Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Anime Expo 2014 Update: Red Carpet for Dragon Ball Z Battle of Gods and Viz Plans

Anime Expo is just a few weeks away and a red carpet for Dragon Ball Z Battle of Gods is taking place July 3 at the Regal LA Live Stadium 14 nearby the LA Convention Center. So far no details if this event will be open to the public.

The red carpet taking place at 8pm with a screening at 9pm will feature thr US voice cast including Sean Schemmel and Chris Sabat and Producer, Justin Cook in attendance.

Also, just added through Funimation

Sean Schemmel, Chris Sabat (Vegeta) and producer Justin Cook will lead a panel on Saturday, July 5 at 4:00pm in room: LP2. 

Earlier in the day, fans will have the chance to meet the trio during an exclusive autograph signing at FUNimation Entertainment’s booth #1201 from 1:00pm-2:30pm where posters will be supplied for the signing.  Autographs will be available on a first come, first served basis due to time restrictions. Limit one autograph per person.

Unlike the rest of the DBZ films this one is suppose to take place in continuity with heavy involvement from Akira Toriyama, creator of Dragon Ball Z. The film sets up Goku with a new enemy with G-d like power. If there's no way to get tickets for the screening this July pay attention for the special screening around the US this August. Follow it here.

Viz Media just released its plans for Anime Expo. Beyond all the Sailor Moon activities they have a lot going on.

If it's anything like Comic-Con you best head to the Drink Cart Meet from the Weekly Shonen Jump team, cool down with free drinks and balloons  Friday July 4th, between 12 – 7:30pm outside the Los Angeles Convention Center!

Check out Viz's details after the jump

VIZ Media Anime Expo Panels & SAILOR MOON Special Events Include:

Thursday, July 3rd

4:45 – 5:45pm    VIZ Media Panel (Room LP2)
Join the VIZ Media staff for a presentation and Q & A session all about the latest in manga & anime! Staff will be talking about the latest news, upcoming releases and other cool announcements from the publishing and animation teams.  Free manga for attendees while supplies last!

Friday, July 4th

12 – 7:30pm       WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP Drink Cart
Weekly Shonen Jump will be handing out free energy drinks featuring NARUTO, ONE PIECE, BLEACH, and more! Look for the cart on Pico Boulevard and Figueroa Street or follow @ShonenJump on Twitter for real-time location.

4:30 – 6:00pm    SHONEN JUMP Presents: ONE PIECE (Room LP1)
ONE PIECE is the world’s most popular manga series, with over 300 million volumes sold to-date! Get all the latest news on the ONE PIECE manga, anime, video games and more at this super-sized panel, featuring guests from VIZ Media, FUNimation, Bandai Namco Games and more!

Saturday July 5th – VIZ Media Presents SAILOR MOON DAY

10:00 – 11:30am    SAILOR MOON Official Panel (Room LP1)
Join VIZ Media for the world premiere of the all-new, uncut English language premiere of the legendary anime series, SAILOR MOON! VIZ Media will introduce the cast and show the first 2 episodes of the re-mastered classic anime series. Following the premiere, a very special Q & A session will take place with the staff and cast of the production. There also will be a special giveaway for attendees (while supplies last)!!
[*Note: This special session will feature the World Premiere of the New English Dub of classic SAILOR MOON series Episodes 1 and 2 and announcements at the panel]  

12:00 – 12:30pm     SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL Screening (Video Room 1)
Based on Naoko Takeuchi’s legendary manga series, SAILOR MOON CRYSTAL retells the story of Sailor Moon as she searches for her fellow Sailor Guardians and the Legendary Silver Crystal to stop the dark forces of Queen Beryl! Catch the special screening of the first episode of this exciting new series! 

1:00pm      Special SAILOR MOON Dub Voice Cast Autograph Session (Anime Expo Autograph Area)
Stop by the Anime Expo Autograph Area and pick up your very own SAILOR MOON full-color poster and get it personally signed by members of the official English voice cast!

1:45pm     Shojo Beat Panel (Room LP4)
Join manga editors Pancha Diaz and Nancy Thistlethwaite while they discuss favorite series, answer questions, and share what’s coming up for Shojo Beat. Free swag will be provided, including manga, while supplies last!

2:45pm     SAILOR MOON Cast Photo Opportunity (VIZ Media Booth #1601)
Fans can take photos of the talented Official English voice cast for SAILOR MOON with the SAILOR GUARDIAN cosplayers from American Cosplay Paradise in a special session!

3:30pm     SAILOR MOON Cosplay Gathering (Main Event Hall)
This could be the world's largest SAILOR MOON cosplay gathering EVER! Wear your best Sailor Guardian costume and have a chance to be included on a future release!

4:45 – 6:00pm     GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET Dub Premiere
(Video 1)
Get an exclusive look at the first episodes of GARGANTIA, dubbed in English! In the distant future, Ledo, a young soldier from space wakes up and finds himself marooned on an ocean planet.  Growing up in space, and knowing nothing but battle, he is a stranger in a strange land, full of odd customs and a foreign language, but he’s not alone. Starting a new journey on this verdurous planet, Ledo must find a way to survive and reconcile the fact that he may never be able to return home!

Sunday July 6th

2:30 – 3:30pm    VIZ Media Animation Featuring Neon Alley (Room LP3)
Find out all that's new and awesome directly from the VIZ Media animation team! Discover the inside story about upcoming releases, catch new announcements and the latest on the anime streaming service, Neon Alley. Bring all your anime questions, too because the VIZ Media team will be there to answer them! 

Finally, don’t forget to check the Anime Expo screening schedule for a variety of VIZ Media anime titles including showings of BERSERK THE GOLDEN AGE ARC III: THE ADVENT, TIGER & BUNNY THE MOVIE II: THE RISING, RANMA ½, and BLOOD LAD, and more! 

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