Video of the month

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Figured I’ll try and edge back into posting by featuring a video every month (not very ambitious lol). Hopefully will edge into fortnightly and then maybe weekly posts ^^”

Music Star from Kotobuki Minako’s 3rd tour “Tick tick tick”



Now one of my favourite performances by Minako. I was really impressed that she was able to play this song and sing so well as it’s quite fast and has a lot of jumping and really proved that her piano skillz are the real deal.

Hope this video will inspire everyone to buy the DVD/BD. It’s worth it I’ve been watching and crying all day

Amazon [DVD] [BD]
HMV [DVD] [BD]

More information released for black hole

I wasn’t planning to post anymore about black hole but Minako’s website updated and the jackets got released and……..!!!! I’m too excited lol

First press limited edition CD+DVD 1,713yen

Normal edition CD  1,241yen

Normal edition CD 1,241yen

Minako gone 10000% hipster?! Definitely feeling the KOTOBUKI ROCK!!!!!

On her blog Minako said it’s titled ‘black hole’ because recently she’s taken a liking to lowercase letters LOL. First press edition is in a similar pose to the one on TICK which is great I love how a lot of her CD covers are simple and in similar poses, they’re great to put adjacent to one another.

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<CD>
1.black hole
2.Another Wonderland
3.black hole (Instrumental)

<DVD>
1.「black hole」Music Clip
2.TV SPOT(15sec+30sec)

I can’t believe there are only 2 tracks…… come on Music Ray’n….

There’s a bit over three weeks til the release and the CD jacket only just got released.. I checked the website earlier today and the news page was buggy lol they must have been updating it at that time. I can’t believe how last minute Mina’s promo team is lol compared to other artists..

Anyway, looks like the limited edition also comes with stickers for you to create your own “original” CD jacket. I’m sold!  Preorder both editions now!!! Might as well grab the new photobook, minakoxmuseum, as well!

KotoMina to release new maxi single on April 8

source: animedia

Announced yesterday, Kotobuki Minako is going to release her 8th single right before her TICK TICK TICK tour on April 8 2015 (Wednesday). Title, cover and tracklist are all still to be announced.

The single is already listed as a maxi on HMV so hopefully we’ll have 3+ songs?

Limited edition comes with a DVD at 1850yen. Regular edition is 1340yen.

Minako says on her blog that “cool songs are under diligent construction”. Looking forward to more Kotobuki Rock!

50 Q&A to know Kotobuki Minako better・・・ Well, 28

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I found this random scan on the internet (Google images actually) from who knows when (probably a while ago), it says 50 questions but it only has 28.. I found the other 23 on a separate page but I think I’ll save that for another time LOL
Well anyway without further delay…

1. Nickname when you were a kid?
When I was in primary school and junior high school, everyone called me Mina. My high school friends called me Minako.

2. What do you think you’d be doing now if you didn’t become a voice actress?
Before I started working as a voice actress, I did some acting, so I think I would have continued with that.

3. What are your favourite sushi toppings?
Engawa (fluke fin), tsubugai (whelk/sea snail), squid and sweet shrimp (amaebi). Continue reading

Minako blog round-up September 7-24

With her new album, 3rd live tour and birthday, you can’t really blame my not-so-subtle pivot towards the Minako sphere, can you? Anyhow, she’s been up to a lot lately so here’s a quick summary of what she’s been up to (and we can find out a lot more about the process that went behind her new album). I figured it’d be much better if I just summarised her blog posts rather than translating them all one by one since they’re so long, lol.

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07 September 2014

  • Here is the CD jacket for the 2nd album “Tick”.
  • This time, it’s something fresh and is a little bit different to what we’ve had until now.
  • She worked with roughly the same people as always, but the atmosphere of the album is still a little different.
  • With the album title and the cover photo, she wanted to “mark the passage of time”
  • As a result, this photoshoot was like it was for an old 60s and 70s fashion magazine.

Continue reading

Kotobuki Minako 3rd live tour announcement

No details yet but Minako has announced her third live tour!! I can’t believe it! There was a two year gap between her first and second but if she starts doing them yearly my life is going to be that much more exciting…

11 April Saturday @ Shibuya Town Hall (渋谷公会堂)
Capacity- 2,084

18 April Saturday @ Zepp Namba OSAKA
Capacity- 2,530

26 April Sunday @ Zepp Nagoya
Capacity- 1,792

5 May Tuesday (public holiday) @ Kanagawa Prefectural Civic Hall (神奈川県民ホール)
Capacity- 2,488

Interesting tour venues.. she’s going around in a circle from Tokyo to Osaka then back up to Kanagawa!? No stopover at Kobe?

