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Monday, July 15, 2019

Wait, Why Didn't All This Cool Dragon Ball Stuff Happen at Anime Expo?

In what seems to be a calculated slight against AX, the Dragon Ball World Tour starts at Comic-Con. This awesome event that did not take place in LA, but will go to San Diego, (piff) to a convention that is not fully about anime, sounds great. So, it really sucks in comparison to Dragon Ball's presence at AX this year.

Here's what going on from the press release, including a Guinness World Record attempt at doing a Kamehameha together. I say AX tries to do it next year to take away from San Diego. Screw them.

And I get what Fun doesn't care if the event takes place in LA, they're Texas based. Toei, whose a part of this, says the division handling this is LA based. I'm guessing they're from New York, so they don't care for LA. Why else would you not start this here in LA?

Oh, look New York is on the tour list, but not LA. (Snicker)

FROM PRESS RELEASE:

Dragon Ball Guinness World Records Attempt
Come be a part of Dragon Ball and Guinness World Records history! The 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure will open with a special Guinness World Records attempt to become the largest gathering of people simultaneously performing the iconic Kamehameha super energy attack move.

Fans will  gather on Wednesday, July 17 at 3:30 p.m. at the 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure  on the Marriott Marina Terrace at the Marriot Marquis San Diego. The first 1,000 participants to arrive will receive a free Dragon Ball Scouter accessory to wear during the Guinness World Records attempt. The Kamehameha super energy attack move will be led by actor Sean Schemmel, the English voice of Dragon Ball character Goku. Guinness World Records will be onsite  to supervise and validate the record attempt.

Dragon Ball World Adventure Displays
Dive into the world of Dragon Ball with an expansive collection of multi-faceted interactive installations will delight fans and attendees. Catch interactive kiosks featuring the latest Dragon Ball video game titles from Bandai Namco Entertainment, including Dragon Ball Z Kakarot, Dragon Ball Z Fighter, Dragon Ball Legends, and Dragon Ball Z Dokkan Battle.


Dragon Ball Animated GIF Photo Booth
Capture your visit to 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure with a unique and shareable complimentary memento.  Head to the Dragon Ball Animated GIF Photo Booth, select your favorite background and pose for a series of photos that will be stitched together and delivered to you as a looping animated gif that can be shared directly with friends and family and/or posted to a variety of social media channels.

Dragon Ball Collectibles & Exclusives
On display will be a wide array of S.H.Figuarts event exclusives and special Dragon Ball products from leading Bandai brands including Tamashii Nations, Shokugan, and Banpresto. Event exclusives will be available to purchase at the Tamashii Nations Booth #3545 inside the Comic-Con Main Hall and require an exclusive merchandise time slot issued by San Diego Comic-Con to purchase.

Dragon Ball Sticker Rally
Join the Dragon Ball Sticker Rally and collect stickers at each attraction inside the Dragon Ball World Adventure. Stickers may be redeemed for free premiums including Dragon Ball wristbands, posters, lanyards, stickers, fans and Saiyan Hair Set headbands. In addition, all tour guests will receive an exclusive 2019 Dragon Ball World Adventure oversized swag bag to use to carry all of their Comic-Con purchases.

LA Links: Vidiots x Drafthouse, Bling Ring Billboard Screening & Jurassic World- The Ride

-So, the new Video Vortex opening with the LA Alamo Drafthouse is partnering with the LA well-known Vidiots non-profit. What does that mean for you? It means the ability to freely rent 40k of Blu-rays and DVD's at the new location. That's right, for free.

It also comes with a series called Tales from the Video Store about peoples experiences renting before Netflix and special screenings.

-A24, who gave us the new horror film just in time for the sunshine, Midsommar, is showing off it's films in the cities the movies take place...on billboards. For free. LA gets one. We get the Bling Ring, July 27, at 8pm, somewhere in the valley. Put in the coordinates into Google and find it. via /Film

- Jurassic World—The Ride is finally re-opened and now takes on the adventures from the new movies. They kind of re-did the whole area. So, check it out if you're going for Harry Potter.

