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The Concerts of Otakon 2013

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TM Revolution.  Home Made Kazouku.  Chiaki Ishikawa.  Yoko Kanno. Each one of those artists could headline a convention in and of themselves, and this past summer Otakon featured all of them.  Saturday’s headlining concert at the Baltimore Arena had Home Made Kazoku and TM Revolution doing full sets, while Sunday saw Chiaki Ishikawa and Yoko […]

Otakon 2013: Masao Maruyama & Studio MAPPA Q&A

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Perennial Otakon guest Masao Maruyama returned to the convention once again in 2013 to do several Q&A sessions. This panel in particular centered on his work with his new production studio, MAPPA.  The panel opened with a total of three videos, two of which I can talk about: a tribute to the late Satoshi Kon […]

Otakon 2013: Q&A With Voice Actor Tomokazu Seki

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Renowned Japanese voice actor Tomokazu Seki returned to Otakon 2013 to participate in a Q&A session Friday afternoon.  Among his many roles are Domon Kasshu from Mobile Fighter G Gundam, Kenichi from Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple, and Kyo from Fruits Basket.  He got his start in the voice acting industry in 1993 and has risen […]

Review: "Wolf Children" - Heed the Call of the Wild

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Hana has a problem.  Her whole life has gone to the dogs…err…wolves. Her husband is/was a wolf.  Her daughter is a wolf.  Her son is a wolf.  It makes it very hard to keep an apartment when every time the kids start fighting, the neighbors think you have an illegal dog in the house.  And […]

Otakon 2013: Shinichiro Watanabe Reveals "Space Dandy"

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On the morning of Sunday August 11th Director Shinichiro Watanabe held the second of his two public panels at Otakon 2013, where he addressed the gathered crowd on his newest project: Space Dandy, a sci-fi comedy series from the Japanese animation studio BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist, Eureka 7, Sword of the Stranger, Cowboy Bebop: The Movie). […]

Otakon 2013: Press Conference and Public Q&A With Director Shinichiro Watanabe

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Few figures in the anime industry today can boast of a career as rich as that of Shinichiro Watanabe. A successful screenwriter, music producer and director, Watanabe got his first big directing break co-directing the admired OVA series Macross Plus with Shoji Kawamori before going on to direct the eclectic landmark titles Cowboy Bebop and […]

Otakon 2013: FUNimation Announces "Cowboy BeBop" on Blu-ray and More

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At its industry panel late Saturday afternoon, FUNimation Entertainment brought Sunrise’s Masayuki Ozaki on stage to make further announcements on titles FUNimation will be distributing from the studio. Chief among the announcements was a trailer announcing director Shinichiro Watanabe’s Cowboy BeBop, which will be rereleased digitally and on Blu-ray in 2014. The series recently received […]

Otakon 2013: Numerous Sunrise Anime Licensed by FUNimation, Sentai Filmworks (Updated)

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During studio Sunrise’s industry panel at Otakon 2013 Saturday afternoon, the studio’s Masayuki Ozaki announced that many Sunrise anime previously distributed by the now-defunct Bandai Entertainment have been picked up for home video release by anime distributors FUNimation Entertainment and Sentai Filmworks. Ozaki confirmed that the following animation from Sunrise would be released by Sentai […]

Otakon 2013: Aniplex America Announces "Kill la Kill" and Theatrical Release of 3rd "Madoka Magica" Movie

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At Otakon 2013, Aniplex of America announced the licensing of the “Kill la Kill” anime series from Studio Trigger (Little Witch Academia, Inferno Cop). The series will begin airing on Japanese television this fall and be streamed online for other viewers outside the country as well. Aniplex of America also announced that the 3rd “Puella […]

Otakon 2013: Viz Announces Rerelease of "Ranma 1/2" Anime and More

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At Otakon 2013 today Viz made several announcements at its Saturday industry panel, including the rerelease of the “Ranama 1/2″ anime starting in the fall of 2013 on both DVD and Blu-Ray disc. Viz also announced that they have acquired “Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet” and “Blood Lad” DVD and Blu-Ray. Additionally, “Blood Lad” will […]

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