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Anime Expo

Uh-oh: Anime Expo could be harmed by sudden regulations


Why now?
May 16
// Josh Tolentino
I think we can all agree that youths need protection from creeps and other predators, but what's happening at this year's Anime Expo in the name of protecting the children seems to be a bit...undesirable. Last week, the ...
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AnimeNEXT '16

Aw, snap: Rei Hiroe and ZAQ are heading to AnimeNEXT


Bullets and delusions make a great combo
Apr 28
// Salvador G Rodiles
With almost a month left until June, it turns out that the man behind the original Black Lagoon manga, Rei Hiroe, and the singer of Love, Chunibiyo & Other Delusions' opening, ZAQ, are making an appearance at AnimeNE...

Anime Matsuri X Cosplay Gallery Part 2 of 2

Mar 03 // Red Veron
Enjoy the gallery! Which one is your favorite? Look or more about Japanator at Anime Matsuri: Part 1 of Anime Matsuri X Cosplay Gallery Japanator Anime Matsuri Video (Coming Soon!) Last Year's Galleries: Anime Matsuri 2015 Cosplay Gallery - Part 1 Last Year's Galleries: Anime Matsuri 2015 Cosplay Gallery - Part 2  
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30K IN ATTENDANCE
The official numbers are in and about 30,215 people attended the tenth year of Anime Matsuri, one the best anime conventions in Texas. Anime Matsuri is a yearly celebration of Anime and Japanese pop culture, taking place in ...

Anime Matsuri X Cosplay Gallery Part 1 of 2

Mar 02 // Red Veron
At the convention, I ran into the cool people from BoomSlank who helped me find a certain vendor. Check out their site for some really cool art that I regret not picking up. This year, I heard unconfirmed reports that more than the projected 30,000 people attended and some have said that this makes it the best Anime convention in Texas. I haven't been to many Anime conventions in Texas to be able to judge for myself but I do think it is one of the major anime conventions in Texas that fans of Japanese pop culture in Texas should check out. There will be another gallery tomorrow and a video that is in the works! Come back tomorrow! Enjoy the gallery! Which one is your favorite? Look out for more about Japanator at Anime Matsuri: Part 2 of Anime Matsuri X Cosplay Gallery Japanator Anime Matsuri Video (Coming Soon!) Last Year's Galleries: Anime Matsuri 2015 Cosplay Gallery - Part 1 Last Year's Galleries: Anime Matsuri 2015 Cosplay Gallery - Part 2
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BEST ANIME CON IN TEXAS?!
This past weekend was the tenth year of Anime Matsuri, a celebration of Japanese pop culture and other related interests, and I had a lot of fun despite trying to currently get over con funk. I ran into many awesome cosplay, which isn't surprising since I have always been impressed of the cosplay at Anime Matsuri.  

Week Ender - Anime Matsuri X Edition

Feb 27 // Red Veron
[embed]34800:5455:0[/embed] Toki Tsukasadoru Juuni no Meiyaku Anime: Steins;Gate Anime Matsuri guest Yuzuru Tachikawa has directed many episodes of popular anime and one of them is Steains;Gate. Every anime featured here has been worked on by Tachikawa.   [embed]34800:5456:0[/embed] "Shinsekai Koukyougaku" Anime: Death Parade Tachikawa also directed this show and I've seen a few cosplayers decked out as characters from the show. I really need to watch more than the first episode.   [embed]34800:5457:0[/embed] "Mask" Anime: Bleach My favorite ending for this show and it happens to the last. Also, I chose this one since one of the guests at AM is Johnny Yong Bosch, the english voice actor for Ichigo. Bosch, also known for playing the second Black Ranger in Mighty Morphin' Power Ranger, played at last year's AM with his band Eyshine.   [embed]34800:5458:0[/embed] "Shinsekai Koukyougaku" Anime: Kill La Kill TRIGGER, the studio behind the show Kill La Kill, partnered up with AM last year to offer some great goodies related to different TRIGGER properties like exclusive art books. I was unable to get some since they sold out before I could find the area they sold them. SADNESSXINFINITY.jpg   So do you have a convention you love and/or something about a convention you love? It can be a memory or an event or ANYTHING. SHARE ABOUT IT IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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TEN YEARS BABY
The first day of Anime Matsuri is done and the second day is here! I hope everyone in attendance of AM (Anime Matsuri) is enjoying their time. I am probably gorging on yummy food truck food when this goes live and/or running ...

