Anime Expo 2018: Industry Happenings and Premieres

Anime Expo 2018: Industry Happenings and Premieres

Hi everyone, Marc here. In this write-up I’ll be chronicling all the industry panels and world premieres I saw throughout all four days of Anime Expo weekend. Also, for reasons we’ll explain at some point later, we weren’t able to record a day 3 and 4 recap video, but everything I would’ve covered in that will be covered here as well.

Hit the jump and let’s get started.

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Anime Films of the Last Five Years

Happy Monday everyone! We attended Metrocon in our hometown of Tampa, Florida last weekend and brought a whopping five panels with us! Three of them were repeats, two of them were first times (Studio Trigger Hype panel and Anime Films of the Last Five Years). We had a couple people after the panel ask us if we had a list anywhere of the movies we used. We said nope! You should have been taking notes dammit! Hit the jump to see more.

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Our Summer Convention Schedule!

Anime Festival Orlando - June 9-11th Wyndham Orlando Resort, Orlando, FL

Pretty Rhythms and Idol Activities 

Friday @ 2:30pm Panel Room 2

Moe Military 

Friday @ 3:30pm Panel Room 4

Hentai Terminology 101 (18+)

Saturday @ 11:30pm Panel Room 2

A Beginner's Guide to Japanese Hip-Hop

Sunday @ 1:15pm Panel Room 3


Anime Expo - July 1-4th

Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, CA

We're not doing any fan panels at this one but we're attending with press privileges so you can expect plenty of video content, write-ups, industry coverage and on-the-street dispatches!


Metrocon - August 3-6th

Tampa Convention Center, Tampa, FL

Pretty Rhythms and Idol Activities 

Thursday @ 7pm Anime Track A-Panel Room 24

Is Your Merch a Fake?

Friday @ 9pm Anime Track B-Panel Room 25

Anime Films of the Last 5 Years

Friday @ 10pm Anime Track B-Panel Room 25

An Introduction to Japanese Hip-Hop 

Friday @11pm Miscellaneous Track Panel Room 18

The Studio Trigger HYPER-Panel

Saturday @ 10am Anime Track B-Panel Room 25



Oh no, Anime! at Holiday Matsuri!

15181713_373790509623099_4041673314194512400_n We're super excited to be hosting three panels at HolMat in Orlando next weekend; if you're headed that way and see us come say hi! We'll be trying to record our panels there for your enjoyment but no promises. Our schedule (all on Saturday, December 17th):

  • Is Your Merch Fake? Panel Room C 4:45-5:45PM
  • The Americans: A Visual Guide to Americans in Anime Panel Room D 7:45-8:45PM
  • Hentai Terminology 101 Panel Room A 11:15PM-12:15AM

See y'all there!

Anime Expo Day 2 | JAM Project☆HEROES

Hey guys! Once again video will be up sometime tomorrow, but for now here's my text recap for the day. Enjoy!

Day 2 started super early for me. At 6:20AM my alarm went off reminding me that today was going to be something special - today, Love Live! Sunshine!! airs! Since Sunshine is being broadcasted on LINE LIVE contemporaneously Japanese TV I was able to (legally!) watch it with the rest of the world. What a start to a freaking crazy awesome day that was.

As soon as my creepy Love Live grin wore off from the episode itself it was already time for me to watch it again... with the cast themselves! The Love Live! Sunshine!! event started right at 11AM with a short video showcasing what Love Live is, how it came to be, and how Aqours, the group following in µ's footsteps, fits into the equation.

When the video ended, the six girls came onto stage (in Uranohoshi attire) to introduce themselves and read their character's self introductions. I'm pretty sure I heard every single audience member fall in love six times each. The Aqours girls themselves looked to be having a great time teaching the audience how to do their calls and returns - in ridiculously cute broken English, of course.

