Friday, May 31, 2024

Anime Hype: Riverside, Evan Palmer Daily Dragon Ball, Dandadan & Sakamoto Days Animes & More Dragon Ball Saprking Zero Fighters


A prelude to Anime Expo, start off Summer with Anime Riverside, June 1st & 2nd at the Riverside Convention Center.

As we've said before, we went last last year and we were impressed by how the event takes over downtown Riverside. Cosplayers, otaku and plenty of merch stretch out all over the city. And, we really liked the anime themed wrestling. 

Check out Panels here. There's quite a good amount of them.

Evan Palmer is an artist and has started watching Dragon Ball. Since April 5th he's been putting out a Daily Dragon Ball image based on the episode he watched of the original series. And, gosh darn it it's cute. I started re-watching Dragon Ball because of it. His latest art is based on the Dr. Slump crossover, a much sillier series also created by Akira Toriyama.



An anime we're looking forward to...and you should too, is being split like Urusei Yatsura into a two course season. That means, that even though when it's done airing all episodes will count as Season 1. It's...kind of annoying as that means we won't get all episodes one after another and might have to wait a few months for more. But it could mean their taking their time at animation Science Saru to put everything out with quality. 

 And if it is low quality after having more time, feel free to go after Science Saru online, they had more time to make it better.

The anime comes out this October. 

Mondo Tokyo: Dispatches from a Secret Japan by Patrick Macias recently came out. We've been reading Macias' work for a long time and you might like getting caught up with his experience as probably one of the last anime/ Japanese culture writers still going. He's also in charge of Otaku USA, the last published anime magazine in the US.

Blurb from Amazon on the book.

"Tokyo, in the early aughts, was a weird place. Lonely single men wanted to marry action figures instead of women. High school girls worked at maid cafes and were paid to act like Manga characters. Nightclubs filled with kids in anime cosplay who danced to remixed versions of cartoon theme songs.

People’s private obsessions, once confined to bedrooms and computer screens, were transforming entire city blocks.

Long before global media, Pharrell Williams, and millions of tourists twigged to the strange new energy emerging from Japan, author Patrick Macias was there, chronicling the emergence of “Cool Japan” in a famous blog entitled “An Eternal Thought in the Mind of Godzilla.” Now with biting humor and cultural insight, he looks back on the trends, personalities, and happenings that dominated the bleeding edge of Japanese pop culture in those years. You’ll meet maids who imitate Michael Jackson, anime producers sent to prison for guns and drugs, school girls determined to resurrect surf rock, nightclubbers who worship “uncool foreigners,” and all manner of wide-eyed ex-pats, weirdoes, and dreamers who came to Tokyo in search of a stranger, more surreal version of life."

The very much loved manga is getting an anime this January, early next year, 2025. What happens after the world's great assassin retires? He gets fat and runs and convenience store, of course!

Oh yeah, we have the fusions to fight each other! 

Tickets for The Secret World of Arrietty and When Marnie Was There can be purchased online by visiting,, or at participating theater box offices (Theaters and participants are subject to change).


The Secret World of Arrietty Show Dates

All event listings are in local time


Sunday, June 9 at 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM (English Language Dub)

Tuesday, June 11 at 7:00 PM (Japanese Language with Subtitles)


When Marnie Was There Show Dates

All event listings are in local time


Monday, June 10 at 7:00 PM (English Language Dub)

Wednesday, June 12 at 7:00 PM (Japanese Language with Subtitles)