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AM2 Con announces 2013 dates and new pricing

AM2 has been fighting hard over the past 2 years to establish itself as a mass culture event for Anime and J-Music fans across the US. Given the growing success of the show in that span it’s good to see them return for a third time. The convention will jump to August 23-25 at the Anaheim Convention Center just after the major convention season passes through.

Attendees for the 2013 show will need to observe the new price changes.

  • General admission (replacing free entry) – exhibition hall, festivals, panels, workshops and gaming
    • $5 for a single day (pre-order)
    • $10 for all three days (pre-order)
  • Passport admission – All access including passport only events, also front of line preference
    • $20 for a single day (2012 pre-order price)
    • $25 for two days (2012 pre-order price)
    • $35 for three days (2012 pre-order price)

Pricing will increase as the show closes in. Once 2013 hits expect to see these rising $5 at a time until the con arrives in which case it’ll be $20 higher to register at the show for the 2 and 3 day passes and $15 higher for single day passes.

Our advice? Figure out what you really want to do at the show and register as soon as you can, otherwise you’ll find yourself paying a lot more for the hesitation as the months push on.

Register now: AM2 Convention 2013

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VIZ Manga begins their End of Summer Sale

Everyone seems to be in the middle of a summer sale right now, today VIZ Manga has announced their End of Summer digital manga sale. From now through August 20th the company will blow out digital releases for up to 20% off on all volumes available through the digital platform including titles listed through VIZManga.com and the VIZ Manga app.

What does all this madness mean!?!? – Over 80 different series just went on sale for up to 20% off and many of them average about 4.99 before the discount. So you can get caught up on BLEACH, Blue Exorcist, Honey and Clover and more.

For those who haven’t heard, Volume 8 of Blue Exorcist is also in the sale and this digital version is ready 3 months ahead of the print debut. Snatch it up for your collection right now if you wish.

Link: VIZ Manga super sale of the Summer!

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FUNimation Entertainment Announces Multiple Acquisitions at Otakon

FUNimation Entertainment announced today at Otakon that it has acquired the streaming, broadcast, home entertainment, video on demand and pay-per-view and DTO/DTR rights to the complete anime OAV series, Tenchi Muyo! War on Geminar. This spin-off series takes place roughly 15 years after the events in Tenchi Muyo! GXP. From the animation studio (AIC SPIRITS) that brought you Ga-Rei Zero and Tokko and the director of Baki the Grappler (Koji Yoshikawa) FUNimation is pleased to announce the acquisition of streaming, home entertainment, theatrical and merchandise rights to the complete Tenchi Muyo! franchise.

Synopsis: Kenshi – half-brother of intergalactic hero Tenchi Masaki – has been summoned to the mysterious world of Geminar, and his only hope of returning to Earth is piloting a bio-mechanical weapon in a shocking assassination attempt! When the mission fails and Kenshi is captured, he discovers he’s been lied to by the very culprits who transported him to this strange new world. Luckily, Princess Lashara kindly welcomes Kenshi and invites him to live amongst her followers. Now, caught up in a political whirlwind – and hotly pursued by Geminar’s female population – Kenshi must find a way to get home while civil war erupts all around him!

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In addition, FUNimation has acquired the streaming, home entertainment, and digital rights to the complete anime series Lupin III: The Woman Called Fujiko Mine.

Series Synopsis: What happened when Lupin III met Fujiko Mine for the first time? Find out in the first new chapter of the Lupin III franchise in 25 years!

More information may be found at: http://www.funimation.com/lupin-the-third-fujiko-mine

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Maken-Ki! Battling Venus - The series is directed by Koichi Ohata, best known for directing Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians and MD Geist.

Series synopsis: Based on the manga series by Takeda Hiromitsu, this romantic comedy is about Ohyama Takeru, a typical perverted teenage boy. His new school doesn’t require entrance exams, and it just turned co-ed! Unfortunately, his dreams of a happy high school life are dashed when he finds out the school is much more than it seems. All of the students wield a special item – a Maken – to unleash their magical abilities in duels! Can Takeru find a Maken that works for him? Even while trying to fit in at a new school and dealing with all kinds of girl problems?

Additional information may be found at: www.funimation.com/maken-ki-battling-venus

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Sankarea- The series is directed by Shinichi Omata, best known for his work in Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magica and Arakawa Under the Bridge.

 Series synopsis: Furuya’s not interested in the living, he’s got zombies on the brain! When Furuya’s cat dies, he decides he’s going to try and bring it back to life. In the process, he stumbles across a girl who is involved in an accident and turns into a real zombie! What’s Furuya going to do now that the thing he loves the most is right in front of his eyes?

Additional information may be found at: http://www.funimation.com/sankarea

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Space Battleship Yamato Resurrection

Synopsis: A crisis is approaching Earth with the expansion of a moving black hole, in the year 2220. A plan is devised to move over 300-million people from Earth. When the latest transportation fleet is attacked, Space Battleship Yamato comes to its defense, the ship is now commanded by Susumu Kodai, also aboard is daughter Miyuki, child of Susumu and Yuki.

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Fairy Tail Season 2- 24 New Fairy Tail Episodes – We’ll follow the continuing adventures of our favorite Fairy Tail Guild members: Lucy, Natsu, Erza, Gray and Happy as they take on new jobs, make new friends, go against incredible adversaries and solve big mysteries all in the Kingdom of Fiore.

Fairy Tail – The Movie- – We’ll be introduced to a new female character that carries a mysterious stone with her called the Phoenix Stone. We’ll also find out how the Fairy Tail guild gets tied up in the mystery. It’s a great story that you won’t want to miss!

