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    Source: Crunchyroll Special Thanks to Amanda Geraldo Attack on Titan Characters Show Their Holiday Spirit with Festive Costumes – Only in Attack on Titan TACTICS for iOS and Android Today, DeNA Co., Ltd. and Crunchyroll Games announced an upcoming in-game event and special in-game rewards for ATTACK ON TITAN TACTICS, an officially licensed mobile game based on the popular anime series Attack on Titan. To align with the holidays, players will have the opportunity to see some of their favorite ATTACK ON TITAN characters such as Eren Jaeger, Armin Arlelt, and Annie Leonhart, dressed up in festive costumes. More information is provided below: Fanciful Story Event – Holy Night’s Battle: This in-game event tells an original story that’s set in the time period when Eren Jaeger was in the 104th Cadet Corps. With the entire regiment tired from training and eager to hold a festival for the

    Source: Macross Portal press release Special Thanks to Avery Guerra Landmark agreement between the anime companies will allow immediate international distribution of most Macross television sequels and films, while affirming Harmony Gold’s rights to the Robotech franchise. Both companies will cooperate on the international distribution of future Macross and Robotech projects post 2021. Tokyo based BIGWEST CO.,LTD. and Los Angeles based Harmony Gold U.S.A. announced an agreement regarding the worldwide rights for the legendary Macross and Robotech franchises. This expansive agreement signed by both companies on March 1, 2021, ends two decades of disagreements and will allow Bigwest and Harmony Gold to chart a new path that will unlock the great potential of both the Macross and Robotech franchises worldwide. The landmark agreement immediately permits worldwide distribution of most of the Macross films and television sequels worldwide, and also confirms that Bigwest will

    Special Guest Mayumi Tanaka (Voice of “Monkey D. Luffy”), Kazuya Nakai (Voice of “Roronoa Zoro”), and Director Tatsuya Nagamine will Join Fans for a Virtual Simulcast Event; Watch Streamed Episodes of 969 and 970 with YouTuber RogersBase Source: Toei Animation Inc., Funimation press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto t’s no secret that anime fans around the globe have fallen entranced with the world of ONE PIECE. With fans fully engrossed in the Land of Wano Arc, Toei Animation and Funimation are excited to bring viewers worldwide the “ONE PIECE Wano Watch Party.” This live stream event of epic proportion will coincide with the simulcast stream of episode 971. Special guests and ONE PIECE voice actors Mayumi Tanaka (voice of “Monkey D. Luffy”), Kazuya Nakai (voice of “Roronoa Zoro”), and Director Tatsuya Nagamine will join hosts

    Source: Sentai press release Official Site: anime.cf-vanguard.com/overdress (Japan) Sentai announced today that it acquired rights to Bushiroad’s CARDFIGHT!! VANGUARD overDress (カードファイト!! ヴァンガード overDress, Kādofaito!! Vuangādo overDress, 2021), the latest entry in Bushiroad’s popular “Cardfight!! Vanguard” multimedia franchise, for audiences in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Ireland, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Sentai will begin streaming the series on HIDIVE on April 2, 2021 at 23:40 UTC. The next installment in the Cardfight!! Vanguard series is here with CARDFIGHT!! VANGUARD overDress, an anime series based on the latest set of collectible trading cards released in the “Cardfight!! Vanguard” multimedia project. The series chronicles 15-year-old Yu-yu as he discovers the nocturnal amusement park known as Wonder Hill, where the members of Team Blackout gather to play Vanguard each night. Soon Yu-yu finds himself drawn into epic battles and thrilling action, and

    Special Guest Ian Sinclair (English Voice of “Whis”) Will Join Fans for Hour-Long Livestream Countdown of the Top 10 Greatest Fights in the Acclaimed DRAGON BALL SUPER Series Source: Toei Animation Inc., Funimation press release Last December, fans were asked to name the greatest DRAGON BALL SUPER fights of all times and the response was overwhelming. The answers have now been tabulated, and “the winners” will be revealed on Saturday, March 27 at the special global fan event “Dragon Ball Super: Battle of the Battles” announced today by Toei Animation and Funimation together with a promotional video. Special guest and DRAGON BALL SUPER voice actor Ian Sinclair (English voice of “Whis”) will join co-hosts Justin Rojas (Toei Animation) and Lauren Moore (Funimation) for an hour-long livestream countdown of the Top 10 greatest DRAGON BALL SUPER fights of all time as chosen by

    Adding to its robust anime arsenal, Tubi secures seven series and six films from Toei Animation for the US, Canada and Mexico including global franchise phenom ONE PIECE Source: Toei Animation Inc. press release Official Site: tubitv.com Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Tubi, a division of FOX Entertainment, is continuing to expand its robust animation portfolio by entering a significant licensing agreement with Toei Animation, the industry-leading anime studio and pioneer in Japanese animation. With the deal including seven television series totaling nearly 500 episodes, as well as six TV specials, viewers will soon have access to six TV special installments of the internationally popular ONE PIECE franchise — including 3D2Y, EPISODE OF SABO, ADVENTURE OF NEBULANDIA, HEART OF GOLD, EPISODE OF EAST BLUE and EPISODE OF SKYPIEA — as well as episodes from the ONE PIECE television series

    Fans Everywhere Invited to Join Virtual Livestream Watch Party Featuring First Two of Episodes of New WORLD TRIGGER Season 2 Source: Toei Animation Inc. press release Official Site: worldtrigger.info (Japan) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto On the heels of last week’s worldwide premiere of Season 2, Toei Animation Inc. released details today for its special WORLD TRIGGER livestream event teased to fans just before Christmas. To celebrate the new season’s launch, Toei Animation will host its first-ever virtual global fan event — the WORLD TRIGGER Season 2 Global Livestream Watch Party — on Saturday, January 30 when anime fans across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe can come together for this special simulcast event on Toei Animation’s U.S. Facebook and YouTube channels. Hosted by social media personalities Justin

    Source: Warner Bros. Japan Official Site: warnerbros.co.jp/gintamamovie (Japan) A SCIFI JAPAN EXCLUSIVE Warner Bros. Pictures Japan has provided information and images from the new anime film, GINTAMA THE FINAL (銀魂 THE FINAL). The movie is based on the incredibly popular action comedy manga series Gintama, created by Hideaki Sorachi and originally serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump magazine. The collected editions of the manga have sold more than 55 million volumes. GINTAMA THE FINAL adapts the concluding story arc of the manga, and is being promoted as the “true end” of the franchise. As the countdown to doomsday begins, Gintoki Sakata, Shinsuke Takasugi and Kotaro Katsura are joined by former allies Shinpachi Simura, Kagura, Shinsengumi, Kabuki Town, and even former rivals in an effort to save the earth from destruction. GINTAMA THE FINAL will open in Japanese cinemas this coming Friday, January

    Global Streaming Partners Revealed for Highly Anticipated New Season of the Sci-Fi Action Series Source: Toei Animation Inc. press release Official Site: worldtrigger.info (Japan) Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Christmas came early for anime fans with today’s announcement from Toei Animation Inc. that the eagerly awaited Season Two of WORLD TRIGGER (ワールドトリガー, Wārudo Torigā) will stream on the leading streaming platforms Crunchyroll and Anime Digital Network in France. Leveraging their collective presence, WORLD TRIGGER Season 2 will be accessible to anime fans around the globe. In addition, Toei Animation also revealed that Season 2 will launch as a simultaneous premiere with Japan on Saturday, January 9, 2021. WORLD TRIGGER Season 2 will be on several streaming services with a shared simulcast window. All subtitled episodes will stream day and date with the TV broadcast in Japan. Adding to the anticipation for

    Special Guests Colleen Clinkenbeard and Michael McFarland to Join Fans for Two-Episode Screening, Discussion and Giveaways Source: Toei Animation Inc. press release Special Thanks to Scott Barretto Anime’s favorite pirates will set sail on a new voyage with the upcoming digital release of new English dub episodes and fans will get a chance to mark the occasion courtesy of Toei Animation in collaboration from Funimation. To celebrate the December 1 digital release of ONE PIECE Season 11, Voyage 1 (Eps. 629-641 of the “Dressrosa” Arc) on Microsoft and Sony PlayStation Network, Toei Animation will host a special two-hour ONE PIECE livestream watch party for U.S. and Canadian fans. The ONE PIECE watch party, which will take place on Saturday, December 5, kicks-off Toei Animation’s new virtual event series for fans. The two-hour event starts at

