Anime Expo, the biggest anime and Japanese popular culture conference in North America returned to the Los Angeles Conference Heart, final weekend.
“Travis Japan,” a Japanese boy band group, had a Q&A panel dialogue and carried out songs and dances in the course of the closing ceremony of Anime Expo, offering a superb expertise.
Travis Japan is a track & dance leisure group from Tokyo, managed by the legendary Johnny & Associates. In March 2022, they moved base to Hollywood, Los Angeles to enhance their dancing, singing, and language abilities. Travis Japan received third place on the WOD (World of Dance) dance competitors in March 2022.
They’re beginning to present a exceptional efficiency within the U.S. We performed an unique interview with Travis Japan.
– How was your expertise at Anime Expo?
Shime: We participated within the “Travis Japan Fan Q&A!” panel dialogue and the closing ceremony. I had a good time at Anime Expo! I like anime too, however I by no means knew that there are individuals abroad who like anime a lot.
Noel: I’m an enormous anime fan and have attended Japan’s Comedian Market and the Hakurei-jinja Shrine Pageant. Anime Expo is an annual gathering of anime followers, so it is a very energetic and energetic occasion. I used to be so blissful to carry out at such an important occasion! The Anime Expo was held for the primary time in 3 years, I used to be amazed by the attendees’ power! We have been honored to carry out on the closing ceremony.
G: It was such a pleasure to take part within the Anime Expo! Now we have been finding out English and dance within the U.S. as we dream of worldwide stardom. Acting at this occasion was a superb alternative to check our progress. We made our greatest effort to serve on the closing ceremony stage. We tried to do our greatest efficiency as a result of lots of people visiting noticed us for the primary time.
All: In fact, I find it irresistible!
Chaka: One among our massive targets is to sing the theme track of an anime. Prior to now, we appeared on the duvet of the manga Weekly Younger Soar with the cosplay of Golden Kamuy and GANTZ. The capturing was nice enjoyable.
– If right this moment was your final day, which animation would you want to look at once more?
Shizu: My favourite anime is One Piece. It’s sacred for me, and I can say that it is filled with life classes. Luffy, the primary character, lives freely and I’m impressed by him a lot. We’re members of seven and try each day so there are lots of locations the place I sympathize with the characters. I used to be so excited to see there was an enormous exhibit of One Piece on the Anime Expo!
Chaka: After I joined the “JUJUTSU KAISEN With the Workers” occasion, I used to be shocked that every one followers appeared delighted to look at the anime PV.
G: My favourite anime is Inazuma Eleven. After I was a baby, I needed to be a soccer participant. Endou Mamoru is the primary protagonist of the unique Inazuma Eleven sequence. He’s passionate, and I’m impressed by him and his teammates.
Noel: The anime I need to watch on my final day is My Hero Academia. I bought a personality determine at Anime Expo. Each scene is filled with laughter and tears, it is likely one of the anime that I need to watch many times.
Shime: The anime I need to watch on my final day is Assault on Titan. I used to be absorbed into the story and forgot about time when watching it.
Machu: I just like the Dragon Ball sequence. I learn the manga and likewise watched the animation. After I was a baby, my mates and I made Dragon Balls with paper and performed “seek for Dragon Balls”. I need to watch Dragon Ball once more, remembering these blissful recollections.
Umi: I need to watch Evangelion and Haikyu. They’re completely different sorts of animation, however each are my favourite! Particularly, Evangelion made me grow to be a fan of anime, so I’ve particular emotions about it. Additionally, it makes me really feel good when watching Haikyu.
– What anime track makes you’re feeling nostalgic?
Chaka: After I hearken to Naruto’s theme track, it makes me really feel nostalgic. Particularly, I really like “GO!!!”. Additionally, “Viva★Rock” remind me of recollections from elementary faculty.
Machu: I like Naruto’s theme track too. My favourite track is “Hero’s Come Again!!”
Noel: Yeah, I agree that every one of Naruto’s theme songs go away an impression.
Shizu: I used to be impressed by the video of “We’re!”, launched in 2021, in commemoration of the TV anime One Piece reaching 1,000 episodes. I’ve been watching One Piece since preschool, so it made me really feel like we each grew up collectively.
– How did you’re feeling while you obtained third place at WOD, which was your first achievement after coming to the U.S? What was the sensation that you just gathered in Japan?
Machu: I used to be truthfully blissful! That was good, however I needed to get first place, so I’ll make extra efforts, pushed by remorse.
Chaka: WOD’s (World of Dance) expertise is certainly one of my memorable days as a result of this occasion was the primary time to carry out since we got here to the U.S. As this might be our begin, we mentioned one another and created a dance giving out 100% of what we might do. In the long run, not solely we received third place within the Staff Division, but additionally obtained the awards for Finest Costume and Crowd Favourite.
I noticed that our achievement was extremely evaluated within the U.S, and this expertise results in my confidence. After that, we proceed to observe dancing and voice coaching. It’s been about 3 months since we got here to the U.S., and we will certainly attempt our greatest on the finals once more, utilizing our expertise of what we discovered up to now!
– Did you’re feeling any distinction between the dance ranges?
Noel: Sure. In Japan, exact actions are required to be excellent, however within the U.S., it doesn’t must be precisely the identical if the grooves are the identical. As a substitute, this brings a powerful presence. We need to grasp each of the methods, and grow to be a unique group!
– Please say just a few phrases for followers around the globe.
Chaka: We would like your life to be happier by seeing Travis Japan. I at all times consider followers. Do you could have a smile in your face, do you could have any worries? As a result of I need your smile each day, I turned an “idol.” We need to make extra individuals pleased with our efficiency and phrases so we’ve got come to the US to check, prepare, and work tougher. I might be blissful in case you might develop and revel in this course of of constructing our goals come true.
Noel: I’ll promise that we’ll grow to be a powerful and nice worldwide idol group. We need to be a bunch that followers get pleasure from being our followers and speaking about us. Please keep secure and wholesome.
G: We’re rising a lot proper now. I hope you’ll develop with Travis Japan, and we are able to make our goals come true collectively.
Editor: Misako Imai
Author: Minami Kuroda