Interview Date: 10/20/2018
Anime Herald: What are you most excited to do when you return to New York City?
nano: To have a great and memorable time with the crowd, of course!
Anime Herald: What anime have you personally enjoyed from the past few years?
nano: I haven’t had much time to watch much television in general, but there are several series that have caught my interest, but I have yet to check out! However, I do still enjoy Detective Conan, when I can! I’ve loved the series since I was a kid.
Anime Herald: You’ve been able to tour Germany, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, and America. How have your international performances affected you as an artist?
nano: Performing around the world has opened my eyes both as a musician and as a person. I love connecting with people of different cultures. It teaches me so many things I couldn’t have learned alone. Diversity is a beautiful thing. I enjoy how each crowd is different, wherever I go. That’s why shows never get dull.
Anime Herald: What is your writing process for the anime songs that have become so popular around the world?
nano: It depends on the song and the series. Sometimes, the anime director will have a clear image of what they want the song to be. Other times, the director may give me complete freedom. They will send us as much information and background about the series as available at the given time, and from that, we’ll start creating the song. Lyric-wise, I usually start by finding keywords and key-images, and I’ll keep expanding from there.
Anime Herald: You’ve released your last two albums roughly two years apart. Does that mean a new album is coming in 2019?
nano: Perhaps! You’ll just have to stay tuned!
Anime Herald: What career goals have you set for yourself, and who/what do you rely on to help you move forward?
nano: My goal is to reach out and connect to people, one at a time, and to make the circle of music bigger with each song I sing. The journey is endless, and for that, I am grateful. I rely on my conscience, and the love and support from my fans, who mean the world to me.
Anime Herald: Are you planning on doing another Symphony of Stars? What excited you about that kind of project?
nano: I would love to do another symphonic concert. It was another dream of mine, since I’ve always had a love for classical music as well. Symphony of Stars was a huge performance in my career, and a huge step forward.
Anime Herald: Nevereverland has reached over sixty million views on YouTube. Why do you think this video has had such an impact on so many viewers?
nano: To be honest, I don’t quite know myself, but I think the timing of the release, the animation of the music video, and the catchy rhythmical feel of the song, all added together was good chemistry. My fans overseas in particular really seem to enjoy this song, and so I like to perform it when I do shows outside of Japan.
Anime Herald: What’s your message for fans in New York to get them ready for your performance at Anisong World Matsuri?
nano: Just get ready to have a great time! We’ll make it a day to last a lifetime! I’m so happy to be able to finally see you all in New York! Rock on!
Thanks to nano for sitting down with us, and thanks to the Anisong World Matsuri for setting this up!