Saved / Be Mine! Cover Art & Video Clips
Victor Ent. / flying dog posted an update
on their web site with cover art for Maaya's upcoming single. There isn't much variation between the two
different covers and they look almost the same to me. However, there should be an opposite side with different
artwork from the two separate anime shows. The tracks are still identical and the only big difference
is between regular and limited editions. See my post below for more details and preorder links.
There are also a couple videos Victor Ent. uploaded to YouTube. One is a 30 second commercial for Saved,
and the other is a promo video clip of Be Mine! I've embedded both below, and also a third promo
video for Seikai Seifuku ~ Boryaku no Zvezda which plays Be Mine! in the background. Enjoy the videos
and Merry Christmas everyone!
New Triple Song Single in February 2014
Victor Ent. recently announced
a new single from Maaya scheduled for release in February next year. The best part of this single
is that it will include all 3 new songs I mentioned in my last post, including the Monster Hunter:
Frontier G track. The other two songs "Saved" and "Be Mine!" are from the anime shows
Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha and Seikai Seifuku respectively. There will be both regular and limited
editions, the latter will include a bonus cd with tracks from Maaya's "Roots of SSW" concert in Tokyo
earlier this year. However Victor Ent. is making things a bit more interesting (or confusing) and
releasing 2 additional versions of the single for 4 total editions. Different cover art will be used to
highlight the two different anime shows, and even the track list order is slightly different (please
note the actual tracks are the same). Here are all the details.
New Songs for Monster Hunter: Frontier G, Seikai Seifuku & Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha
Maaya will be performing theme songs for two new anime shows this upcoming winter. The first is the ending
theme for Inari, Konkon, Koi Iroha.
She will also be performing the opening song for
Seikai Seifuku ~ Boryaku no Zvezda. So perhaps there will two singles out from her this winter.
Also worth noting is a new Maaya song for the Monster Hunter: Frontier G game. The song is available for purchase as a
digital download, but unfortunately only in Japanese markets. Hopefully it will be released on cd in the
near future. Here's a promo video for the new song and also an interview clip with Maaya.
Funimation Licenses Code Geass: Akito the Exiled and Escaflowne
It's summer anime convention season in N. America and Otakon is happening right now. Apparently Sunrise made
some big announcements with Funimation and Section 23 licensing many old titles from them. In addition,
Funimation announced they have licensed the newer
Code Geass: Akito the Exiled
anime. They also rescued Escaflowne,
in which Maaya made her big debut almost 20 years ago. Escaflowne is still one of my all time favorite series.
I'm really hoping Funimation releases it on blu-ray for the N. American market.
New Single for Tamayura TV Season 2
The sequel anime Tamayura - More Aggressive
is airing in Japan this summer, and Maaya is performing the opening theme song. This should be
no surprise to fans since she has performed the opening songs for all previous installments of
the Tamayura anime. The new song is titled "Hajimari no Umi" and will be out
in July. The limited edition will include a dvd with the PV and digest video of last
year's Mitsubachi Concert. Here are the details.
SSW Sample Clips & CD Japan Sale
Victor Ent. / flying dog has finally joined the 21st century by adding a Flash based media player to Maaya's site.
You can listen to sample clips from her upcoming album on the SSW mini-site.
On a different note, CD Japan is currently running a clearance sale and Driving in the Silence LE
is discounted by 50%. So right now it's ¥1,450 on there. The sale lasts till 4/11/13, but CD Japan
lists only 11 copies in stock. Here are some links.
SSW Mini-site and Documentary Clip
Victor Ent. / flying dog put up a special site for Singer-Songwriter
last week. Not too much to see on the site, but there is a weekly web radio series. They also posted a Youtube clip from
the "Roots of SSW" documentary that will be included on the album LE dvd. You can hear 4 of the album's songs
in the clip.
Mitsubachi Concert Video out in June
Maaya has been doing a lot more concerts over the past few years. In fact, at least 1 tour per year
and Victor Ent. / flying dog has been pretty good at releasing a concert video for each one.
For her Mitsubachi tour last year, Maaya performed the last concert on New Year's Eve. Victor Ent.
plans to release a video of that concert on both dvd and blu-ray. The release will include
a documentary of the tour that shows the various concert locations and rehearsals. Here are
the details including set list.
Countdown Live 2012→2013 - Tour "Mitsubachi" Final [DVD]
Singer-Songwriter Track List and PV
Victor Ent / flying dog recently posted the track list and cover art
for both editions of Maaya's upcoming 8th album. They also uploaded a short clip of a
promotional video for the track "Nicola". You can find more info about the new album
in my post from last month.
CD Track List:
Boku no Hanbun
Limited Edition DVD Track List:
Recording Documentary "Road to SSW"
"Nicola" Music Video
Maaya Returns in Ghost in the Shell Arise
At a press event in Japan on Tuesday, Bandai Visual announced details of their upcoming
Ghost in the Shell Arise OAV
anime. Maaya will be voicing the main character, Motoko Kusanagi. Maaya has been getting
some very large voice acting roles over the past few years, but this may be her biggest one to date.
She actually voiced a young version of Kusanagi in the original
Perhaps its karma that Maaya reprises the same character so many years later. Anyways, Arise will
be a 4 part OAV series with the first installment coming out in June/July in Japan. You can
read more details about the anime here. Here's also the announcement trailer.
8th Album out in March, 2013
Happy New Year everyone! And to celebrate the year 2013, Maaya is releasing a new album in March.
I was expecting an album this month since her last two full albums were both released in January
(You Can't Catch Me in 2011 and Kazeyomi
in 2009), but apparently we have to wait a little longer. Victor Ent / flying dog
posted the announcement
today with some details. The new album with have 8 new tracks and 2 new versions of older songs (Everywhere
and Chikai). Maaya composed and wrote lyrics for all songs, which is the first time she's done both
for an entire album and makes the title Singer-Songwriter quite appropriate.
As usual the new album will be released in both regular and limited editions. The LE will include a dvd
featuring a music video and documentary. Here's a summary of release info with preorder links.