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Blue Archive Has Most Booths at Comic Market 104

Mobile game narrowly beats out VTubers for top spot ― Comiket is the twice yearly doujin flea market where Japanese anime and manga fans sell parody works of their favorite IPs and cosplay as their favorite characters. It's not a wild party, just a time for fans to get together and nerd out. One question that often looms over each Comiket is what the most popular IP is? This changes from event to eve...
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Otakon Hosts Studio Orange's Kensuke Yamamoto, Akihiko Orikasa, Kiyotaka Waki, Yoshihiro Watanabe

Trigun Stampede staff attends August 2-4 event in Washington, D.C. ― The staff of Otakon announced on Tuesday that this year's convention will host the staff of the CG anime studio Orange, including CG director Akihiko Orikasa, director Kensuke Yamamoto, producer Yoshihiro Watanabe, and chief producer Kiyotaka Waki. The studio is known for its adaptation of Haruko Ishikawa's Land of the Lustrous mang...
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Play Nintendo Tour Travels U.S. This Summer

It's the summer of Nintendo ― Nintendo doesn't normally have a large presence at video game conventions. However, that doesn't mean the company is averse to holding its own in-person events, one of which is the Play Nintendo Tour this summer. Nintendo will be visiting nine cities across the United States for fans and families to enjoy a plethora of Nintendo themed attractions. Nintendo of America ann...
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Anime Expo Hosts Manga Creator Yūki Kanamaru, Director Kiyotaka Oshiyama

Udon Entertainment releases special volume for More Than a Married Couple, But Not Lovers manga at event ― Udon Entertainment announced on Monday that manga creator Yūki Kanamaru (More Than a Married Couple, But Not Lovers) is attending this year's Anime Expo in her first U.S. event appearance as Udon's guest with assistance from Kadokawa. Kanamaru will participate in limited ticketed autograph signi...
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Otakon 2024 Hosts Director Hiroshi Nagahama, Voice Actress Uki Satake

Director of Mushishi, voice actress for QT in Space Dandy attend August 2-4 event in Washington, D.C. ― The staff of Otakon revealed on Friday that it will host director Hiroshi Nagahama and voice actress Uki Satake (pictured at right) at this year's event. Nagahama served as director on Mushishi, Detroit Metal City, The Flowers of Evil, and 2017's The Reflection, which he also co-created with Stan ...
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Anime Expo to Host Singer/Voice Actress Shōko Nakagawa

Gurren Lagann, Pokémon performer attends LA event on July 4-7 ― Anime Expo announced on Thursday that singer and voice actress Shōko Nakagawa at this year's event. She will be part of the "Gundam Featured" panel hosted by Bandai Namco Filmworks. Nakagawa (also known as "Shokotan") is best known as a singer after performing theme songs for such anime as Gurren Lagann, Star Blazers 2199, Fullmetal Alch...
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Yuya Hirose Stars in Übel Blatt Anime; Hirose, Original Manga Creator Etorouji Shiono Attend Anime Expo

Hirose, Shiono, original manga's editor to host panel on July 5 at AX ― Pony Canyon announced on Thursday that Yuya Hirose will star as Köinzell in the television anime of Etorouji Shiono's Übel Blatt dark fantasy manga. Pony Canyon also announced that Hirose and Shiono will both attend Anime Expo and will be panelists along with the original manga's editor at the "A live drawing session with the ori...
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Game Streamer Kiyo (Aims) to Fill Tokyo Dome Stadium With Solo Show

The Dome isn't just for baseball games and concerts anymore ― The Tokyo Dome is arguably the most famous baseball stadium in Japan right after the Koshien Stadium in Osaka. Home to the Tokyo Giants baseball team, the Dome hosts numerous events throughout the year including concerts, professional wrestling, American football, among others. But in what appears to be a first for the stadium, Japanese vi...
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Super Mario Bros. Movie, Transformers, Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom, Power Rangers Nominated for Kids Choice Awards

Winners to be announced during awards show on July 13 ― The 2024 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards announced on Monday this year's nominations, and The Super Mario Bros. Movie, The Legend of Zelda: Tears of the Kingdom game, the Transformers: Rise of the Beasts movie, and the Power Rangers Cosmic Fury television show have been nominated for awards. The Super Mario Bros. Movie is nominated in the "Favo...
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Anime Expo Hosts Voice Actors Masaya Fukunishi, Asami Seto, Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Anime's Staff

TOHO Animation to host special event for Frieren: Beyond Journey's End, The Apothecary Diaries with production staff ― Anime Expo announced on Tuesday that it will host voice actors Masaya Fukunishi (Kafka Hibino in Kaiju No. 8, Ken Ryuguji in Tokyo Revengers) and Asami Seto (Mina Ashiro in Kaiju No. 8, Chihayafuru) . The convention will also host a special event with TOHO animation to celebrate the...
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We Ranked the Official KONOSUBA Cocktails

