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    Anime Expo (Pre-Show Night: July 4; July 5 - July 8, 2018 @ Los Angeles, CA) | Panels Schedule

    Wednesday, July 4, 2018
    - 30 Years of Dark Horse Manga | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    2018 marks Dark Horse's 30th anniversary of publishing manga! We're proud to release a wide spectrum of works from Japanese creators including Eisner-nominated H.P.Lovecraft's The Hound by Gou Tanabe and more! Come by to hear about our past, present, and future projects, bring your questions, and win prizes!
    - Sentai Presents: Armed Girls Machiavellism English Dub Premiere | 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Come one, come all! View the world premiere English Dub of Armed Girls Machiavellism! Seating starts at 5:30 PM.
    - Nep Yeah! A Community Panel | 7:30pm - 8:30pm
    Need some pudding in your life? Swing by the Idea Factory International Community Panel where the lovely marketing team talks about new announcements and releases! We'll also have some fun activities and giveaways!
    - Arc System Works: 30 Years of Video Game History | 9:00pm - 10:00pm
    Meet the people responsible for cutting edge fighting games including Guilty Gear, BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, and the one we all want to talk about but know we can't.
    Arc System Works America presents 30 Years of Game Devleopment History with President Minoru Kidooka and Producer Toshimichi Mori
    - JAST USA Panel | 9:00pm - 10:00pm
    Get the latest news on recent and upcoming visual novel games from JAST USA.
    - New from TOKYOPOP! | 9:00pm - 10:00pm
    From shonen to shojo, fairytales to zombies, fantasy to comedy, there's something for everyone from TOKYOPOP's 2018 lineup! Don't miss this chance to see what's happening on the manga scene and one of our newest creator Natalia Batista (Sword Princess Amaltea)!

    Thursday, July 5, 2018
    - Free! Timeless Medley The Bond (Movie Screening) | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Seating starts at 10:00 AM

    PLEASE NOTE: This room is CLEARED before the start of this panel. http://www.anime-expo.org/plan/policies/
    - Sentai Filmworks Industry Panel | 11:00am - 12:00pm | Live Streamed
    Want to know what Sentai will be up to in the coming months? Then come find out and don't forget to tell your friends! We just might notice you... #NoticeMeSentai
    - Spike Chunsoft's STEINS;GATE Panel | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Spike Chunsoft partnered up with MAGES./5pb. to bring STEINS;GATE ELITE to the West for PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Steam! Sit down with the team as they talk all things STEINS;GATE and Science Adventure.
    - Developing Japanese-Style Multiplayer Games on the Nintendo Switch | 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Takuya Aizu (Mega Man 9 & 10, Azure Striker Gunvolt, Gal*Gun, and more) and Yoshifumi Hashimoto (Rune Factory, Harvest Moon, and more) share their experiences with game development on the Nintendo Switch from a Japanese dev's view, and what it's like to make multiplayer-focused action games. Join them for Q&A and a surprise!
    - NISA Community Panel | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    15 years of Prinny fun! NISA's marketing team discusses past landmark titles and upcoming games along with new announcements, new trailers, and prizes! With titles like Disgaea 1 Complete, Labryinth of Refrain: Coven of Darkness, SNK HEROINES, and SNK 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION, what else can NISA be hiding, dood?
    - Crunchyroll Industry Panel | 12:30pm - 1:30pm | Live Streamed
    Hear about all the latest and greatest anime and manga coming out of Crunchyroll straight from the source!
    - J-Novel Club Industry Panel | 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    J-Novel Club's President and Founder, Sam Pinansky, will hold his first ever industry panel where he goes over how J-Novel Club is bringing over more Light Novels in English than ever before! Find out about all our great titles and maybe even some new announcements! We've got prizes, too!
    - My Hero Academia the Movie: The Two Heroes Subtitled World Premiere | 12:30pm - 2:30pm
    ***Please Visit the link below for Important Information about Entry for this Event***


    We're excited to announce that Anime Expo 2018 will host subtitled world premiere of MY HERO ACADEMIA: Two Heroes, presented by Funimation and Toho! A celebrity guest panel will follow immediately after the film and feature talent from both the film and series.

    Joining the premiere event for their first overseas convention appearances are Daiki Yamashita (voice of Deku), Mirai Shida(voice of Melissa Shield), and Katsuhisa Namase (voice of David Shield)!
    - SUNRISE Industry Panel | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    TThis is the official SUNRISE panel. SUNRISE Inc., is known for the Mobile Suit Gundam Series, Love Live!, Cowboy Bebop, and Code Geass Series. The producers will be on hand to give you exclusive behind-the-scenes info on past and upcoming shows! As always, Haro will be around for the raffle at the end!
    - Maiden Japan/Kraken Releasing Panel | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Giant Robots, Godzilla, Garo & more, oh my! Get the scoop on the latest anime and tokusatsu releases from the secret evil organization? Er, we mean, Texas-based distribution labels Maiden Japan and Kraken Releasing, and maybe win FREE STUFF!
    - Viz Media Industry Panel | 2:00pm - 3:00pm | Live Streamed
    Join the VIZ Media crew as we talk about some of your favorite titles like BORUTO, MY HERO ACADEMIA, 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 and special guest or two!
    - 2D is Laifu with the Creators of Neptunia! | 2:30pm - 3:30pm
    The creators of Neptunia discuss their new side-scrolling RPG, Super Neptunia RPG! Artist Tsunako and producer Mizuno chat about how they brought fan-favorite characters to life! Get a peek at an early access, in-depth look into the game's 2D-focused art. Plus, experience a live drawing by Tsunako!
    - Warner Bros. Japan Anime Panel | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Warner Bros. Japan returns to AX with new announcements for DRAGON PILOT -Hisone & Masotan-, Sirius the Jaega, Hi Score Girl, and more! Don't miss out on special giveaways and a BIG ANNOUNCEMENT!
    - Funimation Dragon Ball Super Panel | 3:30pm - 4:30pm | Live Streamed
    They're back! Get to know the Dragon Ball Super voice actors 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 home video release!
    - An Evening With Lab Zero - The Latest On Indivisible, Skullgirls and More! | 4:00pm - 5:30pm
    Want to know what's going on with Lab Zero? Join this panel and check out our latest news, updates on game development and ask the team questions. Joining us will be legendary game music composer, Hiroki Kikuta!
    - ELEVEN ARTS Anime Studio presents "Coming to a Theater Near You!" | 4:30pm - 5:30pm
    ELEVEN ARTS Anime Studio will be announcing their upcoming plans for North America, featuring four special guests! MARI OKADA (director: Maquia | writer: Anthem of the Heart, Anohana); KENJI HORIKAWA (Founder/President: P.A. Works); KENSUKE USHIO (Composer: A Silent Voice, Devilman Crybaby); SHINICHI NAKAMURA (producer: A Silent Voice, Sound Euphonium, Violet Evergarden)
    - Netflix Anime | 5:00pm - 6:00pm | Live Streamed
    Netflix previews some of their exciting upcoming slate of anime programming and reveals first looks at the upcoming series Cannon Busters and the second season of the hit series Castlevania.
    - Spike Chunsoft's Official Uchikoshi Panel | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    Zero Escape series writer Kotaro Uchikoshi returns to Anime Expo to unveil his plans for 2018!
    - Ikemen Series World Tour 2018 "Splash of Love" | 6:00pm - 7:00pm
    Join us for the Ikemen Series World Tour 'Splash of Love' Panel! We will have a discussion on the behind the scenes of the Ikemen series while answering your questions and other fun activities! Don't miss out!
    - TRIGGER x Arc System Works Presents Kill la Kill Video Game | 6:00pm - 7:30pm
    The world was shocked to find out Arc System Works and Studio TRIGGER were secretly working together behind the scenes on a Kill la Kill video game. Join us for a panel including members from Arc System Works and Studio TRIGGER on the art of turning anime into a game.
    - Aniplex of America Industry Panel | 6:30pm - 8:00pm | Live Streamed
    Do titles like Sword Art Online, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, or KILL la KILL make your otaku heart skip a beat? Then you don't want to miss the Aniplex of America Industry panel! Join us as we bring you the latest news on all your favorite Aniplex shows and score some free gifts just for showing up!
    - TBS Animation: Present and Future | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
    Come join us to get the latest on TBS Animation's current productions, some new announcements, and some terrific giveaways straight outta Japan. Don't miss it!
    - HIDIVE Presents: Pop Team Epic with Special Guest Kotaru Sudo | 8:00pm - 9:00pm
    See HIDIVE's version of the memeable hit series, Pop Team Epic, with the producer!
    - Funimation Peep Show | 9:00pm - 11:00pm
    Guaranteed to be a good time that's oh so NSFW. Watch clips and trailers from some of the hottest Funimation titles with host Cookie Stratford. Audience participation encouraged by tweeting using the hashtag #FunimationPeepShow. You could even win some naughty prizes. (18+, Bring your IDs!)