OP Up! Anime Matsuri X Edition

Feb 24 // Red Veron
[embed]34799:5451:0[/embed] "Flyers" Anime: Death Parade Director of the Anime Death Parade, Yuzuru Tachikawa, will be attending Anime Matsuri. Tachikawa will also be joined by Animation Director and Character Designer of Death Parade Shinichi Kurita.   [embed]34799:5452:0[/embed] "Cras numquam scire" Anime: Dantalian no Shoka Death Parade's Director, Yuzuru Tachikawa, also directed several episodes of Dantalian no Shoka, which I enjoyed a lot. Sadly, I don't think there will be any more seasons of the show. I love Victorian era mystery anime with some mysticism and fantasy.   [embed]34799:5453:0[/embed] "Black Rock Shooter" Anime: Black Rock Shooter Black Rock Shooter is one of my favorite characters due to her design and her origins from a song and fan art. So when I saw that Anime Matsuri's Convention Chairwoman Deneice Leigh got some great BRS full body car decal stickers on her car Itasha to promote Anime Matsuri, I was beyond overjoyed.   [embed]34799:5454:0[/embed] "Motteke! Sailor Fuku" Anime: Lucky Star If you saw the pic above, Anime Matsuri's official Itasha used to have an awesome Lucky Star decal featuring Konata. Watch that show, it's sloooow at the beginning but great when it picks up. Don't watch the dub, Konata sounds like Bart Simpson.   So do you have a convention you love and/or something about a convention you love? It can be a memory or an event or ANYTHING. SHARE ABOUT IT IN THE COMMENTS BELOW! I wanna know!
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Houston's Best Anime Con
I love Anime conventions, I am here today at Japanator because of some cool people I met up with at an anime convention. These gatherings allow fans to express their love for their favorite things in an fun environment filled...

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Cosplay

Beat Down Boogie's newest video gives the spotlight to the kids


Prepare to go 'daw' a lot
Jan 06
// Salvador G Rodiles
There's something wonderful about getting the chance to share a hobby with one's own kid. It acts as a way for the parents to bond with their children in a whole new way, and their teamwork gives off a warming aura to those ...
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Sakura

Cultural Ambassador Takamasa Sakurai passed away


Tragic accident takes an ally of kawaii
Dec 03
// Jeff Chuang
NHK news reports that Takamasa Sakurai, a Ministry of Foreign Affairs representative and frequent anime con guest, has passed away from a trackside accident in Tokyo's Nishi-Nippori station on Thursday. He...

Japanator goes to AniMaine 2015: Day 3

Nov 20 // Soul Tsukino
[embed]34509:5193:0[/embed] [embed]34509:5195:0[/embed] We caught a little of a panel called The Transnational Otaku, a look at the spreading of subcultures across international borders. Although we didn't stay very long it was an interesting look at how different parts of the world adopt a style and make it their own. The next panel on our docket as taking place in the Underground panel room with Scott Melzer's Fandom Abridged. This was a look at anime fandom through the decades, starting in the 60s and working its way up until today. It was a great look on how not only the people but especially the technology has advanced the fandom to what it is today. Although more informational than many of his other panels, Scott knows how to make a presentation and make it entertaining as well. Staying in the same room (although everyone was kicked out and let back in for some reason), was Why Can't I be Ellen Ripley, hosted by Terri Doty. This panel was about the outside lives of those who work in the anime industry and how much it affects their regular lives. The stories of her family's reaction to what Terri does and the stories of using new voices on people (especially her husband) put in perspective how much a career in anime voicing can really take over one's life. Since I was able to ask a question I got an autographed card from Terri! Up next was back upstairs for the annual AniMaine charity auction. Every year items are donated to the con and an auction is held to raise money for different charities. This year's proceeds went to enhancing art education for the students of the state of Maine. We got in a little bit late so we missed some of the items being auctioned off, but I won a snuggly soft demon yokai blanket made by Mere Doyle of Your Illusion Crafts. I've bought something from her every year of the con and wanted to keep the tradition alive. The biggest bids came from a bidding war over the AniMaine official sign (featured on day 1's coverage) that ended up going well north of $130 dollars! Getting out of the auction, it was back to the Underground for DLW: Since the dawn of time with David Williams. David, being a co-founder of ADV Films back in the day, was there right as anime really started taking off in the U.S. and English dubbing and subtitling began to happen. Not only was this a look at just how these things get licensed for American distribution, but a look pretty much how these companies get started (and ultimately end) in getting into the business of licensing anime. Bidding adieu to David, we did one last raid of the dealer's room where I picked up some bottles of ramune, a paper fan, and some chocolate goodies. With all the stops to the dealer's room, the things I won, and the goodies I got from the Veranda Asian market before the con started I ended up with quite a haul. It was time to wrap things up with Closing Ceremonies as everyone who was still at the con gathered upstairs. The Guests, Colin, Chris, and a number of other staff members gave some final words, the theme of next year's con was announced (Food!), and things were officially closed. We hung around for the con feedback panel before saying our goodbyes and heading back up north where Jeremy and I got dinner and the Asian buffet here in town before I was dropped off here at the "home office" and rightly fell asleep (with the cuddly soft demon blanky). To wrap the weekend up, it was a wonderful time. If you are into the charm of the small convention, this is the perfect example. The staff is always friendly and willing to help, even if it's your first year and you do not know anyone. Although the layout of what rooms house what change from year to year, it is still a very simple set up that you can figure out very quickly. The guests are more accessible to talk to than any other con I've been too and the panels they host are a lot of fun. It seems like a convention and more just a family reunion or a gathering of friends. Of course, that is not to discredit all the hard work the staff and crew do to make it all happen every year. Those folks hustle like you wouldn't believe to make sure things are running and work. So kudos to all of them! If you enjoyed what you've read through my weekend adventure and want to know more about this wonderful convention, please visit their website or their facebook. It is an experience well worth it! Tell them Japanator sent ya.     [embed]34509:5195:0[/embed]
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A look at the small con in Maine
Welcome back to Japanator's coverage of AniMaine 2015 from South Portland, Maine. After getting a whole lot more sleep than I did the night before, Sunday morning was a lot easier to get up and going. Since check out time was...

