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Studio SHAFT Director Mitsutoshi Kubota Heads to Anime Expo stars

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New video streaming collaboration group, Daisuki.net 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.

Daisuki.net 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, Ilbe.com, 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.

Mikunopolis Highlight Video stars

For those of you who were not able to watch the Hatsune Miku concert, Mikunopolis at Anime Expo, you can check out the 8 minute highlight footage below. Video provided courtesy of the organizers of Mikunopolis.

Stay tuned for our own recording of the first 6 songs of the concert, impressions, as well as an interview with the creative force behind Vocaloid, Crypton Future Media CEO Hiroyuki Itoh and Producer Wataru Sasaki.

 

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Video used with permission, please do not reproduce.

AM2 Site Hacked stars

In an interesting twist, a hacker had apparently broke into new comer anime convention, AM2 site over the weekend and fabricated a false message stating the convention had been cancelled and that the musical guests would be performing at Anime Expo.

We have contacted AM2 in regards to the possible compromise of account information, and Chase Wang, who is an organizer for the event, has reassured us that no data was lost or breached.

Wang also had commented earlier this morning, "I am extremely disappointed that there are individuals out there that are so willing to stoop to such levels to disrupt and harm our event after all the work and planning that has been done to bring as much fun to our attendees as possible."

AM2 will be hosted from July 1 to 3 at the Anaheim Convention Center on the same weekend as North America's largest anime convention, Anime Expo. There is clearly a rivalry between these two conventions...

(UPDATED) K-ON! Seiyuus @ Anime Expo 2011? stars

We've been hearing chatter within the industry lines for the past few months that Japanese voice actresses for a popular anime series about a high school girl band may be making an appearance at this year's Anime Expo, North America's largest anime convention.

Further speculation has flared recently when Bandai Entertainment, the American license holder of the series, posted this on their official Twitter page last week:

 

This posts suggests that there will be some type of performance from the K-ON! series at Anime Expo, though it could be very well just the American voice acting cast.

With only 2 weeks away, and a rather sparse guest list for their twentieth anniversary, we should be hearing the exact details soon. In the meantime, feel free to take guesses in the comments.

UPDATE: Bandai has confirmed on their official Facebook page that the English voice cast will be present at Anime Expo performing at their booth.

"SATURDAY JULY 2

2:00 - 3:30pm @ Bandai/Aniplex Booth 901 > K-ON! Musical event and Autograph session with Stephanie Sheh, Cristina Vee, Cassandra Lee Morris, Shelby Lindley, and Christine Marie Cabanas"