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October 17, Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll today announced the live-action film “Fullmetal Alchemist,” adapted from the bestselling Japanese comic series, will have its exclusive U.S. premiere on November 19 as the Closing Film of the inaugural Anime NYC convention hosted in New York’s Javits Center (655 W 34th St).

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“Fullmetal Alchemist,” which tells the story of two alchemist brothers seeking the Philosopher’s Stone, is one of the year’s most anticipated films in Japan and for anime fans around the world, with the original comic series having sold over 70 million copies worldwide since it was first published in 2001. “Fullmetal Alchemist” director Fumihiko Sori will make a rare appearance at Anime NYC to introduce the film and sign autographs for fans before the debut, which will be the first screening in the U.S. ahead of the film’s premiere in Japanese theaters later this year.

 

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This is one of those events that you don’t want to miss. The cast is full of some of the best actors and actresses in Japan. The director has worked on some really dope anime and liveaction movies. This will be one of those moments of where were you when this dropped in America. I’m thrilled for this and AnimeNYC as a whole. See trailer here!

 

Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll is a Japanese pop culture convention launching November 17-19, bringing fans together with creators and companies from across America and Japan. The “Fullmetal Alchemist” U.S. premiere will serve as the capstone for the weekend, which includes other highlights such as a day-long tribute to “Sailor Moon,” the U.S. premiere ofGundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower,” and the Anime Diva Night concert featuring exciting performers straight from Tokyo.

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The “Fullmetal Alchemist” U.S. premiere will take place at 3PM on Sunday, November 19 on Anime NYC’s Main Stage. The screening is exclusively open to Anime NYC attendees, with tickets for the premiere available for an additional $10. Anime NYC passes and “Fullmetal Alchemist” admission can be purchased at www.animenyc.com. Anime NYC passes range from $35-60.

 

“We’re honored to welcome Fumihiko Sori and the ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ film to Anime NYC,” said Peter Tatara, Anime NYC’s Show Director. “‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ will be one of the biggest films this year in Japan, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to debut it in the biggest city in America!”

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“We are truly honored that ‘Fullmetal Alchemist’ is chosen as the Closing Film of the very first commemorable Anime NYC,” said director Fumihiko Sori. “In July, we presented six minutes of footage of the film at L.A.’s Anime Expo and at Japan Expo in Paris, and we are so excited to bring the full feature to all of you from various countries. Please come visit us and meet Ed and Al in live action!”

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“Fullmetal Alchemistwill premiere worldwide as the Opening Film of the Tokyo International Film Festival on October 25, and it will open in Japanese theaters on December 1. The live-action film features an all-star cast including Ryosuke Yamada (Edward Elric), Tsubasa Honda (Winry Rockbell), Dean Fujioka (Roy Mustang), and Yasuko Matsuyuki (Lust). Japanese singer MISIA performs the film’s theme.

 

The film is based on the original “Fullmetal Alchemist” comic series created by Hiromu Arakawa. Set in a world where alchemy is one of the most advanced sciences, it follows two brothers in search of the fabled Philosopher’s Stone. Published between 2001 and 2010, the comics ranked repeatedly on BookScan and USA Today’s top graphic novel lists, and the series’ first volume was the top-selling graphic novel in America in 2005. Arakawa’s original comic has since given birth to two animated series and movies, with the upcoming live-action film a new telling of this beloved adventure. Fans can read Arakawa’s original comic in the US through VIZ Media and watch its animated adaptations on Blu-ray from Funimation and online at Crunchyroll.

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Hiromu Arakawa

In addition to Fumihiko Sori, Anime NYC’s guests include Masaki Tachibana, Naruyoshi Kikuchi, Yoko Ishida, Chihiro Yonekura, TRUE, Cherami Leigh, Cristina Vee, Danny Choo, LeSean Thomas, and Stephanie Sheh, and its partners and sponsors include Crunchyroll, Funimation, Kinokuniya, Kodansha, Sentai Filmworks, SUNRISE, Tokyo Otaku Mode, VIZ Media, Vertical Inc, and Yen Press.

