66th Kohaku Uta Gassen features anime special

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For the first time ever, Japan’s annual Kohaku Uta Gassen will premiere a special “Anime Kohaku” section! Kohaku Uta Gassen is Japan’s biggest and most popular show, taking place on New Year’s Eve to welcome in the new year. It features a red (female) team and a white (male) team competing in a singing contest. For musical artists, it is one of the highest honors to be invited to perform for this competition.

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Maruko

Whisper

Whisper

Program hosts are Tetsuko Kuroyanagi and Yumiko Udo, with Haruka Ayase as host for the Red Team and Yoshihiko Inohara for the White Team. This year, for the anime portion, Maruko (Chibi Maruko-chan) will be “host” for the Red Team, while Whisper (Yokai Watch) will be “host” for the White Team.

Some of the anime performances include:

  • Moonlight Densetsu (Sailor Moon) – AKB48
  • Mezase Pokemon Master (Pokemon) – Golden Bomber
  • Tobe! Gundam (Mobile Suit Gundam) – TOKIO
  • Zankoku na enshi no Teze (Neon Genesis Evangelion) – Sayuri Ishikawa and miwa
  • Odoru Ponpokorin (Chibi Maruko-chan) – E-Girls and Sakurako Ohara
  • Geragerapo no Uta (Yokai Watch) – King Cream Soda and Yo-Kai
  • Tetsuwan Atom (Astro Boy) – all, feat V6
  • Orphans no Namida (Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans) – MISIA
  • Sore wa Bokutachi no Kiseki (Love Live! School idol project) – μ’s

Other notable artists who have performed anime songs and are scheduled this year, including BUMP OF CHICKEN, Superfly, Nogizaka46, Sekai No Owari, YUZU, X Japan, EXILE, AAA, and more.

As revealed by NHK, the 52 artists competing this year are listed below, separated by teams with the number of past appearances in parenthesis:

Red Team:

  • Sakurako Ohara (1)
  • Natsuko Godai (22)
  • Nogizaka46 (1)
  • E-girls (3)
  • Fuyumi Sakamoto (27)
  • μ’s (1)
  • AAA (6)
  • Aya Shimazu (2)
  • Ayako Fuji (21)
  • miwa (3)
  • Akiko Wada (39)
  • Yoshimi Tendō (20)
  • NMB48 (3)
  • Kaori Mizumori (13)
  • Ikimono-gakari (8)
  • Ringo Sheena (3)
  • AKB48 (8)
  • Superfly (1)
  • Kana Nishino (6)
  • Sayuri Ishikawa (38)
  • Perfume (8)
  • MISIA
  • Rebecca (1)
  • Miki Imai (2)
  • Mariko Takahashi (3)
  • Seiko Matsuda (19)

White Team:

  • Hiromi Go (28)
  • Sexy Zone (3)
  • Hiroshi Miyama (1)
  • SEKAI NO OWARI (2)
  • Hideaki Tokunaga (10)
  • Keisuke Yamauchi (1)
  • Gen Hoshino (1)
  • Gesu no Kiwami Otome (1)
  • YUZU (6)
  • Kiyoshi Hikawa (16)
  • Takashi Hosokawa (39)
  • KANJANI∞ (4)
  • Sandaime J Soul Brothers (4)
  • Masaharu Fukuyama (8)
  • TOKIO (22)
  • Arashi (7)
  • EXILE (11)
  • Golden Bomber (4)
  • BUMP OF CHICKEN (1)
  • Hiroshi Itsuki (45)
  • V6 (2)
  • X Japan (6)
  • Akihiro Miwa (4)
  • SMAP (23)
  • Shinichi Mori (48)
  • Masahiko Kondo (10)

The program will run from 7:15PM-11:45PM on the NHK-General channel. (I normally catch it at 7PM PST on Dec 31st. Check your TV Guidebooks to confirm!)

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A Los Angeles based writer, she has been a long time fan of anime and manga, film, and music.

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