Crunchyroll andVRVare ready for SDCC and fans of anime and manga should get ready for 2 panels discussing the artform we all love! That will include the aggregation of premium SVOD channels including Crunchyroll, Funimation, Rooster Teeth, Drama Fever and more. The first panel is on Thursday, July 19th from 8-9PM in room 29AM where they will discuss Tech & Innovation in Animation presented by VRV. The Crunchyroll Industry panel is on Saturday, July 21st from 8:30-9:30PM in 7AB where they will talk about Anime and Manga!
Thursday, July 19 from 8 – 9 PM in room 29AB: Tech & Innovation in Animation presented by VRV.
Synopsis: Technology has changed everything! Hear from your favorite creators at Cartoon Hangover, Crunchyroll, VRV and more about trends in animation and technology. Listen as your favorite creators talk about how they push the envelope creatively, how they challenge themselves and each other, how they integrate technology into their animation pipelines and creative process and how they try to stay ahead of the curve to keep their work innovative. Attendees will get a sneak peek at upcoming projects and a special gift from VRV!
Lydia Bottegoni, the SVP of Story and Franchise Development at Blizzard
World Premiere with Yuki Kaji & Bryce Papenbook (Eren’s Voice Actors)!
If you were on the fence about Anime Expo 2018 get your behind off the couch and buy your tickets cause Attack on Titan S3 is COMING!!!! The new season is premier in Japan on July 22nd BUT AX2018 fans get to see the premier right here in Los Angeles! Yuki Kaji (My Hero Academia) and Bryce Papenbrook (Sword Art Online) will chat about about working on Attack on Titan with the exclusive Funimation Panel. Details are still being announced but the panel will be Sunday, July 8th, they will signing autographs and (hopefully) a few photos with fans!
Yuki Kaji is a very popular and accomplished voice actor in anime! He is recognized as the voice of Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan, Meliodas in The Seven Deadly Sins, Todoroki in My Hero Academia, and Clemont in Pokémon XY!
About Bryce Papenbrook
Bryce Papenbrook has been a professional voice over artist since the age of eight. He was introduced to the voice acting scene by his father, Bob Papenbrook, and has continued the trade in his footsteps. Bryce has performed in numerous video games, cartoons, and television shows. Some recent roles include Eren in Attack on Titan & Attack on Titan JrHigh, Kirito in Sword Art Online & Sword Art Online II, Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist, Shirou Emiya in Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works, and many more.
Anime Expo 2018 will run from July 5 through July 8 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with Pre-Show Night on July 4, 2018.
BATMAN NINJA is coming to New York City for two nights celebrating the new anime film at The Directors Guild of America with the filmmakers, select voice cast members at the Kinokuniya Bookstore and free screening
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has scheduled two nights of Batman Ninja events in New York City with a May 1 screening and panel discussion at The Directors Guild of America, and a May 2 appearance/signing by filmmakers and key voice cast at Kinokuniya Bookstore.
Batman Ninja is breathtaking and after the premier at Wondercon it garnered rave reviews from fans! The film was announced at the 2017 New York Comic Con and now it’s back in the city that never sleeps, NYC the inspiration for Gotham. The two night event in the big apple is a celebration before the May 8th release on Blu-ray & DVD so Dark Knight fans get ready to take a bite out of this imaginative animated Batman film. It’s taken a village to bring this idea to life and includes anime filmmakers Jumpei Mizusaki, director (Opening animation of JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure), Kazuki Nakashima, writer (Gurren Lagann) and Takashi Okazaki, character designer (Afro Samurai), Roger Craig Smith (Batman: Arkham Origins) as Batman, Tony Hale (Veep, Arrested Development) as the Joker, Grey Griffin (Scooby-Doo franchise) as Catwoman, and Tara Strong (Batman: The Killing Joke) as Harley Quinn for fanboys & fangirls of Batman the Dark Knight and anime.
