, but I think we could send a good power to Maaya!!

Thank you very much!!

 

Shirai Saki, the 3rd grade of middle school

Thank you very much for your coming to see us at the Valentine concerts! I'm glad we could unveil the new song and we could have happy moments with you. Let's make a blast again in our Road To Graduation events!

 

Yoshida Soyoka, the 5th grade of elementary school

Thank you very much. I enjoyed the show, a lot. Thank you for your coming to the next show!

 

Isono Rinon

Thank you for coming to see us, and supporting us from a distance!

How was our performance of MGT, MagicMelody and the new song?

 

Okada Megumi, the 1st grade of middle school

Thank you for coming to the Valentine concerts!! I'm very happy we could have wonderful moment with you Fukei-sans after a long while. Did you catch our hearts???

 

Hidaka Marin, the 6th grade of elementary school

Thank you very much for your coming to the Valentine concerts!!

I shall smile my best in the next 'Road to' concert!

See you again.

 

Asou Maaya, the 6th grade of elementary school (Sara is writing in her behalf)

I'm sorry for causing you worry.

Maaya is now struggling to make myself healthy as fast as possible!

I can't wait to see you Fukei-sans at the next concert.

 

 

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Translation by: Onji Kobe


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Japanese band Babymetal are also playing a concert at The SSE Arena, Wembley. On average, it takes an act five years from releasing their debut album to graduating to an arena, although 43% of headliners achieve the status within three years.


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Watch the new Sakura Gakuin program on #LoGiRL, February 15

New Sakura Gakuin program featuring this week Shirai Saki, Kano Fujihira, Marin Hidaka and Rinon Isono show us their charms in today's LoGiRL. Very special show including footage of their latest show "The Road To Graduation 2015, Happy Valentine" last Saturday, watch the full show below! 

 

Sakura Gakuin on #LoGiRL with footage of Happy Valentine at Akasaka Blitz! 

New Sakura Gakuin program featuring this week on LoGiRL featuring the Third Grader Shirai Saki, Kano Fujihira, Marin Hidaka and Students Council President Rinon Isono along with Mori-Sensei! In this very special program the girls talk about their latest performance on February 13 at Akasaka Blitz "The Road To Graduation 2015, Happy Valentine" including footage of the shows! 

 

In addition the "nickname" segment where the girls are asked the alternate names of different things!

Watch the full program below courtesy of our collaborator MissingReel!

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“Sakura Gakuin The Road To Graduation 2015 Final” Live Viewing Information 

Sakura Gakuin Nendo 2015 announced the Live Viewing details for "The Road To Graduation 2015 Final, Sakura Gakuin Graduation 2015" event to take place on March 27. The event can be watched in cinemas around Japan, check the details below! 

 

Live Viewing details for Sakura Gakuin Graduation Event on March 27

Sakura Gakuin announced the Live Viewing in movie theaters details for "The Road To Graduation 2015 Final, Sakura Gakuin Graduation 2015" after the performance at Akasaka Blitz for "The Road To Graduation 2015, Happy Valentine". 

 

March 27 of 2016 (Sunday)

Start time: 17:00 Japanese Time

Venues: Cinemas around the country

*Cinema opening ties are different for each venue, please notice. 

 

Advanced Tickets: 2.500Yen (Including Tax, all seats are specified) 

On the day Tickets: 3.000Yen (Including Tax, all seats are specified)

 

Organizer: Amuse Inc.

Distributor: Live Viewing Japan 

 

For more details and full movie theaters list around Japan please refer to Live Viewing Japan special page. 

Sakura Gakuin Official Website, click here.

Live Viewing Japan Website, click here.


Sakura Gakuin 3rd Graders: Rinon, Ooga and Shirai interviewed on Tokyo FM

Sakura Gakuin Nendo 2015 Third Graders Rinon Isono, Ooga Saki and Shirai Saki were interviewed on Tokyo FM's program "DI:GA Motegi Broadcast" to talk about their upcoming Gradation event in March and their favorite memories as Sakura Gakuin members, read an excerpt of the interview and listen the full program. 

 

The girls talk about "Song For Smiling", "Chime" and Tsutaya O-East 2015

Sakura Gakuin Third Graders Students Council President Rinon Isono, Ooga Saki and Shirai Saki were interviewed on Tokyo FM "DI:GA Motegi Broadcasting". The girls talked about the "The Road To Graduation 2015 Final, Sakura Gakuin Graduatoin 2015" event to take place on March 27 at Kanagawa Prefectural Hall and their favorite memories as Sakura Gakuin members.

 

Ooga Saki's favorite memory is her first Music Video in Sakura Gakuin: 

"The first music video shoot, 'Song For Smiling'" said Ooga, and her interaction with Nendo 2014 Graduate and BABYMETAL member Moa Kikuchi in the recording session. 

 

In case of Rinon, when she sang "Chime" for the first time and was told "Sing to the microphone" because she wasn't used to sing with microphones and didn't know the basics. 