River City Girls: Be Ladies and Punch People

Why do we have to wait until September? I want to beat up chicks and save my boyfriend already!!! A new, side-scroller beat-em up in the River City universe. Co-op as two girls laying the smackdown to save their thuggish boyfriends. The reason it looks so good is it's coming from WayForward.

 River City Girls is out September 5th on PS4, PC, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch digitally.

Bluehilda Already Better Than New Looney Tune Shorts

Check out the animated short about a cute little blue witch that looks way better than WB's trying to get us back with Looney Tunes.

Friday, July 12, 2019

All Anime Expo 2019 Coverage: Con Dad, Boobs & More


Here's all the coverage from AX 2019. What was you favorite part? Hopefully, the Dad Cosplay.

AX Dad or Con Dad, Just Call Me, I Worry About You: Anime Expo 2019 Field Trip Part 1
AX Dad or Con Dad, Just Call Me, I Worry About You: Anime Expo 2019 Field Trip Part 2

- Cosplay Gallery

-Breakdown

-Promare Premiere

-18+ @ AX 2019

-Funimation Bowling & Crunchyroll HQ @ AX 2019

-Artist Alley & Gaming

-AX The Bad

Anime Expo 2019: Promare Premiere

By Jonathan Bilski

Ahha-ha-ha. Oh my...it's Gurren Lagann. It's Gurren Lagann. I shouted in my head and the crew declared after the show. It may be about racism towards fire people (not stolen from Fire Force), but for anyone whose watched Gurren Lagann, you might go...wait, this is like the same thing. And it's a good thing, because the animation, ridiculous story and epic fighting that occurs is something you shouldn't miss. The North America Premiere of Promare took place at AX's Main event Hall on Friday, July 5th.

New film, Promare is about a young hot-shot firefighter fighting the Burnish, those with the power to control fire and supposedly wreak havoc. He and his fire rescue team take them on. And thus begins a ridiculous story that steals plot points from a number of TV shows and movies including Gurren, yet it's so well animated and fast-paced you'll want to see where it's going. And it's going pretty far. It becomes a story about two leads, both Galo Thymos, the hot shot and the leader of the Burnish, Lio Fotia, who I thought was a chick by just looking at the movie poster. There's some fan service for the ladies too towards the end so enjoy. And then it becomes even more epic with the fate of the Earth in the balance.

For some background info, the people behind the film, Trigger, used to work for Gainax and when the did they made Gurren Laggann. So, you have a film very much like the dystopian robot anime that spanned the universe. It has a lot of references to the past anime, nothing directly, but dang close.

Trigger's Hiroyuki Imaishi, the director of the film, creative director, Hiromi Wakabayashi, and character designer, Shigeto Koyama,were all in attendance. They flat out said the film was a starting point for anyone to check out their earlier work of Gurren Laggann and wondered about the differences between the Japanese and American audiences. Apparently, we're very different, but mind you the crowd was rowdy Anime Expo folk where you act out more. Japanese are a little more subtle. We yell here.

Trigger coming back and showing the film was, I believe, fulfilling their promise for when the first broke news of the film at AX two years ago. It was worth the wait.

The recent 2nd big earthquake that wobbled California should have occurred during the epic finale as it would have only increased the scale and insanity of the battle. Instead, it made Trigger a little nervous they would have to cut their panel short. They didn't.

Can't wait to see their future stuff, which looks like a rip on Zootopia, but with basketball and Neo-noir detective drama. Look for the anime BNA in the future.

Promare will be shown this year in theaters with two special screenings.

That's not a girl on the left
Check here for local listings, tickets available now.
  • Tuesday, September 17 at 7:00 p.m. local time (English-language dubbed)
  • Thursday, September 19 at 7:00 p.m. local time (English-language subtitled)

ATLUS Art Exhibit 2019: Persona 5 Royal & Catherine: Full Body Showcase featuring Shigenori Soejima Aug 17

Atlus dominated AX per usual this year. You couldn't even get there bag without spending $50 and now they're taking over Nucleus.

