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Meet the DEATH METAL VOICE of AGGRETSUKO; Jamison Boaz

Many voice actors start off their career in radio or theater but for Jamison Boaz, the voice actor life began with his passion for music. Jamison’s musical projects vary in genre, from EDM to Heavy Metal or in many cases, a mixture of both.

Jamison has had various musical projects over the years, including a heavy metal band Modern Weapons which featured numerous voice actors including, Kyle Hubert and Reuben Langdon.

His most recent and current, multi-genre musical work, Epsilon Zero is self described as the expression of one human soul on an epic journey through time and space on a vessel built of steel and circuits. Take a listen to Jamison’s latest music through his official Band Camp page here.

In other recent news, Jamison is collaborating with Rocket Panda games on the soundtrack for the newest addition to the Phantom Breaker fighter game series, Phantom Breaker: Omnia. However, Jamison’s talents go beyond musical work.

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Switching from music studios to ADR studios, It is in this area that he began working as additional voices on various projects beginning with Resident Evil 5 in 2012. Because of Jamison’s musical background as a heavy metal musician, In 2018 Jamison got the role of Death Metal Retsuko; AGGRETSUKO! A role he shares with Erica Mendez who voices Retsuko.

We had the pleasure of speaking with Jamison Boaz regarding his role in Netflix’s Aggrestuko series and his overall career. Take a listen we speak about Aggretsuko, the OTM Girls CD, the music behind the series and even death metal voice lessons, all this and more in our interview below:

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Answer the question at the end of our interview in the comment section, for your chance to win an AGGRETSUKO BUNDLE that includes:

-Signed OTM Girls CD (Signed by Jamison Boaz)


-Signed Aggretsuko Print (Signed by Jamison Boaz)


-Exclusive Aggretsuko Plush!

Deadline to enter is 10/31/2020

Japan LA and Little Tokyo Shops DESTROYED by Los Angeles Rioters

People took to the streets of Los Angeles on Saturday, May 31st for what began as a peaceful protest for the death of George Floyd, who died Monday after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by Minneapolis Police Department officer, Derek Chauvin.

The protest later became violent as rioters took over the peaceful protest and, began attacking Los Angeles Police Department squad cars and setting them on fire. The protest turned riot, later made its way to affluent areas of Los Angeles including Rodeo Drive, Little Tokyo, Melrose Ave, and The Grove outdoor shopping mall.

Local businesses and shops around those areas were looted and/or set on fire during the riot prompting a mandatory curfew on the city Los Angeles and heavy police activity.

Caught by ABC 7 Action News, shows rioters breaking into well-known anime gift shop JapanLA on Melrose ave.

 

Dozens of looters entered the premises taking whatever they could find. According to a post by JapanLA:

“They [police] finally cleared them out and arrested some of the looters. We are all crushed and deeply saddened. Thank you for all the texts. We all left at 4:30pm and our staff is home safe. I’ll send more updates soon!” They released a security camera photo that shows two suspects looting the store.

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In the past, we’ve covered a few events in this and their new Little Tokyo location.

A few shops and a pharmacy were broken into and looted in the early morning hours of May 30th, in the Little Tokyo district.


According to the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center,

“Businesses in Little Tokyo were looted last night. This was not done by protesters but by people who decided to take advantage of the grief and angst of others for their personal gain.

Brian Kito of the Little Tokyo Public Safety Association expressed concern over the close proximity of Little Tokyo to City Hall and LAPD headquarters stating,

“[It] would leave [Little Tokyo] vulnerable during civil unrest. During the L.A. riots in 1992, windows were smashed at Japanese Village Plaza, Weller Court, and what was then the New Otani Hotel on Los Angeles Street.”

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LAPD headquarters a block away from the Little Tokyo district

Gov. Newsom proclaimed a state of emergency for Los Angeles after approving Mayor Eric Garcetti’s request to deploy the National Guard. National Guard arrived at 12am on May 31st, 2020.

Los Angeles’ curfew will stay in place from 8 p.m. Saturday through 5 a.m. Sunday.

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Source: Rafu Shimpo, ABC7 Action News, Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

Hello Kitty Grand Cafe officially opens in California

Since our initial announcement, the Hello Kitty Grand Cafe officially opened at The Irvine Spectrum in Irvine California!

