Anime songs (anisongs for short) sure have gotten popular over the years! Whether through opening songs, endings, or inserts, artists that have contributed to an anime’s soundtrack are steadily growing more and more famous. Not just in Japan, too—a very special few have even been able to gain a worldwide presence. International fame, especially in the anime music industry, is no easy feat. Fortunately, those artists and more will have their work celebrated in the upcoming NHK concert/television broadcast, “NHK WORLD presents SONGS OF TOKYO.

NHK, headquartered in Shibuya, Tokyo, is Japan’s national public broadcasting organization. This November, the company is hosting a two-day concert featuring “a number of globally-popular Japanese artists.” An early look at some of the performers reveal names most anime fans will surely recognize.

Introducing Your Anisong Stars

Joe Hisaishi, best known as the composer for many Ghibli films, is first in the lineup. His works can range from the quiet mystique of MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO’s “Path of the Wind” to the stirring adventurousness of SPIRITED AWAY’s “The Dragon Boy.” Not to mention more famous pieces such as “One Summer’s Day,” also from SPIRITED AWAY, and “Merry Go Round of Life” from HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE.

Image: The Japan Times

There’s also T.M.REVOLUTION, who has performed openings and endings to several anime shows and movies. Perhaps most well-known is his song “Resonance,” which was used for SOUL EATER’s first opening sequence. He has also worked on songs for D. GRAY-MAN, DARKER THAN BLACK, ReLIFE, and MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM SEED.

Image: Otakon Official Website

Finally, there’s Aqours, the nine-woman idol group who double as voice actors in LOVE LIVE! SUNSHINE! Their songs are used as the openings, endings, inserts, and bonus tracks relating to the series. On top of recordings for the anime, the group also holds live concerts throughout Japan. Their first international performance took place in Los Angeles during the summer of 2017.

Image: Anisong World Matsuri Official Twitter

Pretty impressive turnout from just the first announcement! Not to mention how well it demonstrates the concert’s versatility. From Joe Hisaishi’s soothing orchestral compositions to the upbeat pop routines of Aqours, SONGS OF TOKYO is bound to excite and entertain audiences all over the world

It also bears mentioning that NHK still plans to reveal more performers in the near future. So keep an eye out! We might just get to see a few other anisong artists on the international big screen too.

Smile For the Camera

The concert, which is being broadcast internationally in January, is meant to show the world what Japanese music and culture is like today. With the 2020 Tokyo Olympics coming up, the company’s official website says, “the eyes of the world are focusing on Japan.” In other words, now, more than ever, the pressure is on to put on a good show. You can read the rest of the official statement here!

The concert will take place on November 26th and 27th at NHK Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo. The program will premiere worldwide on NHK WORLD TV on January 1st and 2nd. It will also show on NHK General TV on January 8th.

Featured image from MyAnimeList.

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