Fate/Zero Singer LiSA is coming to North America and Anime Expo 2012

Aniplex of America has been on a roll for fans, this summer they’re bringing LiSA to Anime Expo 2012 as a guest of honor and likely as a concert feature as well. As a bonus, Aniplex is bringing her work to a domestic release in North America as well, four of LiSA’s albums will be imported and sold, two of the releases will come in Limited Edition packaging with Blu-ray or DVD’s enclosed depending on the release. The whole package will hit retail on May 1st for those unable to get in on the pre-orders through Right Stuf.

Titles coming over:

  • Letters to U – SRP $32.00 | Store Price $25.00
  • LOVER”S”MiLE (Limited edition CD & BD Combo) – SRP $50.00 | Store Price $40.00
  • LOVER”S”MiLE – SRP $38.00 | Store Price $30.00
  • Oath sign (Limited Edition CD & DVD Combo) – SRP $20 .00 | Store Price $15.00

Pre-orders for those who can’t wait will start this Monday on April 2nd at Right Stuf so be sure to check back or you might miss out on some of those goods.

For those unfamiliar, LiSA made her hits with shows like Angel Beats as the vocals for Yui when singing, also her single Oath sign was chosen for Fate/Zero which helped shoot her into stardom.

Links: Aniplex | LiSA

Funimation brings Okami-San and Her Seven Companions and Black Butler

Huge title says it all but I’ll try to elaborate anyway.

Funimation just announced their releases for next week and fans will be able to get a dose of anime in box set form. Okami-San and Her Seven Companions is the first dose of goodness coming with a special mousepad to accompany you. Keep in mind the perk is in limited quantity so order early so you don’t miss out, check out the picture to the right for a sample of the art included on it.

For those unfamiliar with the story we have a brief synopsis:

Once upon a time, the studio behind Toradora! and Shakugan no Shana created a fable-minded story full of fairy tale tomfoolery, attractive archetypes, allusions to allegories, parodies of para—ugh, enough alliteration! You get my drift…

Ryoko Ōkami, the “wolf” of our story, and her BFF Ringo, also known as Little Red Riding Hood, are members of Otogi Bank—a high school club that helps classmates out of grim situations. One day, a meek young man proclaims his love to Ryoko, who does nothing but bite him in return. “You’re much too weak for me,” she huffs. So the boy joins Otogi Bank to prove he has the stuff to protect his beloved—even if it means taking a blow to the head with a lead pipe. He’s no Prince Charming, but will Ryoko allow herself to have her own happily ever after?

Not a bad setup but April 3rd also brings extra perks with Black Butler Seasons 1 and 2 in Blu-ray/DVD combo packaging. If you’ve been hoping for an HD experience with Sebastian and Ciel in HD then you’re in luck as it should be available through major retailers soon or if you’re eager to order right now just hit Amazon and Rightstuf for the goods.

If none of those grab your interest I suggest checking out the Funimation Amazon.com sale going on where titles are going over 50% off in many cases. Time to stock up while you can!

Aniplex streaming Madoka Magica Episode 5 worldwide

Aniplex has a treat for Madoka Magica fans on April 6th, because of the success of their last screening event they’re pushing for another shared event using their niconico channel. Residents in the US, Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Japan will all get a shot to view the episode for free. Of course you need to time it so you’re in the room when it all goes down. Check out the list below and be sure to stick through the whole event so you can catch the English cast in the room as well.

Event: Puella Magi Madoka Magica Episode 5 Screening Premiere

Date:
Friday, April 6, 20:30pm US Pacific Standard Time
Saturday, April 7, 12:30 Japan local time
Saturday, April 7, 3:30 UK local time
Saturday, April 7, 14:30 Australian Eastern Daylight Time

(* Total length 30 min: minute program with special greeting)

Streaming URL:
http://live.niconico.com/watch/lv85885951

If fans keep this support rolling it looks like Aniplex might make it a habit to run these special features for fans all over.

WonderCon 2012 – Saturday Gallery – Cosplay mania!

We have the news and we have the cool stuff to look at as well. Bringing you shots from the con of all the Cosplay I could catch today. Enjoy it and hopefully it motivates you to brave the rain and join us on the final day tomorrow of this amazing convention!

Japanese magazine reports end for Bleach Anime series in March

The picture above has set the internet on fire in the past day, first a domestic live action movie by Warner Bros and now rumor is floating of Ichigo’s saga coming to an end for animation as well. Given they just started the final arc of the manga it’s hard to believe they’re not going to stick it out, instead it seems the XCUTION saga will be the last battle we see before the show bids farewell.

The concern is that Naruto SD: Rock Lee no Seishun Full Power Ninden is taking over the slot but to this point there was no exact word on where Bleach was going. For now it seems the 366 episode will cap off the show for now. One can only hope it faces a rebirth like Naruto Shippuden had and comes back strong for the final arc in the story with less filler. We’ll have to wait and see what happens for the fate of the show in the next month, hopefully the animation team will be able to lend some insight although with Hiroki Takagi posting and talking about it actively on Twitter according to Crunchyroll it’s not looking good.

Sources: Esuteru (Japanese) | Crunchyroll

AM2 Convention staff slots open up

Looking to hit AM2 this year but want to contribute your own touches to the show? Feeling up for helping con guests get around the floor the ACC? Check out their sign up page and see if you fall into their list for potential slots at the show this year.

AM2 sign up page – Volunteers / Staff

Odd enough the listing goes into deeper positions like marketing and pr as well as a huge list of guest assistance positions for all the events at the show.

Event details:

Location: Anaheim, CA
Days: June 15-17, 2012

Venues: Anaheim Convention Center | Anaheim Hilton

Madoka Magica Meet and Greet details in LA emerge!

Aniplex USA has some good news for Madoka Magica fans, the special event is going down in a few weeks at Anime Jungle #1, we have all the details below!

Madoka Magica Meet and Greet Event

When: Friday February 17th at 8:30 PM PST

Where: Anime Jungle #1

319 E. 2nd St. (#103)

Los Angeles, CA 90012

Confirmed Guests:

Christine Marie Cabanos (Madoka)
Carrie Keranen (Mami)
Cassandra Lee (Kyubey)
Sarah Williams (Sayaka)
Lauren Landa (Kyoko)

Meet the US voice acting crew, shop around and take in the area for this special event. Given that it falls just days after the release of Volume 1 fans can either buy the volume on site or bring their personal copies in for autographs. Don’t miss out and I’m sure with a big enough turn-out it should encourage the Aniplex crew to keep up the rewards.