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Otakon 2012: "Gundam Unicorn" Focus Panel

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Saturday evening at Otakon 2012, the spacious panel 3 room was mostly filled for a two-hour event focused on Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn. After a screening of the fifth and latest episode, The Black Unicorn, fans were treated to a focus panel featuring four guests: Sunrise producer Shin Sasaki, production manager Yasufumi Kobashi, Japanese voice […]

Otakon 2012: Yuuka Nanri Panel

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Voice actress and singer Yuuka Nanri made an appearance at Otakon 2012. She has most recently played the role of Ritsuko Mukae in Kids on the Slope, and previous roles have included Henrietta in Gunslinger Girl, several roles in the My_HiME/Otome series, and Bubbles in the Japanese dubbing on The Powerpuff Girls. She has also […]

Otakon 2012: Photo Gallery

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The following photos were taken by Eric “Weatherman” Stehmer: Walking up on Friday, the pre-reg line is running off the the right.   The end of the line. It’s a long walk from there back to the reg desks.   The east entrance to the BCC aka Cosplay Court. That fountain the back is usually […]

Otakon 2012: Gen Urobochi Panel

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For anyone unfamiliar with Gen Urobuchi, he is the head screenwriter for Puella Magi Madoka Magica and the writer of the light novel Fate/Zero, a prequel to Fate/Stay Night. He came into the panel with his face covered to preserve his relative anonymity (he had no picture in the official Otakon guide either), though the […]

Otakon 2012: Toonzone Interviews Voice Actress Brina Palencia

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Between such roles as the diminutive talking reindeer Chopper in One Piece, the wolf-deity Holo in Spice and Wolf and young boys like Ciel Phantomhive in Black Butler, voice actress Brina Palencia has had a career as diverse as it has been prolific in recent years. Her major roles include Natsuki Shinohara in the movie Summer […]

Otakon 2012: Toonzone Interviews Voice Director and Actor Michael Sinterniklaas

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A veteran of the voice acting business, Michael Sinterniklaas has distinguished himself as an actor, ADR director and script writer. In the year 2000 he founded the recording studio NYAV Post, which has produced English dubs for a wide variety of animation such as The Venture Bros, Robotomy, Speed Racer: The Next Generation, Huntik: Secrets […]

Otakon 2012: In the End It Really Does Matter

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At last, we come to it, the end. Another Otakon gone by, another summer convention season drawing to a close. Not that Otakon closes slowly by any means. There was still a packed full dealer’s..well, room isn’t really appropriate. It’s more of a packed dealer’s hall that happens to be larger than a couple of […]

Otakon 2012: Masao Maruyama on Founding MAPPA

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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: Viz Media Panel Report

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Viz Media’s industry panel was hosted by Eric Eberhardt, Marketing Manager for Weekly Shonen Jmp Alpha and ShonenJump.com writer Urian Brown. The pair began by promoting Viz’s upcoming 24-hour, subscription-based channel Neon Alley, which will include weekly premieres of dubbed and uncut anime. In mid-July, the channel’s platform was confirmed to be the Playstation 3 […]

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