Macross Crossover Live A.D. 2009x45x49

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F-Tama, the official fan club for the Macross Frontier science-fiction anime, has announced to its members on Saturday that it is holding two “Macross Crossover Live A.D. 2009x45x49” concerts at the Makuhari Messe convention complex near Tokyo on October 17 and October 18.

The “galaxy’s biggest crossover” will feature Mari Iijima (Lynn Minmay in The Super Dimension Fortress Macross), Yoshiki Fukuyama (the singing voice of Macross 7’s Basara Nekki), Chie Kajiura (the singing voice of Macross 7’s Mylene Jenius), May’n (the singing voice of Macross Frontier’s Sheryl Nome) and Megumi Nakajima (Macross Frontier’s Ranka Lee).

This is the second event to mark the “first year of Macross” after the Macross “space launching ceremony” in February. (The first episode of the first Macross series aired in 1982, but its story was set in February of 2009.) The first Macross Frontier film will open in Japan on November 21.

Tickets are already available to people who join the F-Tama club between Saturday and July 25. People who joined the club before can purchase tickets between July 13 and July 29. The organizers plan to offer the remaining tickets to the general public on August 22, initially through the FamilyMart convenience store chain’s ticketing system.

The last time that this many singers from this many Macross series held a concert together was in 2007’s “Macross 25th Anniversary Live: Minmay meets Fire Bomber” concert. During that concert, Iijima, Fukuyama, Kajiura, Nakajima, and Nobutoshi Hayashi (Basara’s speaking and occasional singing voice) performed.

Since Nakajima had just been selected in a nationwide audition and Macross Frontier was months away from its television premiere, Nakajima had sung the “Voices” song from Macross Plus.

The last time that more Macross performers were on stage together was in “Macross One-Night Stand“, the 15th Anniversary Live concert in 1997. That concert featured Iijima, Fukuyama, Hiroko Kasahara (Ishtar in Macross II), Akino Arai (one of the singing voices for Myung Fang Lone and Sharon Apple in Macross Plus), and Yoko Kanno (composer and pianist in Macross Plus).

Kanno held a Seatbelts concert this month that featured songs from Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Macross Frontier, Arjuna、RahXephon, Macross Plus, Wolf’s Rain, Cowboy Bebop, The Vision of Escaflowne, Aquarion, Card Captor Sakura, and other titles. More at: ANN

I.G. Animates New Maaya Sakamoto Music Clip UNIVERSE

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Production I.G and Victor Entertainment have teamed up to produce a fully animated music clip for the song “Universe,” performed by Japanese pop singer Maaya Sakamoto and included in the artist’s forthcoming album, “30minutes night flight,” to be released in Japan on March 21, 2007.

The video clip will be made available on DVD format in the limited double-disc edition of the album.

The beautifully animated bitter-sweet atmosphere of “Universe,” that unfolds like a watercolor-painted picture book, is the creative accomplishment of a most promising duo concealed under the collective pseudonym of Gekidan INU Curry, who designed the characters and directed the film produced at Production I.G’s Studio 4 under the supervision of line producer Hidekazu Terakawa (“Jin-Roh,” “IGPX”).

The “Universe” Story Concept: Under the night sky feebly illuminated by twinkling stars, a little girl wanders alone through a magic world that is not today and not tomorrow, inhabited by 6 billion of lonesome souls. What will she encounter in her solitary journey?

Maaya Sakamoto (坂本 真綾 Sakamoto Maaya) was born on March 31, 1980, she started her professional career as a singer at 15, when her talent was discovered by world-famous composer and music producer Yoko Kanno. She made her debut in 1996 as the voice of Hitomi Kanzaki in the hit anime series The Vision of Escaflowne.

In addition, she sang the opening song “Yakusoku wa Iranai” and the movie closing song “Yubiwa”. She has since teamed up with composer Yoko Kanno and has had many subsequent voice roles in anime such as Record of Lodoss War, Kanon, RahXephon, Gundam SEED DESTINY, .hack//SIGN, and others.

She also has had voice roles in video games such as Panzer Dragoon Saga, Kingdom Hearts, Fullmetal Alchemist 3: Kami wo Tsugu Shoujo, and Napple Tale. She also does the voice of Padmé Amidala in the Japanese dub of Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III and Max in the television series Dark Angel. She plays the role of Eponine in the Japanese production of Les Misérables.

On her singer side, Sakamoto has released five solo albums, one mini album, numerous singles, and two singles collections. In December 2003, she released her fourth original album, Shounen Alice, and a DVD of a short original movie from thedirector of Mizu no Onna called 03†. Sakamoto occasionally writes her own lyrics but most often works with others.

Frequent collaborators include Yuuho Iwasato for Japanese songs and Tim Jensen for English songs. In 2004, Sakamoto’s new fanclub “Idling Stop” opened. Composer Yoko Kanno worked with Sakamoto up until Yūnagi LOOP, her fifth album, which has no songs composed by Kanno. Her new album 30 minutes night flight is advertised to be released on March 21, 2007. More at: ANS