Anime Boston brings PUFFY AmiYumi, OKAMOTO’s & more

One of the NorthEast US’s biggest anime conventions, Anime Boston is moving into it’s 14th year with some big guests and lots of fun scheduled for late March/early April 2017. First off, they’ll be bringing over two fantastic musical guests, in PUFFY AmiYumi and rock band OKAMOTO’s.

PUFFY was formed in 1996 and had their American debut in the early 2000s with their Cartoon Network show “Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi” which was a breakout hit and introduced many unknowing Americans to Japanese culture through Puffy’s music and fun image. They also performed the theme song for the super-popular “Teen Titans” TV show and then toured the US for a few years after the shows started airing, but their appearance at Anime Boston 2017 marks their first performance in the US in over ten years, so this is not to be missed.

OKAMOTO’s is a four-piece rock band from Shinjuku, Tokyo who have done anime opening songs for shows like Naruto Shippuden, Durarara!!, and Gintama, and their retro-rock sound has led them to collaborate and write for many other shows and other artists in Japan. Anime Boston marks their first US concert in 7 years; another rare opportunity to see a great Japanese act on US soil.

Aside from the great musical guests, Anime Boston is also bringing over a number of esteemed anime industry veterans from Japan, including voice actors, directors, producers and more, with the likes of Toru Furuya (Gundam 0079, Dragonball, Sailor Moon, One Piece, Paprika, Saint Seiya, and more,)  Shingo Natsume (Fullmetal Alchemist, Space Dandy, One Punch Man,) Naokatsu Tsuda (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure, Chojigen Game Neptune,)  Masahiko Minami (G Gundam, Escaflowne, Cowboy Bebop, Eureka Seven,) and Hirokatsu Kihara (Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, Kiki’s Delivery Service.)

The convention takes place on March 31st thru April 2nd this year, and it’s shaping up to be one of the best anime conventions in years for yours truly, and Selective Hearing will have full coverage and interviews from the show as it’s happening and some post-show content as well, so be sure to stay tuned if you can’t make it out to the convention. If you’re thinking of going to the show, don’t miss out and we hope to see you there!

About Anime Boston: With nearly 27,000 attendees in 2016, Anime Boston is an annual three-day Japanese animation convention held in Boston, Mass. Anime Boston 2017 is scheduled for Friday, March 31 through Sunday, April 2 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. More information about Anime Boston can be found at

About New England Anime Society, Inc.: The New England Anime Society was founded in 2001. Based in Massachusetts, The New England Anime Society, Inc. is parent organization of Anime Boston and is dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at

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Steve is a contributor and resident music nerd for Selective Hearing, specializing in Japanese idol industry commentary and coverage. A lifetime musician, film lover, journalist, video game fanatic, philosophy enthusiast, and idol aficionado. A dweller of the idol scene since the late 1990s, he loves to discuss industry trends and ideas, past or present.