If you would like to attend the screening and panel discussion on Tuesday, May 1 at 7PM of Batman Ninja at The Directors Guild of America (110 West 57th Street in New York City). Fans can request tickets via email to BatmanNinjaNYC@gmail.com with a limited number available and filled ‘first come first served) with notifications sent by Friday, April 27.
The body of all fan RSVP emails need ONLY include the (1) name of the entrant, (2) number of tickets being requested (limit four per entry), (3) valid email address, and (4) name of the media outlet/website by which the entrant learned of the screening. Please enter only once. Fans should keep their entry simple – here’s an example of exactly how the body of the RSVP email should appear:
On Wednesday, May 2, at 5:30PM a free to the public Q&A and Batman Ninja poster signing with the filmmakers and actors at Kinokuniya Bookstore (1073 Avenue of the Americas), the preeminent location for anime films, books and merchandise in New York City.
About Batman Ninja…
Batman Ninja takes a journey across the ages as Gorilla Grodd’s time displacement machine transports many of Batman’s worst enemies to feudal Japan – along with the Dark Knight and a few of his allies. The villains take over the forms of the feudal lords that rule the divided land, with the Joker taking the lead among the warring factions. As his traditional high-tech weaponry is exhausted almost immediately, Batman must rely on his intellect and his allies – including Catwoman and the extended Bat-family – to restore order to the land, and return to present-day Gotham City.
Produced by Warner Bros. Japan and DC Entertainment, Batman Ninja will be distributed May 8, 2018 by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on Blu-ray™ Steelbook, Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD. The film will be available to own on Digital HD starting April 24, 2018.
Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of My Neighbor Totoro at the Studio Ghibli official pop-up shop in San Francisco. The shop that is a collaboration between Kinokuniya USA and Her Universe will open be open from 12-6PM starting February 24 – March 18th at TOTO Concept 190 (near AT&T Park) and will feature exclusive items.
The pop-up interior design has been inspired by the forest where friendly spirt ‘Totoro’ lives in the animated film ‘My Neighbor Totoro’ from Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbor Totoro – the story of two sisters, Satsuki and Mel and their whimsical interactions with the friendly forest spirit Totoro). The interior of the store will be forest green and have eco-friendly merchandise fixtures made of recycled cardboard and wall graphics of magical creators and critters from the film. Customers who purchase $100 or more at the pop-up will receive a free souvenir tote bag while supplies last. Admission to the shop will be free but large crowds are expected so online registration will be required please follow their twitter accounts and the KinokuniyaUSA site for details.
Keep up on the details of this magical wonderland celebrating ‘My Neighbor Toto’ by following @KinokuniyaUSA and @HerUniverse to learn of merchandise sneak peeks, announcements and other information.
About Studio Ghibli
Studio Ghibli was founded in 1985 by animation directors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata and is one of the most successful and well-respected animation studios in the world. Cultivating a creative force of talented directors, animators, and storytellers under the revered brilliance of Miyazaki and Takahata, Studio Ghibli’s films have been praised for their originality, dazzling animation, and epic storytelling. The films have become a beloved part of Japanese popular culture, and have garnered worldwide acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away won the Academy Award® for Best Animated Feature of 2002 and in 2005 Miyazaki was named one of “the most influential people” by TIME Magazine.
About Kinokuniya USA
Kinokuniya Bookstore was founded in 1927 in the Shinjuku district of Tokyo, Japan. In 1969, Kinokuniya opened its first overseas bookstore in San Francisco, California.
Our goal was to provide the Japanese community with books and magazines,
and introduce Japanese culture to the local community. Today, we have 11 stores in the U.S.. We honor our initial goal by offering a wide assortment of titles in Japanese and English in all our U.S. bookstores.
