Pony Canyon Announces Anime Expo 2019 Exclusive Deals & Events

TOKYO, JAPAN — June 28, 2019 – Audio-visual entertainment company PONY CANYON is excited to announce its participation in Anime Expo 2019! Pony Canyon will be hosting premiere screenings as well as panels throughout the convention. On top of all that, con goers will be able to purchase exclusive products and receive exclusive gifts at the PONY CANYON booth (#3700). 

PONY CANYON Industry Panel
FRIDAY (7/5) from 1:00pm~2:00pm in LP4 (411)
PONY CANYON presents to you the hottest titles from Japan! Be the first to watch sneak previews of our latest and upcoming titles, learn about our various anime events and activities, and ask all your questions to our producers! 
PONY CANYON producers Tetsuya Kinoshita, Yasushi Ohshima, and Sadakazu Kikuchi will participate in this event.

Autograph Session for Manga Author & Artist of KENGAN ASHURA, Sandrovich Yabako & Daromeon
(at Pony Canyon Booth #3700):
FRIDAY (7/5), from 3:30pm~4:30pm 
at Pony Canyon Booth (#3700)
(Autograph ticket with purchase of KENGAN ASHURA T-shirt or cap)

Sound! Euphonium, the Movie ~Our Promise: A Brand New Day~ 
(US Premiere with Special Guest)
SATURDAY (7/6) from 12:30pm~2:30pm in Main Events (Hall B)
The Sound! Euphonium series from your favorite Kyoto Animation and members of the Kitauji High School concert band are back with an all- new film! Premiering at Anime Expo with guests!
(Special Guest Talk Show)
SATURDAY (7/6) from 5:00pm~6:00pm
in LP5 (404AB)
Talk show with a Special Guest!! Come and hear behind the scenes from Kyoto Animation's Sound! Euphonium series at this event ONLY. Let's talk about this special anime with our mystery guest together! Don't miss out on your chance to ask your questions to the creators themselves! Come and greet our long-awaited guest!

Last year, Kitauji High School's concert band competed in the National Concert Band Competition. 
Now, second-year Kumiko Oumae and third-year Tomoe Kabe must mentor the incoming “junior” members. Since the concert band advanced to Nationals, many freshman are eager to join, but only four members apply to play the bass instruments –  Kanade Hisaishi, who appears easy-going, Mirei Suzuki, who doesn't try to fit in at all, Satsuki Suzuki, who wants to get close to Mirei, and Motomu Tsukinaga, who is very private. First, there's the Sunrise Festival, followed by auditions and then the competition. The Concert band is aiming to win the “Gold Award” but problems keep arising…! The tumultuous days of Kitauji High School's concert band begin now!

Original work by Ayano Takeda, Takarajimasha, Inc. (“Sound! Euphonium” series)
Director: Tatsuya Ishihara
Story Editor: Jukki Hanada
Character Design: Shoko Ikeda
Music: Akito Matsuda
Chief Director: Naoko Yamada
Animation Production: Kyoto Animation 
(Special Screening (EP8~9) & Talk Show)
SATURDAY (7/6) from 7:00pm~8:30pm
in LP2 (JW – Platinum Ballroom)
Introducing the new anime “KENGAN ASHURA” that will be released on NETFLIX by July 31. The great manga author and artist - Sandrovich Yabako and Daromeon - will be here at AX!! After the screening, you will get the chance to hear behind the scenes stories!

56-year old salary man Kazuo Yamashita feels stuck in his job until one day, he suddenly stumbles upon a fight in a back alley. What he witnesses seems unreal—the man in front of him effortlessly pins down a giant that's easily twice his size. Kazuo's fated meeting with this gladiator—Ohma Tokita—introduces him to the economic underworld in which mega-corporations wager their fortunes on hired gladiators that fight in unarmed combat. 
Having been thrown into this surreal world that average citizens aren't meant to see, Nogi Hideki—the Chairman of the company Kazuo works for—calls upon him to look after Ohma…

Original work by: Sandrovich Yabako & Daromeon (Manga Author & Artist)
Director: Seiji Kishi
Series Composition: Makoto Uezu
Character Design: Kazuaki Morita
Music: Yasuharu Takanashi (Team-MAX)
Animation Production: LARX ENTERTAINMENT

  【Sandrovich Yabako (Manga Author) Profile】
Born in Tottori Prefecture, Sandrovich trained in martial arts from a young age – Shaolin Kung Fu, Karate, Grappling. At first a corporate salaryman, he became an archaeologist and later tried his hand at fishing while also writing a web manga, “Gudo no Kobushi”. It was then that an editor reached out and asked him to write for KENGAN ASHURA – the new manga to be serialized in Shogakukan's Ura Sunday.    

Daromeon (Manga Artist) Profile】
Armed with his experience as manga artist Reiji Yamada's assistant, Daromeon debuted with his “Ketchup Ninja”, serialized by Nico Nico Manga. Daromeon was born in Japan (Saitama Prefecture) and raised in the States (New Jersey) from age 5 to 19. His penname Daromeon is a play on Dorameon.    

ACTORS —Songs Connection— 
(World Premiere, EP 1~3)
SUNDAY (7/7) from 11:00am~12:30pm
in Video 1 (JW – Diamond Ballroom)

“Tensho School” is part of the 7th ward of the sprawling academic metropolis of Thrive Central. Transfer student Saku Otonomiya is dealing with some personal issues, but through his interactions with the unique students of the Singing Club and Archeology Club at Tensho School, he finds friendship and a sense of belonging. He is introduced to the joy of “music” by the outwardly grumpy (but actually caring) Sosuke Kagura and the enigmatic and unpredictable Uta Outa. They laugh, cry and fight at times, but through their ordinary, day-to-day interactions, Saku begins to realize that he is changing… A coming-of-age story of “ACTORS” living life to the fullest.

Original Story: EXIT TUNES
Original Character Design: Meka
Director: Osamu Yamasaki
Sound Director: Yukio Nagasaki
Character Design: Asako Nishida
Music: Hideakira Kimura, Tomotaka Osumi, Hiroaki Tsutsumi
Music Production: EXIT TUNES
Animation Production: Drive  

Exclusive Products:
KENGAN ASHURA [$45] (ticket for Yabako Sandrovich & Daromeon's autograph with purchase)
Sound! Euphonium [$30]
Welcome to the Ballroom X Attack on Titan [$20]
Fist of the Blue Sky [$25]
Kuromukuro [$20]

Cap: ● KENGAN ASHURA [$50] (ticket for Yabako Sandrovich & Daromeon's autograph with purchase)

Sound! Euphonium 2, Vol. 1 (episodes 1—6) [$75] (Sound! Euphonium Clear File with purchase)
Sound! Euphonium 2, Vol. 2 (episodes 7—13) [$75] (Sound! Euphonium Clear File with purchase) ● And more…

PONY CANYON INC., founded in 1966, dedicates itself to developing and nurturing varied types of entertainment software including production, manufacture, and distribution of diverse packaged software, as well as digital distribution services focusing on entertainment. One of the biggest producers/distributors of Blu-rays and DVDs in Japan, PONY CANYON has been involved in the production of many hit anime titles including Attack on Titan, Fairy Tail, K-ON, and Free! 

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