Otakon to Host Anisong World Matsuri Event With JAM Project
American anime convention Otakon announced on Thursday that the convention will host the Anisong World Matsuri music festival event, which will feature the anime song supergroup JAM Project, among other as-yet unannounced artists.
Anisong World Matsuri will include concerts on Friday and Saturday, as well as other events held throughout the weekend of Otakon. The festival event debuted in America at Los Angeles’ Anime Expo 2016 as a collaboration between Lantis, Sony Music Entertainment Japan Inc., Amuse, Bandai Visual, Bandai Namco Live Creative, and Anime Consortium Japan. The event at Otakon will mark its East Coast debut.
JAM Project debuted in the United States at Otakon 2008, and made appearances at the Otakon Music Fest in 2012 and at Otakon Vegas 2015. The group also performed as part of the Anisong World Matsuri at Anime Expo 2016.
JAM Project, which stands for Japan Animation-song Makers, features Hironobu Kageyama (Dragon Ball Z, Sonic X, Saint Seiya, Shin Getter Robo), Masaaki Endoh (Cowboy Bebop, GaoGaiGar: King of Braves, Cybuster), Hiroshi Kitadani (One Piece, Bakuto Sengen Daigunder, Saint Beast), Masami Okui (Revolutionary Girl Utena, Di Gi Charat, Scrapped Princess, Slayers), and Yoshiki Fukuyama (Macross 7, Buso Renkin, Overman King Gainer, Ehrgeiz).
The group has written and performed theme songs for anime including One-Punch Man, Garo the Animation, Bakuman., and Super Robot Wars Original Generation – The Animation, among others.
Otakon 2017 will take place from August 11-13 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. This will be the 24th convention, and the first year the convention is being held in D.C.; Baltimore has hosted the convention for the past 17 years.