About Fumihiko Sori

While at USC (University of Southern California) Cinematic Arts in 1997, Sori joined the VFX crew for James Cameron’s “Titanic.” He then returned to Japan to make his first feature, “Ping Pong” (2002), which was nominated for Best Picture and Director at the 26th Japan Academy Prizes and won him Best New Director at the 24th Yokohama Film Festival. Sori produced the 3DCG animated film “Appleseed” in 2004. He then directed the 3DCG animated film “Vexille” (2007), which was selected as the Opening Film of the Locarno International Film Festival. This blockbuster film was invited to numerous international film festivals, including the Toronto International Film Festival, Busan International Film Festival, etc. Sori’s other live-action films include “Ichi” (2008) and “Tomorrow’s Joe” (2011). He is highly considered as a unique talent who can direct a film with a human touch combined with stylish visuals.

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Are You Ready for Anime NYC 2017?

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Here at Anime Pad and E.T.W. we love to go to cons and experience things and bring back plenty of content for you if you couldn’t make or just missed something. We love to share and hopefully we here at Anime Pad will be wheels up again. Stay tuned for the announcement of our acceptance to this great convention.

LeftField Media will present a massive three-day celebration of Japanese animation and culture this fall at the inaugural Anime NYC convention powered by Crunchyroll, coming to New York City’s Javits Center (655 W 34th St) from Friday, November 17 through Sunday, November 19. Attendees will be able to view exclusive anime screenings and meet major guests courtesy of international animation and manga publishers like Aniplex, Bandai Visual, Crunchyroll, Funimation, Sentai Filmworks, Sunrise, Yen Press, and VIZ Media; play the latest in Japanese gaming technology; chow down on Japanese delicacies and fusion cuisine; rock out to musical guests direct from Tokyo; and more. Tickets are available at www.animenyc.com with general admission tickets priced from $35-60, and with VIP tickets priced at $275 guaranteeing access to premiere programming and special guests.

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LeftField Media looks to fill a void with Anime NYC. While most major cities in America play host to anime-specific conventions, New York City – America’s largest city – has no large, dedicated celebration of Japanese animation and culture. Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll has been in planning for over a year with tremendous support from partners in both America and Japan, and anticipates bringing together almost 20,000 fans at its inaugural convention. Anime has had a presence in American entertainment for decades in the form of beloved series like Pokemon, Dragon Ball Z, and Sailor Moon and films from acclaimed directors like Hayao Miyazaki and Satoshi Kon, and has seen broader audiences tuning in recently to watch hits like Attack on Titan, One-Punch Man, and Yuri!!! on Ice on services like Netflix, Hulu, and Crunchyroll.

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Anime NYC powered by Crunchyroll puts Japanese culture and animation on a massive international stage in New York City, at a time when the anime industry is burgeoning worldwide. The Anime Industry Report 2016 from the Association of Japanese Animators estimated the overseas anime industry (excluding Japan) generated $288.4 million USD in 2015, an increase of over $125 million from 2014. Anime represents a growing stake in the entertainment industry both worldwide and notably in America, with the Anime Industry Report 2016 reporting more anime licensing contracts filed in 2015 in the United States than in any other country.

When:

  • Friday, November 17; exhibit hall hours 1pm – 7pm, programming until 10pm
  • Saturday, November 18; exhibit hall hours 10am – 7pm, programming until 10pm
  • Sunday, November 19; exhibit hall hours 10am – 5pm

Where:

  • Javits Center, 655 W 34th St, New York, N.Y. 10001

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Special Guests and Events:

  • Sailor Moon Crystal Cast Panel and Screening with Stephanie Sheh (Sailor Moon), Kate Higgins (Sailor Mercury), Cristina Vee (Sailor Mars), Amanda Celine Miller (Sailor Jupiter), Cherami Leigh (Sailor Venus), Sandy Fox (Chibi-Usa), Erica Mendez (Sailor Uranus), Lauren Landa (Sailor Neptune), Christine Marie Cabanos (Sailor Saturn), and Robbie Daymond (Tuxedo Mask)
  • US Premiere of the film Gundam Thunderbolt: Bandit Flower and concert lead by composer Naruyoshi Kikuchi
  • Anime Diva Night powered by Anisong World Matsuri concert featuring Japanese singers Yoko Ishida, Chihiro Yonekura, and TRUE
  • NY Ramen Summit featuring a discussion between famed ramen chefs from around NYC
  • Talk from LeSean Thomas, an NYC native who has successfully worked in the anime industry in Japan and whose Children of Ether is now on Crunchyroll and whose Cannon Busters will be debuting next year on Netflix

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Cost:      Daily and full weekend passes available

  • Friday Only Admission: $35
  • Saturday Only Admission: $45
  • Sunday Only Admission: $40
  • 3-Day Weekend Ticket: $60

Kids 6 and under are admitted for free. VIP passes are $275 and include admission during all Anime NYC hours and access to various special guest appearances and exclusive events. Attendees who purchase tickets by October 10 will receive their passes in the mail; attendees who purchase tickets after October 10 will pick up passes at Anime NYC.

 

Website: www.animenyc.com is updated regularly with new guests, exciting exhibitors, and special programming.

 

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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.

 

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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New Spin On the Anime Hero Business!!

Oh, my, goodness, can I get a Missouri Smash?? Lol, if you know what I’m saying. Maybe you know where I got that from? How about the new hero society anime show, “My Hero Academia?” The show is different than anything out with the superhero type stuff and done by Funimation. I’ve been hearing about it for months and seeing pictures as I pass through the net. I keep reading that it’s amazing and all these other accolades. Well, I blew all of that off and didn’t take notice. Just the other day a fellow writer at PoliteAsFlannels.com did a review on the show. I happen to see it and I took notice quickly. He gave the show high praise.

My Hero Academia, season one, is a quick run through. Kohei Horikoshi is the original creator of the manga for the show. This is his first major hit from his work, and the skies the limit. The director Kenji Nagasaki has worked on some big titles such as: Tenjho Tenge, Mobile Suit Gundam 00, and Monster. The production company behind the show is Studio BONES, who isn’t known for hits. This show from top to bottom is great. The show looks like a manga that can move, the animation switches from time to time. It keeps you on your toes for the full 25 minutes. The story is even better than I thought half-way through season one.

Our main character Izuku Midoriya lives in a world where 90% of the population has talents or superpowers; known as Quirks. He studies heroes and villains and wants to be the greatest hero of all time. One issue though Midoriya is of the 10% without a Quirk. Suddenly one day he shows he’s worthy to be a hero by none other than his idol, “All Might.” What does that mean though? Check out the show and deem it as one of your favs. Let me know what you think in the comments.

The Attack Is Back On Titans!!!

Funimation released a statement a couple weeks ago if you hadn’t heard. They have officially bought the rights to season two of, “Attack on Titan.” The bloody horror show about giants that feast off human-kind is coming back in April 2017. When the show ended in 2013 the manga creator Hajime Isayama barely had enough material for another chapter. Now we are far out, more than three-years from the first seasons end.

Tetsuro Araki is the main director for the show and they pack just the right amount of action, horror, mystery, and emotion into each episode. The show has a huge team behind it almost on the level of a major theatrical movie. Pony Canyon, Dentsu, Production I.G, Kodansha all have a hand in the production of the show. Attack on Titan took Americans by storm, the fan-base took off immediately and anime fans wanted more. It seems with the years going by it lost a little steam with fans; as more anime continued to be released. Years past there were a million cosplay fans and now it’s seemed to have dwindled down. Without a shadow of a doubt when this show returns with the second season the fans will be invigorated anew!! Are you excited? Let me know in the comments!!

Historical Anime Mayhem

     Has anyone heard of or seen Drifters yet? It’s a crazy fantasy action historical anime based in another world. Currently Funimation is producing it in English dub and it airs on Crunchyroll in subtitles. The animation and art is great and super appealing to the eye.  It’s a great, funny, bloody, twist on our history. I love it and would love to hear others take on the show. It’s directed by Kenichi Suzuki, who also did JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. The story and manga was created by Kouta Hirano; who’s other major success was Hellsing.

