Sometime in July 2015, Jeremy Zag announced a Miraculous Ladybug prototype figure, along side some other merchandise.
Jeremy Zag | Instagram
Jeremy Zag | Instagram
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.
Krystal Kitsune at ToysRUs
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.
Jeremy Zag | Instagram
Jeremy Zag | Instagram
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):
On July 9th 2016, Jorge R.Gutierrez held his first solo art show in Los Angeles!
Jorge R.Gutierrez, is most notably known for directing/creating the film, The Book of Life & Nickelodeon’s El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera. Jorge was also responsible for the art that made The Book of Life come to life. Check photos from the event below:
Hosted at the Gregorio Escalante Gallery in China Town, Jorge displayed his fantastic paintings in his first solo art show, which he dubbed, “Border Bang“. According to Jorge, his paintings were all inspired by “The cheap knock-offs they sell at the border [. . .]” and took about 2 weeks to complete 1 painting. Each painting was around $2,000.
To better explain his inspiration and art process, here’s Jorge R.Gutierrez:
Check out some of his paintings below, click to enlarge photos:
These were only a few of Jorge’s fantastic artwork. We hope we get to see more of Jorge and his art soon.
I would like to give a special thanks to my photographer, Peter Ortiz, without him, these amazing photos nor the small interview with Jorge would’ve been possible. Thanks Peter!
This beautifully well-made Tracer statue appeared on Hollywood Blvd on May 21st!
Placed there by the Overwatch team at Blizzard ent. This statue weighs about 3 tons and according to Twitter user, @The_bluejacket it took 3 forklifts to set up this amazing statue!
In total, there are 3 Overwatch figure statues around the world, standing around 15 feet tall! Characters & locations are as follows:
Hollywood & Highland, CA
The Centre Pompidou; Paris, France
We currently have no information as to when will the statues be gone, If you want to visit this awesome statue, do so by going to Hollywood & Highland (Or the other locations depending where you are). If you live in the Los Angeles area, there will be a fan gathering being planned on Tuesday; May 24 FROM 5 PM – 8 PM, check out the facebook event page for more details.
Enjoy our slideshow of the photos I took during my visit to see the TRACER statue!
If you visit and take a selfie with the statue, post it on our FACEBOOK WALL, we’d love see it!
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)
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
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
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.
Originally announced on April 28th 2016, the KINGDOM HEARTS World Tour has been the best thing announced since KINGDOM HEARTS Unchained (North America) & Final Fantasy XV!
According to the announcement, The concert is split into two parts. Beginning in August 11th 2016, with KINGDOM HEARTS -First Breath (Brass concert), which is an exclusive concert in Japan ONLY. The second part, KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World Tour (Orchestra concert) will begin in Japan on, March 10, 2017.
Fans can purchase the presale tickets to KINGDOM HEARTS Orchestra -World Tour via Wildfaery or wait until all tickets go on sale starting May 14, 2016. Please note that only 150 VIP tickets available at each World Tour concert for $189 and will include a meet and greet with Yoko Shimomura.
Check below for a list of the current pricing for each World Tour concert:
Concert Location + Date
March 10, 2017
Tokyo International Forum Hall A (Japan)
At the most anticipated convention PAXEast the company unveiled the title to the public and the awaiting fans. CEO and President of Gearbox Randy Pitchford, holding a panel for the company informing everybody on the situation. Randy states: “obviously theres going to be another borderlands”. the room being lit with cheers and pure excitement randy continued: “There is already a lot of easter eggs in Battleborn for Borderlands although it is from past borderlands games. We will continue to finish borderlands once battleborn and its DLC is completed”. CEO shocking the series saying “Borderlands 3 will NOT be the title of the game. For all we know it could be borderlands 4”.
Battleborn, also being a Gearbox Software game for PlayStation 4, Art Director Scott Kester attended the panel informing the public he will also be doing the art for the well awaited Borderlands 3.
Most famous anime FLCL – Otherwise known as Fooly Cooly – will be getting 2 more seasons according to Cartoon Network’s parent company, Turner. They announced it on their official website on March 25, 2016. Both seasons will consist of 6 episodes each and will be produced by Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim alongside, Japanese animation Production, I.G Studio. FLCL creator, Tsurumaki Kazuya, is said to return to the series as well. The seasons are set to air on Cartoon Network’s block, Toonami.
Back in the early 2000s FLCL was considered a minor success. With its surreal “coming of age” story which follows the life of a young school-boy, Nandaba Naota, for the first six episodes. One day as he’s walking and gets hit with a bass guitar from a girl (Haruhara Haruko) and ends up with a very noticeable bump on his head from the incident. This event triggers multiple battles between entities known as Medical Mechanica and Fraternity in the city of Mabase, Japan.
The new seasons will take place years after the adventures of Naota and Haruko. According to Turner the new seasons will now follow a teenage girl by the name of “Hidomi”. She believes there is nothing special to expect from her ordinary life. Until, she gets a new teacher by the name of Haruko. Soon after this event, Medichal Mechanica attacks the town. Only Haruko can truly help save everyone from the attacking entity but not without the secret within Hidomi that only Haruko can unlock.
Ever since the announcement everybody has been questioning who will do the music for the new series? Band, The Pillows,were responsible for the soundtrack for FLCL. Fans of the series felt the music it gave the anime its own unique atmosphere. Their two songs, “Ride on SHOOTING STAR” and “Little BUSTERS” impacted the anime on a whole new level bringing life into the anime which we all love. The mystery remains, Who will compose the music for the new seasons…
The new season will drop in late 2017 or early 2018 according to the OfficialTurner website.
In 2002 the wonderful minds at renowned video game development studio, Square Enix and the most famous cartoon movie creators of all time, Disney, teamed up to create a game, that has both inspired and shape the gaming industry as well as fans. That game was Kingdom Hearts.
With multiple games under the series’ belt, the gaming giants at SQUARE ENIX announced, in 2013, the making of Kingdom Hearts: X , but has since kept quite. That is until 2015 when they officially announced the western release date for the game. The game itself is the first game in the series exclusively for iOS and Android!
The game follow the same genre and a turn-based battle system (much like SQUARE ENIX’s Final Fantasy series). According to SQUARE ENIX, Unchained X is designed for fans and for those who are not familiar with the series.
The game takes place hundreds of thousands of years before the time we know, Users can play as customized avatar keyblade wielder which user customized a name . There are five keyblade Union: Unicornis, Anguis, Leopardos, Ursus, and Vulpeus all led by a Foreteller. At the beginning of the game you’ll pick a keyblade master to train you and follow throughout the game. As a keyblade wielder, You have a job to master and unlock the full power of the keyblade while at the same time driving the darkness away from the world. You can use cards to attack much like the battle system in Kingdom Hearts: RE Chain of Memories.You’ll be able to use the medals’ power “warriors beyond your time” to call upon them from the future to aid you in your endeavors.
The game is considered to be CANNON or part of the original stoyline.
For newcomers this game represents “the beginning of the beginning”. The game explains everything from the “Tome of Prophecy” all the way to “The Ancient Keyblade War” that is continuously referred to in the series. This game also answers all questions left throughout the series up until the the title Dream Drop Distance.
Along with the release of the game, Creative Director & Head Artist, Tetsuya Nomura had something to say to the fans: