TAKII 5 ~Shin Seiki (Neon Genesis)~ took place on April 5th-6th, 2008 & was ground-breaking in many ways. Among them, however, was that it had the sole distinction of being the 1st festival of its kind in the Greater Philadelphia Region to go multiple days!!!! This season's theme design was inspired by Shin Seiki Evangelion (Neon Genesis Evangelion), with the theme song being "Zankoku Na Tenshi no Theze (Cruel Angel's Thesis)", by Takahashi Youko (from the same show). Featuring a weekend-long celebration of Evangelion, former world karaoke champions (in Mandy Mefford, from Anime Expo), charitable offerings to ASIAC (AIDS Services In Asian Communities), & plenty more, the hordes of humanity that descended upon "the most extreme Asian culture fusion festival" was a sight to be seen.
Out of any other season of this fusion festival to come before it, TAKII 5 ~Shin Seiki (Neon Genesis)~ proved not only to be the most involved to put together, but the most rewarding!! From collectors programs to professionalized schedules, from unique audio/visual programming to massive outreach, TAKII 5 accomplished all that it set out to do & raised the bar of extreme excellence moving forward. The spirit that this season of The Asian Karaoke Idol Invitational embodied brought together hundreds of people from all backgrounds, ages, & affiliations, among them The Philly Otaku (TPO), who TAKII is proud to say are one of our most enthusiastic club supporters ever! While taking in everything that we accomplished this season, it wasn't long before we announced plans for & started working on our next season, TAKII 6 ~NintenDecision 2008~!