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    Anime Expo (June 30 - July 4, 2017 @ Los Angeles, CA) | Panels Schedule

    Friday, June 30, 2017
    - Funimation's Guide to AX 2017 | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Join staff from Funimation as we talk about all of the things that we have planned for Anime Expo 2017, including special events, guests and more!
    - Food Wars! Dub Premiere | 7:00pm - 9:00pm

    - Full Metal Panic 15th Anniversary Panel | 7:30pm - 8:30pm
    The hit action comedy anime Full Metal Panic celebrates its 15th anniversary this year! Hear from two of the original Japanese creators - light novelist Shoij Gatoh and illustrator Shiki Doji--as they reflect back on the history of this series, while looking forward to the upcoming and long-awaited fourth season.

    Saturday, July 1, 2017
    - BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment present "Press Start" - Featuring producers Yasuhiro Fukaya and Yusuke Tomizawa | 10:00am - 11:00am
    BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment presents a special panel with Yasuhiro Fukaya, Producer of Tales of Berseria, and Yusuke Tomizawa, Producer of the GOD EATER series and the head of CODE VEIN team. Both have the unique position of working on video games that have spawned their own anime series, such as Tales of Zestiria the X and GOD EATER. Come and hear about the development process for the Tales of series, insights on the GOD EATER series, and new information on CODE VEIN!
    - Digimon Adventure tri.: Confession Screening and Q&A with English Voice Cast | 10:30am - 1:00pm
    Join DIGIMON Luminaries and Voice Cast Joshua Seth (Tai), Colleen O'Shaughnessey (Sora), and Jeff Nimoy (Tentomon) Saturday, July 1, 2017 for Special Premiere Screening and Q&A at AX 2017!
    - Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary (All Ages) | 11:00am - 3:00pm
    Calling all FINAL FANTASY fans of all ages! Come celebrate 30 years of the beloved franchise with SQUARE ENIX in a FINAL FANTASY-themed Lounge 21, featuring guest appearances from Hironobu Sakaguchi and the FINAL FANTASY XII THE ZODIAC AGE team: Hiroaki Kato, Takashi Katano, and Isamu Kamikokuryo! They will also be participating in signing sessions throughout the weekend. (See below for more information).

    During the Final Fantasy 30th Anniversary Celebration, Lounge 21 will open up to all attendees of all ages with a valid AX badge!
    - Pony Canyon Industry Panel | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Pony Canyon presents to you the hottest titles from Japan! Be the first to watch sneak previews of our latest titles and ask all your questions to Pony Canyons' producers, including Tetsuya Kinoshita of "Attack on Titan" and "Welcome to the Ballroom", Yasushi Ohshima of "Kuromukuro", and Takanori Matsuoka of the newest and funniest title, "Cleanliness Boy! Aoyama Kun". Join our jan-ken-pon game and get an exclusive prize. Plus, every attendee gets a special gift. So come to see us!
    - Production I.G Industry Panel | 11:30 - 12:30PM

    - Sentai Filmworks Industry Panel | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Can you keep a secret? We hope not! Come to the Sentai Filmworks industry panel to be the first to know about all the exciting things we have planned for you.
    - Bandai Namco Entertainment presents Play Anime! | 12:30pm - 1:30pm

    - Love Live! Sunshine!! Screening & Aqours Talk Show! | 1:30pm - 3:30pm
    Enjoy a special screening of the first two episodes of Love Live! Sunshine!! followed by a talk show session with Aqours!
    - TBS Animation Past, Present, & Future | 1:30pm - 2:30pm
    Starting with a nostalgic look back at the titles from the beginnings of TBS Animation and through the years, TBS moves from the past to present releases and then to the productions that fans can look forward to in the future!
    - Viz Media Industry Panel | 1:30PM - 2:30PM
    Join the VIZ Media crew as we talk about some of your favorite titles like NARUTO, ONE-PUNCH MAN, TOKYO GHOUL and SAILOR MOON. We'll also be making announcements, showing off exclusive first looks at new titles, giving away prizes and having a grand old time. There might even be jokes!
    - The Aksys Games Panel | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    After two years of pre-planned panels, earnest rehearsals and "professionalism", the driver-less Aksys Hype Train is back in all its chaotic glory! Expect pointless stress and exhaustion-fueled ramblings, soul-crushing puns, and announcements. Lots and lots of announcements. Please don't feed the panelists.
    - Funimation Presents: Attack on Titan Season 2 VA Panel | 2:30pm - 3:30pm
    Ever wonder about the differences between English voice acting and Japanese voice acting for the same character in one of your favorite shows? Meet the Japanese and English voice actors for the badass Mikasa Ackerman in Attack on Titan, Yui Ishikawa (Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign, Aikatsu!) and Trina Nishimura (My Hero Academia, Yuri!!! On ICE, Seraph of the End: Vampire Reign). Join us as we learn all about their experiences working on Attack on Titan Season 2.
    - Fate Grand Order Launch Celebration | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Are you ready to save humanity and take part in the greatest Holy Grail War? Join Aniplex of America as we celebrate the release of the highly anticipated mobile game Fate Grand Order!
    - Spotlight on Yen Press | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Hear what's new from Yen Press! We're a US-based manga, light novel and graphic novel publisher. Our mission is to give our readers the best comics we can!
    - Right Stuf & Nozomi Entertainment Industry Panel | 3:30pm - 4:30pm

    - Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Prologue World Premiere | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Kodansha Comics brings you the world premiere of the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Prologue OVA, based on the newest work from manga supergroup CLAMP! Plus there will be Q&A with the anime producer and special giveaways exclusive to the screening.
    - Meet the Creators of Yuri!!! On ICE | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Yes, you read that title correctly! Sayo Yamamoto and Mitsurou Kubo, the co-creators of Yuri!!! On ICE, are here with other members of the creative staff to discuss the beloved series that took the anime world by storm.
    - Coming to a Theater Near You! by ELEVEN ARTS | 4:30pm - 5:30pm
    We bring acclaimed Anime and Japanese Movies to theaters near you. Come find out news on what titles we will be bringing you in the coming months. Like swag? We will also be giving out prizes at the end. Make sure to stay tuned until the end for the Surprise Announcement of our secret screening!
    - "Welcome to the Ballroom" Panel & Live Drawing | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Introducing the new anime "Welcome to the Ballroom" produced by "Attack on Titan" team, Pony Canyon, Kodansha, and Production I.G. Director, Yoshimi Itazu, animation director , Takahiro Chiba, and producer, Tetsuya Kinoshita will talk about the world of "Welcome to the Ballroom" and answer to your questions. Director and animation director will perform a live drawing. They play Jan ken pon game w the attendees and the winner gets the prize. The first 200 attendees get the special giveaway!
    - Kotobukiya Summer Round-up 2017 | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    An overview of Kotobukiya products and new licenses in the works for 2017 and beyond via a PowerPoint presentation and video. Q & A session. Possible giveaway.
    - Funimation Announcements Panel | 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    - Gundam Panel Presents by SUNRISE | 5:30pm - 7:00pm
    This is the official Gundam panel presented by SUNRISE. The producers of Gundam, including Shin Sasaki (executive producer of the GUNDAM series), will talk about upcoming projects. Join us as we discuss your favorite Gundam series, including Thunderbolt and Iron-Blooded Orphans! As always, Haro will be around for the raffle at the end!
    - Infini-T Force Premiere | 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    - Resident Evil Vendetta Screening + Q&A (18+) | 6:00pm - 8:30pm
    Screening of Resident Evil Vendetta followed by Q&A panel by the voice actors as well as the ADR director and ADR producer. Planned voice actors are Kevin Dorman playing Chris Redfield, John DeMita playing Glenn Arias, ADR director Alex Von David, and ADR producer Mami Okada (BangZoom Entertainment).
    - Shonen Jump Panel | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
    Hang out with the English language editors of the world's most popular manga! We've got exciting news about the LATEST developments on new series, all-time fan favorites, and what we're doing to bring you the world's best manga! We'll also have amazing prizes up for grabs. Plus special guest Yuto Tsukuda, co-creator of Food Wars! Don't miss it!
    - Be our Confidant! An Evening of Fun with the Persona 5 Localization Team and Voice Actors | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Can't get enough of Persona 5? Join us for an evening of fun with the Persona 5 panel at Anime Expo for some behind-the-scenes details about the game, skits with the voice actors, goodies for panel attendees, and more!
    - The Irregular at Magic High School the MOVIE: The Girl Who Summons The Stars! Premiere | 7:30pm - 9:30pm
    Blooms and Weeds class is in session at the National Magic University of Aniplex! Join us as we bring you the US premiere of The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie: The Girl Who Calls the Stars! Miyuki, Tatsuya and friends make their big screen debut with an all new story written by original light novel author Tsutomu Satou!
    - Danganronpa V3 - Localization Panel | 8:00pm - 9:00pm
    NIS America introduces the localization team for Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, where they will discuss their work, challenges, stories, and overall expertise on localizing a massive project.
    - Anime News Network Panel | 9:30pm - 10:30pm
    Come meet the team behind the internet's widest-read English anime news site, Anime News Network! An editorial team with dozens of years of experience covering the anime industry shares the ins and outs of managing a site that's approaching its 20th anniversary, plus Q&A!
    - MangaGamer: The Now & Future of Visual Novels (18+) | 9:30pm - 11:30pm
    With pictures and prose, visual novels have become one of the fastest growing storytelling mediums within anime and manga. Please join us, MangaGamer, as we explore this growing literary format with our guests Itaru Hinoue (Rewrite) and Yamakaze Ran (Princess Evangile), and see just what the future will bring at MangaGamer.com.
    - FAKKU Presents: H-Titles Worth Watching (18+) | 10:00pm - 12:30am
    Join FAKKU as they share and provide commentary on select hentai titles, often yielding hilarious results. The panelists share stories of how they discovered hentai and what kept them coming back for more.

    Sunday, July 2, 2017
    - A Glimpse Inside The Ancient Magus' Bride | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Join us as Crunchyroll sits down with President of WIT STUDIO George Wada, and Director Norihiro Naganuma to discuss their up-and-coming project, The Ancient Magus' Bride, as well as a chance for some Q&A.
    - Industry Spotlight: Sakaguchi & Fujisaka | 10:30am - 11:30am
    From the creation of Final Fantasy to the hit mobile RPG Terra Battle, Hironobu Sakaguchi has had a long, amazing history in the gaming industry. Join Sakaguchi-san himself on a career retrospective, from insider stories from making Final Fantasy to founding his new studio, Mistwalker. In addition, his friend and colleague Kimihiko Fujisaka will explain what it takes to become a successful artist in the gaming industry.
    - Let's Talk About GUNPLA! by Bandai | 10:30am - 11:30am
    This is the first official GUNPLA panel presented by BANDAI Hobby. Even if you are a veteran builder or a newbie, come join us for everything you need to know about GUNPLA!
    - Welcome to the Ballroom Premiere | 10:30am - 11:30am
    From the team behind "Attack on Titan", Pony Canyon, Kodansha, and Production I.G, present the most anticipated anime of 2017, "Welcome to the Ballroom" based on the blockbuster manga. It follows middle school boy entering the exciting and emotional world of ballroom dancing, competing to reach the top. You will be the world's first audience to see it-it hasn't even been seen in Japan! Director, Yoshimi Itazu, animation director, Takahiro Chiba, and producer, Tetsuya Kinoshita will be there !
    - Aniplex of America Industry Panel | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Do titles like Erased, Sword Art Online, Fate/Stay Night Unlimited Blade Works, or Madoka Magica make your fandom heart flutter? Then this panel is definitely for you! Join the Aniplex marketing team as they bring you the latest news from AOA headquarters!
    - Mari Iijima Guest Panel | 11:30am - 12:30pm

