GKIDS Acquires North American Rights to Animated Feature “Lupin the 3rd: The First”

By Staff Reports GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced that it has acquired the North American distribution rights for the animated feature LUPIN THE 3RD: THE FIRST, a new animated feature from director/screenwriter Takashi Yamazaki (STAND BY ME DORAEMON, DRAGON QUEST: YOUR STORY). The “LUPIN THE 3RD” franchise,…Read moreRead more

Bravestorm Explodes onto DVD and VOD

By Staff Reports Two families must join forces to save Earth in timeline-hopping mecha-action film, BraveStorm, which makes its U.S. debut on DVD and VOD on April 7! Written and directed by Junya Okabe (TV’s “Blader”), the film stars Shunsuke Daitô (TV’s “Fringe Man”, “Tokyo Alice”) alongside Shu Watanabe (TV’s “Security of Justice”, “Giver: Revenge’s…Read moreRead more

All 94 Episodes of Rurouni Kenshin Are Coming to Funimation

By Staff Reports Get ready for a classic binge! All 94 episodes of Rurouni Kenshin are arriving on Funimation subbed and dubbed, thanks to our partners at Aniplex. RELATED: Select Monogatari Titles Come to Funimation Starting March 24, you can stream the original Rurouni Kenshin series in its entirety. Originally airing in Japan in 1996,…Read moreRead more

My Hero Academia Season 4 Reveals Hawks, New Endeavor Suit for Final Episodes

By Staff Reports The official Japanese Twitter account for My Hero Academia has revealed new key art for the final episodes of Season 4, hyping the arrival of the fan-favorite Wing Hero: Hawks! In addition to the official anime arrival of Hawks (who debuted in My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising), it looks like Number One…Read moreRead more

“This is the Way” Amazing Las Vegas Comic Con Brings Pop Cultures Biggest Stars to Las Vegas in 2020

By Staff Reports (Victor Valley)– As announced exclusively via ComicBook.com, Amazing Comic Conventions LLC is excited to announce that AMAZING LAS VEGAS COMIC CON! is returning to Las Vegas from June 26th to 28th with a FIRST WAVE of headline talent from Disney+ and Lucas Film’s The Mandalorian, Funimation’s My Hero Academia as well as…Read moreRead more

Blue Exorcist and Durarara!! Are Coming to Funimation

By Staff Reports Two celebrated Aniplex classics, Blue Exorcist and Durarara!!, are headed to Funimation! Starting February 11, you can stream all episodes of both series, subbed and dubbed, with your Funimation subscription. And if you thought this was it for Aniplex goodness coming to Funimation, there’s plenty more where that came from. Are you…Read moreRead more

28th Annual Anime Expo Delights More Than 350K Fans of Japanese Pop Culture

By Staff Reports The Los Angeles Convention Center was the epicenter for anything and everything Japanese pop-culture as nearly three-hundred-fifty-thousand attendees gathered over five days to celebrate at Anime Expo (AX), the largest celebration of this genre in North America. Produced annually by The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), this five-day extravaganza,…Read moreRead more

Indie Fresh Media Joins ‘ZombieCON,’ the Indie Film That Could, at Anime Expo 2019

By Staff Reports Indie Fresh Media comes across a lot in the way of indie films, music and art. But the film ZombieCON with the tagline “cosplayers stuck in a zombie apocalypse of anime proportions” showed once more that in a media landscape full of giant multi-decade long franchises and $100 million budgets, indie films aren’t dead and, in…Read moreRead more

VIZ Media Announces Panels, Special Guests, and Retail Exclusives for Comic Con 2019

By Staff Reports VIZ Media prepares for one of the nation’s biggest annual pop culture events with panels and signings for SHONEN JUMP and SEIS MANOS at Comic-Con International in San Diego, CA. Check out the SEIS MANOS panel, an upcoming Netflix Original Anime Series and VIZ Media’s first original animated property. The panel features…Read moreRead more

Four Day Badges for Anime Expo 2019 are Sold Out

By Staff Reports Anime Expo is off to an amazing start! The 4-Day Badges are now completely sold out – this is the earliest they have ever sold out for 4-Day  Badges. 1-day, Military, and Children’s badges are still available. Full ticket information can be found at: www.Anime-Expo.org. See you at the show!

