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So some guy has 13 [email protected] character standees

So over the past couple weeks, the internet is circulating all kinds of pictures of fans posing (or not posing) with their latest purchase. Big deal, right? It's only notable because standees are really cool, and they're rarely sold to the ...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Hanayamata episodes 2-3

Reporting live from New Jersey: There are no uprising of Yosakoi, blonde teenage kids wanting to start clubs, or anything out of ordinary from Princeton. Not that I know what's going on down in that part of south-central part of the Ga...

 
 
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First Impressions: Hanayamata

Hello there. I live in the state of New Jersey, here in the USA. Unfortunately my name is not Fountainstand and I've never heard of yosakoi until I first read about Hanayamata. After doing a few Google searches, I found out t...

 
 
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AX '14: Cosplays

It's really amazing how Anime Expo continues to be one of the most diverse cons when it comes to cosplaying things from anime and manga. For those of us canvassing the whole thing, note that while the count of Homestucks have dropped, they ...

 
 
 
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Anime Expo 2014 is going on now

Anime Expo is upon us again this July 4th weekend. We'll try to bring the latest announcements there to you, and other important coverages from downtown Los Angeles. The list of guests at Anime Expo is long and impressing as usual, but the ...

 
 
 
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Anime Next '14: Studio Trigger

At Anime Next 2014, the "Creative Officer" and "Creative Director" of Kill la Kill, Shigeto Koyama and Hiromi Wakabayashi, respectively, did some show-and-tell for the crowd. Their Saturday panel on Kill la Kill was not only packed to ...

 
 
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Sekai Project to enable dating with alpaca via Pacaplus

Remember that pigeon-dating game? Sekai Project might one-up it in terms of weirdness with PacaPlus. The localization outfit will do a proper translation of the bizarre dating sim where your girlfriend turns into an alpaca... A violin-play...

 
 
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Miku to visit LA and NYC at next stops of Miku Expo

Crypton's Miku Expo site announced that the virtual idol will appear in the US again in LA and NYC in October. After MIKU EXPO Indonesia earlier in late May, LA and NYC are the next stops, and there will be a 2-day festival with an expo an...

 
 
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Anime Next '14: Cosplay

Anime Next 2014 in Somerset, New Jersey, spotted some terrific weather. It was almost nicer outdoors than indoors because the air conditioning was having problems on Saturday at the Doubletree Hotel, where many of the panels were hosted. Th...

 
 
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Anime Next brings Rookies and Luna to East Coast burbs

Anime Next 2014 is this weekend, out in central New Jersey. This mid-size anime convention is pretty neat in that recently it has consistently pulled in some star power with solid musical acts, idols, and some really hip animation staffers....

 
 
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Watch that new Sailor Moon Crystal trailer right here

It was eargasm for me when I heard the original Sailor Moon voice actress, Kotono Mitsuishi, reprise her signature line when she visited a US con a few years ago. Now you can enjoy the same mix of feelings between excitement, nostalgia, an...

 
 
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Anime North '14: Cosplay

Anime North 2014 is one huge con this year, and the convention's parking lot proved to be a nice gathering place for all kinds of cosplayers. The sun beat down hard during Saturday's prime hours, but many persevered nonetheless. It's not re...

 
 
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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 5th by a few hou...

 
 
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ACEN '14: Wake Up, Girls!

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 conta...

 
 
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Anime North 2014 is this weekend!

With Memorial Day weekend upon us, we have three great cons in North America again this coming weekend. Anime North, the biggest anime con in Canada, is offering its usually diverse programming from J-rock acts to live action wrestling? Eng...

 
 
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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 it's very often...

 
 
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ACEN '14: The Cosplays

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 i...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Daimidaler episode 6

Talk about a drastic turn. Daimidaler takes the cue from last week and rebooted the protagonists. The defeated "good guys" are shuttered underground, and with the defense budgets slashed and rival pilots defeated, the Ritz and the Penguins ...

