Animax Anison Grand Prix

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The Animax Anison Grand Prix (全日本アニソングランプリ, Zen-Nihon Anison Guran Puri) is a Japanese anime song music competition, organized by Animax, in association with Jupiter Telecommunications.

Outline

The annual competition is first held across a series of preliminaries in several Japanese cities, with the chosen finalists performing at a final round, which will be broadcast across Japan on Animax, where they will be judged by a panel of celebrity judges, music producers and record company executives, including noted singers Ichirō Mizuki, Mitsuko Horie and Yumi Matsuzawa.[1][2][3] The winner of the competition will subsequently perform a theme song to an Animax anime project as their debut and earn a professional contract with Sony Music Japan.[1][2][3]

History

The first Animax All-Japan Anison Grand Prix was held in July 2007, with preliminaries taking place across Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka and Sapporo, and was attended by 1792 applicants.[1][2][3] The winner of the competition was Shūhei Kita, who subsequently performed "Breakin' Through", the opening theme to the anime series Persona: Trinity Soul as his debut, and earned a professional contract with Sony Music Japan.[2][3][4] Kita subsequently also performed "Issei no Sei", the opening theme to the Natsume Yūjin-Chō anime series in 2008.[2][3][4]

The second competition, in 2008, was attended by 3186 applicants, with preliminaries held across Tokyo, Osaka, Nagoya, Fukuoka and Sapporo, with eleven chosen finalists performing at the final round, held in JCB Hall in Tokyo on September 2008, and was won by the Tokyo-based Canadian Catherine St. Onge, who will perform the theme song, produced by Shintarō Tokita of Sukima Switch, to an Animax anime project, and earn a professional contract with Sony Music Japan.[3][4][5][6] In the first round, she performed Silly-go-round from .hack//Roots, while in the second round, she performed Adesso e Fortuna ~Honō to Eien~ from Record of Lodoss War.[6] Animax subsequently broadcast the "2nd All-Japan Anison Grand Prix Special", marking its tenth anniversary, on November 16, 2008, featuring live performances by judge and noted anime singer Ichiro Mizuki, idol group AKB48 and singers Akira Kushida, Nana Kitade, the previous competition's winner Shūhei Kita, and numerous others.[3][4][5]

In February 2009, it was announced that St. Onge, under her chosen moniker Himeka, would perform the theme song, produced by Tokita of Sukima Switch, to the anime adaptation of Valkyria Chronicles (a.k.a. Senjō no Valkyria: Gallian Chronicles), which will air from April 2009, across Animax and other Japanese broadcast networks.[4][7]

Event schedule

NumberyearpreliminaryFinalWinner
SapporoSendaiTokyoNagoyaOsakaFukuokaOkinawa
First2007July 1-July 16-July 15July 8-August 1Shūhei Kita
Second2008July 19-August 23August 6July 26August 16-September 21Catherine St. Onge
(HIMEKA)
Third2009July 18-July 20July 4July 5June 27July 11September 21 Sayaka Sasaki
Fourth2010June 27July 3July 17July 10July 11June 24- September 25Marina Kawano
Fifth2011June 25
July 16
-July 10
August 6
July 2
July 23
July 3
July 23
July 9
July 30
- October 9Konomi Suzuki

※Finals are held in Tokyo.

References

  1. 1 2 3 "Animax to Hold Anime Song "Grand Prix" in July". Anime News Network. 2007-05-31. Archived from the original on 18 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "Archived copy" アニソングランプリ:優勝の喜多修平がデビュー アニメ「ペルソナ」オープニング曲 (in Japanese). Mainichi Shimbun. 2008-02-27. Archived from the original on 22 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 "27-Year-Old Canadian Wins Animax's Singing Contest". Anime News Network. 2007-05-31. Archived from the original on 5 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  4. 1 2 3 4 5 "Canada's St. Onge to Sing Valkyria Anime's Theme Song". Anime News Network. 2009-02-18. Archived from the original on 21 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  5. 1 2 "Archived copy" アニソングランプリ:“アニソン日本一”はカナダ人のカトリーヌさん 青い目のアニソン歌手誕生へ (in Japanese). Mainichi Shimbun. 2008-09-22. Archived from the original on 2009-05-23. Retrieved 2009-03-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. 1 2 アニソン界にも黒船か?<全日本アニソングランプリ>優勝はカナダ出身カトリーヌさん (in Japanese). Barks.jp. 2008-09-23. Archived from the original on 28 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-06.
  7. HIMEKA:「私は音楽と結婚します」 カナダ出身“アニソン界の黒船”デビュー会見 (in Japanese). Mainichi Shimbun. 2009-02-26. Archived from the original on 1 March 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-06.

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