From Shin Mazinger to Sgt. Frog and beyond, one supergroup has brought the most memorable tunes to anime and video games for years. Short for Japanese Animationsong Makers, JAM Project was assembled by anisong legend Ichiro Mizuki. Members have come and gone, but the current five are superstars in their own right.
Hironobu Kageyama has blasted themes for Dragonball for years.
Masaaki Endoh is best known for his roaring GaoGaiGar theme vocals.
Masami Okui sang the legendary Revolutionary Girl Utena theme and movie insert songs.
Hiroshi Kitadani is the singer behind the One Piece openings.
Yoshiki Fukuyama was the singing voice behind Nekki Basara in Macross 7.
Their music is intense, but their personalities are anything but. The group enjoys cosplaying, doing covers of themes from Lucky*Star and PreCure, and finding special ways to interact with fans. Their most recent is the MOTTO! MOTTO!! app (named for a popular callback in their song “Skill”). The app includes access to a new radio show, early ticket sales, and more.
Recently, Niconico and the MOTTO! MOTTO!! app ran the group’s first ever radio show, where they promoted the JAM Project LIVE TOUR 2016 ～AREA Z～ DVD/Blu-Ray. They had even more news for fans, though. The group is gearing up to drop a new album this fall, which will be followed by a tour starting in November.
The group will also be performing at this year’s World Cosplay Summit in Nagoya. That’s in addition to their scheduled performance at Otakon’s Anisong World Matsuri this summer in Washington, D.C. As usual, the team never seems to slow down!
Users of the MOTTO! MOTTO!! app will have first crack at tickets when the dates are announced for their November tour. For now, if you want to keep up with them on JamJamSite.com or via their official Twitter.