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Love Live! Sunshine's Aqours, The [email protected] Cinderella Girls to Perform at Anime Expo

posted on by Karen Ressler

The organizers of the Anime Expo convention announced on Thursday that it will host the full Aqours idol group and and six members of The [email protected] Cinderella Girls idol group as part of the convention's Anisong World Matsuri music festival event. The two acts will perform on June 30 at the Microsoft Theatre in Los Angeles.

Aqours (pictured right) is the second main idol group for the Love Live! franchise and the focus of the Love Live! Sunshine anime. The group formed in April 2015 and launched its first single that October, prior to the anime's premiere in summer 2016. A second anime season is slated for this fall.

Six members of Aqours were guests at the convention last year.

Cygames developed the original The [email protected] Cinderella Girls game app, a spinoff of Bandai Namco Entertainment's The [email protected] game franchise, focusing on a different idol agency and characters. The game inspired two television anime, The [email protected] Cinderella Girls Gekijō spinoff anime, and a number of manga series.

There are more than 190 idols in The [email protected] Cinderella Girls group. The following members of The [email protected] Cinderella Girls will perform at Anime Expo: Asami Takano, Haruka Yoshimura, Hiromi Igarashi, Rei Matsuzaki, Tomoyo Kurosawa, and Yuko Iida.

Anisong World Matsuri will hold concerts on Friday, June 30 and Saturday, July 1 during the convention. The festival event ran at last year's Anime Expo 2016 as a collaboration between Lantis, Sony Music Entertainment Japan Inc., Amuse, Bandai Visual, Bandai Namco Live Creative, and Anime Consortium Japan. Otakon will also host the event in August for its East Coast debut.

This year's Anime Expo convention will run from July 1 to July 4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. In addition, the convention will formally include a preview night a day before on June 30. The Super Dimension Fortress Macross singer and voice actress Mari Iijima will return to the convention this year. Akira Himekawa, the manga creator duo known for their manga adaptations of Nintendo's The Legend of Zelda games, is also attending the convention. Musicians ☆Taku Takahashi, TeddyLoid, and Pa's Lam System will perform at the convention's Neon District concert this year. Ali Project, Minori Chihara, GARNiDELiA, Konomi Suzuki, angela, Mashiro Ayano, Wake Up, Girls!, and Walküre's Minori Suzuki and JUNNA will also perform at Anisong World Matsuri.

Update: Typo fixed. Thanks, Maria Cadenzavna Eve


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