With what looks like one of the biggest gathering of anisong artist ever to participate in an event outside of Japan, this year’s I Love Anisong looks to build on the momentum from the past 3 years to give fans an experience that they will remember. Featuring old favorites that have continued to trill fans over the years, plus rising stars in the anisong arena, I Love Anisong will be held over three nights this year.
11th November 2011
HATSUNE MIKU – VIRTUAL ANISONG IDOL
Hatsune Miku is a computer music software that enables users to create synthesized vocals of unprecedented quality and remarkable realism by just typing in lyrics and melody, using voice samples of seiyuu Saki Fujita. Powered by Yamaha‟s Vocaloid (Vocal + Android) technology, Hatsune Miku was developed by Crypton Future Media in Sapporo, and released on August 31st, 2007.
Since then, there have been more than 30,000 songs and movies about Hatsune Miku posted in a popular Video sharing web site such as YouTube and Nico-Nico-Douga(Japan). In 2008, Hatsune Miku performed for the first time on stage at Animelo Summer Live 2009 in front of a crowd of more than 25,000 people.
This simple software, with a cute voice and an illustration of its avatar on the cover, created not only large amounts of CGM (consumer generated media) music but remarkable numbers of derivative illustrations and dedicated free software as well.
Anime Festival Asia will premiere the first Hatsune Miku concert in Asia. The concert will be a sequel to the most recent live production in Sapporo, which pushed the live Miku experience to a whole new level.
Official Crypton Future Media Webpage – http://www.crypton.co.jp/
Official Character Webpage – http://www.crypton.co.jp/mp/do/prod?id=2988
12th November 2011
FLOW – ANISONG ROCK MASTERS
FLOW is a five-member alternative rock band made up of Kohshi (vocals/guitar), Keigo (vocals), Takashi (guitar), Hiroshi (drum) and Yasutaro (Bass). The band dates back to 1998 and made their debut in 2001, with the release of their first single “Flow #0” and mini-albums, taking the indie charts by storm.
Since then, they have released no less than twenty-one singles and six albums, including “Colors”, opening theme to the first season of Code Geass, and “GO!!” and “RE:member”, from the Naruto anime. All three singles have brought them success on the Oricon charts, with “Colors” that ranked 2nd.
At the start of the year, FLOW covered SIAM SHADE’s “1/3 の純情な感情”, ending theme of the Rurouni Kenshin anime, featuring DAITA on guitar. This was followed by a compilation album, “FLOW ANIME BEST”, of many anime theme songs under their belt. Their latest single release is “Hey!”.
Notable anime series involved in – Code Geass, Eureka 7, Naruto, Naruto Shinpudden, Heroman, Persona Trinity Soul
FLOW official site – http://www.flow.mu/
ICHIROU MIZUKI – THE ANISONG LEGEND
This year’s Anime Festival Asia marks Ichirou Mizuki‟s 4th performance in Singapore. With an amazing repertoire of over 1,200 anisongs, Ichirou Mizuki is riding the peak of his fame as the undisputed anisong legend.
More affectionately known by fans as Aniki, meaning “big brother”, his Wikipedia entry was also translated into 92 different languages, proving his position as an internationally acclaimed Japanese pop-icon and one of the world‟s most famous Japanese personality.
As an anisong pioneer, he debuted in 1968 with the theme song for Genshi Shouken Ryuu, Mazinger Z, Captain Harlock, as well as the big TV hit, Kamen Rider, from its initial series right up till now. In 1999, Aniki even made history by singing 1000 songs within 24 hours! He also collaborated with French DJ Dimitri in 2003 while being ordained the “Anime Song Ambassador” in Paris in 2007. Recently, Aniki performed at the 2010 Shanghai International Exhibition‟s CoFesta.
For over 40 years, Aniki has been raising the dreams and hopes of children with his charismatic singing. Today, he continues to pass on the magic of anisongs with his amazing passion and live performances all over the world.
Notable anime series involved in – Mazinger Z, Iron Jeeg, Kamen Rider, Captain Harlock, Gatchaman
Official Webpage – http://www.mizuki-spirits.com/
LISA – ANISONG RISING STAR
LiSA is one of the hottest, rising stars in Anisong. She has captivated many audiences with her ability to get them into the mood of her performance.
Born in Gifu prefecture, LiSA started her own band while in high school to catch a growing wave of punk rock. In 2008, she moved to Tokyo in order to further her musical career.
In 2010, she was chosen as the singing voice of Yui, the second singer of the fictional band “Girls Dead Monster”, for the hit anime Angel Beats!. Many of the singles and albums released under Girls Dead Monster garnered a lot of success on the Oricon charts.
In the spring of 2011, LiSA released her own solo mini-album, “Letters to U”. In support of the album‟s release, she toured Japan to perform to sell-out crowds nationwide. Her next single has been announced to be the opening of Fate/Zero.
Notable anime series involved in – Fate/Zero, Angel Beats!
Official site – http://www.lxixsxa.com/
Sea☆A – HOMEGROWN ANISONG IDOLS
From Anime Festival Asia‟s very own Moe Moe Kyun maid cafe comes the latest Anisong idol unit to debut in Japan, Sea☆A! Made up of Winnie, Beryl, Valerie and Estelle, Sea☆A hopes to capture the hearts and minds of anime fans, both in Japan and overseas, with their own special brand of appeal.
Their first single, DREAM SHOOTER, has been featured as the third ending theme of the hit TV anime, Cardfight!! Vanguard. Their next single, “DELI-DELI☆DELICIOUS”, will be the ending theme of Toriko.
