Japan Nite US Tour 2011

2011 U.S. tour dates have been announced for Japan Nite. Japan Nite will hit up Austin, New York, Chicago, Seattle, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and San Francisco from March 18th through March 27th. Check out the line-up and schedule below.


March 18 - Austin @SXSW Japan Nite
March 20 - New York @ Bowery Ballroom
March 22 - CHICAGO @ Empty Bottle
March 23 - SEATTLE @ Chop Suey
March 25 - Las Vegas @ TBA
March 26 - LA @ Viper Room
March 27 - SF @ The Independent

MO'SOME TONEBENDER (www.myspace.com/mstbofficial)
Leading alternative rock band

Lolita No. 18 (www.myspace.com/destroinlolita18)
Pioneer of all girl punk

Hystoic Vein (www.myspace.com/hystoicvein)
All Girl Post Punk Glam Rock

ZUKUNASHISISTERS (www.myspace.com/zukunasi)
All girl soul blues band

white white sisters (www.myspace.com/whitewhitesisters)
Electoro rock band rookie

oh sunshine (www.myspace.com/oh_sunshinejp)
ex: Tokyo Jihen, Mikio Hirama new project

Be sure to check out their site for more details.


Oshii to Novelize Satoshi Kon's Unfinished Seraphim

Mamoru Oshii, the acclaimed anime director and the original story creator of the late Satoshi Kon's unfinished Seraphim: 2-Oku 6661-Man 3336 no Tsubasa (Seraphim: 266,613,336 Wings) manga, will publish a novel version of the manga in the Spring of 2012.

"Seraphim" is set in a world plagued by a deadly disease. To solve the mystery of this disease, three wise men and a girl named Sera embark on a journey to the heart of Central Asia where they encounter many enemies and conspiracies.

According to Kon, Oshii created the story's original concept and then asked Kon to make a manga of it. Kon originally serialized the manga in Tokuma Shoten's Animage magazine from the May 1995 issue to the November 1996 issue, but the story was incomplete after 16 chapters. After Kon passed away last August, Tokuma reprinted part of the manga in Monthly Comic Ryū magazine and then compiled Kon's entire run into a book last December. Tokuma is also publishing Kon's first manga series (Kaikisen) this Friday and Kon's short manga stories (Yume no Kaseki Kon Satoshi Zen-Tanpen) on February 17. [Source: Comic Natalie via ANN]


Final Fantasy XIII-2 Announced for Winter 2012

Square Enix has just confirmed the sequel to Final Fantasy XIII. Final Fantasy XIII-2 is slated for next winter with a "new story...that stems from the previous title, a battle system that is evolved from 'XIII' and more..."

UPDATED 1/19/2011: Check out the trailer below!


CoD: Black Ops NEW ERA Fitted Caps

In case you missed it, New Era has teamed up with Activision and Treyarch Entertainment to bring us a pair of limited edition New Era 59Fifty Fitted Caps. At $44.99, each cap is oozing perfection -- one black adorned with the Black Ops shield; and the other in beautiful military green. Take my word for it, you'll want to wear your cap all the time.

Grab yours here (and from now till Jan 14th, get 20% off). For each cap sold, New Era will donate $2.00 to the Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2) in support of U.S. troops.