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AniManga 2018

AniManga (Not to be confused with AniManga held in Melbourne, Australia) is a summer oriented, 3 day anime convention held at Fairplex in Pomona, California. AniManga, Founded in 2017, is combines Anime & Manga AND gaming into a fun weekend and was first held on August 3rd – 5th 2018.

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AniManga’s Entrance

A relatively low-key convention, AniManga began with a slow start however it rapidly picked up on Saturday with many cosplayers and guests joining the fun.

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AniManga’s interactive Inflatable Wrecking Ball & Maze Game

For those whom never been to Fairplex, Fairplex is compose of different ‘halls’ and sections. AniManga was held in Hall 4 which is a fairly big hall:

AniManga’s voice actor Guests included: Max Mittelman, Kyle McCarley, Zach Aguilar & Josh Grelle.

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Me, Zach Aguilar & Cosplayer: Mystic Taku

While at there, we had the honor of interviewing voice actor Josh Grelle:

Overall, our experience at AniManga was good. It began slow and picked up Saturday. Only time will tell if they’ll become bigger and better. We will most definitely return next year. Take a look at their website for upcoming detail for AniManga 2019.

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Indivisible: First Look

Teaser Animated trailer released during Anime expo 2018. Animation by Studio Trigger known for Kill La Kill.

Indivisible is an upcoming, fighting RPG game made by Lab Zero Games, the same developers who made Skullgirls. Although Skullgirls focuses on mainly on fighting skills, Indivisible expands to the platform/RPG genre.

Indivisible produced by 505 Games

Indivisible was initially announced back in Anime Expo 2015 during a Skullgirls panel. On October 5th 2015, Lab Zero Games launched a crowdfunding campaign for $1.5 million dollars to produce an entire full game. Then on November 23, 2015, the Indivisible demo was released on Steam, generally receiving positive reviews and by December 2nd of that same year, the crowdfunding campaign was reached its goal of $1.5 million.

Screen shot from the demo. Download the game on Steam here.

Being a huge fan of the artwork that Lab Zero Games produces in their games, I decided to try the demo out myself. Just as their previous game, Skullgirls, Indivisible was produced using 2D, hand-drawn, techniques. Which in MY opinion Indivisible has one of the best hand animations, it has a art style that is more modern, and unlike other games such as, Cuphead which was meant to mimic the 1930s art style, Indivisible is a more modern rendition of that concept. Of course Cuphead is different genre. In comparison, Wakfu, produce by Ankama Games, is another game that is similar to Indivisible in that they both have similar art styles, though have very different gameplays:

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Left: Wakfu (Produce in Adobe Flash); Right: Indivisible (Produce using hand drawn 2D traditional animation)

There are many things about Indivisible that I loved, however its art direction and its gameplay is what got me mesmerized. The mixture of beautiful natural artistic direction, the detailed characters & the energetic cast alongside the dynamic Lab Zero Games team make the game a remarkable experience to play.
Unfortunately, Lab Zero Games fans will have to wait a bit along as the game’s initial release date, January 2018, was pushed back to some time in mid 2019. Although a specific date hasn’t been set yet.

Delayed set back to 2019 confirm by Lab Zero Games

For now, the demo is available on steam for FREE download and you can visit the game’s official website to be updated on its process here.

GIVEAWAY!

In honour of Indivisible, we’ve are giving away an official Indivisible Original Soundtrack CD brought to you by Lab Zero Games. Indivisible’s in-game music is composed by Hiroki Kikuta, who has worked in Super Nintendo’s Secret of Mana, Seiken Densetsu 3, Soul Calibur V & Koudelka.

 

How to win:
Like our facebook page here & Share this article via Twitter or Facebook using the #TKNIndivisible tag. You’ll automatically be entered to win this exclusive Indivisible Original Soundtrack CD. You have until August 11th 2018 to enter! The winner will be announced on August 12th 2018 via our facebook page. Good luck!

PUMA X SEGA (Official Sonic The Hedehog Shoes)

Sega & shoe brand, Puma teamed up to make the best collaboration SEGA has ever been involved in:

Classic SONIC THE HEDGEHOG RS-0 inspired Shoes!

These nostalgic RS-0 shoes were released on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018*

According Puma’s official website, details of these limited edition RS-0 shoes are as follows:
DETAILS:
-RS-0 Sonic takes inspiration from Sonic the Hedgehog and the world he protects
-The upper’s textured suede represents Sonic’s fur
-Upper also features micro ventilation perforations, embroidered PUMA Formstrip, deboss of Sonic’s head and gold rings
-Metallic gold rings on lace ends – relates to the classic gold rings collected in the video game
-16Bit Grass Print on heel is a nod to the Green Hill Zone
-Checkered footbed is inspired by the roads Sonic runs on
-Outsole features translucent red rubber + Sonic logo Under Print
-Tongue label features the collaboration logo and RS-0 binary number branding

These shoes are currently SOLD OUT. A Puma representative made a statement regarding the future availability of these shoes, and stated “This was a limited release, and there will be no additional production of the shoe”, It is, however, available to purchase on these following platforms at buyer’s own risk: E-bay, Amazon & stockx.com.

