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New York City, New York, United States | INDIE

New York City, New York, United States | INDIE
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"America's Japanese Pop Idol"

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/content/view/34487/

America's Japanese Pop Idol

Japanese pop star Reni Mimura made a life changing decision two years ago—to come to America to promote her unique performing style. “My performance includes many different elements, but it is mainly based on the word Moe,” she said in an exclusive interview with the Epoch Times.
Moe is a common word among Japanese youth which is normally used to describe people with the quality to be exceedingly cute and innocent.
Reni's visual performance style is a branch of contemporary Japanese musical performance mixing the elements of Moe and “cosplay”—a word which comes from the union of the words costume, and role-play. It refers to the phenomena of dressing up as a famous japanese animation or video game character and then acting the part. It has become a very popular hobby among japanese animation fans.
When asked why she included “cosplay” in her performances, something fresh in American music, she humorously replied “Cosplay is my life!” and explained “while doing cosplay, people can easily change their personality, and in so doing, they can make many friends...what I wanted since the beginning is for people to come to my show, become friends, socialize, and meet new people while being physically in the same place.”
Having barely begun performing in America, since February 2009, Reni has quickly gained wide attention, and has been invited to perform in the most prominent Japanese animation conventions in the country. Recently, the National Broadcasting Television Station of Japan (NHK) —made a documentary on Reni's career in America and the impact of her performances on western audiences.
When asked what she thought about her sudden and quick rise in popularity in America, she poetically replied “I cannot shine by myself, so I hope to be able to shine through all of you, and that way we will all shine together.”
Reni has a monthly show at the Top Tunes bar in New York, which has recently expanded and began including performances from Japanese-style bands created by her fans. The monthly show represents a refreshing moment for coming together, sharing among friends and relaxing. “Nowadays there is so much pressure and everybody is competing. There is not much fantasy in this world. Deep inside, everybody is seeking this Moe feeling, that is, a feeling of satisfaction, mutual healing and support. In my world, it doesn’t make any difference whether someone is number one or number 1,000. We all have fun together,” she said.

Reni has already begun touching peoples lives after just one year of performing. While talking about her fans, in very a pleased and excited mood, she said “I have seen many of my fans who used to be very timid, change all of a sudden. They have become more open-minded, carefree, and confident. As a performer, I can see these changes they have undergone, and I'm very happy!”

Reni hopes to continue on with her unique performance style entertaining “cosplay” lovers and mass audiences alike, and gathering fans all across America and beyond.

If you would like to know more about Reni Mimura and her Moe performances, you can visit her webpage: wwwrenireni.com. Her latest CD called Sakura, her recently released photo-book Maid in New York and all her upcoming concert dates can be found there as well. - Epoch Times


"Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There Lewis Carroll"

http://www.eastvillageradio.com/news/items.aspx?id=11284

IT’S LIKE A PORTMANTEAU

— Humpty Dumpty
Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There Lewis Carroll

Cosplay, a mashup of “costume” and “play” (See? That was easy…), refers to dressing up as an anime, manga or game character. As to the why, well, who’s to really know?

Popular among teen-aged girls in Japan, and prominent among anime fans worldwide, cosplay (it’s both a noun and a verb!) has gained enough traction to have found its way to Drom in the East Village last week in the entertaining form of Reni Mimura, in the guise of a Japanese maid. With bunny ears.

Reni-chan specializes in Akihabara style performances, a genre that emphasizes “the cute look of Japanese pop-culture with the hip appeal of Japanese animation” creating “an adorable, peaceful, yet exciting mood.”

We’re honestly not sure what to make of it all, but we’re delighted she came through the neighborhood — and look forward to following her soon to be worldwide career. And for those interested in experiencing a mix of painfully cute girls in fantasy costumes performing catchy pop music to an audience of, well, you decide for yourself, check her out:

January 24 at 5:00PM ET at
Top Tunes, 303-305 East 53rd Street NYC
Also scheduled to appear: Promise (3 sister J-Pop singing group), CD-3 (Japanese dance & comedy entertainment group), MaeMae (Cosplay J-Pop Guitarist) and Elderberry (Bittersweet Cosplay Singer) - East Village Radio


"pride in her singing"

http://www.animeexplosion.net/articles.php?article_id=226

"From the minute Reni took center stage it was evident she takes a lot of pride in her singing. The opening act was full of such energy, grace, and overall kawaii overdose that are often devoid from other performances by Japanese artist in America. As the show progressed this level of energy and kawaii-ness steadily increases to add" - Anime Explosion


"the textbook definition of kawaii"

http://cosplaycouture.wordpress.com/2009/10/01/nyaf-con-report-saturday/

"She is the textbook definition of kawaii =3. " - Cosplay Couture


Discography

In 2006, The first CD was released in Japan, and was produced by Takahiro Yamautsuri, who composed the music for one of the Pokemon movies. Her second album "Sakura" was released in September 2009. Reni participated “Just Dance 3” (publisher/Ubisoft) music for game software on Wii, Playstation and Xbox and released her first photo book. Her latest CD album, "Hybrid Girl" is released in 2012 with even more positive hyper cute dance songs!
http://www.renireni.com/

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Notable TV, Video Game & Film Uses:

“Just Dance 3” (publisher/Ubisoft) on Wii, Playstation and Xbox

North East Tour
Texas, Tennessee, Ohio, Virginia Anime Con Tour

Photo book "Maid in NY"

ReniReni came to the U.S. to share LOVE and JOY (^0^)/

Reni was born in Japan and relocated to New York in 2008. Her big break came after she won a talent search competition. She then released her first Japanese CD in 2006 produced by Takahiro Yamautsuri, who composed the music for one of the Pokemon movies.

In 2008, Reni relocated to New York hoping to bring this unique style to the United States. Reni has quickly gained wide attention, and has been invited to perform in the most prominent animation conventions and other music events. Reni released her CD album "Sakura" in 2009. Her latest CD album, "Hybrid Girl" is released in 2012 with even more positive hyper cute dance songs.

As her fan base increases, attention from the industry and Japan glows. In 2010, the National Broadcasting Television Station of Japan (NHK) made 2 documentaries on Reni's career in America and the impact of her performances on western audiences and the fashion industry. Now Reni is recognized as a Leader of Moe Revolution, Kawaii/ Cute/ Blossoming movement which is already popular and appreciated as one of the Art form in Asia and Europe and believed to lead the world to peace.