Kalafina to perform at Anime Expo

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

J-pop band Kalafina will make a guest appearance at this year’s Anime Expo, which will run July 1-4 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, organizers said.

The three-piece band, consisting of vocalists Keiko Kubota, Wakana Otaki and Hikaru Masai, will take the stage at Club Nokia, a large club next to the convention site.

They are set to perform a live concert in addition to taking part in an autograph signing session and other programs.

The Anime Expo is the largest convention dedicated to Japanese anime and manga in the United States, and at least 100,000 fans attend the event each year.

It will be Kalafina’s first concert in the United States in two years after they made a guest appearance at Anime Boston in 2009.

Kalafina was formed in 2007 by popular anime music composer Yuki Kajiura. The band made its debut on Jan. 23, 2008, with “Oblivious,” the theme song of the first feature film adaptation of “Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners.” The band has remained extremely popular ever since.

Kalafina’s music has been used in many popular anime titles, including the “Kara no Kyoukai” septology, the “Black Butler” series, the feature film adaptation of “Time of Eve,” and “Puella Magi Madoka Magica.”

They are also active performing overseas. They went on an Asia tour in February 2010 in Taiwan, Shanghai, Hong Kong and elsewhere.

The Anime Expo is known for featuring guest performers from Japan. Last year, idol group AKB48, rock band Sophia, singers Mell and May’n and voice actress Megumi Nakajima appeared at the event.

Kalafina is the first confirmed guest from Japan to appear at this year’s Anime Expo. Other big names will likely follow in the days leading up to the anime convention in July.

Visit (http://www.anime-expo.org/) and Kalafina’s official website at (http://www.sonymusic.co.jp/Music/Info/kalafina/).

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