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.

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.

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.”

Club2theMAX Schedules Anaheim Convention during July 4th holidays.


Apparently, Club2theMAX, a new convention is seeking to make something out of its admittedly odd choice for a convention date. Club2theMAX, self-described as a place where fans and industry can meet (presumably related to all things Japan) will be held on July 1-3, 2011 in Anaheim, CA at the Anaheim Convention Center.

For veteran convention goers, you’ll know that this Southern California convention will clash with another well-known SoCal convention: Anime Expo. Where this convention looks to differ is the fact that it’s charging no admission, so for the budget conscious, that might be an appealing proposal.

Nothing’s been set yet though. Their website is trying to raise interest in activities such as concerts, cosplay, dances, and whatnot, but as of yet, there’s no schedule out. I’m admittedly a skeptic where this is concerned, but will be keeping an eye out on them nonetheless.

AKB48 Continues International Tour, Head to Milan, Macau, and Singapore

After having completed a successful concert at Los Angeles’s Anime Expo Convention, AKB48 have their sights set on Milan in October and Macau and Singapore in November. Their appearance in Singapore coincides with their annual anime convention Anime Festival Asia, though the convention organizers have not yet confirmed whether AKB48 will be performing there.

Source: AKB48’s Blog

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