Celebrate This Year’s Theme – “POP Is Our Tradition” – With Special Guest Of Honor, Live Music Concerts, “KAWAii!!” Fashion Events, Film Premieres, POP Gourmet & RAMEN Street And Much More!!

San Francisco, CA, July 10, 2014 – The 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival, San Francisco’s premiere celebration of Japanese pop culture, music, fashion and film, commences next weekend – Saturday & Sunday, July 19th and 20th – and will be open from 11:00am - 6:00pm on both days across the city’s entire Japantown District.

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Former Member Of Japanese Pop Idol Super Group AKB48 Makes Her First-Ever U.S. Concert Appearance To Launch Her First Full-Album Release And Will Perform A Special FREE Concert Set In Union Square and Japantown

San Francisco, CA, July 8, 2014 – The 2014 J-POP SUMMIT Festival, San Francisco’s premiere celebration of Japanese pop culture, music, fashion and film, is proud to present famed pop music superstar Tomomi Itano for her first-ever U.S. performance. Tomomi Itano performs in support of her brand new full-length release, “SxWxAxG,” which was released on July 2nd.

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(San Francisco, California) – July 8, 2014: eigoMANGA released it's latest DLC for the game 'Vanguard Princess' on Steam. 'Vanguard Princess' gamers can now play as the final boss character, Hilda Rize, in Arcade Mode and Two Player Mode.

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First Three Parts Of The Acclaimed Multi-Generational Paranormal Action Adventure Manga Series Set For Digital And Print Release

San Francisco, CA, July 7, 2014 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, thrilled a packed audience of fans at the 2014 Anime Expo in Los Angeles this past weekend as it announced the much heralded return of creator Hirohiko Araki’s epic supernatural/action/adventure manga (graphic novel) series, JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE.

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Normally I'd wait until I had all the videos up, but given how damn good this show was, I figured I'd release it as soon as it was done uploading and transcoding. So, without further ado, check out this year's Myth: Legends of Burlesque and Magic at Anime Expo.

I'll do a more indepth review with the convention report, but I will say this is probably the best show at Anime Expo, surpassing even the Masquerade and AMV Contest in just straight entertainment value. Not just by what is presented but by how much care and love for both the artwork of the magic and burlesques, but also in how much care and love they have when they entertain the audience, which is something a lot of us don't see very often in too many things anymore. Damn good show by all, and I look forward to next year's.

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Yet again, in an effort to be more responsible, I've gotten the pics for Anime Expo 2014 up. Unlike previous year's this will unfortunately be all the pics for this year given I was the only one of the DA and TFA crew to be able to make it. Regardless, I hope you all enjoy them. For all those cosplayers that gave me cards of some sort, I'll be emailing notices in a few days...unless you're already here and have what you want, heh. However, as is usual for all cosplayers, if you see your picture and want larger and/or raw photos of let me know and I'll make them available. Enjoy!

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Thursday, 26 June 2014 04:16

eigoMANGA Heads To Anime Expo 2014

(San Francisco, Los Angeles) – June 24, 2014: San Francisco based comic book publisher, eigoMANGA announces its participation at Anime Expo 2013 which is held on July 3 - July 6, 2013 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Anime Expo Special Edition of rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes

Experience the Music of Halo, Mass Effect, Final Fantasy and Other Legendary Video Games in Anime Expo Special Edition of rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes

June 18, 2014 – rePLAY: Symphony of Heroes, an orchestral concert series with the music of beloved video games including Journey, God of War and Portal 2, among others, is coming to Los Angeles during this year’s Anime Expo.

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Sunday, 22 June 2014 00:59

The Fanime 2014 Report Is Up

After a few weeks of procrastination, we finally have the Fanime 2014 Report up. What to say about this year? A lot better than last year, let me tell you. Though I think we need a lot more participation from our fellow journalists than simply walking around and taking pictures, like providing some feedback and participating a bit more in the events other than just showing up thinking everything will be ready for whatever...we need to get in there and take a bit more of a part of production so we can all do our jobs better and not step on each other's toes. Honestly, though, that's more of a personal anecdote. Read on to see more about what the convention was about and how well they did this year.

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Sunday, 22 June 2014 00:55

Fanime 2014 Report

So here we are, eight years since the first time I've been to Fanime, and six, I believe, that I've worked with them as a member of the press for Dragon's Anime and TFA Cosplay. Some things have changed and some have remained the same. The location, for one, has remained constant, though the use of that location, as well as the construction of the location itself has altered over time. Most of the main events have remained constant, though in the cases of the Music Fest, have widened considerably in scope. Stage Zero remains one of those basically ongoing events that one can just stop in the middle of their traversals through Fanime and take in, but the presentations have been getting more and more formalized with Singing, Maid Para Para Dancing, and the like in addition to the game shows and whatnot that have been there staple of the location. Opening Ceremonies has grown from Stage Zero to encompassing the entire entrance to the convention center, and sometimes even outside depending on what sort of things they will have going on. All in all, it's still a convention by the fans, for the fans, but it is growing, and while the location is growing with it, I've noted in my last few reports that I'm curious as to when true saturation point there in down town San Jose will occur, and what that will mean for the convention. Still, that's just idle speculation at present; it's time to get to the main event.


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