Monday, June 17, 2024

RIP Arby's Cowboy Hat Sign

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Anime Expo Minute#8 Gashapon Coming In & Tubeout

 


If you like collecting those cute little toys, then good news! Bandai Namco is bringing over 200 gashapon machines to the Entertainment Hall this year. Way more than that sliver from last year. Either they did really well or they were told by corporate to push it in America. More places with once-hard-to-find and Japan Only prizes are now stateside. 

What kind of sucks is fair pricing as they seem to be charging around $5 or $6 in American dollars to use one machine. In Japan it's between 200-400 yen to use a machine, that's well 400 yen = $2.54  right now...so, not cool.

TUBEOUT! In Los Angeles 2024 ~Virtual Live Concert~
Sat. Jul 6, 2024 3:30pm - 5:30pm 
The Novo 
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
$45.00 - $79.00
 
 

"TUBEOUT!" is a virtual festival that combines VTubers and anime songs held around the world. It's a music festival where hot VTubers perform the latest and famous anime songs, and their original songs with fans from all over the world. The event will take place on Saturday, July 6th at The NOVO. Performers will be "HASU NO SORA JOGAKUIN SCHOOL IDOL CLUB", "HIMEHINA", "Akari Ishikari (Aogiri High School)", "kson (vshojo)", "Uruka Fujikura (Phase Connect)" and "Tacitly".


Friday, June 14, 2024

Comic Hype: Morbius Cares Not For Morbin Time & The Moon Is Following Us

 

Amazing Spider-Man - Blood Hunt #2 has Morbius working with vampires on a vampire cure, but he doesn't care for his new boss. His boss T.J. of Hemoglobin INC (vampires have taken over the world and it's perpetual night in the comics right now) actually utters the line, "Yes, it's MORBIN' TIME!" Morbius' reaction seems to show he would not enjoy his Sony movie. Dismemberment might be too nice.


And even then...T.J. does not learn, in the same comic he thinks he's earned calling Morbius, Morbs. Morbius points out that in the real time in the comic it's been hours since T.J. used Morbin time. Hope T.J. dies fast and funny in issue #3.

 

I'm not sure, but might be the first use of Morbin time in an actual Marvel comic.


Hype: Sony Bought Alamo Drafthouse Universal, Adventure Timed Buy A Day, Get A Day Free

None too happy about this one. Two simple reasons. Sony is the worst major studio...and that's saying a lot, because we saw the terrible behavior of the studios during the strike. And, the law that studios couldn't own theaters only recently went away. We don't need another monopoly.

Sony at best will slowly kill the theater chain...taking away every part of it that stands out.

I'm excited for the movie, the rest of it I've pretty much written off.

Here's the details:

‘Adventure Time’ Movie in Development With Rebecca Sugar, Patrick McHale and Adam Muto Attached; Two Spinoff Series Also in the Works (EXCLUSIVE)

 
-Random deal from Universal Studios

Beginning today, Universal Studios Hollywood is offering guests a chance to experience the two of the best days in L.A. with the purchase of a Buy A Day, Get A 2nd Day Free General Admission ticket, available now through October 9, 2024.

The process is turnkey so the fun can start as soon as possible. Guests can purchase the special Buy A Day, Get A 2nd Day Free ticket option online at Universal Studios Hollywood now through October 9, 2024 and enjoy their second day free for their return on select dates, with all visits completed on or before December 18, 2024.

Anim Expo Minute #7 iBUYPOWER Events & Beyblade X



BUYPOWER 25th Anniversary Night Market, which will be hosted at Booths E-40 and E-45 within the convention’s Entertainment Hall

        Dokibird LIVE! – Celebrate Dokibird’s birthday on July 4 and see her exclusively at the iBUYPOWER booth! Pre-register online at our website for a chance to join in live Q&As, karaoke sessions, meet & greets, and special giveaways from our partner ViewSonic.

·         VCT Americas x iBUYPOWER - iBUYPOWER is bringing the VCT Americas tailgate experience to Anime Expo 2024 with the VCT Americas UNLOCK YOUR ACE AIMLAB Experience, and the VCT Americas ACE TARGET PRACTICE, where players can collect various prizes and participate in a giveaway hosted by our partner ASUS.