From Aqua to Yunyun, we tried all the KONOSUBA drinks at The Hub to find the most delicious! ― If there's one thing many adults worldwide enjoy doing, it's getting an alcoholic beverage with some friends. Be they beers, ales, spirits, wines, cocktails, among other beverages, adults have their drinks of choice. And one of the best places to enjoy your drink is your local pub or bar. In Japan, though, ...
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hololive Takes Over Dodger Stadium During Anime Expo Day 2 (& Ohtani's 30th Birthday)

Take me out to the ball game with VTubers ― Since about the 2010s, some streamers have built huge fanbases and careers without ever showing their faces. Now this success has led three such virtual YouTubers (VTubers) at hololive to perform at Dodgers Stadium for the July 5 baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers. The hololive agency's English X (formerly Twitter) account a...
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Anime Expo Hosts Actor Meru Nukumi, Voice Actors Mamoru Miyano, Daiki Yamashita, Kenta Miyake

Cast members of My Hero Academia the Movie: You're Next film attend event as guests ― Anime Expo announced on Monday that it will host the cast members of My Hero Academia the Movie: You're Next (My Hero Academia: You're Next), the fourth anime film in the My Hero Academia franchise. The event will host actor and model for Shogakukan's CanCam magazine Meru Nukumi, as well as voice actors Mamoru Miya...
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Anime Expo Screens Premieres of The Blue Wolves of Mibu, Kinnikuman: Perfect Origin Arc, Plus-Sized Elf, More Anime (Updated)

Also: The Magical Girl and The Evil Lieutenant Used to Be Archenemies, Terminator Zero ― The official website of the Anime Expo convention posted on Tuesday its full four-day schedule, and revealed several anime premieres. The following anime will premiere in the convention on July 4: The Blue Wolves of Mibu world premiere presented by ytv animation The Magical Girl and The Evil Lieutenant Used to Be...
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Japan Society, Anime NYC Announce 1st American Manga Awards

Event commemorating manga creators/publishers takes place in NYC on August 22 ― Japan Society and Anime NYC announced on Monday that they are launching the first American Manga Awards. The new ceremony will take place at Japan Society's Lila Acheson Wallace Auditorium in Midtown Manhattan on August 22, the night before this year's Anime NYC event begins. The American Manga Awards will commemorate man...
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Texas' AnimeFest to Hold Its Last Large-Scale Event in July

Event to take place at Loews Arlington & Convention Center on July 25-28 ― The AnimeFest convention's social media accounts announced on Saturday that this year's event will be its last large-scale event. The event will take place at the Loews Arlington & Convention Center in Arlington, Texas from July 25 through July 28. The event will include a dealer room, cosplay competition, an Art Show exhibiti...
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Ghibli Park's Newest Area Brings Howl's Moving Castle and Kiki's Delivery Service to Life

Inside this massive new area are locations pulled straight out of Ghibli films. ― Late last year, we went down to Ghibli Park in Aichi prefecture to explore its recently opened Princess Mononoke area. This year, we see the addition of a new area to the experience-driven theme park: The Valley of Witches. Inside this massive new area are locations pulled straight out of Ghibli films Howl's Moving Cast...
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Otakon 2024 Hosts Voice Actor Hideo Ishikawa

Voice of Naruto's Itachi attends August 2-4 event in Washington, D.C. ― The staff of Otakon revealed on May 28 that it will host voice actor Hideo Ishikawa at this year's event. Ishikawa is known for his roles as Itachi Uchiha in Naruto, Jushiro Ukitake in Bleach, Auron in Final Fantasy X, and Toyotomi Hideyoshi in Samurai Warriors. Ishikawa also played Shion Toudou in Angel's Feather, Genjūrō Kazan...
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CLAMP Designs New Cardcaptor Sakura Dress for Hello Kitty's 50th Birthday Bash

Everyone's favorite kitty gets some new dresses ― It's surreal knowing Sanrio's Kitty White — a.k.a. Hello Kitty — is celebrating her 50th anniversary. To mark the occasion, she is partnering with manga creators for some new looks, and the latest one comes from legendary creator quartet CLAMP. ClAMP revealed their design for Kitty on their X (formerly Twitter) account on May 23. In the post, the grou...
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Voice Actor Tōru Furuya No Longer Appearing at MomoCon 2024 Following News of His 4-Year Affair With Fan

Furuya acknowledged threatening to hurt fan in argument, causing her to have abortion ― The staff of this year's MomoCon event announced on Wednesday that "due to recent news, voice actor Tōru Furuya will no longer be appearing at MomoCon 2024." The convention originally revealed Furuya as a guest on March 7. The event will take place from May 24-27 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. On...
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One Piece Captures Las Vegas Sphere for 1 Week

