Category Archives: Anime

Blend-S: A New STARBUCKS-like Anime?!

Not quite, BETTER.

From the mind behind “Spirits & Cat Ears”, Miyuki Nakayama, comes:

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BLEND-S

Blend-S is combination of Starbucks & a Japanese Maid Cafe. It tells the story of high school student, maikaMaika Sakuranomiya who is having trouble finding a part time job due to her scary and creepy smile, which often leads people to believe she’s a sadist.

 

 

 

Maika later finds herself hired as waitress by a scout/manager of an Italian owned coffee shop, Cafe Stile. However,  Cafe Stile isn’t your average coffee shop. Each waitress (or barista) is given a different ‘fetish’ to serve their costumers with, such as: Tsundere, Imouto, Oneesan & Idol. Since Maika has a unquie ‘sadist‘ smile she was assigned as a sadist barista.04

Although she develops an aggressive and dominate persona, she actually pretty clumsy and shy at times. The series debuted as a manga in Houbunsha’s Manga Time Kirara Carat magazine in 2013, and Nakayama launched it as a regular series in 2014. The anime is just premiered this October and you stream it on CrunchyRoll.

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Maika Sakuranomiya

 

 

Maika is a 16-year-old girl who, because of how scary she looks when smiling, often causes misunderstandings, leading other people to think that she is a sadist, even though she is actually just clumsy. Her looks catch the attention of Dino who scouts her to be the ‘sadistic girl’ waitress at cafe Stile. She comes from a very traditional family and works part time so she could study abroad using her own money.

 

 

 

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Kaho Hinata

 

 

Kaho is a 17-year-old waitress who fulfills the tsundere trait. She loves playing video games and often goes to an arcade, but often runs out of money because of it. Although she plays a tsunderegirl, Kaho’s real personality is not tsundere and like Maika, has to learn to becomes one. She is currently the most popular waitress at Stile.

 

 

 

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Mafuyu Hoshikawa

 

 

Mafuyu is one of the waitresses that, despite of her petite figure, is actually a 20-year-old college student and fulfills the younger sister trait because of that. Her real personality is mature and she rarely shows emotion. She has a younger brother who is taller than her and has always wanted a younger sister, although she will not include Kaho because of Kaho’s body figure.*

 

 

 

 

To honor the series, Aniplex USA & Los Angeles cafe shop, Cafe Dulce collaborated on a two day event.
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This collaboration took place in the Little Tokyo district in Los Angeles.

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Cafe Dulce celebrated the series by giving out FREE Maika decorated donuts with every purchase.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Along side this cute donuts, they also gave out Blend-S Coasters and mini poster.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check these photos from the event

Thanks for checking out our Blend-S post, if want to find out Which BLEND-S Character Will Be Your Waitress, take this awesome test, and in the words of Maika:

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Aggretsuko’s 1st U.S. Appearance !

On January 2017 SANRIO announced their newest character, Aggretsuko (アグレッシブ烈子)!

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Although the character debuted in 2015, Aggretsuko began appearing on social media in early 2017 & it seems she quickly found fame among Hello kitty fans.

Aggretsuko, according SANRIO’s official site, is a 25 year old, red panda who works as a office worker with anger issues. Her YouTube shorts tell her daily life, working in an office dealing with the daily annoyances that happen. When her patience is up, she goes on full blown HEAVY METAL RAGE! Check her out here:

More episodes can be viewed here

In the recent months since her appeared on social media, she has gotten a huge following, much like GUDETAMA back in 2013.

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She recently made her first U.S. Appearance at the newly re-opened Sanrio store in Little Tokyo in Los Angeles!

Along with new Aggretsuko merchandise. Aggretsuko merchandise can also be bought on the official site.

Judging by her popularity, there might more Aggretsuko themed events coming soon!

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Who YOUR favorite SANRIO character? Comment below!

SWORD ART ONLINE: Ordinal Scale – Hollywood Red Carpet Premiere

Sword Art Online final had its first ever, feature film!

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Aniplex & Eleven Arts held a red carpet premiere in Hollywood, California at the famous Egyptian Theater!

