YOKO ISHIDA, CHIHIRO YONEKURA, AND TRUE Musical Guest at Anime NYC!

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You don’t want to miss this convention, they are bringing some big names and talent.

LeftField Media and Lantis Co., Ltd. announced that the inaugural Anime NYC convention, bringing a massive celebration of anime and Japanese culture to the Javits Center in New York City from November 17-19, will present the first ever Anime Diva Night powered by Anisong World Matsuri headlined by internationally recognized singers Yoko Ishida, Chihiro Yonekura, and TRUE. The three renowned Japanese animation music, or ‘anisong,’ artists will kick off Anime NYC with the Anime Diva Night concert on Friday, November 17 at 8PM at the Javits Center, with admission included for all Anime NYC attendees. Tickets for Anime NYC are available at www.animenyc.com.

 

Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll is a new Japanese pop culture convention launching November 17-19, 2017 in New York’s Javits Center and will bring fans together with creators and companies from across America and Japan. The event will feature guests including Naruyoshi Kikuchi, Amanda Celine Miller, Cherami Leigh, Christine Marie Cabanos, Cristina Vee, Danny Choo, Erica Mendez, LeSean Thomas, and Stephanie Sheh – and brands including Crunchyroll, Funimation, Kinokuniya, Kodansha, Sentai Filmworks, SUNRISE, Tokyo Otaku Mode, VIZ Media, Vertical Inc, and Yen Press.

 

Anime Diva Night powered by Anisong World Matsuri presents three immensely popular anisong singers with storied careers and projects spanning some of the most popular anime titles of the last decade:

 

  • Yoko IshidaSailor Moon R, Ai Yori Aoshi, This Ugly Yet Beautiful World, Ah! My Goddess, Shakugan no Shana, Shirobako, Strike Witches, and more
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  • Chihiro YonekuraMobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team, Soul Hunter, Fairy Tail, Rave Master, Kaleido Star, You’re Being Summoned, Azazel, and more
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  • TRUE Buddy Complex, Maria the Virgin Witch, Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans, Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle, Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet, Sound! Euphonium, Comet Lucifer, Regalia: The Three Sacred Stars, and more
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TRUE

 

More information about Yoko Ishida, Chihiro Yonekura, and TRUE is available here.

 

“We’re thrilled to work with Lantis and Anisong World Matsuri at our inaugural event,” said Peter Tatara, LeftField Media’s Vice President of Anime Events. “Our goal is to make an authentic, meaningful, large anime convention, and Lantis and Anisong World Matsuri’s goal is to create authentic, meaningful, large anime concerts. We couldn’t be better partners to create something special in New York!”

 

“We’re very proud to work with Anime NYC and bring anisong singers to the biggest city on the USA,” said Shunji Inoue, President of Lantis, Co., Ltd. “We look to bring the joy of anisong to as many fans as possible, and we can’t wait to showcase the talents of Yoko Ishida, Chihiro Yonekura, and TRUE together.”

 

Anime Diva Night powered by Anisong World Matsuri will take place on Friday, November 17 at 8PM inside New York’s Javits Center (655 W 34th St) as part of Anime NYC. Admission to the event is included with all Friday, Weekend, and VIP Anime NYC tickets, which range in price from $35-275 and are available for purchase at www.animenyc.com with a limited Premium Package including exclusive goods and Meet & Greet with the artists to be available soon. Fans of Yoko Ishida, Chihiro Yonekura, and TRUE can also interact with the international singers during panels and autograph sessions at Anime NYC. Fans can follow Anime NYC on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates on the convention including guest announcements, programming, and more.

 

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Fate/Grand Order Surpasses 1 Million Downloads in U.S. and Canada

 

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Fate/Grand Order officially goes gold with one million downloads!