·         BasiilLeaf Night Market Hut – Meet fan-favorite artist BasiilLeaf exclusively at the iBUYPOWER booth, purchase unique merchandise, and learn more about the artist.
 
 
 BEYBLADE X booth
 Entertainment Hall
 Booth Highlights:
-New Battle Set: Xtreme Battle Set – includes a stadium, 2 launchers, and 2 Beys
-New Releases: Dual packs, single packs, and starter packs; all are available at Target, Walmart, and Amazon
-Tournaments: Held daily on July 4-6 with participation prizes and swag bags for the top 3 winners. -Tournament participants will be decided via raffle.
-Exhibition Matches: One-time battles against a master Blader from Japan, with participants receiving stadiums.
 
BEYBLADE X Panel Details:
Date: July 6 Time: 10:00 AM - 11:20 AM
Location: Room 404AB
Panelists: Mr. Akiyama (Animation Director) & Blader Ken
Exclusive Screenings: First episode of BEYBLADE X Season 1
 Giveaways: Xtreme Battle set for the first 100 guests 
Trivia Prizes: Exclusive key frame arts and products for trivia winners
Special Insights: Mr. Akiyama will provide insights into the development of the series and an inside scoop into the animation world.

Thursday, June 13, 2024

Game Hype: The Jackbox Megapicker, Dragon Ball: Sparking! ZERO Out October 11 & More...Too Much More

Woah, I've totally been having this super specific problem on Jackbox Game Nights. I wonder if future installments will be added in...even if it's the new Naughty Pack. 

Dragon Ball: Sparking! ZERO is bursting on the scene October 11th! You can pre-order from the various places below.

DRAGON BALL: Sparking! ZERO is available now for digital and physical pre-orders on PlayStation®5, Xbox Series X, and PC via Steam® in Standard, Deluxe, Premium Collector Edition, and Digital Ultimate Edition. Pre-orders come with bonus early access to a number of characters including Broly (Super), Gogeta (Super) and more.

Visions of Mana is coming out Aug. 29, 2024, for PlayStation®5 (PS5®), PlayStation®4 (PS4®), Xbox Series X|S and PC.

Get ready for a new Square Enix JRPG to get lost in.

From the press release: Fitness Boxing feat. HATSUNE MIKU, will be coming to retailers in the West this fall. Fitness Boxing feat. HATSUNE MIKU contains 24 classic songs, such as "Melt" and "The Vampire” with new special songs also added to the mix, like the game's main theme, "Let's Mikusercise!!" by cosMo@Bousou-P.


Woah, that looks fantastic!

I know it was two weeks ago, but let's not forget Sony.

Daffy In Wackyland Out Now

 

Been waiting on this one. Has it been over-hyped, oh yeah. Still, if you wanna check it out, it's ridiculous on how to find it on Max.

Anime Expo Minute #6 Parking

 



Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Weekly What To Do: Get You Dad A Taco Or A Tie Or Taco Tie!

*Yo, don't forget it's Father Day, Sunday! Go grab your Dad a card & a ridiculous tie.
 

It's creepy and it's kooky, messed-up and kind of spooky...no more to rhyme, I'm afraid. The Hollywood Fringe Festival returns to LA June 13th-30th to show off the strangest of plays, musicals and everything in-between. For a crowd wanting to see utter nonsense you have a choice between almost 400 Shows to choose from. Another reason people check it out, tickets can be from the price of free to $15 on average.
Check out our top picks

The Boys are back for Season 4 on Prime Thursday, June 13th.



Chocolate Talk & Tasting/ Thursday, June 13, 2024 | 6–8 pm/Natural History Museum/$20 General Admission /As the last of three evening events designed to further expand upon the ongoing ChocoLAte: From Beans to Bliss online video series, “For Love, Family & Chocolate'' will take a deep look at the connections between community, cultural traditions and chocolate. With a focus on allowing guests to explore and build connections over chocolate, each guest will also receive a chocolate tasting from Uncle Eddie’s Vegan Cookies and Guelaguetza with admission. While the ChocoLAte video series will continue to share the stories behind these local chocolatiers and influential figures, the Talk & Tasting series presents an opportunity to meet and directly learn from these experts.