Watch this space (or more importantly her official website) for more news!

Happy birthday Minako!!

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One of my favourite seiyuu, Kotobuki Minako, turns 23 today! I’ve been thinking about Tick all day and almost forgot to wish her a happy birthday, how selfish of me.. while Minako is the star that just keeps on giving, bestowing upon us her 2nd album!!

I never expected myself to become such a big fan, in fact up until May this year I was just a casual fan who knew and liked what roles I knew of but never followed her around like I do now. It wasn’t until I saw her live in May at Kobe that I just fell head over heels in love and I’ve been an avid fan ever since. I just like everything about her; her roles and the characters that she play are all likeable and well done, the simplicity in her music and the way she’s presented in her image, is humble but impressive. I look forward to seeing her in Gundam Reconguista soon and all the other roles she’ll be playing in the future. I hope I’ll get to see her live again as well!!! Keep up the great work, Minako!!

“Tick” setlist, cover, tokuten information

Limited first press edition cover

Regular edition cover

Setlist (click for previews)
1.FLY @WAY
2.pretty fever
3.Believe ×
4.MAGNETICA
5.i wanna be my precious one
6.プリズム (Prism)
7.HAPPY HAPPY LIFE
8.交差点 (Kousaten)
9.girly highester!
10.ウレイボシ (Ureiboshi)
11.小さな手紙 (chiisana tegami)
12.ミュージックスター (Music star; live tour “make x live recording)

<Blu-ray>※ First press limited edition only
SPECIAL LIVE SELECTION
Kotobuki Minako Second Live Tour 2014 “make x”@Omiya Sonic City

ココロスカイ (kokoro sky)
Shiny+
交差点 (kousaten)
echo hearts
Startline
Believe ×
girly highester!

Tokuten information
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Everyone who buys a copy also receives this clear file regardless of whether you buy the regular or limited edition:
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Overall it appears that there will be seven new songs. It seems she’s trying a range of new styles in this album. I always liked her simple style but it’s interesting to see her do something new too.

I’m very excited about the blu-ray, if the format was the same as the concert in Kobe, Kousaten is going to be an amazing acoustic version with Minako on the piano 🙂 I’m surprised there will be no footage of the music star recording? I wonder which recording they will use in the album, since she did it at every venue, not just at Omiya. I wonder if the “Special live selection” means there will be no separate DVD/BD release for her Make-X concert?

I can’t help but feel everything has been quite slow, I mean there’s only a bit more than a week until her new album is out but her website is still promoting Believe-X lol. To my knowledge, most of the promotion is in her radio show. Her album cover reminds me of like some editorial photoshoot? Marieclaire?? LOL

KotoMina’s “Tick” album preview

Preview of a couple of songs from Minako’s 2nd album “Tick” have been revealed on her radio (clips courtesy to this awesome yt channel):

“Flyaway” is your typical nice fast-paced song with inspirational lyrics, and “I wanna be my precious one” (great title lol) has a really different sound to her other songs. What do you guys think?

And of course, Music Star!!

I love love love love this song, it sounds so good and it was so much fun doing the recording with everyone in Kobe ^__^ She has really great musical sense and direction and great at leading the fans too. I remember getting the English lyrics wrong haha. I wonder which version will be put into the album, since she recorded the song in all the venues, not just the last one.

Tick comes out on the 17th of September. Get your copy now!!!! (I’ll just be promoting this album like mad for the next few weeks lol)

Kotobuki Minako 2nd album announcement and information

I’m always on her website but I can’t believe I missed her 2nd announcement for so long! Why isn’t she doing more fervent promos already!!

Album title “Tick

Release date: 2014/September/17 (her 23rd birthday)

First press limited edition: CD + Blu-ray 4500yen
Normal edition: CD 3100yen

The CD will include the live recording of the song “Music star” that was made earlier this year during the 2nd tour Make-X.

The blu-ray included in the limited first press edition will also include selected scenes from the last concert day at Omiya Koen!

The album comes with an original clear file and post card when you buy the product at the following stores: animate, gamers, sofmap, toranoana, tower records, HMV, and Sony Music Shop.

Pre-order online here:

HMV Japan first press limited edition
HMV Japan regular edition

This is the best news I’ve heard for months!! I’ve been dying for her new album ever since her live in May!!! Music Star is amazing!!!

Wait, does this mean there won’t be a separate product for her concert? I don’t even have a blu-ray player but it looks like I have no choice but to buy this limited edition!! Are these tears from laughing or crying…