For three days in late July, Battersea Park in London England was taken over by Japan. I’m talking about the Hyper Japan Festival, of course! Going strong since 2010, this annual celebration of Japanese culture is the biggest of its kind in the UK and is a definite highlight of the year for fans of… Read More Hyper Japan Festival, London 2022
SHIHORI is a Japanese pop singer/songwriter, best known for her collaborations with Yoko Kanno (Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in The Shell: Stand Alone Complex) and Kohei Tanaka (One Piece). She has written and composed for contemporary artists and anime series including Fairy Tail, Macross Frontier, and The Irregular at Magic High School. I had the pleasure… Read More Crunchyroll Expo 2022: Interview with SHIHORI
With Crunchyroll growing in its share of and prominence in the North American anime industry (case in point: news of CR’s acquisition of Right Stuf dropped during the convention), it’s no surprise that Crunchyroll Expo has become one of the country’s preeminent anime conventions. Big guests and big announcements marked this past weekend’s 2022 event.… Read More Vtuber Events, Anime Announcements, and Musical Acts Rocking Out at Crunchyroll Expo 2022!
Attending an anime convention is like turning a speaker up to 11. The noise of it all—emotional, mental, relational, and physical—can be so loud that it’s overwhelming and lead to extreme highs and lows. Add to that the sneaky tiredness that overtakes you by the end of the day and the high cost of these… Read More Catching Dreams, Catching Fish, and Catching Fire at Anime Matsuri
Join our Anime Expo correspondent, T.R Racki, as he shares a vivid play-by-play of Day One. From the early morning anticipation, to the high energy Opening Ceremony, to the end-of-day party and all the panels and sights in between, it’s almost like being there yourself! The Anticipation B-b-b-boom-boom-boom! Clack-clack! A triumphant cheer welled up from… Read More Anime Expo 2022: Day One
Anime Expo was one week ago, and while the main attraction may have been all the incredible announcements, there was also a ton of awesome cosplay to see for those that attended! Joseph, one of our staff covering the convention, took photos of these wonderful cosplayers: Stay tuned for more posts about our time at… Read More Our Favorite Anime Expo 2022 Cosplay!
Anime conventions aren’t about the guests, bands, contests, merch, or even cosplay. They’re about relationships. While the festivities are the impetus behind bringing otaku together, serving up event after event as fun offerings for these sometimes massive gatherings, the communal aspects of conventions are what matter the most to the majority of con-goers. It’s funny… Read More A-Kon 31 (2022): Remembering Community