What do Hawaii and Texas have in common (aside from having been independent nations before becoming states)? They are both set to host some rocking Japanese musical performances at upcoming cons, that’s what.
Hawaii’s Kawaii Con will host GARNiDELia, the duo behind Kill la Kill’s opening theme “ambiguous,” as well as themes for Mekaku City Actors, Gundam: Reconguista in G, and more.
Speaking of Kill la Kill, Kawaii Con will also host Shigeto Koyama and Hiromi Wakabayashi from Studio Trigger. Koyama, an animator and designer, worked on Trigger’s Kill la Kill as well as Gurren Lagann, Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, and the new Evangelion films.
Wakabayashi created the original idea and oversaw story development for Kill la Kill and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt. He also directed Kill la Kill’s second ending.
Kawaii Con takes place from April 8 to 10, 2016.
Meanwhile, Texas’ A-Kon will host Japanese rock band Yousei Teikoku, who have performed opening and ending themes for anime like Future Diary, Innocent Venus, Tokyo ESP, and Garo the Animation. Yousei Teikoku’s lead singer Yui Itsuki will also host a Q&A and autograph session.
Itsuki, who is also a voice actress, played Moe Mizukoshi in D.C. ~Da Capo~ and Kira Sakurazuki in Futakoi.
A-Kon takes place in Dallas from June 3 to 5, 2016.