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In the greatest cosplay development since a man wore a cardboard box with "Gundam" written on the front, an A-kon attendee was seen cosplaying as a TENGA onacup. His costume was surprisingly accurate, replicating th...

As you may have noticed, Bandai was noticably absent from every con so far this year, including North America's longest running anime convention, Project A-kon. However, in a recent e-mail exchan...

The third impact of cosplay from this last weekend's A-Kon 20 in Dallas arrives and the cosplay just keeps getting better and worse. Though I have to declare that the best cosplay of the con is in the picture above. That's th...

For those of you who aren't aware of his art, it's time to get with the program. Potentially my favorite artist, Shunyama is known for his beautifully drawn, full figured character designs, often inspired by 1950's pinup mode...



I bring upon you the second onslaught of both good and bad cosplay from this past weekend's A-Kon 20 from Dallas, Texas. Now we have even more cuter girls in this batch. I could've given you more if it weren't for my entire 2...

It was a pretty sad sight, at least I'd like to say that because honestly, there wasn't much to see. For what is the longest running Anime convention in the US, you'd expect there to be major announcements, numerous guests, a...

So A-Kon 20 totally happened this past weekend in the city of Dallas, and Japanator was there. Out of the many cons I've been to, there's always one thing you can count on: The Awesome Cosplay.I consider myself somewhat of an...

Saturday proved to be less than exciting, but we managed to enjoy ourselves at the con, despite the lack of major outlets and their usual announcements. We started the day going out with the kids at AnimeVice for lunch. It wa...

It's 2 am and I'm here in Dallas and tired as f*ck from driving all day. You ask why I'm in Dallas? For A-Kon 20, you silly goose. The oldest running anime convention in North America, A-Kon, is celebrating its 20th year and ...

I've put this post off, not only because the past week has seen me running around like a monkey on acid back and forth 'cross central Texas getting ready to go back to "school" or "move" or whatever th...

When I look back, A-Kon 19 was a total blur. My mind is filled with random images of whiskey, sashimi, Kagami poseable figures, side boob, and more, and I can't make sense of any of it. I guess it's a good thing that we recor...

This con staple took place a tiny bit late, which is not notable at itself in a huge, busy Friday-night con environment; what stuck out here was that several key volunteers and/or Anime Hell guys seemed to be sick or otherw...

On the con schedule, it was called "Gossip" with those two writers, but really, it was last year's Storytelling panel all over again, which was not a good thing so much as a magnificent concession to the fact that l...

A full day's rest and no alcohol have set me up nicely to talk about some little ol' con from this weekend in Dallas; with my chocolate all melted, my L wig broken and a couple of fantastic souvenirs, I'll always be able to t...

While final totals aren't in yet, I think it's pretty safe to say that A-Kon 19 demolished the previous record we told you about earlier. The forms and entries are still being tallied by officials, but it is estimated that ov...


Our ninja Gia reports of some new announcements coming from the television network ImaginAsian. Starting Mondays next week ImaginAsian will be showing a selection of ADV’s live-action films such as Jailbreakers and Marr...

Team Japanator sucks. We have a lot of coverage coming up from last night, and much more to cover today. But right now everyone is still barely moving about, some still reeling from the drinky drinky that went well into the m...

If a general exposé of Nabeshin wasn't industry enough for you, we've arrived at Bandai Visual/Entertainment's panel. As should be known, the two have offically combined into some sort of awe-inspiring anime peddling o...

Director, anime star, and voice actor Shinichi Watanabe (aka Nabeshin) fluffed his afro for an appearance as a special guest at an industry panel today at A-Kon 19. The man behind shows like Excel Saga, Tenchi Muyo EXP, Puni ...

The rest of team Japanator are lazy f*cks for the most part. John has been fired. They sleep in, or hang out, or shuffle around, all while all the good sh*t in the dealer's room is being bought up! Where is their sense of dut...

Crowning our second "at the con-room recording," we are pleased to bring you episode 60, live from Dallas, Texas. I'll make this short and sweet, but yeah... we at Japanator are trying to have enough fun for all the...

What the hell is going on here? The Japanator crew is still getting their lodging and travel situation sorted on this Thursday night before A-Kon 19 kicks off tomorrow morning. But from the looks of things around here in the ...

Just in case anyone happens to be going to Dallas and forgot, this weekend is A-kon 19. A-kon 18 was my first con, and this one will undoubtedly be like... ninety times cooler.A few quick notes for any interested parties: Ver...

As the readers may or may not be aware of, its con season! We here at Japantor are taking such matters seriously, and have sent our agents out. Between Len's coverage of ACEN last week, Tim at Fanime right now, and next week ...

The always funky and quirky art-rockers Budo Grape will be making their debut appearance in the US at A-Kon this year. What, can't make it to Dallas on May 30th? Well fear not! There are two more live dates for the band com...

You're going to be at A-Kon 19 in Dallas, Texas, right? We are, and some of us will be cosplaying as videogame characters to help them out a bit.What would we be helping by cosplaying game characters? We would be helping this...

Tainted Reality, a major vis-kei promoter in the US, has just announced that they are bringing the masters of metal and frilly dresses Versailles to A-Kon this year. This is huge news for fans of quality visual rock as Vers...


This year's A-kon positively teemed with large, elaborate cosplay, the likes of which I never would've guessed were playable. It's a mark of the con's high quality, then, that there were plenty of events and panels both gra...

Hidey-ho, Jtorinos! Now that I've had time to catch my breath, find my notes and start wading through the many many many pics from this weekend's 18th A-kon in Dallas, it's time to start recappin' them panels and the bigger...

Literally? Two parking tickets, my credit card being left in Dallas, and a case of Japanese Flu. Metaphorically? A lot more. Basically, the entire experience was incredibly interesting. I came in with a friend quoting the ...

“Everytime you watch anime on youtube a cat dies and anime goes up a dollar” - Mike McFarland, FUNimation voice director Having the home field advantage, it didn't take much to make the FUNImation panel look good. ...

Not to be confused with the Bandai Visual panel, Bandai Entertainment is a different set of legs in the localization process. While there wasn't a wealth of new information, Bandai solidly repackaged the things you may hav...

Coming out swinging, Bandai Visual USA, a subsidiary of Bandai Visual Japan, has announced the first high definition marketplace anime. The anime Freedom will begin selling on June 26th with both DVD and HD-DVD formats. Kat...

Vic Mignogna is one charismatic guy. So much so that I had to wait in a line behind about eighty screaming fan girls just to get into the panel. A panel devoted to explaining how the modern artist copes with multi tasking,...

I need more comfortable shoes. There is a line to use the elevator at nearly all times. A con goer is sleeping in the crevice near me. Hmm... Bandai Industry Panel in twenty minutes. I'm living the "dream" as DMV calls it, ...

I don’t think I was prepared for this. This event is more enormous than I could have imagined. Why is this event so vertical? Seriously now, the mainstay of the event is taking place over a half a mile bubble, in every d...






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