Category Archives: Anime

Exclusive CODE LYOKO Interview I – Barbara Scaff

Many animation voices have touched our hearts during our childhood, but for those who grew with with Code Lyoko, these voices still keep on living in our hearts.

Code Lyoko, created by animators Thomas Romain and Tania Palumbo, is French animated show that. The series was the child of two short films, Les enfants font leur cinéma (The children make their own films) and Garage Kids.


The series gained attention due to its unique combination of 2D and CGI animation. It first premiered in the U.S. on Cartoon Network in April 19, 2004. It became extremely successful in both its origin country and in the U.S. as well as other parts of world.

The success behind the show was not its unique style of animation but its dramatic storyline and character development. As the series progressed, we begin to see characters evolve and thus are more relatable. Bringing these amazing characters to life are of course, the cast of Code Lyoko; Sharon Mann (Aelita Schaeffer), Matthew Géczy (Odd Della Robbia), Barbara Weber-Scaff (Ulrich Stern), Mirabelle Kirkland (Yumi Ishiyama), and David Gasman (William Dunbar/XANA) to name a few.

Odd Della Robbia, Aelita Stones (Schaeffer), Jeremy Belpois, Ulrich Stern, Yumi Ishiyama & William Dunbar

In an exclusive interview we had with Code Lyoko star voice actress Barbara Scaff, reveals her experience working on the series, afterthoughts, her opinions on the follow-up series, Code Lyoko: Evolution and much more! Stay tuned till the end of the interview for a VERY special announcement!

GIVEAWAY!
A have chance to win this RARE Code Lyoko Ulrich figure! Originally released by Marvel Toys, this is a very RARE figure that has now been discontinued since 2009. Don’t miss your chance, enter now! Here’s how:

  1. Subscribe to our channel
  2. Comment your favorite Lyoko Warrior and your reason why ON the video’s commnet section (not here)
  3. DONE! It’s that easy!

Deadline: 4/17/2021

Thank you for the memories, Barbara!

Exclusive Genshin Impact Interview: Amber (Kelly Baskin)

Miyoho’s release of Genshin Impact was one of the most anticipated mobile game releases of 2020. With over 10 million pre registered users, it quickly gathered popularity among anime fans. Shortly before its release, MiYoHo’s official Genshin Impact Twitter page announced its English voice cast.

We’ve made it a mission to interview each every Genshin Impact voice actor as possible!

Join us in our VERY first and exclusive interview with Kelly Baskin, voice of Amber. Watch as speaks Kelly goes through her career origins, her roles in Disgaea 6 as Melodia, Genshin Impact as Amber, and so much more!


–Giveaway–

TWO (2) Lucky Amber fans have a chance to win an autographed Amber print signed by Kelly Baskin! Or be even luckier and be our Grand Prize Winner (1) and win an autographed Amber print PLUS a Barron Bunny Plush!

—How to Enter—

Comment your favorite Amber quote (on Youtube’s video comment section) AND subscribe to our channel! That’s simple! Make sure to publicly subscribe to our channel!

Deadline to Enter: 4/02/21

**Winners are selected RANDOMLY and announced 48 hours after the deadline. Only ONE (1) Grand Prize Winner will be selected. Please read our terms and conditions BEFORE entering: https://thekitsunetwork.net/giveaways **

Exclusive Interview | Emi Lo voice of Rinku Aimoto (D4DJ)

Bushiroad is known for its popular card games, idols, and rhythm games. D4DJ is a semi-new series created to appeal to the DJ community, and although the game to set to be released in the US this spring, it gathered a very big fanbase. Like BanG! Dream, this game features different types of bands with different genres.

Recently, Bushiroad released an anime series based on the D4DJ game on their official D4DJ Youtube channel. The channel also features D4DJ LIVE performance concerts, D4DJ music tracks, and seiyuu videos.

We recently had an interview with the English voice of D4DJ’s protagonist Rinku Aimoto, Emi Lo. Emi’s voice can also be heard in Higurashi: When They Cry, Love Live Sunshine, Kemono Friends, and Appare-Ranman! Join us as Emi Lo speaks on her career and her experiences voicing anime characters, as always stay tuned after the interview for a giveaway opportunity!

Click here to see more upcoming interviews!

Levi’s x Pokémon collection coming NEXT WEEK

As part of Pokémon’s 25th anniversary, Nintendo is collaborating with Levi Strauss & Co.

The Levi’s x Pokémon collection, ranging from $20.00 – $148.00, will launch in Levi’s stores, on Levi.com, and on the Levi’s App starting February 15th. Inspired by the first season of the original Pokémon anime series, the collection includes a range of Levi’s denim, tops, bottoms, fleece, tees, and accessories that feature graphics and prints of both the popular characters and the woodland settings of the Kanto region.

Also included is a range of graphic tees that features throwback character art, such as Ash, Misty and Pokémon from that classic first season. And, for fans of Misty, there’s even the Levi’s Misty Short and Misty Tank, an homage to the iconic outfit she wears in the series.

