Note: All opinions are mine and do not reflect the overall opinion of those who attended.
June 30, 2017 was a tumultuous day in a number of ways for me. It marked the sad day that YuiKaori (Yui Ogura + Kaori Ishihara) officially disbanded as a duo, the 7th anniversary of Love Live!’s beloved µ’s, the second anniversary of Aqours from the same project, and of course, the same day that four powerhouse Anisong idol groups from Japan came to Los Angeles, California for a 3-4 hour long performance at the Microsoft Theater.
Collaborating for the second year straight, Anime Expo and Anisong World Matsuri kicked off Anime Expo’s first ever preview night (Day 0) with an all start line up, including six member of The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, two members of Walkure, Wake Up, Girls!, and Aqours.
This year there will be two concerts: Japan Kawaii Live held on June 30th (Day 0) and Japan Super Live on July 1st (Day 1), each expected to be 4 hours in length. While the concert themes/titles were not formally revealed until after the announcements had started, which demolished my guesses, this made the line up potentially all the more exciting! Without further ado, here is the final lineup along with some thoughts after the jump.
One of the things I randomly entertain myself with regularly is guessing the key guest for US conventions, particularly musical/anisong guests. Because of the distance from Japan as well as a number of other barriers (e.g. language, cultural, visa permits, lodging and escorting costs for guests etc.), the amount of guests that anime conventions in the west typically gets straight from Japan is typically limited, particularly musical artists. While the number and frequency of such guests have certainly been increasing over the last few years due to the rising fandom, it’s still nowhere near the levels seen in closer destinations to Japan, including Korea, Taiwan, and much of Southeast Asia. As I finish up a couple additional entries, I figured I may as well put this quick post together since Anime Expo announced on Twitter last week that they will be announcing the Anisong World Matsuri guest list by end of the month.
More info about the Neon District line-up will be posted NEXT WEEK~! Anisong World Matsuri info coming by the end of the month!
Last year’s Anisong World Matsuri Concert at Anime Expo featured Eir Aoi, Luna Haruna, Minami, Yoko Ishida, T.M. Revolution, sphere, and JAM PROJECT along with a separate “Japan Band Battle” with FLOW and OLDCODEX. The project was a hit and it looks like two similar concerts will be taking place on Day 0 (Pre-Show Night) and Day 1 of the convention. Back in October, Anime Expo also sent out a survey on what musical guests so this post will sum up not only which guests I think are likely to be invited as well as some additional guesses.