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Pushing ahead with an aggressive move into new markets while retaining many of its most popular venues, Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) today announced the first iteration of its 2018 calendar, securing a total of 11 events, including 11 holdovers from successful 2017 shows. The company also announced that five events in Biloxi , Miss., Montgomery, Ala., Peoria, Ill., Springfield, Mo., and Winston-Salem, N.C. have been postponed from their originally scheduled fourth-quarter dates in 2017 to similar dates in 2018.

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Most noticeably here at Anime Pad is the Saint Louis date that is moved up to February hopefully it’s a blast as usual. Fans were worried at the end of last year’s con if Saint Louis would be on the chopping block. The PR team quickly came out a couple weeks after the con stating that Saint Louis was a very successful stop for another year.

The 2018 schedule, which will likely add some additional cities to be announced, is comprised as follows (*denotes new for 2018):

 

  • January 5-7, New Orleans, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
  • February 2-4, St. Louis, America’s Center
  • March 2-4, Cleveland, Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland
  • April 13-15, Portland, Ore., Oregon Convention Center
  • May 17-20, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Convention Center
  • June 1-3, Des Moines, Iowa, Iowa Events Center
  • June 8-10, Columbus, Ohio, Greater Columbus Convention Center
  • *July 13-15, Boise, Idaho, Boise Centre
  • August 23-26, Chicago, Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
  • September 21-23, Madison, Wis., Alliant Energy Center
  • October 26-28, Oklahoma City, Cox Convention Center
  • Fall TBD, Austin, Texas, Austin Convention Center
  • *October/November TBD, Biloxi, Miss., Mississippi Coliseum & Convention Center
  • *October/November TBD, Montgomery, Ala., Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center
  • *October/November TBD, Peoria, Ill., Peoria Civic Center
  • *October/November TBD, Springfield, Mo., University Plaza Hotel & Convention Center
  • *October/November TBD, Winston-Salem, N.C., Benton Convention Center
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The rosters of celebrities and artists at each city are still being formed; to date, a few have already committed to several events, including New Orleans: Stan Lee (Marvel CEO Emeritus), Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Justice League); St. Louis: Bonnie Wright ( Harry Potter franchise), Michael Rosenbaum (“Smallville,” Guardians of the Galaxy 2); Cleveland: Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite, Blades of Glory), Holly Marie Combs (“Charmed,” “Pretty Little Liars”); Portland: Rosenbaum, Wright. Additional celebrities and creators, as well as entertainment and programming schedules, will be announced closer to each respective date.

 

“The confirmed portion of Wizard World’s 2018 schedule combines many of the cities which have proven most attractive to fans with some new markets that we believe will embrace us similarly,” said John D. Maatta, Wizard World President and C.E.O. “In moving five of our more recently announced shows to 2018, we are better equipped to put on the kind of successful pop culture celebration that our fans have come to expect.”

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Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

 

Wizard World Comic Con is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening at each show.

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I love the show My First Girlfriend is a Gal or Hajimete no Gal in Japanese. It’s original creator and manga writer is Meguru Ueno. The anime is produced by Joutarou Ishigami and Ichigo Yamada. The animation studio behind it is NAZ, which isn’t known for too much. Probably, their biggest production is out of their realm sort of see here. The show is a harem type slice of life show, but the spin in the show is that the main character Junichi Hashiba brings along his three friends into the drama. The four guys happen to all be virgins it’s almost like American Pie as an anime, picture that.

 

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I love the show immensely, at the end of the show it kind of has some morals and life lessons to learn. There’s one thing that I can’t understand about this show though, and I’m really looking for a change. It is the fat virgin guy Minoru Junichi’s friend, that is infatuated with young girls. As a first time joke I thought it was funny and “Oh, this is anime.” As the show progresses though he gets worse, he eludes to liking young elementary pre-school girls.

 

You should watch the show if you care, because I don’t want to spoil for anyone. All of Junichi’s friends have perverted ways, but now Minoru is starting to really bother me. Even the friends are like we don’t really understand him and somethings wrong with you. Here in the United States of course that is something that’s very taboo. He’s not the focus of the show, but when his punchline scenes come I’m really shocked each time. It’s a very “Whoa,” moment. Overall, I love the show but for this one character I’m looking for some progression. Hopefully, I won’t become completely turned off by the show for this one character and his scenes.

