Really looking forward to seeing this at Anime Expo this year! Onigamiden is directed Hirotsugu Kawasaki-san. He was the man behind Spriggan, one of 4°C best and earliest movies! The animation looks amazing and I love the unique look of the characters. It’s good to see designs that gravitate away from the typical Japanese look. Also, Studio Pierrot is producing which means that animation throughout should be solid since it’s a feature.
If you get a chance to be at A/X on Friday, here’s the info:
Anime Expo is coming again this weekend and I’ll be doing a panel.
“Getting into the Animation Industry”
Saturday, July 2nd @5pm-7pm
For those interested, the panel will be about tips and advice for people interested in working in American animation. I’ll be moderating and speaking with some friends/guest. Some of the topics we’ll cover will range from different types of positions in animation, how each of the panelist got to where they were and what you can do to start you aspiring and brutal life in making cartoons! Our guests will be:
Brianne Drouhard: Character Designer, Storyboard Artist
Mark Fujita: Assistant Production Manager
George Krstic: Producer, Writer
Alan Wan: Director, Storyboard Artist
They’ll probably be more guest, since I have to find a way to fill the time. Hope to see you there!
WB put out a press release of when the Thundercats panel is during SDCC. I summarized all the details your really need to know about TC during Comicon! Come checkout the panel and be ready for some awesome surprises!
3:30–4:30 p.m. ThunderCats Premiere EpisodeScreening and Q&A – Comic-Con, Ho! From the moment this series was announced, fans have answered the call — now, the wait is finally over as Warner Bros. Animation is proud to bring the fans at Comic-Con the world premiere of this all-new reimagining of the beloved ’80s franchise. Lion-O, Tygra, Panthro, Cheetara, Wily Kit, Wily Kat and Snarf are back! After the screening, producers Michael Jelenic (Batman: The Brave and the Bold) and Ethan Spaulding (Avatar: The Last Airbender), art director Dan Norton (G.I. Joe: Resolute) and members of the voice cast will discuss what viewers can expect in the first season of this exciting new series. ThunderCatspremieres in a special one-hour episode on Friday, July 29 at 8/7c on Cartoon Network. Room 6A
SPECIAL SNEAK PEEK PILOT SCREENINGS
THE TV SERIES SCHEDULE
FRIDAY, JULY 22
MAD: 10:00–11:00 a.m., Room 25ABC Green Lantern: The Animated Series: 2:00–3:00 p.m., Room 6BCF ThunderCats: 3:30–4:30 p.m., Room 6A
SUNDAY, JULY 24
Young Justice: 10:00–11:00 a.m., Room 7AB Supernatural: 11:15 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Hall H Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: 1:00–2:00 p.m., Room 6A The Looney Tunes Show: 2:15–3:15 p.m., Room 6A
On my last trip to Japan, I had a chance to check out the limited pop-up of the One Piece restaurant based on the popular Japanese manga by Eichiro Oda. I got wind of it from a past Topless Robot link and being a HUGE fan of One Piece decided to make it a destination to go when I was there. It was actually kind of hard to get there and the process to go was very typical “Japanese” involving kiosk, reservations and limited amount of seating. But you bite your lip and suck it up since this was a One Piece event!
To eat at the One Piece restaurant you had to book reservations in advance. Like all special Japanese events seating was limited. Apologies in the advanced all pictures were shot on my Iphone.
It seems like they were raffling off this giant-sized chopper.
I forgot whether or not they served beer. Either way the taps were awesome!
Stuff on the menu:
A mugiwara (strawhat) omlette!
During the time the I was there, Luffy and the gang would make brief interactive voice appearances to talk to the patrons. Chopper voice would later come out to play paper-rock-scissor with the guest and the winner got a prize.
This is what I feasted on:
Going Merry parfait- ice cream with a big piece of toast and blue jello.
All Blue drink- it was some soda concoction with blue jello.
Chicken leg- with the Mugiwara pirate symbol branded on it.
Boba ice tea- the boba was suppose to imitate the rumble balls.
During the time there, everyone had the opportunity to walk around and take pictures. All in all it was pretty fun, too bad like all things in Japan it was only there for a limited time. By the time of this posting the restaurant is probably gone now. It’s sad that these kind of events come and go so quickly, especially since being overseas your timing has to be just right. Sigh* Thus is the way of pop-ups I suppose.
Great! Now I have to sink more money to my Revoltech addiction. Tokyo Hunter made a trip to the Revoltech Expo this past weekend and snap a load of pictures to titillate you upcoming years fancy of Revoltech line. I just posted the ones that I’m drooling over like the Alien, Jack Skellington and the T-Rex from Jurassic Park. Allow me to go grab some paper towels to wipe my desk while you take a look at these pictures!
Oh I forgot to mention, they’re also releasing fully transformable Valkyries.
Passion Pictures has done it once again by animating an amazing commercial! Premiered during this weeks E3 expo. Harmonix showed off their latest promo piece for the popular game with a Beatles addition coming soon. Passion Pictures is most notably known for their work on the Gorillaz music videos and other commercials. Love the caricatures of the band by Robert Valley. Awesome!
Degenki Online has pictures of the lastest prize goods that are set to be released this fall at your local UFO catchers in Japan. You can probably order some of these at the usual online outlets once released, or you can just make a trip to Japan and try your skill at catching one of these prizes!
Some awesome Poogies from MonHan.
I’m more interested in the Real Figures of Ami and Taiga.
Gold Experience Requiem from Jojo’s Vento Aureo arc.
Panson Works X One Piece key and phone straps! That’s definitely on my want list!
I found this the most appealing of the prized goods. There’s no description but it seems to be Cyborg 009 figures designed by the urban vinyl artist Kaijin.
Here’s the rest of the team.
You can catch the rest of the images here from the event.
While in Japan, I got a chance to check out another event, Super Festival 48. This event mainly focused on toys and figures, which is another hobby of mine. I first heard about this on Toybot Studios blog and decided it would be cool to check out before returning back to the States. SF48 had all types of toys ranging from American to Japanese kaiju to nostalgic items. Here are a couple of pictures I took at the event:
Some of the booths were selling garage kits.
Others were displaying their skills. Caught this pretty cool plug unit from Eva.
The model was so detailed that you could clearly see the pilots.
Here’s a shot of the attendees buying toys. Seems like there’s a small market for American toys. The booth in the picture were selling Transformer Animated figures.
Popsoda’s Many Many Many Mey Dynamite Custom Show.
Overall, I enjoyed my first figure event. It was the complete opposite compared to comiket, small, low key and less crowded. Hopefully, my next trip will allow me to go to another figure event like WF…if it comes back. You can check out the rest of the images at the bottom gallery. Enjoy!