Superstar Collaborations Shine at Anisong World Matsuri at Anime NYC 2018

news - 01.12.2018 07:12
Anisong World Matsuri made its New York City debut at Anime NYC on November 16th and 17th, 2018, featuring eight of the most popular anisong and J-pop artists assembled at the Hammerstein Ballroom for a two-day audience of 4000 fans.

Day 1 of the music festival began with all four of the night’s vocalists — Luna Haruna ("Sword Art Online", "Fate/Zero"), Konomi Suzuki ("Re:Zero", "No Game", "No Life"), TRUE ("Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans", "Violet Evergarden"), and nano ("Arpeggio of Blue Steel", "Conception") — coming together on stage for a premiere collaboration performance of the "Genesis of Aquarion" theme song. Fans welcomed the diverse performers with loud cheers and hundreds of light sticks waving in unison.

New York-native nano took over the stage by herself to deliver her MC in fluent English. “This is my home city, I grew up here … Are you guys ready to rock tonight? New York, let me hear you scream!” After performing high-energy songs from "Btooom!" and "Arx IX", she paused to talk about her uplifting song Freedom is Yours, saying “This is a song I’ve always wanted to perform overseas. Let’s sing the chorus together.”

Konomi Suzuki joined nano on stage for their first-ever collaboration to sing Born to Be from "Magical Warfare", and Suzuki introduced herself in English to the crowd, “My nickname is ‘Konomin’… It’s my first visit to New York! I’m so happy to meet you!” She carried on with solo performances of her new single Ao no Kanata from "Sora to Umi no Aida" and the theme song from "Re:Zero", adding a special introduction to her ballad Weak and Brave — “I wrote this song for my mother. Listen to this song while thinking of the person who’s special to you.”

Singer/songwriter TRUE came on stage to sing Sparkling Daydream (from "Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!") together with Suzuki. TRUE, who had appeared at Anime NYC’s Anime Diva Night last year, thanked the crowd, saying “I’m so happy to be back in New York!”

She continued her set with performances of her hit songs from "Violet Evergarden" and "Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans" before delivering a powerful rendition of her latest song Another Colony (from "That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime"), which brought loud shouts from the audience as her extended final note carried through the theater.

Luna Haruna appeared next, as calls of “Haruna!” and “Kawaii!” came from the fans who turned all their light sticks pink to greet her. In addition to her popular theme songs Startear and Momoiro Typhoon”, Haruna surprised the audience by performing anisong duets with TRUE ("K-ON!") and nano ("Mobile Suit Gundam SEED").

nano remarked at the difference between her style and Haruna’s, joking “So cute … and then so black!” She laughed with the audience, and added, “That’s the amazing thing about an anime event like this, these unique collaborations with amazing performers like Luna Haruna, TRUE, and Konomi Suzuki. We all got to choose our own collaborations, so when Luna and I decided on INVOKE, I thought… ‘Cool!’ It was cool, right?” she asked the crowd, who shouted their approval.

Each performer took the time to give sincere thanks to the audience and perform more of their solo hits before joining together for a group performance of God Knows… (from "The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya") to close the first night of the festival.

Set List

nano, Konomi Suzuki, TRUE, Luna Haruna
01. Sousei no Aquarion (Genesis of Aquarion)

nano
02. No pain, No game (BTOOOM!)
03. Nevereverland (Ark IX)
04. Freedom Is Yours

nano x Konomi Suzuki
05. Born to be (Magical Warfare/Mahou Sensou)

Konomi Suzuki
06. Ao no Kanata (Sora to Umi no Aida)
07. Weak and Brave
08. Redo (Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World-)

Konomi Suzuki x TRUE
09. Sparkling Daydream (Chuunibyou demo Koi ga Shitai!)

TRUE
10. Sincerely (Violet Evergarden)
11. STEEL-Tekketsu no Kizuna- (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans)
12. Another Colony (That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime)

TRUE x Luna Haruna
13. Don’t say “lazy” (K-ON!)

Luna Haruna
14. Momoiro Typhoon (Yuuna and the Haunted Hot Springs)
15. Startear (Sword Art Online II)
16. Kimiiro Signal (Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend)

Luna Haruna x nano
17. INVOKE (Mobile Suit Gundam SEED)

nano
18. Uchishio no Yume (Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits)

Konomi Suzuki
19. This game (No Game, No Life)

TRUE
20. DREAM SOLISTER (Sound! Euphonium)

Luna Haruna
21. Overfly (Sword Art Online)

nano, Konomi Suzuki, TRUE, Luna Haruna
22. God Knows… (The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya)

Day 2 of Anisong World Matsuri featured the all-star lineup of Hironobu Kageyama ("Dragon Ball Z", "Saint Seiya"), Hiroshi Kitadani ("One Piece", "Kamen Rider Ryuki"), Shoko Nakagawa ("Gurren Lagann", "Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood"), and legendary idol group Morning Musume。’18.

Kageyama and Kitadani charged onto the stage with a blast of energy to start the show with the first surprise collaboration of the night — GO!! from "Naruto". “Hello New York! We’re super-pumped to be here tonight!” shouted Kageyama, who shares a long relationship with Kitadani as members of the anisong super-group JAM Project. The pair introduced themselves to the audience and shared their nicknames for the night: “You can call us ‘Kage-chan’ and ‘DANI’!”

