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Castlevania Season 1 Debuts on Blu-Ray and DVD December 4

VIZ Media has announced preorders for the home media release of Castlevania Season 1.

Set to debut on December 4th, the four-episode first season of the series is produced by Frederator Studios and has streamed to wide acclaim on Netflix. Castlevania will be available on Blu-ray, with an MSRP of $24.98 U.S. / $29.99 CAN, and on DVD, with an MSRP of $19.98 U.S. / $24.99 CAN.

Bonus features for the Castlevania Season 1 home media release include on-disc storyboards and art galleries for both the BD and DVD. Exclusive Blu-ray extras include the sketch art-to-animation animatic sequences of Castlevania’s most exciting moments!

Inspired by the classic video game series, Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepes himself. In Season 1, Trevor Belmont, embittered and excommunicated, finds himself drawn into a battle for the survival of Europe – a region that has brought doom upon itself by taking away the one thing its greatest monster loved.

VIZ Media Teams with Cryptozoic and Quidd for Anime-Based Digital Collectibles

Cryptozoic Entertainment, VIZ Media, and Quidd, Inc. have announced an extensive partnership to create digital collectibles based on major anime properties. Naruto Shippuden is the first title from VIZ Media’s catalog that Cryptozoic has brought to Quidd which is available on iOS and Android. Fans will soon also be able to buy and sell digital stickers, trading cards, and figures based on BleachDeath Note, and other classic series.

Founded in 2015, Quidd’s innovative platform for collecting, rare digital goods blends the notions of emotional and functional ownership while leveraging scarcity in the digital retail experience. With over 1.9 billion individually serialized items sold since launch in 2016, Quidd’s digital goods ledger is the largest on the planet.

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is Getting a Twitch Livestream

VIZ Media has announced the debut of the JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure anime streaming event on Twitch, the world’s leading social video service and online community for gamers.

The first three seasons of the acclaimed multigenerational action adventure property begin streaming today through August 25 on VIZ Media’s Twitch channel. The 113 episodes on Twitch constitute the first three seasons and multiple story arcs of the series (PHANTOM BLOOD, BATTLE TENDENCY, STARDUST CRUSADERS, and DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE). Fans can enjoy the subtitled stream and interact with the vast online community starting at 10AM PST each day with an encore broadcast of the stream at 3PM PST. The stream will only be available for audiences in US and Canada.

JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE Twitch Air Dates:

Season 1, PHANTOM BLOOD

  • August 13th – Episodes 1-9

Season 1, BATTLE TENDENCY

  • August 14th – Episodes 10-18
  • August 15th – Episodes 19-26

Season 2, STARDUST CRUSADERS

  • August 16th – Episodes 1-9
  • August 17th – Episodes 10-18
  • August 18th – Episodes 19-26
  • August 19th – Episodes 27-35
  • August 20th – Episodes 36-44
  • August 21st – Episodes 45-48

Season 3, DIAMOND IS UNBREAKABLE

  • August 21st – Episodes 1-5
  • August 22nd – Episodes 6-13
  • August 23rd – Episodes 14-22
  • August 24th – Episodes 23-31
  • August 25th – Episodes 32-39

JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure is based on Hirohiko Araki’s critically acclaimed Shonen Jump manga series that depicts the multigenerational exploits of the heroic Joestar family and their never-ending battle against evil. In the anime series, the Aztecs – the people of the sun – once prospered in ancient Mexico. They had a bizarre stone mask that brought eternal life and the power of a domineering ruler to he who wore it, but at some point, the mask disappeared without a trace. Years later, in the late 19th Century, when men’s lifestyles and outlooks on life were quickly changing, Jonathan Joestar and Dio Brando meet, and the stone mask binds them to a rather curious fate…

For additional information on JOJO’S BIZARRE ADVENTURE and other anime and manga titles published by VIZ Media, please visit viz.com.

Otakon’s Attendence Grows, Up Nearly 5,000 From the Previous Year

The official attendance for Otakon 2018 has bounced back up from a slower year, Otakorp Inc. has announced. The final number, including all departments, is 29,293.