 

LOS ANGELES, CA (August 31, 2017) – On Tuesday, the tremendously popular mobile game, Fate/Grand Order, announced on its official Facebook page that it has surpassed 1 million downloads in the U.S. and Canada. To commemorate this milestone, Fate/Grand Order challenged fans to help them get 10,000 likes and 2,000 shares on their Facebook post to unlock a bevy of prizes, including 18 Saint Quartz, 4 Summon Tickets, 3 Golden Fruits, and up to 130 Mana Prisms. The post took less than 30 minutes to reach 2,000 shares and a little over an hour to exceed 10,000 likes, as fans answered the call in full force. The announcement also revealed the arrival of 5-star Berserker class Servant, Sakata Kintoki, a Fate/Grand Order exclusive character known for his fondness for anything gold. The Facebook post showcased a video of Sakata Kintoki’s Noble Phantasm, “Golden Spark,” along with the Noble Phantasm video of ★4 (SR) Altria Pendragon [Alter] and ★4 (SR) Martha. Released in June of this year, the game is currently available in the U.S. and Canada on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

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This came about after the huge presence and panel at Crunchyroll Expo 2017 with the Producer of Localization Albert Kao. He also gave a Q & A, and some  personal help to some select fans/people. You can check out our coverage of the panel Part One & Part Two.

 

 

 

 

 

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“Since a gold record signifies one million records sold, we wanted to celebrate one million downloads with the Fate/Grand Order character who epitomizes gold,” says Localization Producer of Fate/Grand Order (English Version), Albert Kao. “His favorite phrases are ‘gold’ and ‘golden.’ His favorite dog is the golden retriever. Who better to celebrate our golden milestone than Sakata Kintoki?”

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Fate/Grand Order warns players that Sakata Kintoki will not be available in the Story Summons after the Pickup period, which starts August 31st midnight PDT and ends September 13th 8:59 pm PDT. Furthermore, different Servants will be featured each day as an additional pickup Servant, including ★5 (SSR) Altria Pendragon, ★5 (SSR) Altera, ★5 (SSR) Jeanne d’Arc, ★5 (SSR) Vlad III, and ★5 (SSR) Zhuge Liang (El Melloi II). Rewards for the Facebook campaign will be distributed from September 6th 9:00 pm PDT to September 20th 8:59 pm PDT. Players can also look forward to half off on AP costs for various Daily Quests starting August 31st to September 13th.

 

One of the most successful mobile role-playing games ever in Asia, Fate/Grand Order has players summon powerful allies or Heroic Spirits, who are based on popular historical, literary, and mythological figures such as Joan of Arc, William Shakespeare, Spartacus, and Mozart. The game takes players back through history to embark on an epic quest known as the Grand Order. The mobile game has been called “the most addicting game I’ve played on my phone” by David Estrella of Ani-gamers and the “otaku event of the summer” by Gabriella Ekens of Anime News Network. Last month, the official Apple App Store Games tweeted, “We were curious why Fate/Grand Order was so popular. Now we can’t stop playing it.”

Further details of the North American version will be released regularly on the official website (http://fate-go.us), Facebook (@FateGO.USA), and Twitter (@FateGO_USA).

About the 1 Million Download Campaign:

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Eligibility:
Anyone who played “Fate/Grand Order” during the above-mentioned period.
Thanks to everyone’s continuous support, Fate/Grand Order (English) has reached over 1 million downloads! To celebrate this occasion, we have prepared a special Facebook campaign!
During the campaign period, if the designated Facebook post reaches a certain amount of likes and shares, we will give away amazing prizes for all players!
https://www.facebook.com/FateGO.USA/
For reaching 10,000 Likes…
Players will receive 18 Saint Quartz, 4 Summon Tickets, and 3 Golden Fruits!
For reaching 2,000 Shares…
Players will receive 10 Mana Prisms a day during a special period for up to 130 Mana Prisms!
* During the Distribution Period, you can receive up to all the above prizes when you log in for 13 consecutive days.

Distribution Period:
9/06/2017 9:00 pm PDT ~ 9/20/2017 8:59 pm PDT.

* The first login bonus will be given out after 9/6/2017 9:00 pm PDT.

* The next login bonuses will be given out at 9:00pm PDT each day.

* The login bonuses can be claimed up to 13 times; however, that number may change
depending on the time you start the game.
About the AP Cost ½ Campaign:
Details:
AP Costs for the Daily Quests that appear in Chaldea Gate will be ½ for a limited time.
These Daily Quests drop useful items like Ascension materials and QP. Use this chance to strengthen your Servants!