Following the release of these shoes,  Nice Kicks, a  popular shoe store in Downtown Los Angeles, held a HUGE SEGA party with VERY special guests.

Special guests included, game designer/game director, S & Japanese-American rock band, Crush 40 (Jun Senoue & Johnny Gioeli)! For the first time, in a long time, Crush 40 performed LIVE in Los Angeles. Performing Sonic classics such as, Open your Heart, Live and Learn, I am…All of Me, and their new song, Green Light Ride for the new sonic game, Sonic Racing! Watch the entire concert provided by yours truly, The Kitsune Network:

check out our photos from the concert:


Personal Afterthoughts

Watching Crush 40 and meeting band members, Johnny and Jun was surreal. As a child I remember playing Sonic Adventure XD and Sonic Adventure 2: Battle, I remember not skipping title screen just to hear Crush 40’s theme. I would like to Thank you Crush 40, for making my childhood great with their catchy rockin songs and Thank you Mr.Iizuka, for making the greatest Sonic game ever; the Adventure series.

 

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:

Gatebox your new Waifu!

No she’s not a new Vocaloid or a new popular anime character, she’s your newest house assistant. Or at least, planning to be. Technology company, Vinclu, is planning to release the world first Holographic Communication Robot, Gatebox!

Gatebox, according to the official website, will allow you to live with your favorite anime model, putting ‘Living with waifu’ to a new level!

So How would Gatebox work?

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The Gatebox’s concept model uses holographic projection technique (much like Hatsune Miku), sensors that allow the Gatebox character to understand your movements and actions. Gatebox also connects to the internet allowing her to tell you the weather and other web related info. She can also connect to electronic devices for your convince.
She is there to help you through out your day.

 

 

The first model is, Azuma Hikari! We can only assume, there’ll be more models in the future

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Azuma Hikari Direction/Character Design: Taro Minoboshi

Check out the concept video here:


Head on over to the official Gatebox site and subscribe to the latest information on Gatebox

LADYBABY in Los Angeles

LADYBABY a famous band that recently came into light with, currently 9,765,665 views on their music video, Nippon Manju. The video went viral ever since it’s release earlier this year. Since then, the band has played numerous shows in japan and most recently at New York City Comic Con and Los Angeles. LADYBABY is the second KawaiiCore band to have spawn out of Japan, along side BABYMETAL (formed in 2013). Created by ClearStone to promote their costumes, LADYBABY consists of LADYBEARD, Rie Kaneko and Rei Kuromiya. Their music genre? KAWAIICORE! Which is a mixture of Heavy Metal and Japanese pop music.

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Ladybeard is an Australian Professional wrestler, heavy metal vocalist and party rocker. Labled as Japan’s Andrew W.K, Ladybeard first appeared in the rings of Hong Kong’s pro-wrestling in 2009. After gaining popularity as a wrestler, he expanded into the music industry. In 2010, he made his debut in a heavy metal band & while touring, he finally fulfilled his dream by going to japan for the first time. After returning to his homeland, Australia, he returned to Japan in September 2013 and It wasn’t until March 2015 when he was asked to form, LADYBABY.

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Rei Kuromiya, the youngest of the group and winner of Miss iD2015 Grand Prix, She is the vocalist & guitarist of her own rock band called, BRATS and is currently training to be the lead role in a crowd funded movie along side her sister, Aya Kuromiya who is also in BRATS.

Kaneko Rie

Rie Kaneko former Miss iD2015 Grand Prix winner and actress. Aside from working with LADYBABY, she also worked with HAJIMETAL as the lead vocals in the song GIRI GAL.

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LADYBABY preforming at Anime Jungle

On Oct 12 2015, LADYBABY made an appearance in Little Tokyo’s Anime Jungle, where they performed a mini-concert & played their hit single, Nippon Manju, Along with, upcoming singles which are set to be released December 2015. A new music video has been confirmed to be released, which was filmed in Japan, New York City and Los Angeles.

Cherry Jelly Productions, the host of the event, made it possible for all LADYBABY fans to buy the rare merch including, Shirts, towels and the Nippon Manju CD+DVD along side the ClearStone’s costumes

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Fans stood in line since 11am just to see LADYBABY, with one fan following LADYBABY tour dates traveling from Japan to New York and finally to Los Angeles! Now that’s dedication!

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People going inside Anime Jungle to watch LADYBABY

About 200+ fans filled up ANIME JUNGLE to watch LADYBABY.
And of course, just like most events, we got all got our chance to take a photo with LADYBABY!

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LADYBABY and Cristina
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Nippon Manju CD + DVD

Remember to buy the CD+DVD album!

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