Anime Expo 2013 Convention Report is Up

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Our coverage of Anime Expo is already up! Although we had previewed Anime Expo a few weeks ago, after 3 days of fun at the annual Los Angeles convention, there’s much to report, from the loot that we purchased, to the people we met to the panels we went to, to even the concerts which were really impressive even if the hype leading into them wasn’t too high.

If you go through to read the post, you’ll find that the best part is easily the opportunity to meet anime director Makoto Shinkai, who was there to promote his latest work titled Kotonoha no Niwa (The Garden of Words), which featured an outstanding soundtrack composed by Kashiwa Daisuke, whose piano work, while minimalistic, was very soothing and deliciously introspective on the whole.

So do come by to read of the fun that we had. There were many anime bloggers at the convention and it was really difficult to go anywhere without bumping into someone I knew. On top of that, we hope that you’ll stay tuned, because in addition to this general report of the convention we put out, we’ll also be having the concert reports up in short order. Look forward to that!

Former Supercell Singer Nagi Yanagi to Appear at Singapore Anime Convention

Nagi Yanagi has been recently announced as a guest at Singapore’s A Certain Magical Event (abbreviated A.C.M.E.).  This will be A.C.M.E.’s fourth iteration and will be held this coming weekend, August 25, 2012 at the Singapore Expo, Garnet Room.  The announcement of Nagi Yanagi has come more or less at the last minute, but needless to say, there’s much excitement to be had.

Nagi Yanagi has gotten her start as a singer for doujin music, but her biggest splash came as a result of Bakemonogatari’s ending theme, “Kimi no Shiranai Monogatari,” where she partnered alongside supercell composer, Ryo.  Her other works include songs like “Hero” and “Sayonara Memories,” both of which have been very popular.  After leaving supercell, she’s gone on to sing songs for anime like Ano Natsu de Matteru and Jormungand.

In any case, she will be performing a live concert at the convention.  For people looking for more information, check out A.C.M.E.’s Facebook page for more details and further announcements.

J-pop Group Sphere a Scheduled Guest at Singapore’s Anime Festival Asia 2012

Sphere, the J-pop idol group made up of seiyuu/singers Haruka Tomatsu, Minako Kotobuki, Ayahi Takagaki, and Aki Toyosaki, will be one of the prominent guests who will make their appearance at Anime Festival Asia held in Singapore towards the middle of November.

Needless to say, this is big news as this seiyuu idol pop group has risen quite a bit since their debut singing the opening song to Hatsukoi Limited, titled “Future Stream.” After that, the group has gone on to release such hits as Hanasaku Iroha’s ending theme, “Hazy” and Otome Youkai Zakuro’s opening theme, “Moon Signal.”

Sphere will be joining some other big names at Anime Festival Asia this year, so stay tuned for a more detailed listing of all the other anime music artists who will be performing a concert along with them at the convention.  The only note is that no concert dates have been set thus far, so details will be forthcoming.

Otakon 2012 Guest Announcement: Yuuka Nanri of FictionJunction Yuuka

As the date for Otakon 2012 comes closer, there are still a few guests coming down the pipeline.  Yuuka Nanri, the voice-actress and singer is the latest guest announced for Otakon though there is no indication that she will be performing a live concert like her other FictionJunction cohorts did at Anime Expo.

Yuuka Nanri is particularly well-known for her voice roles on quite a few anime, ranging from Henrietta in the critically-acclaimed Gunslinger Girl, Saori Chiba in Hourou Musuko, and more recently, Ritsuko Mukae in Sakamichi no Apollon where she also gave her own rendition of “My Favorite Things.”  In addition to her job as a voice actress, Yuuka Nanri has also worked with Yuki Kajiura, performing such works as “Akatsuki no Kuruma,” the opening to Gundam SEED as part of Yuki Kajiura’s FictionJunction unit.  Lately, she’s also embarked as a solo artist, and has sung songs like “Shizuku,” the theme song to .hack//QUANTUM.

