JapanFiles brings the SKA with Hoi Festa and All Japan Goith!
January 28, 2009 - JapanFiles.com debuts two new Japanese ska bands on its website this week - All Japan Goith and Hoi Festa!
High-energy party band All Japan Goith was hand-picked by Orange Range to join them on their label Spice Records, then opened for Orange Range on a national tour of Japan. The four releases by All Japan Goith are accompanied by two more releases under their former artist name, SKA Shippe.
Hoi Festa is best known to anime fans for their opening theme for "Powerpuff Girls Z."
For Japanese ska fans who just can't get enough, Asakusa Jinta just announced their return to SXSW for the 2009 Japan Nite show! Their debut CD "SKY Zero" is also on JapanFiles.com.
All Japan Goith
All Japan Goith (SKA Shippe) was formed in 2001 for a school event, then began performing local live concerts. Orange Range liked their performance and brought them to their label Spice Records. In 2002, they released their first album "We are SKA Shippe." They supported Orange Range's Japan concert tour, joined SummerSonic, and released their second album "Skashitamin AG" in 2004. After the Peaceful Love Rock Festival in Okinawa, they changed their name to All Japan Goith..
Formed in 2003, all the members of Hoi Festa came from different cities, were born in different years, and are both tall and short. With lyrics written by vocalist Achi, bass player Minami does double-duty on lyrics and music with additional musical help from keyboardist Marcy. Hoi Festa is gaining popularity in Japan for their female-focused lyrics and powerful live concerts.
Their song "Jig the Upper" was featured as one of the opening themes for "Powerpuff Girls Z" in Japan.
All Japan Goith and Hoi Festa appear on JapanFiles.com by arrangement with Spice Records.
All Japan Goith on JapanFiles.com - http://www.japanfiles.com/
All Japan Goith Official MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/
All Japan Goith Official Website - http://ajg.spicemusic.jp/
SKA Shippe on JapanFiles.com - http://www.japanfiles.com/
Hoi Festa on JapanFiles.com - http://www.japanfiles.com/
Hoi Festa Official MySpace - http://www.myspace.com/
Hoi Festa Official Website - http://hoifesta.com/
Asakusa Jinta on JapanFiles.com - http://www.japanfiles.com/
All Japan Goith - Asayake
All Japan Goith - Shall We Dance (live)
Hoi Festa - Asuka
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CHRISTOPHER HART, author of KIDS DRAW BIG BOOK OF EVERYTHING MANGA, is the world’s best-selling author of drawing and cartooning books, with more than 2.5 million copies in print in 20 languages. Renowned for up-to-the-minute content and easy-to-follow steps, Hart’s books have become staples for a new generation of aspiring artists and professionals.
Kids are drawn to manga like magnets, and Christopher Hart’s manga titles are among the hottest sellers of all his books. Now, Watson-Guptill has gathered four of Hart’s best-selling Kids Draw books and combined them into one giant manga book: KIDS DRAW BIG BOOK OF EVERYTHING MANGA!
This book is a must-have for several reasons:
· Manga, or Japanese comics, is the fastest-growing section of the comic and graphic novel industry, but it had no representation at all in the children’s arts and crafts area until Christopher Hart launched several of his book series.
· This book is continues a successful presence in the children’s area for manga lovers and is a must-have for fans of Christopher Hart’s fabulous how-to draw instruction books.
· These days, many teachers incorporate the use of cartoons to help in the classroom. Cartoons and comics spark children’s imaginations and can often make a lesson seem more fun and exciting, allowing conversations to flow in new and interesting ways.
VIZ MEDIA LAUNCHES LANDMARK IMPRINT ‘HAIKASORU’ TO PUBLISH ACCLAIMED JAPANESE SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS
First-Of-Its-Kind Imprint Launches This Summer To Publish The Best In Contemporary Japanese Science Fiction Novels
San Francisco, CA, January 27, 2009 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), one of the entertainment industry’s most innovative and comprehensive publishing, animation and licensing companies, has announced the launch of a brand-new imprint called Haikasoru, which will publish an array of contemporary Japanese science fiction (SF) and fantasy stories for English-speaking audiences. This is the first time an imprint with a dedicated focus on Japanese SF has launched in North America.
