ByÂ JQÂ magazineÂ editorÂ Justin TedaldiÂ (CIRÂ Kobe-shi, 2001-02) forÂ Shukan NY Seikatsu. Justin has written about Japanese arts and entertainment for JETAA since 2005. For more of his articles,Â click here.
In recent years, New York has hosted concerts ranging from Japanese rock to symphonic game music at world-renowned venues like Madison Square Garden and Carnegie Hall. Still, the chances of a full-blown anime concert featuring a variety of the original theme song vocalists seemed remote at best.
Until now. Coming to the historic Hammerstein Ballroom on November 16-17 and running concurrently with the second annual Anime NYC convention at the Jacob Javits Center, the Anisong World Matsuri concert event will make its New York debut after acclaimed performances in Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Shanghai.
The show will be open to anime fans and music lovers worldwide, with no Anime NYC admission required to attend.Â Special VIP ticket options allow fans to meet the performers at Anime NYC where multiple on-stage Q&As and autograph sessions will be held with the concertâ€™s artists.
According to a press release, Anisong World Matsuri brings together the most popular Japanese singers whose songs span the most popular contemporary anime. High-profile acts include Hironobu Kageyama, the voice behind â€œDragon Ball Zâ€â€™s â€œCha-La Head-Cha-Laâ€; Hiroshi Kitadani (â€œWe Are!â€ from â€œOne Pieceâ€); TRUE (â€œMobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphansâ€); and Luna Haruna (â€œSword Art Online,â€ â€œFate/Zero,â€ â€œMonogatariâ€).
Closing the event is Morning Musume, one of the biggest Japanese girl groups of all time. Celebrating their 20th anniversary this year, they will appear with their current 12-member lineup to mark the final overseas performance of Haruna Iikubo, who will graduate from the group in December at Tokyoâ€™s Nippon Budokan.
â€œItâ€™s our second time performing in New York. This time we will perform at Anisong World Matsuri with the legendary artist Hironobu Kageyama,â€ the group announced in a special message video posted online. â€œWe are looking forward to it so much!â€