Friday, June 24, 2016

TTDILA's Anime Expo 2016 Guide

Another year of glorious cosplay, video games and Japanese cartoons at Anime Expo next week. We're highlighting our top favorite panels, events and dirty stuff for when you reach that "age." You can check out the full schedule here for all the events at AX, but here, you have the best events. There are four days of events to look forward to and we're hear to break down the best of the best (in our opinion.)

Of course Mega 64, is back, but moves to Friday, weird, we know and the One-Punch Man event ain't free, you got to pay a fee.

Let us all pray or at least send non-stop messages on social media to Funimation that Dragon Ball Super be dubbed already.

We have no idea what the WB Japan panel will be about, but oddly they're a big distributor and producer in Japan, but they ain't telling what exactly their showcasing at AX.


JoJo's Bizarre Fan Panel With Kira Buckland 
Friday July 1, 2016 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Workshop 1 404 AB

A fan panel celebrating Hirohiko Araki's masterwork JoJo's Bizarre Adventure. Welcome to fans or people who are just interesting in the series. Events include a trivia game with special prizes, a posing contest, and open discussion of the series by fans for fans! Featuring prolific voice actress and rabid JoJo fan Kira Buckland. 

VIZ Media Panel
Friday July 1, 2016 1:30pm - 2:45pm
Main Events Hall B

Join the VIZ Media crew at our 30th anniversary celebration! We’ll talk about some of your favorite titles like NARUTO, ONE-PUNCH MAN, 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! 

Mega64 Live Love Laugh La La La Whatever Anime Panel 
Friday July 1, 2016 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Live Programming 2 403 AB

Mega64 is back again for their favorite panel every year. Come see their array of new and unseen videos, ask questions, and experience what true, important cosplay should really look like.  

JOJO's BIZARRE ADVENTURE Panel  Friday July 1, 2016 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Live Programming 1 Petree Hall

Join us for the most epic JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE panel ever! Get the inside scoop from the editors from Japan as well as loads of surprises including special guests and announcements plus awesome prizes. This is not one to be missed!

Toonami Industry Panel 
Friday July 1, 2016 7:30pm - 8:30pm
Live Programming 2 403 AB

Toonami is the iconic programming block that helped introduce anime and many action cartoons to generations of fans. Join the creators of Toonami for a look at what’s been happening and what’s to come!

Kirby's Dream Band
Friday July 1, 2016 8:00pm - 9:00pm
Community Stage Hall A

Covers for video game songs never sounded so sweet.


Warner Bros. Japan Anime Panel 
Saturday July 2, 2016 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Live Programming 3 408 AB

What da? 

Saturday, July 2 / 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM. (Seating/Doors Open: 2:30 PM)
Main Events Hall B
Tickets: $35 / $45 with Bonus Official Anime Towel

A talk show with special guests, Animation Director Shingo Natsume, Voice Actor Makoto Furukawa as Saitama, live performance by JAM Project, and more all about One-Punch Man and the premiere of the dub.

Sonicboombox AX Afterparty, sponsored by Funimation

Saturday, July 2, 2016 at 8:00 PM
The Well 
1006 South Olive Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
  • OPEN BAR all night
  • Live dj and dancing inside and outside
  • Walking distance from LA Convention Center (.06 miles)
  • Free swag from Funimation (posters, etc)!
  • Okamoto Kitchen food truck (from 8pm-10pm)
  • Snap Yourself photobooth (8pm -12midnight)
  • Music by DJ VER5E (open) & Chuck None from Club Cosplay(close)
Peeking up Gal*Gun's skirt: From Fan Request to Western Release (18+)
Saturday July 2, 2016 10:30pm - 11:30pm
Live Programming 4 411

Ever wondered if your fan request to a games publisher ever has any influence? Tamura-san and Matt Papa of IntiCreates, along with Geraint Evans from Publisher PQube talk about bringing Gal*Gun to a Western audience. Topics will include series history, the making of the game, the localisation process and the joy of Moe! We'll also have a Q&A at the end of the panel.


