So, I heard a rumor that the K-ON! songs were so popular that they would probably be included in this year’s 紅白 (kouhaku), the end of the year Japanese music show that has been a tradition for millions. It broadcasts outside of Japan, so check your local listings (generally on the local Japanese channel).
And the voice actresses are doing a live event on December 30th in Yokohama. See the public site for more details. Here is the TV spot:
Dreams come true! While I can’t go to the Yokohama event, I will be happy to know there will probably be videos.
Why do I love K-ON! so damn much?!?!
In other news, Perfume is going to be on 紅白 again this year. I’m guessing One Room Disco will be their song, since it is the only song I ever heard from them this whole year. Last year’s performance was kind of weak, so I’m not holding my breath on this one.
Tags: けいおん！, concert, high school, Japanese girls, japanese high school girls, K-ON!, keion, kohaku, live, music, perfume, Scandal, seifuku
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OMG, I hate my life sometimes. I just heard that 宇多田ヒカル (Utada Hikaru) is doing a little mini-tour/listening session thing for “This Is The One” in 3 US cities. If it was in San Fransisco, I would sadly just justify not being able to go, but that fact that the 3 cities are Miami, New York, and LA (at the Sephora store in Hollywood, which is in LA for those who don’t know), I really want to go. BUT I am working until 8 pm this whole week, and the LA event is March 24th from 6pm-8pm.
Of all the stupid timing…
Go RSVP for the event on the facebook page.
Tags: ヒッキ, concert, crap, hikki, Hollywood, live, Los Angeles, music, Sephora, timing, Utada, 宇多田ヒカル
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If you follow my blog at all, you know I love me some ニコニコ動画 (NicoNicoDouga). People in the English speaking Intartubes seem to call it the “Japanese YouTube.” I can’t disagree more. The Japanese YouTube is the rest of the world’s YouTube; Japanese people use YouTube as much as anyone else.
BUT ニコ動 (NicoDou) is different. It is a special sort of community of otaku sharing videos with each other. On YouTube, people post videos of themselves for Internet fame. On ニコ動, they put masks on so you specifically never know who they are.
The comments on YouTube are labeled with your name and lazily put at the bottom of the video. ニコ動 has the comments streaming accross the video. It really captures the Anime Convention mentality. Basically, you are with a lot of other people enjoying a video. If you’ve never been to an Anime Convention, you might not get how different it is to watch something with other like minded people. Think of a movie theater, but more personal.
Well, ニコ動 has grown into version (ββ) (say “double-beta”). What is new about (ββ)? Well, they have recognized that it really is the community that makes the site so special. While the regular videos give you the feeling that you are simultaneously watching it with others, the new features will take this to the next level and make it so you ARE watching it with others in REAL TIME!
First off, they have a new feature they have announced called 「ニコニコ広場」 (“NicoNicoHiroba“):
The idea? Gather in a place and talk using the ニコニコ動画 system. And it will hold thousands of people! I can’t wait. It will open sometime this month.
The other feature is something called ユーザー生放送 (Yuuzaa NamaHousou):
This is basically making your own live program to be shown on ニコ動. Sounds like fun! This feature is open now in case you want to go see what people are putting on. I personally have never been able to get a seat since I’m not a premium member… yet!
Anyway, this looks like it might be the dawn of a new era. But I can’t help but wonder if these will have any real effect on my ニコニコ動画 usage. The 広場 sounds like fun, so I can’t wait to try that out. I will report back on how it is.
Tags: ユーザー, 生放送, double beta, hiroba, Internet, ββ, live, NicoNicoDouga, NicoNicoHiroba, nicovideo, plaza, user, version update, websites, 広場
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