As the days leading to one of summer’s biggest conventions, Anime Expo, so does attendees’ time to grab tickets for their concerts while they finalize their plans. Along with the cafes, comedy competition, burlesque show and masquerade, organizers will host special live musical events featuring a variety from the anime industry.

Anisong World Matsuri returns for its second time at AX and so will hit idol group Aquors. They will be joining the “Japan Kawaii Live” concert with Wake Up Girls !, members of Idolm@ster Cinderella Girls and Walküre’s JUNNA and Minori Suzuki. Unlike last year’s festival, this first concert will be on Day Zero, Friday June 30th at the Microsoft Theater at 7 P.M.

For those that couldn’t make it to the festival last year have another chance to enjoy Aquors live. The idol squad is from the latest installment of the “Love Live!” franchise, “Love Live! Sunshine!!”. Funimation has the anime available for those interested in the backstory of the characters. All nine voices actresses will be on stage for the concert: Anju Inami (Chika), Rikako Aida (Riko), Nanaka Suwa (Kanan), Arisa Komiya (Dia), Shuka Saito (You), Aika Kobayashi (Yoshiko), Kanako Takatsuki (Hanamaru), Aina Suzuki (Mari) and Ai Furihata (Ruby). For more information on Aquors, check out their website for more information.

Another group bringing all their members to Los Angeles will be Wake Up Girls !. Mayu Yoshioka, Airi Eino, Minami Tanaka, Yoshino Aoyama, Nanami Yamashita, Kaya Okuno, and Miyu Takagi consist the original and current squad, though Avex released an announcement last December about auditions for three new characters for the upcoming new anime series. Crunchyroll has the first movie along with the two anime series available for streaming.

“The iDOLM@STER” game, music and anime franchise will be sending six of their 346 Production idols and Cinderella Girls*: Asami Takano (Frederica), Haruka Yoshimura (Mika), Hiromi Igarashi*(Anzu), Rei Matsuzaki* (Kirari), Tomoyo Kurosawa* (Miria) and Yuko Iida (Kanade). Visit Crunchyroll to watch the original 2011 “iDOLM@STER” anime series of 765 Production along with the ongoing Cinderella Girls mini-episodes.

The long-running sci-fi anime series “Macross” from Shoji Kawamori always brings its fans intergalactic conflicts and mechs with iconic music. Taking part in this concert with be voice actress Minori Suzuki (Freyja Wion) and singer JUNNA (Mikumo Guynemer) of the Walküre unit from “Macross Delta.”

Ticket holders for the second concert of Anisong World Matsuri, Japan Super Live, will head over to the Microsoft Theater on Saturday July 1st (Day 1) to enjoy performances from new and old members of the anime song business. The lineup includes hit duos ALI PROJECT, angela and GARNiDELiA with singers Konomi Suzuki, Mashiro Ayano and voice actress Minori Chihara.

Fans of dark mystery anime will probably encounter ALI PROJECT’s music one way or another. The iconic duo of lead vocalist Arika Takarano and composer Mikiya Katakura have many years under their belt bringing music both to the stage and to the screen since their 1984 debut. Many will remember their contribution to the “Rozen Maiden”, an anime that matches their twist of vintage fashion and classical music. Hopefully some of those well known theme songs will be included in their upcoming album celebrating their 25th anniversary.

angela is another long-time pair provided many songs to anime series. Singer atsuko and her guitarist KATSU have been in the music industry since 1993 and then working with the anime one since 1999. While their style wavered between different themes, it was their powerful rock songs that brought life to many series like “Shangri-La” for  2004 “Fafner in the Azure” and “ANGEL” for 2013 “Coppelion”. According their AX page, they will be performing songs from their latest collaborations “Aho Girl” and “BLAME!”.

Compared to ALI PROJECT and angela, GARNiDELiA is a younger pair of artists who started in 2010. However, they began to make anime theme songs soon after entering the music scene. They knocked it out of the gates with hit series “Kill la Kill” opening “Ambiguous” then “Grilletto” for “The Irregular at Magic High School”. Like ALI PROJECT, GARNiDELiA mixed various fashion and music in their performances, especially vocalist MARiA currently works as a model.

With the trio of duos, three solo singers will take the stage for the Japan Super Live concert.

Winner of the 2011 Animax All-Japan Anisong Grand Prix, Konomi Suzuki brings life to new themes while performing old favorites. Her latest include “Redo” of “RE:Zero” and “Blow Out” for “Akashic Records of Bastard Magical Instructor”.

Mashiro Ayano is another singer who collaborates with anime projects. Some remember her debut single “ideal white” for the 2014 installment of “Fate/Stay Night”. Her latest is “NEWLOOK” for the series “Re:CREATORS”.

Unlike some of the performers of Japan Super Live who are mostly musicians, Minori Chihara stands out with her history using her voice for many characters. Overseas fans will remember Chihara as the quiet alien Yuki Nagano of popular series “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya”. While the role has a small script, the video game, soundtracks and performances gave way to more work with music.

Before one gets lost in the awe of the amazing list of performers, do not forget that every ticket holder must have the proper Anime Expo badge to enter the Microsoft theater. For Japan Kawaii Live (June 30th), any type of badge including a Pre-Show one will be accepted. Those purchasing Japan Super Live (July 1st) must have either a Saturday or Full Weekend badge to enter. Tickets are still available, but VIP ones are sold out. For more information on how to get to this festival, visit Anisong World Matsuri’s AX page.

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