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1st Phase Artistes Announcement of AFA2018

Announced earlier tonight via a live stream, the line-up for this year’s I Love Anisong concert for Anime Festival Asia has been decided!

Amongst the artistes confirmed to attend the event itself are: angela, Earphones, Yamazaki Erii, Garnidelia, May’n, Nishizawa Shiena, Spyair, Tielle&Gemie and TrySail.


And this is just phase 1 of the announcement!

More artistes will be unveiled in upcoming weeks! DKDKWKWK!



They are a unit formed by the vocalist atsuko and guitarist/arrangement KATSU. They made their debut with “Asu he no brilliant road”, the opening theme to the TV anime Stellvia of the Universe. Since then, they have been providing the theme songs for various popular anime, such as “Fafner in the Azure”, “K”, “Knights of Sidonia” and more. They have captured the attentions of fans with powerful and strong vocals, as well as stage presence. Furthermore, they have a lot of experience performing overseas, receiving a large amount of support from anisong fans worldwide. In May 2018, they celebrate their 15 th anniversary of their formation.



A 3-person voice actress unit made up of Marika Kouno, Rie Takahashi and Yuki Nagaku. They made their debut on 18 June, 2015, with the single “Mimi no Naka e”, alongside the TV anime “Seiyu’s Life!”. Till date, they have had 3 solo live performances, a 2-man live together with Aice⁵, and apperaances at Animelo Summer Live. They have also collaborated with a variety of artistes, such as Kenji Ohtsuki, Yoko Ishida, ROLLY, and Akira Kushida. On 14 March, 2018, their much awaited 2nd album, Some Dreams, was released, and their first tour covering Tokyo, Nagoya and Osaka was a huge success. As voice actresses, EARPHONES brings lots of originality to their music with their voice, aiming to progress even further! Even today, they plan to be plugged into the earphone jack in your ears!!

Yamazaki Erii


In 2011, she participated in the 36th Horipro Talent Scout Caravan, an audition for the next generation of voice actors. She emerged as a finalist and was signed to Horipro. In 2013, she made her voice acting debut as Moe Morita in “Samurai Flemenco”. Since then, she has appeared in various TV anime, games, drama CDs and so on, with her popularity and recognition ever increasing. When it comes to her musical activities, alongside Ibuki Kido as part of the unit every♡ing!, she made her artiste debut under King Records. After graduating high school, in November 2016, her solo debut album “Zenbu, Kimi no Sei da” was released under ZERO-A and Nippon Columbia. In February 2018, she held her second ever solo concert at the Ex Theater in Roppongi.



GARNiDELiA is a 2-person unit made up of the female vocalist MARiA and composer toku. They made their debut in March 2014, with the release of ‘ambiguous’ the second opening theme song to the TV anime ‘Kill la Kill’, which reached the top of various music distribution channels, beginning with the iTunes Music Store. Since their debut, they have release 9 physical singles, 2 digital-only singles and 4 albums. Currently, they are on their nationwide tour “stellacage Tour 2018 “glow””, including a performance at Zepp DiverCity. On 25 September 2018, they will release their newest album “Kyouki Ranbu”, filled with music from their popular ‘Odocchattemita’ series of dance videos. The diverse range of GARNiDELiA’s music, coupled with MARiA’s overwhelming performing power, covering the performance of ballads to complex dances, are widely talked about.



Although her artiste name “May’n” was originally derived from her real name, she has always had the desire in her heart to be able to “sing songs that will become the main theme of everyone’s lives.”

She made her major label debut in 2005, at the young age of 15, after emerging as a finalist in HoriPro’s Talent Scout Caravan audition in 2003. Her music spans a wide variety of genres, including pop, rock, dance, and R&B. Since 2008, she has released many theme songs for anime, TV drama programs, and video games that have charted highly in Japan’s music rankings.

In addition to holding no less than five solo concerts at major venues such as the Nippon Budokan and Yokohama Arena, May’n conducted her first world tour in 2010. She has performed solo overseas over 80 times in 14 cities across the US, France, Germany, South Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore, and Indonesia. She has also been given the honour of performing the closing act at overseas music festivals in nine cities across seven countries.

