Eminence Symphony Orchestra SMASH! 2011 Concert to Feature Animated Work

The Eminence Symphony Orchestra, in the grand tradition of such performances A Night in Fantasia once again have another concert in the works in Australia.

On July 16, 2011, Eminence presents Memories of Fantasia in conjunction with the Sydney Manga and Anime Show (SMASH!), a concert which will feature musical works sourced from Square-Enix video games and Studio Ghibli anime. On top of that, Eminence will also present Last Goodbye, which is a short musical animated work and will debut at SMASH! 2011. Artists expected to be present include Hiroki Kikuta, Kenji Ito, and Mari Yoshida along with the Eminence ensemble.

For those looking to attend the concert, tickets can be purchased here: http://tickets.smash.org.au/

Southern California AM2 Anime Convention Adds Scandal to Guest List

Scandal, the four-girl J-pop band made up of Haruna Ono (vocals, guitar), Tomomi Ogawa (bass, vocals), Mami Sasazaki (guitar, vocals) and Rina Suzuki (drums, percussions, keyboards, vocals) will be making an appearance at the Southern California convention AM2 which will be held at the Anaheim Convention Center from July 1-3.

The group probably entered the anime fan’s consciousness through “Shōjo S,” the tenth opening sequence for the Bleach anime. Since then, they’ve gone on to perform such hits as “Shunkan Sentimental” for Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood. Their work has also been featured in video games in addition to anime and so, should be very appealing to a wide crowd.

Anime Expo 2011 Presents Hatsune Miku Live Vocaloid Concert

Given how popular Hatsune Miku and friends have been lately, we figured it was a matter of time before the United States would be graced with a Vocaloid concert. Looks like that time is now as Anime Expo, which will be held in Los Angeles, will get its first shot at holding the event which will take place on July 2nd.

For those who aren’t familiar, Vocaloid is a voice synthesizer program that has given musicians the opportunity to have a virtual idol sing their music. Hatsune Miku, in particular, has become quite the cultural icon, having had a few Japanese concerts, including the “Miku’s Day Thanksgiving” concert held in March of last year. This year’s concert at AX will be based on that same concert, but will feature a few improvements over the original event.

A Second Panty and Stocking With Garterbelt Soundtrack In the Works

Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt’s soundtrack has really been a hit with a lot of fans who really enjoyed the electronica, R&B, and house music that was on display through TCY Force, ☆Taku Takahashi, and Teddyloid’s music. And for those who were disappointed with a few tracks being left out on the original soundtrack should rejoice! On July 20, 2011, you can expect a release of the Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt Original Soundtrack 2!

Though we didn’t really enjoy the music so much, evidenced in our review, the fact that the first soundtrack sold so well is evidence that many people did. So if you’re looking for more of the same, be sure to pre-order your copy at CDJapan.

AM2 Adds Visual-kei Artists SADIE to Concert List

The Southern California anime convention known as AM2 continues to roll out its guest list and the next addition to their concert highlights is none other than the visual-kei band, SADIE.

SADIE, composed of Mao on Vocals, Mizuki on Guitar, Tsurugi also on Guitar, Aki on Bass Guitar, and Kei on drums. As with most visual-kei bands, the emphasis is all in the artistry of the performance and the rock sound. For the purpose of currying interest with anime fans, they have not yet done any music for anime, so this concert should strictly be for those curious about visual-kei or fans who enjoy SADIE’s rock sound and elaborate showmanship.

AM2 Anime Convention Adds Kanon Wakeshima and An Cafe’s Kanon to Concert Lineup

AM2, the Southern California anime convention set to take place from July 1-3 has already started putting together their musical guest lineups. Of the major guests to be announced, the first major announcement has been for the duo of Kanon Wakeshima and An Cafe’s Kanon to perform together.

Needless to say, for anime fans, this should bring a lot of delight. Kanon Wakeshima is known for her cello skills often performed with a gothic lolita sound in mind. She has been notable for being the artist for such works as Vampire Knight’s ending theme, “Still Doll.”

The other Kanon, a bassist for the band An Cafe, will be performing with her. This Kanon brings a legendary Akiba-kei Otaku male sound to the concert. This combination isn’t a huge mind-blower as both did work on the Shiki anime opening theme, “Calendula Requiem.”

Kalafina Named as Guest of Honor for Anime Expo

Anime Expo’s first major concert announcement has surfaced. On July 2, 2011, the trio Kalafina will be performing at Anime Expo in Los Angeles.

For fans who don’t know, Kalafina is a trio of singers. This group was initially created to sing the theme songs for the Kara no Kyoukai movies, but their popularity remained so strong that they’ve continued on to this day. All of their music is composed by Yuki Kajiura and includes such hits as Magia, the ending theme to Puella Magi Madoka Magica as well as Sora no Woto’s opening theme, Hikari no Senritsu.

Needless to say, this announcement brings up a lot of excitement and here’s hoping that Yuki Kajiura will also make an appearance!

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