Grab the mic and take the stage in an all new venue.  Karaoke is back and better than ever!  Now with expanded open mic hours, new songs, and 100% more lyrics screen.  Join us for the show where you are the star!


Click here to register for this year’s karaoke contest.  Contest registration goes live on April 30th.  Please read through the following rules as things have changed from the previous year. Please contact karaoke@animenext.org with any questions.


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.  


Songs MAY be sung in English (or any other language) if it is an opening or ending theme from an anime or Japanese video game AND from the official Japanese release.


Alternate language anime/video game image songs released for Asian audiences are allowed regardless of language.  Alternate language songs that an anime character performs within the show/game MUST appear prominantly in the show/game and in its entirety.



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

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



English language examples of what is NOT allowed include:


Any English dub version of an anime/game theme. (i.e. “Freckles” from Rurouni Kenshin)

Any new music produced for a non-Asian audience. (i.e. “Rock the Dragon,” from Dragon Ball Z)

"Simple and Clean" (Kingdom Hearts) – Not from the official Japanese release

The Beat Crusaders' cover of "Give A Little Whistle" (Pinocchio) – Not an anime OP, ED, game theme, image song, or performance within a show/game.


All Vocaloid songs must be in an Asian language.



4.) As per tradition, there is no Rule 4.



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 regiter ahead of time and must provide their music at the time of registration.



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.) 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 with select songs compatible with a lyrics screen; however, you should still bring your favorite tunes to sing to just in case we don't have it.


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.


Signups will be cut 30 minutes before closing time.


Last but not least, be respectful of all singers and have fun!