mikanmaru24 is a Vancouver-based DJ and instrumentalist. A lot of his sets include j-pop, k-pop, and anisongs.
To be frank, I’ve never encountered a DJ that focused on that kind of genre before. I think it’s cool and respectable. There’s a whole market out there and can totally vibe to your set, and you basically control how they feel through the song choice.
But how does one get into DJ-ing and focusing on using anisongs.
“Well, this all starts with my love of music – as aside from Anime, music was my outlet in coping with my struggles and my way to express a lot of my feelings and emotions,” says mikanmaru24.
“Through DJing, I found that it was much easier to express my feelings and thoughts through the music I spun, mixed, and played around with. And then secondly – I was exposed to a taste of Winnipeg’s Idol/Anime dance culture, through a live dance concert ran by Dwarf No Cachette. This was an important event for me, as it exposed me to how idol culture was quickly sweeping anime communities across Canada – and from my perspective, significantly being established as the premiere entertainment pieces in many cons and anime events.”
He was at Ai-Kon Winterfest 2019 and shared a lot of videos on his insta stories. It was so cool to see cosplayers dancing and just having a good time.
It’s interesting to note how he got his sound and found his audience. As a DJ that is based in Vancouver, wouldn’t the vibes be different? Mikanmaru24 shares his influences, inspirations and finding that right fit with the anime crowds.
“I found out that a subculture called “Anikura” (Music events based around Anime/Video Game music) has been sweeping across idol scenes, as WOTA’s gather around and Chant, Call, and do Wotagei dances to Anime and Video Game music. And thus, because of this subculture growing within idol cultures, I found an audience to finally perform and express to others my feelings and thoughts (especially ones that are bottled up) through music.”
“As of recently, however, I have embraced the 90’s Aesthetic as a part of my new look during performances, promotional materials, and performance outfits. The 90’s Aesthetic was definitely a result of my move to Vancouver, the city that I was born in and sparked my love of anime and video games.”
It’s clear that his connection to the anime community is one that is respected and admired. People performed, people danced and people expressed themselves through the culture.
It’s important to note that mikanmaru24 is based in Vancouver. We asked him to highlight different qualities he’s seen between the two regions and what they offer to the anime community here in Canada.
“I kind of find there is a difference between Anime scenes in different Canadian cities. I can speak to both Winnipeg and Vancouver,” says mikanmaru24.
“I find that people in the Anime Scene in Winnipeg are a lot closer in terms of relationships than Vancouver, where a lot of people know each other. I think this is a result of again, a smaller population in Winnipeg, which lets people see familiar faces more frequently during conventions, and quite possibly in non-convention meetups/gatherings. I find that Anime scenes in Winnipeg are also a lot more intimate.”
We think that’s beautiful. As a new anime blog, we’ve gotten a lot of support from many people here in Winnipeg. So we agree with mikanmaru24!
While the world has so much to offer, we’re lucky to have had the opportunity to speak to Winnipeg-locals about their anime experience.
Remember to follow him on Instagram @mikanmaru24_music and check him out!