Anime Revolution

Calgary Japanese Festival Omatsuri – Running the show…

What was I doing when all my friends were enjoying Anime Revolution and Otakuthon last week-end?!

I was running the Entertainment at the Calgary Japanese Festival Omatsuri!

I explained my responsabilities on the festival board in a previous post below. Basically this year, I was in charge of the Entertainment/Outdoor programing – and everything related to that including but not limited to: the performers, the volunteers, the stage, the dressing room, food, admission and expenses for all these people, the MC-ing, the talent show… ALOUETTE! It was a lot of work. The festival was blessed with almost 3000 visitors, gorgeous weather, enough food for everyone and non-stop on-schedule flawless entertainment. I was exhausted, in a lot of pain from running around all day (foot surgery two months ago) but still managed to pull this off without any significant hiccups. I am still a bit surprised myself.

As promised, I performed during the Anime & Jpop Talent Show. My first song was “Time Goes By”, one of my all time favorite Jpop song from “Every Little Thing”. The second performance was “Sora wa takaku Kaze wa Utau” from Luna Haruna (Fate/Zero) in a duet with Yan Zhou (Animethon’s karaoke contest director). We had recorded that duet before but we never performed it live together. I think we sounded great together ^^;

After my performances, I was told by several people that my Japanese singing was perfect, that when they were closing their eyes, they were under the impression that they were listening to a genuine Japanese singer. Well, I guess I’ll take the compliment :)

Now, will I do it again next year? I don’t see why not. It might be a problem though if once again, Otakuthon, Anime Revolution and the festival are all on the same week-end…

Here’s the video of my performances.

You can see my photo gallery on the Omatsuri Facebook Page here!

 

Omatsuri 2013 – Calgary Japanese Festival

I have been involved with the Calgary Japanese Festival “Omatsuri” since its first event, in 2011. Back then, all I did was showing up in the morning and manage the DRINK table all day with my husband Mark and another volunteer called Lucia. It was actually a lot of fun and the day went by super quickly.

For the second year, I decided to be more involved and create and host the website for the festival, plus opening a Facebook page and a Twitter account.  However, shortly after that, I was invited to be a performing Guest at Anime Revolution which was the same week-end as the Omatsuri 2012. I couldn’t let go this opportunity so I kept volunteering for the festival but only for its online presence.

Last January, I attended the first meeting for the Omatsuri 2013 to get the heads up and everything I needed to update the website for the next event. The committee was short of a director for the programing and entertainment. I am not sure what happened at that moment but I volunteered for the position. I thought it would be the best opportunity for me to enhance my organizational and event managing skills. After Anime North Idol and all the other fandom events I had been involved with in the past, I was pretty sure I was equipped to manage such an important part of the festival. Unfortunately, it also meant that I needed to turn down a new invitation from Anime Revolution.

Ever since, I have been working countless hours to reach out to performers and groups, and even organize a Jpop Talent show featuring several singers from Alberta. I have created Application Forms, shared my input during meetings, made several changes to the website and actively promoted the festival on all platforms. I also went through foot surgery while doing all this, but that’s another story :)

I must admit that being a Director hasn’t been as easy as I thought it would be. I had to deal with people who would take weeks to reply to emails or would play “hard to get” after being invited to perform. One third of the volunteers assigned to my team never replied to my emails. Some people even told me to give up and walk away – but with persistence and diplomacy, I was able to get enough people on board to establish a solid outdoor entertainment schedule for the festival.

Did I said that I will also be singing at the Jpop Talent Show? Look forward to it. It will be great :)

Today, we are one month away from the event and I am more in control then ever. I have accomplished enough that I shouldn’t need to work on important details “last minute”. I plan on attending Animethon the week-end before the Omatsuri and enter my daughter Kara in the Cosplay Contest with her (improved) Sailor Moon costume. Did I ever said that I was a Judge for the very first cosplay competition at Animethon back in 2000? :)

See you there!

HEILEEN 3 New Horizons released – and therefore, the theme song as well ;)

Few months ago, I announced that I had been chosen as the vocalist for the theme song of the visual novel game HEILEEN 3.

You can read the post about it HERE.

The game was officially released a few days ago (Heileen.com) and so the song in the demo video posted on Youtube!

Comments and reviews have been very good so far and a lot of people are enjoying the game already :)

 

The original song is scheduled to appear on iTunes in January 2013. A French version (writen by Damien Tremollet aka YOTA) will also be recorded early 2013.

 

New Horizons debuted at Vancouver’s Anime Revolution last August 2012 and will also be performed live at Gatineau’s Ganime in January 2013 !

 

 

 

Irulanne’s cover of Sailor Moon’s CARRY ON also available for download :)

Few months ago, CHORALE SAILOR PRODUCTION was reborn for the fandub of the battle between Queen Beryl against Princess Serenity. I recorded the song CARRY ON with the karaoke generously provided by friend musician Philip Rivard who had recreated the music especially for my Sailor Moon 20th anniversary panel performance :)

The fandub is available on youtube, as well as the live performance(s) of the song. You can also download my cover on the DOWNLOAD page of this site ^_^

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ENJOY !

Anime Revolution is… tomorrow!

Hello everyone !

I am currently packing up for Anime Revolution as we speak. So much to do in so little time !