Japanator goes to AniMaine 2015: Day 2

Nov 19 // Soul Tsukino
[embed]34503:5182:0[/embed]   [embed]34503:5191:0[/embed] First up for me was Meet Monica Rial. An informal panel where you could ask her about anything and get to know how wonderful she is. Not only did she share some tips and tricks for voice acting, but also told a number of stories from her career and her life. She's a sweet person and very entertaining to listen to for an hour. [embed]34503:5183:0[/embed] While Jeremy traveled off for another panel. I went upstairs and got myself together for a photo shoot I had scheduled with Amie E. Photography that were doing shoots Saturday afternoon. I was debuting a new costume of the character of Mirakoshi the spirit from my own superhero book series kRaveings. I'm not actually the type who gets his picture taken at cons a whole lot (although someone actually did ask for our picture on the way out the door. AWESOME!), so this was something I do for myself. As you can see, Her camera work is amazing. Check out this gallery of samples of the pics she took of us at the con. If you want to know the character behind that pretty face, you can check out my published books at my website. (Cheap plug) It was then time for my panel, Damn Write! I've run this writing discussion panel since the first AniMaine and every year they are glad to bring me back for it. I was very pleased to have a small group of engaging people, especially since my panel was up against Greg Ayres doing an all ages version of his late night panel in the room upstairs. It was fun and since the room wasn't being used after I was done, I hung around a bit and one of the staffers named Ivan brought in his dog Watson, who stars in Watson The Terrible. She was a friendly dog but really did not know what to think of me since I was still wearing my face paint. she just kind of sat there staring at me and twitched her nose. She was adorable and liked the pets on the head. Leaving the panel room, I ran into another long time friend in Pocky Princess Darcy, and expert cosplayer who came up from New Hampshire. She was entered into the Expert division of the Cosplay contest with this wonder number of Princess Lulu from Yuri Kuma Arashi. (spoilers: she won).  After washing off all the face paint and some food, we took in the Saturday night Fan parodies run by Scott Melzer. Scott's been a friend of mine for well over 10 years now and usually hosts this block later in the night, but this year it was held earlier in the day. Amongst those shown was AMV Hell 8 and Macross: Did you forget about Love?. Lots of laughs and fun as always when Scott's running this block of programming.  The next event on the docket was Bootleg Bomber. This event is THE main event of the convention as it has been from the very beginning. This draws the entire convention to see, and no other panels are scheduled during it's time (A rule named after your truly who had a writing panel opposite the Bomber in the first year and drew no one to it). Bootleg Bomber is split into two parts. First is an instructional panel hosted by Con-chair Colin Harvie and Greg Ayres on how to spot bootleg merchandise. Looking for things like copyright notices, region codes, and quality checks really make looking to see if items are not legit is a big part of the con. After the informative part of the panel is over, AniMaine finds new ways to destroy the bootlegs that are donated to the convention. In years passed we had a Steamroller, a piñata hackfest, an industrial blender, and last year was FIRE. [embed]34503:5184:0[/embed] This year the convention theme was robots, so we had a robot and a couple of the guests have at it! (Caution: naughty language) [embed]34503:5186:0[/embed] As you can see it was a lot of fun. Who knew Monica could be so salty and violent?  When the dust was cleared, I went off to Truth or Doty. This was a fun game panel hosted by Terry Doty. The premise was she would read off 3 things and a person in the audience would have to guess which one was true. If you guessed right you got a prize. She told stories of being randomly bit by a little kid while shopping and pretending to have an evil twin for a year. Not only is she very Talented, but she has some really interesting life stories to tell!. With some time left she ran a raffle for extra DVDs she had and I won a DVD of a live action movie called Drop. I haven't watched it yet but looks interesting. At this point, it was 9:00 at night and it was time for the AniMaine Rave with your DJ, Greg Ayres. This is another big draw event with most of the con doing the Oontz Oontz Oontz thing. [embed]34503:5185:0[/embed] Meanwhile, a small group of us gathered in the viewing room downstairs for Hellsing: Abridged, a fan parody of Hellsing: Ultimate brought to you by Team Fourstar, a group of parody makers known for DBZ: Abridged and other online parodies. Following that we were also victi.. err... guests... to a panel run by the convention chair Colin himself, an 18+ panel called Evan GET IT ON, a look at some bad Evangelion hentai. Colin is a HUGE EVA fan with a very large collection of things from the show. Some tech issues aside, which just made it more fun, it was a funny and bizarre way to end the night officially. With midnight came the official end of con activities, but as per custom, a lot of us just kind of hung around for a while until being officially kicked out. I checked out the Artist Alley when I chatted with Darcy and her friend Michelle, nabbing this pic of the Robot from Bootleg Bomber, and the official AniMaine mascot (named Malika) being cosplayed by Rose Humenuik. Scott and I found a place in the hallway and talked about things for a while before going to our rooms and ending the night. First up for me was Meet Monica Rial. An informal panel where you could ask her about anything and get to know how wonderful she is. Not only did she share some tips and tricks for voice acting, but also told a number of stories from her career and her life. She's a sweet person and very entertaining to listen to for an hour.   