“Rebocon 4” concerts to be broadcast live in theaters in 11 cities nationwide

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

The fourth series of Rebocon concerts, featuring much-loved characters of the anime film “Katekyo Hitman Reborn!” is being held this fall at JCB Hall in Tokyo’s Suidobashi district.

The “Vongola Saikyo no Carnevale” (“The strongest carnival of the Vongola family”) is a live musical extravaganza performed by costumed band members.

Since the first concert at Tokyo’s Nakano Sun Plaza Hall in 2008 that drew 4,000 people, Rebocon has grown in scale. The second event in March 2009 at Pacifico Yokohama attracted an audience of 10,000, while last winter’s Rebocon was a series of five concerts in three cities and had a total attendance of 15,000.

The first overseas Rebocon was held in Taiwan this summer. The fourth Japan carnival is being held over two weekends this fall at Tokyo’s JCB Hall: “Vongola Saikyo no Carnevale 4 ‘Red’ and ‘Blue.'”

Four performances of “Rebocon 4 Red” will take place on Oct. 9 and 10, and four performances of “Rebocon 4 Blue” take place on Nov. 13 and 14.

But happily for fans who live far from Tokyo, on Sept. 10, the organizers announced that some of the Rebocon shows will be broadcast live at Warner Mycal Cinemas in 11 cities nationwide from Hokkaido to Fukuoka in Kyushu.

That also means that fans who can attend only one live show at JCB Hall will be able to enjoy the other shows at Mycal cinemas.

A total of 12,000 seats will be sold for Mycal theater live broadcasts at 11 theaters nationwide. The organizers hope to attract the largest number of Rebocon spectators ever.

The live broadcast of “Rebocon 4 Red” takes place Oct. 10 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m., and “Rebocon 4 Blue” on Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Tickets cost 2,500 yen each including tax, and went on sale nationwide via the Lawson Ticket system on Sept. 18.

Anime films, such as “Mobile Suit Gundam U.C.,” are growing in popularity, while live broadcasts of shows like Rebocon are also on the increase. Other examples include live broadcasts of the musical “Prince of Tennis” and the “Gundam 00 Supporter’s Gathering 2010–A trailer for the trailblazer II,” which was shown in theaters in August.

One reason for the jump in live broadcast screenings is that cinema chains are looking for new offerings to attract customers. Meanwhile, event organizers hope to generate revenue over and above the admission fees for their events.

While anime events are popular, they are often held in only a few big cities, which means fans in other regions can’t enjoy them. Live broadcasts in theaters means more fans around Japan can join in the fun. Organizers can also reap profits from these colorful and exciting live events that, although popular, are very expensive to stage.

The official Rebocon site is at (http://www.ponycanyon.co.jp/rebocon).

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