Since attending Otakon in August, this past month has been quite hectic with me making a quick trip to Japan just for Animelo Summer Live 2017 -THE CARD- followed by J-Pop Summit in San Francisco. As a result, I haven’t really had a chance to gather my thoughts to put together a full set of posts I’ve been meaning to write. While the last two weeks have been quieter, it looks like things will be picking up again starting with this weekend so I figured I should give a lay of the land.
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.
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.