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

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, Phantom Breaker Batt...

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Sakura-Con '14: post-con impressions

Whenever an event proves to be uneventful, less-than-impressive, or just generally underwhelming, I prefer to take a few days to really gather some perspective before unloading on it. That's not to say Sakura-Con was less-than-impressive, o...

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Sakura-Con '14: Crunchyroll announces two more simulcasts

So SakuraCon has come and gone but we still have more news to share with you that came out of our weekend in Seattle. Yesterday, Crunchyroll held an industry panel at the con and despite getting through the bulk of their panel material in f...

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Sakura-Con 2014 to host Titan, SAO, Magi guests and more

Sakura-Con, the big spring-time anime con based out of Seattle, runs next weekend from April 18th to April 20th. We at Japanator will try our best to bring you coverage from the event covering the usual cosplay, news and guest info. This ye...

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SakuraCon announces ELISA as musical guest of honor

Taking place at the end of April (the 18th to the 20th to be exact), SakuraCon in Seattle is my home away from home. I've hit the convention every year for the last few years and have always had a blast though this year is going to be extra...

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Sakura-con 2013: Cosplay Part 2

So yesterday's Sakura-con cosplay wasn't enough for you? I don't blame you. Here is what I am going to do for you my fine readers. I'm going to give you even more cosplay pics today! Awesome, right? Without further ado, part 2 of the cospla...

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Sakura-con 2013: Cosplay Part 1

What is a convention without cosplay? Nothing, that's what it would be! I mean, how many of us just look forward to taking loads of pictures of people dressed  up at their favorite characters and show off their incredible craftsma...

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Sakura-con 2013: Overview

The 16th annual Sakura-con in Seattle, Washington is always a highlight of the year for me. This was my 4th time at the annual anime love fest and it has only gotten better. From top to bottom the staff and crew of ANCEA did learn...

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Sakura-Con 2013: Get a load of Yen Press's newest goods

Sakura-Con is still going on as we speak, and Josh "Totsu" Totman is scouring the entire con like a beast! As he storms through the catacombs of Seattle's anime convention, JT has discovered Yen Press's latest announcements. ...


Sneak attack: Aniplex unveils more Sakura-Con plans

Remember when Aniplex had big plans for Sakura-Con that were related to Sword Art Online? Of course you do.  Well, that's not the only thing that you are getting this year, because Aniplex's online panel has revealed that Fate/Zer...


Rejoice, Aniplex's Panel reveals a ton of great goodies

In case you were busy during the panel that was brought to you by the folks at Aniplex America, we are giving you the chance to read about the announcements that happened during the evening.  The first order of news will please the Mon...

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Sakura-Con 2012: Japanator "To-do" Guide

Guys, Seattle is going to be crawling with cosplayers tomorrow. Some really good, some kinda terrible. The thing with conventions like Sakura-Con 2012, which I sure all attendees know officially begins tomorrow morning, is that most con-goe...


Ninja Scroll returning with a new project

It's been about nine years since Ninja Scroll: The Series was released, but that's not stopping Madhouse! The animation gurus have announced that something new is on its way, a little something known only as Ninja Scroll Project at the mome...


Sakura-Con 2012: Final Impressions

So this past weekend was a busy one for conventions. With PAX East and Anime Boston both going on to cater to nerds on the east-coast, the west-coast had its fun with its one and only big choice for anime fans and nerds alike here in Seattl...


Viz Media licenses Berserk Golden Age Arc film trilogy

Great news from Viz Media's panel at Sakura-Con! The company announced on Saturday that they have acquired licensing rights to the Berserk Golden Age Arc film trilogy. We hear that they plan on releasing the series' first installment, The E...


Sakura-Con '12: Aniplex USA licenses Bakemonogatari

After tons and tons of begging, a US licensor has finally heard our plea. Aniplex USA announced today at its Sakura-Con panel that it had licensed the beloved Shaft anime Bakemonogatari and its follow-up Nisemonogatari. The series is b...


Sakura-Con '12: FUNimation licenses Shangri-La, Sankarea

It wouldn't be Sakura-Con without some new announcements from FUNimation! At today's panel, FUNimation announced that it had licensed sci-fi anime Shangri-La, the story of how a future Japan is turned into the world's largest forest in orde...


Watch Sakura Con from the comfort of your own home

Can't make it to Sakura Con? no problem! It was just announced that the streaming service Nico Nico Douga and its English language counterpart Niconico will live-stream Stereopony's Sakura Con performance taking place this Friday at 6:30 pm...


Cooking Otaku: The Panel at Sakura-Con

If you haven't heard any of the last couple of our wonderful podcasts, you might not know that I will be hosting a panel at Sakura-Con. It's a wonderful, glorious panel, filled with wonderful food, snacks, drinks, and most of all me! I kid,...


Sakura Con announces more guests

Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you yet another anime convention-related news report! Sakura Con has recently added two more guests to its lengthy list of attendees: Atsuhiro Iwakami, producer of the hit anime series Puella Magi Madoka M...


Stereopony are performing at Sakura-Con

Here is some awesome news for you people planning to go to Sakura-Con this April! The very awesome Stereopony will be performing as guests of honour, making attendance mandatory and travelling there absolutely worth it. It seems they are no...


Live near the Seattle area? Sakura-Con has guests galore!

Do you fine folks love Japan? Well, given that you're visiting a Japanese culture website, I'm going to assume your answer was at least a mild "Eh, it's okay". The reason that I ask is because I want to ask if the lot of you that live in th...


Imagawa drops out of Sakura-con appearance

Sorry, Sakura-con fans. Hate to break the news to you, but your 2010 convention has just gotten a little less awesome. Yasuhiro Imagawa, the director of G Gundam, has decided to pull out of the event so that he can get to work on a new proj...


The new Trigun movie trailer has Wolfwood in it

That's really all that matters.I mean, it's got other stuff, like Vash, his red coat, his gun(s), his sunglasses, Milly, Meryl, a sci-fi western setting, guns, big dudes with padded shoulders, more guns, explosions, sandbags, and even more ...


Sakura-con to welcome Noizi Ito, Haruhi artist

Wow, I'm simply amazed. Sakura-Con is really pulling out all the stops.Their latest guest is Noizi Ito, the illustrator for the Haruhi and Shakugan no Shana series of light novels. Sakura-Con will mark Ito's debut in the United States. And ...


Sakura-con bringing the Trigun movie with it

The con season is coming up, and with it the con news. Visitors to Sakura-con 2010 will not only have the honor of trembling before the presence of G Gundam/Giant Robo director Yasuhiro Imagawa, but also gain something not even the moviegoe...


Sakura-con to welcome Yasuhiro Imagawa

Originally slated to go to Anime Weekend Atlanta last year, Yasuhiro Imagawa canceled his appearance (likely due to the swine flu hullabaloo), leaving fans in the lurch. This manly man, director of G Gundam, Giant Robo and Shin Mazinger Sho...


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