WOAH! They are going fast! Just opened yesterday and already the first tier is SOLD OUT!!
Anime North has an attendance cap, you don’t want to be caught without a pass! And you know our friends at J-rock North Promotions have something in the works. Register NOW!
Updates from Anime North:
Anime North Registration announces that the first 5,000 Weekend/Group sales limit has been reached, so second tier pricing is now in affect.
Any Anime North registrations submitted through regular mail postmarked today (Jan 2nd) will be accepted at the lower price. Anything mailed tomorrow must use the updated Registration form on the Anime North website.
In order to prevent over-crowding at convention venues, Anime North has established an attendance cap to limit total attendance on any single day to 20,000 people. Total admissions that will be sold for Anime North 2015 will be:
We strongly recommend that if you wish to attend Anime North 2015, to purchase your admission through Pre-Registation; Weekend/Group and Saturday admissions both sold out last year before the con, and Friday and Sunday admission sales increase each year. We cannot guarantee any admissions will be on sale at the door.
The Anime North Registration page at animenorth.com will be updated soon, but there is already some information that is available for AN 2015. As with last, the same attendance cap is in place and pre-reg will open on January 2nd.
There will be a change in pricing for Anime North 2015. For the first 5000 Weekend/Group admissions, the price will be $50 for individual and $45 for group, each. For the remaining 10,000 Weekend/Group admissions, the price will be $60 for individual and $55 for group, each. The difference from last year is that the price will increase after a set number of admissions are sold instead of at a specific date.
The Momiji Award Brunch has been cancelled for Anime North 2015. We apologize to all congoers who have enjoyed this event during past years.
Just announced, fairy tail visual kei band Magistina Saga will be performing at Animethon 21 this August along side An Cafe!! If you hadn’t already gotten your pass with the first announcement, don’t delay! This concert night is not to be missed!
Dates: August 8th-10th 2014
Concert Date: Saturday August 9th, 2014
Location: MacEwan University City Centre Campus,
10700 – 104 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta.
**Doors open 7:00 PM | Concert Starts 7:30 PM | Second act 9:00 PM
J-rock North Promotions Inc. Presents: Magistina Saga @ Animethon 2014
* In association with Starwave Records
[Magistina Saga Official Comment Video – Animethon 21]
Members: 庵-iori(Vocals), 潤戯-urugi(Guitar), 景-kyo (Bass)
Experience for yourself and enjoy the world view presented in [The tone of temptation]!
Formed in July 2010, Magistina Saga’s concept is a fairy tale of both magic and truth. Their sound charms listeners with compositions that incorporate anime and game music, with strings at the heart of melodies that are easy on the ears, and a unique world view expressed by a female vocalist. Unusual musical scales carry the truths and fairy tales that they play straight to your side.
The name Magistina Saga signifies a fairy tale of magic and truth. It came into existence because the members sought a unique name unlike any other, one that reflected the band’s color and the members’ individual styles of musical expression.
Their recent release, [The tone of temptation], is packed with many alluring tones. It took approximately half a year to produce. The members had no particular concept in mind when they began the project and, starting from nothing at all, the first song completed as a result was the third track, [After artifice]. The song was written by the bassist, Kyo, and it developed into an intense, bewitching number unlike any Magistina Saga had produced before. Kyo wrote the arrangement and lyrics with the image of “clowns” in mind. The theme of the lyrics is a deep perspective on romantic love, portraying someone who felt dominant in a relationship and seemed to be just toying with the partner, when in fact the partner was the one doing the toying and allowing that sense of dominance. A promotion video has also been released for this song, making it the representative track of the album. It is a highly recommended track for any who are interested in getting to know Magistina Saga.
Another recommendation is the fifth track, [ideal≠reality]. Composed by the guitarist, Urugi, the intro of this track leaves a powerful impression. The song is carried by a dark and intense yet melodious vocal line until the chorus, after which the composition transforms to a smoother, pop-ish sound to give the listener a completely opposing impression. This dramatic change in tone was devised to create a clear sense of progression, resulting in a profound composition that tells a story when heard from beginning to end.
