Fort Worth, TX (October 5, 2021) — Anime Frontier Powered By Crunchyroll, and AWR Music Productions, producers of the internationally-acclaimed concert tour Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY, announce today a regional performance of A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY. This spectacular chamber music concert will take the stage to celebrate the conclusion of the first annual Anime Frontier Powered By Crunchyroll at the Fort Worth Convention Center on December 5, 2021 at 2 PM. Designed as an unparalleled convention experience from the creators from Anime NYC, the first annual Anime Frontier will welcome over 20 celebrity guests, exhibitions from major Japanese entertainment publishers, and special screenings of upcoming anime titles for the first time in Texas through an immersive space that transports attendees into the center of Japanese culture for three incredible days (December 3-5, 2021).
“Anime Frontier’s goal is to bring the Japanese pop culture world to Texas,” said Anime Frontier Show Director Peter Tatara. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to culminate our first event with this official FINAL FANTASY concert. A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY is exactly the kind of high quality, professional experience we look to share with fans of anime, video games, and music.”
Through unique partnerships with some of the nation’s leading anime brands including Crunchyroll (largest and most popular anime streaming brand in the world), Funimation (DFW-based leader in providing Japanese animation to the U.S. audience), and now SQUARE ENIX (creator and innovator behind FINAL FANTASY franchise), Anime Frontier will bring an international reputation and wow factor in celebration of anime, manga, and Japanese entertainment to the Southwest region. This one-of-a-kind concert experience merges the internationally acclaimed video game known to generations across the globe with the remarkable beauty and power of music and will be an unforgettable experience only seen in North Texas.
Since the debut of FINAL FANTASY in 1987, the franchise has been one of the most beloved video games in the world. Played by more than four generations of gamers, the video game aided in introducing worldwide audiences to Japanese entertainment – laying the groundwork for the global phenomenon that is anime. With over 30 years of history and across 54 entries, the franchise has sold over 144 million units, grossing over $11.7 billion. The video game popularized many features now standard in role-playing games (RPGs) and immortalized the genre outside of Japan. Considered by many to be one of the best RPGs worldwide, the franchise has received both critical and fan acclaim.
The musical score is no different. Originally conceived by composer Nobuo Uematsu, the lush, tone-setting, character-defining score has amassed a legion of fans who pack the world’s most respected concert venues, including Royal Albert Hall, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sydney Opera House, Tokyo International Forum, and others. And in A New World: intimate music from FINAL FANTASY, conductor and music director Eric Roth has reimagined the FINAL FANTASY listening experience as a pure live music event featuring new arrangements for a string quartet, piano, guitar, and other mixed groups of instrumentalists.
“We’re thrilled to bring A New World to Anime Frontier, to share amazing experiences of SQUARE ENIX music in concert with this beloved community!” said Conductor and Music Director Eric Roth.
A New World: intimate music from the FINAL FANTASY is much more than a concert; it’s a celebration of the legacy that the FINAL FANTASY franchise has left generations of audiences and is precisely the type of experience that Anime Frontier commits to delivering DFW audiences year after year. A ticket for the convention is required to attend; no additional concert ticket is required.