    - Visual Novels with Sekai Project & ALICE IN DISSONANCE | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    Come meet the team behind Sekai Project, an LA based licensing and publishing company, plus Anime Expo's Guest Of Honor: ALICE IN DISSONANCE, known for their epic hit series "Fault".
    - We Are X: The X Japan Documentary Screening and Q&A | 12:00pm - 2:00pm
    From the production team behind the Oscar winning Searching for Sugar Man comes We Are X, a transcendent rock & roll story about X Japan. Come to this special Anime Expo screening of We Are X followed by a live Q&A with X Japan's Yoshiki!
    - Crunchyroll Industry Panel | 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Hear about all the latest and greatest anime and manga coming out of Crunchyroll straight from the source! Prizes will be given out during panel.
    - Iffy-cial Neptunia Panel - Tsunako & Mizuno talk Nep! | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Join the illustrator/creator designer behind the Neptunia franchise Tsunako (Naoko Hirasaka) and the series producer, Naoko Mizuno. Learn the process behind making Nep-Nep tick!
    - Touken Ranbu Screening and Panel | 1:30pm - 3:00pm

    Come see the voice talent of Rei Ryugazaki from Free! , Noriaki Kakyoin from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, and many others! He is presently the leading Japanese dubbing actor for the famous movies "Pirates of the Caribbeans" as Will Turner, and as Loki from the Avengers series. He also represents the voice of many characters in the anime industry. "Jojo's bizzare adventures, Free!, and Hozuki Coolheadedness, and more. His nickname is "Hirarin"
    - Violet Evergarden World Premiere | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

    - Sentai Filmworks Presents: No Game, No Life Creators Panel | 2:30pm - 3:30pm
    Meet No Game, No Life director Atsuko Ishizuka and script writer Jukki Hanada in a candid Q&A!
    - Viz Media Food Wars! Panel | 2:30pm - 4:00pm
    Join Warner Bros. Japan and VIZ Media in welcoming the co-creator of the saucy culinary manga FoodWars!, Yuto Tsukuda, as he makes his first North American appearance! Tsukuda Sensei, along with his Japanese and English editors, will discuss the creative process behind the hit series. This is a special opportunity to get a small taste of what goes into creating the spiciness that is Food Wars!
    - FLCL 2 & 3 Panel | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Showing trailer, poster giveaway, production announcements, etc.
    - Robotech: A Look to the Future | 4:00pm - 5:00pm
    Harmony Gold USA presents the latest developments in the Robotech universe, with awesome new products to the live action film in the works at Sony Pictures with the producers of 300.
    - Studio TRIGGER Panel | 4:30pm - 6:00pm

    - In This Corner of the World Screening + Q&A | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    A screening of In This Corner Of The World followed by a Q&A with the director, Sunao Katabuchi.
    - Anohana Dub Premiere | 6:30pm - 8:00pm

    - Good Smile Industry Panel | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
    Good Smile Company presenting new and exciting announcements only at Anime Expo! We'll be discussing the latest news, info, and announcements from the wonderful world of figures. We'll also be uncovering some special details about our recent collaboration between GSC x Overwatch. Special guests from across the board will be joining in on the panel line-up. Exclusive giveaway items will also be up for grabs to some lucky attendees!
    - Crunchyroll Presents: An Exclusive Sneak Peek of The Ancient Magus' Bride | 7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Be one of the first people in the world to see Wit Studio's highly anticipated new series, The Ancient Magus' Bride! Join us as we sit down with George Wada (President of WIT STUDIO) and Norihiro Naganuma (Director of The Ancient Magus' Bride) to present an exclusive sneak peek at the series based off the fantasy manga by Kore Yamazaki.
    - MangaGamer: Itaru Hinoue - Q&A | 7:30pm - 8:30pm
    As a character designer and illustrator, Itaru Hinoue is an iconic figure within otaku culture. With popular titles such as CLANNAD, Little Busters!, and Rewrite among her accomplishments, she easily stands out amidst her contemporaries in the industry.
    - Shonen Jump Presents: The Official JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Panel | 7:30pm - 9:00pm
    It's the hit manga and anime series with more excitement and outrageousness than you can... STAND! Join your friends from VIZ Media for a celebration of this epic manga and anime series with special guests, the latest news and maybe even some surprizes! Get ready to pose and unleash your power at the official JOJO's BIZARRE ADVENTURE panel.
    - Funimation Peep Show (18+) | 8:30pm - 10:00pm
    Guaranteed to be a good time that's oh so NSFW. Watch jiggly clips and trailers from some of the hottest Funimation titles. Don't forget to bring tissues, you know, for the nose bleeds. Audience participation encouraged by tweeting using the hashtag #FunimationPeepShow. You could even win some naughty prizes. (18+, Bring your IDs!)
    - Nutaku's Expansion Into the Games! w/special guests: Armor Blitz (18+) | 8:30pm - 10:00pm

    - Denpasoft: Erecting a Market & the Rise of Adult Gaming (18+) | 9:00pm - 10:00pm
    Join us as we go through the rise and legitimization of adult gaming in the West, and our personal growth throughout our 4 years in operation thus far. Take a look at the games we brought to fans around the world, the services we provide, and the plans we have for the future! With plenty of announcements and a surprise guest appearance!
    - Danganronpa - VA Panel | 9:30pm - 10:30pm
    Meet some of the VAs in the Danganronpa series!
    - JAST USA Visual Novel Panel (18+) | 9:30pm - 10:30pm
    JAST USA is one of the premier companies bringing over licensed visual novels H-games to English-speaking fans. At this year's panel we'll give an update on our releases, plus will announce several awesome new games. There'll be lots of fun products as giveaways from J-List, too!
    - FAKKU Presents: MEME50 Q&A (18+) | 10:30pm - 12:00am
    Join best selling hentai manga artist MEME50 in a one-of-a-kind question and answer panel hosted by FAKKU. MEME50 is one of the best selling hentai artists in the world. Together with FAKKU, MEME50 will share stories and experiences from their time in the industry and talk about releasing their books in English for the first time.

