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Love Live! Sunshine!! Itasha bicycles available for rental in Numazu City!

Visiting Love Live! Sunshine!! pilgrimage (Numazu) sites can be quite a hassle on foot. However, starting from August 1, there will be Aqours’ Itasha bicycles available for rental!

On August 25, Numazu City collaborated with Sankemikaru launched a campaign using Love Live! Sunshine!! Itasha bicycles to increase visibility at night.
Furthermore, these Itasha will be used to promote tourism around the Numazu City.

Continue reading Love Live! Sunshine!! Itasha bicycles available for rental in Numazu City!

Love Live! officials are cracking down on copyrighted items and doujinshi. Melon Books have discontinued Love Live related Doujinshi.

 

Love Live! officials have started to crack down on infringed Love Live! products.

Japan’s well-known doujinshi retailer, Melon Books have issued a notice that they’ll be taking down and discontinuing any sales of Love Live! related doujinshi.
It is believed that Melon Books are following up with the addressed announcement by the Love Live! officials.

Melon Books have already removed the Love Live! capsule machines and related doujinshi books goods.

Currently, many doujinshi artists are puzzled on the “boundaries” of the infringement.

Originally, it was thought that the previous announcements were only for counterfeit official goods. However, doujinshi is affected as well. Continue reading Love Live! officials are cracking down on copyrighted items and doujinshi. Melon Books have discontinued Love Live related Doujinshi.

[Love Live] Sunshiner improper etiquette during Bushiroibu!

After Aqours live, most sunshiners went to play their smartphones, went home, threw away distribution items and cluttered the bins.

“Good work on the Bushira!
Some points for sunshiners to improve
・Don’t come if you’re just interested in Aqours
・Don’t play your smartphone after Aqours
・Don’t leave just because Aqours is over
・Don’t throw away other distribution fliers just because you are interested in Aqours only
・Don’t throw away souvenir towels
・Remember the milky call
・Don’t scatter the garbage around”

Some comments by the Japanese:
– I went to the Bushira but Aqours fans were sickly cold during milky and they were playing with smartphones.

-By the way, the reputation of Love liver, which had already went downhill, is going to fall further. Although the contents were really good, but the quality of the fans is really garbage.

-Rather than resting.
It was a song with no physical strength for the call.
Everyone was terrible.

Basically, it’s about respecting other seiyuu/artistes.

Pile’s thoughts on μ’sic Forever

Felt it has been a long time since I’ve written such a long blog post.
It has been a year since FINAL LOVE LIVE. The time has been going by so fast.
There were lots of interviews after FINAL LOVE LIVE!, and I thought there will be lots of opportunities to talk about my own feelings about it.
It has been a busy 6 years, but also a fulfilling one. I have gained lots of precious experiences. Continue reading Pile’s thoughts on μ’sic Forever

Aqours First Live LEAKED in China

Love Live! Sunshine!! Aqours First Love Live! ~Step! ZERO to ONE~ was held on 25th – 26th February at Yokohama Area. The two days of concerts were also broadcasted in overseas such as Hong Kong, Taiwan, Korea, Southeast Asia and Australia.

However, just last night, several large Love Live groups in China were tipped that some online sites were selling Aqours Leaked concerts video, and has since caused a lot of controversy.

Firstly, the satellite broadcasting, which means the actual raw concert clips will be transmitted real-time through the satellite and to the rest of the world.

It was suspected that the satellite transmissions signal were intercepted, and the hacking is completely at a different level of approach.

 

“Someone selling the leaked concert videos online”

 

“Based on this screenshot, you can see that the videos have a large capacity, and both were uploaded in the night after the concert. And there are reasons to believe that the videos were leaked for profiting purposes.”

 

The two days clips reportedly having overseas broadcasting notice screen. The videos were in HD, and definitely not through illegal filming but directly (hacked?) from the officials.

In comparison to the Live Viewing, the leaked content can be described as “Authentic”, including the NG part of Rikyako (Rikako Aida).
Of course, the official Blu-ray Disc sales will make some corrections to the sound. But to some people, the raw footage might be more “worthy” for collections than the edited BD.

In fact, this was not the first time. The leaks have been rampant in China since 2015, with LoveLive! 5th Live followed by LoveLive! Final Live being leaked out. Coincidentally, it happened every time on their live broadcasting.

According to sources, the leaked broadcasting was already an “open secret”, those “fans that do not have the money to attend the broadcasting” would resort to piracy.
The tickets supply were “little” and basically sold out very quickly. There was no other broadcast live, and the nearest places would be either Hong Kong or Taiwan. Thus, lots of time and money will be needed and obtain through piracy is more “convenient”. “There were many LoveLiver in the mainland, and this type of business is very profitable”.

The leaked videos have since sparked discussions. Most fans understood that the leaked was not only illegal piracy, and totally not a desirable outcome. And once if spread to the Japanese officials, they might be banned from having any future Love Live! activities. Some argued that the leaked is their only way to “support” since they couldn’t attend the Live or to buy the BD.

Last week, the Sword Art Online Movie were leaked from Singapore & Malaysia, and have caught the licensor ODEX’s attention to address the issues.
ODEX has sternly pointed out that “because of this irresponsible behaviour”, Singapore & Malaysia might be “blacklisted” from the release of animated films.

It’s rumoured that piracy in China is “inevitable” and it’s an unknown on how the Japanese will be handling the issues.
However, if future overseas broadcasting were to be cancelled then good luck to all the overseas fans 🙂

The official BD sales might be months after the actual Live, but piracy is absolutely illegal no matter what reasons.
Supporting the Officials products are the genuine deal in support the industry.

 

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Anisong Singer – Ray officially announces her retirement. [アニソン歌手][Ray][アーティスト活動引退を発表]

Ray officially announced her retirement as a singer on her blog due to her personal reasons.

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Ray’s final live performance scheduled to be held in the summer of 2017.
It has been five years since her major debut as a singer.
Ray thanked her fans for being supportive of her for the past five years, and she is truly sorry for the sudden announcement.

[Translation to be out soon!  8:03pm]

“To my always supportive fans,

Thank you so much for your warm support.

I, Ray, have decided to have my final live performance held in the summer of 2017,
and I will be graduating from my artist activities.

Today have been roughly five years since my major debut,
I have really met a lot of people, sang in various places, experienced various things that I cannot normally experience.
And more than anything, I was able to meet many wonderful fans.

I have been fond of singing since I was a child.
I have always wanted to bring the smile to everyone, even if it’s a little.
It has been my utmost effort and I have enjoyed all the past activities.
On the other hand, since last year I began to dwell on my life and future,
What can I do other than singing?
I have questioned this myself.

Under these circumstances, I have found another unfulfilled big dream,
and I want to challenge it.

I have discussed it with my staff, and we came to a consensus.
The staff accepted my selfish decisions and wishes.

And more than anything, announcing this abruptly to my fans,
I am really sorry.

Next month I will refrain from my one-man live since the 5th anniversary of my debut,
however, various other event appearances have been decided.
Until that day till I graduate from being a singer, I will still be the usual cheerfully and brightly me.
I think,
I am glad to have spent the happiness time together.
January 25, 2017
Ray”

http://ameblo.jp/going-my-ray/entry-12241212258.html

Ray is best known for singing the theme songs for the To LOVE-Ru Darkness series, Nagi no Asukara, and Ao no Kanata no Four Rhythm.

 

 


Really thank you! I’ll always support your decision.

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Aya Uchida reveals that she had a vocal cord nodules surgery and currently “Recovering well”.[内田彩][声帯結節の手術]「内田彩」「声帯結節の手術」「経過は良好」

On January 21th, Aya Uchida revealed that she had performed a vocal cord nodules surgery earlier this year.
This was mentioned during Uchida Aya 1st single “SUMILE SMILE” release commemoration SPECIAL event @ TORANOANA Akihabara store C 4F event floor.

Ucchi managed to take 2 weeks break during the start of the year.
And assured fans that she is progressively recovering well.

Ucchi had this uncomfortable throat issues since Final Love Live performance at Tokyo Dome.

Continue reading Aya Uchida reveals that she had a vocal cord nodules surgery and currently “Recovering well”.[内田彩][声帯結節の手術]「内田彩」「声帯結節の手術」「経過は良好」