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2:00 PM on 05.21.2014

Sword Art Online season 2 to premiere worldwide

To promote SAO season 2, Sword Art Online II, which is due out this summer, Aniplex of America is hosting a premiere screening of the first episode at Anime Expo on July 4th. It predates the screening on Japanese TV on July 5...

Jeff Chuang

ACEN '14: Wake Up, Girls! photo
ACEN '14: Wake Up, Girls!
by Jeff Chuang

Anime Central and Crunchyroll teamed up over the weekend and brought to the USA the anime-idol group Wake Up, Girls! I am more than excited to be able to cover them over the weekend and attend some of their events. Below the jump contains a list of pictures, questions and answers for the seven-girl idol team from their press panel, but also a few from the anime producer and director Hiroaki Takeuchi and Yutaka Yamamoto, respectively.

The Wake Up, Girls! attended ACEN to help promote their movie and TV show, both are currently streaming from Crunchyroll. And as those of you who have seen the show may expect, having the seven idols in front of you really does complete the full experience. Lastly, for the unfamiliar, the Wake Up Girls, from left to right (top image), are Miyu Takagi, Nanami Yamashita, Minami Tanaka, Mayu Yoshioka, Airi Eino, Kaya Okuno, and Yoshino Aoyama. On the left of WUG is director Yutaka Yamamoto, and on the right is producer Hiroaki Takeuchi.

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8:00 AM on 05.20.2014

ACEN '14: Scenes from opening ceremony

Anime Central 2014 opened with a great list of guests. What's actually really unusual is that most of the guests on the roll call showed up at the opening ceremony, which seems like a good omen for a convention weekend given ...

Jeff Chuang

ACEN '14: The Cosplays photo
ACEN '14: The Cosplays
by Jeff Chuang

Over the weekend, midwest's cosplayers marched out en force at Anime Central 2014. Let's take a look after the jump.

The trend with Titan doesn't seem to slow down, and there are a bunch of decent survey corps members roaming the con. But in large numbers it all seems to blur, unlike the more striking titan cosplayers. Still, the usual seems to make a mark, such Homestuck and the like. It just seems Kill la Kill is quick to overtake Free one's best excuse to wear as little clothes as possible at a con, despite ACEN '14 was still quite chilly overall, weather-wise.

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3:00 PM on 05.15.2014

Anime Central 2014 brings Angela, WUG, host of great guests

Anime Central, the third largest anime convention in the US and Canada, serves as the big bump to get things started for this year's anime convention circuit. It kicks off Friday and runs through the weekend. And big conventi...

Jeff Chuang

5:00 PM on 04.14.2014

Wake Up, Girls! to shake up Anime Central

Anime Central announced last Friday that seiyuu-idol group Wake Up, Girls! will be attending as guests, along with their producers--anime director Yutaka Yamamoto and producer Hiroaki Takeuchi. Naturally the WUGs will be pres...

Jeff Chuang

5:00 PM on 02.05.2014

ACEN announces angela as musical guest

If you've watched more than a few anime titles within the last decade you've likely heard the musical group angela perform a theme song or two. Known for their ridiculously fast lyrics and upbeat music, the duo that makes up ...

LB Bryant

10:00 PM on 05.07.2012

You'll never do something as awesome as this Madoka chalk

If you've never been to a major convention before, then one of the special little sights you would have missed out on are the chalk drawings. All across the country, PepperInk does most of the major ones -- from New York Ani...

Brad Rice

3:00 PM on 05.16.2010

ACEN 10: FUNi announces Eden of the East, Casshern dubs

What, you thought the only thing FUNimation was doing today at ACEN was announcing hot new licenses? Well, they also paraded out some new voice acting casts for the dubs of their upcoming titles. Casshern Sins, Corpse Princes...

Brad Rice

ACEN 10: FUNi nabs Sora No Otoshimono, Rosario to Vampire photo
ACEN 10: FUNi nabs Sora No Otoshimono, Rosario to Vampire
by Brad Rice

As part of their "dominate the market" strategy, FUNimation has announced six new licenses at Anime Central this year: Chaos;HEad, Rideback, Heaven's Lost Property (Sora no Otoshimono), Rosario to Vampire (and season 2), Chrome Shelled Regios and Gun x Sword, a Geneon rescue.

That's quite a load they've managed to pick up, and a nice variety. They've got their ever-popular fanservice base shored up with Sora no Otoshimono and Rosario to Vampire, both of which will see DVD releases in 2011. Gun x Sword and Chrome Shelled Regios will see a release late 2010, while the others will hit sometime in 2011. Meanwhile, Rideback is one of the titles I've seen Madhouse pimping since Otakon of last year, and it looks good -- it's at the top of my "do want" list, for sure.

I'm curious as to how well they're expecting Gun x Sword to do. While I enjoyed the show, as much as I watched of it, I didn't recall it being a spectacular property that will turn much profit. But I suppose having any sort of profit from the title means it's worth it, and might serve you well later on.

We've got the full press release after the jump, flush with descriptions of all these shows. Hive mind of readers, let us know what we should be excited for. We want to hear your picks.

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1:00 PM on 05.15.2010

Check out live ACEN coverage from our buds 91.8 the Fan

As much as we'd love to be spending our bright and cheery spring weekend in Chicago, instead we're scattered to the winds. But, we've been making friends with the folks over at 91.8 the Fan, who are covering the event all wee...

Brad Rice

2:00 PM on 05.22.2009

Keep the Gundam Experience going with the Universal Century panel

Did you like the Gundam Experience panel that Len posted about? Of course you did. It's Gundam, after all. I've only recently been a convert to the franchise, after Dynasty Warriors Gundam, along with rewatching Gundam Wing,...

Brad Rice