Anime Expo 2013
Aniplex of America
by Bamboo Dong,
“Aniplex Guy” EJ Rivera started the panel with a plug for The Aniplex Channel, which was launched earlier this year. The website has videos powered by Hulu, and includes many of Aniplex's currently-airing and catalog titles, including recent titles like Sword Art Online, Vividred Operation, Valvrave the Liberator, and older classics like R.O.D. the TV. The Aniplex Channel is also currently streaming Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, but announced that an English dub will be made available this fall on Neon Alley. A specific release date has not yet been announced. For those interested in trying their hand at voice acting, BangZoom will holding open auditions for a part in Magi at their booth on Friday from noon to 1PM, and Saturday from 11AM to noon, and 3:30 to 4:30 PM.
Fans were then shown trailers for several upcoming summer simulcast titles, including Servant X Service and il sole penetra le illusioni ~ Day Break Illusion, both of which will also be available on Crunchyroll. Also picked up earlier this year is the anime adaptation of Hiromu Arakawa's (Fullmetal Alchemist) Silver Spoon manga, which follows a boy's life in an agricultural school. The series is directed by Tomohiko Ito (Sword Art Online) and will be streamed exclusively on Daisuki.
Aniplex of America also showed off some of their current and upcoming DVD and Blu-ray releases for titles like Sword Art Online, Blast of Tempest, the Madoka Magica movies, and others. Their last announcement was the upcoming DVD and Blu-ray boxset release of Fate/Zero, which will also include an English dub.
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