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Interview: TRUE Reflects on Five Years as Anisong Artist

Interview: TRUE Reflects on Five Years as Anisong Artist

Last November, anisong singer TRUE joined the line-up of the Anisong World Matsuri concert tour for the first time in New York City. The performance on the sidelines of the Anime NYC convention included collaboration duets with Konomi Suzuki (performing "Sparkling Daydream" from Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!) and with Luna Haruna (performing "Don't say "lazy"" from K-On!). MyAnimeList was invited to watch her performance and to interview her following Anisong World Matsuri. In the past, TRUE d...
Anisong Label Lantis Celebrates 20th Anniversary with 3-Day Concert

Anisong Label Lantis Celebrates 20th Anniversary with 3-Day Concert

Anisong music label Lantis has announced plans to celebrate its 20th anniversary with a three-day Lantis Matsuri 2019 concert, to be held June 21–23 at the Makuhari Messe convention center in Tokyo. In a press conference streamed on Niconico Live, YouTube Live, and LINE Live, Lantis founder and music producer Shunji Inoue announced that the theme of Lantis Matsuri 2019 will be "A-R-I-G-A-T-O Anisong," an expression of thanks to the label's fans, employees, and artists for their support over the...

Nov 26, 2018 3:01 AM by arsonal 3 Comments

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Interview: Luna Haruna to Showcase Best Album at New York Anisong World Matsuri

Interview: Luna Haruna to Showcase Best Album at New York Anisong World Matsuri

Since making her international debut at Sakura-Con in Seattle five years ago, model-turned-singer Luna Haruna has performed at more than 30 anime conventions and concerts around the world. Her frequent overseas performances make her one of the most recognizable anisong singers today. Luna Haruna was a finalist in the 4th All-Japan Anisong Grand Prix sponsored by Animax, after which she debuted as a singer in 2012 with SME Records. Her debut CD single, "Sora wa Takaku Kaze wa Utau," was the endi...
Interview: Konomi Suzuki to Perform at First Anisong World Matsuri in New York

Interview: Konomi Suzuki to Perform at First Anisong World Matsuri in New York

Konomi Suzuki has been singing and dancing since she was little, but singing for anime was not always her objective. That changed when a friend introduced her to Macross F and performances by May'n for the anime. By middle school, Suzuki was determined to become a singer for works of anime. The opportunity arrived in 2011 when she auditioned for the 5th All-Japan Anisong Grand Prix sponsored by Animax. Despite placing second in the preliminaries in Osaka, she went on to be crowned the tournamen...

Oct 29, 2018 8:01 PM by arsonal 2 Comments

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SPYAIR Announce First World Tour

SPYAIR Announce First World Tour

Japanese rock band SPYAIR announced their first world tour on July 28, with tickets going on sale the same day. The tour is scheduled to begin in Atlanta in the United States on September 23. The group will be joined by fellow Japanese rock band ROOKiEZ is PUNK'D for the North and South American and European legs of the tour. Starting November 7, SPYAIR plan to conclude their 2018 tour with solo performances throughout Asia. SPYAIR were formed in Nagoya in 2005. After years of independent work...

Aug 4, 2018 5:31 PM by ImperfectBlue 8 Comments

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Japan Anime Music Lab. Aims to Connect Anisong Artists with Overseas Distributors

Japan Anime Music Lab. Aims to Connect Anisong Artists with Overseas Distributors

PROMIC, the foundation for promotion of Japan's music industry and culture, has launched a new service called Japan Anime Music Lab., which aims to support the overseas expansion of anime music (anisong). Also known by the abbreviation JAMLAB., the service provides a free portal in which international rights buyers can communicate directly with music industry professionals. JAMLAB. was first introduced last October at the 14th Tokyo International Music Market. In a seminar held at the event, Sh...

Mar 11, 2018 11:00 PM by arsonal 7 Comments

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Interview: JAM Project Brings the Anisong Spirit to the U.S. at Otakon 2017

Interview: JAM Project Brings the Anisong Spirit to the U.S. at Otakon 2017

JAM Project was conceived in 2000 by legendary singer Ichirou Mizuki to introduce the "old spirit of anisong" into the twenty-first century. Its members have been active in the industry since the 1980s and 1990s and have seen its many transformations, including taking part in the annual Animelo Summer Live festivities since it began in 2005. JAM Project was one of the first artists to sign onto the anisong record company Lantis after it was founded. Today, the group's regular members consist of...

Aug 4, 2017 6:59 AM by arsonal 5 Comments

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Interview: Wake Up, Girls! Returns to the U.S. for Concert at Anime Expo 2017

Interview: Wake Up, Girls! Returns to the U.S. for Concert at Anime Expo 2017

When the seiyuu unit Wake Up, Girls! first visited the United States in 2014, the seven-person idol group had just finished the broadcast run of their debut anime series in Japan. They were gaining popularity among fans around the world, but their activities were still limited as rookie performers. Now, as they return three years later to perform at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017, the members of Wake Up, Girls! (also known as WUG in short) are no longer rookies. Together, they have he...
Surge of Live Entertainment Fuels Zepp's Concert Hall Expansion in Asia

Surge of Live Entertainment Fuels Zepp's Concert Hall Expansion in Asia

Japan is the world's second largest music market, and live music entertainment forms an important segment of that market. In 2015, the domestic market for live music entertainment grew 25 percent over the previous year to a new high of 340.5 billion yen, according to data from the Pia group. Additionally, the market for live anime song entertainment grew 73 percent to 14.8 billion yen in 2015. Pia's main business is the sale of entertainment tickets through its advance sale system Ticket Pia. S...

May 30, 2017 11:00 PM by arsonal 1 Comment

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Anime Expo 2016 Announces Anisong World Matsuri Concerts

Anime Expo 2016 Announces Anisong World Matsuri Concerts

The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) has announced that it will bring the Lantis Festival series of anime events and anisong concerts to Anime Expo 2016, which will be held July 1–4 in Los Angeles. The Anime Expo edition of the concerts, billed as Anisong World Matsuri, continues last year's Anisong World Tour, which made stops in Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai, and Taipei. Anisong World Matsuri is created by anisong music label Lantis, record company Sony...

May 17, 2016 8:30 PM by Naruleach 19 Comments

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Seiyuu Houko Kuwashima Plans 20th Anniversary Album and Concert

Seiyuu Houko Kuwashima Plans 20th Anniversary Album and Concert

Record company flying Dog has announced the upcoming release of a three-disc music album to commemorate the 20th anniversary of seiyuu Houko Kuwashima's debut. The album, titled HouKo ChroniCle, will be released on October 21, 2015, in two versions, with and without DVD. Kuwashima began her seiyuu career in 1995, voicing an unnamed character in Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon SuperS. Her first major role came the following year as Yurika Misumaru in Kidou Senkan Nadesico. Subsequent major roles incl...

Aug 24, 2015 6:10 AM by arsonal 3 Comments

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Seiyuu Unit YuiKaori Announces Third CD Album and Live Tour

Seiyuu Unit YuiKaori Announces Third CD Album and Live Tour

The staff of the seiyuu unit YuiKaori announced that the duo will release its third CD album on November 4, 2015. The album, titled Bright Canary, will contain 12 songs, including the 11th single "Ring Ring Rainbow!!" (pictured), which is the opening theme song of the Summer 2015 series Joukamachi no Dandelion. Bright Canary will be released in three versions: a CD+Blu-ray version (¥3,700 + tax), a CD+DVD version (¥3,700 + tax), and a regular version (¥2,800 + tax). First edition releases of the...

Aug 23, 2015 8:35 PM by arsonal 2 Comments

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