LOS ANGELES (June 6, 2010)
-- Anime Expo, North America's largest anime and manga celebration, will present the U.S. debut concert of Maon Kurosaki
, the latest singing and dancing pop star to break out from Tokyo's Akihabara scene. She will be performing live on Sunday, July 3rd at the world-renowned Club Nokia. In addition, Kurosaki will be a Guest of Honor participating in a meet-and-greet, autograph signing and focus panel at Anime Expo, when it returns to the LA Convention Center from July 1 - 4, 2011.
Kurosaki honed her singing and dancing skills by performing at Dearstage, a famous Akihabara club, and made her major label debut at Geneon
Universal in 2010 with the album H.O.T.D., a collection of ending theme songs for “Highschool of the Dead
,” a smash hit anime series. Many of her songs have risen to the top of the Japanese Oricon charts including “Magic World,” the end theme for the “Toaru Majutsu no Index II
” series which debuted in the top 20 and “Memories Last,” which rose as high as number 14.
Kurosaki will be one of the top featured artists for Animelo Summer Live 2011, the largest anime music event in Japan. Her next album, scheduled for release in August, is a collection of ending theme songs for the latest installment of the fan-girl favorite anime series, “Hakuōki OAV
Kurosaki joins the roster of Anime Expo 2011 Guests of Honor that includes Japanese pop trio Kalafina
, Japanese TV Host and blogger Danny Choo, voice actress and singer Miyuki Sawashiro
, voice actor Vic Mignogna
, video game developer Sohei Niikawa and Crypton Future Media
CEO Hiroyuki Itoh and Producer Wataru Sasaki
. In addition, Hatsune Miku will be Anime Expo's first ever Virtual Guest of Honor. Themed the “Year of the Fan,” Anime Expo 2011 will fully immerse guests into the world of Japanese animation, manga (comic books), music and fashion. Anime Expo is a non-stop marathon of Japanese pop culture that's been likened to Halloween in July.
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. About Anime Expo
Held annually in Los Angeles, Anime Expo is North America's largest anime and manga celebration. Anime Expo gives fans the rare opportunity to meet and hear from some of the most famous anime, manga and musical artists from Japan and get into the action through everything from costume play, karaoke and video competitions to exclusive screenings, non-stop video gaming competitions and the wildly popular Masquerade
, in which fans transform themselves into their favorite characters through creative costuming, accessories and make-up and put on their own show before an audience of thousands. AX 2011 will be held July 1 – July 4, 2011 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. To register or for more information, please visit www.anime-expo.org
. About the Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to popularize and educate the American public about anime and manga, as well as provide a forum to facilitate communication between professionals and fans. This organization is more popularly known by its entertainment property, Anime Expo®. For more information, please visit www.spja.org