Yutaka Yamamoto, aka Yamakan, got his start as one of the directors of Kyoto Animation’s The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and the director of the first four episodes of Lucky Star. After leaving KyoAni, he established his own studio, Ordet, and went on to make shows like Kannagi, Fractale, and most recently Wake Up Girls!
Yamakan was frank about his opinions of the anime industry, and some additional thoughts about controversial statements he made around the time he made Fractale. Read tweets from his press conference here!
Keiji Inafune, the famed game designer who worked at CAPCOM for years developing Mega Man, Street Fighter II, and many other legendary games, is now an independent producer. His latest work is a Kickstarter-funded game called Mighty No. 9, which is forthcoming. Inafune spoke about that as well as his past work with Mega Man and other games to the press at Anime Expo 2014.
Here’s some video we can share immediately from Ami Koshimizu and Ryoka Yuzuki (Ryuko and Satsuki respectively from Kill La Kill)’s fan panel! Even more coming, but these are nice and quick. Enjoy!
Gen Urobuchi and the CEO of Nitro+ and one other person were on hand to talk about Nitro+’s work and answer a few–only a few–questions. There are no pictures in this stream because of a strange policy where press–not attendees–were forbidden from taking pictures or video. Also, my mobile internet was not working for much of the time, so this is an incomplete record. There was at least one question about birds in Kamen Rider Gaim that still makes no sense to me.
We had a great time at Ami Koshimmizu and Ryoka Yuzuki’s fan panel, which was lively and full of laughter, voice acting, and horrible translated puns. This record is not 100% complete due to gendomike being in line for a question, which isn’t recorded here. However, we have a video record coming very soon! Stay tuned.
We were present at the fan panel for singer Eir Aoi (the singer of the OP to Kill La Kill). Here’s some tweets from there! We will also have a press conference with her on Saturday.
This is the press conference by SUSHIO (character designer and animation director), Kazuki Nakashima (screenwriter), and Yousuka Toba (producer) of Kill La Kill. A full translated transcript will come soon! We were able to ask a good number of questions, including about the controversy over the objectification of female characters and where their throwback influences come from!
Oh yes, arche, (or origin, the primordial element), or the beginning, Thales said it was “water.” Herakleitos said “fire.” Plato said “idea.” John said “logos (the Word).” But Aito says, “In the beginning was Pantsu!” Continue reading
Ahh, One Week Friends is over… just watched final episode, only 12 episodes are too short. How I wish I could see Fujimiya Kaori-chan forever… Continue reading
On Friday, the official representatives of the Date a Live Twitter account announced that the popular Date a Live sci-fi series is currently in production for a theatrical release. Further details on its release and plot hasn’t been revealed at this time.
On a second note, Space Dandy‘s second season is just a few weeks away from it’s return to television–or space–come July 5th. In order to further hype and excite fans of the series, Bandai Visual has uploaded a full minute and a half commercial, along with a short fifteen-second commercial to promote the show.
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Based on the commercials alone, the animation quality seems to have improved. As for what crazy adventures Dandy will get himself into this time, only time will tell. Are you excited for Dandy’s return, along with the Date a Live movie announcement? Let us know!
Fans of the classic Astro Boy series may be excited to hear that Monaco’s Shibuya Productions, Japan’s Tezuka Productions, and France’s Caribara Animation is in the midst of creating a new anime series revolving around Osamu Tezuka’s Astro Boy.
In 2014 alone, there have been two Dragon Ball games released: Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Z (January), and J-Stars Victory Vs (March). But if that’s not enough, Bandai Namco recently announced yet another game to the franchise — Dragon Ball Xenoverse.