There’s also an all-over floral Pokémon print gym bag, a Poké Ball crossbody bag and clip-on pouches with Pokémon characters embroidered on the front. And, on the sundries, the collection features Pokémon branding on Levi’s® back patches, Red Tabs that mimic red and white Poké Balls, and buttons stamped with Pikachu and Poké Balls.

In January, Nintendo announced it had began its 25th anniversary celebration with its collaboration with Bear Walker skateboards.

Created by craftsman, Bear Walker 

McDonald’s later announced its collaboration with Nintendo for their Happy Meals. Starting today (February 9th), each Happy Meal will include one of the following:

Photo by Pokebeach.com

Each Happy Meal toy is available for induvial purchase for $2* depending on location. For more information please contact your local McDonald’s.

Let’s the hunt begin!

Special thanks to the Levi’s PR team for providing the Levi’s X Pokémon Photoset collection

Interview with Author & Voice actor, Joe Zieja

Voice actors normally have a theatre or radio background and in fact, most of our guests we’ve interviewed state this during our interviews. Joe Zieja differs from this, as his background involves the U.S. Air Force and writing; authoring three SciFi comedies, The Epic Failure series.

Watch our interview with Joe Zieja below to learn more about his career and his his journey to become a prolific voice actor. Zieja has been featured in Fire Emblem (Claude Von Riegan), Star Fox (Fox McCloud), Fate/Apocrypha (Achilles), Zoophobia (Zill) and most recently in Phantom Breaker: Omnia video game!

ANIME-maiacs | Hulu’s Animaniacs reboot will feature an Anime skit

After 22 years, Tom Ruegger’s iconic, Kids TV series, The Animaniacs are back! The new show will start streaming on Hulu on Nov 20th, 2020! The Animaniacs were known for their comedy, variety show skits, music and celebrity cameos. The show ran for roughly 5 years and spawned an animated film (1999) and two spin-offs. To this day its considered one of the most iconic and memorable animated TV series to be produced by Warner Bros and Steven Spielberg.

Screen from The Animaniacs’ 1995 animation

Fast forward 22 years, The Animaniacs are back! Although character designs and voice actors for the lead characters remained the same, the new show will integrate new and current topics, subcultures and genres including, the now, easily accessible Anime genre.

Screenshot from Hulu’s newest Animaniacs Trailer

Getting in touch with modern and current subcultures, in the newest trailer, lead characters Yakko, Wakko and Dot are shown with anime style animation, leaving fans to wonder what type of skit is in store in this new series.

Although this is not the first time we’ve seen anime style animation in western TV shows as seen in The Amazing World of Gumball, this is the VERY first time its been used in a revival for a series that’s been off air for 22 years.

Watch the trailer:

Catch the new Animaniacs on Hulu on Nov 20th, 2020!


Bushiroad x Little Tokyo: Eat At Little Tokyo D4DJ Event!

Bushiroad and popular Japanese anime shop, Anime Jungle have teamed in order to help support small business in the Little Tokyo district in Los Angeles, California.

Bushiroad known for its popular card game, Cardfight!! Vanguard and the music media franchise BanG Dream! They have teamed up with local businesses in the Little Tokyo area to, not only promote their latest project D4DJ -(Dig Delight Direct Drive DJ) but to also help out businesses that are suffering during the COVID19 pandemic.

D4DJ -(Dig Delight Direct Drive DJ) is a new music media franchise created by Bushiroad. It features the creative talents of Japanese novelist and scriptwriter,, Kō Nakamura (Crying 100 Times, Tori Girl) and Takaaki Kidani as the executive producer. The franchise will focus on DJing and remixing different music genre with electronic dance music.

Much like BanG! Dream, It consists of a rhythm game D4DJ Groovy Mix, music CDs, an anime series and an upcoming manga series. An English version of the rhythm game is currently in development and set to be release in 2021. Bushiroad announced worldwide streaming of the anime series via Funimation, Crunchyroll, and Sentai Filmworks, with plans for a Blu-ray release by Funimation in the future. You can watch episode 1 via D4DJ’s official YouTube channel here.

The event will offer customers the chance to get D4DJ novelty items for every $10 spent at participating stores and restaurants white supplies last. Participating stores are listed on Anime Jungle’s official event page.

D4DJ Novelties Include, D4DJ promo poster and D4DJ band sticker (Each participating store/restaurant will carry different stickers of different D4DJ and BanG! Dream bands).

In addition, customers also will receive a chance to win a CD album prizes by uploading the receipt from your store visit(s) in Little Tokyo during this event! Receipt must be within 10/23 – 11/8/2020 and can be uploaded here.

Album Prizes:

D4DJ 1st Album – 「Direct Drive!」& Poppin’Party 2nd Album: Breakthrough!」

*There will be 1 Winner per Album.*

Please note only one receipt per entry. Duplicate receipts will not be accepted. Participants may enter as many times as they wish as long as they submit a different receipt. For more information on the terms and conditions, visit the official event website here. Please follow all COVID19 prevention guidelines, each store will have a customer limit.