While Jeremy traveled off for another panel. I went upstairs and got myself together for a photo shoot I had scheduled with Aime E. Photography that were doing shoots Saturday afternoon. I was debuting a new costume of the character of Mirakoshi the spirit from my own super hero book series kRaveings. I'm not actually the type who gets his picture taken at cons a whole lot (although someone actually did ask for our picture on the way out the door. AWESOME!), so this was something I do for myself. As you can see, Her camera work is amazing.   After that it was time for my panel, Damn Write! I've run this writing discussion panel since the first AniMaine and every year they are glad to bring me back for it. I was very pleased to have a small group of engaging people, especially since my panel was up against Greg Ayres doing an all ages version of his late night panel in the room upstairs. It was fun and since the room wasn't being used after I was done, I hung around a bit and one of the staffers named Ivan brought in his dog Watson, who stars in Watson The Terrible. She was a friendly dog, but really did not know what to think of me since I was still wearing my face paint. she just kind of sat there staring at me and twitched her nose. She was adorable and liked the pets on the head.   After washing off all the face paint and some food, we took in the Saturday night Fan parodies run by Scott Melzer. Scott's been a friend of mine for well over 10 years now and usually hosts this block later in the night, but this year it was held earlier in the day. Amongst those shown was AMV Hell 8 and Maccross: Did you forget about Love?. Lots of laughs and fun as always when Scott's running this block of programming.   The next event on the docket was Bootleg Bomber. This event is THE main event of the convention as it has been from the very beginning. Bootleg Bomber is split into two parts. First is an instructional panel hosted by Con-chair Colin Harvie and Greg Ayres on how to spot bootleg merchandise. Looking for things like copyright notices, region codes, and quality checks really make looking to see if items are not legit is a big part of the con. After the informative part of the panel is over, AniMaine finds new ways to destroy the bootlegs that are donated to the convention. In years passed we had a Steamroller, a piñata hackfest, an industrial blender, and last year was FIRE. This year the convention theme was robots, so we had a robot and a couple of the guests have at it!     As you can see it was a lot of fun. Who knew Monica could be so salty and violent?     When the dust was cleared, I went off to Truth or Doty. This was a fun game panel hosted by Terry Doty. The premise was she would read off 3 things and a person in the audience would have to guess which one was true. If you guessed right you got a prize. She told stories of being randomly bit by a little kid while shopping and pretending to have an evil twin for a year. Not only is she very Talented, but she has some really interesting life stories to tell!. With some time left she ran a raffle for extra DVDs she had and I won a DVD of a live action movie called Drop. I haven't watched it yet, but looks interesting.   At this point it was 9:00 at night and it was time for the AniMaine Rave with your DJ, Greg Ayres. This is another big draw event with most of the con doing the Oontz Oontz Oontz thing. Meanwhile a small group of us gathered in the viewing room downstairs for Hellsing: Abridged, a fan parody of Hellsing: Ultimate.     Following that we were also victi.. err...guests... to a panel run by the convention chair Colin himself, an 18+ panel called Evan GET IT ON, a look at some bad Evangelion hentai. Colin is a HUGE EVA fan with a very large collection of things from the show. Some tech issues aside, which just made it more fun, it was a funny and bizzare way to end the night officially. With midnight came the official end of con activities, but as per custom, a lot of us just kind of hung around for a while untill being officially kicked out. Scott and I found a place in the hallway and talked about things for a while before going to our rooms and ending the night.
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A look at the small con in Maine
Welcome back Japanator readers as we take a look at the AniMaine anime convention from South Portland Maine. Today we look at day 2, Saturday! Haven't had slept very well from the night before, getting up Saturday was a bit o...