    Monday, July 3, 2017
    - Kodansha Comics with Special Guest | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Joined by special guest Yumi Sukemune, editor of Princess Jellyfish, Kodansha Comics presents a peek behind the scenes of manga production. The publisher of Attack on Titan, Sailor Moon, A Silent Voice, and many other hit manga presents new licenses for 2018, a discussion with the imprint's editorial team, and lots of free books and exclusive giveaways!
    - Miyu Irino Guest Panel | 10:30am - 11:30am

    - Fullmetal Alchemist Live Action Panel | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    - Official Sailor Moon Panel | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Sailor Moon Day is back and packed with even more glitter! Join your friends from VIZ Media as well as many members from the staff and cast of Sailor Moon and Sailor Moon Crystal for a festive time filled with news, updates and more from everyone's favorite Guardian of Love and Justice. All attendees will receive a special treat while supplies last, so, in the name of the Moon, don't miss it!
    - A-1 Pictures Panel | 11:30am - 1:00pm

    - Tensai Okamura Live in Person! | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Tensai Okamura makes his first-ever appearance at any US Anime convention! He'll talk about his big hits "Neon Genesis Evangelion," "Ghost in the Shell," "Kuromukuro" and many more! Play a jan-ken-pon game with him and get the special prize he's preparing exclusively for AX! All attendees will get a gift. Do not miss this chance to see him in person !
    - Q&A with Fujino Omori author of Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon? | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Live Q&A session with Fujino Omori, the author of "Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon"? light novel series which was adapted into a TV Anime in 2015. The panel will be hosted by BookWalker and TheAn1meMan.
    - Funimation Presents: My Hero Academia Panel | 1:30pm - 2:30pm
    The hero obsession is back in session with more action, heroes and quirks. Meet the Chief Animation Director Yoshihiko Umakoshi and English voice actor Christopher R. Sabat, the voice of All Might (also the voice of Vegeta). A Join us we discuss season two, see live character drawings, watch new clips, Q&A session, giveaway prizes and more.
    - Seven Seas Entertainment Industry Panel | 1:30pm - 2:30pm
    Join the staff of Seven Seas Entertainment for a look at recent and upcoming manga and light novels, including brand new title announcements!
    - Lupin the Third - Italian Game US Premiere Screening | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    The US premiere for "Lupin the 3rd - Italian Game" is coming to AX17
    "Lupin the 3rd - Italian Game" was broadcasted in January 2016 in Japan on NTV and is a theatrical length TV special.
    This special is closely related to "Lupin the 3rd Part 4" which is broadcasting on adultswim.
    It has never been released outside of Japan and will be shown for the first time at this screening.

    Celebrating 50 years with Lupin, there is a free giveaway of exclusive T-shirts on-site!
    The design was specially illustrated by the character designer, Hisao Yokobori.
    - Warner Bros. Japan Anime Panel | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Warner Bros. Japan is back at AX 2017! We have prepared many enjoyable contents such as special clips of "Keijo!!!!!", free giveaways from our shows, presentation from our producers and more! Also, we will have a special announcement for the new season of THAT title which everyone loves and has desperately waited for the returning season. We are thrilled to share this special experience with you and please come and join us!!
    - Iffy-cial Localization with Idea Factory International | 2:30pm - 3:30pm
    How does a Nepu turn into a Nep? Learn all about translating, editing, and localizing Japanese video games for the West with staff from Idea Factory International - the publisher behind the Neptunia series!
    - Code Geass: Akito the Exiled - Screening and Voice Actor Panel | 4:00pm - 6:00pm

    - Crunchyroll and Kadokawa Present: Summer Simulcast Preview | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Join Crunchyroll and Kadokawa for an exclusive on upcoming summer simulcasts, panel session with the production team behind "Classroom of the Elite" - Seiji Kishi (Director), Hiroyuki Hashimoto (Director), Yuji Higa (Animation), Sho Tanaka (Producer) and a premiere of the series!
    - Eleven Arts Mystery Screening | 4:00pm - 6:30pm

    - Akira Himekawa Live Drawing Panel | 4:30pm - 5:30pm

    - Ys. VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA - Gameplay Panel | 4:30pm - 5:30pm
    Nihon Falcom's President, Toshihiro Kondo, discusses the humble beginnings of the Ys franchise and how maintaining and evolving the Ys gameplay mechanics has made the franchise successful.
    - Yui Horie Panel | 6:00pm - 7:00pm

    - Princess Principal Screening | 6:30pm - 7:30pm

    - Crunchyroll Summer Premiere Event | 7:30pm - 9:30pm
    Are you excited for a new season of anime? We are too! Join us for this special event where we premiere a variety of anime series before they even hit the airwaves, and find your newest favorite coming to Crunchyroll this Summer.
    - Dragon Ball Super Panel: Presented by Funimation & Toei Animation Inc | 7:30pm - 9:00pm
    They're back! Get to know Dragon Ball Super English voice actors Sean Schemmel (Goku, King Kai), Christopher R. Sabat (Vegeta, Piccolo, Shenron), Jason Douglas (the man behind Beerus), and special guest Japanese voice actor Ryō Horikawa (the man behind Vegeta) during a special panel and Q&A session. This year, the epic franchise continues with even more power, new characters, continuing broadcast on Adult Swim and an all new part one home video release on July 25th!
    - Tokyo Ghoul World Premiere (18+) | 7:30pm - 10:00pm

    - Frontwing TV LIVE 2017 (18+) | 9:00pm - 10:00pm
    Frontwing is a visual novel developer from Japan - you probably know us as the developers of the extremely popular Grisaia franchise. We're back at Anime Expo to give you the scoop on all our recent and upcoming titles!
    - Studio TRIGGER live drawing | 9:30pm - 11:30pm

    - FAKKU Industry Panel (18+) | 10:00pm - 11:00pm
    Join FAKKU as they share their latest licensing announcements, reveal future projects, and discuss their transition into publishing.

    Tuesday, July 4, 2017
    - Funimation Presents: One Piece Panel | 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Come aboard and bring along all your hopes and dreams for this one of a kind One Piece panel. Meet English voice actor Christopher R. Sabat, the voice of Zoro (also the voice of Vegeta) and English voice actor Keith Silverstein, the voice of Tesoro. Join us as we discuss the new movie One Piece Film: Gold, the series, watch clips, Q&A session, giveaway prizes and more.
    - MangaGamer: Yamakaze Ran - Q&A | 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Yamakaze Ran is the lead concept artist, graphic designer, and illustrator at MOONSTONE. He is most well known for his modern take on the Japanese "moe" character art style, making him stand out among the plethora of notable artists and illustrators within the industry today.
    - Crunchyroll Simulcast Preview Panel | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Join Crunchyroll hosts for a special edition of our weekly podcast live from Anime Expo. Hosts Victoria Holden, Reina Scully and Miles Thomas will discuss what shows they're watching and take on current anime news, leaving plenty of room for fan questions and feedback!
    - NISA & Community Panel | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Over Twenty-five, dood. This is the amount of titles we will finish publishing by the end of 2017. In this panel, NISA's marketing team discusses the evolution of NISA and the variety games NISA has published in the past. With key titles like Birthdays the Beginning, Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony, and Ys VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA, what other surprises does NIS America have in store?
    - Shonen Jump Presents Boruto: Naruto Next Generations Official Panel | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Meet the next generation of great ninja with English voice cast of the hit film, BORUTO: NARUTO THE MOVIE! We'll be talking about the movie, manga and the all-new TV series streaming each week on VIZ.com! All attendees will receive a special gift while supplies last, so be sure to line up early!
    - Crunchycast Live | 2:30pm - 3:30pm
    Join Crunchyroll hosts for a special edition of our weekly podcast live from Anime Expo. Hosts Victoria Holden, Reina Scully and Miles Thomas will discuss what shows they're watching and take on current anime news, leaving plenty of room for fan questions and feedback!
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    Anime Expo 2017 Feed Schedule: (All times PST)

    Will only be attending industry panels this year.
    Due to the large number of overlaps, panels are broken into "Expected" and "Alternate".

    Expected Panels:
    11:00 Pony Canyon Industry Panel
    12:30 Sentai Filmworks Industry Panel
    13:30 TBS Industry Panel
    15:00/15:30 RightStuf or YenPress Industry Panel
    18:30 Funimation Industry Panel
    21:30 MangaGamer: The Now and Future of Visual Novels

    Potential Alternates:
    11:30 Production I.G. Industry Panel
    13:30 Viz Media Industry Panel

    Expected Panels:
    11:00 Aniplex Industry Panel
    12:30 Crunchyroll Industry Panel
    21:30 JAST Industry Panel
    DAY 1 (July 1)

    Sentai Filmworks Industry Panel | 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Viz Media Industry Panel | 1:30pm - 2:30pm

    Funimation Announcements Panel | 5:30pm - 6:30pm

    MangaGamer Industry Panel | 9:30pm - 11:30pm

    DAY 2 (July 2)

    Aniplex of America Industry Panel | 11:00am - 12:00pm

    Crunchyroll Industry Panel | 12:30pm - 1:30pm

    DAY 3 (July 3)

    The Official Sailor Moon Panel presented by Viz Media | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    http://live.anime-expo.org | https://www.twitch.tv/animeexpo
    PRE-SHOW NIGHT (June 30)

    Chillin' with Voice Actors | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    DAY 1 (July 1)

    Sentai Filmworks Industry Panel | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    Viz Media Industry Panel | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    Fate Grand Order Panel | 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

    Funimation Announcements Panel | 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

    The Official Persona 5 "Take Your Questions" Panel | 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

    Ys. VIII: Lacrimosa of DANA - Fan to President | 8:30 PM - 9:30 PM

    DAY 2 (July 2)

    Aniplex of America Industry Panel | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

    Crunchyroll Industry Panel | 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

    Fashion Show | 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

    Shonen Jump Presents: The Official JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Panel | 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Danganronpa - VA Panel | 9:30 PM - 10:30 PM

    DAY 3 (July 3)

    Official Sailor Moon Panel | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Funimation Presents: My Hero Academia Panel | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    Akira Himekawa Guest Panel | 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

    Dragon Ball Super Panel: Presented by Funimation & Toei Animation Inc | 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM

    Studio TRIGGER live drawing | 9:30 PM - 11:30 PM

    DAY 4 (July 4)

    An Afternoon With Lab Zero - The Latest On Indivisible, Skullgirls and More! | 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM

    Publishing Japanese Games for Worldwide Release on Nintendo Switch | 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

    Mega64 Panel - Unfortunate American Live Action Remake | 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
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    • #3

      2017 ANIME EXPO

      Writer Of The Smash Hit Culinary Battle Comedy Series To Appear On Panels And Autograph Sessions As Official Guest Of Honor At North America?s Largest Anime/Manga Convention

      San Francisco, CA, May 24, 2017 - VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), a premier company in the fields of publishing, animation distribution, and global entertainment licensing, teams with the 2017 Anime Expo to proudly welcome Yuto Tsukuda as an official Guest of Honor at this year?s convention.