Although it is not my first time singing live at a convention, the show “Animusica” at AR will be my very first solo performance. I am overwhelmed with feelings of excitement, bliss, happiness but also… fear and anxiety. I have worked extremely hard in the last few months, rehearsing non-stop to learn several musical numbers in Japanese and in English and to be ready for this special day. Although the convention is covering some of the basics of my stay (food, lodging…) I am not paid to perform – nor are most of the Guests that are coming from the Fandom. I am doing this because I love to sing and share my passion of Jpop and Anime music.

And I believe I am doing pretty good at it.

I am not Japanese and I don’t pretend to be one. I am my own person with my own voice – and I hope you can come to my show and enjoy what I have to offer.

Also, I was asked several times to provide photos for autograph sessions in past events. However, prints are expensive to make (between $3 and $4 each – if you don’t believe me, look around for the cost of 8 x 10 enlargments…). This is why my Anime Revolution prints are for sale at $5 with only 20 available for purchase. I will be the most happy girl in the world if you come talk to me during the week-end.

In the meantime, I have to go. I may be able to rehearse a little bit more after I put my daughter to bed…

See you at the con.

Happy Anime Revolution !

Irulanne :-)

 

Schedule for Anime Revolution – Updates

The convention is in 9 days and the official schedule as been released this morning !

There is soo much to do and soo much to see during the convention but I hope you’ll find a few minutes during the week-end to come see me perform and say Hi ! while I’m in the exhibition hall for autograph and such ! :)

FRIDAY – August 17th

  • 11:00am – OP Ceremony
  • 12:30pm – Anime Revolution Idol Round #1 (as a Guest Judge)
  • 3:00pm – Autograph session w/ Mark Nguyen (asking $5 for my own prints, otherwise autographs are free)

SATURDAY – August 18th

  • 10:00am – Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Event (performing)
  • 1:00pm –  Autograph session and photo ! (asking $5 for my own prints, otherwise autographs are free)
  • 4:00pm – Anime Revolution Idol Round #2 (as a Guest Judge)

SUNDAY – August 19th

  • 2:00pm – ANIMUSICA – An anime and Jpop Concert (performing)
  • 4:30pm – Autograph session and photo ! (asking $5 for my own prints, otherwise autographs are free)
  • 5:30pm – ED Ceremony and Idol final round (As a Guest Judge)

 

I HAVE NO PLAN TO BRING CDs at the convention – as I don’t want to get myself – or anyone else – in trouble for distributing non-licensed songs. However, if anyone would like to ORDER a compilation CD, I will glady take individual orders and bring them to the con to give them to you personally. I ask $5 per CD. Thank you :) SEE YOU THERE !

My tentative schedule for Anime Revolution !

Hey gang, another update regarding Anime Revolution !

I received my tentative schedule of events and appareances through out the week-end.

Please come see me and say Hi ! I don’t bite and I really appreciate everyone’s support :)

FRIDAY – August 17th

  • 11:00am – OP Ceremony
  • 12:30pm – Anime Revolution Idol Round #1 (as a Guest Judge)
  • 5:00pm – Autograph session and photo ! (asking $5 for my own prints, otherwise autographs are free)

SATURDAY – August 18th

  • 10:00am – Sailor Moon 20th Anniversary Event (performing)
  • 4:00pm – Anime Revolution Idol Round #3 (as a Guest Judge)

SUNDAY – August 19th

  • 2:00pm – ANIMUSICA – An anime and Jpop Concert (performing)
  • 3:30pm – Autograph session and photo ! (asking $5 for my own prints, otherwise autographs are free)
  • 5:30pm – ED Ceremony and Idol final round (As a Guest Judge)

 

I HAVE NO PLAN TO BRING CDs at the convention – as I don’t want to get myself – or anyone else – in trouble for distributing non-licensed songs. However, if anyone would like to ORDER a compilation CD, I will glady take individual orders and bring them to the con to give them to you personally. I ask $5 per CD. Thank you :) SEE YOU THERE !

Potential outfits for Anime Revolution !

Hello everyone !

Only 5 weeks left before Anime Revolution and I am slowly getting ready for the convention !

I am not your typical convention guest – or that pretty cosplayer with the perfect costume, make up, wig and shoes and who’s walking around all day with an aura of confidence and the perfect smile for hallway photos… I am the tomboy type, the hard working girl that honnestly, prefer to trouble-shooting at an event than to be in the spotlight. Let’s face it, I’ve had trouble all my life to wear dresses or anything girly – and don’t talk to me about putting make up and comb my hair! But I have been working (and trying) extra hard lately to prepare an appropriate “image” for the convention and make myself worthy of the attention. I have carefully selected different outfits that I hope are representing WHO I AM and that are making me feel comfortable during the whole week-end.

Here they are:

1. This is part of a new collection at Fansplusfriend and I consider it like a Goth Loli Chinese-inspired outfit. I’ve bought the gloves on Ebay and the headpiece on Fansplusfriends as well separately. I intend to wear this outfit during ANIMUSICA – my jpop show.

2. We have called this outfit the “Dragon Kimono” because of the dragons on the arm and the front piece. It’s a favorite among my friends – perhaps because it reveals more skin ;) Bought on eBay. There are other colors if you look for the same design. I’ll probably wear this outfit the Friday or the Saturday of the con.

 

3. My superb Lolita Kimono from Fansplusfriend that I bought back in 2010 for Otakuthon. The colors and craftmanship of this costume are just spectacular. I plan on wearing this Saturday during the special Sailor Moon event !