Japanator goes to AniMaine 2015: Day 1

Nov 18 // Soul Tsukino
[embed]34499:5181:0[/embed] This year's convention guests featured returning faces and a couple of new guests as well. Voice actor Greg Ayres returned once again, as he has every year since the beginning. Voice Actress and director Terri Doty returned as well with her husband audio engineer Stephan Hoff who was joining the con for the first time. Voice actress Monica Rial attended the con for the first time and returning favorites fan parody producer Scott Melzer and ADV Films founder David Williams were there as well. These guests, along with the staff and fan run panels made for a jam packed weekend with something for everyone. The first day of the con started for me early Friday morning. It's an annual tradition now for me and Tomopop writer Jeremy Emerje Crocker to attend the event as we've been to all four previous cons and this year was no different. It's an hour trip for us, coming down from near the capital of Maine, Augusta. We stopped at a local Asian market, The Veranda, before getting to the hotel. The convention space itself isn't very big, with everything being contained in one hallway. The space is rearranged every year to maximize things and the AniMaine group does a good job with it. We got in at around 2:30 in the afternoon where registration was open but none of the events had started yet. We both had preregistered, but there wasn't any kind of line at that point so we both strode right in and got through the process in only a few minutes. After walking around for a bit to figure out what was where this year, we headed to the upstairs panel room, Canopy, for the opening ceremonies. This not only serves as the official welcome to the convention but also as the official legal start of the  AniMaine Inc. (the legal name of the group putting the con together)  fall meeting. We got some words from the staff and some of the guests, and we were off and running! First up on my schedule was Script Adapting with Monica Rial. For those unaware. Monica is in just about EVERYTHING. Here is her IMDB to see what I mean. I have never met her before, but I can say I am glad I did. She is a wonderful little ball of energy and a very friendly person. She spoke about the process of writing for English translation on anime and voicing scripts. She is a very good story teller and with her experience in the industry, she has many stories to tell. When that concluded Jeremy and I got our stuff and checked into our room before checking out the dealer's room and the artist alley. They aren't very big compared to the bigger city cons, but they both had things to offer. The dealer's room featured a vendor selling snacks and manga, the con table for buying the T-shirts, a booth for the local anime./gaming store Weekend Anime and Games, and a booth from Bread of Life selling baked goods (Their cinnamon rolls were amazing). The artist alley featured 5 different artists offering up fan art, handmade crafts and jewelry, and some handmade plushies as well. Next up on my journey was something of an AniMaine staple in "I'm Not Gonna Lie", a game show style event where two teams of three (2 guests and a staff member) take turns trying to guess if the statement one of them reads is truth or a lie. Colin headed up the team of Monica Rial and Greg Ayres against the team headed up by Arthur and his team of  Terri Doty and Stephen Hoff. It's an entertaining way to see the guests and founder interact with each other and see how good they are at lying to each other. Colin's team won the event 3 to 2. The convention shifts a bit as after 7:00 pm the kid's passes expire and the "AniMaine after dark" panels begin. First up is Greg Ayres: Raw and Uncensored. This is where Greg tells us the more adult and fun stories from his conventions past and experiences. A lot of fun stories were told at this con, and out of respect to him I am not going to repeat any of them here :-) The night finished off in the downstairs Underground room with Scott Melzer's Hentai Game show. This is a newer panel for him and one he's not done at AniMaine. It can best described as being a mix of fun games with the people in the room and viewing adult parody videos. Cards were passed out to everyone and at any time we could read from the card to respond to anything and receive candy if it got a laugh. There was balloon popping, question and answers, coming up with your own hentai movie title and artist drawings as well. I participated in the naming of a hentai but didn't win. Still fun, though. With the events officially closing at midnight, Jeremy went up to the room and I went to the bar. Since I don't drink alcohol at all, I have a tradition of getting a pineapple juice on the rocks. I hung out there with Greg and a few of the staff members, along with a cool bartender until about 1 AM before heading off to the room and trying to get some sleep. Writer's Note: I would be remised if I didn't mention the events in France that went on during the day that the events I'm covering took place. Most of us at the con were not made aware of what happened until after the Friday events were over, even into the next morning. It was a reprehensible attack on the country and its people. I can only speak for myself, but here's hoping those that took part in the attacks are quickly brought to justice. Writer's Note: I would be remised if I didn't mention the events in France that went on during the day that the events I'm covering took place. Most of us at the con were not made aware of what happened until after the Friday events were over, even into the next morning. It was a reprehensible attack on the country and its people. I can only speak for myself, but here's hoping those that took part in the attacks are quickly brought to justice.   