The one piece was at Las Vegas all along ― Very few anime and manga series can say they've ran for over 25 years. In fact, only about a dozen anime have ever reached that milestone. And one of those series is Eiichiro Oda's masterpiece One Piece. While the manga celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2022, the anime is celebrating its 25th this year (not counting the "Defeat The Pirate Ganzak!" event spe...
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Demon Slayer Stage Play Cast Descend on NYC

The cast of the Demon Slayer stage play gave a memorable performance during the Japan Day Parade. ― The Demon Slayer franchise continues to prove itself as an absolute powerhouse for fans worldwide. The hit manga by Koyoharu Gotouge has been adapted into multiple mediums, including anime, light novels, video games, and a stage play that has been running since 2020. Cast members of the stage play app...
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Bocchi the Rock's 'Bocchilla' Takes on Godzilla Above Tokyo Theater

The King of Monsters might finally meet its equal ― Having appeared in 30 live-action Japanese films, five Hollywood films, and three anime films, it's no wonder Godzilla has earned the moniker King of Monsters — and countless parodies. One recent parody is "Bocchila," the Shōnin Yokkyū Monster (Attention-Whore Monster) from the 2022 anime series Bocchi the Rock And now Bocchila is taking on Godzilla...
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Survive Said the Prophet's 'Make / Break Yourself' N. America Tour Hits 7 Cities in July (Updated)

Band performs in New York, Toronto, Chicago, Seattle, Berkeley, Los Angeles, San Diego from July 3-15 ― Rock ensemble Survive Said the Prophet announced its "Make / Break Yourself" North American tour dates on Monday. Tickets for the tour are currently on sale. The tour dates and venues are: July 3 – NY, New York, Le Poisson Rouge July 5– ON, Toronto, Lee's Palace July 7– IL, Chicago, Reggies July 1...
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Toronto Comic Arts Festival Hosts Witch Hat Atelier Manga Creator Kamome Shirahama on May 11-12

Shirahama returns to do live-drawing session, panel, signings ― The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) is again hosting Kamome Shirahama, creator of the Witch Hat Atelier manga, at this year's event on Saturday and Sunday. Shirahama will participate in a live-drawing session, panel, and autograph signings. Shirahama launched the Witch Hat Atelier manga in Kodansha's Morning two magazine in July 2016....
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Anime Expo Hosts Delicious in Dungeon Creator Ryōko Kui, CloverWorks President Akira Shimizu

Also: world premiere of Haigakura anime ― Anime Expo announced on Thursday and Friday that it will host Delicious in Dungeon manga creator Ryōko Kui and CloverWorks president and producer Akira Shimizu at this year's event. The convention will also screen the world premiere for the Haigakura anime on July 5 at 8:00 p.m. at Room 402AB. Other panels at this year's event include: Sword Art Online Alter...
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Anime Expo Hosts World Premiere Screening of 1st Episode of GoHands' Momentary Lily Original Anime

1st episode debuts at July convention ahead of anime's January 2025 premiere ― The official Twitter account for the Anime Expo convention announced on Tuesday that it will host a world premiere screening of the first episode of GoHands' Momentary Lily original anime at this year's convention. The anime's director Katsumasa Yokomine (The Girl I Like Forgot Her Glasses, The Masterful Cat is Depressed A...

Illustrator Acky Bright, Macross Creator Shōji Kawamori, More Attend Anime Expo

Voice actress Sayaka Ōhara, scenario writer Ryukishi07 also to attend ― The staff of Anime Expo started announcing more Japanese guests on May 1 for this year's convention. The convention will host manga creator and illustrator Acky Bright, and director and mechanical designer Shōji Kawamori. MangaGamer will bring voice actress Sayaka Ōhara and scenario writer Ryukishi07 (Higurashi: When They Cry, Um...
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Phoenix: Reminiscence of a Flower Anime Film Competes at Animafest Zagreb

Film festival takes place in Zagreb, Croatia from June 3-8 ― The website for the World Festival of Animated Film – Animafest Zagreb 2024 is listing that Phoenix: Reminiscence of Flower (Hi no Tori: Eden no Hana, literally "Eden's Flower"), the film version of the Phoenix: Eden17 anime adaptation of Osamu Tezuka's Phoenix manga, will compete in its Grand Competition - Feature Film category. The film f...
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Otakon 2024 to Host Manga Artist Hinoki Kino

7th Time Loop, No. 6 manga artist attends event on August 2-4 ― The staff of Otakon revealed on Wednesday that it will host manga artist Hinoki Kino at this year's event. Kino launched the manga adaptation of Tо̄ko Amekawa and Wan Hachipisu's 7th Time Loop: The Villainess Enjoys a Carefree Life Married to Her Worst Enemy! (Loop 7-kaime no Akuyaku Reijō wa, Moto Tekikoku de Jiyū Kimamana Hanayome Seik...
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Otakon 2024 Hosts BL Manga Artist Kyōko Aiba

