From the home-grown to the world-renouned, The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational plays host to the most eclectic set of guests & performers Asian culture fandom has ever seen! With "Brand-New Debuts", TAKII fans are introduced to the newest celebs in our midst through detailed bios, personal quotes, multimedia presentations, & more. While being a "Brand-New Debut" would mean that they haven't ever been a guest, or performer at a season of TAKII, this special brand of collective talents are always more than ready to get their feet wet & hands dirty as they celebrate Asian culture fandom "to the extreme" with their most passionate admirers, TAKII fanatics! For TAKII 16, "the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival" says "HAJIMEMASHITE" to some very special guests & performers:
The Asterplace is a Tokyo Melodic Core & Japanese Anime Rock Band from Japan, based in New York City. Their band name "The Asterplace" means "creating beautiful music like a flower that blossoms every year", accurately describing their unique sound. As the sun shines to the world, as the moon glows in the midnight sky, The Asterplace plays music worldwide & has an impressive roster of appearances & performances around the globe to match. They have performed not only at New York's famous live venues like The Studio, Webstar Hall, & Arliene’s Grocery, but also at several huge festivals & cons like DC Sakura Matsuri, Tribecca Film Festival, Tora Con, & many others. Their global conquest of spreading J-Rock love with an anime-infused twist wouldn't be complete, however, without a performance at "the house of hardcore Asian music", The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational!
Making their official Philly, PA debut at TAKII 16 ~Cho-ho-ho-cobo~, The Asterplace will be part of an amazing cast of performers for a J-Rock themed "Makenai: Fusion Charity Benefit Concert", singing some of their greatest hits & taking live requests from the TAKII fanatics in attendance. And in keeping with TAKII's tradition of bringing distinguished guests closer to the fans than any like-minded festival/con around, they will also be taking part in a wide variety of our festivities for the season, including our star-studded "TAKII 16 Show". That is not all, as for the 1st time ever, The Asterplace will be collaborating with D-chan to remix each of their distinct Asian Music styles LIVE on stage for the ultimate BATTLE OF THE BANDS-eque performance that will have fans spilling out into the streets of Philly as they are overcome with Asian vocal music euphoria!! "Words can't express how honored we are to have The Asterplace perform for the fans of The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational at our 16th season celebration", says D-chan (Asian vocal musician & Founder of TAKII). "You can't make it big in the music industry unless you have left your mark in Philly & TAKII was the perfect place to have The Asterplace make their debut in "the city of brotherly love", Philadelphia. They have so many surprises in store & can't wait to J-Rock the foundation of this Asian fusion festival at TAKII 16 ~Cho-ho-ho-cobo~!"
"Greetings & salutations -- we are +2Comedy", says this compedy troupe's crew. "+2 Comedy is a unique comedy trio unlike anything currently in the stand-up comedy world. This original form of stand-up comedy is created solely for nerds, by nerds. We touch on (or gratuitously grope) such topics as Star Wars, video games, comic books, anime, D&D, & much more (limited only by....nothing ^_^). We are well-traveled festival & convention veterans who are ready to take on the challenge of The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational!"
....or are they? The TRUE question for these kids is, are they truly ready for the passionate force that is the TAKII Family? The SAME TAKII Family that gave you "happy endings" with fun-noodles? The SAME TAKII Family that idolizes grown men in wedding dresses? The SAME TAKII Family that heralds heroes along the lines of a stilt-walking Jack Skellington, AX Idol champions, unwashed gaming masses, & J-Rock stars? When the forces that are +2Comedy & "the world's most extreme Asian culture fusion festival" collide, we guarantee that things will never....& we mean NEEEEEEEEVER....be the same....AGAIIIIIIIIN!
Officially christened at Otakon 2012, the Manly Battleships is a fun-loving group of guys & gals that swashbuckles their way up & down the east coast convention circuit. A mixture of veteran panelists, seasoned con attendees, & rough-&-ready programmers, the Fleet splits its time between performing amazing feats of panelistic genius & partying it up with other people at the convention scene. Ever mindful of their powerful abilities, the Fleet covers everything from the seriously academic, to the fun gameshow, to the downright absurd. A perfect fit for The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational indeed!
The Manly Battleships will be featured prominently in TAKII 16 ~Cho-ho-ho-cobo~'s slate of "X-Treme X-Posé" panels as a part of our "Omake Festivities". "We are always looking for way to take our fusion festival to the next level & the Many Battleships was the perfect group to bring on-board" says D-chan. "For many seasons we have had home-grown panelists take to our stage in their own quest for TAKII infamy. Now we kick things up a notch by inviting the professional hijinx of these panelists extraordinaire." And out of a possible 16+ panels the Manly Battleships were prepared to do, Team TAKII Coordinators had to whittle it down to their top 6 choices. "We've invited these con-panel swashbucklers to produce some of their best-known programs, including "Gameshow Impossibru", "Convention Survivor", "Dr. Strangedub", & much more (that must be seen to be believed). TAKII 16 can't come soon enough as we welcome the Many Battleships into the loving, passionate, glomping arms of the TAKII Family!"