Tag: Anime Expo

Announcements From Anime Expo

I’m have to work most of this holiday weekend, but I’ll try to update this post with the various announcements made at panels during Anime Expo. So please watch this post over the next couple of days for updates.

Adult Swim

  • New Anime Coming to Toonami: Adult Swim announced during its panel that the One-Punch Man anime series will be joining the Toonami lineup on July 16, 2016. It was also announced that Toonami will run a five-part micro-series directed by Mamoru Oshii and produced by Production I.G. Each part will be five minutes long, and the series will premiere in 2017.

Aniplex of America

  • Anime License Acquisitions: It was announced at their panel that they have acquired the license for Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood and Kiznaiver.

Crunchyroll

  • Home Video Releases: Crunchyroll has announced that the company will start dubbing and releasing some of its anime series on Blu-ray and DVD. The titles that will be released were announced, and they include: Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress, Berserk (new series), Twin Star Exorcists, Free!, Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches, Big Order, Myriad Colors Phantom World, and Gintama. The company will be dubbing all of these series into English.

Dark Horse Comics

  • Manga License Acquisitions: Dark Horse has announced that it has acquired the licenses for Hatsune Miku: Rin-Chan Now!, Neon Genesis Evangelion: Legend of the Piko-Piko Middle School Students, and H.P. Lovecraft’s The Hound and Other Stories manga. All three manga are scheduled to debut in 2017.

FUNimation Entertainment

  • Anime License Acquisitions: FUNimation announced that it has acquired the ome video, video on demand, broadcast distribution, and streaming rights for the Drifters anime. In addition, the company says that it will stream the Show By Rock!! Short!! spinoff series of anime shorts.
  • Home Video Releases: The company announced that it will release seasons one and two of Code Geass in a Blu-ray Disc collector’s edition and in two Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo pack standard editions. In addition, FUNimation’s release of The Vision of Escaflowne and Escaflowne: The Movie is slated for October 18, 2016. The company will release the series in a collector’s edition on Blu-ray Disc as well as on individual Blu-ray Disc/DVD combo packs for part one, part two, and the movie. The Kickstarter exclusive edition will ship on the same day.

Kodansha Comics

  • Manga License Acquisitions: The company announced at its panel that it has acquired the license for the Ichi-F: A Worker’s Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant, Fire Force, and Clockwork Planet manga. All three volumes of Ichi-F: A Worker’s Graphic Memoir of the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant will be released in a single omnibus version on March 7, 2017. Fire Force is scheduled to be released in Fall 2016. No release date has been announced for Clockwork Planet.

Right Stuf

  • Anime License Acquisition: The company has acquired the license for Galaxy Angel. Nozomi plans to release Galaxy Angel on Blu-ray with both English and Japanese audio.
  • Anime Releases: Right Stuf will work with Sunrise to release Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket, Mobile Suit Gundam F91, Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory, and Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Afterglow of Zeon (Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: The Last Blitz of Zeon). In addition, the company also announced that it will be releasing Martian Successor Nadesico on Blu-ray. Right Stuf and Sunrise will release Mobile Suit Gundam 0080: War in the Pocket on DVD in late 2016 with English and Japanese audio. The Mobile Suit Gundam F91 film is scheduled for release on both DVD and Blu-ray in early 2017 with both English and Japanese audio. Mobile Suit Gundam 0083: Stardust Memory is scheduled for release on DVD and Blu-ray Disc in early 2017 with both English and Japanese audio. Mobile Suit Gundam 0083 Afterglow of Zeon is scheduled for release on DVD and Blu-ray in early 2017 with Japanese audio and English subtitles. It was also announced that Revolutionary Girl Utena will be released on Blu-ray, but no release date is currently set.

Sentai Filmworks

  • English Dubs: During their Anime Expo panel, Sentai Filmworks announced that it will produce English dubs for Ushio & Tora, GATE, Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma, Himōto! Umaru-chan, Amagi Brilliant Park, Monster Musume, and Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?.

Seven Seas Entertainment

  • Manga License Acquisitions: The company announced that it has licensed the Magical Girl Site, Species Domain, Plum Crazy! Tales of A Tiger-Striped Cat, and Dreamin’ Sun manga. The first volume of Magical Girl Site is scheduled to be released in February 2017. Seven Seas will be releasing the first volume of Dreamin’ Sun in May 2017. No release dates were announced for Species Domain or Plum Crazy! Tales of A Tiger-Striped Cat.