Anime Expo Takes Over Los Angeles July 4th-7th

By Nolan P. Smith Staff Reporter (Victor Valley)– With more than 110,000 expected attendees, Anime Expo (AX) is one of the largest pop culture conventions in the world. With an emphasis on anime, manga, cosplay and more, the convention will once again return to the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 4th-July 7th, with a…Read moreRead more

Funimation Presents My Hero Academia Season 4 Premiere at AX 2019

By Staff Reports Anime Expo announced they will host the My Hero Academia Season 4 Premiere presented by Funimation! Joining the premiere event are voice actors Kaori Nazuka (Toru Hagakure), David Matranga (Shoto Todoroki), Patrick Seitz (Endeavor), and Ricco Fajardo (Mirio Togata). Event Details Date: Saturday, July 6 Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Room: LACC\Main Event (Hall B)…Read moreRead more

Anime Expo 2019 to Host an Exclusive Screening of Pokemon: Mewtwo Strikes Back- Evolution

By Staff Reports The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), known for making big announcements each year, is thrilled to host an exclusive screening of Pokémon: Mewtwo Strikes Back—Evolution during Anime Expo (AX) 2019. The newest animated Pokémon movie will debut at 3:30 p.m. July 4 in the Main Events Hall B. AX,…Read moreRead more

Anime Expo Invites Attendees to Munch Their Way Around the World

By Staff Reports For five exhilarating days each year (including Day 0), Anime Expo (AX) brings together people from more than 70+ countries, each with a deep-rooted passion for all things Japanese pop-culture.  There is no better way to learn about a culture or make new friends than through sharing a meal. AX knows this…Read moreRead more

VIZ Media To Showcase One-Punch Man At Licensing Expo 2019

By Staff Reports VIZ Media showcases one of pop culture’s hottest brands as it highlights ONE-PUNCH MAN at Licensing Expo 2019. Season 2 of the runaway hit anime series just launched on HULU with new simulcast episodes streaming weekly on the same day as the Japanese TV broadcast premiere. VIZ Media is the master licensor…Read moreRead more

Mazinger Z: Infinity Anime Film Arrives On Home Media From VIZ Media

By Staff Reports VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, announces the home media release of MAZINGER Z: INFINITY on February 19th. MAZINGER Z is one of Japan’s most revered sci-fi properties. The anime film, which was produced by Toei Animation, takes place…Read moreRead more

Dragon Ball Super: Broly Review- Legendary

By Nolan P. Smith This month, we saw the theatrical release of the much anticipated animated feature film, Dragon Ball Super: Broly. The film is set to crack the top 5 at the U.S. box office, showing that the Dargon Ball franchise is more alive than ever. Taking a character that was featured in animated…Read moreRead more

UDON Entertainment Celebrates The English Language Release of the FLCL Archives

By Staff Reports Ride on, shooting stars! UDON Entertainment is proud to announce the release of The FLCL Archives, translated in English for the first time. Produced by legendary studios GAINAX and Production I.G., FLCL took anime to places it had never been with its spectacular off-the-wall animation, outrageous storyline, and endearing characters. FLCL is…Read moreRead more

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes Review- Awesome is its Quirk

I almost didn’t get to view this movie. As many of you know, My Hero Academia: Two Heroes was released at theaters in the U.S. on a limited engagement thanks to Funimation. I purchased tickets for the first showing with the English dub, and due to a malfunction at the theater, I was unable to…Read moreRead more

GKIDS and Fathom Events’ ‘Studio Ghibli Fest 2018’ Continues With 30th Anniversary Showings of Academy Award- Winning Director Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘My Neighbor Totoro’

By Staff Reports Throughout 2018, GKIDS and Fathom Events continue their collaboration to bring a new line-up of treasured animated features to U.S. cinemas. STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2018 gives fans an opportunity to see nine of Studio Ghibli’s celebrated animated masterpieces on cinema screens nationwide, along with some very special surprises. Celebrate the 30th anniversary…Read moreRead more

Long Beach Comic Con 2018 Cosplay: Spider-Men, Batgirl Harley, My Hero Academia and More!