ATLUS Art Exhibit 2019: Persona 5 Royal & Catherine: Full Body Showcase featuring Shigenori Soejima
August 17, 2019 - September 1, 2019
Aug 17, 1:00PM - 7:00PM
210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801

Here's what's happening:
 
OPENING RECEPTION HIGHLIGHTS
  • ADMISSION includes a door prize (while supplies last)
  • Meet artist Shigenori Soejima, the character designer of PERSONA 5 and CATHERINE and more...
  • Pre-register to participate in autographs and panel!*
  • Debut of exclusive limited edition PERSONA 5 and CATHERINE prints and other new items will be available
  • Special announcement to be made for PERSONA 5 ROYAL

EXHIBITION FEATURES

  • Over a dozen fan created pieces of tribute art will be on display
  • Rare game artwork from the PERSONA 5 and CATHERINE franchise will also be on display
  • Interactive installation
  • Photo-op wall
  • There will be two separate signing sessions on opening night
  • One of the signing sessions will include an artist panel prior to the signing
  • Registered attendees will receive 1 signature from Soejima-san per person
  • The gallery will be providing a poster for signature. Attendees may not bring their own items for autographs
*Registration for signing sessions will go live starting 10am PT August 2nd
$5 Registration fee will be credited back to attendees upon purchase of any event related merchandise.

Media Hype: Lupin III CGI, Scantily Clad Fighter, Millennial Manatees & More

-Check out the trailer for Lupin III: The First coming out this December in Japan, hope it gets dubbed right away and comes here as fast as possible, because it actually looks good for Japanese CGI. Because they usually suck hard at that.

-We usually don't support Kickstarters anymore on this site because of too many broken promises, but we love the work of Jason Anarchy, creator of Le Neckbeard, too much. His new game is Millennial Manatees and it'll come in a fanny pack. There's too many meta jokes about being a millennial to go on about, check out the Kickstarter page. Over in 3 days as of writing this.

-New Godzilla King of the Monsters Mini Figure Series just came out at Kidobot, sadly still blind boxed.
-Micro Mages is coming out on NES, but is also already out on Steam, looks like fun and has
co-op play for up to 4.

-Not sure if Made in Abyss is getting a new season or not, but they are getting a movie that continues the story. Sentai Filmworks just got the rights to MADE IN ABYSS: Dawn of the Deep Soul, which comes out in 2020 in Japan. So hopefully, we'll get English screening here shortly after. It looks like it's gonna  e really messed up based on the poster and if you've seen the show.

Here's the synopsis:
Dawn of the Deep Soul continues the epic adventure of plucky Riko and Reg who are joined by their new friend Nanachi. Together they descend into the Abyss’ treacherous fifth layer, the Sea of Corpses, and encounter the mysterious Bondrewd, a legendary White Whistle whose shadow looms over Nanachi’s troubled past. Bondrewd is ingratiatingly hospitable, but the brave adventurers know things are not always as they seem in the enigmatic Abyss...
-KILL la KILL - IF has a demo on PS4 right now. As we wrote at AX, it looks great. Can't watch to see barely clad babes beat the crap out of each other. The games releases on July 26th on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and on July 25th on PC/Steam.


LA Links: New Bev Special Screenings & Egyptain Theatre Sell Questions

-See Once Upon a Time in Hollywood in a special format at Quentin Tarantino's Owned New Bev

See Quentin Tarantino's stunning personal 35mm print of his new film at the New Bev!

Enjoy an exclusive pre-show specifically curated for our screenings, special concession treats & other surprises.
Advance tickets go on sale online this Saturday, July 13th, at 12:00pm PDT (noon). Please note that ALL tickets for all shows will be released for advance sale and that all shows will have first-run ticket pricing.
- The people behind Estouric tours here in LA are against the selling of The Egyptain Theatre to Netflix and are painting a less that great picture of the people selling it. Always share the most information if you're a non-profit. And it's a big deal, because The Egyptian is a major player as a home for independent films, special screenings and film festivals here in LA

Read all about it here.