Funimation Industry Panel
Sunday July 3, 2016 11:45am - 1:45pm
Live Programming 1 Petree Hall

From Akira to Dragon Ball Z, hear the latest news, info, and announcements from North America's largest anime distributor—Funimation. Live tweet with us using the hashtag #FUNimationPanel for a chance to win prizes!
FLCL 2 Guest Panel 
Sunday July 3, 2016 5:15pm - 6:15pm
Live Programming 1 Petree Hall

Come join Maki Terashima-Furuta as she hosts the panel with Jason DeMarco from Adult Swim, introducing Kazuya Tsurumaki, the one and only original creator of "FLCL" and Mayumi Shintani, the lovely voice behind  Haruko.  The first 1,500 attendees will receive a complimentary FLCL poster/postcard only available at AX. This panel will follow immediately after the Production I.G panel you would not want to miss!  

Hentai Festival, presented by Project-H (18+)  

Sunday July 3, 2016 9:00pm - Monday July 4, 2016 12:00am
Live Programming 3 408 AB


Party with FAKKU  

Sunday July 3, 2016 9:00pm 

Lounge 21 Concourse E Come party with FAKKU!

There will be music, prizes, merch and more! Every entrant gets a free subscription at the door.


Quest Complete! BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment RPG Panel 

Monday July 4, 2016 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Live Programming 2 403 AB

Cowboy Bebop Jazz Cat Experience
Monday, July 4 / 11:30 AM – 1 PM. (Seating/Doors Open: 10:30 AM)
 Main Events Hall B
 $20 / $25 VIP with Bonus Item

Experience the music and art of Cowboy Bebop live with Alice Underground’s stellar ten-piece jazz ensemble rocking the house with dynamic visuals from the show. Going deeper into the story of Cowboy Bebop, Bang Zoom! Entertainment brings some of the iconic English voice cast on stage to reminisce about this highly acclaimed series. This is the rare opportunity to experience a live performance of legendary music of this unforgettable show.
See you, Space Cowboy. . .

Thursday, June 23, 2016

WillMaker Plus 2016 On Sale with Other Steam Titles in Summer Sale

Yes, the Steam Summer Picnic Sale is going on now until July 3. You can get WillMaker Plus 2016 at 50%, so planning your death is so much more cost effective. Oh, and a bunch of other games are on sale too.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

We Wanna Try UCLA's Augmented Reality Sandbox

Part of the upcoming "Please Touch the Art" exhibit at the Pacific Design Center is UCLA's Augmented Reality Sandbox. You can actually move the sand within the sandbox and an overly changes the look of the topography that looks like a real map or tiny world.
Now this technology/art looks very similar to Sega’s Eederu Sunaba which looks almost verbatim, though the SEGA one generates bugs that move around the landscape.

The Augmented Reality Sandbox is one of many pieces asking to be touched including classic pieces of art rendered in 3D sculptures to be touched and pictures that upon touch are poems in Braille, good if you can read Braille.

Please Touch the Art
Pacific Design Center
8687 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood.
Opening Reception June 24, 6 to 9 p.m.
Open Mon.—Fri., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

via LAist

Escape Rooms: What Are They?

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Now if you don't know what an escape game/room is, let me break it down for you. You and a couple of friends, or work-mates or even possibly a date; not a bad idea, can go into a scenario where you've got to escape from a room with a certain time limit (usually between a half-hour TV show or a drama TV show, so an hour.) Now it can be just two people, but it can go up in size, usually to about 12, all depending on how the escape room is set up. So you can do a little team-work solving puzzles and riddles to get out in time. Don't worry, Big Brother is watching you inside, there's usually a button to press to get a hint or just get out.

So each escape room has a different theme. Going into an escape room scenario is like living out your own movie or adventure for the length of modern media.

We have some very different ones around LA, many based on zombies for some reason, but others include some we've tried like

"The A.I." in Monterey Park from Exit Game which has you battling wits with an evil artificial intelligence while trying to clear a friend's name.

"The Detective", in downtown LA from Escape Room LA where you have to figure out the rotten tomato in a 1940's film noir detective story.

Now to find escape rooms in LA I suggest you check out the next time you want to live out your own real life adventure. It's a nice guide to the escape rooms around Los Angles and easy to look through. So now that you know more about it, you might want to try one.

Weekly What To Do: Cats and Star Wars in Space

So many chances to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens...

The Fast and the Furious 15th Anniversary
Wed, June 22
Multiple Theaters

See the ongoing franchise that can keep going even in the face of the death of its actor

10 Years of Macabre Magic
Friday, June 24, 8pm to 11pm
Dapper Cadaver
7648 San Fernando Rd, Sun Valley, California 91352
Free, Must RSVP
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Dapper Cadaver with a party at the prop shop! We've come a long way since we opened our little shop of horrors on Hollywood Blvd in 2006. We truly appreciate your business and support over the years.

Dwell on Design
June 24-26
LA Convention Center
Starts at $40

A three-day exhibition and conference, comprised of one trade day and two consumer days, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, featuring world-class speakers, product demonstrations, continuing education classes for design professionals, and seminars for design-seeking consumers. Each year, Dwell editors carefully craft a program that invites you to “step into the pages of Dwell” and experience modern design.

Opening  Friday, June 24th, 7pm
Hero Complex Gallery
2020 S Robertson Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90034
Please join HCG in welcoming artist, Jordan Monsell, back for his SECOND silhouette solo show with us, where we will be displaying 350+ renditions of today's favorite pop culture characters!

There will be a little bit of everything in this show, from singles to sets, and characters from Comics, Animation, Video Games, Horror, Cult Movies, and MORE!

Swiss Army Man Q&A
Friday, June 24th after 7:45 PM show Saturday, June 25th after 7:45 PM show
Arclight Hollywood

ArcLight is excited to announce a Q&A for the Sundance Film Festival-premiered Swiss Army Man. Hollywood will host a Q&A with actor Paul Dano (Friday only) and filmmakers Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert after the 7:45 PM show. A hopeless man stranded in the wilderness befriends a dead body and together they go on a surreal journey to get home. Reserve now!

This is the weekend to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens outside and at night

Summertime Cinema Starts Again
Every Friday, starting June 24th through July 22nd
Westfield Fashion Square

101 Freeway at Woodman in Sherman Oaks
14006 Riverside Dr.
Sherman Oaks, CA 91423         
Movie will be held on the Rooftop Parking Deck next to the Dining Terrace entrance

Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks is bringing back their popular Summertime Cinema series to help kick-off the weekends this summer. Every Friday, starting June 24th through July 22nd, some of the biggest and most beloved movies will be screened outdoors, allowing attendees to relive the magic of the big screen.

Saturday, June 25th through Saturday, August 20th
Different location around South Lake Pasadena
Free, Must RSVP

This year’s schedule includes epic space blockbuster Star Wars: The Force Awakens (June 25) and fantasy adventure film Hook (August 20) in a unique open-air setting. 

Attendees are encouraged to arrive by 6:00 p.m. to enjoy the resident DJ and complimentary family-friendly activities including ping pong and hula hooping.  Additional activities on June 25th include a very special Star Wars themed costume contest with prizes and guest appearances from the Jedi Academy.  

Movie Madness Star Wars The Force Awakens
Saturday, June 25th, 8PM
Woodley Park - Section 2 (Japanese Garden Entrance) - 6100 Woodley Ave, Lake Balboa, CA 91406
Free, Must RSVP

Saturday, June 25th
Huntington STATE Beach
Lifeguard Tower 14
Huntington Beach, CA

The start of the Beach Front Cinema season with movies on the beach.

Saturday, June 25
633 W 5th St, Los Angeles, California 90071
Starts at $19

Saturday, June 25, 10am-11pm
633 W 5th St, Los Angeles, California 90071

Skyspace is finally open for business, can't wait to try the Skyslide, a transparent slide on the side of the building.

On Saturday, June 25, OUE Skyspace LA will open its doors for its highly anticipated official public opening. Visitors will be guided through a multi-dimensional experience featuring unobstructed, 360-degree views of Los Angeles.

To celebrate, OUE Skyspace LA is inviting guests of all ages to join in celebrating this exciting milestone with a FREE all-day block party, on June 25th from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm. The festivities are open for all to enjoy and purchasing a ticket to visit OUE Skyspace LA is not required.

Saturday, June 25, 2016
11:30 AM
Grand Park
227 N Spring St Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA

Meetup up with the people of reddit, complain, comment and try and sell things in person. 

"Global reddit Meetup Day is an annual event where redditors from all around the world get together in their respective cities for an afternoon of fun, games, socializing, eating and drinking. For the past 6 years your faithful organizers have secured a venue, rented tables and chairs, gotten sponsors, and all around played host to make sure Los Angeles has one of the most, if not the most fun Globals. This year is no different, except that our number of organizers has changed, which means we need volunteers."

Saturday, June 25, 7pm-10pm
Q Pop
319 E 2nd St, Ste 121, Los Angeles, California 90012
Showa era is the period of Japanese history corresponding to the reign of the Showa Emperor Hirohito, from December 25, 1926, through January 7, 1989. The Show will focus on Manga published in the Showa Era. Many modern day artists are very inspired by the artists from Showa Era.

Saturday, June 25, 8pm

Superchief Gallery
739 Kohler St
Los Angeles, CA 90021

Disco meets 1970's exploitation kitsch in this one night only party, taking place at Superchief Gallery LA in Downtown Los Angeles. The night begins at an open bar, featuring sponsored cocktails and beer, along with complimentary tarot readings, and roaming disco demons ready to terrify guests. At 9:00pm, the show begins, featuring international burlesque superstar Madeline Sinclaire, renowned comedy magician Jimmy H., and Scarlette Fox, performing a fusion of burlesque and aerial acrobatics.

Saturday, June 25, 11am-6pm

Abracadaver Productions
2021 W Commonwealth Ave, Ste J, Fullerton, California 92833
An open house for all things scary. 

Saturday, June 25, 8pm

LA Space Camp
603 E 4th Street, Los Angeles, California 90013
From the vision of Caroline Geys, comes a multimedia and interactive exhibit challenging our perceptions of light and space. Over a year in the making, nine DTLA artists collaborate to make Geys' dream a reality. 

Jun 25-26 
The REEF - 1933 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Adults: $25 one day /
$40 Weekend (Best Value!)

Children 5-12: $15 one day /
$25 Weekend (Best Value!)
Children Under 5 Free

Like the old world dying, the ground cracking open and the sky turning dark, lighting and thunder raining down and off in the distance you hear, "Daw, a wittle itty bitty kitty!" We are in the end times, the few days before CatConLA.
  • Panel discussions with special guests like Cats of Instagram and Buzzfeed
  • A cat adoption village sponsored by Hill’s Pet Nutrition and Petco. You just may meet and fall in love with a new family member!
  • Caticure nail and beauty bar – free manicures and cat eye makeup!
  • Our CatCon Awareness Pavilion devoted to cat health issues and awareness
  • Over 150 vendor booths of feline-inspired fashion, accessories, jewelry, art, and gear for cats and their people
  • A chance to hang out with thousands of people who love cats just as much as you do!

Saturday, June 25, 6:30PM &10:30PM
The Theatre at Ace Hotel

Who could resist 70 minutes of non-stop cat videos on the big screen! Behold, the CatVideoFest, hosted by comedian Andy Milonakis and Will Braden the man known as "The Thieving Filmmaker" coined by his cat, Henri, le Chat Noir. PLUS kitty cutie Lil BUB is joining as a special guest to answer questions and introduce the show! 

Jun 25-26
Hollywood Studio District 5901 Sunset Blvd.
Hollywood, CA 90028
$20.00 - $75.00

The LAWineFest brings wines and brews from around the world to your doorstep in a fun, relaxed environment. (Yes, we’re the WineFest. But turns out even wine lovers need a break to sip something else new and noteworthy too.)  The Fest also serves up LA’s most popular food trucks, boutiques to browse, artisan merchandise to buy, music and more!

June 25-26 
Natural History Museum

A two-day celebration of Nature in the City!

June 26 to July 3, Wednesdays to Sundays 12:00 to 5:00 pm
Paley Center LA 
The Paley Center in Los Angeles is THE place to be to experience the not-to-be-missed Discovery VR, an immersive virtual reality offering that transports fans to places and situations they may not otherwise be able to experience. With Discovery's newest, just-launched Shark Week content along with experiences exploring the African bush to surfing with the pros, and much more—there is something for everyone!

Twits, Whizzpoppers and Snozzberriess
Opening Reception: Sunday, June 26, 1pm
Creature Features
2904 W Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91505

A Robert Dahl themed group art show. 

Main Street Summer SOULstice
Sunday, June 26, 11am-7pm
Main Street Santa Monica

A free festival a block away from the beach.