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Almost a decade of work by popular anime theme song singer/voice actress Maaya Sakamoto is set to be collected in a new single compilation. This third collection of Sakamoto's work will feature all singles released between 2005 and 2012, remixes and new song "Nekoze" - composed by Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop, Kids on the Slope) and Yuho Iwasato. The CD and a CD/Blu-ray package are scheduled to be released November 14th.
Atsuko Maeda, the idol who is leaving the AKB48 group on Monday, revealed in a press interview before her "graduation" performance that she wants to study abroad in New York. During the interview, she said, "I want to go to various places. Since I've got the time. But I want to go by myself. I've been thinking about trying studying abroad in New York or somewhere else, but I want to take on the challenge entirely on my own."
She also talked about no longer being under AKB48's ban on romance. She said that AKB48 producer Yasushi Akimoto joked that she can fall in love when the clock strikes midnight on August 28, but she added that she does not know yet what she will do in this regard.