By Nolan P. Smith Photos by Jason T. Smith and Nolan P. Smith Long Beach Comic Con 2018 was a blast. We loved the booths, the artists and writers, but of course, we also loved the cosplay. Here is the official Cosplay post for LBCC 2018, enjoy!

GKIDS Presents MFKZ English Language Voice Cast, Releases with Fathom Events in Movie Theaters Nationwide on October 11 and 16

By Staff Reports GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, has announced the English voice cast for MFKZ. MFKZ is a collaboration from French comic artist Guillaume “Run” Renard, original creator of the comic series, and ultra-hip Japanese animation house Studio 4°C, creators of the acclaimed anime features “Tekkonkinkreet,”…Read moreRead more

My Hero Academia: Two Heroes with U.S. and Canadian Theatrical Release Set for September 25 Debut

By Staff Reports This first ever feature film in the “My Hero Academia” franchise from Toho Co. Ltd., will screen in both Japanese (English subtitles) and English dub on separate dates during its five-day run in over 400 theaters across the U.S. and Canada.  “My Hero Academia: Two Heroes” will be available in English dub…Read moreRead more

GKIDS and Fathom Events’ ‘Studio Ghibli Fest 2018’ Presents 20th Anniversary Showings of Academy Award-nominated director Isao Takahata’s ‘Grave of The Fireflies’ August 12, 13, & 15th Only

By Staff Reports Throughout 2018, GKIDS and Fathom Events continue their collaboration to bring a new line-up of treasured animated features to U.S. cinemas. STUDIO GHIBLI FEST 2018 gives fans an opportunity to see nine of Studio Ghibli’s celebrated animated masterpieces on cinema screens nationwide, along with some very special surprises. Up next from ‘Studio…Read moreRead more

Anime Expo 2018 Continues To Thrill Fans As They Celebrate Japanese Pop Culture

  By Staff Reports 110,000 fans of Japanese pop-culture descended upon the Los Angeles Convention Center this past week to experience Anime Expo (AX), the largest celebration of anime pop culture in North America. Produced by The Society for the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA), this five-day extravaganza, held July 4 – July 8, drew…Read moreRead more

Anime Expo 2018 Heats Up Southern California

By Nolan P. Smith Photos by Nolan P. Smith and Jason T. Smith Anime Expo, which took place July 5th-8th, hit Los Angeles in the middle of a massive heat wave for Southern California, shined bright throughout the weekend. The record heat in Los Angeles didn’t stop the massive amounts of fans in attendance, as…Read moreRead more

Anime Expo 2018 Takes Over the Los Angeles Convention Center This Weekend

By Nolan P. Smith (Victor Valley)– Anime fans rejoice as the premiere anime and manga convention rolls into Southern California as Anime Expo returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend. One of the largest pop culture conventions in the country, Anime Expo brings everything fans of anime and manga could ever hope for….Read moreRead more

Bluefin Announces a Colorful Array of Bandai Spirits Hobby Gundam Models for Exclusive Purchase at 2018 Anime Expo

By Staff Reports Bluefin, the leading North American distributor of toys, collectibles, and hobby merchandise from Japan and Asia, heads to the nation’s largest dedicated anime, manga and Japanese pop culture conventions – Anime Expo 2018 – with a vast array of collectibles and model kits from Bandai Spirit Hobby that will be available for…Read moreRead more

Netflix Reveals Trailer for FLAVORS OF YOUTH from the Producers of YOUR NAME

By Nolan P. Smith It’s a great time to be a fan of anime. Anime Expo is right around the corner, and now, Netflix has revealed the world premiere of the Flavors of Youth, as well as the global streaming date! From CoMix Wave Films, the creative visionaries behind the international phenomenon Your Name, comes…Read moreRead more

Bioworld Merchandising to Launch Direct-to-Consumer Brand for Anime Superfans in Marquee Collab with Anime Expo 2018

  By Staff Reports   Bioworld Merchandising, Inc., the global pop culture product leader, is launching the ultimate curated anime experience, Animepls.com.    “Animepls.com will offer fans a complete online anime retail experience curated by our in-house team of anime experts, and our booth space will be an extension of that,” explained Jason Mayes, Director of…Read moreRead more