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The Nihon Review Topic Discussion => JMusic => Topic started by: kichijoji on October 30, 2011, 09:34:22 AM

Title: Anyone else been to Animelo Summer Live?
Post by: kichijoji on October 30, 2011, 09:34:22 AM
Hi, I've checked a few message boards and can only find a few blog posts and comments on Animelo Summer Live aka Anisama, but no message board threads in English.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animelo_Summer_Live (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Animelo_Summer_Live) gives a run-down, but for those wondering what the fuss is, it's the best 2 concerts each year, anywhere, for the songs from anime (and to some extent videogames).

To cut a long story short I only discovered it after seeing Minori Chihara on the orchestral concert blu-ray disc on the Haruhi Suzumiya boxed set, which I had ordered on the day of the earthquake/tsunami. That lead to finding a few clips on Youtube taken from previous years' concerts and organising a trip over to the 2011 concerts, even though I hadn't been outside Australia nor had I had any formal teaching in the Japanese language.

The 5 day, 4 night time in Tokyo visiting Washinomiya Shrine (Lucky Star location), the Ghibli Museum and other museums plus the 2 Animelo Summer Live concerts at Saitama Super Arena was wonderful, and left me feeling closer to all the performers, not  just the two I was very fortunate to meet backstage after the shows.

If you ever get the chance, it is well worth the trip and crossing oceans and cultural boundaries and comfort zones.