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Hitomi Shimatani

Hitomi’s return to musicals

by Rinoa on August 25, 2007 · 4 comments · AddThis

Hitomi as Anne
Hitomi performing as Anne

J-Pop singer, Hitomi Shimatani has successfully attracted the attention of Japan, this time with her acting skills in the musical “Anne of Green Gables“. The plot of this musical is based on the infamous book written by the Canadian author, Lucy Montgomery in 1908.

With the lead role, Hitomi has aimed towards impersonating Anne. Throughout August, Hitomi and the rest of the cast, will perform at different venues in Japan. It is scheduled that the musical will be performed in eight cities and amount to eleven performances. The tour initiated in the Sapporo Educational Cultural Centre on the 18th August.

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Hitomi’s Neva Eva

by Rinoa on July 15, 2007 · 8 comments · AddThis

Neva promotion
Neva Eva promo photo
Artist: Hitomi Shimatani
Product Code: AVCD-31233/4
Release Date: 2007.06.06
Debut Ranking: #16
First Press: Offshot Clip
Label: avex trax

Hitomi’s 2007 has certainly been yet another hectic year. With two singles and one album under her belt, Hitomi would immediately start working on a summer single. Apparently sales do not equate to Hitomi’s energy since she has been very busy and rather positive, despite the fact that sales kept sliding miserably. In any way, summer was sounding rather promising with yet another change of style. With her stunning looks and her bright personality, Hitomi would yet release another exotic single for 2007.

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by Rinoa on May 6, 2007 · 3 comments · AddThis

papillon promo
Promo photo for 'papillon'
Artist: Hitomi Shimatani
Product Code: AVCD-30160
Release Date: 2001.02.07
Highest Ranking: #14
Label: avex trax

After failing to become a household name with her pop debut, Hitomi Shimatani attempted to take a more original direction in her musical career. This marked another change in her musical career, where Shimatani would start working on covers and ethnic-inspired songs. “papillon” would also be the first single to include foreign phrases. The factors mentioned above would become a trend for Hitomi’s releases. However this transformation would take around four months to take place, since a lot of work was done behind the scenes.

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Garnet Moon/Inori

by Rinoa on April 16, 2007 · 1 comment · AddThis

Garnet Moon
A.C.E. feat. Hitomi
Artist: Hitomi Shimatani
Product Code: AVCD-30637
Release Date: 2005.01.26
Debut Ranking: #8
Label: avex trax

Hitomi Shimatani is fairly well known for her countless tie-ins, despite of the fact that she is not popular enough to have a fixed contract with any company to endorse their products. This meant that she would not be promoted through regular commercials, as various popular artists manage to be the face of certain products for a set period. Nonetheless, Hitomi would enjoy quite a lot of variety and artistic freedom to explore different themes and genres through her tie-ins. After the hit single and successful tie-in, “ANGELUS“, another huge tie-in would be set in for her next release. For the first time, Hitomi would release a single which would be associated with the Playstation II game, “Another Century’s Episode”, better known as A.C.E.

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ANGELUS / Z!Z!Z! -Zip!Zap! Zipangu

by Rinoa on April 11, 2007 · 5 comments · AddThis

Angelus Hitomi
Promotional photo for ANGELUS
Artist: Hitomi Shimatani
Product Code: AVCD-30598
Release Date: 2004.08.11
Debut Ranking: #8
First Press: Inuyasha Sticker
Label: avex trax

Inuyasha is the brainchild of Rumiko Takahashi, who is a rather popular mangaka in Japan and also worldwide. This manga would eventually spawn into an anime and would receive a lot of attention. Typically anime theme songs would be assigned to less commercial artists or voice actors. However for an anime of a magnitude of Inuyasha, various popular avex artists were chosen to perform the theme songs for each season. Big names such as Ayumi Hamasaki, Namie Amuro, Do As Infinity and BoA were selected and were given extensive promotion by avex. Luckily enough Hitomi Shimatani would also be chosen to sing the sixth and the final season opening theme for Inuyasha.

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