      The show is about historical figures from our world being transported to another dimension right before their death. Figures from Japan, Europe, Asia, and America and all timelines. In this new dimension they are perfectly alive and have all the experience and knowledge of their lives. This world grants them abilities beyond the norm and there seems to be a reason they are all here.  Check it out and let me know what you think. Leave a comment and follow me for more talk.

Maids, Masters and Manga at Anime STL

Goofy, fun, the thumbs up is his trademark, tons of enthusiasm are all words that describe Sam Coleman, a 25-year-old FV student, and KCFV radio DJ. Currently a communications major at Saint Louis Community College Florissant Valley campus, he’s pursing a career in voice acting. His on-air name is JazzHandss. It’s his call-sign right before he does an interview here at Anime Saint Louis. Coleman is dashing behind the booths set up for comic artists with all of the guest stars of Anime Saint Louis (ASL). “This is awesome,” Coleman said excitedly. Anime Saint Louis (ASL) is an everything anime/Japanese influenced cultural convention held every year in the Saint Louis region.

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Sam Coleman (left) with Jake Paque (right)

Coleman was one of hundreds of attendees at the 2016 ASL expo that took place recently at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Embassy Suites Convention Center in Saint Charles, Mo. It barely contains all the fandom, cosplayers’ faces are lighting up bright when seeing some of their favorite characters others wore. Many of them jumped around, squeal as they enjoy each other’s company. Contact information was exchanged between many cosplayers. Groups of friends are showing up dressed as the entire cast of anime shows. Sports animes have a big showing such as Haikyuu!! and Kuroko no Basket. Other genres make appearances such as Marvel Comics characters, video game characters, movie characters, etc.…

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Kuroko from Kuroko no Basket

Even the hotel restaurants and cafes convert to the anime-themed festivities. The convention center has a small café offered a special meal deal for attendees of the event. Sweet and sour chicken and a vegetable rice bowl. Hot paninis, sandwiches, salads, chips and healthy sides are also available. Lunch time for all the attendees is a mass of anime characters eating and chatting. Some are resting in the Cosplatality Lounge, which is a media free, picture free, relax zone for attendees. Attendees also use the room to fix their gear and cosplay outfits.

The dealer room holds rows and rows of collectibles, t-shirts, anime DVDs, manga, Zoids model kits, cosplay outfits, and for some reason a Build-A-Bear booth. There were a couple of booths for one-on-one interactions with the guest stars Chuck Huber, Jake Paque, Elizabeth Maxwell, and Kara Eberle, all of whom voice act for different anime cartoons throughout the year. Most well known among them is Chuck Huber, one of the pioneers of American voice acting for animes. Huber’s work dates back to the 80’s with Dragonball, Dragonball Z, and Yu Yu Hakusho, when Funimation barely had money. Any panel the voice actors attend has the crowd roaring, especially when they can hear and talk to the character the voice actor portrays.

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Playing the Hello Kitty version of Sorry! with Maids and Tea

In the hotel itself the buffet area was turned into the Honey Tea Maid Café. This is the place where customers become masters and servers are maids. It’s an entirely different world taken from Japanese culture and animes. Teas of different varieties named after very popular anime characters and served on beautiful white china. With tea, guests receive beautifully arranged fresh fruits and desserts. Maids play board games with patrons between sips of tea. Then they have a segment every 30 minutes where the maids do a small concert and dance. Patrons cheer on their personal maid, howl and clap for their performance.

Finally, ASL has two giant rooms for games. The biggest room is for the attendees that want to face each other in board games and card games like Pokémon, Yugi-oh, Magic and Star Wars X-Wing. They even had a couple of booths set up to purchase more cards and the actual board games. The second room was for video gaming, where attendees enjoyed games such as DDR Stage, Street Fighter Five, Left 4 Dead 1-2, Rock Band 4, the new Pokémon fighting game, and tons of other old and new classics.
For more info, go to http://www.animestl.net.