Anime-Related Concerts, Voice Actor Events Earned 20 Billion Yen in 2018

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10.5% growth from 2017 revenue, with most attendance centered on Love Live!, THE [email protected]

The Pia Sōken live entertainment research company revealed on September 12 that revenue from anime-related live music concerts and voice actor events from January to December 2018 grew to an estimated 20 billion yen (about US$185 million), a 10.5% growth from 2017's total revenue of 18.1 billion yen (about US$168 million).

The total number of events also grew from 1,684 in 2017 to 1,784 in 2018, with 2.65 million tickets sold in 2018 (a 6.4% increase from 2017).

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Most live music event attendance centered on the Love Live! and THE [email protected] idol anime franchises. The annual Animelo Summer Live, which brings together many anime music artists, had 81,000 attendees in 2018, and King Records' King Super Live event at the Tokyo Dome had 37,000 attendees.

Anime-related live events made up about 5% of the overall Japanese live music event market, which brought in 387.5 billion yen (about US$3.59 billion) in 2018.

Sources: Pia Sōken, Animation Business Journal (Tadashi Sudo)

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