What’s that?  It’s AnimeNext Karaoke! Here we celebrate our fandom through song. This year brings back our traditional contest and the return of the Karaoke Roulette game (with a new coat of paint), and of course our Open Mic.  

Contest registration goes live on April 13th, 2019
Contest registration Link:  https://form.jotform.com/90878138742165

AnimeNext Karaoke Contest Rules:

  1. Professional singers and AnimeNext staff are not permitted to compete.  A professional singer is defined as one who is paid to perform or has been represented at any time by any record label.

  2. All performers must sing to music.  You may not lip synch. You may not sing a capella.  All submitted music tracks must have the main vocals removed. You will be asked to provide your music at the time you register.  We will not be taking at-door registrations this year.

    Alternatively, you, or a friend, may accompany your voice with a non-percussive, acoustic instrument but you are responsible for your own equipment and you do not gain any advantage over a singer who brings an mp3.

  3. All songs not from an anime or Japanese video game MUST be in an Asian language.  This includes Vocaloid songs. Multilingual songs with no anime or video game ties must favor Asian languages by at least 75%.

    Songs MAY be sung in a non-Asian language if it is 

    1. an opening or ending theme from an anime or Japanese video game; AND

    2. from the official Japanese release
      An anime/video game image song released for Asian audiences.
      A song that an anime/video game character sings within the show. The song MUST be from the official Japanese release and appear in the show/game in its entirety. Not as a shoutout or reference.

      Alternate language examples of what would be allowed this year includes:

      “Walk Like an Egyptian” (Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders) – Original Anime ED

      “Red Fraction” (Black Lagoon) – Original Anime OP

      “Blumenkranz” (Kill la Kill) – Original Anime Image Song

      “Jump Up Super Star” (Super Mario Odyssey) – Used prominently in the original Japanese release.

      “I’ve Got A Feeling” (Beck: Mongolian Chop Squad) – A character performs the entire song in the original anime broadcast.

      Alternate language examples of what is NOT allowed include:

      Any dub version of an anime/game theme.

      Any original anime/game music produced for a non-Asian audience. (This includes the “Pokemon Theme” from Pokemon: Indigo League, “Rock the Dragon,” from Dragonball Z etc.)

      “Simple and Clean” (Kingdom Hearts) – Not from the original Japanese release.

  4. Rule 4?  Never heard of it.

  5. We have a hard time limit of 8 minutes.  Songs over 5 minutes will be reviewed by the staff for content.  Six-minute ballads are welcome. Six-minute guitar solos are not.  If Rule 3 got you pumped because now you can FINALLY sing “Roundabout”, we recommend using a radio edit.

  6. All songs must be memorized.

  7. I repeat there will be NO at-door registration this year.  All entrants must register ahead of time and must provide their music at the time of registration.  Entrants will be accepted first come first served. The first 20 signups will have a spot in the contest.  The next 3 will be put on a waitlist. People DO drop out as we get closer to con so don’t be discouraged if you get waitlisted..

  8. The contest, in its entirety, is to be kept at a PG-13 level. The staff, at their discretion, may decide that some songs can be performed only once during the show or not at all.

  9. While we make every effort to make sure all rules are followed, it is possible to have something slip through the cracks. If an oversight gets as far as the contest itself we will still allow you to perform your song in its entirety, but you will be disqualified from earning prizes. You are responsible for reading the rules and adhering to them.

  10. The AnimeNext Karaoke Staff reserves the right to further change these rules as necessary.  All decisions made by the Head of Karaoke are final.

Open Mic Rules and Etiquette

The rules for open mic are more relaxed than the contest. You are welcome to sing with lyric sheets, to music that retains the original vocals, and in any language you like. This year we will have a library of anime/game/Jpop/Jrock songs that you can choose from; however, you should still bring your favorite tunes to sing to just in case we don’t have it.

Due to the popularity of open mic, final call for signups will be 1 hour before closing time. No new signups will be taken 30 minutes before closing time. We cannot guarantee anyone who signs up in the final hour of an open mic block will have a chance to sing.

Singers will be placed in the order of first come first served. You may only have one song in the queue at any time during open mic. You must sing your first song before you can get in line to sing a second.

Singers who miss their first call will be bumped back to the third slot in the queue for a second chance. If they miss their second call, they will be removed from the queue.

For logistical reasons, the open mic queue will be wiped clean at the end of every block and staff will be unable to take new requests until the block is officially reopened.

Every year there are a few attendees who would like to sing a song that contains strong language because it is relevant to their cosplay, or their fandom, or they composed it themselves.  Rather than impose a prohibition on strong language during open mic we will relax things during the evening hours and accept requests, at our discretion, for songs with more explicit lyrics starting at 8pm.  The staff still reserves the right to postpone, or reject, any song request during the entirety of the open mic block. All decisions made by the Head of Karaoke are final.

But wait!  There’s more!

KARAOKE ROULETTE STRIKES BACK!Last year was a good first run.  But this year we’re rolling out Version 2.0 with a few more changes. 
No judges.  No pre-registration process.  Just fun (hopefully).

How to Enter:

  1. Enter Karaoke Room
  2. Approach the staff table
  3. Write your name on a slip of paper
  4. Insert paper into the [container] of Fate

That’s it!  You’re in the game!  What happens next is up to how many points you put into your Luck stat.  If your name is called, you automatically win a prize! 
Oh…but you also have to go on stage. 
How to Play:

  1. Draw 3 Character Cards
  2. Draw 3 Song Cards
  3. Ponder the hand Fate has dealt you and choose one Character and one Song
  4. Perform one verse and one chorus (the length of an average anime OP) of your selected Song in the best imitation of your selected Character

“But I don’t know any Japanese!” you say.  We got you covered with Anime and Western pools to pull options from.  If you would like to limit your choices to this side of the planet, we will accommodate that.  Also…we have chosen our words very carefully when we say “perform”. If you draw Link as a character, you may forgo organized language entirely and “HYEEEH!” your way through your song instead.

Don’t like what you drew?  You can draw two more additional Song cards AND Character cards.  We can also try to provide a sound sample of a Character if you wish.

STILL don’t like what you drew?  That’s okay! We may be crazy but we’re not monsters.  If you really are not comfortable with your options, you can call on someone in the audience to act as your Champion and do the song on your behalf.  Your Champion gets to perform the crossover of their dreams and you still get to keep your prize!  It’s a win-win!

Running late?  You’re only late if you miss the show!  You can put your name into the [container] of Fate up until the end of the game.

Like to take another spin at the wheel?  If the [container] of Fate is emptied before the game ends, we’ll refill it and start over!

Judges?  Not here!  This is a non-judged event and anyone can play (even staff).  We’re all in this mess together.

Finally…no matter what event you are participating in be an encouraging presence to all singers and have fun.  YOU are what makes our little corner of the con such a positive and amazing place. We can’t wait to see all of you again! 

Questions? Suggestions?  Email karaoke@animenext.org