Otakon 2024 takes place on August 2-4 in Washington D.C. ― The staff of Otakon revealed on Wednesday that it will again host manga artist Kyoko Aiba at this year's event. Aiba is known for boys-love manga. Her works include Kamisama☆Darling, Love Emotion Theory, Derail, and Young Carer Mienai Watashi. Digital Manga Publishing's Juné imprint released her I Love You Enough to Tie You Up manga in Englis...
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Live-Size Kaiju No. 8 Statue (Temporarily) Erected at Tokyo's Tachikawa Station

Come for the statue, stay for the event ― Japan famously operates some of the world's most punctual train lines, which stop at some gorgeous train stations. What often goes under the radar are the events at those stations. Most of the time it's a stamp rally where you get a reward upon completion, or a market featuring cuisine and items from a local region of Japan. But on rare occasions we get a col...
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FanimeCon Hosts Kihara Hirokatsu, Survive Said the Prophet

FanimeCon to be held on May 24-27 ― The staff of FanimeCon announced that the 2024 event will host Hirokatsu Kihara and rock band Survive Said The Prophet (SSTP) as guests of honor. This will mark Kihara's second appearance at the San Jose convention. Kihara is best-known for his work with Studio Ghibli, acting as a production coordinator on Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind and working on titles li...
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Ghost Cat Anzu, The Colors Within, More Anime Compete at Annecy (Updated)

Also: Totto-Chan: The Little Girl at the Window, The Imaginary, The Birth of Kitarō: The Mystery of Gegege ― This year's Annecy International Animation Film Festival announced on Thursday the films screening in competition at the event. The official selection for Feature Films includes: Ghost Cat Anzu — Shin-Ei Animation and France's Miyu Productions' 2D-animated film The Colors Within (Kimi no Iro)...
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Oscars Allow Films to Compete in Both International, Animated Feature Categories

Best Picture category now also has expanded requirements for theatrical screenings ― The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced on Monday that the 97th Academy Awards for next year will allow films submitted for the International Feature Film category to also be submitted for the Animated Feature Film category, provided that the film is meets the eligibility requirements for both categ...
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Frieren: Beyond Journey's End Series Gets Escape Room Set in Dream World

Teams have 1 hour to wake up Frieren ― SCRAP's Real Escape Game announced that it is creating an escape room for Frieren: Beyond Journey's End, the hit series that recently dethroned Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood as the top anime on ANN and MAL. The game is titled "Escape from the Millennium Dream." In the game, players enter a dream world and partner with Fern and Stark to wake up Frieren, which ...
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Suda51 to be Keynote Speaker at MomoCon 2024

Killer7, No More Heroes developer, Grasshopper Manufacture founder Suda51 to attend Atlanta event ― The staff of MomoCon 2024 announced on Thursday that game developer and Grasshopper Manufacture founder Goichi "Suda51" Suda will be the keynote speaker at the event. The event will take place from May 24-27 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Suda51's game studio Grasshopper Manufacture r...
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At 25:00 in Akasaka BL Drama Cast Discuss Kiss Scene, Personal Hobbies at Live Event

Kiita Komagine and Taisuke Niihara show how they perfected the right angle for their on-screen kiss. ― The cast members of the new BL drama At 25:00, in Akasaka showed off what they do at 25 o'clock (1:00 am) at night. And it's nothing like what happens in the drama. While somewhat underrepresented in the anime industry, boys' love (BL) has a strong presence in the manga and TV drama world. With at l...
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Fans Say Farewell to Yokohama's Life-Size Moving Gundam

Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino, singer T.M. Revolution, and LUNA SEA's Sugizo appeared for the spectacular send-off. ― The Gundam Factory Yokohama held its “Grand Finale ~To the Next Stage~” event on March 31. And to be honest, grand is an understatement. It was epic. Since December 2020, Gundam fans from around the world have visited the Yamashita Pier area in Yokohama to see the 18-meter-tall RX-7...
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Crunchyroll, Crypton Future Media Criticized After New Hatsune Miku Concerts Forgo Transparent Displays

Change.org petition with 6,200+ signatures asks for refunds ― Crunchyroll and Crypton Future Media have been facing criticism from Hatsune Miku fans after the "HATSUNE MIKU EXPO 2024 North America tour powered by Crunchyroll" concert tour started in Vancouver, Canada on April 4. According to fans who have attended the concerts so far, the concerts seem to be using a LED screen instead of the trademar...
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Taste Naruto's Ichiraku Ramen in Real Life in Silverlake Ramen Campaign (Updated)

Savor a bowl before the team-up ends on July 7 ― Step inside the world of Naruto in the newest collaboration with the Los Angeles-based Silverlake Ramen restaurant franchise. From March 30 to July 7, many locations of the ramen joint across the United States have been decked out in interior and exterior décor straight out of the anime to bring the series' Ichiraku Ramen to real life. The collaboratio...
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Gundam SEED FREEDOM's Rie Tanaka, Sōichiro Hoshi Share Memories at Los Angeles Premiere

