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. . .