This years Anime Weekend Atlanta once again saw many amazing musical guests, in this interview with talk anime and inspiration with Anisong songer Luna Haruna!

VKEIOS: As a well-traveled artist, could you share your thoughts on visiting different events such as these and interacting with your fanbase?

Luna: I love coming, usually I come here just for anime conventions when I’m performing outside of Japan. I love it because I’m personally a big fan of anime and I feel like I can build a connection with fans through that mutual interest. I always look forward to exciting moments in our time together.

VKEIOS: Could you recommend any titles that you’re currently watching?

Luna: Lately I’ve been into watching older anime series. I’ve just finished watching Inazuma Eleven, and I play the game as well!

VKEIOS: Being active in the Anisong community are there any peers who you look up to or who have inspired you in your career?

Luna: For fashion and styling I really like Ali Project, and for performance and stage presence I like Miyano Mamoru

VKEIOS: You’ve just released a new album this past June, could you tell me about the concept?

Luna: For this, my third album, I had a lot of creative input! I chose the title myself, LUNARIUM, and the whole concept was to be a combination of planetarium and aquarium. For the album cover art we used real props and water to evoke that concept. The tracklist contains a lot of anime songs as well as high energy songs perfect for concerts. It also features a collaboration song, SxW -soul world- with KOTOKO, and a special LUNARIUM version of Windia with a unique intro and outro.

VKEIOS: Are there any stories from your collaboration that stand out in your memory?

Luna: For LUNARIUM’s collaboration song, SxW -soul world-, KOTOKO-san wrote the song and has a very strong voice. I had great time collaborating and doing my best to not fall behind, keeping up with my own vocals. That song was also the theme for a videos which was a collaboration between Accel World and Sword Art Online. I was really excited about that collaboration, I was able to learn a lot.

VKEIOS: What is the process that you go through in creating a song for an anime?

Luna: For example, with “Saenai Heroine” the song I wrote as the opening theme for Saekano, I was able to go over the script of the anime itself for inspiration that would work for the song. Even still, I also like to think of future scenarios of the anime and base the song on that as well.

VKEIOS: This year you made your seiyuu debut, what was that experience like for you?

Luna: It was a mixture of nerves, happiness and being worry! It’s very new for me but I’m taking it day by day. As someone who loves and watches anime, I know that the voice actors bring life to the characters so I worried in the beginning about if I would be able to properly bring life to my character. I worried if it was okay for me to take that role.

VKEIOS: Thank you so much, is there any closing message you’d like to share?

Luna: This is my third time coming to America, I want to continue to make great songs, both for anime songs and my own songs. I want to one day hopefully do a solo show in the States. Please support me in my journey coming back! And please look forward to the new anime URAHARA where I make my debut as a voice actress for the character Rito-san. Thank you so much!

Many thanks to Luna Haruna, her staff, and Anime weekend Atlanta for making this interview possible!