― This past week has been busy for the two leads of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED FREEDOM as they've been promoting the U.S. premiere of the movie on the West Coast. Immediately after they attended the festivities in Seattle, they joined Michael Sinterniklaas (Gundam SEED dub producer) and Stephanie Sheh (English voice of Lacus Clyne) at the Los Angeles film premiere. As attendees eagerly awaited the scr...
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Ghibli Art Director Youichi Nishikawa, Nihon Falcom President Toshihiro Kondo Attend Anime Expo

One Piece Symphony concert to also take place on July 6 ― The staff of Anime Expo announced on Thursday that it will host Nihon Falcom president Toshihiro Kondo at this year's event. The convention will also host Studio Ghibli art director Youichi Nishikawa. The One Piece 25th Anniversary Symphony Orchestra will take place at the Shrine Auditorium on July 6 during the event as part of its North Ameri...
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Studio Ghibli President Toshio Suzuki Sees His Anime Come to Life at Ghibli Park

Suzuki shared that famed director Hayao Miyazaki is currently making something for the theme park—in secret. ― At a press event last month, ANN, along with other members of the press, was able to talk with Studio Ghibli President Toshio Suzuki about the new "Valley of Witches" area at Ghibli Park, his recent Academy Award win, and legendary director Hayao Miyazaki. Ghibli Park, located in Aichi Prefe...
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XPPen Partners with HoYoFair to Launch Genshin Impact Profession Inspiration Fan Art Contest, Exploring the Anime Aesthetics of Gaming World

XPPen proudly announces the partnership with HoYoFair2024 Genshin Impact Profession Inspiration Fan Art Contest, launching the #TeyvatFashion character costume design event. ― SHENZHEN [March 31st, 2024] - XPPen proudly announces the partnership with HoYoFair2024 Genshin Impact Profession Inspiration Fan Art Contest, launching the #TeyvatFashion character costume design event. As the world's leading ...

Hideaki Anno Leads Space Battleship Yamato Anime 50th Anniversary Project

Project to include book publications, screening event, exhibition ― Studio Khara announced on Saturday that Hideaki Anno will be planning and producing a 50th anniversary project for Yoshinobu Nishizaki and Leiji Matsumoto's Space Battleship Yamato space opera anime franchise. The project will include several book publications, as well as a screening event on October 6, which would mark 50 years exa...
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Ojamajo Doremi Cast Reunite for 25th Anniversary Special Show at AnimeJapan

The cast performed arguably the greatest magical schoolgirl anime opening theme song. ― In the pantheon of magical schoolgirl anime, it's almost inarguable that Sailor Moon reigns supreme. While there are contenders to the throne, such as Pretty Cure or Puella Magica Madoka, when it comes to theme songs, you almost can't go wrong with Ojamajo Doremi's opening theme song, "Ojamajo Carnival." The song ...
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Suicide Squad Isekai Cast Gathers for an AnimeJapan Mission

VTuber Mori Calliope joined the cast members at AnimeJapan 2024 for a fun quiz about the anime series. ― It's AnimeJapan time, which means a slew of new announcements, swag to collect, and, for some voice actors, missions to go on during their stage events. This was the case for the cast of Suicide Squad Isekai as they embarked on a “mission” during their show at AnimeJapan 2024. Before the “mission...
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Mononoke, Kurayukaba, My Oni Girl Directors Discuss Favorite Scenes From Each Other's Movies

3 Twin Engine directors discuss their next films at AnimeJapan, and boy, did they have some words for each other. ― AnimeJapan is already known for its fun stage events featuring the cast of upcoming and some classic anime series. However, AnimeJapan 2024 added a brand new stage area: the Creation Stage. Unlike the three main stages at AnimeJapan, the Creation Stage is for the people behind the anime...
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Tokushima's Machi Asobi Event Planned for This Spring Canceled

Organizers plan for scaled-down event this fall ― The organizers of the Machi Asobi anime and game event announced on Wednesday that this spring's event, which would have been the 27th Machi Asobi, has been canceled because it was difficult for staff to coordinate guest appearances. The organizers plan to hold a scaled-down event this fall, and then plan to hold the event at its normal scale in sprin...
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Frieren's Cast Lists the Top 3 Moments for Their Characters

At AnimeJapan 2024's Frieren: Beyond Journey's End stage show, the voice actors for Frieren, Himmel, Fern, and Stark told an audience of hundreds their favorite scenes for the characters they portray. ― At Anime Japan 2024's Frieren: Beyond Journey's End stage show, Atsumi Tanezaki (Frieren), Nobuhiko Okamoto (Himmel), Kana Ichinose (Fern), and Chiaki Kobayashi (Stark) told an audience of hundreds th...
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AnimeJapan's Thunderbolt Fantasy Panel Gives Behind-the-Scenes Look at Puppets in Action

