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Otakon 2012: Masao Maruyama on Founding MAPPA

Masa Maruyama at Otakon 2012

Honorary Otakon staffer Masao Maruyama came back to Otakon once again to share his stories about the founding of his new production company MAPPA, and their new production Kids on the Slope. Mr. Maruyama open the panel by showing the opening and closing animation for Kids on the Slope along with a commercial the company […]

Otakon 2012: Saturday Night's Alright for Conning

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So it was less of a meltdown by Saturday and more a mass of swirling people, costumes, and odors. Seriously folks: deodorant, showers and fresh clothing are your friends. Compared to Friday it was cooler, but we’re not talking a massive cooldown here. More of “well, it’s not almost 100…..*flump*”. Thankfully it was possible to […]

Otakon 2012: Vertical Publishing Announces "Gundam: The Origin", "Wolfsmund" Manga

Vertical Publishing announced several new titles at their panel at Otakon 2012. Gundam: The Origin will be released in a series of hardcover collector’s editions. Each will be 400-500 pages and will include color pages and essays from a number of prominent Japanese animation producers. The exact list is currently not finalized due to issues […]

Otakon 2012: Kodansha Comics USA Launches iPhone App

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At its industry panel on Sunday morning, Kodansha Comics USA announced the launch of its new app for the iPhone. The app will be available starting on 7/30/2012. Initial titles available include the following: Arisa by Natsumi Ando Cage of Eden by Yoshinobu Yamada Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima Mardock Scramble by Tow Ubukata Until the Full […]

Otakon 2012: FUNimation Announces Acquisitions: "One Piece", "Yamato Resurrection", "Akira"

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During its industry panel at Otakon 2012 Saturday afternoon, FUNimation announced acquisitions for many different anime titles. Firstly, FUNimation picked up Tenchi Muyo: War on Geminar. They also plan to release the television anime Tenchi Universe and Tenchi in Tokyo in the near future. Home video rights were also announced for three anime digitally distributed […]

Otakon 2012: Aniplex USA Announces "Durarara!!" Blu-ray Set and More

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At its industry panel on Saturday afternoon, Aniplex of America announced plans for a Blu-ray release for Durarara!!. The show had previously been released on DVD in 2011 and aired on Adult Swim’s Saturday night action block. Two new English castings were announced for Aniplex’s shonen action series Blue Exorcist: Christine Marie Cabanos as Shimei […]

Otakon 2012 Friday Night: The Meltdown Continues

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Well, not so much a meltdown since everything’s pretty much melted already, so the experience outside has been more like swimming through what’s left. By 10 PM the air had the relative quality of lead, and it wasn’t helped much by the smoke from the Orioles’ fireworks show hanging in the air. Otakon Friday generally […]

2nd Impressions of Otakon 2012

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It’s still hot. In fact, it’s hotter. Sweltering in fact. Yeah yeah, Otakon used to always be like this, but it’s been a little rare the last few runs, so a return run isn’t exactly wanted. Neither is rain, but so far it’s been dry in that regard. I feel quite sorry for all the […]

First Impressions of Otakon 2012

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It’s hot. Holy cow it is HOT! Even by our summer standards, it’s hot out and in here. Add in the overflow level crowds already and, well, it’s Otakon. I suppose expecting something else would be naive and heaven knows I haven’t been naive in 15 years, but still, this weather was supposed to have […]

Anime Boston 2012: FUNimation Announces 3 New Streaming , 1 New Home Video Release

FUNimation has announced the acquisition of the streaming rights to three new properties,”Is This a Zombie, season 2″ “Jormungand, season 1 and 2″, and the new Lupin the Third production “Lupin the Third: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine”. FUNimation has also acquired the full home video rights to “The Future Diary”.

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