    Source: Studio Ghibli, GKIDS Inc., Wild Bunch Official Site: gkids.com/films/earwig-and-the-witch (US) After a long absence, Studio Ghibli returns with their first entirely 3DCG animated feature, EARWIG AND THE WITCH (アーヤと魔女, Āya to Majo). Like their internationally acclaimed movie HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE (ハウルの動く城, Hauru no Ugoku Shiro, 2004), the film is adapted from a classic children’s novel by the late Diana Wynne Jones. EARWIG AND THE WITCH is directed by Goro Miyazaki, who previously helmed Studio Ghibli’s TALES FROM EARTHSEA (ゲド戦記, Gedo Senki, 2006) and FROM UP ON POPPY HILL (コクリコ坂から, Kokuriko-zaka Kara, 2011), and produced by studio co-founder Toshio Suzuki. Initial planning was handled by Goro’s father Hayao Miyazaki, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind such works as MY NEIGHBOR TOTORO (となりのトトロ, Tonari no Totoro, 1988) and SPIRITED AWAY (千と千尋の神隠し, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, 2001). The voice

    With a reach of 75% in all American households, Netflix is recognized as a global media phenomenon. Established in 1997, it took some time for the service to become truly popular, with the switch to streaming from physical media proving pivotal. Today, Netflix boasts almost every genre imaginable, with more films, sitcoms, documentaries, and dramas than is fathomable. In a busy marketplace, with competition from Amazon Prime, Hulu, and Disney+, new titles are added seemingly constantly. This includes Anime, with the library of available films and series now mightily impressive. In this article, we will examine the growing presence of Anime on Netflix and, in particular, the impact and significance of the recent NEO YOKIO series. Cultural traffic Anime’s origins are of course in Japan, where the genre retains a major stronghold. But the animation style is growing in popularity in

    Growing up, we learn a lot from animals. Whether they’re in Disney characters or some of the documentaries we watch, they provide valuable lessons. As a result. A lot of people grow up loving animals. A vital component of this is giving these animals human characteristics. As is the case with other forms of media, animals play a significant role in anime. They’ll mostly play supporting roles, these animals are often cute and energetic, always offering comedic relief. However, in certain rare cases, animals will play the main protagonists. These characters are incredibly eye-catching, as they have to retain traditional anime protagonist traits and the characteristics of the animal they play. Here are the ten best anime with main animal protagonists. 1. BEASTARS While the name might seem simple, the anime is one of the most complex and mature series. It

    Source: Funimation press release Official Site: funimation.com/funimationcon2020 Special Thanks to Sarah Allen Funimation announced it is premiering new episodes from FIRE FORCE Season 2, DECA-DENCE, and BY THE GRACE OF THE GODS at FunimationCon 2020. Fans are in for a treat as FunimationCon 2020 debuts the first two dubbed episodes of FIRE FORCE Season 2 before anyone else. FunimationCon 2020 is previewing Episode 1 of the larger-than-life DECA-DENCE (subtitled) before Japan, and will exclusively premiere Episode 1 of BY THE GRACE OF THE GODS (subtitled), the fantasy isekai anime based on the light novel series of the same name from Roy and Ririnra. FunimationCon 2020 also unveiled the Full Programming Schedule of activities happening during the two-day event. The newly announced panels round out an impressive lineup of cosplay, voice actor panels and events at Funimation’s free, two-day

    Source: Funimation press release Official Site: funimation.com/funimationcon2020 Special Thanks to Sarah Allen Funimation announced it has added panels for MY HERO ACADEMIA and HUMAN LOST to its upcoming virtual festival FunimationCon 2020 July 3-4. Funimation also announced that Toei Animation will present a DRAGON BALL SUPER interview with legendary voice actress Masako Nozawa at the event. Internationally acclaimed critic and historian of anime Charles Solomon will host a panel examining what it takes to be a voice actor. Funimation revealed a stellar line-up of hosts at the event who will keep the panel and event conversation lively including Matt Acevedo, Michelle Nguyen Bradley, Cheyenne Ewulu aka Cheyenne the Geek, Emma Fyffe, Karama Horne, Jacki Jing, Chris Lam, Winston Marshall, Lauren Moore, Josellie Rios, and Charles Solomon. The newly announced panels and events join a growing lineup of exciting programming for

