Some pretty big industry news over the last 24-48 hours that warrants enough attention for a post of its own. For those not aware, two “bombshells” were dropped that are likely to give indication if not shape the future of the US anime industry and abroad for the next few years. More after the jump.
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.
With Anime Expo just over 2 months away, the guests for this year’s Anisong World Matsuri event have finally been announced! Given last year’s star studded line up consisting of Eir Aoi, Luna Haruna, Minami, Yoko Ishida, T.M. Revolution, sphere, FLOW, OLDCODEX, JAM Project, and Aqours (meet and greet event only), Anime Expo had definitely set the initial bar very high for themselves. This is especially true given that last year was the first official year for Anisong World Matsuri and that the US market tends to be a lot smaller for Anisong in general.
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.