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Hello everyone, this is a schedule update. In addition to serve as a temp mod in the battle forums to assist Sonata and Dream and moderate the forums, I moderate wiki. Depending on the submission, it can take up to an hour for me to review wiki submissions because to root out plagiarism, fix formatting style according to the Anime Vice Wiki Style Guide, and enforcing the image policy (Wiki Main Image Rule).

Please bear with me. Even though we have 4 wiki mods, I'm the only active one here. I wish we had a rotation of wiki mods by certain days, but my teammates, the mods, are busy with obligations outside of the site.

I will try to moderate wiki every day during the evening.

I have summer school classes from May 27-July 3th. I still have to complete a checklist from My Current Wiki Projects and Goals for Spring 2014 blog. I have four main episode summary projects:

Then, I have character projects for Toriko and Magi.

Thank you everyone. I'll try to support the community and assist new and veteran wiki editors. I was chosen as a wiki mod, but I wasn't meant to moderate the forums especially the battle forums.

Please let me know if you have questions. I'll direct you to the right person if it deals with battle threads, RPGs, or specific wiki pages I'm not knowledgeable in.

My Teammates' Areas of Wiki Expertise

Wiki Mods

  • One Piece, Naruto, and Bleach - FoxxFireArt
  • Dragon Ball Z and Images - Daniel Newton
  • Overall Concept system - Daniel, Foxx, and sickVisionz\
  • Manga - PikaHyper
  • ??? - Acura Max

Key Users

  • Medaka Box - ForgottenOne and Taichokage
  • Toriko - Yusuke52 and Taichokage
  • Wooser, Pokemon, Sailor Moon, and Pretty Cure - BigHeart711
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Althought I would switched number 2 for number 1. Spoilers is in Spanish xD

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Shueisha and Viz Media announced on Tuesday that Daisuke Ashihara's World Trigger manga is getting a television anime adaptation.

Viz Media describes the series as follows:

Weekly Shonen Jump's newest series is out of this world! A gate to another dimension has burst open, and from it emerge gigantic invincible creatures that threaten all of humanity. Earth's only defense is a mysterious group of warriors who have co-opted the alien technology in order to fight back!

World Trigger debuted in last year's 11th issue of Japan's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. Viz Media added the series to its digital anthology version of Weekly Shonen Jump, and it will publish the first print volume on October 7.

Ashihara previously wrote the four-volume Kashikoi Inu Lilienthal manga in Japan's Weekly Shonen Jump from 2009 to 2010.

Source:

Check out the World Trigger Discussion (Manga)!

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Welcome to this week's harem and reverse harem blog where we talk about this season's new shows.

The idea behind this project is to promote the #Anime Vice Discussion Threads in the community. I'll be taking comments or pics to highlight the best moment of the anime series' episode on a weekly basis.

** Images will be placed soon due to glitches in the site.

Please beware of spoilers, but I try not to put so much. Feel free to check out the last Harem Sundays with some Reverse Harem Love: 5/11/2014 edition.

Nisekoi

Nisekoi finally finishes well, but not with a bang. We get to see everyone for the last time doing their own shenanigans. The two main love interests, Onodera and Chitoge, get a huge chunk of attention. I got hand to the megane characters for driving the relationships.

Check out the Nisekoi Discussion!

Kamigami no Asobi

The only dark reverse harem I seen was Amnesia, but it was a boring show until your most unexpected surprise came in episode 9. For Kamigami no Asobi, we get that dark turn with an unexpected duo. I loved the 2 episode arc we had on Loke and Balder.

Check out the Kamigami no Asobi Discussion!

Brynhildr in the Darkness

Kazumi was known for being bold, but in this episode, she went the extra mile and asks Murakami to have sex with her. She strips naked for him, but she got rejected by Murakami. It was a pretty touching episode for Kazumi. If you're a fan of her character, you'll love episode 8 and 7.

Check out the Brynhildr in the Darkness Discussion!

Dragonar Academy

This is the only series I haven't watch. I have to reply on Twitter. For this week, I used Sankaku Complex.

It's another typical beach/pool/lake trope for fan service. On top of that, you got Eco fondling girls and the new, loli girl sleeping naked with Ash Blake.

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At FanimeCon, Crunchyroll announces that it will stream the new Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Crystal, starting on July 5 at 6:00 am ET which is the same time worldwide on the Niconico service. It will be a 26 episode series that will be stream twice a month.

Characters

  • Sailor Moon - Kotono Mitsuishi
  • Sailor Mercury - Ami Mizuno
  • Sailor Mars - Rina Satou
  • Sailor Jupiter - Ami Koshimizu
  • Sailor Venus - Minako Aino

Jojo's Bizarre Adventure Re-Edit

Crunchyroll will stream the three episode compilation of the series starting on May 30 at 12:30 ET.

Sources

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ANIME AND MANGA THIS WEEK: 25/05/2014, APOCALYPSE NO TORIDE, HELLSING, HAJIME NO IPPO

It’s been a while since I did one of these posts; you could say I have been on an anime and manga break for sometime now, not necessarily separating myself from the medium altogether, simply restricting myself to the weekly titles I was already reading, and even then not regularly following them.

It’s odd; it didn’t think it was possible to watch too much anime and read too much manga. Not that I got sick of it at one point. Rather I just found myself bored with everything. Anyway, I have been watching a few things this week, reading some new manga, so I thought I would pick these posts up again.

This is my week in anime and manga. I am interested in hearing what your week has been like, what you’ve been watching or reading, if you have encountered any of these titles, whether they are worth pursuing or better off dropped.

ANIME

Anime has always been my problem, for a few months at least. I am looking for something to simply blow me away, and that has yet to happen.

+Hajime No Ippo- Following the story of a young high school kid who, after several years under the thumb of his local bullies, learns to box, Hajime No Ippo has simply made my last two weeks.

My first taste of Ippo was New Challenger, the second part of the anime; and only now have I finally returned to the beginning, to watch how the story started. And wow, I have said this before (at least I think I did), I am not a fan of sports. I just don’t get the appeal, yet if real sports was anything like anime sports, I would probably become the biggest fan.

Because I have never thought of the exciting aspects of what I always thought of as the boring sport of boxing until I watched Hajime no Ippo, a ridiculous thrill in displaying matches round by round, up close, in the ring, availing a glimpse into the minds of two individuals seeking to put each other down within a limited time period.

Oh, and Takamura is simply awesome. Seriously, something about these matches can keep me glued to the screen for several hours on end, at the edge of my seat, trying to figure out who will finally win a match that my mind recognizes as fiction.

RATING: 10/10, not even a question. My anime week has been made because of Hajime no Ippo, especially Ippo Vs. Sendo. Hajime no Ippo: The fighting is a must watch.

+Blast of the Tempest- Its strange; this is one of the first anime I ever watched in 2013, and only now have I gotten down to wrapping up with its second part. Following the story of Hakaze, the most powerful mage of the Kusaribe clan, stranded on an island in the past, attempting to prevent her clan, now gone rogue, from reviving the murderous tree of Exodus, which would prove detrimental to the source of her power, the tree of Genesis, I remember initially picking interest in this show because of crazy Mahiro and his friend Yoshino, two kids chosen by Hakaze to save her and prevent the revival of the Exodus tree.

Mahiro was crazy and would have destroyed the world if he felt it necessary.Yoshino was calm and kept his best friend in check, as they tried to save earth from the fruits of Exodus. Both only cared about solving the murder of Mahiro’s sister (and Yoshino’s secret girlfriend) Aika.

It was an intriguing working formula. The second part of this series is proving to be anything but intriguing, a little too convoluted for my liking, and with oddly dumb characters. Seriously, I liked Hakaze, why did they have to ruin her. I remember someone writing a post about how romance can kill the plot of some anime.

Blast of the Tempest is an example, with the way it is progressing.

RATING: 4/10, more meh than anything.

+Hellsing Ultimate OVA- Here is what you need to know about Hellsing. Dracula is now called Alucard and he works for Van Helsing’s daughter to destroy vampires and other such monsters.

The original Hellsing anime was okay. Two episodes in, this OVA is starting to annoy me; there is way too much drama preceding the action or twists in the story, too many minutes wasted on everyone telling use how dark and evil they are, especially Alucard; too much damn time wasted on Alucard laughing manically.

Too much waste at this point.

RATING: 2/10, there are more monologues than there is dialogue in this series, too many people taking too much time talking to themselves, usually about themselves. Very little character development.

All in all, not the most interesting week in anime; not with irritating disappointments like Tempest and Hellsing. Of course Hajime managed to keep me entertained.

MANGA

+Noblesse- Noblesse has a lot of these chapters, especially after a great arc, random villains sent to the city to investigate recent defeats, only to encounter the less impressive portion of the heroes, who must take a beating and either ran back to Frank, or wait for Rai’s appearance.

I was starting to tire of the werewolves, until The Lord made his appearance last week. This week, it was M-23 finally flexing his muscles that allowed the chapter to take on a more exciting form. Finally someone in the RK4 is rising to become something more than a punching bag.

RATING: 7/10

+Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic- As someone who was initially ecstatic about learning of Alma Toran’s history, these flash back chapters are starting to irritate me. I get the need, learning intimate details about Solomon and all the djinn when they were still human, but I am losing patience with the dragging pace of the chapters.

This week simply solidified the pace at which the darkness was spreading across the land, with all those species that Solomon and company had saved from the Orthodox magicians now turning and starting to fight each other.

I guess there is a message somewhere there, about the belligerent nature of all living things, that former slaves would now turn against each other and even Solomon. But I don’t have nearly as much interest in Sheba and group, despite the fact that this week’s chapter probably set her up to be Aladdin’s mother, with Solomon as his father.

RATING: 3/10

+Nanatsu no Taizai- An intriguing chapter; I wish other manga would do this more, give me something to think about at the end; The Seven Deadly Sins this week brought Diana, King, Gowther, Hauser, Geera and Dreyfus together, the holy knights and sins combining forces after determining the threat of the demon clan and choosing to enter a truce to stop its revival

Gowther keeps surprising me; one can never tell what his limits are, considering the nonchalant way in which he shrugged off his previous injuries. Because I don’t like Elizabeth that much, there is little tension in the question of whether they will save her in time.

More intriguing is the goddess clan relic. Ban, offering his life for Elaine’s return? Well, I guess it isn’t much of a surprise, considering what we know of him. But that brings into question just how powerful the goddess clan are to bring about such an occurrence, and why Ban’s so desperate to resurrect. Because even King found a way to exonerate him of fault regarding her death.

Further chapters need to devote some time to Meliodas’ conflict; with two powerful sides clashing, it does require that some focus.

RATING: 6/10, decent, not mind blowing.

+Fairy Tail- These days I don’t have too many great things to say about Fairy Tail, mostly because the manga makes it too easy to root for the bad guys, because the good guys a way too strong.

None the less Chapter 385 was kind of entertaining; Hades and the spirit king began their battle and it seems like they know each other, which is another interesting mystery.

Lucy got a power up but one I could accept. The idea that she was going to use Urano Metria to obliterate her enemies always infuriated me, especially after the savage beating she had taken. Hiro took the time to replenish her magic in a way that I can accept, which makes her use of Urano Metria alright.

