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J-POP Summit 2014 Impressions stars


Since the J-POP Summit first started 2009, local Bay Area residents have been treated to a special one-of-a-kind event celebrating Japanese fashion, anime, art and of course J-POP. From its humble beginnings featuring small Japanese indie bands, along with the first U.S. premiere of Hatsune Miku, to its now considerable presence, it has been a wonderful delight watching the festival grow into one of the premiere San Francisco events. This year especially as it featured a top tier guest lineup that included Tomomi Itano, May'n, Tokyo Girls Style, YANAKIKU, human beatbox DAICHI and many more thousands of enthusiastic fans packed the streets of the famous San Francisco landmark. However, the performances were not the only main reason to attend it as there were also the food and ramen festivals. Both of which contributed to some growing pains for the festival that not even the upper managers were able to clearly foresee during its infant planning stages.

Izumi Matsumoto to Attend Japan Expo USA 2nd Impact stars


Fans of old school manga and anime, take heed! Japan Expo USA has decided to kick it old school this year by inviting legendary mangaka Izumi Matsumoto as a Guest of Honor to Japan Expo Second Impact in San Mateo. Famous for helping to pioneer the harem genre back in the 1980s with his work in Kimagure Orange Road, his celebrated resume includes titles such as Milk Report, Comic Gunbuster, Sesame Street and Black Moon. Matsumoto will be meeting fans at the festival for both a conference and signings.

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Can't make it the Anime Expo 2014 or just want to enhance your con-going experience at North America's largest anime convention with the click of a button? Then be sure to check out all of the awesome coverage that we're going to be doing over the next few upcoming weeks!

Highlights will include: an interview with the illustrious and charming duo of Tasha and Doremi from the talented female cosplay group Spiral Cats, as well as interviews with the wonderful J-POP starlet Eir Aoi (Sword Art Online, Kill la Kill) and doujin artist Luna Tsukigami!

Anime Expo 2014 to Host Special Kill la Kill Event and Concert stars


Earlier today, Aniplex of America and Sony Music Entertainment announced that they will be hosting a special Kill la Kill event at Anime Expo 2014 in Los Angeles on Friday, July 4th. The event will include a talk session with multiple guests from the series, a premiere screening for the first episode of the Kill la Kill English dub and a concert featuring Eir Aoi whose songs "Sirius" and "Sanbika" were featured in Studio Trigger's twenty-four episode animated series.

Japan Expo USA 2013 Coverage Updates! stars


Sorry folks for the lack of updates, we ran into some issues last week; including some major hardware meltdown! We've got that all sorted out now and all of us here at T-ONO are hard at work on interviews, videos, photos, and more from Japan Expo. Making sure that we bring you the quality content you've come to expect from us.

We were able to interview the absolutely adorable all-girl dance group JDee'Z, the awesome idol group that could give The IdolM@ster a run for their money, the legendary famed video game composer Noriyuki Iwadare, artist Tatsuro Iwamoto who created the characters for the Ace Attorney series, artist Yusuke Kozaki who did the character designs for Fire Emblem: Awakening and No More Heroes and Yoshiyuki Sadamoto who created some of anime's most iconic characters for the cult-classic series Evangelion!

We'll be releasing our coverage starting this week so stay tuned! In the meantime, please visit our twitter page to check all the tweets we posted from the event!

Noriyuki Iwadare – A Live Performance at Japan Expo USA stars

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Japan Expo, a festival showcasing Japanese culture that annually takes place in Paris, France, recently made its debut in the United States. Known as Japan Expo USA, it was held at the Santa Clara Convention in Santa Clara, California from August 23rd to the 25th. Among the many international guests who made the trip oversea, renown video game composer Noriyuki Iwadare made quite an impression – particularly in terms of his concert.

Japan Expo USA 2013 Autograph Rules Key Points stars

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Japan Expo USA is just around the corner and the organizers have just released an update to their autograph policy. Japan Expo also has an exciting lineup of guests that fans are clamoring to get their autographs. It is refreshing to see many of the rules Japan Expo has implemented is intended to curve repeaters and to allow for as many different people to get autographs as possible each day. As to how smoothly this will be in practice remains to be seen, as this will depend on the number of first come first serve coupons available and the number of attendees trying to get autographs each day.

Unfortunately, we've seen our fair share of people missing out on autograph session due to a simple miscommunication or misinterpretation. 

To help out, we've outlined the key points to the best of our understanding below.

Japan Expo USA PreCon Preview stars

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As a longtime established brand amongst the international anime scene, Japan Expo is bringing their history of success to the United States for the first time this upcoming weekend (August 23- August 25) in Santa Clara, California. Featuring a star-studded Guest of Honor lineup, energy-pumping J-concerts, cosplay events, an extensive dealer's hall, featuring all of the latest goods straight from Japan, and a brilliant location right in the heart of the Silicon Valley, the event looks to be a serious new player in the American convention scene.

Porno Graffitti Press Panel Report @ Anime Expo 2013 stars

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Famous for their classic anime hits, including "Melissa" from Fullmetal Alchemist and "Hitori no Yoru" from GTO, Japanese rock band Porno Graffitti shined at Anime Expo 2013 leaving their mark on the raucous crowd with an ecstatic performance at their sold-out Nokia Live concert. Discover what the legendary duo, Akihito Okano and Haruichi Shindo, had to say when they invited members of the media to their press conference to celebrate the band's appearance in Los Angeles, sharing with them their musical inspirations, influences and their journey towards stardom.

Megumi Han Press Conference @ Anime Expo 2013 (Video) stars

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As one of the Guests of Honor at Anime Expo 2013, the illustrious voice actress Megumi Han left her adoring fans with what could only be described as a memorable experience. Having been featured in many awe-inspiring roles at such a young age, including Gon Freeces in Hunter x Hunter 2011 and the young teenage witch Akko in Little Witch Academia, Ms. Han has managed to build up quite a resume in a short amount of time. The daughter of fellow voice actress Keiko Han, Megumi Han's family has deep roots within the industry spanning across multiple generations of voice acting. Join us as she shares an honest and introspective look into her dreams, memories and career as a voice actress in Japan.