At 10.30pm on 17 September 2016, Anime Festival Asia live-streamed a video announcement on their YouTube channel that revealed the first batch of artistes that will perform for the Singapore leg of the massive anime convention! Expect a mix of previous guests and first-timers to I Love Anisong in this line-up!
A prominent Anisong singer who has recently made the news for her interesting collaborations this year and reaching her fifth anniversary since her debut as a singer, this is Aimer’s second time performing for the Singapore leg of the I Love Anisong concert. Known for her trademark husky voice and unique musical sense, Aimer has gained a huge international fan following and will embark on her first solo overseas live at Taiwan’s ATT Showbox on 19 November 2016, just before AFASG. She will also be releasing a new album, titled daydream on 21 September 2016! Do watch out for her dazzling voice and unique songs during the concert!
This artiste may be younger than many of you, but don’t be fooled by her youth: at the tender age of 17, Ami Wajima is a force to be reckoned with, having released two singles in May and August respectively to her name since her debut this year, with her first single Fantasy Drive (幻想ドライブ) being used as the opening theme for the anime series The Lost Village! Her other single, Forever Loop (永遠ループ) has also been used as the second ending of a mecha anime, Kuromukuro.
Home Made Kazoku
This year will be the 20th anniversary of this Nagoya-based Japanese hip-hop trio. Home Made Kazoku, whose name literally means “home made family“, has seen their songs used as the theme songs for many popular anime ranging from the Bleach and Naruto series to Eureka Seven. The band – which has performed at the Otakon convention before in the United States where both their vocalists grew up in – comprises of DJ U-ICHI and vocalists Micro and Kuro.
Another second-timer to I Love Anisong, this is definitely a Vocaloid creator unit to keep an eye out for. The unit was on a roll this year, having had their Zutto Mae Kara Suki Deshita ~Kokuhaku Jikko Iinkai~ movie released in Japanese cinemas in April this year complete with trains on the Seibu-Ikebukuro Line adorned with images of the characters. CHiCO, one of their main vocalists, concluded her hall one-man live with HoneyWorks at the Nakano Sunplaza on 4 June 2016. She provided the theme song for the aforementioned HoneyWorks movie and also sings for many of the songs composed by the unit. With the easy-to-relate-to lyrics and catchy composition of HoneyWorks coupled with CHiCO’s soft but steady vocals, this is one collaboration you would not want to miss!
It’s time to welcome this well-loved veteran anisong group back to Singapore! Comprising of members Hironobu Kageyama, Masaaki Endoh, Hiroshi Kitadani, Masami Okui and Yoshiki Fukuyama, the band has produced many familiar theme songs in video games, tokusatsu and anime series such as Kamen Rider, One Piece, Dragon Ball Z, Super Robot Wars, Garo, One-Punch Man and Cardfight!! Vanguard. They have even collaborated with the Japan-based American heavy metal band Animetal USA in 2012! JAM Project performed together in Singapore last year as part of the Lantis Festival in Singapore 2015 and has recently announced that they will be performing in Taipei, Seoul and Hong Kong for their “JAM Project LIVE TOUR 2016 ~AREA Z ~”!
A regular guest to AFA Singapore every year since 2008, May’n is no stranger to anisong fame, having performed thrice at the Nippon Budokan in 2011, 2012 and 2015 and with all four of her albums placing in the top 10 of the Oricon Charts. She celebrated the 10th anniversary of her music career last year and her 13th single, “Belief“, was released just last month on the 24th of August 2016. Outside of Japan, the singer best known for providing the singing voice of Sheryl Nome in the Macross Frontier anime series has a large international following spanning across Europe, America and Asia. This year will mark her ninth appearance in Singapore.
With a dedicated following in Singapore, this year will be Minori Chihara‘s fourth visit to Southeast Asia – the prolific seiyuu-singer first appeared in Malaysia in 2009 during the DaiCon convention, and subsequently made her mark in Singapore during Lantis Festival in Singapore 2015 as well. She returned to Singapore earlier this year for photoshoots in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Gardens by the Bay and an unspecified location in preparation for her latest album “Innocent Age“, which was released earlier this year in April. Minori Chihara, whose fans affectionately refer to as Minorin, is perhaps well-known among long-time anime fans for voicing Yuki Nagato in the classic The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya, and continues to be a household name in the Japanese music industry with two live tours this year! She keeps an official blog “Smile Days” and also has an official fan club called “M-Smile“.
The stage name of anisong pop-rock giant Takanori Nishikawa, T.M. Revolution has drawn a massive international following since his debut in 1989 and is well-known as a highly talented and successful musician, producer, actor and seiyuu with many of his singles topping the Oricon Charts and selling millions of copies. He started an alternative rock band called the abingdon boys school in 2005 as well. Amongst other notable achievements, he was invited to be the Guest of Honour for the New York Comic Con 2008 and subsequently was designated to be the first Cultural Ambassador for his native Shiga Prefecture, a glowing testament to his worldwide appeal and status as a cultural icon. T.M. Revolution has also teamed up with the Queen of Anisong Nana Mizuki for a collaboration in 2013 to release two singles, and this year will mark the prolific 45-year old musician’s third time performing at AFA Singapore, having been invited in both 2012 and 2013 before.
Wake Up, Girls!
The seven-member idol group has the same name as the anime series of its origin, and comprises of voice actors from the series Mayu Yoshioka, Airi Eino, Minami Tanaka, Yoshino Aoyama, Nanami Yamashita, Kaya Okuno and Miyu Takagi. While fans will certainly associate this unit with the Wake Up, Girls! anime franchise, which portrays the arduous journey one has to undergo in becoming an idol, the group has also released music for other anime titles such as the ending theme for Shakunetsu no Takkyū Musume.
Three more artistes will be revealed at a later date! Do keep an eye out for any future announcements with regards to the concert. With such an interesting line-up that sees past participants and new faces entering the fray, this year’s I Love Anisong concert is set to be an enjoyable experience!
Sources: MyAnimeList, cbr.com, Atelier Emily blog, Anime Festival Asia’s Official Facebook Page
With reference to official websites for Aimer, Ami Wajima, Home Made Kazoku, CHiCO with HoneyWorks, JAM Project, May’n, Chihara Minori, T.M. Revolution