VIZ Media

  • Home Video Releases: The company announced during its JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure panel that it will be releasing Part 1 (Phantom Blood) of the new JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure television anime series on Blu-ray. The company confirmed that Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, who released Parts 1 and 2 in a DVD set, still holds the DVD rights to the series. The Blu-ray release will include an English dub, but did not confirm whether it will be redubbing the series or if it is using Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s dub.
  • Manga License Acquisitions: The company has licensed the Dragon Ball Super, The Water Dragon’s Bride, and Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt manga. Dragon Ball Super will be published in print beginning in Spring 2017. The Water Dragon’s Bride will be released in Spring 2017 by VIZ Media’s Shojo Beat imprint, and Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt will be released by the VIZ Signature imprint starting in Fall 2016.
  • Manga Releases: The company plans to release Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V manga in print, three-in-one omnibus editions for Rurouni Kenshin, and a deluxe box set for the Revolutionary Girl Utena manga. Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V and the Revolutionary Girl Utena box set will launch in Spring 2017, and the first Rurouni Kenshin omnibus is scheduled for Winter 2017.

Yen Press

  • Manga License Acquisitions: Yen Press has announced that it has licensed the manga adaptation of the Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers light novels, as well as The Isolator, Big Order, Murciélago, and Smokin’ Parade. The company will begin publishing the Rokka: Braves of the Six Flowers manga in January 2017. The Isolator is scheduled to be released in 2017. The company will release the first volume of Big Order in early 2017. Murciélago is scheduled to be released in early Spring 2017. No release date has been announced for Smokin’ Parade.

Anime Expo Panel to Celebrate 100 Years of Anime

Anime Expo has announced that the Association of Japanese Animations is holding a panel during the event on July 1, 2016. The presenters will include A-1 Pictures Representative Director and President Masuo Ueda, as well as Sunrise and Bandai Namco Pictures CEO Yasuo Miyakawa. The special guests for the panel will include musician T.M. Revolution and voice actor Michael Sinterniklaas.

The panel will celebrate 100 years of Japanese animation, and will announce a project that aims to set the foundation to further support the creation of anime for the next 100 years, as well as discussing the future of anime.

The Association of Japanese Animations (AJA) is an industry group that consists of anime production companies and studios that discuss and work on issues surrounding the industry, such as piracy and copyright infringement. Since 2014, the AJA, alongside the Japanese Animation Creators Association (JAniCA), and with funding from the Japanese government’s Agency for Cultural Affairs, has joined and supported the Young Animator Training Project that trains young animators alongside industry veterans in the production of anime shorts. This program has since changed names to Anime Mirai, and then to Anime Tamago, and has produced anime such as Little Witch Academia and Death Parade.

Anime Expo will be taking place July 1-4, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Source: ANN

VIZ Media Announces Activities and Special Events for 2016 Anime Expo

VIZ Media will deliver a fun-filled and exciting weekend of anime and manga inspired fun and fan celebration as it announces its participation in the 2016 Anime Expo.

VIZ Media’s presence will be highlighted by special guest appearances, panel discussions, autograph sessions, promotional giveaways and a variety of exclusive and pre-street items that will be available for purchase.

The 2016 Anime Expo is the largest dedicated anime/manga fan convention in North America and takes place July 1–4, 2016 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets and full details are available at: www.anime-expo.org. VIZ Media will be located on the main convention floor in Booth #2205.

This year, attendees and fans can join VIZ Media to welcome Kazue Kato, creator of the Blue Exorcist manga series, as a special Guest of Honor. Catch her live in person for several panel discussions and a pair of autograph events throughout the weekend.

VIZ Media also invites attendees to a series of fun panels and events including sessions on JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, One-Punch Man, Sailor Moon, and Weekly Shonen Jump.

The VIZ Media retail area will offer a variety of 2016 Anime Expo convention exclusives. Each purchase comes with a special VIZ Media Summer 2016 exclusive tote bag offered in two designs featuring Sailor Moon S and One-Punch Man. In addition to Blue Exorcist items to celebrate Kazue Kato’s appearance, the at-show exclusives and presales include:

