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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...

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...

Kaiju No. 8 Cast Members 'Train' on Teamwork at AnimeJapan

Kaiju No. 8 characters bond with kaiju to defeat other kaiju. But, do the voice actors have a similar bond with each other? ― The hit Jump+ manga Kaiju No. 8 is getting the anime treatment. And with only a few weeks before the first episode airs, the main cast appeared at AnimeJapan 2024 to talk about the series. But, in a strange twist, the show's host wanted to “train” the cast's teamwork and abili...

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...

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 ...

Voice Actors Natsuki Hanae & Hiro Shimono Talk About Meeting Fans on Demon Slayer World Tour

At AnimeJapan, the Tanjirō & Zenitsu voices recall their globetrotting experience ― During AnimeJapan 2024's Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba stage show, Natsuki Hanae (the voice actor for series protagonist Tanjirou Kamado) and Hiro Shimono (Zenitsu Agatsuma) talked a bit about their experience on the recent Demon Slayer World Tour. Taking place across 140 countries and regions, the Demon Slayer World...

#BlackLivesMatter - Actions Speak Louder than Words

We encourage the community to do more than show its support. ― Black Lives Matter. I'm going to say a few other things, but that's the singular most important message here. Black Lives Matter. Anime News Network recognizes and appreciates our Black community members and we stand in solidarity with you as you fight against oppression. Two weeks ago our community lost Zac Bertschy, and I guarantee tha...

Zac Bertschy - In Memoriam

The most sophisticated people I know - inside they are all children. - Jim Henson ― The most sophisticated people I know - inside they are all children. - Jim Henson Zac Bertschy has been with Anime News Network for over 20 years. His contributions to ANN have helped make it what it is today. And while Zac is no longer with us, he will always be a part of ANN. Zac joined ANN full time in 2005 as a m...

Why Hasn't Anime Expo 2020 Been Canceled Yet?

Anime Expo 2020 is still - somehow - scheduled for July 2-5 in Los Angeles. Why is this gigantic show still scheduled to go on? Chris Macdonald gets into the potential reasons why. ― Editor's Note: Hours after this piece was originally published, the SPJA formally announced the official cancellation of Anime Expo 2020, with a handful of notes about what to expect when it comes to refunds and rollover...

"Helping the Industry": Otaku Coin, The Flying Colors Foundation & You

A bunch of different fundraising projects have popped up lately claiming to help fans "help the industry". Callum May discusses the problems with some of these projects, and how you can protect yourself while actually helping working-class animators. ― Not too long ago, the options for supporting the anime industry were not nearly as numerous as they are today. For fans outside of Japan, it was simpl...

The Problem with "Manga Fairs" in Spain

Spain has cultivated its own economy of "manga fairs" that provides more cheap conventions a year than anime fans can possibly attend. Manu G. explains why this system hurts the industry more than helps. ― Conventions celebrating anime and manga in Spain have become something quite messy. Going by the name of ‘manga fairs’, many conventions over the last decade have tried to emulate the Barcelona Man...

The SPJA Needs to Change This Policy

The new SPJA Youth Protection Policy might seem like a good idea, but it could well destroy Anime Expo. ― On Tuesday, at an SPJA board meeting, the SPJA board of directors will be making a very important decision that could have long reaching consequences for Anime Expo. During this meeting the board will decide how to address problems with their new Youth Protection Policy, problems that many AX par...

There's a Pervert Impersonating ANN Staff

Sadly this isn't a joke. Someone out there is impersonating an ANN staff photographer to put female cosplayers in compromising positions. ― tl;dr version: Anime News Network staff will always contact you from an @animenewsnetwork.com e-mail address. Freelance journalists / photographers do not have @animenewsnetwork.com e-mail addresses and will never identify themselves as “staff.” If a freelancer c...

Editorial: Shirobako and the Struggle

Nick Creamer ruminates on Shirobako's portrayal of the hardships that come with working a creative job. ― Life is full of trials and mistakes no matter how you slice it, but pursuing a career in the arts is just asking for trouble. I've made more than my own share of such mistakes, and my past is littered with the detritus of a failed novelist, failed musician, failed game writer. There's no security...

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