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.
Note: All opinions are mine and do not reflect the overall opinion of those who attended.
Following up on the successful Japan Kawaii Live, the first official day of Anime Expo 2017 (Day 1) featured six additional Anisong artistes from Japan:
- ALI PROJECT
- Konomi Suzuki
- Mashiro Ayano
- Minori Chihara
Given there are more artistes here and this post is almost a month later than I had intended it to be, let’s jump right in
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!
— Anime Expo (@AnimeExpo) April 14, 2017
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.