"Dic Pics" Have An All New Meaning As Jackbox Party Pack 6 Introduces Dictionarium

A whole new meaning for "dic pics" is around the corner. Dictionary picks that is. We're huge fans of Jackbox over here at TTDILA and happy to report on the newest game revealed to be in Jackbox Party Pack 6, coming out this Fall. It's Dictionarium and in it you make up the meaning to new strange words. The game has you and up to 8 friends defining new words, voting on the best, coming up with word with the same meaning (a synonym) and of course using it in a sentence. No word if you share your new made up meaning on Twitter, but here's hoping you send something titled dic pics to friends after.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Anime Expo 2019: Breakdown

 By Jonathan Bilski

Anime Expo returned to the LA Convention Center last weekend to almost 5 days of panels, special guests and screenings and G-d bless the fans and their butts. People sat and waited for the mere chance to do any of those things. We need to get midgets with small hot dogs carts rolling through to sell to people on the ground. They'd be eye level and the midgets could make a lot of money. The future will be...'What was your favorite part of AX, sweetie? It was the hot dogs we got from the tiny people, papa.'

So, yeah AX had some great panels if you could get into them.

We got into Promare Premiere, but heard from the people around us that they got in hours earlier just to see that film. We'll have a post on that later, but it was an action packed film that essentially was an insane take on Gurren Lagann. And yeah it seems like it totally steals from Fire Force at the start.

The top news from AX:

Katsuhiro Otomo, creator and director of the original Akira, is doing a new film as director, Orbital Era. Here's the synopsis

The plot takes place in the near-future on a space colony under
construction. It is an action-adventure story following the lives of some
young boys surviving in this peculiar environment and society as they
are tossed around by fate.

From what was shared, the film is in early pre-production, so don't expect it anytime soon.

Also, Akira is coming back as an anime series, which sounds like a stupid idea as its becomes such a standard of 80's anime culture. The new version will allow for a lot more of the manga and side characters from the books come to the screen, but still, sounds like a bad idea.

Oh, and the manga is getting another edition in the probably very costly Otomo: The Complete Works. This will have all of the guys work he has ever done. No, idea who'll handle it here in America, maybe Dark Horse again, if they even want to. That's a lot of translation work.

That Kickstarted anime actually looks pretty good, check it out the trailer for Cannon Busters below. It comes to Netflix August 15.

"Cannon Busters follows the adventures and exploits of S.A.M, a high-end friendship droid who’s joined by a quirky, discarded maintenance robot and a brash, deadly fugitive.  Together, the unlikely trio embarks on an unforgettable journey in a fantastic and dangerous world in search of S.A.M’s best friend, the heir to a kingdom under siege."


 AX tried a little more this year with these kinda creepy humanoid blow-ups outside. The bunny and cat mascot work. The humans look like giant chibi monsters. Hats off that the girl has panties under her skirt.
 This guy was keeping the line-goers in high spirits. Some people say they spotted a mysterious father figure near him on Friday.
The line for the VR Kareshi was mostly ladies and long...wonder why...just a virtual butler.
 A little be of Moe Booster makes the medicine go down. Yes it's from J-List. J-List was barely giving out tissues, they've got to order in bigger numbers. Do you collect them each year like many others?

 Though there were some interesting booths selling some great merch from their perspective anime companies...we felt the con lacked some booths. We miss Capcom, Nintendo and even some better representation from Bandai Namco.

We know it's been years, but the Funimation Booth itself isn't fun anymore, they use to make it look like one of their animes or gave out some really cool swag. Not anymore. Sigh. Duck.

Psyduck.

Still... we guess there was plenty to do and stand in line for...without midgets on stilts trying to sell you hot dogs.