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Fans waiting outside theater. Some are holding freshly bought SAO merch

The exclusive event SOLD OUT within 48 hours after tickets were on sell. With anime’s popularity, its no wonder it sold out quickly! Hundreds of fans gathered for this exclusive one-day event, some came in cosplay.

Fans were also able to buy new SAO merch at the ‘SAO store’ Aniplex staff set up

The event was filled with special guests, such as:

Other surprise guests included:

After the screening, special guests had a Q&A session set up by Aniplex. You can read some of the questions that were asked here, Anime News Network.

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Yui’s special appearance at the event
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Me (Krystal Kitsune) at Red carpet premiere with Kirito & Asuna

For those who missed this fantastic event, you can still catch the movie in theaters THIS Thursday; March 9th 2017. Tickets on sale here. Catch some of the highlights of this event down below.

We’ll be posting an event video soon, so stay tuned!

FINAL FANTASY XV INTERVIEW

We had the honor to Interview FINAL FANTASY XV cast members, RAY CHASE & ROBBIE DAYMOND aka Noctis and Promto! Check out our interview below, make sure to end til the end to learn how to enter into our FINAL FANTASY XV autograph giveaway!


I would to personally thank, Ray and Robbie; for accepting our interview request, Alondra; for being an awesome assistant, Gregorio Escalante Gallery; for letting us film on location and finally, special thanks to YouTube Channel, Pauly Mike for providing the in-game footage used in our interview. Thank Everyone!


Check these awesome photo taken by our lovely photographer, Alondra!


FINAL FANTASY XV autograph giveaway!

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Share, comment, & subscribe to our channel and you may have a chance to win THIS autographed print from Noctis and Promto!

Deadline Jan.10th 2017!


Speaking of SQUARE ENIX related giveaways, we are giving this one-of-a-kind, Life Is Strange VideoPak STRAIGHT from the Los Angeles SQUARE ENIX OFFICES!

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This is a reusable mini tablet with 2 pre-loaded Life Is Strange videos. You can use a standard USB charging cable to charge and add limited videos of your own via your PC!

CLICK HERE TO LEARN HOW TO ENTER!

Broken Spirits – Producer Stephen Weese (Interview)

Have you heard of BROKEN SPIRITS? A new SyFy film produced by voice actor, Stephen Weese! Featuring voice actor stars:

Vic Mignogna, Richard Epcar, Spike Spencer and Cristina Vee!


This film came to our attention in March of this year, during our interview with Cristina Vee, since then, we’ve interviewed film producer, Stephen Weese, where he gave us some insight on the film and its wonderful cast! Check out the interview:


RED CARPET PREMIERE!

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 BROKEN SPIRITS, will have a red carpet premiere at Anime Los Angeles 2017 at the Ontario Convention Center!

  • Red carpet (2pm)
  • Full feature screening (2:30-4pm)
  • Q&A with cast members including Richard Epcar and Cristina Vee (4-5)
  • Special giveaway of unique items and props (4pm)
  • ALA special event Broken Spirits poster and signing (5-6pm)
  • After party with cast (late night)

Come and join the fun!


Check out http://www.brokenspiritsfilm.com/ for more information on the film, updates and its release date! 

Our trip to Square Enix

With the anticipation of FINAL FANTASY XV, we couldn’t resist taking a trip down to Square Enix in El Segundo, Los Angeles!

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This was the first time we’ve EVER visited their offices, needless to say, we were very excited. However, due to sensitive production work, we were unable to see the production offices, but the lobby was filled with Square Enix history! Take a look:

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Take a look at our small video from this awesome trip:


EXCLUSIVE GIVEAWAY!


Are you a fan of Life Is Strange? Here’s YOUR chance to win this amazing, one-of-a-kind, Life Is Strange VideoPak!

This is a reusable mini tablet with 2 pre-loaded Life Is Strange videos. You can use a standard USB charging cable to charge and add limited videos of your own via your PC!

HOW TO WIN:
 
That’s it! Winner will be contacted via Facebook!
You’ll have til JAN 10th 2016! Enter now!

This item was never given out nor sold ANYWHERE and is only available here on The Kitsune Network!

Special Thanks to Square Enix!

Marinette Cheng Figure – Overview

Check our amazing Overview video on the Marinette Cheng Figure, narrated by anime voice actress, KIRA VINCENT-DAVIS!