    PLEASE NOTE: This room is CLEARED before the start of this panel. http://www.anime-expo.org/plan/policies/
    - Frontwing TV Live! 2018 | 9:30pm - 10:30pm
    Frontwing returns to Anime Expo to bring you all our latest news, announcements, and exclusive previews! Get a firsthand look at the upcoming Grisaia: Phantom Trigger anime, forthcoming games such as Phantom Trigger Vol.5 and Loca-Love, and more. Plus, we might have a few surprises up our sleeves!
    - FAKKU Presents: ISHiKEi Q&A | 10:30pm - 11:30pm
    Join bestselling hentai manga artist ISHiKEi in a one-of-a-kind question and answer panel. ISHiKEi is one of the best selling adult manga artists in Japan and recently announced a new game developed by NEKO WORKs, the creators of NEKOPARA.
    - KLab Games Industry Panel | 10:30pm - 11:30pm
    Join members of the KLabGames team as they present updates and the latest announcements for KLabGames? hottest global titles: Captain Tsubasa: Dream Team, Bleach: Brave Souls, Utano☆Princesama Shining Live, and Love Live! School Idol Festival. New news, never-before-seen previews, and maybe even a giveaway or two are in store for those who stop by KLabGames? first panel outside of Japan. Come find out what makes KLabGames one of the most exciting mobile game developers to watch!

    Friday, July 6, 2018
    - The Seven Deadly Sins Manga & Anime | 10:30am - 11:30am
    Meet the Japanese and American voices of Meliodas, stars of the hit anime The Seven Deadly Sins, based on the manga published by Kodansha Comics. Join us for an exciting panel with new announcements and a peek behind the scenes. Plus Q&A and free books and promo items!
    - Cells at Work! at Anime Expo | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    From the popular manga 'Cells at Work!' comes a brand new anime series produced by david production (JoJo's Bizarre Adventure)! Get to know these unsung heroes and the drama that unfolds inside your body with an advance screening of episode 1, awesome giveaways, and special guests!
    - Free! Timeless Medley The Promise | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Seating starts at 10:00 AM
    - Shonen Jump Industry Panel | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    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 awesome prizes up for grabs. We may even have a special guest, so come see for yourself.
    - Flavors of Youth World Premiere | 11:30am - 1:30pm
    Join the director and executive producer of YOUR NAME for another heart-wrenching story of youthful nostalgia and time gone by. FLAVORS OF YOUTH explores the simple joys of life through sensual memories and how the beating heart of love cannot be defeated by the flow of time.
    - Designing the Heroines of SNK with Artist Eisuke Ogura | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Dive into the world of SNK Artist Mr. Ogura as he approached the re-design of famous characters within SNK HEROINES: Tag Team Frenzy!
    - Funimation Announcements Panel | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news, info, and announcements from North America's largest anime distributor, Funimation.
    - Fate/Grand Order: A Financial & Mythological Wonder | 1:00pm - 2:30pm
    Join YouTube content creator, "The Voice of Saint Quartz," as he expounds upon the convoluted history surrounding one of the most popular and well-received mobile games of our time including where it currently stands in addition to the impact it has already cemented into the future of its medium.
    - Crunchyroll Summer Simulcast Preview Panel | 1:30pm - 2:30pm
    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.

    PLEASE NOTE: This room is CLEARED before the start of this panel. http://www.anime-expo.org/plan/policies/
    - Showmaker Presents: Miss Monochrome & Yui Horie! | 1:30pm - 2:30pm
    Yui Horie wants to talk with all her incredible fans about Showmaker, an amazing new app that lets YOU become a world-renowned music producer and put on an unlimited variety of musical performances! She'll be also excited to answer all your burning fan questions!
    - DRAGON PILOT Premiere Screening | 2:00pm - 3:30pm
    Welcome to the premiere screening of "Dragon Pilot", Studio BONES' new original project. Episodes 1 and 2 are going to be screened and 2 is the international premiere! The Executive Director Shinji Higuchi, who achieved great success for "Shin Godzilla" will join in the panel for a discussion and Q&A. For this project, he gathers the threads of the original story with Mari Okada, the very well-known script writer for "Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day." Director Hiroshi Kobayashi of "Kizaniver" gives life to the heart-warming story of dragons managed by Japan Air Self-Defence Force and their rookie pilots filled with love, laughter and tears.
    - "Liz and the Blue Bird" U.S. Premiere | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Liz and the Blue Bird is the latest film directed by Naoko Yamada and produced by Kyoto Animation, following its critically acclaimed A Silent Voice, which touched the hearts of audiences worldwide. Don't miss this U.S. premiere with a prominent music artist, kensuke ushio, who has presented compelling music to this film and created music works in various fields (A Silent Voice, DEVILMAN crybaby and more).
    - Studio Khara Presents: Director Hibiki Yoshizaki's "ME! ME! ME!" Art Book Launch Special Panel | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Promotion of "ME! ME! ME!" Artbook by Hibiki Yoshizaki (Director) and Shuichi Iseki (Art Director). Screening video clip "ME! ME! ME!". Q & A.
    - The Official JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Panel | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Get ready to pose and unleash your power at the official JOJO'S BIZARRE ADVENTURE panel! 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 surprises!
    - PERSONA5 the Animation Steals Anime Expo! | 4:00pm - 5:00pm | Live Streamed
    Unleash your PERSONA and enter the Metaverse with the SMASH HIT JRPG by ATLUS turned popular anime series, PERSONA5 the Animation! Score some free gifts and go behind the scenes of this highly stylish series with Director Masashi Ishihama plus a super-secret appearance by one of the Phantoms!
    - A Look into Legendary Artist Takehito Harada's Designs | 4:30pm - 5:30pm
    Celebrating 15 years of the iconic style and design of Takehito Harada, we take a look at the evolution of his work! Starting back from the original Disgaea to today's upcoming title Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk!
    - Anime BY THE NUMBERS, Presented by Crunchyroll | 4:30pm - 5:30pm
    Are you investing your anime-watching time properly? Is your manga portfolio up to snuff? Are you hedging your bets in the slice-of-life market? Get insider trading tips from Crunchyroll's number crunchers, with over-the-top facts and trends that illustrate how the world is watching anime.
    - Aksys Games Panel of doubleplusgoodness! | 5:30pm - 6:30pm
    Come join Aksys Games as we show how the indomitable wills of men, women, and little furry creatures from Alpha Centauri can achieve all! ...Okay, we'll be shilling games, announcing stuff, and answering questions/facilitating marriage proposals between endless puns. But hey, it'll still be fun!
    - Localization Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk | 5:30pm - 6:30pm
    Hear about the process and strategy involved in the localization and design of Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk! The Labyrinth team discusses their work, challenges, stories, and overall expertise in localizing the next great RPG from NISA!
    - Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin Episode 6 "Rise of the Red Comet" Screening and Panel Presented by SUNRISE | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    SUNRISE will be presenting a screening of Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin Episode 6 "Rise of the Red Comet". The panel will follow with appearances by the producers and the voice actors from Gundam The Origin!
    - Rooster Teeth Animation Panel | 5:30pm - 6:30pm | Live Streamed
    From international anime hit, 'RWBY,' to new animated series like 'gen:LOCK' and 'Nomadof Nowhere,' Rooster Teeth Animation is on fire! Hear from the creators, writers and animators behind some of the most popular animated series online. Featuring Rooster Teeth's Gray G. Haddock, Kerry Shawcross, Miles Luna, Yssa Badiola and Michael Pedro.
    - Studio TRIGGER Industry Panel | 5:30pm - 7:30pm
    Participants: Shigeto Koyama, Hiromi Wakabayashi
    - "Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms" U.S. Premiere presented by ELEVEN ARTS Anime Studio | 6:30pm - 9:00pm
    ELEVEN ARTS Anime Studio presents the U.S. premiere of Mari Okada's directorial debut, 'Maquia: When the Promised Flower Blooms,' followed by a Q&A with Mari Okada.

    PLEASE NOTE: This room is CLEARED before the start of this panel. http://www.anime-expo.org/plan/policies/
    - Crunchycast LIVE | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Join Crunchyroll hosts for a special edition of our weekly podcast live from Anime Expo. Crunchycast hosts will discuss what shows they're watching and take on current anime news, leaving plenty of room for fan questions and feedback!
    - SAO & GGO Summer Festival 2018 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm | Live Streamed
    Link Start and come to the most talked about event of Anime Expo! Join special guests Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (Kirito/SAO), Ai Kayano (Alice/SAO), Tomori Kusunoki (LLENN/GGO), and many more as we explore anime's most beloved virtual reality series!
    - Learn The Art Of VO With Digimon Adventure tri's Director And Cast | 7:30pm - 8:30pm
    The voice director of Digimon Adventure tri., along with cast members, explain the art of voice over. Plus, a special audience member (or 2) will be chosen to read a scene with the cast onstage!
    - SSSS.Gridman World Premiere | 7:45pm - 8:45pm
    World premiere of studio TRIGGER's upcoming animation series SSSS.GRIDMAN
    - Accel World Infinite Burst (Movie Screening) | 8:00pm - 9:30pm
    - FAKKU Presents: Koume Keito Q&A | 8:30pm - 9:30pm
    Join best selling hentai manga artist Koume Keito in a one-of-a-kind question and answer panel. Koume Keito is famous around the world for both their adult and non-adult works, including being the official artist of the Spice and Wolf manga. Together with FAKKU, Koume Keito will share stories and experiences from their time in the industry and talk about releasing their books in English for the first time.
    - XSEED Games Localization Panel | 8:30pm - 9:30pm
    Interested in what goes on behind the scenes in game localization? Hear industry veterans discuss past, present, and future projects, touching on topics like acquiring game rights, translating cultural nuances, and overcoming hurdles along the way. Stick around till the end for a Q&A and raffle!
    - Bushiroad Industry Panel | 9:00pm - 10:00pm
    New product releases for Cardfight!! Vanguard, Weiss Schwarz, Future Card Buddyfight, Dragoborne -Rise to Supremacy- and upcoming tournament information. Q&A session with Guest appearances and at-door give-aways.
    - The Latest Hentai Genre, Creator Community and Hentai Technology in Japan | 9:00pm - 11:00pm
    From Japan's largest Hentai digital online shop DLsite.com with over 1M user world wide and 360,000 products, get a peek at the HOT Hentai genre and trend in Japan. ImagineVR and VRJCC introduces their new VR game and discuss the latest trends in Hentai + Tech in Virtual and Augmented Reality.
    - Denpasoft: Erecting A Market & The Rise Of Adult Gaming | 10:00pm - 11:00pm
    Join us as we go through the rise and legitimization of adult gaming in the West. We will be looking at the games we brought to fans around the world, the services we provide and our upcoming plans for the future! With plenty of announcements and surprises!
    - DEVILS LINE DUBCAST Edition + Q&A | 10:00pm - 11:00pm
    Watch HIDIVE's DUBCAST edition of DEVILS' LINE, with the English cast.
    - HIDIVE UNCENSORED | 11:30pm - 12:30am
    Join HIDIVE in their exploration of plot, contorted expressions, and more through titillating games.

