HELLO KITTY, HELLO 40 As Well As ALL YOU NEED IS KILL Manga, MASTER KEATON And ONE-PUNCH MAN Each Receive Nominations For Comics Industry’s Most Prestigious Annual Award

San Francisco, CA, April 23, 2015 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest publisher, distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced that four of its critically-acclaimed titles have been nominated for the 2015 Will Eisner Comics Industry Awards, as announced by the awards committee.


The nominations include HELLO KITTY, HELLO 40: A CELEBRATION IN 40 STORIES for Best Publication for Early Readers, as well three nominations for manga (graphic novel) in the category of Best U.S. Edition of International Material – Asia. These include ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, with original story by Hiroshi Sakurazaka and art by Takeshi Obata, MASTER KEATON, Vol. 1 by Naoki Urasawa, with story by Hokusei Katsushika and Takashi Nagasaki, and ONE-PUNCH MAN, with story by ONE and artwork by Yusuke Murata.


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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 03:32

Anime Conji Report Now Up

So, after a few weeks, here's my little report on Anime Conji 2015. Kinda felt like this one needed a pick me up, even with some of what went down. Still, not a bad use of a weekend by any stretch. Take a gander inside, and check out what I thought. Maybe you'd like to attend in the future, who knows?

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Tuesday, 21 April 2015 03:17

Anime Conji 2015 Report

It should probably be noted at the beginning that if one is a photographer, it becomes an act of masochistic love to go to a convention of shiny cosplayers (yes, that was a deliberate Pokemon reference) with carpal tunnel syndrome. Thankfully, Anime Conji is a small convention and not the much larger Wondercon up in Anaheim. As it was, every single time I hefted the camera and took a photo, lancing pain through my hands and up my forarms was my reward.


This is the fifth year of Anime Conji, taking place at the Sheraton Hotel in the Marina across from the San Diego International Airport (no, really, you can walk across the highway to the airport just outside of the hotel) as it did the previous year. I admit to liking the Town and Country a lot better than the Sheraton due to the fact that it's a lot more accessible and the Fashion Valley Mall was in back of it, so one could bail out and get something to eat. Now, granted everything was spread all over the place at the Town and Country, but I'm thinking this could have mitigated somewhat by reserving more of the convention center proper with all of its little outlying rooms, but who knows how the hotel may have logistically fucked that one up to make that a nonstarter. But, whatever, it's at the Sheraton...nothing else to be done. Admittedly I wasn't planning on attending initially, but events did conspire to allow me the time and inclination to head over there. I'm not entirely certain what I went to, however. By that, I mean, a convention has a certain feel to it. This event was not lacking in it per se, but it was greatly lessened. Oddly, I even ran into an overbearing floor manager, and got kicked out of the Improv Masquerade, which is usually a threat at the larger conventions with such individuals; yet, even that didn't quite make me feel like I was at a convention. I think I get what it was, but I'll save that for later.


General Admission And V.I.P. Passes To The Bay Area’s Premiere Japanese Pop Culture Event At Fort Mason Go On Sale April 10!! Pop Singer Eir Aoi And All-Girl Rock Band Gacharic Spin To Perform

San Francisco, CA, April 10, 2015 – The J-POP SUMMIT, the Japanese pop culture celebration held annually in San Francisco, has announced that tickets to attend the 2015 edition of the festival go on sale on TODAY, Friday, April 10th. General admission as well as V.I.P. passes are now available.


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So, at this Anime Conji I managed to record far more video than last convention, which is good; though I did manage to get kicked out of the Improv Masquerade, but more on that in the convention report. I should note that the FAKKU panels did have material that most would consider explicit in nature. Viewer discretion is advised. And by that, I mean, if you're under 18, you don't watch this. Suffice it to say you can find the Improv Masquerade and FAKKU panels on Youtube and Vimeo respectively:


Improv Masquerade


FAKKU: Hentai Worth Watching


FAKKU: Q&A


Don't think I've forgotten you who like your torrents. You can find all the Anime Conji 2015 Movies at Nyaa Torrents, as always. And as always, enjoy!


