On July 1, 2017, “Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017 ~Japan Super Live~” was held at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, marking the second night of back-to-back concerts performed for over 13,000 fans at Anime Expo 2017, the largest anime convention in North America.
Anisong World Matsuri is an event made possible through the collective efforts of Japanese companies that focus on animation-related contents. The event aims to spread Japan’s animation/anisong culture, and to maximize its value throughout the world.
The second show of the event, “Japan Super Live”, gathered a collection of amazingly popular Japanese anisong artists — ALI PROJECT, angela, GARNiDELiA, Konomi Suzuki, Mashiro Ayano, and Minori Chihara -– to create a magical night in Los Angeles celebrating the music of Japanese anime.
The concert began with a special collaboration by angela and Konomi Suzuki performing “Zankoku na Tenshi no These” (“A Cruel Angel’s Thesis”, the theme song from the worldwide hit anime Neon Genesis Evangelion). The concert’s energy rose to to the highest level right away. Konomi Suzuki then continued with a solo performance including the popular anime theme songs “This game” (from No Game No Life), “Blow out” (from Akashic Records of Bastard Magic Instructor), and “Redo” (from Re:Zero -Starting Life in Another World-).
The next performer on stage was Mashiro Ayano. The atmosphere at the venue heated up as the rising anisong star performed “vanilla sky” (from GUNSLINGER STRATOS), “NEWLOOK” (from Re:CREATORS), and “ideal white” (from Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works).
After Mashiro’s set, GARNiDELiA took over the stage and performed “ambiguous” as vocalist MARiA’s powerful voice filled the venue and the audience started to jump to the rhythm. Their dancers appeared afterwards as GARNiDELiA performed a high-energy selection of their anisong hits “grilletto” (from The Irregular at Magic High School), “SPEED STAR” (from The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie), and “Yakusoku -Promise code-” (from Qualidea Code). MARiA then welcomed Mashiro Ayano back to the stage for a collaboration performance of “Sorairo Days” (from Gurren Lagann). The unexpected surprise made the audience cheer with joy.
ALI PROJECT appeared next. Vocalist Arika Takarano guided the audience into a fantasy world with the songs “Boukoku Kakusei Katharsis” (from .hack//Roots), “Yukyou Seishunka” (from CODE GEASS Lelouch of the Rebellion), “Seishoujo Ryouiki” (from Rozen Maiden), and “Rara Eve Shinseiki” (from SORA Kake GIRL).
Voice actress and anisong singer Minori Chihara began the second half of the concert, supported by enthusiastic cheers. After performing “Paradise Lost” (from Ga-rei -Zero-), “TERMINATED” (from Horizon in the Middle of Nowhere) and “Beyond the Boundary” (from Beyond the Boundary), Arika from ALI PROJECT appeared on stage and the two singers performed “Celestial Diva” (from CHAOS RINGS II). The pair overwhelmed the venue with their unique voices. Minori Chihara then sang the opening theme of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, the anime series that pushed Minori to worldwide fame. As she performed her final song, “Freedom Dreamer,” the hall was vibrating with energy.
Finally, the baton was passed to angela, who performed some of their hottest anime songs like “Boku wa Boku de Atte” (from Ajin: Demi-Human), “Asu he no brilliant road” (from Stellvia), “Sidonia” (from KNIGHTS OF SIDONIA), “KINGS” (from K), and “Shangri-La” (from Fafner in the Azure).
After all the performances, each artist lined up on stage and greeted the audience. angela, the final performer for Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017, promised the audience “We will come back again!”, and the show was ended successfully.
The Anisong World Matsuri tour will continue in Shanghai, China, at the already sold-out Mercedes-Benz Arena. The final performance this summer will take place at Otakon 2017 with the lineup of FLOW, T.M. Revolution, Yousei Teikoku, and JAM Project.
Zankoku na Tenshi no These (Special Collaboration with angela)
Yakusoku -Promise code-
Sorairo Days (Special Collaboration with Mashiro Ayano)
Boukoku Kakusei Katharsis
Rara Eve Shinseiki
Beyond the Boundary
Celestial Diva (Special Collaboration with ALI PROJECT)
Hare Hare Yukai
Boku wa Boku de Atte
Asu he no brilliant road
ANISONG WORLD MATSURI
With the goal of delivering Japan’s anisong concerts worldwide in the highest quality, Japan’s leading entertainment companies teamed up to produce Anisong World Matsuri. The first Anisong World Matsuri was held in July 2016 at Anime Expo in Los Angeles, California at the Microsoft Theater and multiple other venues for a total attendance of over 18,000. In 2017, Anisong World Matsuri returns to deliver anisong to fans in the United States and the world.
ANISONG WORLD MATSURI TOUR DETAILS
Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017
~Japan Kawaii Live~
Date: June 30, 2017
Venue: Los Angeles Microsoft Theater
Lineup: Aqours, THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS, JUNNA and Minori Suzuki from Walküre, Wake Up, Girls！
~Japan Super Live~
Date: July 1, 2017
Venue: Los Angeles Microsoft Theater
Lineup: ALI PROJECT, angela, Mashiro Ayano, Minori Chihara, GARNiDELiA, Konomi Suzuki
BILIBILI MACRO LINK -STAR PHASE × Anisong World Matsuri
Date: July 22, 2017
Venue: Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Arena
Lineup: Aimer, Aqours, May’n, Suzuko Mimori, Mamoru Miyano, OLDCODEX, Yoko Takahashi, JUNNA and Minori Suzuki from Walküre
Anisong World Matsuri at Otakon 2017
Date: August 11 & 12
Venue: Washington DC Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Lineup: FLOW, JAM Project, T.M. Revolution, Yousei Teikoku
Tickets and Info: https://www.otakon.com/concerts/anisong
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