  • One Piece Limited Edition Full-Color Framed Replicas: $230
  • One-Punch Man 3 Punches For Charity Posters: $10 ea; three different designs, all profits will go to three different charities
  • Sailor Moon S T-Shirt: $15; s convention exclusive design in premium cotton with prismatic glitter details, celebrating the groundbreaking third season and featuring all of the Guardians’ symbols
  • Sailor Moon Crystal Season 1 Set 1 Combo Pack: $65; preorder the home media debut and have it mailed as soon as it releases on August 16th (free shipping to US addresses only); receive a special limited Edition Sailor Moon Suncatcher at Anime Expo as a free gift with at-show purchase and receive a bonus foil stamped art card available only with preorders at the VIZ Media booth

Pre-street Manga Editions; pick up the following titles ahead of their official print release:

  • Haikyu!! Volume 1 – $10
  • One-Punch Man Volume 7 – $10
  • JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Battle Tendency Volume 4 – $20
  • Kuroko’s Basketball Volume 1 – $17
  • Yona of the Dawn Volume 1 – $10

Manga Page Replicas (black & white) Direct From Japan: $15 each; select from the following titles:

  • Haikyu!! – Hyuga and Kageyama team up for their first combination
  • One-Punch Man – Genos is intent on saving the citizens of City Z from a giant meteor
  • Tokyo Ghoul – Ken Kaneki’s Ghoul form manifests

Weekly Shonen Jump Annual Digital Subscription: $30

  • Includes Yu-Gi-Oh! card “Number S0: Utopic ZEXAL” and an exclusive Weekly Shonen Jump T-shirt as a free gift with at-show purchase

YOSHITAKA AMANO ILLUSTRATIONS: $30.00

  • Pick up the book featuring the work of this visionary artist before Yoshitaka Amano’s special Anime Expo Guest of Honor appearance

Other fun activities taking place at the VIZ Media booth will include:

  • VIZ Media 30th Anniversary Prize Wheel: Celebrate VIZ Media’s 30th Anniversary and try your luck at our prize wheel for a chance to win exclusive goodies
  • Sailor Moon Quest for the Holy Grail: Help the Sailor Guardians on their quest to receive a super prize
  • Shonen Jump Poster Giveaway: Grab a Blue Exorcist or Tokyo Ghoul poster at the VIZ Media booth

Please check the daily booth schedule for activity times.

VIZ Media Anime Expo Panels & Special Events Include:

Friday, July 1, 2016

1:30pm – 2:45pm VIZ Media Panel (Main Events / Hall B)
Join VIZ Media for its 30th anniversary celebration. Don’t miss exciting announcements, exclusive first looks, and a chance to win amazing prizes.

6:30pm – 7:45pm JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure Panel (LP1 / Petree Hall)
Get the inside scoop from the Japanese manga editors as well as loads of surprises including special guests and announcements.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

10:00am One-Punch Man Autograph Session (Anime Expo Autograph Area)
Meet the team behind One-Punch Man and get a signed poster. Ticketing information will be announced shortly.

11:00am – 12:00pm Weekly Shonen Jump Presents Kazue Kato (LP2 / LACC 403AB)
Join VIZ Media to welcome the creator of Blue Exorcist, Kazue Kato, in her first North American appearance.

3:00pm Kazue Kato Autograph Session (Anime Expo Autograph Area)
Don’t miss this special opportunity to meet the creator of Blue Exorcist and receive a personally autographed shikishi. ** Please pick up an autograph ticket prior to the session at the Anime Expo Autograph Ticket Booth on the day of the appearance. For more information, please visit: www.anime-expo.org/how-to-get-an-autograph.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

10:30am – 12:00pm Sailor Moon Official Panel (Main Events / Hall B)

Kick off another magical Sailor Moon Day extravaganza with lots of special guests, announcements, famously hard trivia, loads of sparkle and fun hosted by VIZ Media. Be sure to bring your pure heart crystal and line up early because this event always fills up.

1:30pm Sailor Moon English Voice Cast Signing (Anime Expo Autograph Area)
Continue your Sailor Moon Day fun, and meet the cast behind the legendary anime. Each attendee will receive a signed premium cardstock poster featuring beautiful art from Sailor Moon S. ** Please pick up an autograph ticket prior to the session at the Anime Expo Autograph Ticket Booth.

4:00pm Kazue Kato Autograph Session (Anime Expo Autograph Area)
Don’t miss an encore opportunity to meet the creator of Blue Exorcist and receive a personally autographed shikishi! ** Please pick up an autograph ticket prior to the session at the Anime Expo Autograph Ticket Booth.

6:30pm – 8:00pm Weekly Shonen Jumo Meet-up (Tom’s Urban)
Weekly Shonen Jump is having a party. Don’t miss this chance to meet fellow fans and win awesome prizes in this ultimate meet up for all Shonen Jump.

