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Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Finally, A Shirt That Proves I Went Online

Aniplex Online Fest seems to be the only one selling shirts so far. You gotta wait until Saturday to actually order them.

Anime Expo Lite and FunimationCon & Aniplex Online Fest This Weekend

Anime Expo Lite

Here's the schedule

Yes, AX couldn't truly die this year, it just became a diet soda. Or really an online event that sounds like a diet soda. Funimation decided to...for some reason do the same thing. And now we will remember our independence over the weekend by watching panels on anime. Both are taking place online this weekend July 3-4th. So, let's go over them here. And if anything funny happens or goes wrong with the streams, we'll be making fun of them for even trying.

Aniplex Online Fest

Lot of industry panels, were kind of sad, no fans streams could have been put in, but them's the breaks. Hear the latest from all your favorite anime publishers.

Strangely, this fest takes place July 4th and 5th. Also, weird as Sony owns both Funimation and Aniplex, so they could have had one fest online. In any case, more panels.

Here's the schedule


Here's the schedule

Below is the latest from a press release.

Join Funimation and special guests for an exciting game show style panel where the true #1 Hero will come out on top! Hosted by Lauren Moore with guests Justin Briner (Deku), Clifford Chapin (Bakugo), Caitlin Glass (Ashido), Ricco Fajardo (Mirio), Kyle Phillips (Kaminari), and Dani Chambers (Mahoro).
FunimationCon 2020 celebrates the skill, artistry and passion for Cosplay with panels bringing together some of the biggest and most influential personalities. The panels include: 
Fireside Chat with Yaya Han - Join Yaya Han for a sit-down discussion about the evolution of cosplay and a reading from her new book. The discussion is moderated by Michelle Bradley. Yaya Han® is a cosplayer, designer and author. A household name in fandom, Yaya has made over 385 costumes, appeared as a guest at hundreds of events all over the globe, and has been featured in two US Network TV Shows. Yaya is the first cosplayer to create a cosplay-focused fabric line for Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores; the first to design a cosplay patterns line for a major pattern company, McCall Patterns; and the first cosplayer to launch partnerships with global brands such as BERNINA sewing machines and Dremel tools. Her new book, “Yaya Han’s World of Cosplay,” is available in North America on August 4th, 2020.
LIVE Cosplay Showdown: Pro Vs Pro! - Watch top cosplayers Riddle, Phil Mizuno, Dresses and Capes Cosplay, Alicia Marie, face-off LIVE against one another to create a mystery cosplay or prop in less than an hour, with whatever they have at home! The winner will get a $5k donation to the charity of their choice! The Live Showdown features cosplayers Riddle, Phil Mizuno, DressesandCapes Cosplay, and Alicia Marie. Riki Lecotey (known as Riddle) is internationally recognized in the cosplay community for her ability to translate costumes and focus on craftsmanship. Phil Mizuno is a Canadian cosplayer who followed his heart and is pursuing his passion of cosplay to help inspire others. He has been cosplaying for five years and creates his beautiful costumes in Toronto, Ontario (Canada). Lauren aka Dressesandcapes, started her cosplay journey about five years ago and it's been a whirlwind ever since. The self-taught seamstress and crafter has already won several awards. CI-borg Alicia Marie is an author and fitness pro who turned her love of super-physiques, comic books, video game and anime art into a creative career.
Learn to make masks from home with Riddle! Learn how to make face masks from home with renown cosplayer, Riddle. She’s been a strong name in international cosplay for a number of years, known for her focus on craftsmanship, appearing in both seasons of Heroes of Cosplay and her extensive charity work.
Beginner's Cosplay Crafting with Stella Chuu
Join cosplayer Stella Chuu as she walks us through a beginner-level crafting tutorial and discussion! Stella Chuu started cosplaying in 2011, Stella is a self-taught artist and entrepreneur. She dedicates her days to creating cosplay and promoting geek culture. 
Hosted by Funimation, FunimationCon 2020 is totally free to attend and available to fans in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand. Registration is open so head over to FunimationCon 2020 ( to secure your spot and receive updates on new events added to the line-up.  
The new panels and merchandise join a growing list of exciting events to celebrate anime including: 
Don’t miss these exciting voice actor panels for Attack on Titan, Fire Force, Fruits Basket, Toilet-bound Hanako-kun, Listeners, and One Piece, along with partner panels including VIZ Media’s Shonen Jump Virtual Panel, ANIPLEX OF AMERICA’s The Aniplex of America Living Room Sessions, and RIGHT STUF’s Right Stuf Anime Industry Panel.  
Funimation is featuring special programs from Sony Music Labels Artists BLUE ENCOUNT, FLOW, KANA-BOON, Luna Haruna, and a DJ performance by DJ MarGenal, as well as a special airing of the 2019 SACRA MUSIC Festival.
LIVE MY HERO ONE'S JUSTICE 2 ESPORTS CHALLENGE – Powered by Esports Stadium Arlington. Connect with your favorite cast members of My Hero Academia, Justin Briner (Deku), Clifford Chapin (Bakugo), Christopher Sabat (All Might), Patrick Seitz (Endeavor), Ricco Fajardo (Mirio) and more as they recreate iconic fight scenes in the new BANDAI NAMCO video game MY HERO ONE'S JUSTICE 2. Professional Wrestler Kenny Omega hosts this once in a lifetime chance to see your favorite characters pitted against one another during this exciting head to head combat in the ultimate test for righteousness.
ANIPLEX ONLINE FEST - Funimation has teamed up with Aniplex of America to make the July 4 Aniplex Online Fest livestream available for fans attending FunimationCon. 
Funimation will feature new merchandise and home video products in the FUNIMATION SHOP to celebrate FunimationCon 2020. Home video releases include Fire Force (Season 1 Part 1), One Piece (Season 10 Voyage 1), Attack on Titan (Season 3 Part 2 Limited Edition), Fruits Basket 2019 (Season 1 Part 1 Limited Edition), Fruits Basket 2019 (Season 1 Part 2 Limited Edition), and My Hero Academia (Season 4 Part 1), among other exciting titles. Merchandise available in the Funimation Shop includes several exclusive items - Fire Force Prints and Postcards, Dragon Ball White/Gold XL Shenron FiGPiN, My Hero Academia Got Quirks? Apparel, and FunimationCon 2020 Prints and Postcards.

