Source: Animation Consortium Japan

The Animation Consortium Japan announced that Anime Expo will host the first American Anisong World Matsuri event. The event will feature popular anime song performers, as well as special anime-related events throughout Anime Expo.

The ~Love Live! Sunshine!! Event: Nice to Meet You, We are Aqours!!~ event will be held on July 2, at the LACC Main Events hall. This presentation will feature the singers who make up Aqours in Love Live! Sunshine!!.

“One Punch Matsuri at AX” will feature several cast members from the One-Punch Man anime series, including Saitama actor Makoto Furukawa and series director Shingo Natsume.

JAM Project will host a concert at the LACC Main Events hall on July 2, 2016.

Later in the day, the “Anisong World Matsuri ~Japan Super Live~” event (at the Microsoft Theater) will feature performances by eight artists:

  • Eir Aoi
  • JAM Project
  • Luna Haruna
  • Minami
  • Sphere
  • T.M. Revolution
  • Yoko Ishida
  • DJ Kazu

On July 3, the event will host the Japan Band Battle at the NOVO by Microsoft. Both FLow and Oldcodex are confirmed to be taking part.

Anisong World Matsuri makes American Debut at Anime Expo 2016

World-class Japanese music series unveils summer lineup for Anime Expo’s 25th Event

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Santa Ana, CA – (May 19, 2016) Anime Expo, produced by The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), will present the U.S.’s first Anisong World Matsuri event on July 2 and 3. Created by six leading Japanese entertainment companies including Lantis Co., Ltd., Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., AMUSE Inc., BANDAI VISUAL CO. LTD., BANDAI NAMCO Live Creative Inc., and Anime Consortium Japan Inc., the music and entertainment event adds yet another layer to North America’s largest anime event.

“We’re very happy to collaborate with valued Japanese industry partners to create a memorable event,” said Ray Chiang, CEO of SPJA. “We are hopeful that this will create an Anisong experience unlike any other. Anime Expo’s growth has allowed us to bring new elements of entertainment to our attendees.”

Anime Expo Attendees will have the unique opportunity to experience multiple concerts and events featuring a variety of performers and special guests. This is the first event of its kind in North America and Anime Expo is proud to produce this in collaboration with Japan. Anisong World Matsuri is a series of events and music concerts featuring:

• ~Love Live! Sunshine!! Event: Nice to Meet You, We are Aqours!!~

o Guest: Aqours (Anju Inami as Chika Takami, Rikako Aida as Riko Sakurauchi, Nanaka Suwa as Kanan Matsuura, Arisa Komiya as Dia Kurosawa, Kanako Takatsuki (as Hanamaru Kunikida, Ai Furihata as Ruby Kurosawa)

o Location: Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) Main Events in West Hall

o Date: July 2, 2016

o Guests:
§ Makoto Furukawa as Saitama

§ Director Shingo Natsume

§ …and more
o Performance by
§ JAM Project

o Location: Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) Main Events in West Hall

o Date: July 2, 2016

• Anisong World Matsuri ~Japan Super Live~
o Performances by:
§ Eir Aoi

§ JAM Project

§ Luna Haruna

§ Minami

§ Sphere

§ T.M. Revolution

§ Yoko Ishida

§ DJ Kazu
o Location: Microsoft Theater
o Date: July 2, 2016

• Anisong World Matsuri ~Japan Band Battle~
o Peformances by:


o Location: The NOVO by Microsoft o Date: July 3, 2016

Anime Expo will run from July 1 through July 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. To purchase passes for Anime Expo, please visit

For more information about attending, please visit

For more information about Anisong World Matsuri, please visit

About SPJA

SPJA is a non-profit organization dedicated to popularize and educate the American public about Japanese entertainment and pop culture, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. For more information, please visit

About Anime Expo

Anime Expo (AX) brings together fans and industry from Japan, the US, and all over the world for the largest celebration of Japanese pop culture in North America. Taking place every year since 1992, Anime Expo features the best in Japanese entertainment, music, fashion, and video games. For more information, visit

About Anisong World Matsuri

Through the direction of 6 Japanese companies, Anisong World Matsuri is an Animation/ANISONG event that will take place on July 2nd and July 3rd jointly with ANIME EXPO 2016. Events pertaining to “Love Live! Sunshine” and “ONE PUNCH MAN” will be held in the Main Events Hall. “Love Live! Sunshine” is slated to be aired as a TV anime program from this summer, and is a new series of “Love Live!” which has a tremendous international following. “ONE PUNCH MAN” was aired in Japan from October to December 2015 and achieved popularity worldwide. Also, at the Microsoft Theater adjacent to Anime Expo, a four-hour long, festival-type live event “Japan Super Live” featuring 8 popular ANISONG artists such as JAM Project, T.M. Revolution, and sphere. At another venue called The Novo by Microsoft, two popular bands FLOW and OLDCODEX will compete against each other under the title “Japan Band Battle.” By actualizing an event that delivers the magic of Anime and the thrill of high-quality ANISONG live entertainment through the collective efforts of 6 Japanese companies that focus on Animation-related contents, the event aims to transmit Japan’s Animation/ANISONG culture, and to maximize its value throughout the world.

