On Sunday 18 May, the first Okinawan anime song singer, Michi, attended the 2017 Janfusun Fancyworld Popculture Festival in Taiwan. Michi has performed at anime conventions and anime song concerts in Jakarta, Singapore, Bangkok, Los Angeles, Shanghai, and Baltimore, but this was her first time in Taiwan.
Michi’s live concert took place on the main stage. When the overture played, Michi took to the stage amidst cheers from fans. The first song was ‘Cry for the truth’ her debut song and the opening song from the extremely popular anime Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers (Rokka no Yusha). From the time the intro started, the crowd’s enthusiasm suddenly increased. The song’s popularity is outstanding even in Taiwan. Next up was ‘Reali.stic’, the ending song from the TV anime Kuromukuro. She completely embraced the feelings of the heroine and put her soul into the song, causing many fans to listen so attentively that they forgot to sing along. I’m sure she was able to fully convey the charms of Kuromukuro.
After warming up the venue by introducing herself in practiced Taiwanese Mandarin, she performed the third song, ‘I4U’, the ending song for the anime Tsugumomo. It was performed for the first time overseas. Michi and the fans danced the chorus’ choreography together. It was very impressive to see the fans calling out the lyrics of the song at the top of their voices, despite it being the first time this song, made to represent the theme ‘typical anime song’, was performed overseas. Then, the ending song for the anime Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers was performed and the whole venue became one, waving their arms from left to right.
The final song was ‘Checkmate!?’, the opening theme of the TV anime Dagashikashi which was also popular in Taiwan. The venue reached its peak enthusiasm with people singing, dancing, and enjoying Michi’s performance in many different ways.
After the end of the concert, she asked the fans, ‘Which anime are currently popular?’ and ‘Is there anyone watching the anime I am working with?’ Most of the spectators raised their hands in response and Michi was very pleased. At the end, in Taiwanese Mandarin, she said, ‘Please treat me well from now on as well! Thank you very much!’ and left the stage.
Asking Michi what she thought after the event, she said, ‘This is my first time in Taiwan, and the venue is three hours from Taipei by car so I was worried about whether or not fans would attend the event. However, many people came to see me so I was very happy and it became a precious experience for me. Everyone was very fired up for the live concert and we were able to enjoy anime songs in together in the same space and I were able to really feel my motto, “Anime is a universal language.”