Anime Expo® 2007 Announces Chiaki as Official Guest of Honor
Nation's Largest Convention Welcomes Singer/Song-writer From Victor Entertainment, Inc.
Anaheim, California (June 1, 2007) — Singer and songstress Chiaki Ishikawa
is newest addition to the hottest line up of Anime Expo® 2007 Guests of
Honors for the highly anticipated 2007 convention June 29-July 2 at the Long
Beach Convention Center. More information can be found on the website
Ms. Ishikawa started singing from a young age as a member of a choir. Later she joined her elder sister's band as a singer and started singing at venues in and around Tokyo. In 1993 she formed “See-Saw” together with composer, Yuki Kajiura. They released their first single “Swimmer” and released six singles and two albums over the next three years.
At the same time Chiaki wrote songs for other artists as well. After three years, See-Saw took a break and Chiaki started her career as a solo singer, called herself “Somali”, and released the album “Magnolia” in 1999. In 2001, See-Saw started their activities again, this time the soundtrack to the TV animation, ‘Noir’. In 2002 they released a couple of singles and the ending theme to the anime ‘Mobile Suit Gundam Seed’, titled “Annani Issho Dattanoni”, which saw them make it to the Oricon charts for the first time, at number 5.
In 2003 See-Saw released their third album “Dream Field” and Chiaki released her first solo album, “Inner Garden”. In 2004 she released a solo single “Ame no Hi ni Koi wo Shita / Haru”. In 2005 See-Saw released the single “Kimi wa Boku ni Niteiru” which was the ending theme of ‘Mobile Suit Gundam Seed Destiny’ (Oricon Chart no. 4). In 2006 Chiaki released “Utsukushikereba Sore de Ii”, the opening theme song to the TV anime ‘Simoun’. In July, she performed at Animelo Summer Live 2006 at Nippon Budokan. She sung Utsukushikereba Sore de Ii and Annani Issho Dattanoni in front of 10,000 fans.
This year in June, she will release the single, “Uninstall” which is the opening theme of TV anime ‘Bokurano’, and is currently recording an original solo album to be released in August.
Victor Entertainment, Inc. will also be presenting Savage Genius at Anime Expo® 2007 as their official industry guest. Savage Genius has performed songs for anime titles such as ‘Uta-Kata’, ‘Elemental Gelade’ and the PS2 game ‘Gundam True Odyssey-Ushinawareshi G no Densetsu’. Savage Genius has been constantly recording and releasing new songs. In April 2006 another single was released “Inori no Uta”, the ending theme to the TV anime ‘Simoun’ and July saw the release of their first album “Kaze no Kessho” and their participation in the Animelo Summer Live 2006 at Nippon Budokan. On December 20th 2006, they released “Aizome – Futakomori”, a self cover version of the ending theme to the TV anime ‘Jigoku Shōjo-Futakomori’. In May 2007 they have just released the opening theme of ‘EL CAZADOR De La Bruja’, titled “Hikari no Yukue”.
Ms. Ishikawa will be performing a full one hour live concert at Anime Expo® on Sunday; July 1, 2007 at the Anime Expo® Main Events Hall (Long Beach Arena).
Chiaki Ishikawa joins Tetsuro Araki, Minori Chihara, Yuko Goto, Aya Hirano, Eisaku Inoue, Masaru Kitao, Mary Elizabeth McGlynn, Halko Momoi and ORESKABAND as Anime Expo® 2007 Official Guests of Honor.
Attendees interested in booking flights, car rentals and/or other hotels for
Anime Expo® 2007 can do so via the AX Travel Store located at
About Anime Expo®
Located in Long Beach, California - Anime Expo®, the nation's largest anime/manga convention, serves to foster trade, commerce and the interests of the general public and animation/ comics industry. This event serves as a key meeting place for the general public to express their interest and explore various aspects of anime/manga, as well as for members of the industry to conduct business. AX 2007 will be held June 29 – July 2, 2007 at the Long Beach Convention Center in Southern California. SPONSORS: ADV Films, Bandai Entertainment, Copic Markers, Digital Manga, Gaia Online, Go! Media, Infinity Studios, ImaginAsian TV (iaTV) and the Los Angeles Times. More information can be found at its website (www.anime-expo.org).
About Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation
The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) is a non-profit organization with a mission 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®. More information can be found at its website (www.spja.org).
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