Hello and welcome to Japanator's wrap up report of the 2015 AniMaine anime convention from South Portland Maine. I am Soul Tsukino and I will be your guide on this journey.   AniMaine is a small con that takes place every November at the Best Western Merry Manor Inn. It was a convention founded in 2011  by Colin Harvie (Con Chair), Chris Perry (chief of staff), and Arthur Babinsky (who was the guest relations staff member this year). The con was founded on the ideals of anti-bootlegging and piracy in the anime fandom and after 5 conventions it's still a core value of the convention. It typically draws between 200 and 300 people, but it is a shining example of the camaraderie you get from a smaller con with a regular staff from year to year.   This year's convention guests featured returning faces and a couple of new guests as well. Voice actor Greg Ayres returned once again, as he has every year since the beginning. Voice Actress and director Terri Doty returned as well with her husband audio engineer Stephan Hoff who was joining the con for the first time. Voice actress Monica Rial attended the con for the first time and returning favorites fan parody producer Scott Melzer and ADV founder David Williams were there as well. These guests, along with the staff and fan run panels made for a jam packed weekend with something for everyone.   The first day of the con started for me early Friday morning. It's an annual tradition now for me and Tomopop writer Jeremy Emerje Crocker to attend the event as we've been to all four previous cons and this year was no different. It's an hour trip for us, coming down from near the capital of Maine, Augusta. We stopped at a local Asian market, The Veranda, before getting to the hotel. The convention space itself isn't very big, with everything being contained in one hallway. The space is rearranged every year to maximize things and the AniMaine group does a good job with it. We got in at around 2:30 in the afternoon where registration was open but none of the events had started yet. We both had preregistered, but there wasn't any kind of line at that point so we both strode right in and got through the process in only a few minutes.   After walking around for a bit to figure out what was where this year, we headed to the upstairs panel room, Canopy, for the opening ceremonies. This not only serves as the official welcome to the convention, but also as the official legal start of the  AniMaine Inc. (the legal name of the group putting the con together)  fall meeting. We got some words from the staff and some of the guests, and we were off and running!   First up on my schedule was Script Adapting with Monica Rial. For those unaware. Monica is in just about EVERYTHING. Here is her IMDB to see what I mean. I have never met her before but I can say I am glad I did. She is a wonderful little ball of energy and a very friendly person. She spoke about the process of writing for English translation on anime and voicing scripts. She is a very good story teller and with her experience in the industry, she has many stories to tell. When that concluded Jeremy and I got our stuff and checked into our room before checking out the dealer's room and the artist alley. They aren't very big compared to the bigger city cons, but they both had things to offer. The dealer's room featured a vendor selling snacks and manga, the con table for buying the T-shirts, a booth for the local anime./gaming store Weekend Anime and Games, and a booth from Bread of Life selling bakes goods (Their cinnamon roles were amazing). The artist alley featured 5 different artists offering up fan art, hand made crafts and jewelry, and some hand made plushies as well.   Next up on my journey was something of a AniMaine staple in "I'm Not Gonna Lie", a game show style event where two teams of three (2 guests and a staff member) take turns trying to guess if the statement one of them reads is truth or a lie. Colin headed up the team of Monica Rial and Greg Ayres against the team headed up by Arthur and his team of  Terri Doty and Stephen Hoff. It's an entertaining way to see the guests and founder interact with each other and see how good they are at lying to each other. Colin's team won the event 3 to 2.   The convention shifts a bit as after 7:00 pm the kid's passes expire and the "AniMaine after dark" panels begin. First up is Greg Ayres: Raw and Uncensored. This is where Greg tells us the more adult and fun stories from his conventions past and experiences. A lot of fun stories were told at this con, and out of respect to him I am not going to repeat any of them here :-)   The night finished off in the downstairs Underground room with Scott Melzer's Hentai Game show. This is a newer panel for him and one he's not done at AniMaine. It can best described as being a mix of fun games with the people in the room and viewing adult parody videos. Cards were passed out to everyone and at any time we could read from the card to respond to anything and receive candy if it got a laugh. There was balloon popping, question and answers, coming up with your own hentai movie title and artist drawings as well. I participated in naming of a hentai, but didn't win. Still fun though.   With the events officially closing at midnight, Jeremy went up to the room and I went to the bar. Since I don't drink alcohol at all, I have a tradition of getting a pineapple juice on the rocks. I hung out there with Greg and a few of the staff members, along with a cool bartender until about 1am before heading off to the room and trying to get some sleep. /ul/34499-/12-noscale.jpg [embed]34499:5180:0[/embed]
AniMaine photo
A look at the small con in Maine
Hello and welcome to Japanator's wrap-up report of the 2015 AniMaine anime convention from South Portland Maine. I am Soul Tsukino and I will be your guide on this journey. AniMaine is a small con that takes place e...

