Considering that a few of my recent posts have been focused on Anime Expo’s eye popping line up, we certainly should not forget about the number of other US anime and Japanese culture conventions that managed to snag some pretty big names this year.
With spring about half over and summer around the corner, we are about to enter full swing into convention season. While I won’t be attending some of these acts due to time, budget, and other personal reasons, hopefully those who are in the area will show up and support these artistes. Keep in mind that it’s still a fairly rare event for Anisong artistes to make a US appearance, let alone recurring appearances. It’s also uncommon for artistes to have meet & greet or autograph sessions in Japan, so this is certainly an opportunity you don’t want to miss if one or more of your favorite artistes are performing.
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.