 
 
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Annotated Anime: Soul Eater NOT episodes 5-6

Soul Eater NOT reminds me that, despite the easy going style and having to do things at its own pace, it's still Soul Eater's spinoff. Episodes five and six drop a lot of little notes (and some big ones) about how the world is still cruel, ...

 
 
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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 conventions tend to dra...

 
 
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Fault Milestone One to be released overseas

The new localization outfit Sekai Project announced that they are bringing over a doujin game by the name of Fault Milestone One. Created by the circle Alice in Dissonance, the game is a visual novel about a homecoming princess and her fri...

 
 
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Love Live School Idol Festival mobile game now in English

Besides the TV anime, live concerts, CDs and home video sales, the Love Live franchise has one significant arm that people out west don't see much of: the mobile game. This morning, the Live Live freemium mobile game, School Idol Festival, ...

 
 
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PSA: Get your Bubblegum Crisis Blu-rays before too late

Do you remember Bubblegum Crisis? I do, because over the years (decades?) I've managed to buy it once every so many years. With the recent Kickstarter this would be just the third time I have purchased this relic from the OVA days of anime,...

 
 
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New Fate/Stay Night trailer features Taiga's lesson

Aniplex Japan has posted a new trailer for the remake of Fate/Stay night by animation studio ufotable. It's not really different from the first Fate/Stay night trailer shown from Anime Japan earlier this year, but it's worth a look since t...

 
 
 
 
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Hilariously lame comedy gdgd Fairies gets a movie

When the 3DCG cartoon short series gdgd Fairies first aired a few years ago, I didn't pay it any attention. Over time it gained enough buzz that I tried it out when the second season aired, via Crunchyroll. The half-length episodes are done...

 
 
 
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Sword Art Online light novel tops BookScan SF list

Yen Press's English-language release of Sword Art Online novel, volume one, is topping the BookScan Sci-fi list this week. The Nielsen BookScan service tracks sales of the novels in retail book chains and some independent book shops, b...

 
 
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NISA rescues Cardcaptor Sakura, Blu-rays a go

Hoeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! While pinching myself, I'm here to share with you the great news that NISA has licensed Cardcaptor Sakura the TV series for home video release. The series was originally licensed by Geneon and sat in licensing hell ...

 
 
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New Sailor Moon Japanese cast announced, show dated

At this weekend's Nico Nico Chokaigi 3 convention, the new cast for the new Sailor Moon anime, Bishoujo Senshi Sailor Moon Crystal, is announced. More importantly, it's getting a release date of July 5th. It will be streamed world-wide, wit...

 
 
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PSA: Nendo Card Captor Sakura up for preorder!

Ever since the Nendoroid concept was a thing, I have wondered which anime characters would make a great Nendo. The whole miniature-super-deformed style made normally average looking things really cute, and already very cute things super cut...

 
 
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Stop-motion gunpla video tunes to Love Live dancing

I always thought the world would be a funnier place to live in if we replaced more things with giant robots. The above video demonstrates the point well. For those of you who aren't enjoying the second season of Love Live!, there's a compa...

 
 
 
 
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Review: Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Volume 2

The second volume of Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic Volume 2 completes what is better known as the first season of the Magi anime. These next 13 episodes wrap up the Balbadd arc and bring the story to the end of the second dungeon for&nb...

 
 
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First Impressions: Soul Eater NOT

When Soul Eater first rushed on to the screens and shelves of North America years ago, it brought along a fun story about Meisters with special powers who team up with Weapons who are also people with special powers. Its stylish visuals and...

 
 
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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 presenting the anim...

 
 


About Jeff Chuangone of us since 10:24 AM on 11.06.2008

Yet to be the oldest kid on the block, this East Coast implant writes cryptic things about JP folklore, the industry or dirty moe. Attend cons and lives the "I can buy Aniplex releases" life.





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