HellmouthCon, a global fandom event, set for June 14th-16th, 2024, at Torrance High School, the filming location for "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." This event symbolizes a mystical convergence of fandom cultures.Reimagined as a one-day extravaganza as we rebuild from the pandemic, the HellmouthCon offers an array of weekend activities. Main location Torrance High Schoo l2200 W. Carson St. Torrance, CA 90501.
PARTCH Ensemble/ JUN 14-15/Redcat 631 W 2ND ST, LOS ANGELES, CA 90012/$25*

PARTCH Ensemble—the Grammy Award-winning  ensemble specializing in the music and instruments of the iconoclastic American Maverick composer Harry Partch—returns to REDCAT for their twentieth anniversary with an evening of alluring and powerful music performed on the extraordinary orchestra of instruments Partch designed and built himself.

Unicorn Overlord - Voice Actors Meet & Greet
Date: June 15th, 2024, Saturday, at 12 PM (noon) to 4 PM.
GAME REALMS
137 N Victory Blvd
Burbank CA 91502
$10 Admission Fee (Free Admission for kids under the age of 5.)

Voice actors featured:
Kylen Deporter @kylendeporter
Skyler Davenport
Bill Millsap @audiou4ia
Ben Balmaceda @benbevoicing
Rachelle Heger @bellachellular
Laura Post @laurapostvoice
Evan Michael Lee @evanmichaellee
Kira Buckland @killercoffeequeen
Brook Chalmers @brookchalmers
Christian La Monte @christianlamontevo
Bill Butts @billdozer77
Erica Mendez @tsunderica
Luis Bermudez @luisbermudezvo
Chris Hackney @chrishackneyggk

 

The Art of SKY Opening Reception / Jun 15, 1:00PM - 5:00PM. Exhibit location: 210 East Main St. Alhambra CA 9180 FREE admission. Walk-ins welcome, first come first serve. In celebration of the video game SKY and the launch of the new art of book. Nucleus and TGC is hosting a panel / exhibition event.
 
L.A. TACO’s 15th Annual Taco Madness! Saturday, June 15 · 6 - 11:59pm LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes
501 North Main Street Los Angeles, CA 90012 L.A. TACO invites you to a grand quinceañera on Saturday, June 15th! It's the 15th-anniversary edition of our TACO Madness festival, taking place at La Plaza de Cultura y Artes in Downtown L.A. With 12 of L.A.’s favorite taquerias serving their best tacos, cold Boomtown Brewing beer and micheladas, some of our city’s best DJs, live graffiti art, and guest judges this will be our most bangin' taco festival yet! 21+ Event.
 

KCRW Summer Nights with LA Chinatown/ Jun 15 • 8:00 pm/
Chinatown’s Central & West Plazas 943 N. Broadway Los Angeles, CA 90012 / Free
 
Chinatown Summer Nights and Prime Video’s EXPATS present an authentic neon lit experience in one of Los Angeles’ oldest neighborhoods. Bring the family to celebrate New Chinatown’s 86th anniversary with their legacy merchants. Taste the culinary offerings of Chinatown with the chef driven concepts and dance the night away in Central Plaza with KCRW DJs Travis Holcombe and Jason Bentley.
 
Saturday June 15th from 12pm to 6pm for the second event of LotZilla Summer 2024! Bigger and badder then last month, we're coming in hot with a whole host of amazing vendors and cooling off with a DUNK TANK. Shirts! Jewelry! Tattoos! Miniatures! Musubi and More!  Revenge Of
3420 Eagle Rock Blvd, STE A, Los Angeles, CA
 
 

3rd Annual Q Con/SATURDAY JUNE 15, 2024 11AM-6PM /Fiesta Hall in Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046 /Free A celebration of queer comics and cosplay pride! Special appearances by: X-Men '97 /Holly Chou (voice of Jubilee)/ JP Karliak (voice of Morph)
 
SIDESHOW: #SUMMERSESSIONS ep 1. road2summer
613 Imperial Street, Los Angeles, CA, USA
Saturday, Jun 15th, 2024 • 08:00 PM
$35

Avatar: The Last Airbender Night/ June 15, 2024 8:30 PM/The Autry Museum/$
 

Matthew Barney: An American Cinematheque Retrospective/ June 16 - July 9, 2024/ Egyptian Theatre/ Aero Theatre/ $/ CREMASTER 4, CREMASTER 1, CREMASTER 5, CREMASTER 2, CREMASTER 3/ Totally insane film series that isn't available online, the only way to fully see it is in theaters. And happens at the will of it's creator. The backstory behind the film series is crazy in it's own wright. Many say it's best to partake of herbs before seeing any of it.

