It’s no news that J-music is getting increasingly popular in the west, particularly in North America. Be it Olivia’s + Tsuchiya Anna’s NANA live performances or KOTOKO’s, they have all been rather well received by the non-asian wannabe otakus. I personally am still waiting for my Nana to make it to Spain some day, but that’s another story.
It’s also known that various Hatsune Miku songs can be found on N. America’s iTunes store in between all those “real” voices :p Well, apparently some brave soul in Lantis took that as an example, and decided that anisongs should also be available on said store too (I mean, if a virtual idol that looks like a manga character can make it, why not real people who sing for anime?). Oh, and Geneon Entertainment had already been doing something similar since January apparently (never bothered checking it myself though. I didn’t like the whole iTunes idea the minute I heard about it, to be honest).
So, who are the lucky anisong representatives? If you have a look at all the names signed under Lantis, it shouldn’t be too hard to guess who they’d pick. The first to make the debut this summer will be JAM Project, followed by Hirano Aya, Ali Project (*shudders*), Suzumiya Haruhi(‘s music) and Lucky Star(‘s music), among other artists (I think Chihara Minori is also included). I wouldn’t exactly say they’re the best singers out there (JAM Project not included), but seeing how K-ON!’s music is still hanging onto decent positions on that charts… Anyway, they also have a myspace page set up~
Apparently, while many keep bitching about how anime is in decline, I’m not sure the same can be said about anisongs. What with Mizuki Nana owning the charts and making history, or Animelo becoming increasingly popular each year y’know. Of course, one could argue that has nothing with countries outside Japan, but really, whatever’s popular with Japanese Otaku also tends to be popular with Gaijin Otaku (K-ON! being a rather good example).
So anyway, the point is, anisongs are becoming more popular both in Japan and outside. I mean, if Geneon Entertainment’s idea of putting anisongs on iTunes hadn’t been a hit, I seriously doubt Lantis would be doing this now~
*sigh* How I wish King Records weren’t such a crappy, old-school record label… Nana needs her stuff to get promoted overseas too >.< (Although I won’t be buying her stuff from iTunes if they get put there anyway =x)