It wish she could quit the whining about her bloody spirits, which are perfectly alive and which she can visit anytime. Hiro’s attempt to spin a tragedy out of last week’s chapter is annoying.

RATING: 7/10, strangely decent chapter. This arc has had way too many irritations, that good chapters such as this really surprise me. And the action was pretty cool.

+Until Death Do US Part- A young girl with psychic powers, on her way to a life of incarceration, in the hands of criminals intent on using her powers for profit, runs into the arms of a random blind man with a cane.

A blind man that she dreamt of as her only salvation.

It’s been a day or so since I picked this manga up. Following a blind swordsman fighting crime with his hacker partner, there are two things I can say about it after only ten chapters.

The art is awesome, the fights displayed in surprisingly fluid and easy to interpret ways.

Watching Mamuro (I think that is his name) cutting gangsters down on the streets using his futuristic samurai sword has proven entertaining enough to keep me glued to the manga, especially his clashes with gun wielding thugs.

However that isn’t going to last long. I still don’t know what the manga is about, what direction its main plot will follow, and whether or not I will like it will depend on how the story take shape.

RATING: 7/10, a decent start to a manga, focusing largely around the action.

+Apocalypse no Toride- Meada is thrown into a juvenile academy, with other vile and sometimes murderous delinquents for a crime he didn’t commit. A virus turns everyone in the city (and possibly the world) into zombie like mutations. Meada and his friends struggle to survive in the new world.

I am only 12 chapters in, and truth be told, all I can see is High school of the dead, but with no fan service or female characters. There is this one naked fellow with three pupils who likes to sit at the peak of towers made up of zombies, using them as his personal chariot as they wreath about like one giant monster.

RATING: 3/10, still not convinced.

All in all, not a terrible week in anime and manga for me, not horribly exciting either, but acceptable. That was my week, how was yours? Read anything new? Anything interesting? Or have you encountered one of these titles in the past or present?

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Welcome to this belated Quick Pick Manga edition! The only two manga series I'm interested in is Air Gear and Dragonar Academy because I read Tenjho Tenge while Dragonar Academy is a recently new anime series that air during the spring of 2014. The harem series remind me of Familiar of Zero.

Please feel free to share your thoughts on what manga releases you're interested in this week. Thank you.

Sources

All summaries are from Anime News Network. It's thanks to PikaHyper for uploading the English covers.

There are differences between Comic Book stores, Manga exclusive stores, and online stores with their manga releases.

  • Dragonar Academy Vol. 2 and My Boyfriend is a Vampire only appear in Right Stuf, Amazon, and ANN.
  • PikaHyper's comic book stores had more manga selection this week: Food Wars, Hard Temptation, Itazura na Kiss, Ladies Full of Love, Makunouchi Deluxe, Nurse's Paradise, Private Teacher, Real, Takasugi-San's Obento and Virgin Games.
Air Gear Omnibus 3
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $19.99

Ikki leads team Kogarasumaru into battle against team Behemoth. With much greater experience and frighteningly powerful members, Behemoth may be more than Kogarasumaru can handle! Ikki and his team must find a way to contend with the unstoppable punching machine, Bandou, and the ultra powerful Udou, leader of Behemoth! Collects volumes 7-9 in an omnibus format.

Dragonar Academy Volume 2
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

For fans of magic schools, fantastical creatures, and harem comedies comes Dragonar Academy, an all-new manga series about a boy who is trying to tame an unruly—and very pretty—dragon.

Dragonar Academy, which originated as a popular light novel series in Japan, is a growing franchise that is sure to appeal to fans of comedic fantasies like Zero’s Familiar and The Sacred Blacksmith. Each volume is delightfully illustrated and includes color inserts.

Learning to ride and tame dragons comes easy to most students at Ansarivan Dragonar Academy—except for first-year student Ash Blake, who is known by his fellow classmates as the “number one problem child.” Poor Ash is the laughing stock at school because, despite his unfashionably large star-shaped brand that marks him as a future dragon master, he has nothing to show for it. His dragon has never appeared.

Until now, that is. One fateful day, Ash’s dragon awakes in full glory, but appears different than any dragon ever seen before—in the form of a beautiful girl! What’s worse, Ash soon discovers that this new dragon has attitude to spare, as she promptly informs him that she is the master, and he, the servant.
Ash’s problems with dragon riding have only just begun.

Gangsta Book 2
  • Distributor: Viz Media
  • Suggested retail price: $12.99

The Handymen, Nic and Worick, ply their trade in Ergastulum, a city run by the Mafia and ruled by violence. Recruited into a battle with a gang, they find themselves up against one of the "Twilights," mercenaries with superhuman abilities generated by dangerous drugs. Nic, who is also a Twilight, fights back with the same savagery and skill - until Worick has to step in to save him from himself. Partners and equals now, in the past they were anything but, yet both men are bound together by the chains of a tragic past as they face an uncertain future.

Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex Volume 5
  • Distributor: Kodansha Comics
  • Suggested retail price: $10.99

16 years ago, a terrorist group called the "New World Brigade" kidnapped a young girl named Eka Tokura. However, recent photos of Eka have surfaced and she appears to look exactly as she did 16 years ago. To investigate this mystery, the special unity of the Maritime Safety Agency was dispatched to a man-made island off the coast of Okinawa that has been seized by the Brigade. However, communication with the special unit has been lost, leaving the island and the Brigade in a shroud of secrets. Section 9 is tasked with the job of finding out what happened on this man-made island and discovering the truth behind Eka's age-defying looks.

