Anisong World Matsuri Returns to Anime Expo 2018
Anisong festival returns to Microsoft Theater for the third year in a row with three-day, multi-artist music event
Santa Ana, Calif. (April 3, 2018) – Anime Expo (AX) is excited to present Anisong World Matsuri (AWM) at Anime Expo 2018 to be held on July 4, 6, and 7. AWM is created in association with BANDAI NAMCO Arts, Inc., Amuse Inc., Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc., and other leading Japanese entertainment companies.
Details on participating performers and event details for AWM at Anime Expo 2018 will be announced in the coming weeks. Held at the Microsoft Theater at LA Live, all three incredible concert events will be on par with previous years’ performances. Specific ticket sales information will be announced at a later date.
To attend any of the Anisong World Matsuri concert events, attendees will need to present both a valid AX badge of any type along with a respective concert ticket. All 1-day and Pre-Show badge holders will also be able to purchase a ticket to attend any one of the AWM concert events on July 4, 6, and 7.
In 2017, AWM featured a total of 11 acts across two days of performances. Artists included Mashiro Ayano, ALI PROJECT, angela, Aqours, THE IDOLM@STER CINDERELLA GIRLS, and Wake Up, Girls！
2016’s AWM featured “Japan Super Live,” a four-hour long, festival-type live event featuring eight popular ANISONG artists such as JAM Project, T.M. Revolution, and sphere; “Japan Band Battle,” featuring FLOW and OLDCODEX, and special events focused on “Love Live! Sunshine” and “One Punch Man.”
“We are excited to continue our partnership with Anisong World Matsuri for AX 2018, creating opportunities for wonderful and memorable experiences for our attendees,” said Ray Chiang, CEO of SPJA. “AWM at Anime Expo 2018 will continue to enhance the live performance concert experience at Anime Expo.”
Shunji Inoue, CEO of BANDAI NAMCO Arts Inc. is thrilled with their return to Anime Expo. “It is our third year teaming up with Anime Expo. We are very honored to be given such opportunities where the US fans can actually experience the live events of Japanese anisong artists. Please enjoy these exciting performances with the very best artists from Japan.”
Anime Expo will run from July 4 through July 8, 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. To purchase badges for Anime Expo, please visit http://www.anime-expo.org/registration/
For more information about attending, please visit the How to Attend page.
For more information about Anisong World Matsuri, please visit http://www.anime-expo.org/anisong-world-matsuri
JAPANESE POP-METAL SENSATION BABYMETAL IS HEADED FOR AN
ANIMATED ADVENTURE VIA A NEW SHORTFORM SERIES FROM
WARNER BROS.’ DIGITAL STUDIO BLUE RIBBON CONTENT, IN
COLLABORATION WITH AMUSE GROUP USA
BURBANK, Calif. (September 28, 2016) — Fresh off the triumphant finale to their unforgettable 2016 world tour in front of more than 110,000 fans at the Tokyo Dome, Japanese pop-metal sensation BABYMETAL will embark on a new adventure with an original shortform series from Warner Bros.’ digital studio Blue Ribbon Content and Japanese powerhouse Amuse Inc’s subsidiary, Amuse USA. Manager and creator of BABYMETAL Key Kobayashi (a.k.a. KOBAMETAL) is also producing. The hybrid live-action and animated project is currently in development, it was announced today by Sam Register, President, Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series.
Sam Register said: “BABYMETAL have to be seen to be believed — a mind-blowing, fun combination of pop vocals, heavy metal music and dance choreography brought to life by three incredibly talented teenage stars. We are huge fans here at Blue Ribbon Content and are extremely excited to help bring the BABYMETAL phenomenon to U.S. audiences through this upcoming digital series.”
Tatsuro Hatanaka, President, Amuse, Inc. and Amuse USA, commented: “We are grateful for Warner Bros. and Blue Ribbon Content’s interest in BABYMETAL, and to be moving onward with the project. We are very much looking forward to working on this project with Sam and his team, and hope everyone will enjoy our completed work.”
The action-adventure will take viewers inside the magical world of heavy metal music as it comes under attack, and one lonely god, Kitsune, forms the warrior band BABYMETAL to save the day. In the series, SU-METAL, YUIMETAL and MOAMETAL join together to ultimately redefine the genre. The series will also feature new live-action performances from the group, who will enter the animated world through a secret portal.
Fronted by three teenage girls with choreographed dance moves to accompany their vocals, BABYMETAL is making waves in the music industry with two chart-topping albums that have solidified the Japanese pop-metal band’s cross-continent success. In fact, the buzz-worthy group recently caught the attention of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who are taking them on their first UK tour in five years.
With a name inspired by “the birth of new metal” and a goal of fusing metal and pop music, the BABYMETAL lineup includes SU-METAL, YUIMETAL and MOAMETAL. BABYMETAL has already achieved two major debut singles, both of which ranked in the Top 10 Oricon chart in Japan. Their first studio album also earned the #1 spot on Billboard’s World Album chart, and the official live music video for their debut album’s lead single,“Gimme Chocolate!!,” has garnered more than 60 million views on YouTube. Their sophomore album,METAL RESISTANCE, made them the first Japanese act to make the Billboard200 album chart’s top 40 in 53 years. They have also won several awards, including:
· The Breakthrough Act award at the 2015 Metal Hammer Golden Gods
· The Spirit of Independence award at the 2015 Kerrang! Awards
· MTV Europe’s Wildcard Best Japanese Act
· The Discovery Prize at GQ Japan’s Men of the Year 2015 Awards
· Women of the Year prize at VogueJapan’s Women of the Year 2015 Awards
· Best Live Act award at the 2016Kerrang! Awards
· Best Live Act award at the 2016 AIM Independent Music Awards
Since its inception, the Japanese metal dance unit has developed a devoted fan base that describes their concerts as both energetic and unforgettable. The band has also received glowing praise from the industry’s top acts, includingSlipknot’s Corey Taylor, Guns N’ Roses’ Slash and Rob Zombie, who toldBillboard that BABYMETAL “are like nothing I’ve ever seen before.” The new series will take their energy from the stage to the screen with a can’t-miss adventure for all ages.
This was originally posted by Kotaku.
For years, fans have wondered what was under the ninja’s cowl. Last year, in an interview with Shonen Jump (via Saiyan Island), Kishimoto was asked if was going to show the character’s full face.
“I want to reveal it,” Kishimoto replied. “I’m just not sure yet on how I’ll do it. It might be done in the manga or maybe in an upcoming anime movie, but there is nothing planned as of yet.”
Since then, the character’s entire face hasn’t been revealed. Until now. Kishimoto drew a special manga for the current Naruto exhibit that is being held in Japan.
So, was this the face you all thought it would be? Let us know.
Also check this article for the breakdown of the Naruto exhibit
Anime News Networkbrings word today from V Jump Magazine about another film set to debut in 2015 titled Dragon Ball Z: F is for Fukkatsu (or ‘Resurrection’), which will see the return of fan-favorite villain Frieza.
Akira Toriyama noted that the F in the title stands for the iconic villain who will, as the name implies, be revived for the film. It’s also set to feature Beerus, the villain from “Battle of Gods.” The magazine relays the film’s synopsis (translated from Japanese) as follows:
“An Earth where peace has arrived. However, remnants of Frieza’s army Sorbet and Tagoma arrive on the planet. Their goal is to revive Frieza with the dragon balls. Their dastardly wish is granted, the “F” that plans its revenge against the Saiyans is revived…!”
The film is set to debut in Japanese theaters next April.
Sailor Moon tortilla chips
As part of a tie-up with Japanese snack food makerKoikeya, from November 21 the series’ core cast, in theirSailor Moon Crystal forms, will be gracing bags of tortilla chips. All five of the Inner Sailor Senshi (Moon, Mercury, Mars, Jupiter, and Venus) will make appearances, as will cape-wearing, rose-tossing ally Tuxedo Mask.
AnimeAnime reports that the Tokyo Station Gundam Cafe is being turned into McDaniel Hamburgers Gundam Cafe. The restaurant appeared in the Mobile Suit Zeta Gundamanime as a secret meeting place for the Anti-Earth Union Group, and now it will appear in Tokyo starting November 19.
McDaniel Hamburgers will serve up Sleggar Burgers, Gundam Burgers with cheese, Char’s Zaku Burgers with tomatoes (top pic), Zaku II Burgers with avocado slices to eat in the cafe or for take out.
Blu-ray & DVD (Extended Edition) To Be Released October 7, 2014
Includes: Uncut Version and Theatrical Versions of the Movie
Flower Mound, TX – (September 22, 2014) – After its successful theatrical release to over 800 movie theaters in the U.S. and Canada, FUNimation is preparing you to witness Dragon Ball Z as it has never been seen before- on Blu-ray and DVD October 7th 2014!
“…some of the most exhilarating fight sequences I’ve ever seen.” – IGN.com
Stunning animation and epic new villains highlight this first new Dragon Ball feature film in over seventeen years! For Film Trailers, Wall Papers and everything Dragon Ball Z, visit and link to: www.dragonballz.com
Following the events of the Dragon Ball Z television series, after the defeat of Majin Buu, a new power awakens and threatens humanity. Beerus, an ancient and powerful God of Destruction, searches for Goku after hearing rumors of the Saiyan warrior who defeated Frieza. Realizing the threat Beerus poses to their home planet, the Z-fighters must find a way to stop him before it’s too late. Only Goku, humanity’s last hope, can ascend to the level of a legendary Super Saiyan God and stop Beerus’s from destroying Earth, and possibly the entire universe!
“…I highly recommend it.” – Indiewire’s Animation Scoop
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There is now, with high-quality Gundam porcelain.
For its latest bit of Gundam marketing, merchandiser extraordinaire Bandai has teamed up with Noritake, a Japanese manufacturer of fine china. The companies are offering two different types of anime ceramics, with the more practical being these teacups inspired by villainousGundam siblings Gihren and Garma Zabi.
Both items can be preordered through the Premium Bandai website (here and here), with shipping scheduled for December. As a respected porcelain maker, though, Noritake’s wares don’t come cheap. A single Zabi cup and saucer will set you back 7,776 yen (US$77), while M’qube’s prized vase costs 41,040 yen.
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