2024 Palm Springs International ShortFest /  Jun 18 - Jun 24/Regal Palm Springs 789 E Tahquitz Canyon Way Palm Springs, CA 92262. Here's our top picks for programs for the fest.

Extra: 
 

OFF THE 405 is the Getty Center's annual outdoor summer concert series, bringing some of today's most exciting bands to the stage for a memorable experience amid stunning architecture and breathtaking sunset views.

 
UCB, a cheapo comedy show almost every night, see comedians before they make podcasts and have
stories about the UCB and before they hit the big time.
 


American Cinematheque-A celebrated independent theater group that brings both the talent and catalog of films to make for some of LA's best movie nights.
 

Street Food Cinema-Outdoor cult or recent hits you'll love.

Check out classics and cult movies just a few stories above street level. Rooftop Movies at The Montalbán.


 New Bev-Tarantino owned independent theater with old school style

Cinelounge - Hollywood based tiny theater, showing off indies you've never heard of
 
Brain Dead Studios-manages to fill its schedule almost every night
611 N Fairfax Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90036
 
Vidiots -A one-of-a-kind hub for film lovers, filmmakers, and everyone curious about cinema. A small theater is more than made-up for with the constant content and special screenings.
4884 Eagle Rock Blvd
 
 
Art
 
March 2-Sept 1
Japanese American National Museum
100 North Central Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Admission $

Giant Robot Biennale 5 features artists Sean Chao, Felicia Chiao, Luke Chueh, Giorgiko, James Jean,
Taylor Lee, Rain Szeto, and Yoskay Yamamoto, among others. Since 2007, JANM has partnered with Eric Nakamura, founder of Giant Robot, to produce the Giant Robot Biennale, a recurring art exhibition that highlights diverse creative works celebrating the brand’s ethos.
 
 
05.02.2024 (Thu.) – 11.03.2024 (Sun.)
JAPAN HOUSE Gallery, Level 2
Free
 
 “Yes, KAWAII is Art -EXPRESS YOURSELF-” is the first exhibition in which Masuda, known as the “King of Kawaii,” brings together multiple artworks unravelling the concepts within the phenomena while introducing his personal story of sharing kawaii with the world. Through his collection of artifacts from the origins of the culture and dazzling immersive art installations, visitors are invited to explore the cultural context and significance of the kawaii movement and step into the colorful world to feel the aesthetic for themselves, emphasizing its role in fostering a sense of joy, innocence, and community as a tool for self-expression and representation of a worldwide tribe to which we can all belong.
 
March 9, 2024 – September 8, 2024
Bowers Museum 
$ Admission
 
 Never-before-seen at a museum and making its American debut, Asian Comics: Evolution of an Art Form presents the largest ever selection of original artworks from Asian comics, displayed alongside their printed, mass-produced forms. This exhibition is a vivid journey through the art of comics and visual storytelling across Asia. From its historical roots to the most recent digital innovations, the exhibition looks to popular Japanese manga and beyond, highlighting key creators

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Anime Expo Minute #5 Panels We're Hyped For



Delicious in Dungeon Panel! Join in for a special Q&A discussion with the Director and Character Designer of Delicious in Dungeon and other staff.


 

Get the first look at DAN DA DAN featuring director Fuga Yamashiro, voice actors Shion Wakayama (Momo) and Natsuki Hanae (Okarun), Science SARU producer Kohei Sakita, and MBS producer Hiroshi Kamei.

Re:Zero Season 3 to Host World Premiere in Los Angeles Friday, July 5th, at 5:00PM

Join Yusuke Kobayashi and special staff members to watch the first full-length (90 minutes!) episode of Re:Zero Season 3, ahead of its simulcast and exclusively on Crunchyroll in 2024.