 

In case of Shirai Saki, her favorite memory as Sakura Gakuin member was the performance on September 27 of 2015 (Report here) where her birthday was celebrate and she was the producer "After School Number Magic" and "Shirai Saki, charmed as representative of the Fukei-San" at Tsutaya O-East. When she was between the audience and the stage an the rest of the members sang and performed for her, that was her most favorite moment and will remain in her memories. 

 

Listen the full interview below! Audio by Tokyo FM

 

Sakura Gakuin 3rd Graders: Rinon, Ooga and Shirai interviewed on Tokyo FM
Sakura Gakuin 3rd Graders: Rinon, Ooga and Shirai interviewed on Tokyo FM


Oricon Style: Sakura Gakuin the healthy Idol Group

Oricon Style report about the "growth period limited" Idol Groups focused in the process of Sakura Gakuin's member devolpment process and the final result based on its graduates: BABYMETAL (Suzuka Nakamoto, Yui Mizuno and Moa Kikuchi), Ayaka Miyoshi and Airi Matsui. Check the translation of the report below! 

 

Stick in the conspicuous "growth period limited" in the "aging" towards Idol Scene

Looking at the recent years of the Idol Scene, the extension and the duration of the groups, sometimes the active period "as Idol" of each individual members are prolonged, there are over 20's. It's heard also the skeptical voice in terms of metabolism. Referred to such "growth period limited unit", the group Sakura Gakuin which is formed only with Elementary and Junior High School students is not carried out to be "in contact" in events as handshake meetings which become mainstream in the recent years. Forced to be graduated from the group after the Junior High Graduation. However, the members post-graduation are forming their own standing position in various fields. 

 

The success of the Pop Group, focused in the talent development in the "practice". 

 

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Translator note: Report use examples on AKB48 members and their graduations. 

Translation continues with our main focus, BABYMETAL and Sakura Gakuin

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-BABYMETAL and Ayaka Miyoshi turn out,  that their success in their develompent in various fields is not being bound to the past.  

 

Oricon Style: Sakura Gakuin the healthy Idol Group

Aside the reluctance of the 3 graduation, there is an advantage for the future. Also with this popular Idols, there is a strong image as actress, if with a graduation within the color of the Idol doesn't have, smoothly reached the next devolpment. In fact, the other, the graduate Ayaka Miyoshi model since the Fiscal Year 2011, appeared as heroine in the drama "Angel Heart" (NTV), is still active as actress. In addition the same is for Airi Matsui with modeling and movie appearances and appointed to many Commercials. Both currently are 19 Years Old, they have spread their activities in a wide range of genres. 

 

In addition, the major feature of Sakura Gakuin, is not including the handshake meeting (AKA Meet & Greet), such "contact" event is inherent. The handshake meeting of students and Fukei is not required... in theory, by far had better CD sales. But members are still Elementary and Junior High School students, it has been considered to not apply an excessive burden. Moreover, BABYMETAL was formed as part of the Sakura Gakuin activities, the fusion has attracted the worldwide attention to the Idol, who served as opening act in United States for Lady Gaga. Without any result, the handshake meeting, has jumped over the frame of the Japanese Idol. The implication is strong in Sakura Gakuin than the investment, from the ending of a teenager as Idol, leaving the talent of people who can work, in the long term also benefit as a business. Although there is leading office with unique stance. 

 

Oricon Style: Sakura Gakuin the healthy Idol Group

The Idol stalls after the graduation, there is also a skills shortage in addition to the image above. To support the growth of the Japanese Idol Culture, it's good even not perfect. But, sometimes there is tension on Idol adults, even when are issued in rough seas of the entertainment industry in their 20s they remain immature and be replaced ending in something harsh. 

 

Sakura Gakuin honed their skills as Idols up to this 3, to build on it, after is prepared to live as an indivdual. The deployment after the graduation is free, are also members who retired after the graduation at the same time from the entertainment industry with the aim of nurses. The result it was looking at it from the Idol activity. Miyoshi and Matsui, but also of course produced the great BABYMETAL, Sakura Gakuin is also helping to show the growth in the entertainment, as well to place the learning of Elementary and Junior High School students talent, it might be said that is a "Healthy" Idol Group. 

 

 

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Report by: Oricon Style

Translation by: Hitoshi Sugioka


10 Japanese Musicians To Add To Your Playlist – WhatCulture

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10 Japanese Musicians To Add To Your Playlist
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Many Western metal fans know about Babymetal, the unholy alliance between metal and Jpop. However, most of us would be hard pressed to name other famous Japanese musicians. So, compiled here is a list of great Japanese musicians you should know …


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BABYMETALを背後から支える凄腕サポート「神バンド」とは!? – okmusic UP’s

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BABYMETALを背後から支える凄腕サポート「神バンド」とは!?
okmusic UP’s
彼女たちのライブになくてはならない存在となっているのが通称「神バンド」と呼ばれるサポートバンドです。 日本トップクラスの演奏力を持つメンバーが集結し結成された神バンド。 BABYMETALの海外評価の高さもこの神バンドのサポートがあってこそなのです。 今回はそんな神 …


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