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The Bay Area’s Premiere Japanese Pop Culture Event Moves To Historic Fort Mason And Transitions To A Ticketed Event Offering An Even Wider Variety Of Japanese Film, Food, Fashion, Music And Entertainment

San Francisco, CA, April 6, 2015 – The J-POP SUMMIT, the Japanese pop culture celebration held annually in San Francisco since 2009, has announced that its 7th annual event will take place Friday, August 7th through Sunday, August 9th.


The 2015 J-POP SUMMIT kicks off on Friday, August 7th with a very special Friday night premiere event at the historic Castro Theatre in association with the 2015 Japan Film Festival of San Francisco.


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Japan’s Massive Hit Action Series About A Boy That Can See Japanese Yo-kai Launches in the U.S. This Fall

San Francisco, CA, April 6, 2015 – VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, has announced the acquisition of a new manga (graphic novel) property – YO-KAI WATCH.


The supernatural comedy adventure series is inspired by the explosively popular YOKAI WATCH video game created by LEVEL-5 for the Nintendo 3DS and launched to wide acclaim in Japan in 2013. The YO-KAI WATCH manga will be published under the company’s Perfect Square imprint, written and drawn by Noriyuki Konishi under the guidance of the LEVEL-5 team. This September, the phenomenal franchise is finally coming to North America with the launch of the YO-KAI WATCH manga series, fueled as well by the debuts of anime and toy products around the same time.


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Catch New SAILOR MOON And SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL Episodes, The Sci-Fi Adventure GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET Along With The Latest NARUTO SHIPPUDEN Simulcasts And More!

VIZ Media showers viewers with new April content updates on the Neon Alley free anime streaming platform.


The exciting third season of the venerable SAILOR MOON series – SAILOR MOON S – continues throughout the month with two new subtitled episodes added every Monday. SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL continues the Black Moon story arc with two new simulcast subtitled episodes set to premiere. Catch SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL Act 19: “Time Warp – Sailor Pluto” on April 4th followed by Act 20: “CRYSTAL TOKYO – KING ENDYMION” on April 18th.


Fans also can enjoy the entire series run of the lushly animated sci-fi adventure, GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUOUS PLANET in both original Japanese and English dubbed versions, as well as the streaming premiere of two OVA episodes (episodes 14 and 15), beginning on April 5th. The fantasy-driven feature film action of INUYASHA THE MOVIE: FIRE ON THE MYSTIC ISLAND also joins the NEON ALLEY line-up in April along with not-to-be-missed NARUTO SHIPPUDEN simulcasts of the latest new episodes every Thursday throughout the month. The new April 2015 update is further highlighted by additional new episodes from a variety of top-rated VIZ Media anime properties including:

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With a little love, and some tenderness; we'll walk upon the water...well, maybe not, but I was listening to Hootie and the Blowfish while editing this last convention of Anime Conji 2015's pictures. There were other, higher profile conventions going on this past weekend, but there's much to be said about a smaller one with a lot less running around and stress. It's also a lot more personable, since you tend to run into the same people a lot. I doubt you want to hear me ramble on, so check out the pics. As is usual, if you see your pic and you want a larger/unedited and/or raw copy, drop me a line and let me know. And as always, have fun!

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Group Supports Latest Album “Hello World” With North American Concerts In Chicago, Los Angeles And Anaheim As Well As Shows Set For Mexico, U.K., France, Germany, Singapore, Taiwan And Hong Kong

Los Angeles, CA, and Tokyo, Japan, March 30, 2015 – Epic Records Japan recording artist, SCANDAL, embarks next month on its most extensive world tour to-date in support of the release of the band’s 20th single – “image” – from its latest album Hello World.


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