Ever wondered what Thunderbolt Fantasy's puppeteering looks like without the clever camerawork & sets? ― At Anime Japan 2024 on Saturday, psychological horror extraordinaire Gen Urobuchi took to the stage to talk about the two newest additions to his long-running show, Thunderbolt Fantasy: a fourth season and a movie. But while that news was great for fans, what stood out at the panel were the three ...
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Saint Seiya Creator Masami Kurumada's June Exhibition Canceled

Kurumada's 1st major art exhibition canceled due to 'various circumstances' ― The official website for manga creator Masami Kurumada announced on Tuesday that the first major exhibition of his manga art, scheduled in June, has been canceled "due to various circumstances." Kurumada's staff reported that he is also saddened by the cancelation, and acknowledges the disappointment of fans around the worl...
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All the News From AnimeJapan 2024

― Curious about all the news and panels that happened at AnimeJapan 2024 last weekend? 132,557 people descended upon Tokyo Big Sight across two days to experience all the latest and greatest in anime! Stage Events Voice Actors Natsuki Hanae & Hiro Shimono Talk About Meeting Fans on Demon Slayer World Tour Ojamajo Doremi Cast Reunite for 25th Anniversary Special Show at AnimeJapan Suicide Squad Isek...
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Anime Boston 2024 Hosts Yuya Hirose, Yuki Watanabe as Guests of Honor

Event takes place on March 29-31 ― The staff of Anime Boston announced on Friday that the 2024 event will host voice actor Yuya Hirose and Tsuburaya Productions' Yuki Watanabe as Guests of Honor in association with HIDIVE. Hirose portrays Yuki Wakura in Chained Soldier, Yuta Hibiki in SSSS.GRIDMAN, Alto Goldfield in Kinsō no Vermeil, and Isumi Haruka in IDOLiSH7. Watanabe has worked on the production...
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FanimeCon 2024 Hosts Voice Actor Yuu Hayashi

FanimeCon's Board address recent accusations of harassment ahead of May 24-27 convention ― The staff of FanimeCon announced on March 7 that the 2024 event will host Japanese voice actor Yuu Hayashi as a Guest of Honor. This marks Hayashi's first event appearance out of Asia. He has portrayed characters such as Ryunosuke Tanaka in Haikyuu!!, Manjiro “Mikey” Sano in Tokyo Revengers, Michizo Tachihara i...
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Anime Boston 2024 Hosts Voice Actress Yukana as Guest of Honor

Code Geass, Full Metal Panic! voice actress appears at event on March 29-31 ― The staff of Anime Boston announced on Friday that the 2024 event will host Japanese voice actress Yukana as a Guest of Honor. She has portrayed characters such as C.C. in Code Geass, Teletha “Tessa” Testarossa in Full Metal Panic!, Ai Nanasaki in Amagami SS, Cecilia Alcott in Infinite Stratos. She has also voiced character...
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Godzilla Minus One, The Boy and the Heron Win Japan Academy Film Prizes

Blue Giant, Nanoka Hara, Yuki Yamada, Tokyo Laboratory also win awards ― The Japan Academy Film Prize Association announced the winners of the 47th annual Japan Academy Film Prizes at an awards ceremony at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo on Friday. Godzilla Minus One, Takashi Yamazaki's new film in TOHO's Godzilla franchise, won Picture of the Year. Hayao Miyazaki's latest feature film T...
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'Demon Slayer: The Stage' Play's Cast Attends Japan Parade in New York City on May 11

Cast members in attendance will include Shogo Sakamoto, Yugo Sato, Hiroshi Yazaki, Yoko Kadoyama, Kenta Hoshi, Masahide Tada ― The staff of the Japan Parade New York City announced on Wednesday that the cast of the stage play adaptation of Koyoharu Gotouge's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba manga will attend the parade. The parade will take place on May 11, starting at Central Park West at West 81st St...
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2nd Niigata Int'l Animation Film Festival Reveals Event Poster, Opening Film

Shigeyoshi Tsukahara, Twiflo's Kuramerukagari film opens this year's festival ― The Niigata International Animation Film Festival announced on Tuesday that Shigeyoshi Tsukahara and Twiflo's brand-new spinoff full-length anime film Kuramerukagari will premiere as the festival's opening film on March 15 at the Nippo Hall in Niigata. A talk by director Tsukahara will then follow after the screening. The...
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YOASOBI Musical Duo Holds Concerts in L.A. on April 18, San Francisco on April 21

Duo to also perform at Crunchyroll Anime Awards on March 2, Coachella on April 12 & 19 ― Crunchyroll announced on Wednesday that it will host music duo YOASOBI as musical guests for its Crunchyroll Anime Awards on March 2. The duo will also have concerts at the Shrine Auditorium & Expo Hall in Los Angeles on April 18, and The Warfield in San Francisco on April 21. The duo will also perform at the Coa...
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Yoasobi, Hatsune Miku, Atarashii Gakkō! to Perform at Coachella