Monday, July 4, 2016

11:00am – 12:00pm Weekly Shonen Jump Official Panel (LP2 / LACC 403AB)
Hang out with the English language editors of the world’s most popular manga as they talk about the latest developments on new series, all-time fan favorites, and what they are doing to continue to deliver the world’s best manga.

Anime Expo Announces More Guests

Anime Expo has announced that Studio Trigger staff members SUSHIO and Mai Yoneyama will be guests at their next convention. They will both participate in a panel and autograph sessions.

Yoneyama debuted as a Gainax animator for Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, and worked as an animation director for Black Rock Shooter, Sword Art Online, and Kill la Kill. She also served as the character designer and lead animation director for Kiznaiver.

SUSHIO worked for Gainax before working at Studio Trigger. At Gainax, he served as a key animator for Gurren Lagann and Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, among other titles. At Trigger, he served as the character designer and chief animation director for Kill la Kill, and the lead animator for Kiznaiver.

Anime Expo has also announced that the main English voice cast for Cowboy Bebop will participate in the “Cowboy Bebop Jazz Cat Experience” event featuring music, storytelling, and visual performances. The voice cast participating include: Steve Blum (Spike Spiegel), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Julia), Melissa Fahn (Ed), Wendee Lee (Faye Valentine), and Beau Billingslea (Jet Black). Voice actor Tony Oliver will MC a panel with the cast on July 4, 2016.

Anime Expo will be taking place July 1-4, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Source: ANN

Anime Expo Announces Reo Kurosu as Guest

Anime Expo has announced that anime producer Reo Kurosu will be a guest at their next convention.

Kurosu worked at Aniplex from 2004 to 2011, and was an associate producer on the Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos anime film, a producer for the No. 6 and Saint Young Men< anime, and collaborated with Cartoon Network as a co-producer on Demashitaa! Powerpuff Girls Z. He currently works at NBCUniversal Entertainment Japan, where he produced The Legend of Arslan and Berserk.

Anime Expo will be taking place July 1-4, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.

Source: ANN

Anime Expo Announces My Hero Academia’s Director and English Actors as Guests

Anime Expo has announced that My Hero Academia director Kenji Nagasaki and the anime’s English voice actors Justin Briner and Chris Sabat will be guests at their upcoming convention.

In addition to My Hero Academia, Nagasaki has directed the No. 6, Gundam Build Fighters, and Classroom Crisis anime, and has also worked as unit director, episode director, or on storyboards for such anime as Blood Blockade Battlefront, Guilty Crown, and Mobile Suit Gundam 00.

Briner voices protagonist Izuku Midoriya in My Hero Academia. He has also performed in the English versions of such anime as Garo the Animation (Alfonso San Valiante), Seraph of the End (Mikaela Hyakuya), Prince of Stride: Alternative (Reiji Suwa), and Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash (Manato). Sabat voices All-Might in My Hero Academia. He has also performed in the English versions of such anime as One Piece (Roronoa Zoro), Rage of Bahamut Genesis (Martinet), Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine (Daisuke Jigen), Fairy Tail (Elfman Strauss), and Fullmetal Alchemist (Alex Louis Armstrong).

Nagasaki, Briner, and Sabat will conduct a panel and will be available for autograph sessions throughout the weekend.

Source: ANN

Anime Expo Is Hosting Makoto Shinkai and the World Premiere of His Latest Film

Anime Expo has announced that Makoto Shinkai will be a guest at their upcoming convention, and that it will host the world premiere of his latest film, your name. The film premiere will be taking place on July 3, 2016, and is scheduled to take place in a hall that can hold over 3,000 attendees.

Shinkai started creating his own anime titles almost single-handedly, being responsible for the writing, directing, and voice-acting. Shinkai’s previous works include She and Her Cat, Voices of a Distant Star, The Place Promised in Our Early Days, 5 Centimeters Per Second, Children Who Chase Lost Voices from Deep Below, and The Garden of Words.

The cast includes Ryunosuke Kamiki as Taki Tachibana and actress Mone Kamishiraishi as Mitsuha Miyamizu.

As in his previous works, Shinkai is both directing the new film and writing the script. Masashi Ando is serving as the animation director and Masayoshi Tanaka is designing the characters.

your name is scheduled to open in Japanese theaters on August 26, 2016.

Source: ANN