About Her Universe
Her Universe, the groundbreaking fangirl fashion company and lifestyle brand,is the vision of Ashley Eckstein, actress, entrepreneur and voice of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Ashley has been widely recognized as a business woman, Fangirl trendsetter and leading voice for female fandom. Founded in 2010, Ashley launched Her Universe with the mission to create stylish, fashion-forward merchandise for female sci-fi fans. Her Universeis a place for fangirls to step into the spotlight and be heard, recognized and rewarded. Ashley’s goal, from the beginning, was to build the company into a stand-alone entertainment and merchandise brand and, today, Her Universe is leading the way. Hoping to change the perception that science fiction and fantasy is just for boys, Her Universe has joined forces with some of the biggest names in the sci-fi/fantasy world to create fangirl apparel and accessories for such well-known names as Star Wars, Doctor Who, Star Trek and Marvel.
Today, Her Universe, a stand-alone subsidiary of Hot Topic, Inc., has expanded into entertainment and is also known as a lifestyle brand. Her Universe produces a “geek couture” fashion show every year at San Diego Comic-Con called The Her Universe Fashion Show, as well as a docu-series based about the fashion show for Comic-Con HQ. Recently, Her Universe announced it’s own publishing imprint called Her Universe Press with books to follow in 2017-2018.
Loot Crate is moving on up to offer fans the next level in the monthly subscription game.
It’s called Loot Crate DX and it’s putting luxury into geek hands for $49.99 (retail value $100.00). Loot Crate announced the new premium box at the Silicon Valley Comic-Con and hints of what to expect when the first box arrives on your doorstep. The first box will have items from Adventure Time, Legend of Zelda and World of
Loot Crate DX is priced at $49.99 (including S/H)
Warcraft and other geek culture franchises … oh my what a fun treat! The new DX crate will include
curated high-quality collectibles, apparel, home goods and surprises that will appeal to the geek lover who loves the lifestyle. The subscription boxes introduces subscribers to beloved and new characters that can be word or played to your hearts content. You can still subscribe to the original Loot Crate or the Loot Gaming Crate (April sold out already) or Loot Crate Anime in partnership with Crunchy Roll (has sold out every month). The fans speak every month with over half million Looters for the original Loot Crate subscription service. Loot Crate’s relationships with the hottest video game, entertainment and consumer product companies in the world, including Disney, Warner Bros., Nintendo, Activision, Minecraft, Bethesda and many more is what keeps fans looking forward to the box in the mail every month! I know I’m hoping to get my first box soon! Which one would you choose? Leave a comment below rather you will try out one of the specialty boxes or keep enjoying the original with lots of surprises!
“Loot Crate was created to help give a voice to fans of pop culture around the World,” said Matthew Arevalo, co-founder and Chief Experience Officer at Loot Crate. “Those fans have told us they would like to see bigger, bolder and higher end offerings. This is our response, and we know Looters and soon to be Looters will be incredibly pleased with the result.”
*Items shown are examples. Some but not all crates include wearables.
ABOUT LOOT CRATE
Loot Crate™ was founded in 2012 by an entrepreneurial team of geeks and gamers who thought that online retail was missing the sense of community, interactivity and mystery that we fell in love with at shows like Comic-Con and PAX. We emphasize phenomenal support and content, and include gear from some of the most respected entertainment and consumer product companies in the world.
If you want to give a fun unique gift to impress the geek in your life you can never go wrong with a pass to any number of conventions in the USA. Depending on rather it’s a local convention that is all about Anime, Doctor Who, Supernatural, Steampunk or (the original) Comic Books you can find one that a fan will be delighted to attend. Now I do not recommend promising a high profile ticket (for example) San Diego Comic Con (unless you want to try for 2017) but you should have no problem grabbing passes for the following (once they go on sale):
These are a few that I personally attend are on my list to checkout with a variety of prices and don’t forget if it’s out of town make a hotel reservation early so that your close to all the action. As you can see some are regional and others are one themed but they are all a blast where you can be yourself either dressing in cosplay or wearing a beloved tshirt with people who ‘know’ or just finally getting to meet the cast and crew of beloved tv/movies surrounded by other fans.
