As the AnimeNEXT festivities continued on we took a break and sat in this Diversity panel hosted by The Panel Sisters. There were so many panels on diversity at this con this year I was so proud to see everyone get to express themselves and find others that identify with them. Diversity is necessary in all sorts of media and I’m excited to see what creators of new anime and manga will come up with after seeing fans call for more diversity.
Marina Kawano is a singer from Fukuoka, Japan. Her music career began in 2010 after winning the 4th Animax All-Japan Anisong Grand Prix, since then she’s been featured on various Anime opening/ending theme most recently the main theme and ending theme for Square Enix “NieR: Automata” during the show we learned that this was the first time she has performed in the States. Continue reading →
The world lost a great member of Studio Ghibli, Isao Takahata who passed away April 5, 2018, from lung cancer. The panel I went to was hosted by AWO (Anime World Order) where they discussed his life and his greatest achievements. This was an interesting and informative panel, the audience was able to see clips of some of his work like his very long documentary on bridges. The guest speaker explained how his goal was to make people laugh with his skills, I was able to learn some of Takahata’s greatest achievements there was so much to learn about his life that I did not know before.
ALL OFF is a Japanese rock band based in Toyko. Known for their opening and ending themes for anime such as Mob Psycho 100 and Heavy Object. Founded in 2004, by vocalist so-hey and guitarist Yukio. Other members include Kossy (bassist), Gaku (second guitar) and drummer Otsuki who wasn’t in attendance. U of ROOKiEZ is PUNK’D filled in for him. Continue reading →
I went into a time capsule panel that brought back some great childhood memories, I was surprised to learn that Toonami has been around for 20 years already. I remember growing up running out of school to watch anime on Toonami when they used to broadcast in the afternoon. Over the years I have seen many great dubbed anime series on Toonami, some of my favorite shows is Gundam Wing, Sailor Moon, Yuyu Hakusho, Inuyasha, Dragon Ball Z, and many more. Toonami has changed over the years, as well as T.O.M. everyone’s favorite robot host and mascot of Toonami.
Caitlynn French is an American Voice Actress residing in Texas. Fueled by her love of playing pretend she’d achieved what many anime fans dream of, getting into the anime industry. Known for her roles as Mei Tachibana in Say “I love you”, Shiro in No Game No Life, Qumola in The Book of Bantorra and an array of others. Caitlynn is a rising talent that you need to familiarize yourself with.
As some of you may know, this past weekend, we attended AnimeNext, which is an Anime Convention held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. I would like to thank the wonderful staff at AnimeNext for allowing us to attend and for all the hard work they put into making this con a reality. None of this would be possible without you guys and gal. Now that we’ve gotten all the pleasantries out-of-the-way, let’s get down to business.