      Yuto Tsukuda is the co-creator of the bestselling Weekly Shonen Jump manga series FOOD WARS!: SHOKUGEKI NO SOMA. This action-packed, saucy food comedy is Tsukuda Sensei?s first work to be released in English and is published digitally and in print by VIZ Media (rated ?T+? for Older Teens). During Anime Expo, he is scheduled to participate in two panel discussions and two in-person autograph sessions. Event times and additional information on these sessions will be released soon. This will be Yuto Tsukuda?s first professional appearance in North America.

      The 2017 Anime Expo is the largest dedicated anime/manga fan convention in North America and takes place July 1st?4th at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, CA. Tickets and full details are available at: www.anime-expo.org. VIZ Media will be located on the main convention floor in Booth #2206.

      "FOOD WARS! has captivated manga fans with a tasty mix of comedy and over-the-top culinary battles, and we are very excited to partner with Anime Expo to welcome Yuto Tsukuda as a Guest of Honor at this year?s show,? says Andy Nakatani, Editor-in-Chief, WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP. "We look forward to celebrating the success of FOOD WARS! and to providing Anime Expo attendees some very special opportunities to meet the writer and catch some of his personal insights on the series!?

      Throughout Anime Expo, fans and convention attendees are invited to stop by the VIZ Media booth (#2206) for special FOOD WARS! premium giveaways. The FOOD WARS! manga will also be available for purchase, including exclusive advance copies of the series? latest release, Volume 19.

      Writer Yuto Tsukuda won the 34th Jump Juniketsu Newcomers' Manga Award for his one-shot story Kiba ni Naru. He made his Weekly Shonen Jump debut in 2010 with the series, Shonen Shikku. His follow-up series, FOOD WARS!: SHOKUGEKI NO SOMA, is his first title with an English-language release.

      In FOOD WARS!, Soma Yukihira?s old man runs a small family restaurant in the less savory end of town. Aiming to one day surpass his father?s culinary prowess, Soma hones his skills day in and day out until one day, out of the blue, his father decides to enroll Soma in a classy culinary school! Can Soma really cut it in a place that prides itself on a 10 percent graduation rate? And can he convince the beautiful, domineering heiress of the school that he belongs there at all?!

      For additional information on FOOD WARS! and other anime and manga titles distributed and published by VIZ Media, please visit VIZ.com.


      • #4


        Dragon Ball Super Puzzle Hunt is a free, live-experience puzzle hunt game based on the hit anime, Dragon Ball Super. Players will explore AX2017 in order to solve puzzles in a story-based scavenger hunt. There will be no time limit, and participants can start, stop, and resume the game anytime during the Exhibit Hall’s open hours.

        Prepare for your journey at www.dragonballsuperofficial.com/puzzlehunt

        …And be sure to share your progress with other players by joining #DBSuperHunt


        • #5


          Two brothers set out on a journey in order to take back everything they have lost. This emotional adventure finally gets a live-action version!

          Anime Expo is honored to welcome Guests of Honor Fumihiko Sori and Ryosuke Yamada to their first overseas anime convention, where they will present AX?s first-ever live-action movie panel in anticipation of the release of the upcoming Fullmetal Alchemist movie!

          Fullmetal Alchemist is a legendary comic by Hiromu Arakawa that has sold over 70 million books worldwide.

          With an all-star cast including Ryosuke Yamada, the original comic that is also massively popular overseas finally gets a live-action version. An epic, highly-awaited fantasy action movie has begun to move!

          To learn more, visit the official website: http://hagarenmovie.jp


          • #6


            Anime Expo is honored to host the world premiere of the Tokyo Ghoul live-action movie, presented by Funimation Films. The film will be Anime Expo's first-ever live-action movie world premiere, premiering at AX 2017 ahead of the July 29th release date in Japan! EVENT DETAILS
            • Date: Sunday, July 2
            • Time: 7:30 PM - 10:00 PM
            • Room: Video 2 (JW Marriott - Diamond Ballroom)
            • Due to mature content, the Tokyo Ghoul live-action movie world premiere is restricted to 18+ attendees. An 18+ wristband is required for this event and can only be requested at an Info Services booth in LACC. Please note that this a non-ticketed event. For information about lining up and room entry for this event, please see the Program Room Policies.
            Last edited by WTK; 06-05-2017, 10:46 PM.


            • #7

              [North America]"Love Live! Sunshine!!" will have an exhibition in Anime Expo 2017!


              "Love Live! Sunshine!!" will have an exhibition in Anime Expo which is going to be held on 1st July - 4th July 2017 at LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER.

              booth:3200 Bushiroad

              Content : Display, Peta-Fes(An Attraction which you can play School Idol Festival on a big screen), Merchandise counter (merchandise of "Love Live! Sunshine!!"Aqours・CD、merchandise of Uranohoshi Girls? High School Store INTERNATIONAL, merchandise ?Love Live!? μ's)

              For more information, please refer to the Anime Expo website.


              • #8
                Kodansha Comics presents Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card anime world premiere at Anime Expo 2017

                Published: June 6, 2017

                At Anime Expo 2017 this July 1 in Los Angeles, Kodansha Comics will present the world premiere of the Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Prologue OVA, based on the newest work from manga supergroup CLAMP! Plus there will be a Q&A with the anime's producer Chiyo Kawazoe and special giveaways, exclusive to the screening.


                Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Prologue: Sakura and the Two Bears

                After the conflict with Eriol at the Tokyo Tower, Sakura attained the final Clow Cards: The Dark and The Light. Since then, everything's gone back to normal - but only briefly.

                While Eriol has decided to move back to England, Syaoran suddenly confesses his true feeling for Sakura and tells her he is moving back to Hong Kong. What will Sakura do? Although she's unsure of her own feelings, her best friend Tomoyo tells Sakura that the true answer already lies within her. That is when Sakura decides to make something for her dear friend.