You can get a box of cute with the Hello Kitty Graphic Novel Box Set from Viz Media. It came out on September 1st and this new box set has all of the Viz’s Hello Kitty full color graphic novels from the Perfect Square imprint. That was created by comic book and pop culture artists Jacob Chabot, Ian McGinty, Jorge Monlongo, Giovanni Castro and special guest artists in each edition. Can you really put a price on cute? The box set is around $50 (US/CAN) MSRP but for Hello Kitty fans this is one item that must be added to the collection.
The comic book is full of adventure as HK gets to journey to other worlds, puts on her detective ‘hat’, get a little sciencey as she uses her intellect to invent tech, is creative as she explores music, theatre and adventures! It’s fun for all ages of HK fans! “Smiles are guaranteed with every volume in this colorful new HELLO KITTY box set release,” says Beth Kawasaki, Perfect Square Editorial Director. “This is a wonderful set for every Hello Kitty fan, and each volume artfully captures her sense of curiosity, adventure and whimsical fun!”
The HELLO KITTY FUN & FRIENDSHIP Original Graphic Novel Box Set features:
In HELLO KITTY: IT’S ABOUT TIME, Hello Kitty lets the good times roll! It’s time for beach parties, dance contests, last-minute birthday gifts and time machines! Plus, journey inside a cuckoo clock and much, much more! Past, present or future, Hello Kitty and her friends are having a blast!
In HELLO KITTY: WORK OF ART, Hello Kitty and her friends are making music, producing plays, solving mysteries and… playing with dragons? Art is all around, and Hello Kitty and her friends know exactly where to find it!
In HELLO KITTY: JUST IMAGINE, Hello Kitty and her friends are letting their imaginations run wild – dreaming up rainy day adventures, inventing amazing machines and solving problems in the most inventive ways. When creativity and friendship combine, the possibilities are endless!
In HELLO KITTY: SURPRISE!, a day at the beach is more than just fun in the sun. A mysterious egg holds a tiny secret. Mama and Papa have a few secrets of their own. And a quiet afternoon with a good book is more exciting than Hello Kitty ever could have imagined!
In HELLO KITTY: DELICIOUS!, Hello Kitty is serving up some extra special treats! What’s on the menu? Something sweet, something spicy, and a pie that’s out of this world! Plus, Dear Daniel® is making dinner, but… you might want to make other plans. Hello Kitty also makes a new friend with a HUGE appetite! And save room for dessert!
Join Hello Kitty in HELLO KITTY: HERE WE GO! as she explores an underground realm, moonlights as an international super spy, climbs the Himalayas, travels back in time, and discovers that sometimes, the best place to get away from it all is between the pages of a good book.
I had nerded so hard when I got the chance to see the LA debut of Jellyfish Eyes from the artist Takashi Murakami at the Ace Hotel Theater. Mr. Murakami has been on a world wide (well US) tour of the first directing effort with a next stop in NYC. He’s quite a quirky guy that has the ability to still harness his childlike imagination to create whimsical creatures. As you can see from the photo Jellyfish Eyes has a lot of critters from cute to scary (big AND small) that will appeal to the boy or girl in all of us. If you are lucky enough to score a VIP ticket you might have the opportunity to have an exclusive designed figurine and even a reception. I learned of the screening too late to take advantage but was tickled pink that after the film he hung out in the lobby and took photos/signed autographs for fans (what a great guy!). Check out my review of the film on cherrylosangeles YouTube channel which I found very appealing because of my own love of the idea of these cute toys (I’d choose a cute one .. likely fuzzy and puppy dog looking).
In his feature filmmaking debut, acclaimed visual artist Takashi Murakami creates a family-friendly monster movie using live action and CGI. Jellyfish Eyes transforms the classic cinematic trope of the new kid on the block into a genre-defying adventure set in a post-Fukushima world. The film follows young Masashi who, after his father’s death, moves with his mother to a small city in the Japanese countryside. But when he discovers that their new apartment is already inhabited by a pint-sized, gravity-defying creature, Masashi begins to pull back the curtain on this sleepy town and finds that very little is what it appears to be. As a connoisseur of Japanese popular culture, from children’s manga and anime to classic monster movies, Murakami packs his film with a delirious abundance of ideas and imagery.