● Panelist: Japanese Voice of Natsuki Subaru, Yusuke Kobayashi; Japanese Voice of Garfield Tinsel, Nobuhiko Okamoto; Director, Masahiro Shinohara; Character Designer, Haruka Sagawa; Kadokawa Producer, Sho Tanaka

ONE PIECE - EGGHEAD ARC ENGLISH DUB PREMIERE
Friday, July 5 | 11:30AM PT
LA Convention Center – Main Events

Toei Animation and Crunchyroll present the English Dub premiere of Episodes 1090 and 1091 of One Piece! Be among the first to catch the Straw Hats' arrival at the futuristic and mysterious Egghead Island.


TO BE HERO X SPECIAL PREMIERE
Thursday, July 4 | 6:45PM PT
JW Marriott – Crunchyroll Stage

Be among the first to get an early sneak peek at the upcoming project between Aniplex and bilibili, featuring director Li Haolin at the helm of the series. You won't want to miss the fantastic explosion of color, slick animation, and style!

● Panelists: Director Li Haolin

● Host: Crunchyroll’s Tim Lyu

Anime Expo 2024: Picks and Hentai Panels

 

Here's some of our picks for Anime Expo 2024. Here's the AX Schedule for even more choices.

July 4th
HIDIVE Presents “2.5 Dimensional Seduction” North American Premiere  
Panel Room: 403AB
START: 9:00 PM
END: 9:50 PM
Panel Description: Join HIDIVE for the North American premiere of 2.5 Dimensional Seduction, the upcoming Summer 2024 simulcast that celebrates the magical world of cosplay.

July 4th
Who Wants To Be An Animaire
Panel Room: 404AB
START: 9:00 PM
END: 9:50 PM
Panel Description: Everyone knows the beloved classic gameshow "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire", but those questions were always lame because they never had anything to do with anime!That all changed when Isekai Nation attacked! Come join us and try your best to answer every question correctly and win the top spot against your fellow competitors!

 July 5th
One Piece - Egghead Arc English Dub Premiere
Panel Room: Main Events
START: 11:30 AM
END: 12:20 PM
Panel Description: Toei Animation and Crunchyroll present the English Dub premiere of Episodes 1090 and 1091 of One Piece! Be among the first to catch the Straw Hats' arrival at the futuristic and mysterious Egghead Island.






July 5th
VIZ Industry Panel
Panel Room: JW-Platinum
START: 11:30 AM
END: 12:20 PM
Panel Description: Please welcome our special guests Derek Stephen Prince, Robbie Daymond, and Xander Mobus, the English voice actors of BLEACH: Thousand-Year Blood War. Check out what's coming for your favorite series and the new VIZ Originals One-Shot program! Plus, special giveaways and trivia prizes.  

Monday, June 10, 2024

Anime Expo Minute #4 Stuff Happening Around AX

 


The Japanese rock band MAN WITH A MISSION is stopping to play in LA, July 2nd at the Hollywood Palladium. The dress up in wolf masks, so it's sure to be a fun, weird show.

 


Q Pop in Little Tokyo is hosting Hideyuki Tanaka, best known for creating Milk Chan. There's gonna be a Hideyuki Tanaka art show & and Super Milk Chan Pop-Up Shop while AX is in town. So, if you're staying in Little Tokyo or have a free day, check it out. It's taking place June 29th through July 14th.

Further Out: 2024 Palm Springs International ShortFest

 

The 2024 Palm Springs International ShortFest is coming back this June. June 18-24 to be exact. Check out the full schedule here and make a Palm Springs escape this Summer.

Here's our top picks for programs for the fest:
 

A World Imagined | Thursday, 5:00 PM

An intriguing blend of science and speculative fiction through a collection of eclectic films that explore imagined futures and offer fresh perspectives on our present reality. 
 
 

 

Late Night | Friday, 8:00 PM

The absurd and the surreal converge in this collection of after-dark shorts, featuring a wild range of stories with peculiar situations. 

 


7 Deadly Sins | Saturday, 4:30 PM

Make your way through these seven selections that touch on each cardinal crime - gluttony, lust, greed, wrath, sloth, vanity, and pride. Transgression, depravity, and sinfulness abound. 
 

Thrills & Chills | Saturday, 7:30 PM

Buckle in for this hair-raising and unsettling series of disturbing genre shorts! Expect some unforgettable and gross moments.