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Footage of BACK-ON’s Anime Matsuri Concert by Anime Access!

The news of this fantastic video, featuring a quick interview of Back-on and also their full concert rendition of Chain, comes courtesy of both Akari and also Ichiban!

You can watch the video by visiting The Anime Network at:

http://www.theanimenetwork.com/animeaccess/index.php?access_num=8

Update 27th June 2009: As the video is no longer available at the original link above, we have decided to upload the clips relating to BACK-ON to our Youtube account. You can watch the video below or by visiting this link:


but if you want to take a peek at the contents, we’ve taken a few screenshots from the video of scenes with Back-on. Take a look below (there are 12)!

Anime Access 1 Anime Access 2

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BACK-ON Music Competition Round 2 – Chain – hosted by Sowon

This is the most exciting news we’ve had recently, and I hope you’re all geared up, as Sowon has just announced the start of Round 2 of the BACK-ON Music Competition!

Air Gear wallpaper from Renegade.Animeblogger

The featured song for Round 2 will be Chain, the OP from the anime Air Gear and everyone is invited to participate!

So how will it all work?

We want to hear your rendition of Chain, so feel free to sing over the song in the background or even ‘a cappella’ style without the accompanying music! :) The rules are very loose here, so please don’t be bogged down by restrictions.

In terms of recording your voice, it’s quite easy to buy a microphone that plugs into your computer and works straightaway. If that option isn’t available, there’s always the web-cam or even your mobile phone! (info and demonstration courtesy of Sowon!)

The competition will run for a month, and submissions will need to be made by August 9th on the Forums. Voting will then start from August 10th for one week until August 17th. You are welcome to make an audio or even a video file for your submission! For an example, check out TsUbAmE‘s rendition of ‘a day dreaming…‘ on Youtube!


For those who want to start from scratch: the Chain (TV size) mp3 audio file can be found at Japtard.com (thanks Frox!), and you can find the lyrics for Chain (kanji, hiragana and romaji versions) on Back-on Online by clicking here.

Minna Gambatte! So far we are expecting entries from the great Sowon-nii himself, TsUbAmE, Souryoku, and also myself. So hope you will all participate too by sending in your submission and voting!


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Air Gear OST II – Who Wants More Groovy Trick!!?? – Chain (Short) Instrumental Remix Extravaganza

The Air Gear opening theme – Chain is one of the songs that introduced *lots* of people (including yours truly) to the wonderful band that we all know as Back-on, and since reading the interview by JaME, I’ve become intrigued by the idea of remixes, since Back-on have said that they would like to:

rearrange Chain in DUB

where DUB is apparently a form of Jamaican music with reggae origins. To bring this into context, Back-on‘s name was given by Jesse of the Japanese metal, reggae and rap band RIZE. :)

So how does this all relate to the Air Gear OST II?

I have to confess that I haven’t actually seen the anime Air Gear beyond Episode 1, because I became a bit too obsessed intrigued by Back-on to continue watching it, but listening to the second OST (original sound track) is really helping to change my mind!

Air Gear - OST I - Cover from Amazon.co.jp

The first OST (original sound track) “What a Groovy Trick!” was hailed as a great album, but for fans of the show, it appears to have lacked the instrumental versions of Chain used throughout the anime.

Air Gear - OST II - Cover from Amazon.co.jp

The producers haven’t made the same mistake twice, and the second OST “Who wants More Groovy Trick!!??” features 8 (short but) different instrumental remix versions of Chain by Skankfunk! And in all honesty, I love them all!

You can see the track-listing below (courtesy of Wikipedia):

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Anime Matsuri 2007 – Live in Texas – Back-on blog summary

Back-on updated their official blog – Back-on Reportwith the picture below saying how much they enjoyed being in Texas (at Anime Matsuri, Houston) It all started with Chain receiving exposure through Air Gear, and then a letter arriving to invite them to Texas. It’s a lovely picture taken with the crowd and you can click on the picture itself to get the original size.

Back-on Concert

Teeda also posted in his blog (in fact, he was the most active in updating on a daily basis :D) where I think he said he was surprised at receiving such a warm welcome in America (which he now really likes!) Teeda noted the fact that alot of cute girls (author’s note: including Ichi, Ookami and Miyu-chan) asked him for an autograph/hugs? ^^ (author’s further note: you lucky lucky people! I so wish I was there!)

Subway logo

On the last day, the Back-on group went for dinner late at night, only to find that the restaurants weren’t open on a Sunday! Ultimately they ended up in Subway (those lucky Subway people!) and all ate a massive American-sized sandwich. The funny thing was that Gori (and someone else?) then said that he still wasn’t full, leaving Teeda and Kenji03 speechless!

Hopefully Back-on will update their blogs with even more info at a later date! They will actually be showing a video at their next show in Shibuya on May 10th 2007, with footage from the entire weekend. Fingers-crossed that they’ll post it online as well!


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Chain Stepmania in action

Following the previous post about the simfile available for Chain, I’ve come across a video that shows the game in-action. Seriously… I was amazed. The original video I wanted to show everyone was by AznSoulBoy, and it was fantastic . However, since I first drafted this post (2 days ago) his account has been suspended – probably not due to the Stepmania videos – so I’m instead sharing the ‘funky’ version of the game by Xenotechno001.

You will have to view the full post before you can see the video as the excerpt function of this theme disables the video code.


Source URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q_vC9_oKOwA


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