Daigo Umehara's Event Schedule 2015

- Canada Cup's Master Series [January 9-11]
- 5th Niconico Shotenkaigi [January 18]
- Yonpahi radio show [January 23]
- 6th Niconico Shotenkaigi [January 25]
- Taipei Game Show [Jan 31]
- Tokaigi 2015 [Feb 1]

Monday, April 1, 2013

[April Fools] Persona 4 Music Band to perform at Evo 2013

It's confirmed today that Persona 4 Music Band will perform at Evolution 2013 on July 14.

The fighting game Persona 4: Arena was chosen to be 1 of the 8 titles in Evo this year and the game publisher Atlus will show their support by sending the band to perform at the world's biggest fighting game tournament.

Persona 4: Arena (known as Persona 4: The Ultimate in Mayonaka Arena in Japan) had sold more than 130,000 copies in its first week in Japan, making it the best selling conventional fighting game in the past 4 years in the country.

The soundtracks of Persona 4 series is one of the most famous of its genre. Despite most of the songs being English, all of the soundtrack CDs combined have sold over 100,000 copies in Japan. The arrange album in 2011 was top of the weekly sales chart, which is very rare for a game OST. The band in charge of the music performance is Persona 4 Music Band. The vocalists are Shihoko Hirata (most of Persona 4 songs) and Yumi Kawamura (Persona 3 songs). Last year, they had their own concert and were selected to perform in Animelo Summer Live 2012 (the world's biggest anime song concert).

Video: Hirata (miniskirt) and Kawamura singing Key Plus Words (Persona 4: The Animation 2nd opening)

Atlus is known for showing a lot of supports for North America. They're one of a few Japanese developers who continue to localize niche games. The games also often come with pre-order bonus soundtrack CD.

Evolution 2013 will be held between July 12-14 at Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino.

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