Otakon 2017 is Anisong World Matsuri’s final announced leg for this year and also the where Anisong World Matsuri will be making its US east coast debut. Guests featured over two days of performance include JAM PROJECT, T.M. Revolution, FLOW, and Yousei Teikoku.
The former 3 had all performed at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2016 while Yousei Teikoku was at A-Kon 2016, meaning none of the artists are unfamiliar in performing in front of a US crowd and hyping them. With a star-studded lineup and each group having 15+ years of experience in anisong, it was the perfect stage to kick off what hopes to be annual event for Otakon and possibly more for the east coast.
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.