About Lantis Co., Ltd

Lantis Co., Ltd is a record company with a focus on Anime, games, and voice actors. About 70 artist groups belong to the record label starting with the 9-member voice-acting unit μ’s that is featured in “Love Live!,” and the band JAM Project led by Hironobu Kageyama, the famous singer known for the feature song of “DRAGON BALL Z.” In 2015, Lantis organized several Anime festivals abroad. It hosted 11 “Anisong World Tour Lantis Festival 2015” events in 6 cities that included Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai, and Taipei. It is a consolidated subsidiary of BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc.

About AMUSE Inc.

AMUSE Inc. is involved in the production and sales of various visual software in relation to movies and music, and it handles stage production as well as overseas performances, in addition to managing numerous artists beginning with SOUTHERN ALL STARS, Fukuyama Masaharu, Miyake Yuji, Fukatsu Eri, Perfume, ONE OK ROCK, and BABYMETAL. It is an integrated entertainment enterprise and it controls the theme park operations of “TOKYO ONE PIECE TOWER” as well. In recent years, AMUSE has been

aggressively making inroads into overseas markets as it establishes its overseas presence in Asia, the US, and Europe.

About Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.

With a primary focus on the music business, Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. is an integrated entertainment enterprise with diversified interests in visual, Anime, management, and solution businesses. Aniplex Inc., which is one of the group companies of Sony Music Entertainment, has produced many hit Animes such as “PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA,” ”the Garden of sinners,” “BAKEMONOGATARI,” “NISEMONOGATARI,” “Sword Art Online,” “Fate/Zero,” “Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works],” “Anohana -The Flower We Saw That Day”, “Blue Exorcist,” and “The Anthem of the Heart.” Similarly, artists such as T.M. Revolution, FLOW, sphere, Eir Aoi, and Luna Haruna belong to Sony Music Label Inc. and Music Ray’n which are also under Sony Music Entertainment.


BANDAI VISUAL CO., LTD. is an integrated production enterprise for visual contents business, starting with the planning and production of visual projects pertaining to Anime and Japanese movies; the planning, production and sales of packaged software such as Blue-ray/DVD; and licensing business. Notable films include, the “MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM” series, a Sunrise Inc. film, “STAR BLAZERS” series, and Japanese films by directors TAKESHI KITANO as well as Kore-eda Hirokazu. It is a consolidated subsidiary of BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc.

About BANDAI NAMCO Live Creative Inc.

With a focus on Anime, games and voice acting-related events and concerts, BANDAI NAMCO Live Creative an event and concert production company that produces and manages over 500 live events (FY2015) throughout the year. Beginning with live concerts of ANISONG artists such as “JAM Project,” “GRANRODEO,” and “OLDCODEX,” it has a track record of managing large-scale music events such as “LisAni! LIVE” and “Lantis Festival,” as well as “Kiramune” related events, which is a project that is produced in-house. Furthermore, it has handled the production and management of Anime-related events such as “Kuroko’s Basketball.” “Love Live!” “GIRLS und PANZER,” In 2015, along with Lantis Co., Ltd, which is one of the group companies, it planned and produced 11 “Anisong World Tour Lantis Festival 2015” events in 6 cities that included Las Vegas, Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Shanghai and Taipei. It is a consolidated subsidiary of BANDAI NAMCO Holdings Inc.

About Anime Consortium Japan Inc.

Anime Consortium Japan Inc. is a company that manages the delivery of original videos with Japanese Anime contents to overseas. It manages the simultaneous (delivery without any time lag from Japan) delivery of new Animes that are aired in Japan through

its integrated platform called, and transmits past works that are very popular to over 240 countries and regions.

Headed by BANDAI NAMCO Group, its shareholders are comprised of a group of companies that already have an established overseas presence in the Anime industry. is the only site that delivers Japan’s Anime from Japan to the rest of the world, and by transmitting to the users around the world in a legitimate way, it contributes to the eradication of illegal sites that are pirated and also plays the role of protecting the property rights of each work.