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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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ANIME EXPO 2018

Anime Expo 2018 was a complete success!

AX18Day1.jpg For the 27th time, Anime Expo came back with full force from July 4th – July 8th drawing fans from 70 different countries. This year over 110,000 people attended Anime Expo, thats 2,342 more attendees than in Anime Expo 2017, making a local economic impact of $100 million to the city of Los Angeles.

Although Anime Expo went off without a hitch, there were a few slight inconveniences.

Before Anime Expo even began, they were altered to a possible threat made against AX and its attendees. According to Anime New Network, the threat was made by a man who allegedly stated via text, “These cons are due for a high school shooting, by a high school kidd [sic]. I’m working on a case at the moment. Shit u [sic] not.” although he did not specifically stated Anime Expo as a target, Anime Expo responded by promptly by ‘alerting local law enforcement to take appropriate actions in accordance with their procedures.‘ in a statement the Promotion of Japanese Animation (SPJA) said:

“Just as in 2017, we are working with security teams and local law enforcement, including K9 teams and traffic control officers, to maintain the safety of our event. Additionally, as previously announced, we are utilizing RFID badges for AX this year and will have security checks at each entrance. We encourage attendees to check our mobile app and maps to get familiarized with the various designated entrances.”

Thankfully, AX came and went without incident. Although the seriousness of this threat wasn’t felt among con goers; With public shootings happening all over the country on a daily basis, ‘indirect’ threats such as these, should NOT be taken with grain of salt. Though it may be a slight inconvenience, security checks at AX do their job by preventing such incidents to ever happen. If you would like to read more details on this situation please read Anime News Network’s article here.

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Moving on to more lighter but heated topics:

Los Angeles suffered a huge heat wave during day 2 & day 3 of Anime Expo with temperatures reaching up to 108°. Although the convention center had functioning air conditioning, outside the heat was unbearable. Mailing AX badges eliminated “LineCon” or the long tedious, on-site registration line. Attendees were still not happy about waiting in line to get inside the convention center due to bag checks. Attendees also took to social to suggest that Anime Expo should cap their tickets due to overcrowding.

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Do agree that Anime Expo should cap their badges? leave a comment below, we’d love to hear your opinions.

Be as it may, the heatwave was no match for hard working, determined cosplayers, whom in the middle of the scorching sun, went all out in their cosplays. Check these awesome cosplays:

We interviewed some of these wonderful cosplayers and this is what they had to say, about why they attended Anime Expo 2018 and how we dealt with the heat weave:

Before I jump on to a different topic, a HUGE  shoutout to these guys at Alove yogurt, who, in the middle of the scorching sun, passed out these delicious yogurts to con goers

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Thanks guys! (Peach Flavor was the best!)

In addition to the 110K attendees,  over 150 guests and industry made appearances including, Go Nagai, Hiromi Wakabayashi, Mari Okada, Sean Danconia, Santa Inoue, and SUSHIO. Booths also held guest appearances as with, Project Sekai who had Nekopara’s creator, Sayori in attendance for fan autographs.

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Since taking photos of Sayori was prohibited, here’s her signature dedicated to me, Krystal.

The Exhibit & Entertainment Halls also featured more than 524 Exhibitors (74 Exhibitors more than AX 2017) Among them was AnimePls, a new Anime brand that is dedicated to bringing you exclusive merchandise from various anime series including: Hatsune Miku, Attack On Titan, Yugioh, My Hero Academia & Aggretsuko! Check their booth from AX 2018.

Near the end of Anime Expo; Funimation and LootCrate collaborated on an AX Afterparty held at the Globe Theater in Downtown Los Angeles during the night of Day 3.

Attendees able to receive a free goodie bag which contained Loot Crate exclusives

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There were so many things that went down at this year’s anime. From newly produced anime series to exclusive Anime Expo events and merchandise. If you missed out this year, don’t worry, Anime Expo will be back in 2019! Tickets are now on sale! For now enjoy our entire Anime Expo 2018 photoset:

Special Thanks to:

  • Anime Expo & Anime Expo Press Staff
  • The Anime Pls Team
  • Cosplayer, Mystic Taku
  • Luis Alexander &
  • My wonderful assistant, Vincent Reyes

Author’s Note:

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This year’s Anime Expo was special mainly because we, My assistant & I, attended AX as Press, which was such an honor! We hope to attend next year as Press as well. Unfortunately, I got very ill between Day 0 – Day 2 and although we were able to take photos and film, I wasn’t able to fully capture everything I wanted at AX nor accomplish. During Day 3, I was feeling much better, we ended up filming the last day of AX, alongside, interviewing awesome cosplayers! I hope you enjoyed our mini AX video (found above) and I’ll personally bring you much more Anime Con coverage beginning with ANIMANGA 2018 coming this August!

