Good time to buy Kin’iro no Corda games

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Koei is having a massive sale on downloadable versions of its PSP, PS Vita and Nintendo Switch games, including up to 50% off various Corda titles.

Sale runs until 9/25/2019 and details can be found here.

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Neo Romance 25th Anniversary Vocal Complete box set

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To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Neo Romance franchises (Angelique, Harutoki, Corda, etc.), Koei will be releasing an 66 disc (830+ tracks) collection of every vocal song from all the series. Retailing at 66,000 yen (with tax), the set will include all 288 Corda songs, plus two new tracks featuring Kiiyan’s character Tohgane Chiaki.

The new tracks are a group version of a new song, 「明日へのパレード」, plus a Chiaki solo version.

Details

Goods:  Neo Romance 25th Anniversary Vocal Complete box set
Format:  66 CD boxed set
Release Date:  12/11/2019
Price:  66,000 yen (tax included)
Extras:  2 new tracks, box, 400 page booklet

Lantis Matsuri interview

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Hominis has a short interview with Kiiyan and e-ZUKA, where they chat about the Lantis Matsuri and answer a few other questions. We learn that Kiiyan thinks of karaoke as exercise for his voice, and had recently gotten into doing plank exercises. (hopefully he can get back to that after he recovers).

Kiiyan to have surgery

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As I’m sure many of you have heard by now, Kiiyan ruptured his Achilles tendon during Saturday’s Sapporo show and will be having surgery tomorrow. The two additional shows at Zepp Diver City and Granrodeo’s appearance at Inazuma Fest have all been cancelled, unfortunately.

Not that Kiiyan isn’t game to perform … in fact it’s probably because he would perform, and not stay off the leg that the shows needed to be cancelled. I’m not sure exactly what happened, even though I was watching as it unfolded. As best as I can tell, he either tripped over something, or stepped down really wrong. It happened right after the beginning of move on! イバラミチ, which was the fifth song (second after the first MC). I saw Kiiyan stagger, wondered what was up; he staggered again and just went down, out of view. Consummate professional that he is, he kept on singing, though his voice gave out on a few lines and the fans filled in. It was scary, seeing him disappear like that, though hearing him continue was somewhat reassuring.

After move on! イバラミチ, he got up, and insisted to e-ZUKA that they continue. So he sang Passion standing up. But he was in so much pain that I could see he was crying (he did apparently tell e-ZUKA that it didn’t hurt as much as gout, though), which broke my heart. After Passion, staff came to help him off stage so he could get checked out. I guess they determined nothing was broken, so he came back out, right foot shoeless, and finished the show. They did drop the first two encore songs, but otherwise, it was a full-length concert, and Kiiyan, who should have been standing still and icing his leg, hopped around the stage and still gave us belly during modern strange cowboy. Bless him.

He went to the hospital right after the show, which is when the Achilles tendon rupture was diagnosed. When we saw him next at the Fan Club-only show, his right leg was bandaged from knee to foot, and he was on crutches. At dinner, they used a wheelchair to bring him in to the restaurant, and he went from that to the mini-stage. Monday, he had hot pink crutches, and unfortunately had to move up steps to the stage (why they didn’t make a ramp, I’m not sure); he doesn’t seem to like the crutches at all, and I can sympathize, having used them in the past.

So please, please, think good thoughts for Kiiyan, that the surgery goes well and he rests and heals fully.