In 2018, she celebrated her tenth anniversary performing under her artiste name “May’n,” and held concerts in five cities across Japan as part of her “May’n Hall Tour 2018,” including a special encore show at the Hibiya Open Air Concert Hall in Tokyo.

Expanding beyond her musical career, May’n was selected to play the lead female role in “Ikiru,” the first stage musical adaptation of a work by famed director Akira Kurosawa that will commemorate 20 years since his death.

Her powerful, high-pitched voice continues to capture the hearts of those who hear her songs, both within Japan and around the world.

Nishizawa Shiena


Birthdate: February 23, 1997.
From: Saitama, Japan
Talents: composing songs on the spot, balancing small objects on her hand.
Guitar: Fender/Telecaster, Paul Read Smith/S2 Vela

Shiena fell in love with music in middle school, when she laid hands on her father’s old guitar. That interest expanded from not just guitar, but also into singing/songwriting. Before she knew it, she began dreaming of singing on a large stage. In 2014, she won the grand prize at the Flying Dog Audition (a popular singing contest). In 2015, her debut song, “Fubuki”, was the ending theme for the television anime “Fleet Girls Collection (KanColle)”, and was released as a single that same year. She was 17 at the time.

Her second single included the songs “Brand-new World”, which was the theme song for the television anime “The Asterisk War”, and “Piacere”, which was the theme song for the anime “ARIA The AVVENIRE”. Her third single, “The Asterisk War”, was the theme song for the television anime’s second season, and her fourth single, “Kikan”, which was the theme song for “KanColle:The Movie”, was a smash hit. Her videos have received over 13 million hits on YouTube.

On March 15th, 2017, Shiena released her first full-length album, entitled “Break Your Fate”. This album features a rock sound that showcases Shiena’s evolving talents, and shows that she is leading Japan’s next generation of talented artists.



SPYAIR is a Japanese rock band formed in 2005 by 4 men, IKE (Vocal), UZ (Guitar & Programming) / MOMIKEN (Bass) / KENTA (Drums). Holding the simple, pure feeling of “Going to the people that do not know of us, rather than waiting for fans at a live house”, they started performing on the streets of Nagoya in 2006. In August of 2010, they received their major label debut with “LIAR”, under Sony Music.

The following year in 2011, they held their first solo outdoor live concert at the Hibiya Open Air Concert Hall, which was followed by a successful live concert in 2012 at the Nippon Budokan. In 2017, 15,000 people attended their solo outdoor live at Fuji-Q Highland, which was also followed by the band’s largest Japanese arena tour.

Till date they have released 22 singles and 5 albums, with each release ranking in the top 10 in Japan. Their music has also received physical and digital releases overseas, and they have performed live in Korea, Taiwan Region, Mainland China, France and more. From September till December, they are scheduled to perform in over 20 countries in America, South America and Asia, in their first world tour “SPYAIR WORLD TOUR 2018”, increasing their global presence.

They have provided the theme song to multiple popular anime, some of which includes:
– Gintama
– Haikyuu!!

Tielle&Gemie from SawanoHiroyuki[nZk]


SawanoHiroyuki[nZk] is a project by creator Hiroyuki Sawano centred on music created to accompany dramas, anime and movies. On 20 September 2017, the album “2V-ALK” was released, and it achieved 3rd place in the Oricon Weekly Album charts. This year, on 25 April, the single “Binary Star / Cage” was released, containing the respective theme songs for the TV anime “Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Die Neue These” and the presentation that accompanies the life-sized Gundam Unicorn in Odaiba, Tokyo.

Hiroyuki Sawano has produced the soundtrack for various hit anime, including “Mobile Suit GUNDAM UC”, “Attack on Titan”, “Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress”, “Kill la Kill”, “Blue Exorcist”, “Sengoku Basara”, “Guilty Crown”, “Aldnoah Zero” and more.



TrySail is a unit made up of popular voice actresses, Momo Asakura, Sora Amamiya and Shiina Natsukawa. They released their debut single in May 2015. Till date, they have released 8 singles and 2 albums. They embarked on their first nationwide tour in November 2016, and achieved great success in their first arena live concert in the summer of 2017. Earlier in February, they held their second hall tour, covering 13 sold out performances in 9 Japanese cities. They are the group to watch out for in the anime and voice acting industry.

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