As promised, four artists – Aqours, JUNNA & Minori Suzuki from Walküre, THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS, and Wake Up, Girls！, delivered their long-awaited performance in Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017 ~Japan Kawaii Live!~ on June 30, 2017, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Anime Expo itself is the largest anime convention in North America, while the concert is produced by Japan’s leading entertainment companies with the goal of delivering Japan’s anisong concerts worldwide in the highest quality.
Before the show, fans were given the chance to shop for official merchandise, such as T-shirts, and CDs outside of the venue. The 7,000 fans then had their hearts captivated by the full performance of popular anisongs that last for two and a half hours by the girls.
The first artist to brace the stage was THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS, performing with a special selection of performers: Asami Takano, Haruka Yoshimura, Hiromi Igarashi, Rei Matsuzaki, Tomoyo Kurosawa, and Yuko Iida. This was the group’s first time performing outside of Asia. The members performed many songs from the TV anime THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS.
Next came the seven members of Wake Up, Girls！. The full lineup performed their cutest hits such as Tachiagare! and Beyond the Bottom. Their breathtaking comical dance performance fascinated the audience.
In the third slot, JUNNA & Minori Suzuki from Walküre. As they sang songs from the TV anime Macross Delta, where their unit began, the venue was covered in the glow of penlights. Being the first members representing the group to perform outside of Japan, the two girls did their best to greet the excited fans in English.
The last group to take the stage was Aqours. When the nine members gathered on stage, the audience went crazy with loud cheers and screams. While they performed Aozora Jumping Heart, the huge screen on stage played the music video with all anime characters dancing the same moves along with the nine members as the crowd’s excitement reached maximum level. During the MC, Rikako Aida and Nanaka Suwa, who have studied abroad in the past, translated the members’ Japanese into English. Their performance ended with Yume Kataru Yori Yume Utaou.
Right after Aqours left the stage, fans began shouting for encore, with loud chants from the theater full of fans. All the performers reappeared on stage to thank the fans and bring the first sold-out show of Anisong World Matsuri at Microsoft Theater to a successful end.
The following day, anisong artists ALI PROJECT, angela, Mashiro Ayano, Minori Chihara, GARNiDELiA, and Konomi Suzuki performed with a live band for Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017 ~Japan Super Live~.
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 FLOW, T.M. Revolution, Yousei Teikoku, and JAM Project bracing the line-up. See information below!
THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS
3. Yumeiro Harmony
4. Yes! Party Time!!
5. Onegai! Cinderella
Wake Up, Girls！
2. Shoujo Koukyou Kyoku
3. Koi? De Ai? De Boukun Desu!
4. Beyond the Bottom
5. 7 Girls War
6. Gokujo Smile
JUNNA & Minori Suzuki from Walküre
1. Koi! Halation THE WAR
2. Ikenai Borderline
3. Bokura no Senjo
4. Ichido dake no Koi nara
5. Run ga Pikatto Hikattara
1. Aozora Jumping Heart
2. Kimino Kokorowa Kagayaiterukai?
3. Koini Naritai AQUARIUM
4. MIRAI TICKET
5. Yume Kataruyori Yume Utaou
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 here
Anisong World Matsuri