This year’s Anisong World Matsuri concerts will be held for two nights, taking place jointly with ANIME EXPO (AX) 2017. AX is the largest celebration for Japanese pop culture in North America, held annually since 1992. Fans and people from the industry come together to the expo, which features the best in Japanese entertainment, music, fashion, and video games.
Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles will host ~JAPAN KAWAII LIVE~ on June 30 (Friday), and ~JAPAN SUPER LIVE~ on July 1 (Saturday).
Now let’s take a look at the line up for ~JAPAN KAWAII LIVE~!
Aqours (pronounced “aqua”) is the school idol group formed in Uchiura, Shizuoka, for the multimedia project “Love Live! Sunshine!!”. The project started in April 2015 and spread across various media including CDs, live events, magazines, and mobile apps. The first single Kimi no Kokoro wa Kagayaiteru kai? was released in October 2015. The TV anime aired in summer 2016, and they had their first live shows at Yokohama Arena on February 25 and 26, 2017, which attracted 12,000 fans each day. Their future project “Aqours Next Step! Project” includes a second anime season, tour, and CD releases. Aquors will perform at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017 with all 9 members of the team!
JUNNA and Minori Suzuki from Walküre From the TV anime MACROSS DELTA comes the most powerful tactical music unit in the Milky Way, Walküre. Since the TV anime premiered in April 2016, the group has released 2 digital singles, 2 singles and 3 albums. Their first album Walküre Attack! was awarded “Animation Album of the Year”. Walküre performed their second set of solo concerts on January 28 and 29, 2017, at Yokohama Arena, gathering 22,000 fans in 2 days. On May 31, 2017, they will release the concert Blu-ray Walküre ga Tomarana. JUNNA is the singing voice of Mikumo Guynemer, while Minori Suzuki performs both the voice acting and singing of Freyja Wion.
THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS
THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS are from the mobile game series THE IDOLM@STER, launched in 2011. There are more than 190 idols in the group. The anime series aired in January 2015, and the rhythm game THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS Starlight Stage was released in September 2015. THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS will perform at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017 with a special selection of performers: Asami Takano, Haruka Yoshimura, Hiromi Igarashi, Rei Matsuzaki, Tomoyo Kurosawa, and Yuko Iida.
Wake Up, Girls！
From the avex x 81produce Wake Up, Girls！ Audition’s second anisong vocal audition, the seven finalists formed the voice actress unit “Wake Up, Girls！” The girls are also the voice actresses for the anime Wake Up, Girls！ where the setting of the anime is based in Sendai. In January 2014, the TV series and movie were released. Their support activities for the Higashi-Nihon earthquake were highly appreciated and the group was awarded the 9th “Seiyu Award” special award in 2015. They have toured every summer for 3 years. In 2017, a new anime series will premiere. Wake Up, Girls！will perform at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017 with all 7 members of the team!
For ~JAPAN KAWAII LIVE~, the doors will be opened at 5 PM for VIP ticket holders and 5:30 PM for GA ticket holders. The show itself will start at 7 PM, so make sure you arrive on time so that you won’t miss any of the girls!
Premier Fan tickets are on sale since May 1 (6 PM PDT), while General Attendees can get the tickets starting May 3 (6 PM DDT).
- Loge: $45
- Orchestra: $65
- VIP: $130 (includes priority access, a special commemorative badge, a light stick and an invitation to an exclusive Special Goodbye event with the performers.)
Please take note that there will not be any handshakes or hi-fives at the Special Goodbye event.
Check here for more ticket details!