    Source: Funimation press release Official Site: funimation.com/funimationcon2020 Special Thanks to Sarah Allen Funimation unveiled even more of its lineup for its upcoming FunimationCon 2020, July 3-4. Funimation announced the MY HERO ACADEMIA Show featuring voice actors along with an exciting lineup of cosplay panels and tutorials featuring cosplay personalities Yaya Han, Riddle, Phil Mizuno, Stella Chuu, Alicia Marie and DressesandCapes. The newly announced panels and events join a growing lineup of exciting programming for fans at FunimationCon 2020. FunimationCon 2020 is completely free to attend. Sign up to register at funimationcon2020. MY HERO ACADEMIA GAME SHOW WITH VOICE ACTORS Join Funimation and special guests for an exciting game show style panel where the true #1 Hero will come out on top! Hosted by Lauren Moore with guests Justin Briner (Deku), Clifford Chapin (Bakugo), Caitlin Glass (Ashido), Ricco Fajardo (Mirio),

    Source: Anime Expo press release Anime Expo is thrilled to unveil their plans to offer Japanese pop culture fans from around the world an opportunity to experience all things anime from wherever they are with Anime Expo Lite. This FREE two-day livestream event will begin on July 3, proclaimed Anime Expo Day by the City of Los Angeles in 2015, and continue through July 4. Anime Expo Lite will feature content from industry partners such as Bushiroad, Crunchyroll, Pony Canyon, VIZ Media, and more! More exclusive content will be announced in the coming weeks. Additionally, they are pleased to reveal the artwork that was planned for the Anime Expo 2020 program guide cover. Ai and Xeno seem to have found themselves in Shibuya along with the gang from THE WORLD ENDS WITH YOU! Fans can expect to see: •

    NEON GENESIS EVANGELION is a Japanese animated TV series that aired in the country between October 1995 and March 1996. It is currently on Netflix. Developed by Gainax, the show focuses on the organization NERV, employing huge mechas known as Evangelions to fight monstrous beings referred to as Angels. Several of the main characters pilot the Evangelions, including Asuka Sohryu, Shinji Ikari, and Rei Ayanami. The first episodes focus mainly on religious symbolism and references to the Bible. The later episodes veer from the course, though, exploring the characters’ psyches and revealing deep-rooted psychological and emotional issues that the characters struggle to handle. NEON GENESIS EVANGELION is now one of the most popular Anime series ever created. It is a great pastime besides your favorite slots game at 918kiss and will have you hooked into a complex, flowing storyline.

    Established in 1979, Gundam Series is a huge franchise in Japan, with numerous TV series, video games, and movies to its name. Let’s take a deeper look into various Gundam Series than have been released over the years. Universal Century (UC) Universal Century (UC) is the original Gundam universe. It features several wars between the earth and space colonies in different periods. UC accounts for the bulk of the Gundam series. Given the fact that the series started in the 70s, though, some of the scenes have not aged well,and you may not get the desired quality. You can still find some impressive gems in the UC, however. The series in the UC include Mobile Suit Gundam, MS Igloo, The 8th MS Team, and Zeta Gundam. Others are Gundam Unicorn, Gundam ZZ, Gundam F91, G-Saviour, Turn a Gundam, as well as 008: War in the Pocket and

    Source: Netflix Official Site: ghostintheshell-sac2045.jp (Japan), Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 | Netflix (US) GHOST IN THE SHELL: SAC_2045 (攻殻機動隊 SAC_2045, Kōkaku Kidōtai SAC_2045), the latest entry in the classic sci-fi series GHOST IN THE SHELL, is scheduled to release worldwide (except China) on Netflix on April 23, 2020. Created by Masamune Shirow, the sequel of much acclaimed GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX (攻殻機動隊 STAND ALONE COMPLEX, Kōkaku Kidōtai Sutando Arōn Conpurekkusu, 2002-05) series has come back as a full 3DCG anime series. Directors Kenji Kamiyama (GHOST IN THE SHELL: STAND ALONE COMPLEX series), Shinji Aramaki (APPLESEED series) and SOLA DIGITAL ARTS will collaborate once again following the Netflix anime ULTRAMAN (ウルトラマン, Urutoraman, 2019-20). This is the first GHOST IN THE SHELL series to be brought to fans with a double director. The original Japanese cast of

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