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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.

Relive the Magic of the Little Witch Academia Fan Event @ Anime Expo 2013 stars

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For fans of Studio TRIGGER's Little Witch Academia, Anime Expo 2013 was something magical. From the guest appearance of Akko's famed voiced actress, Megumi Han, the announcement of the Little Witch Academia 2 Kickstarter campaign, and the presence of Akko and Shiny Chariot cosplayers casting their spells on other attendees, it was a wonderful time all around for fans of Yoh Yoshinari and Masahiko Otsuka's animated feature. On Day 3, fans were treated to a special Little Witch Academia Fan Event hosted by Acttil and Studio TRIGGER at the JW Marriott in Los Angeles.

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.