Campaign Period:
The AP Cost for Daily Quests will become ½ during the following period:

“Enter the Treasure Vault” AP Cost ½ Period: 8/31/2017 midnight PDT – 9/7/2017 8:59 pm PDT
“Duel with the Three Knights” “Duel with the Four Cavalries” “Monster Hunting” AP Cost ½ Period: 9/7/2017 midnight PDT – 9/13/2017 8:59 pm PDT

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About 1 Million Download Pickup Summon (Daily):
Details:
For a limited time, we’ll be holding a “1 Million Download Pickup Summon (Daily). To celebrate the game reaching 1 million downloads, Limited Time Servant “★5 (SSR) Sakata Kintoki” will be available for the first time! “★4 (SR) Altria Pendragon [Alter],” “★4 (SR) Martha,” “★3 (R) Robin Hood,” and “★3 (R) Boudica” will also be featured everyday as part of the pickup lineup.
Furthermore, different Servants will be featured each day as the additional pickup Servant! The featured Servants will include “★5 (SSR) Altria Pendragon,” “★5 (SSR) Altera,” “★5 (SSR) Jeanne d’Arc,” “★5 (SSR) Vlad III,” and “★5 (SSR) Zhuge Liang (El Melloi II).”
* Sakata Kintoki will NOT be available in the Story Summons after the Pickup period.
* During the 1 Million Download Pickup Summon Period, Altria Pendragon [Alter] will be
available even without clearing the Prologue.
* 10x Summon will have 1 guaranteed ★4 (SR) or above card and 1 guaranteed ★3 (R) or above
Servant!
* Guaranteed ★4 (SR) or above card will be either a Servant or a Craft
Essence.)
* “Increased drop rate” indicates the picked up cards will have higher drop rate than Servants or
Craft Essences of the same rarity.

Campaign Period:

8/31/2017 midnight PDT ~ 9/13/2017 8:59 pm PDT

Daily Pick up Summon Period and Pickup Summon Line Up:

8/31 midnight ~9/1/2017 4:59 pm PDT: Sakata Kintoki

9/1 5:00 pm ~9/2/2017 4:59 pm PDT: Sakata Kintoki + Altria Pendragon

9/2 5:00 pm ~9/3/2017 4:59 pm PDT: Sakata Kintoki + Altera

9/3 5:00 pm ~9/4/2017 4:59 pm PDT: Sakata Kintoki + Jeanne d’Arc

9/4 5:00 pm ~9/5/2017 4:59 pm PDT: Sakata Kintoki + Vlad III

9/5 5:00 pm ~9/6/2017 4:59 pm PDT: Sakata Kintoki + Zhuge Liang (El Melloi II)

9/6 5:00 pm ~9/7/2017 4:59 pm PDT: Sakata Kintoki

9/7 5:00 pm ~9/8/2017 4:59 pm PDT: Sakata Kintoki + Altria Pendragon

9/8 5:00 pm ~9/9/2017 4:59 pm PDT: Sakata Kintoki + Altera

9/9 5:00 pm ~9/10/2017 4:59 pm PDT: Sakata Kintoki + Jeanne d’Arc

9/10 5:00 pm ~9/11/2017 4:59 pm PDT: Sakata Kintoki + Vlad III

9/11 5:00 pm ~9/12/2017 4:59 pm PDT: Sakata Kintoki + Zhuge Liang (El Melloi II)

9/12 5:00 pm ~09-13 8:59 pm PDT: Sakata Kintoki

 

FATE/GRAND ORDER (ENGLISH VERSION):

Title: Fate/Grand Order (English)

Genre: Role-Playing Game

Platform: iOS/Android

Release Date: June 25, 2017

URL: http://fate-go.us

Copyright: ©TYPE-MOON / FGO PROJECT

 

About Aniplex of America Inc.

Aniplex of America Inc. (Santa Monica, California) is a subsidiary of Aniplex Inc. (headquartered in Tokyo, Japan), a group of Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. and a leading provider of anime content and music production and distribution in Japan. Aniplex of America has launched fan-favorite Blu-ray and DVD releases including Fate/stay night [Unlimited Blade Works], Fate/Zero, the Sword Art Online series, Your lie in April, KILL la KILL, Bakemonogatari, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Blue Exorcist, NISEKOI, the OREIMO series, DURARARA!!×2, Magi series, Expelled From Paradise, The irregular at magic high school, and ALDNOAH.ZERO. The company’s ever-growing line-up of shows include: March comes in like a lion, Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, ERASED, The Asterisk War, OWARIMONOGATARI, KIZUMONOGATARI, Charlotte, Occultic;Nine, WWW.WAGNARIA!!, GRANBLUE FANTASY, Eromanga Sensei, and Katsugeki TOUKEN RANBU. In June 2017, the company launched its first mobile game based on the Fate franchise, Fate/Grand Order for iOS and Android.

