CastlePoint Anime Convention started at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, New Jersey and was operated by a group of undergraduate students in the Stevens Anime Club. Over the years it has grown in size and is now a two-day anime convention hosted at the Meadowlands in Secaucus, New Jersey. This year they hosted two famous voice actors, they had events such as, Cosplay Pro-Wrestling, Cosplay Chess, The Manly Battleships and performances from Vocamerica and Crusher-P and other artists. Continue reading
This year I was able to enjoy the AMV (Anime Music Video) contest. An AMV is a fan-made music video incorporating clips of one or more animated shows or movies. I started watching AMV’s on Youtube and the process is very tedious and time consuming cutting up the video clips, and editing it to make the video fit with the song. What I love most is how when you’re watching a AMV, it is like getting a preview of the anime which I think is better then watching a trailer because, it gives, more of an inside on what to look forward to in the show or movie.
AnimeNEXT has been hosting the AMV contest for years and overtime it has become a tradition. This was my first time attending an AMV contest, and I really enjoyed watching the contestant’s AMV’s and how they correlated it with the given theme’s.
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.
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.
I finally got the time to watch the anime Darling in the Franxx. This was an interesting anime to watch. It is one of the most talked about anime. It reminded me a lot of Nier: Automata a game I played for the PlayStation 4. The anime series was co-produced by ClockWorks and Trigger and the story was designed by Kentaro Yabuki. The story centralizes a group of children that are used to fight in a war using Mechas. While watching this anime you can not help but ship people together. It is interesting to see the different ways the children explore their relationships and begin to unravel their true existence. It is kind of weird on how they have to use the mecha’s to fight having the girl bend over and the boy holding her love handles to steer. It truly leaves me with no words I leave it to your imagination. But, overall is it is a good action packed anime.
My Dear Cold-Blooded King is one of those can’t stop reading stories, it has become one of my favorite and I’m happy to share this gem with all of you. Every page captivates you and draws you in and make you want to read more. Their is plenty of mystery, suspense, drama, action, and romance. The story-line is well put together, and it is designed like a big puzzle piece making you put everything together.
Have you ever been pushed to the edge and turn into someone your not? In the anime Mob Psycho 100 the main character Shigeo Kageyama at first is your average middle school student who they nicknamed him Mob but, he is in fact a very powerful Esper when pushed to the edge. Mob looks like any ordinary person but as his powers peek he becomes something else. Mob’s power over time have increased as he grew older and he is loosing more control.