Cowboy Bebop photo
Cowboy Bebop

Watch this Cowboy Bebop script reading video, Space Cowboy


Toys in the Attic
Nov 03
// Red Veron
Anime purists often argue that subtitled anime is the best kind of anime and snub all dubs, but there is an english anime dub that is almost unanimously loved by all anime fans: Cowboy Bebop. When Cowboy Bebop was brough...
Otakon 2015 photo
Otakon 2015

Otakon 2015 is upon us!


East Coast's biggest anime bash
Jul 24
// Jeff Chuang
Otakon 2015 is upon us! East Coast's largest anime con will roll out in full force tomorrow and throughout the weekend. As if it's easing its way into a 4-day event, Otakon's Matsuri even starred Back-On to perform some songs to get things going early. 
Cosplay photo
Cosplay

Overcome the heat with Beat Down Boogie's refreshing cosplay videos


Take that, hot temperatures!
Jun 19
// Salvador G Rodiles
Summer's around the corner, and the gang at Beat Down Boogie are giving us a tour of ColossalCon '15, which takes place at the Kalahari Waterpark in Sandusky, Ohio. Thanks to this glorious combination, the cosplayers were ab...
Cosplay photo
Cosplay

Beat Down Boogie gives us a taste of Momocon '15's greatest cosplay


Six minutes of cosplay goodness
Jun 13
// Salvador G Rodiles
As we're getting close to finish the week off with a bang, the gang at Beat Down Boogie are up to their usual tricks again. In their latest video, they give us a tour of Momocon '15, which is located in Atlanta. From the pos...
Cosplay photo
Cosplay

Check out Beat Down Boogie's rad Animazement '15 cosplay video


It's Animazing!
Jun 03
// Salvador G Rodiles
It looks like Beat Down Boogie's got another cool cosplay video up on their channel. In their latest video, the group captures the amazing cosplayers of Animazement '15, which happens to be one of the best small secret anime...
Fan Expo Dallas photo
Fan Expo Dallas

Heading to Fan Expo Dallas? Come have dinner with Godzilla's staff


Be sure to have a roaring appetite
May 10
// Salvador G Rodiles
You know. Meeting your favorite industry people at a convention may be cool and all, but nothing beats the idea of having a meal with the folks you admire. Speaking of which, Fan Expo Dallas' giving people the chance to ...
Anime Expo '15 photo
Anime Expo '15

Sweet: LeSean Thomas and Thomas Romain to appear at AX '15


Double Thomas Xtreme!
May 09
// Salvador G Rodiles
As LeSean Thomas (Black Dynamite: The Animated Series Season 1 and 2's Supervising Director, Legend of Korra Book 1's Production Artist) and his team continue to work hard on Cannon Busters' pilot, the guy's appearing at...
Cosplay photo
Cosplay

Beat Down Boogie conjures up another great cosplay video


It's Ash times two!
May 07
// Salvador G Rodiles
It's time to take a look at Beat Down Boogie's latest work. This time around, the group shows off Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo 2015's batch of cosplays. Due to the sheer amount of great cosplayers featured in the ...
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Anime Matsuri

See more Anime Matsuri cosplay from RealTDragon


Check out more great cosplay from Anime Matsuri!
Apr 10
// Red Veron
Anime Matsuri was last weekend and I saw some great cosplay at the annual convention in the heart of Houston, Texas. I ran into RealTDragon there who happens to read Japanator and make a lot of awesome cosplay-related videos...
Anime Matsuri photo
Have some more great cosplay from Anime Matsuri
[Let's hang out and chat about Anime Matsuri tonight at 10PM Central! We have prizes to give out!]Here is the second batch of cosplay photos for you to enjoy! I apologize for the giant spread picture of Kaori from Your Lie in...

Anime Matsuri photo
A taste of the great cosplay at Anime Matsuri
[Let's Chat about Anime Matsuri on our stream at 10PM Central on April 7]Part 2 of 2 Anime Matsuri Cosplay GalleryJapanator was back at Anime Matsuri, Houston's best anime convention this past Easter weekend and we've got pic...

Anime Matsuri photo
Anime Matsuri

Japanator will be at Anime Matsuri 2015 this weekend!


Houston's best anime convention!
Apr 03
// Red Veron
Japanator is going to be at this year's Anime Matsuri convention in Houston, Texas this weekend! I'm gonna be there and taking pictures of y'alls wonderful cosplay so if you see this handsome gentleman (picture in the gallery) with the genderbent male Akemi Homura cosplay wearing the white jacket and bow that lights up, say hello!
Cosplay photo
Cosplay

Beat Down Boogie shows off PAX East '15's cosplays and games


It's about to get groovy in here
Mar 13
// Salvador G Rodiles
For a good while, I've been interested in attending one of the PAX conventions. Unfortunately, there were a few life-related events that prevented me from traveling to these events. Once again, Beat Down Boogie does another ...
Anime Matsuri photo
Anime Matsuri

Anna Tsuchiya to perform at Anime Matsuri 2015


And many more guests at Houston's best anime convention
Mar 01
// Red Veron
Anime Matsuri is a favorite anime convention here at Japanator and we're going to be there for this year's upcoming festivities in the heart of Houston. This year's main music act for Anime Matsuri is the very talented Anna T...
Cosplay photo
Cosplay

Feast your eyes on Beat Down Boogie's amazing Katsucon '15 cosplay videos


Prepare to be amazed!
Feb 27
// Salvador G Rodiles
Aw man, it's a good while since I attended a con. Let's just say that my schedule hasn't been open to partake in these events. Luckily, the gang at Beat Down Boogie have done not one but two videos that showcase Katsucon 201...
Sakura-Con photo
Sakura-Con

Aw snap, Sakura-Con '15 gets a series of BlazBlue events


BlazBlue fans might be in for a good time
Feb 25
// Salvador G Rodiles
I may be a little late to the party, but I felt that this announcement was worth sharing around here. Anyway, the gang at Arc System Works and Strangely Compelling Media (BlazBlue: Continuum Shift Extend's localization, Phant...
Hayamin QA photo
Hayamin QA

Otakon '14: Saori Hayami interview


Quick Q&A with a prolific seiyuu
Aug 24
// Jeff Chuang
At Otakon 2014 Japanator was fortunate enough to grab a few minutes with one of the most prolific voice actresses in otaku anime and games of the past several years. Saori Hayami appeared at the con on behalf of Aniplex and h...

Otakon '14: Cosplay

Aug 13 // Jeff Chuang
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Otakon '14 Cosplay photo
Loving it live
Otakon 2014 flew by last weekend, in usual form, cramming way more content than what one can expect within a simple weekend. The cosplayers are out and baffling the crowd. The local baseball program even talked about it, and ...

Otakon '14 photo
Otakon '14

Otakon 2014 charms Baltimore this weekend


Yoshiki, ALTIMA, Katabuchi, CIA, Hayami, Sailor Mooooooon
Aug 07
// Jeff Chuang
The biggest East Coast anime con, Otakon, happens this weekend. It'll be, for once, not deathly hot and humid in the Baltimore Inner Harbor, perhaps, but the weather wasn't ever going to stop anyone. As per usual a lot of gue...

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