Urugi has been strongly influenced by anime and video game music, so portions of his compositions can be associated with that sort of perspective. He has also been influenced by artists such as Yousei Teikoku and ALI PROJECT, noticeable if the listener pays close attention to his synthesizer sounds.
The lyrics were written by the vocalist, Iori, with the theme of ideals and reality as contradicting concepts. Everyone creates his or her own dreams and ideals, but things in the real world don’t always pan out according to our individual ideals. As the days go by, we sometimes lose our will to try and want to run away, turning our eyes away from reality. But if, at those times, we can take another look at ourselves, accept our own weaknesses and endeavor to change, perhaps the world around us will naturally change for the better as well… This is the theme of the lyrics.
And the most recommended song on this album is the second track, [Tsuioku no Oto]. It would not be an exaggeration to say this song symbolizes all that is Magistina Saga. It was written shortly after the band formed and is highly popular among fans. It was written by guitarist Urugi, who composed it with a strong influence from the anime Black Butler. He wrote the track with the wish that it would become an opening song for the anime. In some ways, the track progresses in a manner similar to [ideal≠reality] – dark and intense up to the chorus, then maintaining that darkness as the sound instantly becomes more melodious. The bridge adds yet another expressive melody to further deepen the song’s perspective, resulting in a composition that listeners can enjoy from start to end.
The song’s lyrics were written, again, by vocalist Iori. They are written from the perspective of someone who is unable to believe in anyone else, until a single meeting one day starts to change everything. This person learns of the peace one can find through believing in another, and becomes able to look forward to the coming of a new day. However, these days don’t last long before the time comes to say goodbye. But the smile that saved this person from solitude remains as a memory, providing the support needed to live on. This is the theme of the lyrics.
Magistina Saga will be performing of the first time in Canada at Animethon 21 in association with J-rock North Promotions Inc. (www.j-rocknorth.com) and Starwave Records (http://www.starwaverecords.jp).
Update straight from the official Facebook page:
There are now less than 300 Saturday-only admissions left for Anime North 2014. At this point, it doesn’t look like there will be any Saturday admissions available at the door. If you wish to come on Saturday, we highly suggest that you get yours now.
Also, there are still plenty Friday and Sunday admissions available for pre-registration until midnight, May 18, and at the door.
Don’t forget, Saturday is concert night with Rose Noire and DaizyStripper!!! Get your pass NOW!
Luna Haruna, announced as the musical guest for AnimeNEXT 2014!
After making a successful U.S. concert debut last year, Luna Haruna comes back for her 2nd concert in the U.S.! This summer, Luna will be making her very first appearance at AnimeNEXT 2014 from June 6~8.
AnimeNEXT is the largest independently organized anime convention in the New York/New Jersey metropolitan area and will be held at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, New Jersey.
Don’t miss your chance to catch Luna Haruna’s appearance at AnimeNEXT , which will make it her first time to perform on the East Coast!
June 6th ~8th, 2014
Garden State Exhibit Center
Luna ’s original voice and special talent soon attracted great deal of attention after releasing her original song “Binetsu no Tsuki” on the magazine “Lis Ani!”.
On May 2012, she made her major debut with the song “Soraha Takaku Kazeha Utau” (Ending theme song for the second season of animation “Fate/Zero”), written and composed by Yuki Kajiura.
On the same year in November, she released her second single “Overfly” (Ending theme song for animation “Sword Art Online” ‾Fairy Dance‾). Luna released her new song ”Kimiga Kureta Sekai” on May 2013.
She then released a single “Aiwoutae” (Ending theme song for the second season of “Monogatari” series, produced by the popular creator, Jin) on July 24th. On August 21st, Luna ’s first album “OVERSKY” was released.
Her latest single, “snowdrop” was featured as the ending theme song for “Koimonogatari”, second season of “Monogatari” series).
Official Blog (Japanese)