5th Anison Grand Prix opens for entries

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

The 5th All Japan Anime Song Grand Prix singing competition is on again this year, after a brief delay. Animax Broadcast Japan Inc. said it is now accepting entries until May 31. The final round will be held Oct. 9 in Tokyo.

Dubbed the Anison Grand Prix contest, the event is the nation’s largest audition for anime singers. It comprises preliminary and final rounds usually held from the spring to fall.
However, the entry process was delayed this year because of the March 11 Great East Japan Earthquake.

After much discussion, the satellite anime broadcaster decided to go ahead with the event to encourage Japanese through their love of anime songs.

The nationwide singing competition was launched in 2007, with the number of participants growing year by year. Last year’s event involved 10,189 entrants, making it one of the nation’s largest auditions for anime song performers.

The winner earns the opportunity to perform a theme song for a new animated TV series. Smaller related events are also held around the country.

The competition has been a sure route to a successful singing career for several aspiring anime theme singers, such as Shuhei Kita and Himeka.

Marina Kawano, last year’s winner, is making her debut with a theme song for “A-Channel,” a new animated TV series that airs from this month.

In the initial screening process, applicants submit an application form and a recording of their vocal talents.

Those who pass the first screening go on to live preliminary rounds held in Sapporo, Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka. The secondary rounds are also held in the five cities.

Winners of the second round, and those who rank at the top of an Internet popularity poll, move on to the final round held Oct. 9 at New Pier Hall in Tokyo’s Minato Ward. The event will be streamed live on the Hikari TV website.

Entries are being accepted until May 31 via postal mail or online registration through the official website and mobile devices.

Participants can also submit applications through Joysound karaoke machines using the “Uta Suki Doga” video recording system from April 1 to May 8.

For more information, visit the official website at (http://anigp.animax.co.jp).

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