Hatsune Miku finally gets to perform at Coachella after the 2020 festival was canceled ― The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival announced its full lineup of performers on January 17, and three Japanese artists will perform this year in one of the world's most anticipated music festivals. Pop duo YOASOBI is slated to perform on April 12 and 19, renowned vocaloid icon Hatsune Miku will perform on...
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The Boy and the Heron Anime Film Wins 2 Awards at Annie Awards

Star Wars: Visions Volume 2 also wins 2 awards; Suzume shut out ― The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced the winners of its 51st Annual Annie Awards on Saturday, and Hayao Miyazaki's latest feature film The Boy and the Heron (Kimi-tachi wa Dō Ikiru ka) won two awards. Hayao Miyazaki won the award for Best Storyboarding for a feature film, and animation director Takeshi Ho...
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Niigata Int'l Animation Film Festival Honors Kazuki Higashiji, Takeshi Honda, Others

maboroshi art director, The Boy and the Heron animation director, Lonely Castle in the Mirror scriptwriter win Kōji Fukiya award ― The Niigata International Animation Film Festival announced on February 16 the winners of the Kōji Fukiya and Hiroshi Okawa awards, which include maboroshi (Alice to Therese no Maboroshi Kōjō, pictured at right) film art director Kazuki Higashiji and The Boy and the Her...
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Survive Said the Prophet Announces U.S. Tour Dates in April (Updated)

Band performs in Seattle, Portland, Berkeley, Los Angeles, San Diego from April 2-9 ― Update: The April tour has been rescheduled to July. ANN's original article is below. Rock ensemble Survive Said the Prophet announced the tour dates for its “MAKE / BREAK YOURSELF The West Coast Tour” on Friday. Tickets for the tour are currently on sale. The tour marks the first American tour for the band. The ban...
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Texas' A-Kon 33 Convention Postponed

Last event was held in June 2023 ― The official Twitter account for the Texas-based anime convention A-Kon announced on Thursday that it is postponing its A-Kon 33 event. The staff noted that the ripple effects from the pandemic caused unexpected challenges, which compounded with A-Kon's own "unique challenges." The statement explained that during the pandemic, the con set up a Board of Investors to ...
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Japan's Biggest Cosplay Event Returns After 5 Years

Osaka's Nippombashi Street Festa canceled in 2020-2023 due to COVID-19 ― The organizers of Osaka's Nippombashi Street Festa, which they promote as "Japan's biggest cosplay event," announced on Tuesday that the event will return in 2024, for the first time in five years. The event will run on May 12. The event was canceled completely in 2020 due to concerns over the outbreak of COVID-19. It was then c...
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Splatoon 3, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe World Championships Delayed to April 13-14

Nintendo previously canceled Japan events due to threats ― Nintendo of America announced on Twitter on Wednesday that it will host its "Splatoon World Championship 2024" tournament and "Mario Kart 8 Deluxe World Championship 2024" tournament on April 13 and April 14 in Japan. The company will announce livestream details on its Twitter account. Nintendo delayed the "Splatoon Koshien 2023 National Fina...
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New Jersey's AnimeNEXT 2024 Event Canceled

Convention's parent company Universal Animation, Inc. faced circumstances that halted staff's planning ― The staff of New Jersey-based anime convention AnimeNEXT announced on Friday that it is canceling this year's event. Universal Animation, Inc., the convention's parent company, "recently faced circumstances" that halted the staff's planning for the 2024 event. As a result, the staff concluded tha...
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Live Out Your Attack On Titan Dreams in Hita City

Nestled in the mountains of Northern Kyushu of Japan is the City of Hita. Known for its hot springs, cormorant fishing, and Japanese cedar, it's a lovely place to visit. But for anime and manga fans, Hita City is the birthplace of Attack on Titan manga author Hajime Isayama. ― Nestled in the mountains of Northern Kyushu of Japan is the City of Hita. Known for its hot springs, cormorant fishing, and J...
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Ghost in the Shell Sites 'Hacked' (Sort of) to Mark Laughing Man Incident's Date

Stand Alone Complex's Laughing Man strikes Production I.G, Kodansha, other companies ― The Laughing Man from Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex (popularly known as S.A.C.) struck the Production I.G and Kodansha homepages just in time for the in-story date of the event, February 3. But don't worry — unlike the apparently real hacking of the franchise's X (formerly Twitter) account, the websites' ...
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Ghost in the Shell X/Twitter Account Apparently Hacked for Real Before Laughing Man Incident's Date

