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Nashma Amir sang an English cover of “Lapis Lazuli” by Eir Aoi during Anime NYC 2019’s SACRA MUSIC Panel. The performance was showcasing SACRA MUSIC’s WACAVA Project.

Anime NYC 2019’s SACRA MUSIC Panel featured singer Nashma Amir performing an English cover of Eir Aoi’s hit song “Lapis Lazuli”, promoting SACRA’s WACAVA Project. Standing for ‘World Anisong Cover Association by Various Artists,’ the project hopes to unite Anime music fans the world over. It’ll give fans the chance to audition with their own renditions of favorites, placing an opportunity to be the next bright star gracing Anime soundtracks within reach. WACAVAProject.com will take audition submissions from fans anywhere globally until the deadline of March 31, 2020.

Nashma Amir is certainly no stranger to performing Anime song covers, her YouTube Channel – Nami Kichi features a popular English rendition of Eir Aoi’s “Ignite” (from Sword Art Online) and Olivia Lufkin’s “Starless Night” from NANA. Both currently enjoy over 100,000 views a piece.


After performing, Nashma Amir did an interview with the panel’s moderator Jamie Mac Rae before playing a game of ‘Rock Paper Scissors’ against the whole audience attending for prizes. Yes, Rock, Paper, Scissors! SACRA MUSIC gave various posters to those who managed to win a game. It was definitely different and more fun for the audience than a regular ticket raffle, that’s for sure.

WACAVA Project Karaoke Booth at Anime NYC 2019

The WACAVA Project Karaoke Booth was quite popular at Anime NYC 2019 with LiSA and Eir Aoi appearing to be the most popular artists for fans. Let’s say more than a few fans attempted their luck singing LiSA’s “Crossing Field” (the famous opening theme to Sword Art Online). Considering the music video currently has over 45 million+ views it’s not too surprising it would be the most recognizable.

Eir Aoi’s “Ignite” and “Innocence” (SAO and SAO 2 opening themes) were similarly popular with cover renditions happening about every twenty minutes at the Karaoke booth. What’s clear is that Aniplex’ Sword Art Online is undoubtedly one of the most popular Anime shows on the planet right now.

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Catch up on the latest SACRA MUSIC news and release updates on their official website SACRAMUSIC.jp.

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Todd Haberkorn: “Fear and Hope come from the same place”

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Photo Credit: Todd Haberkorn
Photo Credit: Todd Haberkorn

Seasoned voice actor Todd Haberkorn discussed Fear and Hope coming from the same place at heart because they deal with worry for that which hasn’t happened yet.

Voice acting veteran Todd Haberkorn [SAO/Dragon Ball Super] reflected on how he doesn’t hope for roles or expectations in the entertainment industry during an Anime NYC 2019 interview. That at its core, hope is not all that different from fear, they both deal with the unknown of the future and cause stress.

Similar to The Natural Aristocrat’s interview with actor Rodrigo Santoro who commented, “You know I try not to raise expectations in anything because I think that leads to frustration. We idealize things and then you know… I just try to do the best I can in my work and my life in general,” Haberkorn has a similar outlook on the voice acting industry. “I would like it but I’m not going to hope for it. So that when I get it, it’s an awesome surprise.”

Todd Haberkorn comments on Fear and Hope:

“As a book that I’m reading says, Fear and Hope come from the same place. Think about it. Fear and Hope are dealing with things that haven’t happened yet in the future. They both are just a source of stress. So I try to be like, “Okay, I don’t want stress, so I’m not going to hope for it. I would like it but I’m not going to hope for it. So that when I get it, it’s an awesome surprise. And if I don’t get it, I’m like “Oh, okay.”

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Be sure to check out The Natural Aristocrat’s complete Anime NYC 2019 interview with Todd Haberkorn where he goes in-depth about the balance between art and the business of voice acting, Sword Art Online, D.Gray-man, Dragon Ball Super, the entertainment industry as the wild west, and much more!

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Todd Haberkorn: ‘D.Gray-man bet led to getting my ears pierced’

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Anime NYC 2019 Interview - Pictured: Todd Haberkorn on left, D.Gray-man's Allen Walker on right - Photo and Art Credit: Todd Haberkorn / Funimation
Photo and Art Credit: Todd Haberkorn / Funimation

D.Gray-man’s Todd Haberkorn, voice of Allen Walker, told an entertaining story at Anime NYC 2019 about how the show’s return led to him making good on a bet to get his ears pierced.

