February 3, 2005
News for Anime Boston 2005:
Yoko Ishida to perform in concert at Anime Boston 2005
Mention "Yoko Ishida" and fans will think of her remarkably beautiful voice that has glowingly enhanced the opening and closing credits of many popular anime shows. Singing has always come naturally for the vocalist/songwriter, from her childhood days to the time she was discovered at an anime singer contest. That early breakthrough opportunity got Yoko into the music industry and eventually resulted in her pro debut song, "Maiden's Policy" for the Sailor Moon R TV series.
Blessed with an endearing, expressive singer's voice and a dynamic range, Yoko was selected as the featured vocalist on Geneon Japan's Para Para Max CD series. From there, she emerged as one of the anime industrys' most prolific and outstanding female singers, performing the memorable theme songs to series such as Pretear, A Little Snow Fairy Sugar, Ai Yori Aoshi, Petite Princess Yucie, Gunparade March, Ai Yori Aoshi~Enishi~ and Texhnolyze. Yoko's first solo album, "sweets," was unveiled in 2003, and had the unique distinction of being released both in Japan and the U.S. that same year to anime fans.
In 2004, Yoko's popularity skyrocketed even higher, as she performed the theme song to the new GAINAX series, This Ugly and Beautiful World and launched the "Hyper Yocomix" album, featuring popular anime songs set to a Eurobeat mix. Yoko was "discovered" once again, this time by a U.S. video game producer, who had attended her summer concert and presented her the opportunity to perform the ending theme song, "Foolish Dreams" on Vivendi Universal Games' Red Ninja: End of Honor. When she's not practicing in a studio, Yoko can be found as an assistant host for a popular radio broadcast program (Okui Masami Kiss 3) with friend and colleague Masami Okui.
With her recent theme song performance for the new Ah! My Goddess TV series and her next anticipated album, "Yoko Ishida - All of Me") set for release in Japan on March 2005 (and May 2005 in the U.S.), Yoko continues to be a stand out performer/entertainer whose success can be directly linked to both her musical talents and her loyal fans.
About Anime Boston:
Anime Boston, held annually in Boston, Massachusetts, is the largest Japanese animation convention in New England. The three-day event will be held April 29 through May 1, 2005 at the Hynes Convention Center and Sheraton Boston Hotel. Anime Boston 2005's comprehensive programming schedule includes video screenings, a dealers' room, concert, masquerade, art show, artists' alley, game shows, music video contest, karaoke, dances, video games, role-playing games, panels hosted by fans, industry representatives and special guests, and more. More information about Anime Boston is available at www.animeboston.com.
About The New England Anime Society:
Founded in 2001, The New England Anime Society Inc. is a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization dedicated to furthering public education and understanding of the Japanese language and culture through visual and written media. More information about The New England Anime Society is available at www.neanime.org.