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.

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.

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.”

Tickets for Mikuni Shimokawa's Singapore Concert on Sale


As reported earlier, Mikuni Shimokawa had announced a concert to be taking place on August 22 of this year and that the concert would be held at the Movida, St James Power Station venue. And for those looking to attend, tickets are finally available and on sale to the public.

Tickets for the event can be found on Gatecrash. The tickets themselves cost around SGD $93 excluding booking fee.

Seiyuu Pop Group Sphere Concert Announced at Budokan

Sphere, the pop group made up of seiyuu Aki Toyosaki, Haruka Tomatsu, Ayahi Takagaki, and Minako Kotobuki, have announced a concert at Budokan on November 23, 2010. The concert, ON LOVE, ON Live, will open their doors at 4:30pm and officially start at 5:30pm.

Anime music fans should be familiar with Sphere’s work given their debut single for Hatsukoi Limited’s intro, titled “Future Stream.” They’ve gone on to release “Super Noisy Nova” for Sora no Manimani, and, most recently, Asobi ni Ikuyo!’s “Now loading…Sky!!.” They also have a single set to be released in October for an anime premiering in Fall 2010.

Source: Sphere website via J1m0ne.

Dir En Grey to Tour US, VIP Packages Available

Japanese metal band Dir En Grey is all set to begin touring in the United States, performing in such cities as Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, Minneapolis, Denver, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland in late August, early September.

The tour will begin in North America at Toronto on August 23 before moving on to the United States with a performance at the Nokia Theater in New York on August 24. More information about the dates and locations can be found on Brave Words and Bloody Knuckles.

VIP packages are also on sale, which includes goodies such as an opportunity to meet and greet with the band members, a Dir En Grey VIP carabiner, a hand-signed Dir En Grey silk-screened poster, and a commemorative VIP laminate. More information about the VIP packages can be found here.

Eminence Symphony Orchestra Announces Japan Concert in August


The Eminence Symphony Orchestra, based out in Australia and known for performing music to video games and anime have announced that they will be performing in Japan on August 14, 2010. The concert, titled “Passion: Twilight Legacy” will include such pieces as the Otakon 2010 theme song and possibly a few tracks from the Project Promise disc containing arrangements of music from Makoto Shinkai’s works. For those who are not able to attend, there are options on the table to have the concert streamed.

More information can be found on the concert website.

Mikuni Shimokawa to Perform in Singapore On August 22


Mikuni Shimokawa seems to be back in action internationally, as she has announced a concert in Singapore on August 22, 2010. The singer, well-known for performing a large number of intro and outro songs to shows such as Full Metal Panic, Kino’s Journey, and Grenadier, will be performing at the Movida, St James Power Station venue and presumably, her anime songs should feature prominently in that concert. In addition to Singapore, she will also be traveling to South Korea and Hong Kong for concert performances.

Source: Mikuni Shimokawa’s Official Site

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