    Saturday, July 7, 2018
    - Gundam Game Panel Presented by Bandai Namco Entertainment | 10:00am - 11:30am
    TThis is the official Gundam Game panel presented by Bandai Namco Entertainment. The producer of New GUNDAM BREAKER will be providing new announcements and behind-the-scenes information!
    - Official SAILOR MOON Panel | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Join your friends from VIZ Media as well as cast and crew of the Sailor Moon anime 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!
    - Robotech: A Look To The Future | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Harmony Gold USA presents the latest developments in the Robotech universe, from awesome new products to the live action film in the works at Sony Pictures with the producers of 300 and the director of Stephen King's "It".
    - Zanki Zero with Danganronpa's Terasawa & Sugawara | 10:30am - 11:30am
    Join Spike Chunsoft and Danganronpa series creators Yoshinori Terasawa and Takayuki Sugawara as they discuss Zanki Zero: Last Beginning and Spike Chunsoft's plans for the future!
    - DEVILS' LINE: Inside the Producer's Mind | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Join Sentai Filmworks as we jump into the minds of Kisara Takahashi one of the producers of DEVILS' LINE, with questions straight from the fans.
    - CUTIE HONEY UNIVERSE - Special Panel with Go Nagai | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Go Nagai's classic blockbuster creation, Cutie Honey is reborn in 2018 as an original new adventure to commemorate the 50th anniversary of his works. Go Nagai will appear to talk about the world of Cutie Honey Universe & perform Live Drawing! Watch an episode and don't miss this chance to see him in person!
    - LGBTQ+ In Anime, Presented by Crunchyroll | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    We all know that anime fans come in all shapes, sizes, and, of course, every color of the rainbow! What does it mean to be LGBTQ+ and an anime fan today/tomorrow? Let's celebrate our pride! Hosted by Crunchyroll with special guest panelists and Q&A.
    - New Era of Visual Novel: Dive Into the Screen with VR Technology | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Join Haruki Kashiwakura (Expelled from Paradise, Project Hikari) Christopher Ling (Sekai Project) in a discussion of the future of Visual Novels moderated by Kento Kishigami, the CEO of MyDearest Inc.! Discover "Tokyo Chronos" with Sekai Project!
    - Right Stuf Anime & Nozomi Entertainment Industry Panel | 12:00pm - 1:00pm | Live Streamed
    Come to the party as Right Stuf Anime celebrates their 31st year! Join the Dark Lord and find out about the latest Right Stuf Anime store exclusives, new Nozomi Entertainment announcements and upcoming Gundam releases! Plus, enter to win a gift card to RightStufAnime.com!
    - (+) Ultra Bold Anime Slot from FUJI TV | 12:30pm - 2:30pm
    Ultra is a bold anime slot launching in October on FUJI TV. Ingress, based on the global popular IP by Niantic, Inc. will lead the slot followed by our original revisions. Both will be introduced by key creators and producers with premiere screening of episode one of each, for the first time in the US.
    - Ao Jyumonji Guest Panel: Working as a Professional Light Novel Author | 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Author Ao Jyumonji shares about his career as an author, how he got started to the success of his series Grimgar of Fantasy and Ash, and his feelings on a worldwide release. Learn his process in creating a light novel series, from first draft to finished book with editor Naoki Harada in a Q&A!
    - Titmouse Inc. Industry Panel | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    From the studio that brought you Black Dynamite, Motorcity and Ballmastrz 9009. See what's going on with us this year, learn about how cartoons are made behind the scenes and catch up on all the new projects we're working on! Did we also mention we have giveaways?
    - Sirius the Jaeger U.S. Premiere | 1:30pm - 3:00pm
    Sirius the Jaeger is an action-packed original animation series directed by Masahiro Ando, of "Sword of Stranger" fame. The striking characters are originally designed by Kinu Nishimura who has long been involved in the character designs for the "Street Fighter" series. This innovative project is brought to you by P.A. Works, the acclaimed studio behind "SHIROBAKO" and "MAQUIA: When the Promised Flower Blooms". Don't miss the opportunity to see the breathtaking tale of werewolves and vampires like never been seen before!
    - FLCL Panel | 2:00pm - 3:00pm | Live Streamed
    The official FLCL panel hosted by the producer and president of Production I.G USA, joined by Jason DeMarco and Gill Austin from Adult Swim, as well as some English cast from both FLCL 2 and FLCL 3. There will be lots of giveaways and a surprising showing of a new episode.
    - IFI - Localizing a Brand New IP | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Idea Factory International, known for the Neptunia series, will be announcing a new IP! Meet IFI's translators and editors who are faced with a complex question: how do you translate the nuances of a Japanese body of work for a Western audience? Join us in our discussion!
    - Kengan Ashura - World Premiere & Guest Talk | 2:30pm - 4:00pm
    Introducing the action packed anime, Kengan Ashura, which has been nominated as the best comic in the "Web comic selected by a million readers that is really fun to read" awards. Director, Seiji Kishi (Yuki Yuna is a Hero, Persona 4), a producer, Yuji Higa (Assassination Classroom), and all-star creators will present the world of Kengan Ashura! Don't miss this exciting world premiere!
    - TV Animation Discussion with Voltron Legendary Defender Directors by Wacom | 2:30pm - 3:30pm
    See Voltron Legendary Defender Directors Eugene Lee, Chris Palmer, Rie Koga draw on Wacom Cintiq Pro Pen Displays and share their experiences in the animation industry. They will also discuss western and Japanese style Animation and give away a limited number of drawings.
    - Production I.G Industry Panel | 3:00pm - 4:00pm | Live Streamed
    Join Maki Terashima-Furuta, the producer and president of Production I.G. USA as she shows the new and current shows, talks about the stories behind some of the newest titles such as "B: The Beginning," "Caslevania," "FLCL 2" and "FLCL 3." Trailers, lots of giveaways, and special guests to appear at the panel.
    - Showmaker Live: Miss Monochrome feat. Yui Horie! | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Join fan-favorite virtual star Miss Monochrome as she puts on an incredible musical performance for all her devoted fans! World-famous Yui Horie will also be making a special guest appearance! Don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime show!

    PLEASE NOTE: This room is CLEARED before the start of this panel. http://www.anime-expo.org/plan/policies/
    - Visual Novels with Sekai Project | 3:00pm - 5:00pm
    Come meet the team behind LA-based licensing and publishing company, Sekai Project! We're celebrating our 5th year anniversary and will talk about the current state of visual novels in the West including information on upcoming releases, Q&A and giveaways! We have some surprises so stop on by!
    - Crunchyroll Presents ISLAND by Frontwing | 3:30pm - 5:00pm
    A young boy claiming to be a time traveler shows up on the island of Urashima, and many mysteries begin to unravel! Get the first look at ISLAND, based on the hugely popular visual novel by Frontwing, with Keiichiro Kawaguchi (feel. Animation Studio) and Ian Willett-Jacob (Frontwing Co., Ltd.).