Haikasoru is scheduled to publish twelve books a year and launches in the summer of 2009 with four titles: The Lord of the Sands of Time by Issui Ogawa, All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka, ZOO by Otsuichi, and Usurper of the Sun by Housuke Nojiri.
Haikasoru will be helmed by Nick Mamatas, a respected author of science fiction as well as an editor at VIZ Media. Mamatas is the author of two novels, which have been nominated for the Bram Stoker Award and Germany's Kurd Lasswitz Prize.
"I'm thrilled to be a part of this new imprint,” says Mamatas. “Haikasoru is making history with the future. Finally, SF is going global."
The Lord of the Sands of Time by Issui Ogawa – Price: $13.99 U.S./CAN $16.00
Sixty-two years after human life on earth was annihilated by rampaging aliens, the enigmatic cyborg Messenger O is sent back in time with the mission to unite the humanity of past eras—during World War II and in ancient Japan, even back at the dawn of humanity—in order to defeat the alien invasion before it begins. But amidst a future shredded by war, love also waits for O. Will O save humanity only to doom himself? The Lord of the Sands of Time was nominated for the prestigious Seiun Award, the leading award for Japanese science fiction, the winners of which are selected each year by members of the Japanese National Science Fiction Convention. Available in July 2009.
ALL YOU NEED IS KILL by Hiroshi Sakurazaka – Price: $13.99 U.S./CAN $16.00
When the alien Gitai invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he finally sees something different, something out of place—a female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death? Available in July 2009.
ZOO by Otsuichi – Price: $13.99 U.S./CAN $16.00
ZOO presents eleven stories of dark fantasy and science fiction by one of Japan’s hottest authors. "The White Hut In The Forest" is the story of a man with a hole in his head and a charming home made from some strange materials. "Song of the Sunny Spot" is a rendition of the classic story of the Earth's last man...and his charming companion. And in the book’s eponymous tale, a man sees his dead girlfriend’s corpse decompose, one gristly Polaroid snapshot at a time. ZOO sold over 740,000 copies in Japan and was also turned into a successful Japanese film. Available in September 2009.
USURPER OF THE SUN by Housuke Nojiri - Price: $15.99 U.S./CAN $18.99
When a ring appears around the sun, humanity seems doomed. One woman, a brave scientist named Aki Shiraishi, travels to the core of the solar system in a last-ditch attempt to save the world. A compelling new hard SF novel, Usurper of the Sun won a coveted Seiun Award in 2002 for Best Science Fiction Novel of the Year. Available in September 2009.
"Japan has long had a love affair with science fiction. In the wake of the massive international popularity of manga and anime, this is an ideal time to offer some of the best in contemporary Japanese science fiction to a sizeable domestic audience," says Masumi Washington, Editor-In-Chief, Haikasoru Imprint, VIZ Media. “VIZ Media has been publishing fiction for a while, and now with the formation of Haikasoru it’s like finding a missing piece in a jigsaw puzzle. We are pleased to introduce this unique imprint and look forward to VIZ Media fans and science fiction readers in general enjoying these books.”
About VIZ Media, LLCHeadquartered in San Francisco, CA, VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), is one of the most comprehensive and innovative companies in the field of manga (graphic novel) publishing, animation, and entertainment licensing of Japanese content. Owned by three of Japan’s largest creators and licensors of manga and animation, Shueisha Inc., Shogakukan Inc., and Shogakukan-Shueisha Productions, Co., Ltd., VIZ Media is a leader in the publishing and distribution of Japanese manga for English-speaking audiences in North America, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and South Africa and is a global ex-Asia licensor of Japanese manga and animation. The company offers an integrated product line including magazines such as SHONEN JUMP and SHOJO BEAT, graphic novels, and DVDs, and develops, markets, licenses, and distributes animated entertainment for audiences and consumers of all ages. Contact VIZ Media at 295 Bay Street, San Francisco, CA 94133; Phone (415) 546-7073; Fax (415) 546-7086; and web site at www.VIZ.com.