Meet the DEATH METAL VOICE of AGGRETSUKO; Jamison Boaz

Many voice actors start off their career in radio or theater but for Jamison Boaz, the voice actor life began with his passion for music. Jamison’s musical projects vary in genre, from EDM to Heavy Metal or in many cases, a mixture of both.

Jamison has had various musical projects over the years, including a heavy metal band Modern Weapons which featured numerous voice actors including, Kyle Hubert and Reuben Langdon.

His most recent and current, multi-genre musical work, Epsilon Zero is self described as the expression of one human soul on an epic journey through time and space on a vessel built of steel and circuits. Take a listen to Jamison’s latest music through his official Band Camp page here.

In other recent news, Jamison is collaborating with Rocket Panda games on the soundtrack for the newest addition to the Phantom Breaker fighter game series, Phantom Breaker: Omnia. However, Jamison’s talents go beyond musical work.

PHANTOM BREAKER: OMNIA KEYART

Switching from music studios to ADR studios, It is in this area that he began working as additional voices on various projects beginning with Resident Evil 5 in 2012. Because of Jamison’s musical background as a heavy metal musician, In 2018 Jamison got the role of Death Metal Retsuko; AGGRETSUKO! A role he shares with Erica Mendez who voices Retsuko.

We had the pleasure of speaking with Jamison Boaz regarding his role in Netflix’s Aggrestuko series and his overall career. Take a listen we speak about Aggretsuko, the OTM Girls CD, the music behind the series and even death metal voice lessons, all this and more in our interview below:

GIVEAWAY

Answer the question at the end of our interview in the comment section, for your chance to win an AGGRETSUKO BUNDLE that includes:

-Signed OTM Girls CD (Signed by Jamison Boaz)


-Signed Aggretsuko Print (Signed by Jamison Boaz)


-Exclusive Aggretsuko Plush!

Deadline to enter is 10/31/2020

Hatsune Miku Helping Fight COVID-19 in Japan!

Virtual pop star idol, Hatsune Miku took her newly appointed position as a Coronavirus Countermeasure Supporter of the Office for the Novel Coronavirus Disease Control of the Japanese government’s Cabinet Secretariat, on Sept 9th.


According to Crypton Future Media, the “term of office” will run from now through March 31, 2021. Crypton Future Media has not specified what Miku’s ‘office term’ will entail but did state what this move was to increase awareness of COVID19 and its preventive measures.

Recently, Hatsune Miku’s 5th Anniversary concert tour, which was set to conclude with a USA & Canada tour in Spring 2020, was cancelled at the peck of the Coronavirus spread. The tour has since been postponed.

You find more information on Cryton’s official website.

Illustration by TKN

GKIDS ACQUIRES RIGHTS TO STUDIO GHIBLI’S “EARWIG AND THE WITCH” | Director GORO MIYAZAKI

GKIDS, the acclaimed producer and distributor of animation for adult and family audiences, announced that it has acquired the North American distribution rights for legendary animation house Studio Ghibli’s latest feature EARWIG AND THE WITCH.

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The film is directed by Goro Miyazaki (From Up on Poppy Hill, Tales from Earthsea) and produced by studio co-founder Toshio Suzuki, with planning on the feature from his father, Academy Awardâ-winner Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, My Neighbor Totoro).

Based on the children’s novel “Earwig and the Witch” by Diana Wynne Jones (“Howl’s Moving Castle”), the film marks Studio Ghibli’s first entirely 3DCG animated feature.

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The story follows Earwig growing up in an orphanage, who has no idea that her mother had magical powers. Her life will take a new turn when a strange family takes her in, and she is forced to live with a selfish witch. For now, that is all the Gkids has let on about the film.

The film is slated to air on NHK in Japan Winter 2020. GKIDS will release the film theatrically in North America in early 2021. Director Goro Miyazaki has previously commented about the film stating,

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“Nowadays, in our country, there are many adults and few children. It must be tough for these children, so few of them having to deal with so many adults. It was while I was thinking about this that I got to know Earwig. And I realized, ‘That’s it!’ How does Earwig deal with the annoying adults? Please watch Earwig and The Witch to find out. She may be cheeky, but I sincerely hope that our adorable Earwig will encourage children and cheer up adults.”

– Goro Miyazaki (2020 GKids Interview)

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“A new Studio Ghibli film is always a cause for celebration for fans around the world,” said GKIDS’ President David Jesteadt. “We are excited to see Goro Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli working in a new animation style, and look forward to sharing the film with audiences early next year.”

– David Jesteadt (GKIDS’ President)

For updates regarding Earwig And The Witch visit, Gkids.com.

In more recent news, Gkids has also announced the English dub cast for the upcoming The Lupin the 3rd: The First film! Click here for more information.

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