After their introductions we were treated to a lot of fun footage that isn't readily available anywhere else. They showed the entirety of the first two music videos followed by the Aqours girls' stage performance celebrating the release of their first single in October of last year. While a short video of their performance of Kimi no Kokoro wa Kagayateiru kai? has been available since early last week, to my knowledge this is the first time their full performance of all three songs has been viewed in public since the day they performed it!

Naturally we couldn't have an event that's held on the day of an anime premier without having the premier itself there! So we got to be the first people in world to watch Sunshine with English subs! As far as how the first episode went... well I could wrote a whole entry on it. And probably will. Suffice to say I really really enjoyed it and I'm damn certain everyone else in the crowd did too.

Following the premiere of the episode the girls were brought out in a manner that mimics their online live broadcasts for (pre-screened) questions from the crowd. Being idols, all of their answers were sickeningly cute. I don't want to gush too hard but after watching them for months on my tiny phone screen seeing them play off each other and being silly while spouting the best English they could manage was something very special to me, and not something I'm likely to forget any time soon.

The next event for me wasn't until the Super Live at 7PM while Marc headed to the Bandai/Gundam panel. I was able to see Aqours even closer at the Meet & Greet held at the Daisuki booth (don't worry they were just as adorable as they were an hour and a half prior) and meet up with an old buddy of mine Piroko.

Meeting with Piroko lead to something awesome - our meeting place was the P.A. Works booth in the Entertainment hall since they were doing a giveaway. The giveaway was a replica piece of key art from Shirobako inside of the type of folder animation studios use when passing along frames for cuts. This is important!

After he'd finished giving out the gifts himself (already super cool of the guy), Founder/CEO/producer at P.A. Works Kenji Horikawa ran off. However, he didn't run off fast enough! Piroko managed to stop him and his handler for a minute to do a couple of autographs. The handler said it wasn't possible but Horikawa himself seemed pretty happy to oblige, despite his being in a rush. As I stated before, the giveaway had a folder that they use for cuts right? That glorious Horikawa signed it right where an animation director would sign off on a cut to signify it's OK to send to production! Just another amazing memory I'll be holding on to for a very, very long time.


Cut delivery envelope signed by PA Works' Horikawa

It was cool down time after that until the Super Live. I have to say, the "Super Live" was a hell of an apt name. Anime Consortium Japan and Anime Expo blew it completely out of the fucking park with this one. As much as I want to relive it in my head again giving you guys a blow-by-blow would probably be a bit much so here's a few highlights:

  • Walking in to JAM Project playing Makka na Chikai followed by Cha-la Head Cha-la
  • Eir Aoi and Haruna Luna doing a duet cover of Porno Graffiti's Fullmetal Alchemist opening Melissa
  • The entire crowd belting out God Knows... from Haruhi as Yoko Ishida and Minami sang it together. What an incredible feeling that was
  • T.M. Revolution revving the crowd up with the Soul Eater opening to close out with the Rurouni Kenshin ending theme
  • Sphere coming out and testing the limits of how cute an idol group can get before everyone vomits
  • JAM Project melting faces with Gong, the One Punch Man opening, a super robot medley, and, of course, Skill

The only problem I have with this event is the sleepless nights it'll cause while I think "what the hell could possibly top that?"

Tomorrow is Day 3 of Anime Expo. My schedule is bursting with amazing industry panels as well as the FLOW and OLDCODEX band battle. Look forward to a post about it just like this!

Our summer convention schedule!


We will be at some conventions this summer! First of all, we'll be attending Anime Expo in Los Angeles, CA from July 1-4 but we won't be hosting any panels or events. Hit us up if you're going and want to say hi!

Metrocon in Tampa, FL on Friday July 22 we will be hosting two panels in panel room 19 at 8PM+11PM. More info about the content of these panels can be found on the Metrocon website or on

We'll also be hosting a panel at Anime Festival Orlando sometime between July 29-31, we don't know the panel time or room yet so check back here before the con and we'll update as soon as we know more. More info available at the AFO website.

We'll see you guys out in the field, hit us up on Facebook or Twitter if you wanna say hi!