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7.30.2014
Replica PV Clip
Victor Ent. / flying dog just posted an short clip of Maaya's Replica promo video on her official Youtube channel. I think she looks amazing in this video. Watch it and I'm sure you will agree. Unfortunately the full PV isn't included with the limited edition of the single. Well I anticipate a new album 1st quarter next year (maybe sooner), so there's the possibility of another PV dvd/blu-ray release with the next album.

7.22.2014
Replica Single Audio & Video Clips
It's just under a month until Maaya's new single comes out, but sometimes the wait seems like forever. Thankfully here are some sample clips fans can check out while waiting. Victor Ent. / flying dog posted audio clips of both the main song and c/w track on their site. They also uploaded a new promo video of M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane to Youtube, which plays Replica in the background. Speaking of the anime, the new opening sequence started airing and so I've also embedded a video of that as well.

6.26.2014
New Single for M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane
The past several months have been very quiet for Maaya news. Thankfully Victor Ent. posted info on Maaya's latest single which is coming out in August. The feature track is the second opening theme song for the anime show M3: Sono Kuroki Hagane. She is working with a Japanese band called androp for the song.

For the second track, Maaya is once again collaborating with the band apart. She previously worked with them on the song "Saved". There will be a limited edition of the single, which will include a few tracks from one of Maaya's concerts earlier this year. I've posted the tracklist and preorder links below.

Replica

Replica Limited Edition Track List:
  • Replica
    • Lyrics: Maaya Sakamoto
    • Composition: Takahito Uchisawa
    • Arrangement: Takahito Uchisawa & Toru Ishitsuka
  • Coming Up
    • Lyrics: Maaya Sakamoto
    • Composition: Hara Masakazu
    • Arrangement: Hara Masakazu
  • Replica (instrumental)
  • Coming Up (instrumental)
Limited Edition Bonus CD Track List:
  1. Platinum
  2. Be Mine
  3. Neko to Inu
  4. Singer-Songwriter
12.24.2013
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!

11.26.2013
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.

Saved / Be Mine!

Saved / Be Mine! Limited Edition Track List:
  • Saved
    • Lyrics: Shoko Suzuki
    • Composition: Shoko Suzuki
    • Arrangement: Ryuuji Yamamoto
  • Be Mine!
    • Lyrics: Maaya Sakamoto
    • Composition: the band apart
    • Arrangement: the band apart
  • Sekurearu
    • Lyrics: Maaya Sakamoto
    • Composition: solaya
    • Arrangement: solaya
  • Saved (instrumental)
  • Be Mine! (instrumental)
  • Sekurearu (instrumental)
Limited Edition Bonus CD Track List:
  1. Everywhere
  2. Grapefruit
  3. Cloud 9
  4. Park Amsterdam (the whole story)
  5. Scrap ~ Wakare no Uta
  6. Singer-Songwriter
11.08.2013
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.

8.10.2013
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.

On a related note, Funimation licensed Ghost in the Shell: Arise earlier this summer.

5.18.2013
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.

Hajimari no Umi Regular Edition

Hajimari no Umi Limited Edition w/ DVD Track List:
  1. Hajimari no Umi
    • Composition & Lyrics: Taeko Oonuki
    • Arrangement: Toshiyuki Mori
  2. ** untitled **
    • Lyrics: Maaya Sakamoto
    • Composition & Arrangement: Katsutoshi Kitagawa
  3. Okaerinasai (acoustic version)
    • Lyrics: Maaya Sakamoto
    • Composition: Yumi Matsutouya
    • Arrangement: Shigeharu Sasago
  4. Medley "Roots of SSW" (LIVE)
3.20.2013
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.

Driving in the Silence LE

All Clearance Items on CD Japan

3.10.2013
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.

3.9.2013
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]

Countdown Live 2012→2013 - Tour "Mitsubachi" Final [Blu-ray] Set List:
  1. Triangler
  2. Down Town
  3. Spica
  4. MC1
  5. Ame ga furu
  6. Okaerinasai
  7. More Than Words
  8. Praline
  9. MC2
  10. Kimi ni ai ni ikou
  11. Pilot
  12. Saigo no Kajitsu
  13. Bike
  14. Buddy
  15. MC3
  16. Yasashisa ni tsutsumareta nara
  17. Mitsubachi to Kagakusha
  18. Shima Shima
  19. MC4
  20. Action!
  21. Private Sky
  22. Get No Satisfaction!
  23. Magic Number - Countdown Edition
  24. Eternal Return
  25. MC5
  26. Kazamachi Jet - Mitsubachi edition
  27. Nekoze
  28. MC6
  29. Loop
  30. Poketto wo Kara ni Shite

  31. -- Encore --
  32. A Happy New Year
  33. MC6
  34. Yakusoku wa iranai
  35. MC7
  36. Dekoboko March (Tairetsu wa Kimi ni Tsuzuku)
2.23.2013
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:

  1. Tooku
  2. Sunshine
  3. everywhere~HAL mix
  4. Nicola
  5. Ask
  6. Naritai
  7. Kaminari
  8. Chikai~ssw edition
  9. Boku no Hanbun
  10. Singer-Songwriter
Limited Edition DVD Track List:
  1. Recording Documentary "Road to SSW"
  2. "Nicola" Music Video

2.13.2013
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 GitS movie. 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.

1.1.2013
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.

Singer-Songwriter Regular Edition

Singer-Songwriter Limited Ed. w/ DVD
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