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www.twitch.tv/AniplexUSA

 

Hey everyone great news here at Anime Pad……!!!! We’ve been invited out to Crunchyroll’s 2017 Expo, in Santa Clara, CA.  We will also attend MAGWest Gaming Culture Convention. We normally don’t do much with video games, but they have partnered with Crunchyroll. So, you’ll get Anime, games, and crossovers coming up August 25-27.

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Crunchyroll will have a slew of booths, props, anime, panels, artists, YouTubers and great things to do. Some of the Guests include Freddie Wong, Adam Savage, Monica Rail, MOSTFLOGGED, Caitlin Glass, Yoshitaka Amano-San, and so many more!! Tickets are still available! See you there!!

 

 

 

Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Ep. 41

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I love Kamen Rider Ex-Aid. It’s one of those from top to bottom super good seasons. Episode 41 is like the culmination of where we finally thought we’d get too. It finally puts us into the end game pun intended of the series. A lot of things wrapped up after episode 39-40 threw us for some huge loops.

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Let me start off by saying Dan Kuroto (Tetsuya Iwanaga) is my favorite character on the show. We’re talking about a prodigy and a mastermind genius turned savior of the show. Not only has he pushed most of the characters to the best of their own abilities, but he’s still upping his own game. The very game that was taken from him, he’s still making better from the sideline.

Episode 39 Masamune Kuroto’s father (‎Hiroyuki Takami) gains the reset ability stripping the characters of all the progress they made in defeating him. Emu loses Muteki and we think all is lost, right after Parado and Emu had joined forces. Putting Emu back into his Gamer M state of mind. I sat here at a loss for words, wondering where do we go, and how can they beat Chronos?? This guy can just reset each time.

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Enter Dan Kuroto my man with all his antics. He and Emu are trying to update the Muteki to beat the reset of Chronos. I wasn’t sure what they could do and Kuroto felt the same after two classic game overs from overworking him-self.  No worries we find out his continues have reset also, lol. Will Kuroto and Emu figure something out we don’t know.

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Finally, I’d been waiting on this battle for a long time. Blade and Snipe finally get their revenge on Graphite; but not before Chronos tries to interfere. We find out Graphite just wanted to always fight and have battles. He was the only major Bugster that was setup for that type of game. Which is why I could understand his stance against joining Poppy and Parado.

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So Chronos is going to stop everyone from summoning the boss of the game with reset. Oh, boy and at first it seemed like it worked, but then the Gashats continue into the sky. I go whoa what happened and then these Ex-Aid coins appear. I’m like what are those and everyone absorbs one. Muteki comes flying in and beats Chronos into a power-down. We find out my guy Kuroto Dan has inputted a SAVE FEATURE into Ex-Aid’s Muteki.

 

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Now, we finally get to see the boss of this game that Kuroto made. Somebody he hasn’t even seen yet or imagined. I can understand as a game creator, which is all he really wanted. That he’s having the time of his life not only upping the ante of his game on the fly that he currently doesn’t have control. He’s also seeing his game develop further and further beyond his original imagination. Even though he’s a quasi-good guy right now he still has personal interests.

I know from the previews that Chronos is still going to be a thorn in their side and Gamedeus. I’ve also been wondering will Kuroto remain sided with Emu and the gang? At some point, will he switch sides again? I’m not sure, but if he did another flip I wouldn’t be surprised. Now that were in the final stage of the show, I wonder what will happen to Kuroto at the end of the show. I watched episode 41 twice just because of Kuroto’s antics. Lol, the show is so intriguing this has been one of the greater Kamen Rider series!!!

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Not Really a Reflection of Stan Lee!

 

You all know the great Stan Lee the Godfather of most of your favorite Marvel characters. Possibly, the greatest comic book maker ever in American history. The #GOAT of American comics, debate me on that. Well, if you didn’t know he’s been venturing into creating his own manga and animes. Not to anyone’s surprise they’ve been superb thus far. His new project Reflection, well who can I blame this on besides Lee?

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X-Men, Ironman, Wolverine, Blade

His first four titles for anime were X-Men, Wolverine, Iron Man, and Blade. The shows aired in Japan from 2010 to 2011. Stan Lee and Warren Ellis shared writing credits and Marvel gave the green light for free range. From top to bottom the project was meant to boom, add Madhouse the mega popular animation studio for a long time running about 4-5 years ago, when these aired. They included great voice- acting on both sides of English and Japanese. It was HOT and very successful.