The Hello Kitty Grand Cafe is now officially opened. Previously, the Irvine Spectrum had a temporary cafe Pop up that was in service for two years and half from 2015 – summer of 2018.

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Concept design of the temporary cafe Pop up that was in service from 2015 – 2018

There are two sections of the cafe; One, the cafe which serves cakes, cookies and other Hello Kitty pastries. The second section is The Bow Room, which serves Afternoon Tea or evening Cocktail Service.

Bow Room hours are as follows:

AFTERNOON TEA HOURS:
•Wednesday-Friday: 11am-4pm
• Saturday and Sunday: 10am-4pm

COCKTAIL SERVICE HOURS:
• Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday: 5pm-9pm
• Friday and Saturday 5pm-11pm

You can also make reservations for the Bow Room here. We suggest you plan out your trip as there are other wonderful place to explore within the Irvine Spectrum.
Here are the official Cafe hours:

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These hours are for the first section of the Cafe.

Check our photoset from the grand opening:

While you’re visiting Irvine, California, make sure to also visit Hello Kitty’s latest collaboration with Tanaka Farms for their Hello Kitty X Tanaka Farms Pumpkin Patch. Read our article about that here!

GUDETAMA’s Creator/Designer visits SANRIO in Little Tokyo

Since 2013, Gudetama (ぐでたま) made its debut as a Sanrio character. Gudetama became an instant STAR with Gudetama theme cafes, stores and even a Gudetama themed menu in Los Angeles back in 2015.

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Gudetama’s origins begin with a character design contest held by Sanrio back in 2013, coming in 2nd to Kirimi-chan.

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Fastword to 2018, Gudetama’s creator/designer, AMY (Emi Nagashima) visits the Sanrio store in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles, making this her first visit ever.

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Gudetama fans stood in line to receive a signed drawing of Gudetama from AMY.

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As AMY made a special appearance in Los Angeles, Aggretsuko creator/designer visited the Sanrio store in San Francisco for the continuation of Aggretsuko’s Den Of Rage event.

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With Gudetama & Aggretsuko becoming instant stars & both characters getting their own TV series (Gudetama: TBS & Aggretsuko: Netflix), it’s only a matter of time before Sanrio develops yet another super cute and adorable character we can all be be obsessed with.

Here’s our photoset from AMY’s visit:

Take a look at out video as well:


Who’s your favorite SANRIO character? Comment below!

Aggretsuko’s Den of Rage: Why do you like Aggretsuko?

Since the beginning of Aggretsuko Den of Rage event, we’ve been covering the event as it took place in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles, CA!

On the last day of the event, May 28th 2018, we asked seven different Aggretsuko fans about their love for the METAL red panda, Watch our video, maybe you can relate:

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Til’ next time, Aggretsuko…

Aggretsuko X Amoeba Music

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All attendees received Aggretsuko SWAG plus whatever fans bought: Amoeba X Aggretsuko shirt OR Amoeba tote bag:

Here’s our photoset + small event video:

Want to meet AGGRETSUKO?

Aggretsuko’s DEN of RAGE has been EXTENDED!!! The RAGE will continue at Sanrio Japanese Village until 5/28/18!!! More information here.

AGGRETSUKO APPEARANCE DETAILS: 
-Friday, May 25th – 6pm to 9:30pm
-Saturday, May 26th – 12pm to 4:30pm
-Sunday, May 27th – 12pm to 4:30pm

Aggretsuko’s Den Of Rage (ONGOING Event!) *EVENT EXTENDED*

Aggretsuko made another LIVE appearance, in Little Tokyo’s Sanrio store in Los Angeles.

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As you may remember, Aggretsuko debuted in 2015 and quickly became a sensation! She made her first LIVE appearance in Los Angeles on September of 2017.

In honor of Aggretsuko newest Netflix series, Little Tokyo’s Japanese village Sanrio store set up an ‘office’ pop up with Aggretsuko herself in furson!

 

One the first of the event, attendees were given this holographic limited edition pin:

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MISSED OUT? EVENT is still ongoing, check the dates below!

