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[News] Daisuki Shutting Down and Funimation Acquired by Sony Pictures

Some pretty big industry news over the last 24-48 hours that warrants enough attention for a post of its own. For those not aware, two “bombshells” were dropped that are likely to give indication if not shape the future of the US anime industry and abroad for the next few years. More after the jump.

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[Concert] – Anisong World Matsuri @ Anime Expo 2017 ~Japan Super Live~

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Note: All opinions are mine and do not reflect the overall opinion of those who attended.

Following up on the successful Japan Kawaii Live, the first official day of Anime Expo 2017 (Day 1) featured six additional Anisong artistes from Japan:

  • ALI PROJECT
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  • GARNiDELiA
  • Konomi Suzuki
  • Mashiro Ayano
  • Minori Chihara

Given there are more artistes here and this post is almost a month later than I had intended it to be, let’s jump right in

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[Concert] – Anisong World Matsuri @ Anime Expo 2017 ~Japan Kawaii Live~

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Note: All opinions are mine and do not reflect the overall opinion of those who attended.

June 30, 2017 was a tumultuous day in a number of ways for me. It marked the sad day that YuiKaori (Yui Ogura + Kaori Ishihara) officially disbanded as a duo, the 7th anniversary of Love Live!’s beloved µ’s, the second anniversary of Aqours from the same project, and of course, the same day that four powerhouse Anisong idol groups from Japan came to Los Angeles, California for a 3-4 hour long performance at the Microsoft Theater.

Collaborating for the second year straight, Anime Expo and Anisong World Matsuri kicked off Anime Expo’s first ever preview night (Day 0) with an all start line up, including six member of The iDOLM@STER Cinderella Girls, two members of Walkure, Wake Up, Girls!, and Aqours.

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[Review] Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress)

Overview:

About a month ago, CrunchyRoll held their first anime movie night event featuring the two Koutetsujou no Kabaneri (Kabaneri of the Iron Fortress) compilation films. While I personally was not able to attend the event due to the unfortunate timing (it was ~4 hours run time on a Wednesday night),  I figured it might be a good time to review the original TV series, which ran back in Spring 2016.

Koutetsujou no Kabaneri takes place during an industrial revolution era where the world is overrun by zombie-like creatures with steel-coated hearts, known as the “Kabane.” The Kabane feed on human flesh, spreading the virus of the Kabane and increasing their numbers, with the only way to defeat one is to pierce their steel-coated hearts. As such, humanity built civilization behind fortress walls to keep the Kabane at bay and traverse from city to city via heavily armored trains. The TV series ran as part of the NoitaminA anime block in Japan between April and June 2016. It was later followed by two compilation films, presumably mostly recapping the series scene for scene given its length, and a sequel series is expected in 2018. Note: This review does contain spoilers of the series

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[News] Upcoming US Anisong Artist Performances (Updated May 21)

Considering that a few of my recent posts have been focused on Anime Expo’s eye popping line up, we certainly should not forget about the number of other US anime and Japanese culture conventions that managed to snag some pretty big names this year.

With spring about half over and summer around the corner, we are about to enter full swing into convention season. While I won’t be attending some of these acts due to time, budget, and other personal reasons, hopefully those who are in the area will show up and support these artistes. Keep in mind that it’s still a fairly rare event for Anisong artistes to make a US appearance, let alone recurring appearances. It’s also uncommon for artistes to have meet & greet or autograph sessions in Japan, so this is certainly an opportunity you don’t want to miss if one or more of your favorite artistes are performing.

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[Review] Kizumonogatari

*Note: This review may contain minor spoilers of the Bakemonogatari series and its sequels. This movie will contain spoilers of the Kizumonogatari movie.

Overview

Kizumonogatari, the prequel to the successful Bakemonogatari title and the beginning of Nisio Isin’s well-received Monogatari novel series, finally found its conclusion on January 6, 2017 in Japan and later on April 2017 in the US. Kizumonogatari tells the story of how Bakemonogatari‘s protagonist, Koyomi Araragi, received his vampire characteristics and the events that took place during his spring break in his early high school years, which ultimately led him to becoming more involved with oddities. Originally announced for an anime adaptation in July 2010, it was later decided to be a movie instead in March 2011 and expected for premier in 2012. With no news for another 3-4 years, Kizumonogatari ultimately became infamous for its production delays until October 2015 where it finally received a new confirmation that the movie will be split into three parts, premiering between 2016 and 2017.

With almost seven full years of production behind it as well as additional successful adapatations of the Monogatari series, including Nisemonogatari, Nekomonogatari – Kuro, Monogatari Second Season, Tsukimonogatari, Owarimonogatari, and Koyomimonogatari, one must wonder was this movie really worth the long delays? Note: This review will cover all three films

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[Convention/News] Anisong World Matsuri Lineup @ AX2017

With Anime Expo just over 2 months away, the guests for this year’s Anisong World Matsuri event have finally been announced! Given last year’s star studded line up consisting of Eir Aoi, Luna Haruna, Minami, Yoko Ishida, T.M. Revolution, sphere, FLOW, OLDCODEX, JAM Project, and Aqours (meet and greet event only), Anime Expo had definitely set the initial bar very high for themselves. This is especially true given that last year was the first official year for Anisong World Matsuri and that the US market tends to be a lot smaller for Anisong in general.

This year there will be two concerts: Japan Kawaii Live held on June 30th (Day 0) and Japan Super Live on July 1st (Day 1), each expected to be 4 hours in length. While the concert themes/titles were not formally revealed until after the announcements had started, which demolished my guesses, this made the line up potentially all the more exciting! Without further ado, here is the final lineup along with some thoughts after the jump.

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