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Then Lee announces a Manga through Shonen Jump called Ultimo. The concept was hugely Stan Lee and yet the story and art was credited to Hiroyuki Takei. I loved the series, enjoyed the story, and the art was amaze-balls. I don’t think it boomed in the States, but I’ve seen it plenty around. Lee couldn’t be stopped he was on an absolute tear for his anime/manga inspired projects.

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Then he comes out with the Heroman Manga and Anime. Written by Stan Lee and illustrated by Tamon Ohta. The anime was animated by recent heavy hitter Bones, along with Stan Lee’s Pow! Entertainment, and Wowmax Media. It had a super solid 26 episodes, great story, great animation, great music, nothing was left un-turned. Music by Flow and Tetsuya of L’Arc-en-Ciel wow big timers in and out of anime. To put the show in perspective it was like Gurren Lagann, but Americanized. Same wavelength and if you know Gurren Lagann it’s a classic.

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We haven’t seen Lee in a while on the anime and manga seen; since Marvel Studios has blown up with its live-action films of Stan Lee’s greatest characters. Until I heard of his Reflection project, and the excitement came immediately. The show started airing this 2017 Summer Season in Japan. Two episodes in and I’m highly disappointed and I’m not too sure why or who made this call. The show’s story is solid thus far and is pretty much the only reason I’m watching. Lee decided to go with this strange animation style with production from Studio Deen.

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Studio Deen hasn’t done too much lately as far as blockbuster worthy anime. They are a respectable animation studio. I’m just not too sure why they would go with the project this way. 1) It doesn’t fit not one bit with the current climate of animation that the huge animes are coming out with. 2) It’s just not visually appealing at all because it doesn’t look like anime. At best Reflection is a good American cartoon with subtitles and Japanese audio. I will finish the show for the great story mind of Stan Lee but this is a fail when it comes to his talent. Maybe it’s is health, age, and wife’s passing that brought this on. Who do I blame?? Comment as always!

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Sony Makes Bold Move In Anime Industry

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I can not believe this move that Sony just made. They clearly are telling the world that they will be the card holders for Anime. Reported by Anime News Network

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Sony today bought a huge stake in Funimation to be the majority shareholder of the company. Apparently, Sony is keeping CEO Gen Fukunaga on board and as a minority holder. So, what does this mean for the partnership between Funimation and Crunchyroll? Sony is the competition if they continue with Crackle yet also retain Funimation.

Maybe this is just the last chess piece before Sony makes a move on Crunchyroll. They seem to be the only one standing in their way to complete domination of streaming and distributing anime across the world. It absolutely would make sense when every year Crunchyroll doubles in size and content.

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The Summer Season of Anime 2017

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Hey, you know the drill I jump on all the anime coming straight outta Japan. As a lover of everything anime I just can’t help myself. I’m all SUB for life. Sorry, you Dubbers nothing against you I just know the facts. Back to the matter at hand; have you looked at the shows coming out for this Summer season of anime?

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There isn’t a good variety of Genre this season it’s almost horrible. There’s for the most part good animation, drawing, and story. But these shows just aren’t good enough to entertain someone. This might be the off-season for anime, I haven’t seen an off-season like this in a long time. There’s a handful of watchable, dare I say entertaining shows.

Now, I could just be feeling this way because of the BLOCKBUSTER spring season we just came out of for anime. I mean all the great debuts: Attack on Titan Season 2, DB Super, Season 2 of My Hero Academia, Rage of Bahamut: Virgin Soul (Sequel to Genesis), Boruto: Next Gen, etc… I mean an explosive spring anime. Explosive, mixed genres, entertainment packed anime.

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Some of my picks out of this Summer Season: Hajimete no Gal; Isekai wa Smartphone to Tomo ni.; Katsugeki Touken Ranbu, Keppeki Danshi! Aoyama-kun; Knight’s & Magic; Princess Principal; Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e; Dive!! Out of those, the dope shows are Katsugeki Touken Ranbu, Youkoso Jitsuryoku Shijou Shugi no Kyoushitsu e and Princess Principal to me anyway. Everything else is just ehhh….  decent to watch. At least we’re stilling getting the rest of the episodes of some of the better shows from the spring season to fill the gap. Leave me a comment if you feel different or you have something to add.