Reportedly hacked before real-life events marking the Laughing Man incident ― The ever-popular franchise Ghost in the Shell reaches a seminal date in its history on February 3. This is when the Laughing Man incident happens in the 2002 series Ghost in the Shell Stand Alone Complex (popularly known as S.A.C.). The franchise's staff is marking the date with a free streaming and a Tokyo screening of Th...
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Queen Bee Band Holds New York Concert on April 2

Band also performs at Anime Boston on March 29-31 ― Sony Music Entertainment announced on Friday that rock band Queen Bee will hold a concert at the Sony Hall in New York City on April 2. The band formed in 2009, and has since performed theme songs for Dororo (TV 2019), Oshi no Ko, Raven of the Inner Palace, Tokyo Ghoul:re, Undead Unluck, and Chainsaw Man. The group has also performed theme songs for...
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Re:Zero Characters Rem/Ram Get Snow Sculpture at Sapporo Snow Fest

Celebrate Re:zero -Starting Life in Another World- twins Rem/Ram's birthday with their statue at Sapporo Snow Festival 2024 ― With less than a week until the start of the Sapporo Snow Festival 2024, the final announcements for the smaller statues are coming out. The official Twitter account for the Re:zero -Starting Life in Another World- series revealed on January 24 that a statue of the twins Rem a...
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Shinya Komatsu's Afternoon Yawns, Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama's The Four Immigrants Manga, Moto Hagio Win Angoulême Awards

Festival held Master Classes, exhibitions by Moto Hagio, Hiroaki Samura ― The 51st Angoulême International Comics Festival has announced its winners as of Saturday. Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama's Four Japanese in San Francisco 1904-1924 (The Four Immigrants Manga) won the Heritage Selection category. Additionally, Shinya Komatsu's Afternoon Yawns (Gogo no Akubi, pictured right) volume 1 won a Special Jury ...
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Koji Kondo Enters Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame

27th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony to be held on February 15 ― The Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS) announced on Wednesday that they will honor Nintendo composer and sound director Koji Kondo as a Hall of Fame inductee at the 27th Annual D.I.C.E. Awards ceremony at the Aria Resort in Las Vegas on February 15. The ceremony will be livestreamed. Kondo began working for Nintendo in 1984. ...
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Sapporo Snow Festival 2024 Announces First Ever Gundam Sculpture

A franchise 1st appears at Sapporo Snow Festival ― On December 15, the Sapporo Snow Festival announced the lineup for the large snow statues at the Sapporo Snow Festival 2024. Since then, there has been a slow trickle of announcements for smaller statues. On January 15, the official Twitter account for the Gundam Seed anime announced the series would be participating in this year's winter festivities...
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Exploring the Delicious in Dungeon Pop-Up Café In Shibuya

How would the monstorous dishes look and taste in real life? Thankfully, we can find that answer at the four-day-long Shibuya Delicious in Dungeon Store. Delicious in Dungeon makes its real-life appearance in Shibuya with a café. But it's no ordinary café. The new anime Delicious in Dungeon takes us into a fantastical world where adventurers explore dungeons, fight monsters, and loot treasure. Howe...
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Haruhi, Lucky Star Casts Reunite for Live Stage Readings of Unanimated Stories

Aya Hirano, Kaori Fukuhara, Emiri Kato, Aya Endo, Minori Chihara, Yuko Goto reprise their roles ― In honor of the 20th anniversary of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and Lucky Star franchises, the casts of both anime are reuniting for special live stage readings of stories that were never animated on March 10. The readings will be part of the "SOS☆Appreciation Festival" at the Tokorozawa Sakura Tow...
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Volunteers, Former Senior Staff Boycott Ohayocon Convention

At least 91 individuals, including former senior leadership members and year-round volunteers, are boycotting Ohayocon following the termination of the convention's former con chair. ― Dating back to 2001, the cleverly named Ohayocon is Ohio's oldest and longest-running anime convention. Attracting an estimated 13,000 attendees in 2023, it's without question one of the larger anime conventions in Ohi...
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Rainbow Gala 30 and the End of an Era: Hong Kong's Biggest Doujinshi Convention Set to Shutter

Future of Hong Kong's creative scene “pathetic,” says organizers, as venue shuts down. ― Sounds of indistinct chatter, cluttered by crowds so packed you could only go with the flow, snaking through the people and obstacles alike among the photography stages in the corridors. This is the reality of Hong Kong's biggest doujinshi convention for community-made products, the 30th Rainbow Gala (RG) held o...
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Maboroshi, Kurayukaba Films Compete at 2nd Niigata Int'l Animation Film Festival

Film festival takes place from March 15-20 ― The Niigata International Animation Film Festival revealed its feature film competition lineup on Friday, which includes two Japanese films: Kurayukaba (pictured at right) and Maboroshi. Twelve total films will screen in competition at this year's festival. Netflix began streaming Mari Okada and MAPPA's original anime film Alice to Therese no Maboroshi Kōj...

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