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.
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.