 Chairs? You think you deserve them? Fwah-AX

 A streaming service we forget existed was in charge of the Lewd Dubbing panel and for a nice treat turned out dubbed two silly series. Why the hell are you here, Teacher? and How clumsy you are, Miss Ueno. , because people are afraid of renaming shows is America. They should be Clumsy Miss Melissa and Teacher? WTF. Anyway, both are fun shows to watch and we're glad they're dubbed.


Looking back, AX was fun. Thanks to friends, the cosplayers and the community. Now, only if we could get midgets to sell us food when we're sitting down. "Hot dogs for sale!," they would yell. "Anime juice, anyone?," they would scream. And it would be amazing.

C ya next AX!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

7-Eleven Day This Thursday 2019


Don't forget to get a free small slurpee on 7/11 at 7-Eleven. Between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m..

Anime Hype: Carole & Tuesday Out August, Cuphead Coming To Netflix Too

Carole & Tuesday are coming out on Netflix this August 30th. You might recall we're already fans of the Shinichirō Watanabe, creator of Cowboy Bebop fame, anime. It's about two young girls perusing a career in music through hardships on Mars in the future. We want the music from it already. We'll only get the first 12 episodes in August, more episodes are still airing weekly in Japan. No word if it'll be dubbed, but all the music is already in English.

*Just a side note on where the news of this broke. Most sites say it came from the Netflix panel at Anime Expo, but I just got the press release from that a few days ago and Carole and Tuesday aren't mentioned at all.

The only source seems to be this Twitter account

So it looks like everyone is just quoting the same source that it was annouced at AX, which I think is wring. But if you follow Polygon, back to Comic Book you get that same Twitter account from above as the source. And that source never clarifies the news comes from the Netflix panel at AX.

I thought I spotted something else on the official Carole & Tuesday account, but all I can find is this as proof.


I just want to prove that everyone got it wrong. And that it wasn't mentioned at AX at all.



And Cuphead is getting a cartoon too. The Cuphead Show was annouced for Netflix. Over on Twitter I see a lot of good people are gonna be working on it, including one of the people who does those Mickey Mouse shorts, very on par with the 1930's animation art style of the game. 

The art for its announcement is sure underwhelming, that's just some generic looking boring crap. What a terrible way to announce.

I guess the same for Carole & Tuesday, both shows could have had one of their artists draw a new picture for it, the lazy bastards. Jeez, the both really do suck at that don't they.

Anime Expo 2019: Artist Alley & Gaming

Artist Alley was a pleasure to walk through once again...if you could get through. It may be time to give Kentia Hall fully over to Artist Alley, there's just too many people cramped in there. It'd just be nicer and easier to walk around if everything was so close together. We're like a poor family down there, just trying to get by. Screw, the limited area needed for signings, go do that at the hotel or somewhere else. I'm not sure what else was down there, but put it in the main hall or entertainment hall.

Here's some of the items in Artist that caught our eye.

Tyson Hesse had some great Sonic stuff, but his wife, the artist Kinuko wasn't allowed to sell her sketchbook, like she has for many years, because AX felt this time it was too naughty with boobs. Yet, next to their booth was this boob booth. I mean look at those knockers below. Have some perspective AX.

 and more boobs





 Some great merch for the game Catherine we spotted from Sanshee.




Arc System Works had a small booth, but with plenty of demo stations. They had demos for both River City Girls and Kill la Kill IF, which our both games we wish were out now. People playing River City Girls were commenting on the great writing that fits a total anime vibe as they put it. We'll have more info on these games in later posts.
 AX art gallery had some great homage pieces with Pop Team Epic in them. The first one on the left is based on Pablo Picaso, then Frida Kahlo and then Andy Warhol.

And Round 1 was in the Entertainment Hall, sort of being a jerk charging $5 to try out their games. The Japanese based arcade/bowling/ karaoke rooms will be in the LA area in the Burbank Mall some time this year, no official date.