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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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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.

 

 

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!!

 

 

 

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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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.

Gundam Thunderbolt’s Big Splash

Hey, my anime love dolls. Anyway, we’re here again talking about another anime show I love. Gundam Thunderbolt, have you seen any of it or heard about it? No? Well, when I first heard about it I thought, “Oh, another Gundam Anime!” Each one has its own storyline, unique Gundam, and characters. I happen to love Gundam from the animes to the video games. So, I caught a few episodes of Gundam Thunderbolt.

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My first impression was the rich old-school art with the new school animation. Then when the action scenes came up, boom a rush of nice fast paced Jazz to go with the speed of the Gundam itself. I was floored and jumped off my couch like yes, go Gundam kick some arse!! It had the same feel as Cowboy Bebop gave me back in the day. Go check it out and if you’re in New York around Nov. here’s an idea.

July 18th LeftField Media and SUNRISE Inc. announced the inaugural Anime NYC festival will play host to the US premiere of Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower, the second film in the Gundam Thunderbolt series, and that this premiere will be accompanied by a live concert featuring the music of Gundam Thunderbolt led by composer Naruyoshi Kikuchi.

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Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll is a new Japanese pop culture convention launching November 17-19, 2017 in New York’s Javits Center, and it will bring fans together with creators and companies from across America and Japan. SUNRISE’s Gundam Thunderbolt premiere and concert will take place within Anime NYC on Sunday, November 19th.

Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower is a sci-fi story grounded in the warfare of today and uniquely brought to life by the music of Naruyoshi Kikuchi. One of Japan’s greatest jazz composers and musicians, Mr. Kikuchi is acclaimed at home in Japan and around the world, and no stranger to anime, he’s also the composer of the Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine soundtrack and his saxophone can be heard in the music of Cowboy Bebop.

Mr. Kikuchi will appear at Anime NYC as an Official Guest, leading and performing in the Gundam Thunderbolt series concert, as well as speaking on panels and signing autographs.

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“We’re deeply honored to welcome our friends at SUNRISE and Mr. Kikuchi to Anime NYC,” said Peter Tatara, LeftField Media’s VP of Anime Events. “Gundam is one of the most iconic sagas in the history of anime, and we’re excited to launch its newest chapter together with its fans in New York!”

“When you think jazz, you think New York,” said Thunderbolt series Producer Naohiro Ogata at SUNRISE. “Jazz is crucial to the Gundam Thunderbolt story, and there’s no better place for us to debut the new Gundam Thunderbolt film than in the heart of New York City!”

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The Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower premiere and concert will be free for all Anime NYC attendees, with no additional ticket required to attend, but for loyal Gundam fans, a limited Premium Package is available now for $75, offering reserved premiere and concert seats, a private autograph session, exclusive print, and original Japanese Gundam Thunderbolt soundtrack CD.

The Mobile Suit Gundam saga from SUNRISE is one of the most prolific titles in the history of Japanese animation. It spans over 35 years and more than 50 television series and movies, and Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower is the latest entry into this universe. Based on the Gundam Thunderbolt comic by Yasuo Ohtagaki, Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower continues the story of rival pilots Daryl Lorenz and Io Fleming. With their battlefield now on Earth, they each face a new enemy.

The Gundam Thunderbolt comic is published in the US by VIZ Media, and the first Gundam Thunderbolt film, December Sky, is available now on Blu-ray from Right Stuf. Bluefin, the official American distributor of many anime and pop culture brands including Bandai’s Gundam collectibles and model kits, will also be appearing at Anime NYC with a number of Gundam Thunderbolt model kits for sale.

Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll will continue to announce guests, premieres, and special events throughout the summer and fall, and fans can expect to three days and nights of anime, manga, and cosplay featuring SUNRISE, Crunchyroll, VIZ Media, Funimation, Kinokuniya, Kodansha Comics, Sentai Filmworks, Tokyo Otaku Mode, Vertical, Yen Press, and more. Tickets to Anime NYC are available now at animenyc.com, and fans wanting to learn the latest news can follow Anime NYC on Facebook and Twitter.

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