Weekly What To Do: Refer To Anime Expo Lite Post

Don't plan on going to the beach, because in LA County They're Closed

I'm gonna refer you to streaming Jaws and checking out Anime Expo Lite and FunimationCon online. Both taking place online July 3-4.


4th of July Block Party Virtual
7:00 – 8:00 p.m. Pacific
KABC Channel 7
8:00 – 10:00 p.m. Pacific
Grand Park’s YouTube Channel
94th Annual AmericaFest Celebration
Saturday, July 4, 2:00-3:00PM
Tune-in live to Rose Bowl Stadium’s Facebook and YouTube pages

The online event will also feature a live flyover of Pasadena and its most historic landmarks at the culmination of this free event (see on your screen or outside).

Mount Wilson Observatory is pleased to announce its involvement with the 94th AmericaFest as it features both a musical performance—by cellist C├ęcilia Tsan—and a daytime light-show (of sorts) thanks to its Sunstar installation (the prismatic moving "star" will be beam all over Pasadena for the next month).

Friday, June 26, 2020

Friday Posters: Zombie For Sale, Stargirl, Doom Patrol & Close Enough & Psych 2: Lassie Come Home

We're saving our favorite posters from the week for Friday. First up, Zombie For Sale is headed to Blu-ray July 7th. It's a Korean horror comedy about the fountain of youth being in zombie'll probably work out fine...

Following that, we have some shows that be streaming. Check out Stargirl if you haven't already. It's a coming-of-age superhero story done quite well and missing the noticeable fat from other shows produced by Warner Brothers. Same goes for Doom Patrol, which just started its second season. But they are way different shows. Stuff on the Doom Patrol is dark and deadly and very weird. We love it.

Then you have Close Enough finally coming out on HBO Max. From the creator of Regular Show, it looks like it'll be a sitcom about becoming an adult that should have come out on TBS two years ago. Because, it was supposed to. They locked it away for two years. And now it's finally gonna be out July 9th.

And finally, Psych 2: Lassie Come Home looks like it'll be way less of cash grab and way more thought out than the last made for TV movie. It's out in July too, on new streaming service Peacock.

Street Food Cinema Drive-Ins

Street Food Cinema is back in action this Summer. Sadly, while you can't just curl up on a blanket, you can chill in your car and watch some classic or a Summer Blockbuster. Go through their schedule to see where and when the next show you might want to see is.

We suggest ordering quick as many showings are sold out already. Here's hoping they keep adding more in July.

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Anime Expo Lite: Schedule & Vendors

-First up, we got the schedule of panels you scan stream. Funny enough, both Funimation and Aniplex have panels even tough they have their own online conventions.

Second, no word if this Anime Expo's promised special merch-like the hat above-will be available online. What is already online are a number of our favorite apparel vendors that always appear at AX.

Colorful Joy-above- is just one of the many shirts offered by Shark Robot. They have a big selection based on internet animations and YouTube channels.

Neon RPG Pins are sadly in blind boxes, but damn do they look good. They come from Sanshee, which usually makes a deal with some video game titles, but they look like they're branching out to do more.
Then you have the multiple booths of Level Up Outfitters, who booths n
umber s have dwindled to just being online.
And they ever stylish and pricey Bait is still selling stuff online as well.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Game Hype: Ex-Zodiac, Inkulinati & Garlic

We just posted on Ex-Zodiac the game that looks like a new version of Star Fox for SNES at the start of its Kickstarter and it's already been funded. We didn't mention that you can already play two levels to test it out. Play the game and wishlist it on Steam.

We usually are weary of Kickstarters, but this one seems like a really easy goal and isn't trying hard on rewards, the creator just wants to finish and polish the game.

Doesn't hurt that demo proves how much fun it is.

We didn't even know Inkulinati was up on Kickstarter. We've been looking forward to this turn based strategy game that looks like manuscript. You use animals put in the corners of pages to battle in these illustrated duels. The Kickstarter was funded, but it's over in mere hours. Luckily, Hell got funded or elements of Hell at the $66,000 goal. Can't wait for this one. Steam Wishlist.

Garlic is an underdog asking for the smallest amount on Kickstarter. It looks like it'll be a tough platformer filled with some truly silly style.