CEDAR PARK, TEXAS - This new, strange romantic comedy directed by Masaaki Yuasa (Adventure Time) is coming to U.S. theaters August 21st and August 22nd through a partnership with Fathom Events.
Synopsis: As a group of teens go out for a night on the town, a sophomore known only as ‘The Girl with Black Hair’ experiences a series of surreal encounters with the local nightlife… all the while unaware of the romantic longings of Senpai, a fellow student who has been creating increasingly fantastic and contrived reasons to run into her, in an effort to win her heart.
Cedar Park, Texas - Here's another recommendation from Nexcrew's resident movie buff, Desmond Childs. This one is titled, 'Kimi no Suizo o Tabetai' or 'Let Me Eat Your Pancreas'. Now before you allow the unsual title to run you off, take a look at this synopsis and trailer from the brand new, anime adapation:
An unnamed protagonist happens to find a diary in a hospital one day. The diary belongs to his classmate, a girl named Sakura Yamauchi, who is revealed to be suffering from a terminal illness in her pancreas, and who only has a few months left to live. Sakura explains that the protagonist is the only person apart from her family that knows about her condition. The protagonist promises to keep Sakura's secret. Despite their completely opposite personalities, the protagonist decides to be together with Sakura during her last few months.
Cedar Park, Texas - According to Funimation's Marshal Wright, there is a Dragon Ball Super film coming to the US and Canada. The rights have been acquired by Funimation and there are plans for a theatrical release in January 2019. Here's an excerpt from the original article on Funimation's website:
...Earth’s mightiest Saiyan Goku is set to return to U.S. and Canadian theaters with today’s announcement that Funimation® Films has acquired the theatrical rights to the new Dragon Ball Super movie, entitled “Dragon Ball Super: Broly This is the twentieth film in the Dragon Ball franchise and is based on the story, screenplay and character designs of original creator Akira Toriyama. As part of its distribution agreement with producer Toei Animation and the film’s international distributor Twentieth Century Fox, Funimation also secured the home entertainment, video on demand and broadcast rights to the film. This latest agreement builds on the 22-year long partnership between Toei Animation and Funimation, which has contributed to the global success and pop culture status of the Dragon Ball franchise. “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” is anticipated to release in January 2019. The theatrical dates for the film’s run will be announced later.
One of the biggest tidbits to come out about the new film is that it'll feature berserker Saiyan, Broly. While fans are excited about the continuation of the franchise and the new feature film; there are some who feel as if the villain being a familiar one (and a ultra-Mary Sue at that) was a bit of a disappointment. One things for sure, the number one Shonen in the game really seems to have picked up steam since the conclusion of the 'Super' series. We'll continue to follow the brand as more information becomes available. [LINK TO ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE]
Cedar Park, Texas - If you love classic, Japanese literature and motifs--you're going to enjoy Kakuriyo: Bed & Breakfast for Spirits. I got the opportunity to view the first couple of episodes via Funimation's website. The art style is beautifully crisp, and the way movement is depicted is both fluid and breezy. Funimation's simulcast English Dub of the series stars Emily Neves and Christopher Wehkamp as Aoi Tsubaki, and Master Odanna respectively. Here's a synopsis of the series followed by the trailer:
After losing her grandfather, Aoi—a girl who can see spirits known as ayakashi—is suddenly approached by an ogre. Demanding she pay her grandfather’s debt, he makes a huge request: her hand in marriage! Refusing this absurd offer, Aoi decides to work at the Tenjin-ya bed and breakfast for the ayakashi to pay back what her family owes.
Cedar Park, Texas - Another Pokemon feature-length film is set to release this Friday in Japan. 'Pokemon The Movie: Everyone's Story' is boasting a gorgeous, animation quality from Yoshitoshi Shinomiya who also contributed a visual to last year's film as well. Here are a promotional images as well as a trailer for the new film below:
Round Rock, Texas - For all of you late bloomers and "afterwhilers" within the anime fandom; we were treated to something special this past weekend at Anime CTX. At 7:00pm, Saturday evening, the critically acclaimed film, Kimi No Na Wa (Your Name) originally released in 2017 (In US) played in the screening room.
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From director Makoto Shinkai, the innovative mind behind Voices of a Distant Star and 5 Centimeters Per Second, comes a beautiful masterpiece about time, the thread of fate, and the hearts of two young souls.
Easily one of the most, picture-esque animated films I've seen to date. Not a surprise to see that Shinkai was the director on this one; but I was still blown away by the level of complexity and detail. It's like the famed-director took things to a whole new level and delivered a timeless, instant-classic with 'Your Name'. The Funimation English track for the film was also done very well, and although you could tell there were a few workarounds, the overall product was polished. Check out the trailer for the film below:
Round Rock, Texas - This year's con, for better or worse, felt like more of the same. Familiar friendly faces all laughing, sweating, eating, shouting, and mingling. The communal feel of the convention is still here and the bonds that have already been formed are growing stronger still. From opening ceremonies to the Idol festival to the guest panels, AnimeCTX is what all conventions, big or small, constantly strive to be. Safe, communal, and consistent, yet flexible.
Only thing missing was a beautiful, sweet sounding, Zelda-themed violin tune swelling throughout. The cozy, comfy con is easily one of The Nexcrew's favorites to date. Until next time AnimeCTX!
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