                World Premire Anime Expo 2017

                Be the first people on Earth to witness this prologue episode of the next generation of the Cardcaptor Sakura anime - coming soon as an OVA from Madhouse, the same studio who created the original TV series! The OVA doesn't make its debut until September 2017 - but we are bringing this first glimpse of the anime to Anime Expo!

                Be seated early to get exclusive giveaways and a chance to win special prizes!

                o Date: Saturday, July 1

                o Time: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

                o Room: Main Events (Hall B)
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                • #9
                  CORRECTION: The Tokyo Ghoul Live-Action Movie World Premiere will be on Monday, July 3 at 7:30 PM


                  • #10


                    June 7, 2017


                    An empowering coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of World War II, In This Corner of the World is a captivating story about the resilience and triumph of the human spirit. Based on the award-winning Japanese manga by Fumiyo Kouno, In This Corner of the World is written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi and produced by GENCO and Japanese animation studio MAPPA.

                    Director Sunao Katabuchi will also be present for a Q&A after the screening.

                    EVENT DETAILS
                    Date: Sunday, July 2
                    Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
                    Room: LP4/LACC 411

                    ABOUT THE DIRECTOR

                    Director Katabuchi began his career working closely with Hayao Miyazaki, starting out as a scriptwriter on Miyazaki films while still a student. He was assistant director on Kiki's Delivery Service (1989), and debuted as director with TV series Famous Dog Lassie (1996). He then directed Princes Arete (2001). Katabuchi directed and wrote the script for Black Lagoon (2006). He later directed the acclaimed animated movie Mai Mai Miracle (2009).

                    FILM SYNOPSIS

                    Bolstered by emotionally resonant storytelling and exquisite hand-drawn animation, this acclaimed animated feature recently won the coveted Animation of the Year award at this year's 40th Japan Academy Prize. In This Corner of the World is set to open across U.S. cinemas on August 11, 2017.


                    The award-winning story of In This Corner of the World follows a young lady named Suzu Urano, who in 1944 moves to the small town of Kure in Hiroshima to live with her husband’s family. Suzu’s life is thrown into chaos when her town is bombed during World War II. Her perseverance and courage underpin this heart-warming and inspirational tale of the everyday challenges faced by the Japanese in the midst of a violent, war-torn country. This beautiful yet poignant tale shows that even in the face of adversity and loss, people can come together and rebuild their lives.

                    Movie opening date: August 11, 2017
                    Director: Sunao Katabuchi
                    Voice Cast: Non, Yoshimasa Hosoya, Natsuki Inaba, Minori Omi, Daisuke Ono
                    Written by: Sunao Katabuchi
                    Based on the award-winning manga by Fumiyo Kouno
                    Produced by: Taro Maki and Masao Maruyama
                    Genre: Animated Feature
                    *Japanese with English subtitles
                    MPAA Rating: PG-13

                    Anime Expo will run from July 1 through July 4, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, with Pre-Show Night on June 30, 2017. To purchase passes for Anime Expo, please visit http://www.anime-expo.org/registration

                    For more information about attending, please visit http://anime-expo.org/registration-help/


                    • #11
                      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

                      PONY CANYON Announces Anime Expo 2017 World Premiere of Welcome to the Ballroom with Creative Team!

                      TOKYO, JAPAN ? June 9, 2017 Audio visual entertainment company PONY CANYON is pleased to announce our Anime Expo 2017 World Premiere of Welcome to the Ballroom.

                      From the team behind Attack on Titan, Pony Canyon, Kodansha, and Production I.G, present the world premiere of the most anticipated anime of 2017, Welcome to the Ballroom at Anime Expo! Plus there will be a Q&A session with Director Yoshimi Itazu, Animation Director Takahiro Chiba, and Producer Tetsuya Kinoshita, as well as exclusive giveaways!

                      Based on the blockbuster manga by Tomo Takeuchi which has sold over 1.5 million copies thus far, Welcome to the Ballroom follows a middle school boy entering the exciting and emotional world of ballroom dancing, competing to reach the top.

                      EVENT DETAILS
                      - Date: Sunday, July 2
                      - Time: 10:30 AM ? 11:30 AM
                      - Room: Main Events (LACC Hall B)
                      - For information about lining up and room entry for this event, please see the Program Room Policies.


                      A professional dancer named Sengoku rescues Tatara, an introverted third-year middle school student who is being harassed by delinquents. Tatara ends up at Sengoku's dance studio where he meets Shizuku Hanaoka, a schoolmate he secretly idolizes. This is the defining moment when Tatara enters the world of dance. Sengoku is a free-spirited, dynamic international dancer who recognizes Tatara?s potential and be\gins to coach him. Through dance, Tatara meets another schoolmate, a dance prodigy named Kiyoharu. With these new friendships, Tatara develops a passionate desire to improve as a dancer and be accepted by his peers and rivals, which nurtures his own native talent. And through interaction with Tatara, other dance members are encouraged to take steps to overcome their own challenges and issues.

                      YOSHIMI ITAZU

                      Born in 1980, Yoshimi Itazu began his career in animation at 18. He worked with directors such as Satoshi Kon (Paprika) and Hayao Miyazaki (The Wind Rises). One of Japan?s up-and-coming artists, he made his debut as character designer and lead animator in a feature film in Keiichi Hara?s Annecy-winning Miss Hokusai (2015). That very same year saw his directorial debut with the Tohoku quake-themed short film, Pigtails that won 20 international awards. Welcome to the Ballroom, slated in Japan for July 2017, is his first TV series as a director.

                      TAKAHIRO CHIBA

                      Born in 1976, the animator graduated from the Animator course in Tokyo Animator College. He was the Chief Animation Director for Welcome to the Ballroom. His renowned works include Kamichu! (2005) as Character Design and Animation director; Occult Academy (2010) as Character Design, Chief Animation Director and Animation Director; Psycho-Pass series (2012) as Sub Character Design and Chief Animation Director; Haikyū!! series (2014- 2016) as Chief Animation Director.