    PLEASE NOTE: This room is CLEARED before the start of this panel. http://www.anime-expo.org/plan/policies/
    - Kodansha Comics/Vertical Comics Manga AX-travaganza | 3:30pm - 4:30pm
    Meet the people behind two of America's top manga publishers: Kodansha Comics (Sailor Moon, Attack on Titan, The Ghost in the Shell) and Vertical Comics (Chi's Sweet Home, Gundam: The Origin, the Monogatari series). Stop by for the latest new manga announcements, free exclusives straight from Japan, and stories from pros all about your favorite manga and anime!
    - Fate/Grand Order 1st Anniversary Celebration Event | 4:30pm - 5:30pm | Live Streamed
    Fellow Masters! Join us as we celebrate Fate/Grand Order's one year anniversary with special guests Ayako Kawasumi (Altria Pendragon), Satoshi Tsuruoka (Arash/Gilles de Rais) and Yosuke Shiokawa (Creative Producer of the FGO PROJECT)! Rayshift to Petree Hall for the latest news and giveaways!
    - The Official OVERLORD III Anime Premiere & Panel | 4:30pm - 6:30pm
    Join OVERLORD author Kugane Maruyama, anime director Naoyuki Ito, the English dub cast for the N. American premier of Overlord Season III. This panel is made possible by BOOK'WALKER, Funimation, and KADOKAWA.
    - A-1 Pictures Panel | 5:00pm - 6:00pm
    A-1 Pictures has brought you fan-favorites such as Sword Art Online, Blue Exorcist, ERASED, and many more! Join the A-1 Pictures team as they share exclusive material direct from Japan's most popular animation studio and get an insider's look at the studio responsible for this year's biggest!
    - K: Seven Stories R:B Blaze US Premiere | 6:00pm - 8:00pm | Live Streamed
    Premiering at Anime Expo the same weekend as Japan, join special guests from Japanese and English cast from the all new beautiful animated series K: Seven Stories by King Records. Attendees will receive a special item while supplies last.
    - Pony Canyon Industry Panel | 6:30pm - 7:30pm
    PONY CANYON presents to you the hottest titles from Japan! Be the first to watch sneak previews of our latest and upcoming titles, learn about our various anime events & activities, and ask all your questions to our producers! Join our jan-ken-pon game and get a chance to win exclusive prizes.
    - Sailor Moon Official Behind the Scenes Panel | 7:00pm - 8:00pm
    Meet Fumio Osano (editor, Sailor Moon Manga), Junichiro Tsuchiya (producer, Sailor Moon Crystal) and Lauren Scanlan (editor, Sailor Moon Eternal Edition) for the ultimate peek behind the scenes at how the Pretty Guardians were born and where they're headed! Hosted by Kodansha Comics. Don't miss Q&A and free stuff!
    - Cowboy Bebop 20th Anniversary Party presented by Funimation | 8:00pm - 1:00am
    Calling all Cowboy Bebop fans! Come and celebrate 20 years of the classic series with Funimation in Lounge 21, featuring themed drinks, photo ops, and a live jazz band playing bebop music. Attendees will also receive a free gift, while supplies last!

    Learn more about Bounty Hunter's Steel, the 20th Anniversary Collector's Edition box set (with the soundtrack on vinyl for the first time ever!) Pre-orders close July 13th!

    This event is 21+ only. A valid, government-issued ID is required and will be checked at the door. Valid AX badge also required for entry.
    - Noir Caesar Presents XOGENASYS: the anime | 8:00pm - 9:30pm
    Join Johnny O' Bryant, Corey Mikell, Marcus Johnson, Nikolas Draper-Ivy, and Arthell Isom from XOGENASYS to discuss their process of going from manga to anime. Talk Noir Caesar and its foundation only being public for one year!
    - Studio TRIGGER Live Drawing | 8:30pm - 10:00pm
    Live drawing session of studio TRIGGER's animator/designers. The event will be in collaboration with Wacom.
    - DOREIKU The Animation DUBCAST Edition + Q&A | 9:30pm - 10:30pm
    Watch HIDIVE's DUBCAST edition of DOREIKU The Animation, with the English cast and director, John Swasey.
    - FAKKU Industry Panel and Q&A | 9:30pm - 10:30pm
    FAKKU is the largest English hentai publisher in the world and now an official publisher of manga, games, and anime. Join the company as they talk about their history, current projects, and find out what FAKKU has planned next!
    - FAKKU Presents: Hentai Worth Watching | 11:00pm - 12:00am
    FAKKU shares some of their favorite hentai anime titles with Anime Expo. The panelists share stories of how they discovered hentai and what kept them coming back for more!

    PLEASE NOTE: This room is CLEARED before the start of this panel. http://www.anime-expo.org/plan/policies/
    - MangaGamer: The Now & Future of Visual Novels (18+) | 11:00pm - 12:00am
    Through 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 guest MIN-NARAKEN (Alicesoft), and see just what the future will bring at MangaGamer.com.

    Sunday, July 8, 2018
    - Good Smile: Expand Your Figure Posing Potential! | 11:00am - 12:00pm | Live Streamed
    Join experts from Good Smile Company Japan as they show you pro tips to expand your figure posing skills to recreate the anime & game scenes you love! New announcements will be made with special guests plus, get a chance to bring home exclusive prize giveaways!
    - Kotobukiya Summer Update 2018 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Get the latest updates on Kotobukiya's Summer and Fall lineup, followed by a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Kotobukiya's exclusive Persona 5 Cu-poche. New product announcements will be followed by a Q&A session with Kotobukiya staff, exciting activities, giveaways, and more!
    - Planet With | 11:30am - 12:00pm
    - Audio Engineering with Bang Zoom! | 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Want to be an audio engineer? Ever wonder about the technical side of dubbing anime? Let the Pros at Bang Zoom! show you some of the ropes of the audio post-prodution industry in an intimate and interactive setting!
    - Funimation Presents Attack on Titan Season 3 Panel and World Premiere | 11:30am - 1:30pm
    ***Please Visit the link below for Important Information about Entry for this Event***