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Aquarion Evol

Synopsis:. The “Abductors” Invaders from Altea come to Earth with only one purpose, to harvest humans. DEAVA the Aquaria Academy exists to train men and women to use Aquaria, but they cannot ever merge because of Guize stones, these block an “unholy union” between genders. The story follows Amata and Mikono in their enrollment into DEAVA, and fight their fight with Abductors.

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Akira

Synopsis: It’s the year 2019, thirty-one years have passed since the start of World War III. A top-secret child with amazing powers of the mind breaks free from custody and accidentally gets a motorcycle gang involved in the project. This incident triggers psychic powers within one of the gang members, Tetsuo, and he is taken by the army to be experimented on. His mind has been altered and is now on the path of war, seeking revenge on the society that once called him weak.

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One Piece Season 5

Season 5 (Episodes 264 – 336) will span the entire Enies Lobby Arc, as the Straw Hat Pirates continue their battle with CP9, and ends with the Ice Hunter Arc.

Fans can look for One Piece Season 5 to hit DVD in the summer of 2013.

But that’s not all for One Piece fans! FUNimation Entertainment also announced the acquisition of the One Piece feature length film, One Piece Film: Strong World.

One Piece Film: Strong World takes place between the Thriller bark and Sabaody Archipelago Arcs as the Straw Hats Pirates return to their hometowns in East Blue to face off against the infamous, Golden Lion Shiki. When Shiki abducts Nami to use as his personal navigator, the Straw Hats must place their very lives on the line to save her.

FUNimation Entertainment has yet to announce any information regarding the release of this film.

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FUNimation heads to C2E2 with Dragon Age

C2E2 is almost here and FUNimation announces their event news coming to the show. Their biggest push comes in the form of Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker which they’ll have a panel and signing for. Not only will the team have Q&A running they’ll also be there to screen it to fans that manage to steal a seat during the panel.

The details:

  • Sunday, April 15, 2012
    • 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm – Autograph 2: Mike, J Michael and Colleen signing event
    • 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm – N427bc: Dragon Age: Dawn of the Seeker screening an Q&A
As part of the celebration, FUNimation is also running Dawn of the Seeker on Amazon for 54% off right now at $15.99 or $14.99 with Prime + Free shipping, a nice deal for pre-order folks and if you have prime that also means free shipping. FUNimation doesn’t plan to just hit and run though, they’ll also be a sponsor to the Daily Costume Contest at the show.
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Sekirei: The Complete Series arrives in BD/DVD today

Funimation cranks out another box set for collectors today with Sekirei today, the Complete Series box allows fans to have it all in one simple package for under $30 on Blu-ray and DVD as a combo pack. Funimation notes that even fans who own Pure Engagement can slip this case into their collectors box for neat storage as well.

Those new to the series get a treat though as Funimation has uploaded a YouTube teaser and synopsis for those curious.

You’ve seen a million shows where heroes go toe-to-toe, now feast your eyes only the only anime where hot girls with super powers settle their differences chest-to-chest!

Minato had no luck with the ladies until the day a well-rounded warrior babe named Musubi fell into his life and crushed his face with her ginormous cleavage. Hunted by a stunning pair of twin sisters, Musubi was searching for the right guy to give her a squeeze and unlock the hidden powers lurking beneath her ample assets. Minato fit the bill, and now he’s caught in the middle of a supernatural slugfest where voluptuous vixens take turns beating each others’ clothes off! Only one of these bodacious brawlers will come out on top, but the unbridled excitement of watching them go at it makes this utterly-fulfilling series the breast action-harem anime of all time!

What would you do if you found out you were an ashikabi like Minato?

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Dark Horse Comics brings a Manga contest to the masses

It’s time to break out those drawing tablets, sketch pads or anything else you can muster as Dark Horse Comics is bringing a manga contest to the masses. To celebrate the FLCL Omnibus they’re opening the gates to have manga and comic fans to draw their own 2-4 page story inspired by manga in some form (characters,series,styles). It also has to include Dark Horse in some way but it can be simple to include history, logos or just as a subject.

Grand Prize!

  • 7′ Cardcaptor Sakura Banner
  • Blood Blockade Battlefront Vol. 1
  • Gate 7 Vol. 1 and Vol. 2
  • Cardcaptor Sakura Book 3
  • Magic Knight Rayearth 2
  • The Kurosagi Corpse Delivery Service Vol. 11
  • MPD Psycho Vol. 10
  • Oh My Goddess Vol. 14 & 16
  • Berserk Vol. 33
  • Evangelion 1.11 – You are (Not) Alone Blu-ray
  • Afro Samurai Resurrection – Special Edition Director’s Cut Blu-ray
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  • Carl Horn – Dark Horse Manga Editor
Check out the Dark Horse Blog for more information and get to work on those entries!

Link: Dark Horse Blog

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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

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Spirit Tales starts closed beta on March 15

KoramGame announced today their title Spirit Tales will be entering Closed Beta testing later this month, the 3D fantasy MMORPG still is accepting sign-ups and they will also be distributing keys through a number of other websites as well to boost their traffic in. If you’re a hardcore fan of the project I would say look into trying to snag those external keys as they’re said to come with additional prizes too. 

  

  

The team prides itself on character depth, customization and features like pets as well. Once characters are designed it’s off to venture across a fantasy world to fight creatures and unlock the Spirit form of the character for extra damage. Combine that with the Chibi / Super Deformed styling and the game can be quite addictive for those looking to get a 3D twist on the genre after the glory years of Ragnarok passed. Check out the screens for more details and the character art and video below for even more details on the game.

Link: Spirit Tales website

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