D.Gray-man’s English Dub voice actor Todd Haberkorn (Allen Walker/Millennium Earl) reflected on how he was so certain D.Gray-man wouldn’t return after ten years he made a public bet. If the series returned, he’d get his ears pierced… Two months later after that bet was made during a convention panel Q & A, Haberkorn received a Tweet congratulating him about D.Gray-man! As such, Haberkorn proved to be a man of his word and made good on his bet. Actually getting his ears pierced. Just goes to show, you never know what’ll happen in the Entertainment Industry.

Be sure to check out The Natural Aristocrat’s full Anime NYC 2019 interview with Todd Haberkorn where he goes in-depth about the balance between art and the business of voice acting, Sword Art Online, and much more!

Todd Haberkorn comments on D.Gray-man Bet:

“Another example is D.Gray-man. Sh*t, I didn’t know that 10 years later we would come back to that show. I thought for surrrre we wouldn’t. That’s why I made the bet about piercing my ears cause I’m like I guarantee you we’re not doing D.Gray-man. Earlier in that day I’d seen a guy with pierced ears that looked cool, and so it stuck in my head. And so when someone asked about D.Gray-man and I was like that show comes back I’ll pierce my ears because I thought she’d been 10 years.

Two months later! I get a tweet from a fan, he’s like congratulations on D.Gray-man. And I’m like, “Wait a minute….” I went and got my ears pierced, and I made good on the bet. But so who knows? I have no idea what’s going to happen.”

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Be sure to keep up to date with featured guests at next year’s Anime NYC at AnimeNYC.com, tickets for Anime NYC 2020 are on sale now!

More Anime coverage is available in The Natural Aristocrat’s Anime Category section and over on Live Game Deals’ Anime Category Section.

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Watch: SAO’s Todd Haberkorn calls Cherami Leigh live, records voicemail

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Anime NYC 2019 Interview - Pictured: Sword Art Online's Todd Haberkorn on left, Cherami Leigh on right - Photo Credit: Todd Haberkorn / Paul Smith Photography
Photo Credit: Todd Haberkorn / Paul Smith Photography

Sword Art Online’s Todd Haberkorn went into pseudo Sugou/Oberon mode when he recorded a humorous voicemail live to Asuna voice actor Cherami Leigh during an interview at Anime NYC 2019!

SAO English Dub voice actor Todd Haberkorn subtly channeled Sugou Nobuyuki / Oberon when he recorded a live voicemail to Asuna herself, Cherami Leigh, inviting her to dinner. Haberkorn joked, “Deal? If it’s a deal, say nothing… Perfect!” drawing laughs from everyone in the room at Anime NYC 2019. One remarked, “I’m going to use that!”

The moment arrived during The Natural Aristocrat’s full interview with Todd Haberkorn when asked if he recorded his Sword Art Online scenes in the studio with Cherami there. Haberkorn mentioned that Anime/Dub voice actors rarely have that partner to play off of for a variety of reasons. Then in the spur of the moment, Haberkorn decided to ring up Cherami in classic fashion!

Todd Haberkorn comments on SAO co-star Cherami Leigh:

“Unfortunately, I don’t get to see Cherami (Leigh) as much as people think we hang out. Even though we are kind of neighbors, like we don’t live that far from each other. Actually, you know what? Thank you for bringing that up. I’m actually going to send her a Marco Polo right now. [takes out cellphone, dials on speaker phone to leave voicemail]

Hey Cherami, we’re sitting here and I’m hanging out with some folks and doing a lot of interview action. We were just talking about you, how amazing you are, how fantastic you are behind the mic, and how that we don’t get to hang out very much even though we kind of live next to each other… So, let’s do this! December, we have to get together and have dinner. Deal? If it’s a deal, say nothing… Perfect! Okay. December. So, she’ll get that message and she’ll let me see know what she thinks.”

Todd Haberkorn on Social Media:

Follow Todd Haberkorn on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and his official website. A complete listing of his roles is available on BehindtheVoiceActors.com and IMDB.

Be sure to keep up to date with featured guests at next year’s Anime NYC at AnimeNYC.com, tickets for Anime NYC 2020 are on sale now!

Check out The Natural Aristocrat’s recent coverage of singer Eir Aoi’s Zepp Osaka Bayside gig, the voice of some of SAO’s most recognizable opening and closing themes.

More Anime coverage is available in The Natural Aristocrat’s Anime Category section and over on Live Game Deals’ Anime Category Section.

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