    The Titans are back! Come meet the Japanese and English voice actors for Eren Jaeger in Attack on Titan, Yuki Kaji (My Hero Academia) and Bryce Papenbrook (Sword Art Online) as they discuss Season 3 and their past experiences. Also, watch the Season 3 World Premiere and get a panel exclusive item!
    - UDON Artist Draw-Off + Special Announcements | 11:30am - 12:30pm
    Join UDON artists, Long Vo (Street Fighter V Arcade Edition,Tatsunoko vs. Capcom: Ultimate All-Stars) and Edwin Huang ( Street Fighter VS Darkstalkers, Skullkickers) as they battle it out with a special live draw off on stage! The final artwork will be given out to one lucky winner! UDON Chief Erik Ko will be moderating this exciting event, announce upcoming UDON project news and hosting plenty of sweet giveaways!
    - "Laughing Under the Clouds" U.S. Premiere presented by ELEVEN ARTS Anime Studio | 12:00p - 2:00pm
    The U.S. Premiere of Part One of the three-part film series, "Laughing Under the Clouds." Witness it before parts 1 and 2 hit theaters in August!
    - Kase-san and Morning Glories - Panel & U.S. Premiere | 12:30pm - 2:00pm
    Based on a comic series "Kase-san and..." by Hiromi Takashima, Kase-san and Morning Glories is a long-waited animated film following an enormously popular short form web anime "Your Light". A renowned director, Takuya Sato (STEINS; GATE, selector), will talk about the film and it's universal theme. Don't miss this exciting U.S. premiere!
    - Goblin Slayer Q&A Panel with Author Kumo Kagyu | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Kumo Kagyu is the author of Goblin Slayer, a dark fantasy light novel series with a manga adaptation and TV anime series due to premiere this 2018. Swing by for some special sneak peeks of the anime and more! This panel is made possible by BOOK'WALKER (Booth #806).
    - Seven Seas Entertainment Industry Panel | 1:30pm - 2:30pm
    Join Seven Seas Entertainment, one of the biggest manga and light novel publishers in North America, for our 2018 industry panel. We'll discuss the exciting books we've been putting out over the past year and look to the future--with some brand-new license announcements!
    - Yen Press Industry Panel | 1:30pm - 2:30pm
    Join the Yen Press team as they unveil their exciting new manga and light novel announcements!
    - King Records Industry Panel | 2:00pm - 3:00pm
    Come to the King Records industry panel to find out all the latest and exciting things from our current and upcoming titles! Join us to be shared some behind-the-scenes episodes of the making of the mega hit title, "Pop Team Epic", and more, with the producers!
    - Designing Characters from Inside a Japanese Game Development Studio | 3:30pm - 4:30pm
    Eisuke Ogura (SNK) and Takehito Harada (Freelance, Nippon Ichi Software) comment on their long history designing and creating characters for such hit series as King of Fighters, Disgaea, Labyrinth of Refrain: Coven of Dusk, and SNK HEROINES Tag Team Frenzy.
    - "Play Anime!" hosted by BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment America Inc. | 3:30pm - 4:30pm | Live Streamed
    Don't just watch anime ? play anime! Join BANDAI NAMCO as they talk about their upcoming titles, including "My Hero: One's Justice" and "Code Vein", show off new trailers, artwork, and give away some exclusive swag! They will also be making some amazing new announcements! You won't want to miss this!
    Last edited by WTK; 07-08-2018, 05:05 PM.

  • #2

    KADOKAWA at Anime Expo 2018

    Booth information and OVERLORD III panel with world premiere of English dubbed episode 1 and special guests

    May 25, 2018

    KADOKAWA CORPORATION, the Japanese publisher & anime company, known for hits as KonoSuba - God's blessing on this wonderful world!!, Steins;Gate and Re:ZERO -Starting Life in Another World- announced their attendance at Anime Expo 2018 to be held from 5-8 July in Los Angeles. The Japanese company will attend the event for the 2nd time as an exhibitor.

    As a highlight, a premiere event of the hit series OVERLORD will be held during the event. Kugane Maruyama (OVERLORD author) and Naoyuki Ito (anime director) have been announced as special guests. They will meet the fans at the Official OVERLORD panel as well as on signing sessions.

    KADOKAWA booth information (booth no #1006)
    The KADOKAWA booth with its signature large LCD screen and the mini stage will await the attendees with brand new trailers of upcoming anime titles. Booth events are planned on all days to create an interaction with local fans which the Japanese company considers as one of the most important goals for their attendance at AX. Fun for fans and free gifts are order of the day, so be sure to stop by at KADOKAWA booth!

    The Official OVERLORD III Anime Premier & Panel
    - presented by Funimation, BOOK☆WALKER and KADOKAWA -

    Panel with world premiere screening of the English dubbed episode 1 of OVERLORD III, Q&A with guests, gifts for visitors etc.

    ■Date & time: July 7th, 4:30PM
    ■Room: JW Marriott Platinum Ballroom
    ■Speakers: Kugane Maruyama (OVERLORD author), Naoyuki Ito (director), Kyle Phillips (English ADR director), Chris Guerrero (English voice of Ainz Ooal Gown)

    ■Questions wanted!
    You may also submit questions for the panels using the OVERLORD QA request form (https://goo.gl/forms/Z1npNIjMTWAlN02t2).

    Guest profile: Kugane Maruyama

    In March 2010, Kugane Maruyama began writing and posting OVERLORD on a popular Japanese web novel site. Two years later, the series was picked up by Enterbrain (KADOKAWA) and the first volume of the light novel was released. Thanks to the TV Anime series in 2015, OVERLORD has exploded in popularity. As of now, there are 13 light novel volumes, a manga adaptation, and 2 TV Anime seasons with the third installment on its way this Summer 2018.

    To see his full schedule during Anime Expo, visit BOOK☆WALKER or KADOKAWA below:
    BOOK☆WALKER: https://global.bookwalker.jp/sp/ex/feature/animeexpo
    KADOKAWA: https://www.facebook.com/KADOKAWAanime/

    Guest profile: Naoyuki Ito

    Naoyuki Ito is a Japanese animation director and producer who is best known for directing the OVERLORD TV Anime series and movies. Before joining MADHOUSE as a director in 2015, he spent some time over at Tatsunoko Production's Anime Research Institute storyboarding for Toei Animation's ONE PIECE and Ojamajo Doremi Anime projects. Currently, he is working on OVERLORD III which is due to air from this Summer 2018.

    Naoyuki Ito will be having a panel and autograph session throughout the weekend. To see his full schedule during Anime Expo, visit BOOK☆WALKER or KADOKAWA below:
    BOOK☆WALKER: https://global.bookwalker.jp/sp/ex/feature/animeexpo
    KADOKAWA: https://www.facebook.com/KADOKAWAanime/


    • #3

      Overlord Author Kugane Maruyama, Anime Director Naoyuki Ito, and Goblin Slayer Author Kumo Kagyu at Anime Expo 2018

      MAY 25, 2018 ? BOOK☆WALKER brings you OVERLORD author Kugane Maruyama, OVERLORD anime director Naoyuki Ito, and Goblin Slayer author Kumo Kagyu to this year's Anime Expo event. Both OVERLORD and Goblin Slayer creators will hold official panels and autograph sessions throughout the weekend.

      With an attendance of over 100,000 in 2017, Anime Expo is one of the largest anime conventions in North America. Both OVERLORD and Goblin Slayer books are published in English by Yen Press.

      Drop by the JW Marriott on Saturday July 7th at 4:30 PM for the world premiere event of OVERLORD III episode 1 followed by a QA session with author Kugane Maruyama, director Naoyuki Ito, English ADR Director Kyle Phillips and Chris Guerrero, the English voice of Ainz Ooal Gown.

      Goblin Slayer is a dark fantasy light novel with a TV anime series coming soon. Come join author Kumo Kagyu in room 411 for a fun filled discussion panel and sneak peek of the upcoming anime. The first 200 attendees will also get a special gift for attending!

      Visit BOOK☆WALKER's booth #806 during Anime Expo for details regarding guests or check the information page here. Until June 10th , you may also submit questions for the panels using the OVERLORD QA request form or Goblin Slayer QA request form.

      Can't make it to Anime Expo? BOOK☆WALKER is having a special promotion to celebrate the announcement where you can win autographed shikishi boards by the authors of OVERLORD and Goblin Slayer before the event. Details can be found here.

      Follow BOOK☆WALKER on Twitter (@BOOKWALKER_GL) or on Facebook for real time news and updates regarding their guest related activities Anime Expo!


      • #4
        VIZ Media presents the premiere of K - Seven Stories exclusively at #AX2018! Watch the first OVA along with special guest KANAME☆!
        Catch an exclusive screening of Accel World: INFINITE BURST + Reverberation + Vacation OVAS at #AX2018!


        • #5

          Eleven Arts will have an industry panel: "Coming to a Theater Near You" - July 5th, 4:30pm - 5:30pm


          • #6

            Funimation and TOHO premiere first My Hero Academia movie at Anime Expo 2018!


            Anime's hottest new heroes will soon make their big screen debut with the release of "MY HERO ACADEMIA: Two Heroes" - the first film from the hit franchise "My Hero Academia." Funimation Films acquired rights to this highly anticipated movie from Toho Co. Ltd. and will distribute the film across the U.S. and Canada this fall. As a special kick-off to the film's theatrical marketing, Funimation Films, Toho and Anime Expo have partnered together to present the subtitled world premiere of the film at next month’s AX 2018 in Los Angeles, Calif. "MY HERO ACADEMIA: Two Heroes" will screen on Thursday, July 5, 2018, at 12:30 pm (90-minute runtime) in Main Event Hall B of the Los Angeles Convention Center. Admission is free to all Anime Expo 2018 badge holders with seating on a first come, first served basis. A celebrity guest panel will follow immediately after the film and feature talent from both the film and series. Guests include Japanese voice actors (Daiki Yamashita - voice of Deku, Mirai Shida - voice of Melissa Shield and Katsuhisa Namase - voice of David Shield) as well as English voice actors (Justin Briner - voice of Deku and Colleen Clinkenbeard - ADR director and voice of Yaoyorozu).

            Movie Synopsis

            The climactic finals are over, and U.A. is getting ready for the summer training camp. Deku and All Might receive an invitation from a certain person to go overseas to a giant artificial moving city called I-Island. This island, a kind of "science Hollywood" that gathers the knowledge of scientists from around the world, is holding an exhibition called I-Expo showcasing the results of Quirk and hero item research. In the midst of all this, Deku meets a Quirkless girl named Melissa and remembers his own Quirkless past. Out of the blue, the impregnable security system the island boasts is hacked by villains, and all the people on the island are taken as hostages! Now, a plan that could shake hero society has been put into motion! The man who holds the key to it all is the number one hero and Symbol of Peace, All Might.

            Now in the middle of its third season, "My Hero Academia" was the most awarded anime series of 2017. Awards and accolades included IGN's "Best of 2017 - Anime of the Year" and "2017 People's Choice - Anime of the Year" awards, seven top honors at the Crunchyroll Anime Awards, ComicBook.com's "2017 Golden Issue Award for Best Shonen Series" and the #1 spot on both Anime News Network's "Best of 2017 Mega Poll" and GameSpot's "Top Ten Anime of 2017." For more information on My Hero Academia, visit funimation.com/myheroacademia.

            Watch the Japanese Language Official Trailer: https://youtu.be/pkNNagLty8g


            Thursday, July 5, 2018
            12:30 pm Subtitled World Premiere of "MY HERO ACADEMIA: Two Heroes"
            2:00 pm Celebrity Guest Panel
            Anime Expo 2018 - Los Angeles Convention Center - Main Event Hall B


            Daiki Yamashita
            Japanese voice actor of Deku (movie and series)

            Mirai Shida
            Japanese voice actor of Melissa Shield (movie specific character)

            Katsuhisa Namase
            Japanese voice actor of David Shield (movie specific character)

            Justin Briner
            English voice actor of Deku (movie and series)

            Colleen Clinkenbeard
            English ADR director and voice of Yaoyorozu (movie and series)



            • #7
              http://www.anime-expo.org/2018/06/07...o-join-ax-2018 (June 7)

              STEINS;GATE Producer Tatsuya Matsubara and Cosplayer Enako Join AX 2018!

              We are happy to announce Tatsuya Matsubara and Enako will be joining us at Anime Expo 2018! Matsubara will participate in a panel and autograph sessions. You can also meet Enako at the Spike Chunsoft booth #4401. Schedule and details TBD.


              • #8
                http://www.anime-expo.org/2018/06/08...guest-of-honor (June 8)

                Go Nagai joins Anime Expo 2018 at Guest of Honor!

                We are very excited to welcome manga artist and author, Go Nagai, to Anime Expo 2018!

                Go Nagai will appear in a special panel to talk about the world of Cutie Honey Universe. He will also participate in autograph sessions and contribute items to the AX Charity Auction!

                Panel Info
                • Panel Name: CUTIE HONEY UNIVERSE - Special Panel with Go Nagai
                • Date: Saturday, July 7
                • Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
                • Room: JW Marriott\Live Programming 2 (Platinum Ballroom)


                • #9
                  Happy Friday!! Great news for @AnimeExpo go'ers! We will be at AX next month with many exciting promos, merch + panels. More on Monday!


                  • #10
                    NIS America, Inc. will be attending Anime Expo 2018, but that's not all! Come and meet the artistic talents behind Disgaea and SNK Heroines, Takehito Harada and Eisuke Ogura!(http://nisamerica.com/blog/meet-take...-ogura-ax-2018) #AX2018


                    • #11
                      #NEWS: Join us for another jam packed Anime Expo! Along with our Aniplex of America Industry Panel, we'll be hosting Cells at Work at Anime Expo, PERSONA5 the Animation Steals Anime Expo!, and Sword Art Online Summer Festival 2018!

                      EDIT (via PR):

                      Aniplex of America takes over Anime Expo 2018!

                      SANTA MONICA, CA (June 8, 2018) - At their Industry Panel at A-Kon (Fort Worth, TX) today, Aniplex of America announced their schedule of events and special guests for Anime Expo 2018 in Los Angeles, California. The announcement revealed that they would be hosting panels and events for many of their popular shows including PERSONA5 the Animation, Cells at Work!, Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online, and the highly anticipated Sword Art Online -Alicization-. Furthermore, following last year's successful event, the immensely popular Fate/Grand Order returns with their first anniversary celebration event at Petree Hall.

                      In the Sword Art Online corner, the many special guests scheduled to appear include Yoshitsugu Matsuoka (VA for Kirito for SAO -Alicization-), Ai Kayano (VA for Alice of SAO -Alicization-), Tomori Kusunoki (VA for LLENN of SAO Alternative: Gun Gale Online), Keiichi Sigsawa (Creator of SAO Alternative: Gun Gale Online), Shinichiro Kashiwada (Producer of the SAO series), Kazuki Adachi (Producer of the SAO series), and Kenta Suzuki (Producer of the SAO series). From the halls of Chaldea in Fate/Grand Order, the guests featured will be Ayako Kawasumi (VA of Altria Pendragon fromFate/Grand Order), Satoshi Tsuruoka (VA of Arash, Gilles de Rais, Caligula, and Spartacus from Fate/Grand Order), and Yosuke Shiokawa (Creative Producer of FGO PROJECT). Cells at Work! will be in full swing with guests Tomoaki Maeno (VA of White Blood Cell from Cells at Work!), Nobutaka Kasama from david production (Producer of Cells at Work!), Yohei Ito from Kodansha (Producer ofCells at Work!), and Yuma Takahashi (Producerof Cells at Work!). Meanwhile, Masashi Ishihama (Director of PERSONA5 the Animation) and Kazuki Adachi (Producer of PERSONA5 the Animation) will be representing the stylish game-turned-anime PERSONA5 the Animation. Each event will feature giveaways and more details are available on the Aniplex of America website. Considered the largest anime and manga convention in North America and the second longest running anime convention, Anime Expo will be held at the Los Angeles Convention Center from July 5th to July 8th.

                      Thursday, July 5th:

                      Aniplex of America Industry Panel
                      - Time: 6:00pm - 7:30pm (PDT)
                      - Location: Petree Hall (LP1)

                      Friday, July 6th:

                      Cells at Work! at Anime Expo
                      - Time: 11:00am - 12:00pm (PDT)
                      - Location: Room #411 (LP4)

                      Special guests:
                      - Tomoaki Maeno
                      VA of Red Blood Cell
                      - Yohei Ito (Producer)
                      - Nobutaka Kasama (Producer)
                      - Yuma Takahashi (Producer)

                      PERSONA5 the Animation Steals Anime Expo
                      - Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm (PDT)
                      - Location: Petree Hall (LP1)

                      Special Guests
                      - Masashi Ishihama (Director)
                      - Kazuki Adachi (Producer)
                      - Plus a surprise guest!

                      Sword Art Online Summer Festival 2018
                      - Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (PDT)
                      - Location: Petree Hall (LP1)

                      Special Guests
                      - Yoshitsugu Matsuoka
                      VA of Kirito from Sword Art Online - Alicization -
                      - Ai Kayano
                      VA of Alice from Sword Art Online - Alicization -
                      - Tomori Kusunoki
                      VA actress of LLENN from Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online
                      - Keiichi Sigsawa (Creator of Sword Art Online Alternative: Gun Gale Online)
                      - Shinichiro Kashiwada (Producer)
                      - Kazuki Adachi (Producer)
                      - Kenta Suzuki (Producer)

                      Saturday, July 7th:

                      Fate/Grand Order 1st Anniversary Celebration Event
                      - Time: 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm (PDT)
                      - Location: Petree Hall (LP1)

                      Special Guests
                      - Ayako Kawasumi
                      VA of Altria Pendragon
                      - Satoshi Tsuruoka
                      VA of Arash, Gilles de Rais, Caligula, and Spartacus
                      - Yosuke Shiokawa (Creative Producer of the FGO PROJECT)
                      Last edited by WTK; 06-08-2018, 02:30 PM.


                      • #12
                        ^ http://aniplexusa.com/ax2018

                        Saturday, July 7th:

                        A-1 Pictures Panel
                        - Time: 5:00pm - 6:00pm (PDF)
                        - Location: LP4 / 411


                        • #13
                          From earlier this week...it looks like Pony Canyon may have something planned for Sound! Euphonium the Movie.


                          Description: Pony Canyon has requested cosplayers from Sound! Euphonium THE MOVIE, preferably Nozomi Kasaki, Mizore Yoroizuka, and Kumiko Omae. More details to come as we get closer to the con, so please keep your applications updated on availability!

                          Location: This would take place at the Pony Canyon booth and various panel roo


                          • #14
                            I wonder which movie, though. The preference for Nozomi and Mizore would imply Liz and the Blue Bird.


                            • #15
                              Fate/Grand Order Another Story VR Experience Trailer https://youtu.be/2-CJVPFNi1w

                              Fate/Grand Order Takes Over Anime Expo
                              With VR Experience

                              Dive into virtual reality with Fate/Grand Order
                              and save humanity at Anime Expo!

                              LOS ANGELES, CA - June 9, 2018 - Aniplex of America has announced today at their industry panel at A-Kon (Forth Worth, TX) that they will be bringing the Fate/Grand Order VR Experience to Anime Expo 2018 in Los Angeles, CA from July 4 through July 8. From TYPE-MOON, DELiGHTWORKS, and Aniplex comes a new story in the world of breakout hit mobile RPG Fate/Grand Order. For a limited time at Anime Expo, Masters will be able to join the Saber-class Servant Altria Pendragon and the Shielder-class Demi-Servant Mash Kyrielight on a new mission with the Fate/Grand Order VR experience! Rayshift to Entertainment Hall Booth #9A during Anime Expo in order to participate in this unique event, revealing the Fate/Grand Order VR Experience to the United States for the first time.

                              This VR Experience at Anime Expo will feature a new English dub, bringing in the heavy hitting talent from prior Fate series, with Kari Wahlgren (Fate/stay night [UNLIMITED BLADE WORKS], Fate/stay night [Heaven's Feel] THE MOVIE l. presage flower) as Altria Pendragon, and Erica Mendez (Fate/Grand Order -First Order-) as everyone's favorite Demi-Servant Mash Kyrielight. Attendees will be able to experience the story using multiple gameplay stations that will be booked via appointment on-site.

                              The English-language version of Fate/Grand Order officially launched in North America on June 25, 2017 on iOS and Android devices, and the game has quickly swept Fate series and anime fans away with TYPE-MOON's unique storytelling and DELiGHTWORKS' innovative gameplay experience. Recently, the English version has expanded to include Australia and South Asian territories, joining the game's current scope of Japan, China, Taiwan, and South Korea. Due to the exploding popularity of Fate/Grand Order, this special virtual reality experience was developed in Japan as a cutting-edge companion to the original mobile game, and Aniplex of America is bringing this unique VR Experience to Masters in the United States at Anime Expo.

                              To celebrate the first anniversary of the game's successful launch in North America, Aniplex of America is also hosting the all-star Fate/Grand Order 1st Anniversary Celebration Event at Anime Expo. Fans can expect news, exclusive giveaways, special programming, and the latest updates for the future of Fate/Grand Order alongside special guests Ayako Kawasumi (Japanese voice of Altria Pendragon), Satoshi Tsuruoka (Japanese voice of Arash/Gilles de Rais/Caligula/Spartacus) and Yosuke Shiokawa (Creative Producer of the FGO Project). The celebration event will be hosted by North American Localization Producer Albert Kao, and it will take place on July 7th at 4:30 pm local time in Petree Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center, where an expected 2,000 fans will be able to attend.

                              In addition to the VR Experience and the Fate/Grand Order 1st Anniversary Celebration Event, Aniplex of America will feature Fate/Grand Order merchandise, giveaways, and cosplay at their Exhibit Hall Booth at Booth #2000. More details about theFate/Grand Order VR Experience at Anime Expo and how to register will be revealed at a later date.


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