Kitadani included several "One Piece" themes in his set, delighting the many fans who had dressed as the anime’s main character Luffy for the concert. Introducing the song We Can!, Kitadani remarked in English, “I recorded this song with KISHIDAN, but tonight, I’ll try the ‘one singer’ version!”

Kitadani got more laughs from the crowd when he announced he’d be singing Divine Love, the JAM Project theme song for "Saint Beast" “…featuring me! …DANI!” The set climaxed with the singer jumping high in the air for the original "One Piece" theme We Are!, inviting the audience to join him in the song’s final chorus.

Shoko Nakagawa (Shokotan) sang fan-favorite hits from "Pokemon XY" and "Gurren Lagann" backed by two dancers, and then announced her new single blue moon (from "Zoids Wild"), which had been released worldwide the same day. Fans turned their light sticks blue for the emotional ballad. “This is my first time in New York! I’m so happy!” she proclaimed.

To end her set, Hiroshi Kitadani came to the stage to join Shokotan for a dramatic performance of Pegasus Gensou ver. Omega from "Saint Seiya Omega".

J-Pop idol group Morning Musume。’18 took over the stage as the twelve members thrilled fans with synchronized dances to Jiyuu na Kuni Dakara and Are You Happy? Each member introduced herself to the New York audience and announced the title of her favorite anime series. A few of the current members had performed in New York City during the group’s 2014 concert, and the Anisong World Matsuri event was the final overseas performance for group sub-leader Haruna Iikubo.

Continuing their set with recent hits and an updated version of Renai Revolution, the group invited Hironobu Kageyama to join them on stage for a special medley. “But I can’t dance!” complained Kageyama. After Morning Musume。’18 promised to help, they performed the classic Morning Musume。 hit Love Machine combined with Kageyama’s world-famous theme for "Dragon Ball Z", CHA-LA HEAD CHA-LA.

Kageyama launched into the second "Dragon Ball Z" theme song WE GOTTA POWER, followed by songs from "Saint Seiya", "Getter Robo Armageddon", and "Cowboy Bebop". Delivering the night’s most powerful moment, Kageyama brought out his acoustic guitar. “We’re going back to my very first anisong, back to 1986. It’s very, very old, but very, very beautiful.” He signaled for Shoko Nakagawa to join him on stage, and they began singing the moving ballad Yume Kounen from "Uchuusen Sagittarius", bringing a moment of intense focus and emotion to the crowd, with many fans smiling through tears as they applauded the once-in-a-lifetime duet.

“I know you all can’t get enough!” Kagayema shouted, and brought back all the night’s performers to the stage to give thanks to the New York fans and Anime NYC. Kitadani added his Terminator impression: “I’ll be BACK… in New York!” Together they sang JAM Project’s THE HERO!! from "One Punch Man" to finish the two-day event at maximum volume.

Set list

Hironobu Kageyama x Hiroshi Kitadani
01. GO!!! (Naruto)

Hiroshi Kitadani
02. Revolution
03. We Can! (One Piece)
04. Divine Love (Saint Beast)
05. We Go! (One Piece)
06. We Are! (One Piece)

Shoko Nakagawa
07. Dori Dori (Pokemon XY)
08. happily ever after (Gurren Lagann)
09. pretty please chocolate on top
10. blue moon (Zoids Wild)
11. A Cruel Angel’s Thesis (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
12. Sorairo Days (Gurren Lagann)

Shoko Nakagawa x Hiroshi Kitadani
13. Pegasus Gensou ver. Omega (Saint Seiya Omega)

Morning Musume。’18
14. Jiyuu na Kuni Dakara
15. Are You Happy?
16. Furari Ginza
17. One and Only
18. Renai Revolution (updated)
19. One•Two•Three
20. What is LOVE?

Morning Musume。’18 x Hironobu Kageyama
21. Medley: Love Machine / CHA-LA HEAD CHA-LA (Dragon Ball Z)

Hironobu Kageyama
22. WE GOTTA POWER (Dragon Ball Z)
23. Bokutachi wa Tenshidatta (Dragon Ball Z)
24. Yume Kounen (Uchuusen Sagittarius) – special collaboration with Shoko Nakagawa
25. The Real Folk Blues (Cowboy Bepop)
26. HEATS (Getter Robo Armageddon)
27. Saint Shinwa ~Soldier Dream~ (Saint Seiya)

Hironobu Kageyama, Hiroshi Kitadani, Shoko Nakagawa, Morning Musume。’18
28. THE HERO!! ~Ikareru Ken ni Honō o Tsukeru~ (One Punch Man)



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http://animenyc.com/
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https://www.youtube.com/anisongworldmatsuri
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TRUE 16/11

nano   Suzuki Konomi   TRUE  
New York, NY - United States of America
Hammerstein Ballroom
Nakagawa Shoko 17/11

Kageyama Hironobu   Kitadani Hiroshi   Morning Musume。   Nakagawa Shoko  
New York, NY - United States of America
Hammerstein Ballroom
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