Anime Boston 2019 Reveals First Japanese Guest

Friday, February 15th, 2019

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New England’s largest anime convention, Anime Boston 2019 has revealed its first Japanese guest for this year. It is Yoko Shimomura, a very celebrated female composer in the realm of video game music. This will be her second time appearing at Anime Boston. To US gamers, she is best known for the music of the Kingdom Hearts series. However, she has done many other familiar ones that include the following:

  • Final Fantasy XV
  • Front Mission
  • Legend of Mana
  • The Mario & Luigi series
  • Napping Princess
  • Parasite Eve
  • Radiant Historia
  • Street Fighter II
  • Xenoblade Chronicles

 

Yoko Shimomura did her first independent live concert (Shimomura Yoko 25th Anniversary LIVE – THANKS!) in 2014 at the FM Hall in Tokyo. There were two extra performances added to it, and all three shows sold out! mem`oria, her second Best Of album was released through Square Enix by March of that year. Presently she is set to make some select appearances in the tour of Distant Worlds: music from Final Fantasy according to the press release. Kristen Leiding commented on her return to Anime Boston this year:

“Yoko Shimomura’s music evokes so many feelings. Anime Boston is grateful to be able to experience her talent again. We are all looking forward to hearing her latest work!”

Previously announced guests for Anime Boston 2019 are:

  • Billy Kametz
  • Greg Ayres
  • Michelle Ruff
  • Tara Sands.

 

Anime Boston 2019 will be taking place at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts from April 19th through April 21st. Last year, the Japanese animation convention saw over 25,000 attendees over its three days of activity. You can find out more about Anime Boston’s 2019 anime convention at the official Anime Boston website. Its parent organization, the New England Anime Society, dedicates itself to public education in the areas of Japanese language and culture.

 

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