After ~Japan Kawaii Live~ the night before, on July 1, 2017, Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2017 ~Japan Super Live~ was held at the same venue, the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The total of attendees of the back-to-back concerts surpassed 13,000! This time, fans eagerly waited for the line-up that consisted of amazingly popular Japanese anisong artists – ALI PROJECT, angela, GARNiDELiA, Konomi Suzuki, Mashiro Ayano, and Minori Chihara.
The concert began with a special collaboration by angela and Konomi Suzuki performing Zankoku na Tenshi no These (A Cruel Angel’s Thesis)—a classic for anime lovers, since it’s the opening theme song from the worldwide hit Neon Genesis Evangelion.This collaboration pumped up the concert’s energy right away. Konomi Suzuki then continued with a solo performance that included 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-).
Mashiro Ayano then took over the stage. 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).
Mashiro then gave way to GARNiDELiA who started their set with ambiguous as vocalist MARiA’s powerful voice filled the venue and the audience started to jump to the rhythm. GARNiDELiA were joined by their dancers to perform 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 audience delightedly welcomed the unexpected surprise!
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 to enthusiastic cheers from the audience. After Minori performed 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 the combination of their unique voices.
Minori Chihara then sang the opening theme of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, the anime series that sent Minori skyrocketing 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
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