Come end November, the girls will be performing at the prestigious Animax Musix 2011, in Yokohama Arena, alongside names such as May’n, Shoko Nakagawa and angela.
The name Sea☆A is made of three parts. SEA is short for South-East Asia, as all four members who come from South-East Asia. The star represents the stars that they hope to be. And finally, A is for their passion for Japanese anime and the wish to spread their songs throughout Asia with their activities.
Notable anime series involved in – Card Fight!! Vanguard, Toriko
Sea☆A’s debut song “DREAM SHOOTER” has been adopted as AFA11 Official Theme Song. As Sea☆A was born in AFA, it is fitting that their debut theme song is also this year’s theme song.
Official Webpage – http://www.seaa.asia/
13th November 2011
KALAFINA – ANISONGSTRESSES
Kalafina is the latest project by hit composer Yuki Kajiura, the genius behind FictionJunction and See-Saw, keeping Kajiura‟s signature new age and synthesizer sounds.
The trio debuted with „Oblivious‟ from the Original Video Animation Kara no Kyoukai, released in January 2008, with “sprinter/aria” and “fairytale” following in the same year. The three singles all hit top 10 spots on the Oricon Weekly charts. Their Oricon success has continued with their subsequent singles and two albums, all reaching top 10 spots.
Kara no Kyoukai, with Kalafina providing theme songs to all the episodes, sold a total of 600,000 units over the course of its run.
In addition to performing in Japan, Kalafina has performed overseas as well. In 2010, they toured Asia, stopping in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taiwan. The group has also performed in United States at Anime Boston and Anime Expo.
Notable anime series involved in – Kara no Kyoukai, Kuroshitsuji, Sora no Oto, Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Kalafina official site – http://www.kalafina.jp/
KANAKO ITOU + SHIKURA CHIYOMARU
Debuting with “Reichin Rin’inshan” ending theme to Kikokugai: The Cyber Slayer (2002), Kanako Itou is one of the Japanese gaming industry‟s most prolific artistes, with more than eighty songs to her name. She is known for her songs “Kanashimi no Mukō e” from the School Days game, “F.D.D” from the Chaos;Head and her most recent release has been “Hacking to the Gate” from the Steins;Gate animation.
She has performed at many events in Japan and around the world. Itou has performed for three consecutive years at the anisong‟s largest event, Animelo Summer Live. Her overseas events include trips to Brazil and South Korea. Her 10th year anniversary event was held this year on the 13th of August in the Shibuya Liquid Room.
Notable anime series involved in – Myself;Yourself, Blassreitter, Togainu no Chi: True Blood, Chaos;Head, Steins;Gate
Official site – http://www.kanataro.com/
MAY’N – ANISONG DIVA
A frequent visitor to Singapore, this year will be May‟n‟s 4th Performance at Anime Festival Asia. She also held her very own Solo concert and made her ScreenSingapore movie debut in June this year.
Every single audience who has witnessed her live performance is immediately transported into another world by her mesmerising and powerful vocals that pierce deep into the heart. Despite her young age, May’n is already rising towards her dream of being Japan‟s top female rock vocalist with sold out concerts at the acclaimed Budokan and all over Asia, including Singapore in June this year.
While she may seem like a carefree and cheerful 20-year-old, watch her transform as she picks up the microphone. Commanding a wide range of singing styles from pop rock, soul to R&B and grand ballad, May’n unleashes her high notes with absolute precision and ease, captivating fans throughout her entire magical performance.
Since her debut, May’n’s album and singles have graced the Oricon Chart‟s top spots. Her phenomenal success has also earned her the support of leading producers who have worked with Ayumi Hamasaki, Porno Grafitti, Ikimonogakari, Chemistry and Misia. This year, she worked with Daisuke Asakura on Scarlet Ballet, opening theme to Hidan no Aria.
Notable anime series involved in – Macross Frontier, Shangri La, Ookami-san, Sengoku Basara, Hidan no Aria
Official Webpage – http://pc.mayn.jp/
MILKY HOLMES – ANISONG VOICE UNIT
Made up of Suzuko Mimori, Sora Tokui, Mikoi Sasaki and Izumi Kitta, Milky Holmes is the representative unit of the hit anime and PSP game Tantei Opera Milky Holmes, performing both the theme songs and voicing the main characters.
The unit was formed in 2010 and performed in Animelo Summer Live at Saitama Super Arena in August the same year. During Anime Festival Asia X, the four performed to a sell-out crowd during their main stage segment.
In 2011, Milky Holmes embarked on a sell-out nation-wide tour of Japan, performing in Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya and Fukuoka. They released their third mini-album in August and in September, a live DVD of their performance in Yokohama BLITZ was released.
With their catchy songs and groovy choreography, Milky Holmes wants to bring a smile to everyone‟s faces and have them enjoy songs such as Ameagari no Mirai, Seikai wa hitotsu! Jyanai!!and Koi no Chousahoukokusho.
Notable anime series involved in – Milky Holmes
Official Webpage – http://milky-holmes.com/
For casual concert goers, the 1 day I love Anisong standing concert ticket will be available at $48 each. Each ticket will be inclusive of the day stage and festival access for that day as well.
For fans looking to get closer to their favorite artist on stage as well as exclusive fan treats such as autograph chances, there is the VIP ticket that comes in both 1 day and 3 days variant. The ticket will cost $148 and $368 respectively and will include the day stage as well as festival access.
Concert tickets will go on sale through SISTIC(www.sistic.com.sg) from the 1st of October 2011.
Ichirou Mizuki – © Ichirou Mizuki / yellow bird
LiSA – © Aniplex ©Sony Music Artistes. Inc.
May’n – © May’n