My Boyfriend is a Vampire Volume 13 & 14
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $17.99

Being beautiful is never easy, especially if you’re an eighteen year old boy like Ryu who is constantly mistaken for a girl because of his delicate good looks. Ryu is, in fact, anything but delicate. He is the ringleader of a group of tough kids in an all boy’s school, and he’s quick to beat the living daylights out of anyone who even hints that he resembles a girl. If that wasn’t hard enough for a regular teenage guy to cope with, his life is about to take a shocking turn for the worse. When Ryu stumbles upon strange happenings in the forest, he gets sucked into a world of vampire intrigue and sinister romance that he never knew existed. And he learns that there are worse things than being turned into a vampire: being turned into a girl?! Collects volumes 13-14 in an omnibus format.

What Did You Eat Yesterday Volume 2
  • Distributor: Vertical
  • Suggested retail price: $12.95

In this second installment of Fumi Yoshinaga's deliciously charming slice-of-gay-life, we delve into the beginnings of Shiro and Kenji's relationship. Shiro continues to expand his culinary creativity while dealing with problomatic clients and his well-meaning but misguided mother, who comes to rely on him when a health scare hits close to home.

Kanokon Omnibus 4
  • Distributor: Seven Seas Entertainment
  • Suggested retail price: $20.99
528-page conclusion to the foxiest manga series ever!

This omnibus edition contains volumes 7-9 of the Kanokon manga series.

Innocent country boy Oyamada Kouta transfers to a big city high school in his freshman year, and from day one, his life enters a world of crazy. First, a beautiful second-year student named Chizuru professes her love to him, then reveals that she is in fact a fox spirit. Frisky and flirty, she suggestively teases naive Kouta in front of his classmates, embarrassing him to no end.

If that wasn’t enough, a gorgeous wolf spirit named Nozomu suddenly transfers to Kouta’s class and decides she wants the hapless country boy for herself. As fox girl and wolf girl vie for his heart, does Kouta have any say in this?
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I was talking with sickVisionz on Twitter about creating concept pages for Anime Conventions because I create several blogs to promote them such as industry panels and guests of honor. I had filled their wiki pages with those information. The issue is that when they will be attached to blogs.

The solution is that you guys and gals can post in the Convention forum we have or the Anime Convention concept pages.

Like the Anime Expo that Gia had made, she uploaded lots of cosplay photos while she was doing her news. This is another way for Anime Vice to thrive because of the images and news that increase foot trafficking. For me, I get lost just browsing the images. That's how I found Anime Vice back in 2010.

With some wiki tasks and empty image galleries, this way, people feel open to blog about their experiences. I have been working hard this month for the conventions and the future Summer Anime 2014 Seasonal trailer guide project, so you guys and gals can get in touch with your folks at Anime Vice. Meeting folks online at a convention is a surreal experience.

If you're new, check out the Anime Convention Survival Guide! that my teammates, BigHeart711 and sickVisionz, and I worked on. Hope it helps you.

Let me know if there are any conventions you want me to look up. I'll be happy take some requests. Have a great time out there guys and gals!

List of Conventions

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Fanime is a convention brought together by fans. It first started in 1994 by several anime clubs in Northern California with Aaron Pilgrim, Jay Onda, and Dennis Jann at the helm. It was first held at California State University, Hayward. It was moved to the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in 2004.

Here are the Industry Panels. For a full list, see Fanime's linkand for the times, see this link where it has the list of panels.

Crunchyroll - Industry Panel

  • Panels 1: Saturday 15:00
Crunchyroll is the leader in online streaming for Japanese entertainment, with anime, drama, and even manga. Come find out the latest news and updates, and participate in our trivia contest for a chance to win some exclusive Crunchyroll swag!

Digital Manga Inc. - DMI: Working with Manga

  • Panels 3: Saturday 12:00

16+ (not recommended for those under 16)

Digital Manga, Inc. (DMI) is one of the industry's most innovative and unconventional companies. Join us to hear about the latest new and upcoming releases and learn how you can help be a part of the big picture.

eigo manga
eigo manga

eigoManga - Vanguard Princess + eigoMANGA

  • Panels 3: Friday 15:00
Colleagues from eigoMANGA Vanguard Princess will showcase and discuss new developments and future plans for the game as well as showcase new releases of the company's productions. Fanime 2014 will be the first convention where we will publicly announce new productions for 2014 and 2015.

Gaia Online Experience

  • Panels 1: Friday 17:00
Come meet Gaia's staff, and get a sneak peek at upcoming features while enjoying fun and random awesomeness. We've got some cool surprises and fantastic prizes up our sleeve, so come prepared for a good time. Stick around for the open-mic Q&A! Expect plenty of fun and some great prizes for all!
GameTrailers - 7.9 out of 10
  • Panels 1 Sunday 20:00
The GameTrailers staff will be on hand to discuss what it takes to cover the video game industry. Get the inside scoop on what goes into producing videos, tackling on-site coverage of industry events, and reviewing games. Plus, how do we survive in an age where everything's on YouTube?

Viz Media - Industry Panel

  • Panels 2 Friday 16:00
Get the latest updates & exciting news from VIZ Media on your favorite manga and anime! Also get the scoop on new acquisitions and upcoming releases & projects from VIZ Manga, WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP, Neon Alley & more!

YaoiCon - Get Your Yaoi on with Yaoicon!

  • Panels 4 Saturday 20:00

18+ (audience must be 18 or over, ID will be checked)

YaoiCon has been delighting fans with its unique, risque, and fan-friendly atmosphere, and we can't wait to have you join us at our 2014 convention. Come chat with us at our panel - we'll speak as fans, we'll answer your questions about the con and hear your suggestions, and give away some goodies!

Project-H, LLC - Project-H: Hentai Manga

  • Panels 3 Saturday 23:00

18+ (audience must be 18 or over, ID will be checked)

Project-H Presents: The future of the Hentai Manga Industry. Here, we'll talk about the latest Project-H releases, how the industry is changing from a publisher perspective, and some Q&A. We've also got some fantastic prizes to give away!