Otakon 2012 will take place at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore, Maryland from July 27 – July 29 for those who want to see her at the convention.

Anime Expo Concert Reports – Yuki Kajiura and FictionJunction and LiSA

This past Anime Expo 2012 saw the arrival of such stars as LiSA, the J-pop artist who performed songs from Angel Beats! and Fate/Zero as well as Yuki Kajiura, who composed music for Fate/Zero’s soundtrack as well as Puella Magi Madoka Magica’s soundtrack.  Both groups graced the Anime Expo fans with excellent concerts.  LiSA was able to showcase her energy and enthusiasm which made the performance lively and enjoyable.  Yuki Kajiura’s concert, in comparison, was more toned down in terms of its energy, but the setlist was truly amazing and allowed the audience to see just how well the members of FictionJunction could harmonize.

That said, the only hiccup in the entire concert is the fact that the venue churned out sound issues like reverb and the instrumental balance was out of whack, which intruded upon the audience’s ability to hear FictionJunction and LiSA sing their songs.  Despite these issues, it was a memorable night and one definitely worth experiencing.  Do check out the concert reports we have posted!

LiSA of Angel Beats and Fate/Zero Fame to Debut at Anime Expo 2012

This summer, LiSA, the J-pop artist who performed the Girls Dead Monster segments for Angel Beats will be making her debut in the United States at Anime Expo, which will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from June 29 – July 2, 2012.

LiSA’s debut in anisong came with Angel Beats’ “Thousand Enemies” single where she shows off her generic rock sound while giving us a feel for her ability to sing at lower registers. She would go on to sing the opening theme to Fate/Zero, titled “Oath Sign,” which managed to enter the Japanese Oricon weekly charts at #5, and went on to capture the #2 spot on the daily charts.

No information on the exact day of the concert has been announced yet, but do stay tuned on the Anime Expo website for further news.

Steins;Gate Singer Kanako Itou to be at Anime Boston 2012

Steins;Gate from 2011 certainly did well to enthrall viewers with its time-travel-based plot and “Hacking to the Gate,” the OP theme to the anime was sung by Kanako Itou, whose vocals helped weave an aura of mystery and urgency into the mix. Her singing has been generally well-regarded by fans who’ve followed her work on visual novels like Steins;Gate, Saya no Uta, and Chaos;Head and for those of you based in the USA, you can look forward to her appearance at Anime Boston in 2012.

Although Kanako Itou has performed live concerts at events such as Anime Festival Asia and various years in attendance at the Animelo concerts, this will be her first appearance in the United States.

Currently, no schedule has been announced for meet and greets or concerts, but do pay attention as we will update you when we have any news about Kanako Itou’s appearance.

Hatsune Miku Slated to Perform Vocaloid Concert in Singapore

Apparently Hatsune Miku isn’t quite done with her concert tour just yet. After performing to a sold-out crowd at Mikunopolis, it looks like her next destination will be Singapore for Anime Festival Asia.

This concert should provide an exciting opportunity for Vocaloid fans who weren’t able to see Hatsune Miku’s Los Angeles concert, one that was well-received by many attendees. In any event, we hope that you’ll be able to make it out there to see not only the wondrous technology, but also the music, which has enthralled many fans both in and out of Japan.

Maon Kurosaki to Perform at Anime Expo

Maon Kurosaki’s career is still pretty much in its infancy since her music experience prior to performing anisong has been in performing at Akihabara’s Dearstage Club, but she’ll be looking to see where it can go with her first concert outside the Japan. On July 3, Anime Expo attendees can expect to see her in concert at the Club Nokia in Los Angeles.

Maon Kurosaki is probably best known for performing the ending theme for the High School of the Dead anime series produced by Madhouse as well as the ending theme to Toaru Majutsu no Index II. In addition to performing at Anime Expo, Maon Kurosaki will also be participating in Animelo Summer Live 2011 and will release an album containing the ending theme to the Hakuouki OVA.

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/

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