                      TETSUYA KINOSHITA

                      Kinoshita joined Production I.G. in 2001, where he served as production manager for the animated sequence film Kill Bill: Volume 1 and for the animated television series Otogi Zoshi. Kinoshita then joined Pony Canyon Inc. in 2005, where he began his work as a producer for Shinreigari GHOST HOUND. His work Sengoku Basara was made into an animated feature film, becoming one of the most popular animated television series in Japan. Working as a producer for Musashi: The Dream of the Last Samurai (2009), which was created and written by Mamoru Oshii, led him to serve as a producer for the animated feature film 28 1/2 Mousou no kyojin directed by Oshii. Kinoshita has worked as a producer on many popular series including Attack on Titan, Yuki Yuna is a Hero, From the New World, THE ROLLING GIRLS, ETOTAMA, and more. His latest work Welcome to theBallroom will begin airing from July.

                      These guests will attend the Welcome to the Ballroom Panel & Live Drawing on Saturday, July 1, 5:00pm -6:00pm at LP3/LACC 408 AB for a discussion and Q&A with attendees.

                      Anime Expo will run from July 1 through July 4, 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center,
                      with Pre-Show Night on June 30, 2017. To purchase passes for Anime Expo, please
                      visit http://www.anime-expo.org/registration/

                      For more information about attending, please visit http://www.animeexpo.org/registration-help/

                      About PONY CANYON INC.

                      PONY CANYON INC. celebrating its 50th anniversary and has been dedicating itself to the development and nurture of varied types of entertainment software including production, manufacture, and distribution of diverse packaged software, as well as digital distribution services focusing on entertainment. One of the biggest producers/distributors of Blu rays and DVDs in Japan, PONY CANYON has been involved in the production of many hit anime titles including Attack on Titan , Fairy Tail , K-On, and Free !

                      Visit www.ponycan.us for additional information.

                      PONYCAN US official Twitter account: @PONYCANUSA

                      PONYCAN US official Facebook page: facebook.com/PonycanUSA


                      • #12


                        We are proud to announce our fourth world premiere for AX 2017: Infini-T Force, a new CGI series commemorating Tatsunoko Production?s 55th Anniversary!

                        Kiyotaka Suzuki (Psycho Pass 2 and Gatchaman Crowds Insight) makes his full directorial debut with Infini-T Force, which will be a CGI series. Voice actor, Tomokazu Seki (Touya Kinomoto in Cardcaptor Sakura, Gilgamesh in Fate/stay night, Kyo Sohma in Fruits Basket, and many more), will be joining Suzuki at the world premiere event for a Q&A session. Suzuki will also be holding autograph sessions throughout the weekend (schedule TBA). EVENT DETAILS
                        • Date: Saturday, July 1
                        • Time: 5:30 PM ? 6:30 PM
                        • Room: LACC\Main Events (Hall B)
                        • For information about lining up and room entry, please see the Program Room Policies.


                        • #13
                          https://twitter.com/aniplexUSA/statu...04081868296192 (June 10)
                          #NEWS: The Irregular at Magic High School The Movie: The Girl Who Summons the Stars English sub to premiere at @AnimeExpo. #IrregularMovie
                          Crunchyroll to Present the First Three Episodes of "The Ancient Magus' Bride" TV Series at Anime Expo

                          Producer George Wada and director Norihiro Naganuma to attend

                          Crunchyroll is proud to announce that we're bringing George Wada, head of immensely popular WIT STUDIO, and Norihiro Naganuma, whose projects include Death Note, Yowamushi Pedal, and the upcoming The Ancient Magus' Bride to Anime Expo (July 1-4 to be exact!).

                          And that's not all - Wada and Naganuma have a special surprise for fans: a special screening of the first three episodes of The Ancient Magus' Bride TV anime series, far ahead of their October airdate in Japan! The pair will talk about their work on The Ancient Magus' Bride and will be signing a special poster featuring the beautiful art for the new anime series. Don't miss out - Anime Expo is right around the corner!


                          • #14
                            Announcing Your Portal to Anime Expo

                            Between your phone, your tablet, and your laptop, you bring your favorite anime with you wherever you go. Why should your favorite convention be any different? Be a part of Anime Expo wherever you are through our Twitch stream.

                            Couldn't make it to the event this year? No problem. When you connect to Anime Expo through Twitch, you get a front row seat to everything you want to see. With nonstop streaming from Petree Hall, you'll have access the best of the expo, including exciting industry panels, guest Q&A sessions, and more. No matter where you are, you'll never have to miss a second.

                            But watching is just the beginning. Join the stream to stay connected with a community of fans who are just as obsessed with Japanese pop culture as you are. Anime Expo is what it is today because of its community, and our livestream is at the heart of that network.

                            So: sharing a front row seat to Anime Expo's biggest events with fans around the world from wherever you happen to be. Sound good? Yeah, we think so too. Here's how to get involved:
                            1. Head over to our Twitch page here: https://www.twitch.tv/animeexpo
                            2. Hit "follow" to stay up to date on everything Anime Expo
                            3. Get ready to experience the expo you love in a whole new way
                            This year's show is going to be our best yet, and we know you won't want to miss a second of it. Follow or subscribe now to make sure you get the full experience.

                            We couldn't be more excited to share Anime Expo 2017 with the people who have made it possible - fellow fans like you. Follow us on Twitch today and get ready for an expo you'll never forget.



                            • #15
                              It's our 30th Anniversary this year! Come check out our Anime Expo panel and find out the latest news on some awesome stuff we have planned for this year. We guarantee that fans WON'T want to miss our panel this year!!

                              Saturday July 1st from 3:30-4:30 in LP5/ LA Convention Center Rm 408AB
                              Check out Mobile Suit Gundam Thunderbolt: December Sky at our special screening at Anime Expo!

                              Monday, July 3 from 1-3PM in Video3 / LACC 402AB.


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