Check our photoset from the event:

 

I was reunited with my favorite metal girl:

 

AFTER MAY 12TH Aggretsuko will NOT be making an appearance at Little Tokyo’s Sanrio store, however, the pop-up office will still be there until MAy 16th alongside limited official Aggretsuko merch!

DEN OF RAGE event has been extended through May 28th! New Aggretsuko appearance dates are as follows:
-Friday, May 25th – 6pm to 9:30pm
-Saturday, May 26th – 12pm to 4:30pm
-Sunday, May 27th – 12pm to 4:30pm

Click here to find out more! 


WANT MORE?

In collaboration with Amoeba Music, Aggretsuko will be making a special appearance at Hollywood’s Amoeba Music store & its San Francisco store ON MAY 17TH & 19TH:

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HOLD ON, THERE’S A CATCH! 

In order to meet & take a photo with Aggretsuko, you must purchase the Aggretsuko X Amoeba Music Package:

Package: $30 each (limited to two packages per person) includes:

  • ** Limited edition Aggretsuko x Amoeba live screen printed t-shirt or tote bag. =Choose from two exclusive Aggretsuko x Amoeba designs and colors!
  • **Aggretsuko Lanyard
  • ** Aggretsuko Sticker
  • ** Meet and snap a photo with Aggretsuko herself in “rage mode

SEE YOU GUYS THERE!

For more information, please refer to the Amoeba Music event page on Facebook.

Aggretsuko’s DEN of RAGE

Aggretsuko IS COMING BACK TO LITTLE TOKYO, LOS ANGELES!

Hosted by Sanrio Japanese Village store, Aggretsuko will be making an appearance once more from May 4 – May 16 2018 May 28th 2018 (Event has been EXTENDED, more info here). 

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Beginning Friday, May 4th at Sanrio Japanese Village until Wednesday, May 16th, enter this Sanrio pop-up for first dibs on a limited inventory of official Aggretsuko merch, photo ops and appearances from Aggretsuko herself!

     AGGRETSUKO APPEARANCE DETAILS:
– Friday, May 4th – all day 11 am to 10 pm
– Saturday, May 5th – 12 pm to 4 pm
– Saturday, May 12th – 12pm to 4 pm

More information can be found on the event page here.

Aggretsuko’s 1st U.S. Appearance !

On January 2017 SANRIO announced their newest character, Aggretsuko (アグレッシブ烈子)!

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Although the character debuted in 2015, Aggretsuko began appearing on social media in early 2017 & it seems she quickly found fame among Hello kitty fans.

Aggretsuko, according SANRIO’s official site, is a 25 year old, red panda who works as a office worker with anger issues. Her YouTube shorts tell her daily life, working in an office dealing with the daily annoyances that happen. When her patience is up, she goes on full blown HEAVY METAL RAGE! Check her out here:

More episodes can be viewed here

In the recent months since her appeared on social media, she has gotten a huge following, much like GUDETAMA back in 2013.

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She recently made her first U.S. Appearance at the newly re-opened Sanrio store in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles!

Along with new Aggretsuko merchandise. Aggretsuko merchandise can also be bought on the official site.

Judging by her popularity, there might more Aggretsuko themed events coming soon!

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Who YOUR favorite SANRIO character? Comment below!

The PompompurinXChococat Menu

Check out  PLANCHECK’S newest collaboration with SANRIO!

(Unfortunately, this promotional menu was only available from June 10th – July 10th and is no longer being served.)

This wasn’t the first collaborate between the two parties, last year, PlanCheck collaborated with SANRIO collaboration make the GUDETAMA Menu. We covered that here!

According to SANRIO’s official website, their first collaboration happened in 2014. it was part of Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt – a promotion in celebration of the pop icon’s 40th Anniversary.

check out our  PompompurinXChococat Menu Photoset:

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Its safe to say, there’ll be another collaboration soon, When that happens we are prepared to cover it yet again!

I was personally inspired by this awesome, Kawaii menu that I made a small photo shoot in its honour (Click an image to enlarge).


NOTICE:

We suffered a massive data loss recently and had to delay content for while. We are currently back on track. We do apologize for the delay of this post.