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ANIME NYC 2018 ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL “ANISONG WORLD MATSURI” CONCERT SERIES AT HAMMERSTEIN BALLROOM
Largest Japanese Pop Concert in the History of New York City Debuts November 16 & 17

2018.07.25

New York, NY (July 23, 2018) - Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll today announced the globally renowned “Anisong World Matsuri” concert series will host its first edition in New York City in partnership with Anime NYC on November 16 and 17, 2018. Anisong World Matsuri brings together headlining Japanese pop stars for show-stopping concerts, and the inaugural Anisong World Matsuri NYC will feature major performances from Luna Haruna, Shoko Nakagawa, Morning Musume。’18, and more for two nights in New York’s historic Hammerstein Ballroom.

Anisong World Matsuri will take place in collaboration with Anime NYC, New York’s largest anime, manga, and Japanese pop culture convention, which will welcome over 30,000 attendees to New York’s Javits Center on November 16, 17, and 18.

Anisong World Matsuri is a partnership between leading Japanese entertainment companies including BANDAI NAMCO Arts, Inc., Amuse, Inc., and Sony Music Entertainment, Inc. to bring Japanese pop music popularized by anime (“anisong”) to new audiences around the world. It was launched in 2016, has conducted major event concerts in cities including Los Angeles, Shanghai, and Washington DC, and, this November, it will host the largest Japanese pop concert in the history of New York City.

Friday, November 16 Concert Performers:
Konomi Suzuki
TRUE
Luna Haruna
And More

Saturday, November 17 Concert Performers:
Hironobu Kageyama
Hiroshi Kitadani
Shoko Nakagawa
Morning Musume。’18

Anisong World Matsuri will bring immensely popular Japanese singers with storied careers and songs spanning some of the most popular anime of the last decade together for two nights in NYC. Hironobu Kageyama is the leader of super group JAM Project and the voice behind Dragon Ball Z’s “Cha-La Head-Cha-La”. Hiroshi Kitadani is most known for “We Are!” from ONE PIECE. Shoko Nakagawa sang Gurren Lagann’s “Sorairo Days”. Konomi Suzuki is behind “Redo” from Re:ZERO. TRUE has given voice to themes from anime including Violet Evergarden, Sound Euphonium, and Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. Luna Haruna has performed themes for Sword Art Online, Fate/Zero, Monogatari, and more. And Morning Musume。is one of the biggest Japanese girl groups of all time. It was founded over 20 years ago and has sold millions of albums. Morning Musume。’18 is the group’s current line up. 

All of Anisong World Matsuri’s performer biographies are available here.

Anisong World Matsuri’s Friday, November 16 event begins at 7 PM, and its Saturday, November 17 edition begins at 5 PM. Anisong World Matsuri will be open to anime fans and music lovers across New York City, with no Anime NYC badge required to attend. Ticket details will be revealed next month.

Those looking for more can meet Anisong World Matsuri’s performers at the Anime NYC convention where multiple on-stage Q&As and autograph sessions will be held with the concert’s artists. An Anime NYC badge is required to participate in any Anisong World Matsuri events inside Anime NYC.

“It really is a great honor to bring Anisong World Matsuri to New York City in cooperation with Anime NYC,” said Shunji Inoue, Vice President of BANDAI NAMCO Arts. “We hope people across New York will enjoy our musicians from Japan, and we look forward to bringing their music to New York for the first time.”

“We’re thrilled to present Anisong World Matsuri in New York City,” said Peter Tatara, Anime NYC’s Show Director. “Anime NYC is New York’s largest celebration of Japanese pop culture, and we couldn’t be more proud to now work with Anisong World Matsuri to host the biggest Japanese concert in the history of New York!”

Further Anisong World Matsuri information and ticket details will be revealed next month, and Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll will continue to announce more guests from both America and Japan throughout the summer and fall. Attendees can look forward to the latest from sponsors, partners, and publishers including Crunchyroll, Aniplex, BANDAI NAMCO Arts, Funimation, GKIDS, Kodansha Comics, Sentai Filmworks, Tokyo Otaku Mode, Vertical, Inc, VIZ Media, and Yen Press at Anime NYC, and fans wanting to learn the latest can follow Anime NYC on Facebook and Twitter. Tickets to this year’s Anime NYC are available now.

ABOUT ANISONG WORLD MATSURI

Anisong World Matsuri is an event made possible through the collective efforts of 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 by delivering Japan’s anisong concerts worldwide in the highest quality. Anisong World Matsuri has delivered anisong concerts to fans in Los Angeles, Shanghai, and Washington DC. 2018 marks the very first Anisong World Matsuri in NYC. For more, visit anisongworldmatsuri.com.

ABOUT ANIME NYC POWERED BY CRUNCHYROLL

Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll is New York City’s anime convention! A showcase of the best of Japanese pop culture in the biggest city in America, Anime NYC brings anime fans and publishers together for three days of unique exhibits, exclusive screenings, extensive panels, and appearances by some of the biggest creators in Japan. This year’s event takes place November 16-18 in New York’s Javits Center, and we invite you to join over 30,000 fans for a celebration of Japanese animation, manga, cosplay, movies, food, fashion, travel, technology, toys, and games in the heart of NYC! For more, visit animenyc.com.

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