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Otakon 2014: Ed Chavez of Vertical Press on How to License Manga

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Ed Chavez of Vertical, Inc. did a panel presentation at Otakon 2014 on several of Vertical’s upcoming publications and gave an overview of the process of licensing manga and other publications from Japan. Upcoming Vertical releases include Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, a retrospective of Satoshi Kon’s manga works entitled Dream Fossil-The Complete Satoshi […]

Otakon 2014: Tony Oliver's Adventures in Voice Acting

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Tony Oliver, voice of numerous anime and video game characters over the many years of his career, gave a panel presentation on some of the ways to train yourself to be a voice actor. His first piece of advice, as is heard from pretty much any voice actor that on “How do you become a […]

Otakon 2014: FUNimation Announces "Hellsing Ultimate 9 & 10" and more

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At Otakon 2014, FUNimation made numerous licensing announcements, both for new and re-licensed properties, as well as cast announcements and a number of home video releases. The biggest new license announcement was the final two episodes, 9 and 10, of Hellsing Ultimate. They also announced the full rights for Black Butler: Book of Murder OVA. […]

Otakon 2014: Thoughts on Friday

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Well, so far so good this year. The weather is pretty decent if a touch humid, the con funk is minimal, and I think the registration line is finally gone, but I could be wrong about that. Apparently there were folks in line until after midnight Thursday who were told that they couldn’t get their […]

Otakon 2014: The Prelims

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Night before the con. The anticipation. The lines. The….sirens. Yep, it’s Otakon time again. Hey, it’s Baltimore, sirens come with the territory. Hopefully not like the last time I stayed in this particular hotel, the Renaissance Harborplace, since the last time I stayed here for Otakon was 2001… the year Baltimore kinda…well…exploded…during the con. Seriously, […]

Review: "Eureka Seven AO" - Needs Less Plot, More Action

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Ao Fukai, the lead character of Eureka Seven: AO, has problems. He’s an orphan for starters, and an outsider in a future Okinawa that has real problems with non-natives in general. And by “outsider,” I don’t mean that he’s from some other country: he’s quite literally an alien, or half-alien anyway. That’s not a spoiler, […]

Zenkaikon 2014: The Wrap-Up

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So another Con reaches its inevitable end. Obviously all things must end, but it feels a little extra bitter this time. Zenkaicon 2014 was especially awesome for an immense number of reasons. Meeting new friends. Seeing old friends again. Being able to go through a Con without feeling like a chicken with it’s head cut […]

Zenkaicon 2014: The Jim Cummings Panels Report

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Jim Cummings, voice of an almost innumerable amount of characters over the years, did several panels this year at Zenkaicon. His first panel was a co-presentation between himself and convention personality Karl “Uncle Yo” Custer on the 20-year anniversary of the Disney Afternoon programing block and he later did a solo Q&A panel. Cummings provided […]

Review: "Level E" Complete Series: Aliens...Everywhere...

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Earth has problems. Sure, there’s global warming, sectarian violence, discord, strife and general meanness everywhere, but there’s also aliens. Yep, aliens are real alright….real jerks. Specifically Prince Baka, aptly named not so much because he’s actually dumb but because his preferred use for his massive intelligence is pranks and general loutishness. Yes, he is actually […]

Anime Boston 2014: FUNimation Announces "Space Dandy" Season 2 and More

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FUNimation has announced several home video acquisitions as well as Space Dandy Season 2 in July 2014. They have acquired the home video rights for Ben-To.  The first dubbed episodes will be available on May 27, 2014, for FUNimation video subscribers. A home video release date will be announced later. They have also acquired the home […]

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