Kira has voiced numerous anime characters:
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We are happy to announce, Kira will now be narrating some of our YouTube videos! Find out more on our FACEBOOK page!

Miraculous Ladybug Merchandise is here!

The LONG wait is finally over…

Miraculous Ladybug merchandise is finally here!

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Sometime in July 2015, Jeremy Zag announced a Miraculous Ladybug prototype figure, along side some other merchandise.

With the U.S. release of the show, earlier that year, the excitement grew among the fandom as new merchandise was announced and previews were shown in photos taken during the a Licencing show in Las Vegas 2015. It was later reveled the U.S. Miraculous Ladybug merchandise would be released in the summer of 2016, more specifically, in August 2016.

On July 28th, various select ToysRUs already had Miraculous Ladybug merchandise on their sales floor, not counting the Miraculous Ladybug DVD which was release sometime in May 2016.

Earlier this week, Jeremy Zag officially stated that the long awaited Miraculous Ladybug merchandise is now on sale in Target and ToyRUs. These are a few items that are now on sale, grab yours while they last, but hurry they’re selling out quick!


Here’s some close up shots of the newly released Miraculous Ladybug figures (Marinette Cheng & Ladybug):

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The PompompurinXChococat Menu

Check out  PLANCHECK’S newest collaboration with SANRIO!

(Unfortunately, this promotional menu was only available from June 10th – July 10th and is no longer being served.)

This wasn’t the first collaborate between the two parties, last year, PlanCheck collaborated with SANRIO collaboration make the GUDETAMA Menu. We covered that here!

According to SANRIO’s official website, their first collaboration happened in 2014. it was part of Hello Kitty’s Hungry Hunt – a promotion in celebration of the pop icon’s 40th Anniversary.

check out our  PompompurinXChococat Menu Photoset:

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Its safe to say, there’ll be another collaboration soon, When that happens we are prepared to cover it yet again!

I was personally inspired by this awesome, Kawaii menu that I made a small photo shoot in its honour (Click an image to enlarge).


NOTICE:

We suffered a massive data loss recently and had to delay content for while. We are currently back on track. We do apologize for the delay of this post.

Miku Expo North America Timeline*

*does not include ‘in-con’ concerts

From enjoying awesome, futuristic technology to making new friends, its needless to say that Miku Expo concerts bring people together in every way possible, Let’s sit back and go through the beautiful and fun memories MIKU EXPO has brought us since its debut in the states.


MIKUNOPOLIS in LOS ANGELES (2011)

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  • This was Hatsune Miku’s debut in the states. Held during Anime Expo 2011, The concert was a huge hit among Miku fans and possibly the cheapest of them all, with only $15 per ticket! Featured singers were as follows: Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len & Megurine Luka. This was the first MikuExpo in the states to also be available on DVD, BluRay DVD & CD. At the time of this concert, Miku was partnered with Toyota and Anime Expo.

  Miku Expo 2014 – Los Angeles & New York

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Miku’s second concert in the states! The official expo theme was, “Sharing The World” a song by producer, BIGHEAD. Featured singers were as follows: Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, Megurine Luka, KAITO & MEIKO. This MikuExpo also had 4 shows in New York with an exhibition showcased in both locations; Los Angeles and New York. The  exhibition consisted of a Halloween Party, a night theater screening, showcased various Miku figures including the Nendoroid Hatsune Miku: Halloween Ver. and Artwork from different vocaliod artist. A Blu-ray disc of NY’s performance was released.


  Miku Expo 2016

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In her most recent concert Miku comes back with brand new songs! To promote the concert, a song contest was made in which “Ten Thousand Stars” produced by CircusP, was the winner. Featured singers were as follows: Hatsune Miku, Kagamine Rin, Kagamine Len, Megurine Luka, KAITO & MEIKO. This Miku Expo was much like Miku Expo 2014, which an exhibition was showcased. During Miku Expo 2016, multiple Miku themed events were held in different locations around the U.S. prior to the concert date; MIKU EXPO Digital Stars, a club event; MIKU short film festival; MIKU EXPO Tour Stickers (collected throughout the tour dates) & MIKU EXPO Let’s Draw, an art event.

Enjoy our Miku Expo 2016 Video: