Cedar Park, Texas - This year's Anime Expo looks to be a big deal when it comes to it's pop musical guests. Check out the lineup below, starting July 4:
From the looks of it, this year's lineup looks to be chock-full of crowd-pleasing acts!
Austin, Texas - Saturday was close to one-hundred degrees outside, but it didn't stop Anime Pop and Kick Butt Cafe from hosting a successful event. For Anime Pop, a quaint, polished and sanitized little shop; the sheer number of patrons popping in and out of the establishment turned the store into more of a museum. All over people were speaking on their favorite anime series, models they've worked on, and wishes for new merchandise down the line. The Anime Pop Austin staff mingled and educated the masses, all while promoting their partner business, Kick Butt Cafe next door. There were door prizes, aptly named drinks and, later that evening, a nerdcore hip-hop extravaganza! Overall, Anime Pop Austin and Kick Butt cafe should look forward to more weekend endeavors such as this, as it is a great way to bring the community together, under the brutal sun.
Round Rock, Texas - The 2nd year convention has a strong list of guests for this year's event. Voice actors such as Chris Patton, Emily Neves, Morgan Berry, and Sarah Wiedenheft. Cosplayers like Sledgehammer Cosplay, Katfish Cosplay, and Mika Nicole. Bundle of energy hosts, Vitamin H are returning from last year as is the troupe of entertainers, Take Zero.
Cosplay contests, anime screenings, a maid cafe, and the Texas Summer Idol fest are among the heavy hitting activities during the convention. There's also going to be the dealers room, artist alley, and panels hosted by various interest groups. The website doesn't make it immediately clear as to whether or not there will be a gaming room at the convention, although there typically is.
The following link is to the convention's ticket sales page--Tickets are $50 for a weekend pass (June 29th-July 1st) and the sale ends July 1st. As of this post, AnimeCTX's eventbright page did not give an option for 'Day Passes'. For more information on the matter, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
***The Nexcrew will be on site, covering specific aspects of the convention as well
This weekend, anime-themed merchandiser Anime Pop is celebrating it's Grand Opening here in Austin with what it's calling, "Anime Pop Austin's Kick Butt Mini-Con & Grand Opening". Although the Facebook event page doesn't give details, the mini-con will presumably have a healthy selection of 'merch' to shop through as well as other attractions. The event is this Saturday, from 1-5pm. It's located at 5775 Airport Blvd, Ste 725c, Austin, Texas, 78752.
The Nexcrew Team is planning to attend the event. A follow-up to this story will follow. Here is a link to the event page: Jump to Event Page here
The last week or so has been a scary time in Japan with earthquakes and tremors rumbling about. There's been at least SEVEN recorded earthquakes with magnitudes registering at least a 3.5 on the Richter scale. Take a look at the data we gathered below. The dates range from June 17th to only a couple of days ago. Even Taiwan is experiencing some of the seismic action:
m=Magnitude recorded according to the Richter Scale.
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So far, residents in Japan are seeing some of the destruction first hand according to The Japan Times. The historic Drum Tower has collapsed after damages sustained from heavy downpours. It was originally built in 1607 during Japan's Feudal Era and it is a real shame to see it in its current state. Here's hoping things settle down enough for a possible repair job or a similar solution.
Mark your calendars for Labor Day Weekend and prepare for this year's San Japan anime convention. The exact dates of the yearly event (now in it's 11th year) are August 31st to September 2nd. The event will be held at the HBG Convention Center in San Antonio, TX.
For those of us looking for some fun this Labor Day it seems like the perfect getaway, not too mention the lure of San Antonio as a whole. Here's some information from the convention's own website:
"San Japan will be bringing the fun once again to the River Walk as we take place in three concurrent locations at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio Grand Hyatt Hotel and the Marriott Riverwalk Hotel.
It's been about two weeks or so since A-KON's yearly convention ended in Ft.Worth, Texas. Although at a new venue (Ft. Worth Convention Center), the festivites and fanfare for this year's convention only seemed to grow much like the event itself does every year. Now having completed it's 29th year of existence within the DFW metroplex, there wasn't a shortage of things to do and people to see. The past week or two, we've been releasing a number of podcasts chronicling the convention for you--feel free to drop a comment, like the show, and share it with your friends. Now onto the likes and dislikes for A-KON 29!
That's right, ladies and gentlemen! This is our strongest attempt at establishing a base of operations for the podcast and blog! With Podomatic and Weebly partnering to increase visibility for online podcasts, things just got a little more easier to manage! You can expect new podcast episodes, convention and other event updates, random ramblings via The NexPost, and a slew of photo galleries and high quality video interviews! Stay tuned, and thank you for all of your support and patience!