Shimizu Saki has just revealed in the last concert of their ~Beri Kou Fesu!~ tour that Berryz Koubou will perform at Sakura Con in Seattle, Washington next April.
The news was confirmed by the official Sakura Con site which added them as guests. Here is the info from the profile:
All girl super group Berryz Kobo originally hails from Hello! Project and consists of Saki Shimizu, Momoko Tsugunaga, Chinami Tokunaga, Maasa Sudo, Miyabi Natsuyaki, Yurina Kumai and Risako Sugaya. With 7 Albums and 24 singles to their credit, Berryz Kobo’s first North American appearance is a dream come true for many fans.
Berryz Kobo had their debut single, “Anata nashi dewa ikite ikenai” on Girls Day (March 3rd) in 2004, and have been consistently impressing fans ever since. There are many highlights to their 6+ year history, including their 2005 Oricon top 10 hit “Special Generation”. In 2007, Berryz Kobo gave sold out performances in the Saitama Super Arena (20,000 seats), becoming the youngest band to perform in this arena with an average age below 14 years. One year later, they won the Best Newcomer Award at the Asia song Festival in South Korea and then the Nihon Yuusen Taishou Award for their cover song of “Dschinghis Khan”. In March 2010, Berryz Kobo was the first all girl Japanese group to perform in Bangkok Thailand. Their latest single “Shining Power”, released on November 10th is an ending theme for the anime “Inazuma Eleven”. Berryz Kobo are excited to perform in the USA for their international fans!
Berryz Kobo appear courtesy of Up Front Agency and Japanfiles.com
I am excited and surprised to hear about the announcement since I thought that more US appearances for the rest of the H!P groups would come a bit later next year, but I’m glad to see that they will appear at Sakura Con next April since it gives fans from the US a chance to finally see Berryz Koubou without having to go to another country.
For now the guest list at Sakura Con features mostly voice actors and another band (exist trace, an all-female Visual Kei band) with an annual attendance of about 18,000, but it will hopefully rise up a few thousand more with Berryz attendance.
I suggest fans who live around the area or who want to attend to start planning out their trip since it will most likely be a highly attended event by Berryz Koubou fans from around the world (basing on the reaction to their Thailand concert).
Overall I am extremely excited and happy to see that Berryz Koubou will finally perform in the US since there are many fans here who haven’t gotten a chance to see them perform, and since it’s at a highly attended anime convention there will most likely be at least a few anime fans who give Berryz Koubou a listen and become fans themselves.
After their performance in Thailand it’s great that they are expanding into the rest of the world by performing in the US, and hopefully we can soon see other groups performing here as well since it would be great if all H!P fans from around the world get to see their favorite group perform, but for now I’m extremely happy to see that Berryz Koubou will attend Sakura Con.
There is audio of the announcement at the end of the post so I suggest fans listen to the announcement so they have a clear idea of what Captain said (and to hear Kibou no Yoru).
The event will be held from April 22 – 24.
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