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Carat Press Panel Report @ Anime Expo 2013 stars

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The-O Network's Jason Young and Salvador Mateos had a chance to meet the youthful DJ, dance and vocal all-female music act, Carat, at their press conference during Anime Expo 2013. Not only are the girls stunning, but their talents and vocals are just as amazing as exemplified during their Day One performance with Aya Ikeda. Starting with their debut single, "KOI Indirect," the girls have ascended quickly on Ameba blog rankings. The group celebrated their second single, "Shake It Up!" at their performance during Anime Expo and if it's an indication of what we can expect from them in the future, we'll be hearing from Carat again soon enough. Discover the group's career and honest, unique personalities through our press panel transcription.

Anime Expo 2013 Opening Ceremonies (Video) stars

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 Watch this year's Opening ceremonies included guest appearances like Alodia Gosiengfiao, Kaname, Megumi Han, Vic Mignogna, Kyle Hebert, Eric Vale, Kaya, Ram Rider, Aya Ikeda, Carat, Kazuhiro Furuhashi, George Wada, Masaaki Yuasa, Mitsuhisa Ishikawa, Kazuchika Kise, Pornograffitti, and more!

Studio SHAFT Director Mitsutoshi Kubota Heads to Anime Expo stars

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New video streaming collaboration group, will be bringing Company Director Mitsutoshi Kubota from the animation studio Shaft to Anime Expo for a special industry panel on July 4 at 6:15PM in room LP2. The panel will include a special screening of Nekomonogatari (Black) and a limited number of free t-shirts will be available. has also announced they will streaming a semi-simulcast of Monogatari Series Second Season for free.

Shaft has produced series such as Puella Magi Madoka Magica and Bakemonogatari.


Sakura-Con 2013 Post Con Updates stars

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Sakura-Con was an absolute blast! We got a ton of juicy answers about Sword Art Online and Accel World including some of the most asked fan questions directly from the author Reki Kawahara! We'll have updates from his panel, guest reception, and press conference.

We're also working on probably our most extensive video yet that features singers Eir Aoi and Luna Haruna! Video includes an exclusive backstage interview with both singers before their concert and fan reactions during their autograph session!

Dave and Cristina also made their debut as The-O Network's video hosts at Sakura-Con! Besides doing the bulk of the Eir Aoi and Luna Haruna interviews  the pair were able to briefly interview several other guests including Studio Bones Founder Toshihiro Kawamoto, Madhouse Director Atsuko Ishizuka, and American voice actor Vic Mignogna! They also were able to talk to many attendees on film so look forward to them!

Although David and Cristina are both relatively new to hosting, they did a fantastic job! Look forward to future coverage videos with them along with AJ and myself (Theo)!

We got a ton of content coming out over the course of the next few days and next week, so please stay tuned and thank you for your patience!

Comiket 82 Cosplay Photos stars

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A user named “SeeU” at a South Korean community site,, shared his first day experience at Comiket 82 (C82), the iconic Japanese doujinshi convention that took place early August this year. The photos in this article have been republished with his permission.

AX 2012 - Muv-Luv: Total Eclipse Premiere stars

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One of the highlights of Anime Expo this year was the US premiere of Muv-Luv Alternative: Total Eclipse. Since the first episode already aired in Japan, Anime Expo attendees also got to see the second episode. The screening was conducted by Kouki Yoshimune who is the creator of the series, and vocalists Minami Kuribayashi and Ayami.

Muv-Luv is a popular series in Japan that follows mankind's war against an alien invasion. Originally a visual novel game on the PC, there are literally hordes of Muv-Luv merchandise already in existence ranging from figurines to hug pillows. The series' dark theme, kickass giant robots, military premise, and a cast of voluptuous female pilots in skin tight suits gives it a winning combination and it's been highly unusual that it has taken this long for an anime adaptation to appear.

Yaoi-Con 2011 Cosplays stars

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For those of you who haven't checked our gallery in a couple weeks, just click on the image above for some awesome cosplay photos from Yaoi-Con that was held late ast month at The San Francisco Airport Marriott hotel. Just because it's a convention that celebrates "male beauty & passion in anime & manga," doesn't mean there's any shortage of awesome cosplays!

J-Pop Summit Festival 2011 Report stars

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Being an anime fan in the Bay Area of California is great for a lot of reasons, but one of the main pulls is the fact that we have so many outlets for Japanese pop culture. For example, this past August saw the latest iteration of the J-Pop Summit Festival, a fun street fair conglomeration of all things related to J-Pop. Since it was based in San Francisco's very own Japantown, traveling was easy and the setting was familiar to all attendees. Even if you're not big into J-Pop, the whole thing is like a miniature version of the Cherry Blossom Festival which means food stands and vendors in the street, plenty of cosplay, and an all around good time. If you weren't in Japantown in San Francisco on August 27th or 28th, sit tight and I'll fill you in on what you missed.