Aggretsuko X Amoeba Music

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All attendees received Aggretsuko SWAG plus whatever fans bought: Amoeba X Aggretsuko shirt OR Amoeba tote bag:

Here’s our photoset + small event video:

Want to meet AGGRETSUKO?

Aggretsuko’s DEN of RAGE has been EXTENDED!!! The RAGE will continue at Sanrio Japanese Village until 5/28/18!!! More information here.

AGGRETSUKO APPEARANCE DETAILS: 
-Friday, May 25th – 6pm to 9:30pm
-Saturday, May 26th – 12pm to 4:30pm
-Sunday, May 27th – 12pm to 4:30pm

原田ちあき (Harada Chiaki): In-Store Event

Artist Chiaki Harada (原田ちあき), made a special in-store appearance at Fickle Wish in Little Tokyo Los Angeles.

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Chiaki Harada’s first Los Angeles appearance at Fickle Wish

Chiaki is a well known Japanese artist based off Osaka, Japan. She specializes in “Bad Mouth” art style and usually draws girls crying while saying terrible or depressing phrases such as:

 

These were the many items people were able to purchase at the event, alongside the first ever English translated Harada Chiaki artbook:

 

Chiaki has done numerous artworks and collaborations, with the last one being in Osaka, japan, when she collaborated with Cosplay cafe, メルカフェ X Hadara Chiaki. She created this artwork for the collaboration:

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Chiaki Also has her own manga out titled, “Chiaki Harada’s Suspicious Diary” which is available for purchase on her site or on Amazon.

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Chiaki Harada’s Suspicious Diary (Cover)

The following are photos from the event:

 

Did you miss out this event? Want Chiaki Hadara Merch? Visit Fickle Wish at, Ficklewish.com! Find out about more Fickle Wish events by Liking their facebook page.

Follow Chiaki’s artwork via Twitter, instagram and website!

Zootopia’s ‘The Big Donut’ in Real life?

That’s right! This past weekend, as you may have heard, Zootopia won ‘ANIMATED FEATURE FILM’ at the 2017 Oscars!

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Via Oscar.Go.com

How did Disney celebrate? By making ‘The Big Donut’ come to life!

CR&A Custom, Inc, Disney & Randy’s Donuts all collaborated in making ‘The Big Donut’ a reality. The fantastic graphic was made and printed by CR&A Custom, Inc and was displayed at famous Randy’s Donuts in Inglewood, California near LAX.

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‘The Big Donut’ came to life!

During this ‘event’ Disney also celebrated of the one-year anniversary of Zootopia & had a FACEBOOK LIVE Q&A with Nate Torrance (Clawhauser) and  Oscar®-winning director Rich Moore at Randy’s!

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(Nate Torrence & Rich Moore) Watch the FULL Q&A on the OFFICIAL ZOOTOPIA FACEBOOK PAGE

Although we did not personally cover the Q&A session, we did decide to go down there and cover this fantastic anniversary. Naturally, I cosplayed none other than…

JUDY HOPPS! 

Huge Zootopia donut, LIVE Q&A; What else was there, you ask? How about:
The Big Donut’s Donut!

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Here’s a close up: its like it popped out from the movie!
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Yummy! Watch out event coverage video here
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For those who don’t know, “The Big Donut” was actually inspired by Randy’s Donuts. Over the past decades, Randy’s Donuts has been known as a famous landmark & film location. its known to have been featured (On location/cameo) in various famous scenes from several successful Hollywood movies/TV Shows such as:

Californication, Iron Man 2, Mars Attacks!, Earth Girls Are Easy & Zootopia

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© Disney – Zootopia Concept Art of The Big Donut
The ‘The Big Donut’ banner is, unfortunately, no longer up for display. We unsure if they will ever put it back up, however If you didn’t get a chance to see it, take a look here:

Check out our awesome video on this fantastic event!


Next time you’re in Cali or live nearby, hop on by Randy’s Donuts, you won’t be disappointed. …er squished by a huge donut.

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Via Nerdist.com

Randy’s Donuts is located at:

805 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301

 

 

 

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!

Jorge R.Gutierrez’s Artshow

On July 9th 2016, Jorge R.Gutierrez held his first solo art show in Los Angeles!

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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:

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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.


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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!

REAL LIFE ANIME GIRLS

No, not actual living Anime girls, but kind of…

If anime girls were a real living human, we are 100% sure this is how life with them would like:

There’s no information on the artists, as these were pulled off the now gone 4Chan thread and were made buy different 4Chan users. Enjoy the following photos, click on them to enlarge and check out the Imgru album here!

We will do a step by step DIY Photoshop guide, so you may make awesome, anime girl photography. STAY TUNED!