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Just watched this on Amazon Prime. When it came out years ago I so wanted to go see it in theaters but health kept that from being a reality. So what does this offer the anime fan? Besides wire fu an cowboys an ninjas? Its kind of a surreal looking tho at times heavy handed cgi tale. You get also http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geoffrey_rush tho not as a lead or a bad guy.

In some ways this could have been a Madhouse story. Could almost see how they would animate it as well. An in others you get a odd story that almost would fit in goth like tale with the circus that is in it as well. It does straddles the westerns of old an the Ninja films of old as well. So its a mixed bag but for me well worth looking into. Then again if you put much stock in http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/the-warriors-way/ which has it at best 47% with the audience then you should pass. But bad movie reviews never keep me from seeing something I want to see.

An I did an seem to be no worse for wear. Its above a B movie but not quite where most every one that seen it would like it to be. An thats the rub. Its got all the potential to be something else. Then again the best review advice I have heard is "review something for what it is not for what it could be". An for what it is it's worth watching an a anime fan can fine some good parts in it.

As a side note would say its better than some of the live action anime films of late.Which is a shame as this was a huge box office bomb in 2010. This could eventualy get cult status as the reviews on amazon are much better than Rotten tomatoes. But to be a cult classic think it should have more than a few memorable lines.

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Fanime is a convention brought together by fans. It first started in 1994 by several anime clubs in Northern California with Aaron Pilgrim, Jay Onda, and Dennis Jann at the helm. It was first held at California State University, Hayward. It was moved to the San Jose McEnery Convention Center in 2004.

Here are the Guests of Honor. For a full list, see Fanime's linkand for the times, see this link where it has the list of panels.

Chantal Strand
  • Q & A - Sunday 11:00 (1 hour)
  • Voice Acting in North America - Saturday 17:00 (1 hour)

Ms. Strand got her start at a young age, doing stunts on Look Who’s Talking Now and then quickly moved into principle and leading roles (The Outer Limits, The Commish, and Air Bud). Despite her start in stunts, she is more known for her voice over roles in popular cartoons (Cassie in Dragon Tales, Bijou/Mia/Natalie in Hamtaro, and Gemini Stone/Pi/Bernard in Sabrina: the Animated Series), the Gundam Seed franchise (Lacus Clyne), and a few other notable works (Mandy/Duchess Morbucks in Powerpuff Girls Z).

Gilles Poitras
  • Anime (and Manga) for Parents - Friday 17:00 (1 hour)
  • Tokyo on the Cheap - Sunday 14:00 (1 hour)
  • Yokai: The Kappa - Saturday 18:00 (1 hour)
Gilles is best known to previous FanimeCon attendees as a returning Guest of Honor, his works that have been published in NewType USA, Otaku USA, or by his three released books: The Anime Companion, Anime Essentials, and The Anime Companion 2. He continues to be the Access Services Librarian at Golden Gate University and continues to stay up-to-date on all things manga, anime, and Japan.
Hiroyuki Kanbe
  • Making Anime: Start to Finish - Sunday 11:00 (1 hour)
  • Q & A - Saturday 16:00 (1 hour)

Debuting in 1988 as an animator, Hiroyuki Kanbe has worked on over 50 different titles and has a storied career in production on countless anime titles with his directorial debut on 2009’s VIPER’S CREED. Kanbe has also designed monsters for DEVIL SURVIVOR2 the ANIMATION, done storyboarding for Space Battleship Yamato 2199, Inari, KonKon, Koi Iroha, and noitaminA’s Silver Spoon.
HOME MADE KAZOKU
  • Q & A - Saturday 10:00 (1 hour)
HOME MADE KAZOKU (formed in 1996) has been around for nearly two decades, and exploded on to the scene while on the country-wide Japan Club Tour in 2004. That year they signed on with the recording company, Ki/oon Records/Sony Music Entertainment Japan, Inc. and also released their first single, “SUMMER TIME MAGIC”. Anime fans will recognize HOME MADE KAZOKU from their music in various anime titles such as Eureka 7 (“Shonen Heart”), Naruto (“Shooting Star”), the theme song of Naruto Shippuden: the Movie (“NO RAIN NO RAINBOW”), and many more.
J. Michael Tatum
  • Anime Adaptive Writing Process - Sunday 12:00
  • J. Michael Tatum: WTF 101 - Friday 23:00
  • Q & A with J. Michael Tatum - Saturday 10:00
Mr. Tatum was discovered by Funimation warhorse and visionary ADR director Christopher Bevins who cast him as Rikichi in 2005’s Samurai 7. Having been involved in voice acting for nearly a decade, Mr. Tatum’s career has placed him in some prominent roles that fans might recognize (Sebastian Michaelis from Black Butler, France from Hetalia: Axis Powers, Dr. Gel in the currently airing Space Dandy, and as Sir Hammerlock in the video game Borderlands 2).
Kira Buckland
  • Intro to Internet Voice Acting - Sunday 13:00
  • Q & A with Kira Buckland - Saturday 15:00
Ms. Buckland began voice acting at the age of sixteen, voicing flash animations and games before winning Anime Expo’s Voice Actor Idol competition in 2007. Since moving from her hometown of Anchorage, Alaska to Southern California, she has made her mark in the voice acting world and her name can be found in the credits of many anime titles (Blue Exorcist, Accel World, LaGrange, Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic, and 5 Centimeters Per Second). Along with anime titles, she is credited for many video game voices (Skullgirls – as the final boss, Bloody Marie, Castle Crashers, Hyperdimension Neptunia V, Inazuma Eleven, Mugen Souls, Time and Eternity) and it was recently announced that she will play Hiyoko Saionji in Dangan Ronpa 2: Goodbye Despair.
Noir
  • Q & A with Noir - Sunday 14:00
Noir has been featured in films as an actress and has narrated a variety of commercials. She also formed the musical unit, maRIONnetTe (with Yoshihito Onda, former producer/bassist of JUDY AND MARY) and Nobara Takemoto (novelist) for the anime series The Mystic Archives of Dantalian’s ending theme song (“yes, prisoner”). She is currently busy as the Marketing Director of GAINAX and writing the scenario for the comic, Sadon desu, serialized in Weekly Young Magazine. The illustrations for Sadon desu are drawn by Kyo Hatsuki.
Raj Ramayya
  • Living and Working in Japan - Saturday 14:00
  • Q & A with Raj Ramayya - Friday 18:00
  • Songwriting Workshop - Sunday 15:00
The Indo-Canadian singer, composer, and lyricist has a storied history in the anime industry, having worked with some musical luminaries in the field, including Yoko Kanno (as a member of The Seatbelts). Mr. Ramayya has worked on a few different properties, including Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell, and Wolf’s Rain. He also has a number of tracks for Konami’s Bemani series of games, including songs in Beatmania IIDX, Guitar Freaks, and Drummania. His band, The Beautiful Losers, has been used on various MTV shows in the US, and for commercials in Japan for the NTT Docomo and Animal Planet.
Takami Akai
  • Q & A - Saturday 14:00 (1 hour)
Born in 1961 at Yonago, Tottori, Mr. Akai would garner attention for his character design in the opening animation of the 20th Annual Japan National SF Convention (while a student at Osaka University of Arts). In addition, he directed live-action special-effects works such as “Yamata no Orochi no Gyakushū” as part of the amateur video production group DAICON FILM. The main staff of DAICON FILM went on to form GAINAX in the early 1980s.
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MomoCon 2014 is occurring this Memorial Weekend, May 23-25. Let's go over the history of Momocon.

With over 12,200 people in 2013, MomoCon is one of the fastest growing all ages conventions in the country. Fans of Japanese Anime, American Animation, and Video Games come together to celebrate their passion by costuming / cosplay, browsing the huge exhibitors hall, meeting celebrity voice talent, designers, and writers behind their favorite shows and games, and much much more over this 3 day event. Whether you are an anime fan, gamer, or just like watching cartoons, all are welcome at MomoCon!

MomoCon's Intro

It was first began in 2005 and was held at Georgia Institute of Technology which was located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. It was was run by Georgia Tech club Anime O-Tekku. It was a free event until 2012 due to the rising costs. It was held at Atlanta Marriot Marquis that year.

Themes of MomoCon

  • 2005 - Southern Hospitality
  • 2006 - Tsukimi (Moon Viewing)
  • 2007 - The Family
  • 2008 - Gothic Horror
  • 2009 - Retro Campy Science Fiction
  • 2010 - Music
  • 2012 - Dinosaurs

2014 Programming

For a full list, see this link.

Big Events

  • Friday Cosplay Contest
  • Friday Night Flow Party
  • AMV Contest
  • Saturday Craftsmanship Costume Contest
  • Saturday Night Rave

Headlining Panels

There are 9 concurrent panel rooms featuring over 270 hours of panel content over the weekend. Here are some of the biggest:

  • Viz Industry
  • Sentai Filmworks Industry
  • Funimation Industry
  • Sword Art Online Voice Actors
  • Disney Karaoke contest
  • The Touhou Project Panel
  • Archer with Floyd County
  • Breaking Into Games Industry
  • Breaking Into Animation
  • Miku Project F with Sega
  • Toonami Industry Panel
  • Matrix Movie Script Reading with the Animaniacs and Dante Basco
  • The Team That Made Skull Girls
  • Game Journalism with Kotaku, IGN, and GameTrailers
  • Hi Rez Entertainment Presents Smite
  • Bioshock Infinite with the Voices of Booker and Elizabeth
  • Pinky & The Brain
  • The Last of Us with the Voices of Joel and Ellie

Featured Guests

  • Troy Baker: Voice of Joel from The Last of Us, Booker DeWitt from Bioshock Infinite, Excalibur from Soul Eater, and many more!
  • Courtnee Draper: Voice of Elizabeth from Bioshock Infinite, and many more!
  • Ashley Johnson: Voice of Ellie from The Last of Us, Terra from Teen Titans, and many more!
  • Andrew Lawrence: Voice of TJ from Recess, Nick Ramos from Dead Rising 3, and more!
  • Doug Walker: The Nostalgia Critic from ThatGuyWithTheGlasses.com
  • Dante Basco Rufio from Hook, Voice of Prince Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender, and General Iroh from The Legend of Korra.
  • Tress MacNeille Voice of Dot from Animaniacs, Mom from Futurama, Agnes Skinner from The Simpsons, and many more!
  • Rob Paulsen Voice of Yakko from Animaniacs, Pinky from ‘Pinky and the Brain’, and Jack Fenton in Danny Phantom (among others)
  • Jess Harnell Voice of Wakko from Animaniacs and many more!
  • Maurice LaMarche Voice of The Brain from ‘Pinky and the Brain’, and Morbo/Kif/Calculon/The Donbot/Clamps in Futurama (among others)
  • Cherami Leigh: Voice of Asuna from Sword Art Online, and Lucy from Fairy Tail (among others)
  • Bryce Papenbrook: Voice of Kirito from Sword Art Online, and Rin Okumura in Blue Exorcist (among others)
  • Sifu Kisu and Sifu Manny: The creators of martial arts style of ‘bending’ from Avatar the Last Airbender and Korra
  • CavemanFilmsMinecraft YouTube personality with over 1,000,000 subscribers
  • Jordan Weisman: Creator of Shadowrun, MechWarrior, and Crimson Skies. Founder of over 6 companies including Harebrained Schemes.
  • Ed Fries: Co-Creator of the Xbox, creator of Halo for the Atari 2600, and adviser for many gaming startups.
  • Mike Reiss: Creator of ‘The Critic’ and current writer/producer on ‘The Simpsons’

Free to Play Minecraft Server:

Server details here: http://mc-momocon.enjin.com/

Video and Card Gaming Tournaments:

  • All weekend BYOC LAN Tournament for League of Legends, DOTA 2, and Smite
  • Friday Evening Tournaments

    Pokemon Doubles
    Project M
    Injustice
    Blazblue ChronoPhantasm
    Soulcalibur 5

    Saturday Afternoon Tournaments

    Pokemon Singles
    Super Smash Bros Brawl (to Top 8)
    Super Street Fighter 4: Arcade Edition 2012
    Skullgirls Encore

    Saturday Night Tournaments

    Persona 4 Arena
    Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3
    Tekken Tag Tournament 2

    Sunday Afternoon Tournaments

    Super Smash Bros Brawl Top 8
  • Magic the Gathering
  • Yu-Gi-Oh
  • Card Fight Vangaurd
  • Buddy Fight
  • Pokemon

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Kill la Kill

Kill la Kill is available on Netflix.

Now, fans have Kill la Kill available and legally on Crunchyroll, HULU, and now, Netflix. Please support the official release.

Plot

Ryuuko Matoi carries a large weapon shaped like half of a pair of scissors. She's looking for the woman with the other half, who killed her father. Satsuki Kiryuuin, student council president of Honnouji Academy, is said to know the woman's identity, so Ryuuko transfers there. Those who arrive at the school receive a special "goku uniform," and Satsuki has used that power to rule the school in fear.

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After Netflix (Ireland) had announced that it will stream the Knights of Sidonia anime series, Netflix USA has announced its date, July 4th.

Producer: Polygon Pictures

Type: Manga based Anime Series

Genres & Themes: Adventure, Sci-Fi

Plot: It's been a thousand years since the Gauna, a strange alien race with no known method of communication, destroyed the solar system. A portion of humanity managed to escape using enormous "seed ships" like the Sidonia, which have allowed them to maintain the population while drifting through space. Nagate Tanikaze is a young man who has been raised deep in the bowels of the ship. When he goes into training to pilot the huge robotic weapons known as Gardes, Nagate is entrusted with piloting the legendary unit known as Tsugumori. Nagate and his fellow pilots put their lives on the line against the Gauna, in the ultimate battle for the survival of humanity.

— Anime News Network

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The thing about shonen battle manga is the fact that, well, they revolve largely around fighting, gaining new power ups and defeating stronger opponents with each new conflict.

Not a bad thing; but without some diversity it can get quite tiresome, this being the reason why I struggle to appreciate manga that fail to diversify in their concepts, rarely ever introducing actual stories, instead favoring relentless battles.

Good thing this is a Manhwa rather than a manga, because Noblesse seems to have finally found its stride after three or so largely boring chapters.

THE CHAPTER:

Tao, Takeo and M-21 struggle to overcome the advantage possessed by the elder wolf, soon finding themselves struggling for survival against impossible odds.

MY THOUGHTS:

SO, clearly I enjoyed this chapter more than the last one, even though both were largely the same, focused around fighting. But I guess it would be a fallacy to compare this chapter to last week’s, not when you consider the simple fact that there was some attempt at executing character development in chapter 322.

Admittedly, I like M-21 more than most, and it was an interesting experience, being reminded of the character’s less than rosy past, those sad moments that saw him lose everything he ever cared for around him, from friends to colleagues.

RK4 is a fairly weak force and it is nothing new, watching them take quite the beating; what was interesting was watching Tao and Takeo basically sacrifice themselves for allow M-21 an opportunity to escape. Clearly an ostensible sign of how deep rooted there bonds have become, from a frosty relationship resulting from previous violent encounters, to a brotherhood of heroes determined to give their lives for Rai’s well being.

If there is one thing nearly as commendable about Noblesse as the art is the well paced character development it always finds the time to perform in transforming the darkness of some of its villains into some of the better protagonists of the series.

And who hasn’t been waiting for this moment, when M-21 and crew finally come into their own, no longer desperate for Rai’s assistance in dealing with their various conflicts.

RATING: 6/10, surprisingly entertaining.

HIGHLIGHTS: M-21’s final transformation.

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  • Producer: Seven Arcs
  • Release Date: Bundled with volume 15 on July 18th.

Plot:

The protagonist, Tsukishima Jinbei, strives to be a warrior who wins every battle until the day he dies. Jinbei has left his homeland in the Tsugara Domain to join the Mushibugyo in the great city of Edo. His job in the Mushibugyo is to exterminate giant bugs that run rampant in the city. Jinbei fights with the Mushibugyo, an office of brave men who risk their lives to protect the peace in Edo and the smiles of the people! Honesty does pay off!

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At Anime Central 2014, Viz Media had announced the English dub cast of Blood Lad at its panel.

Plot

Blood Lad follows Staz, a vampire that is obsessed with the human world, and Fuyumi, a human girl that was killed and turned into a ghost after wandering into the demon world. Staz promises to help Fuyumi regain her humanity by bringing her back to life, as it means that he would be able to visit the human world.

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I can’t believe i hesitated so long to read stealth symphony; because if I had only paid some heed to the manga’s description, specifically its authors, I would have approached it with increasing eagerness.

I LOVE AMANO YOUICHI. Okay, fine, I had no idea who he was until a few day ago; But do you know what I do love? Akaboshi-Ibun Suikoden. If it was within my power, I would have some very unpleasant words with whichever shonen jump executive chose to cancel what was quickly proving to be one brilliant shonen series.

With only 24 chapters in the manga, I still can’t believe someone failed to see the potential in Akaboshi, and Amano Youichi was that masterful artist that brought it to life.

SO, that most important question: should you bother with stealth Symphony? Well, if dropping Youichi’s name didn’t convince you to at the very least give this manga a few minutes of your time, then how about Ryohgo Narita, stealth symphony’s writer.

Yes, that Ryohgo Narita, author of Baccano! and Durarara!. Admittedly I never really got into Bacanno, but Durarara was one brilliantly written anime; bringing these two geniuses under a single roof seems to portend greatness in Stealth Symphony’s future. Not that that translates into immediate results at the present.

THE PLOT:

In a world where elves, dwarves, and invisible dragons live in harmony inside a metropolitan city, Sieg Kumonuma sets out to find someone or something that can remove the curse that he carries on his back. As he attempts to survive in Jinbou-chou, a city filled with fantastic secrets and organizations, he encounters many powerful individuals who quickly determine to either destroy or save him. Will Sieg be able to discover the true secret of his curse, or will it lead him to his own demise?

MY REVIEW:

Stealth symphony doesn’t have the greatest of starts; not that it is bad per say, but really it doesn’t provide any meat for me to sink my teeth into. Then again it is only 12 chapters in, and I can remember my first impression of Naruto. And while I considered dumping it for its juvenile plot during its initial run, it now ranks as my favorite anime and manga.

So yes, Stealth symphony still has the space to try and impress me. The plot may not be the most original (and really, what is these days?) but it is unique in its own way. You have a boy who, through circumstances early on in his life, was cursed with a tool that, in protecting him, endangered the lives of all those around him.

And in trying to locate a solution to his predicament, Sieg hones in on Jinbou-chou, a city that once stood at the center of a great battle that saw the tyrannical race of dragons banished to the moon, not only saving earth but leaving behind a city infused with magic and magical creatures, from elves to dwarves and the like.

There are clear attempts at creating a sensible goal in introducing to Sieg the true nature of his curse/wings, these being a class B legacy, legacies being objects of power left behind by the dragons and which, whether bought or found, granted their wielders great power.

So where does that leave us? Sieg learning that an A class legacy has the power to release him of his wings; only they cost a fortune, more than a fortune, more like enough money to buy a country (the exact terms used in the manga).

Not terrible setting, giving us a hero with a simple goal, using his none existent skills (but great power) to find work in a magical city well paying enough to earn him an A class legacy, along the way meeting all manner of wacky creatures, from the security organization V&V to the assassins guild.

Again, fairly interesting yet simple plot to follow. SO the problem? The characters. They are all pretty dull, and I can’t even call that a complaint because it is too early in the manga for any of them to acquire any worth while development.

Yet, something’s missing. Certainly it is a little too early to judge; but I love reading manga whose characters draw me in week in and week out; and at this point in time where an intriguing plot is none existent, these characters are doing little to interest me.

The cast is fairly…basic, from mysterious director to cool ninja guy, awesome assassin dude, young kid that isn’t really young and who harbors great power and a sadistic persona and so on and so forth; nothing interesting that it can draw me back each week.

The characters would be forgivable if the various plots and mini arcs weren’t so banal and somewhat typical.

But again, this manga is only 12 chapters in; and I can remember despising the idiocy of Soul Eater the first time I watched. Only later did it occur to me the effort being injected into first introducing the characters during those initial episodes, then allowing the real story to kick into gear several episodes later.

That doesn’t excuse Stealth symphony’s unimaginative means of introducing its cast. I will probably stick around for another 10 or 15 chapters to better gauge the quality of the manga before thinking of giving up. Knowing the names behind it does encourage me to persevere.

RATING: So far this is mostly a 4/10, though with the hint that the dragons will be returning after their 100 year exile, there is hope for better chapters.

And the art is pretty amazing, clear and coherent.

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At Anime Central 2014, FUNimation announces the English dub cast for Hal.

  • Hal will be voiced by Chris Burnett
  • Kurumi will be voiced by Byrn Apprill
  • Ryu will be voiced by Todd Haberkorn

Plot

From the studio behind Attack on Titan comes the directorial debut of a bold, new voice in the world of anime.

Kurumi's heart was broken by the sudden death of her boyfriend in a tragic airplane accident. Forced to carry on without her beloved Hal, she fell into a reclusive and joyless existence. Kurumi had given up on the world, but a brilliant scientist devised a plan to win her back. By melding futuristic technology with the binary equivalent of human emotion, they created an ultra-lifelike robotic surrogate to take Hal's place – and lure Kurumi from her shroud of solitude. Resistant at first, this shattered beauty slowly yielded to her feelings of longing – and took comfort in the company of a robot. Though their unique bond grew stronger with each passing day, Kurumi and Hal would soon discover that nothing about their artificial love story was quite as it seemed.

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At Anime Central 2014, FUNimation announced that the company had acquired rights to Hellsing Ultimate Volumes IX & X, the last two parts of the OVA adaptation. These volumes will be release some time in Fall 2014.

Hellsing Ultimate

Coming this Fall, prepare yourself for the epic conclusion to one of anime’s most brutal and action-packed series of all time. All hell has broken loose, as The Major and his Millennium Organization wreck havoc on downtown London. With Alucard and Alexander battling it out to the death, only Seras and Integra can stop this mad man from laying waste to the rest of the world.

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