The number is up roughly 5,000 from the 2017 final number of 24,894. The final attendance
number includes total memberships/attendees, both pre-registered and at door, as well as staff,
dealers, artists, industry, contractors, guests, and members of the registered press.

Significantly, the total number of paid registrations — 26,590 — exceeds last year’s total
attendance numbers, according to convention president Andrew Zerrlaut.

This was the second year the convention was held in Washington, D.C.

Otakon 2019 will be held from July 26 to 28 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center,
Washington, D.C.

Rooster Teeth Talent Join gen:LOCK Voice Cast And New Teaser Features David Tennant Voicing “Doc”

At RTX Austin, Rooster Teeth’s annual fandom convention, Gray G. Haddock, Head of Rooster Teeth Animation and showrunner for the upcoming anime-style series gen:LOCK, announced the Rooster Teeth voice cast for the show, and released a second teaser that features David Tennant voicing the character “Doc” for the first time. In gen:LOCK, Earth’s last free society is on the losing side of a global war, and recruits a diverse team of young pilots to control the next generation of giant, weaponized robot bodies known asmecha. These daring recruits will find, however, that their newfound abilities come at no small cost.

Lindsay Jones (voice of Ruby Rose in “RWBY”) will voice Razzle, Chase’s squadron leader. Miles Luna (voice of Jaune Arc in “RWBY”) will voice Miguel “Migas” Garza, Chase’s best friend. Blaine Gibson (voice of Nerf in “Camp Camp”) will voice Sinclair, an experienced ranger recruited to the gen:LOCK program, Haddock (voice of Roman Torchwick in “RWBY”) will voice Leon, a mech unit leader, and Chad James (voice of Boomstick in “DEATH BATTLE”) will voice Jodie, a mech pilot and close friend to Miranda.

gen:LOCK’s voice cast is led by Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther, Creed) who voices the main character, Julian Chase, and also includes Dakota Fanning (The Alienist, Twilight Saga) voicing expert mech pilot and Chase’s love interest, Miranda Worth, Kōichi Yamadera (Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell) voicing Kazu Iida, one of the new recruits transferring from Japan’s military forces, to fight alongside Chase in the gen:LOCK program, and Tennant voicing Dr. Rufus Weller aka Doc, a lead scientist with the Experimental Science Unit (ESU) and the inventor of the gen:LOCK technology.

gen:LOCK is the second anime-style series and third 3D animated series from Rooster Teeth Animation. Outlier Productions, Jordan’s production company, is co-producing gen: Lock along with Rooster Teeth.

gen:LOCK will premiere in January 2019 exclusively on Rooster Teeth, available for iOS, Android, Xbox One, Apple TV, and at RoosterTeeth.com with memberships starting at $4.99 a month.

RWBY Returns October 27th for Volume 6

Ruby, Weiss, Blake, and Yang have been reunited and Team RWBY’s first mission back is one of grave importance: escorting the Relic of Knowledge to Atlas. With Beacon fallen and Mistral compromised, Remnant’s northernmost academy may now be the safest place in the world, but making it there will be more dangerous than anyone could have imagined.

In a world filled with horrific monsters bent on death and destruction, humanity’s hope lies with powerful Huntsmen and Huntresses. Ruby Rose, Weiss Schnee, Blake Belladonna, and Yang Xiao Long are four such Huntresses in training whose journeys will take them far past the grounds of their school, Beacon Academy. Though each may be powerful on their own, these four girls must overcome dark forces and work as a team if they truly hope to become the next generation of Remnant’s protectors.

RWBY is the first western-style anime to be distributed in Japan and is produced by Rooster Teeth in Austin, Texas. Stay tuned for more announcements about Volume 6.

The Library of Congress Declares “Anime for All” With a New Exhibit Timed for Otakon

A display of Japanese woodblock prints and medieval picture scrolls, a family-friendly cosplay workshop and a free talk with famed Japanese writer and director Kihara Hirokatsu will highlight the Library of Congress’ series of events being presented in conjunction with Otakon, Washington, D.C.’s annual convention celebrating Asian pop culture (anime, manga, music, movies, video games, etc.) and its fandom.

Anime for All,” a celebration of east-Asian culture, mythology, pop culture and inspiration will be held Wednesday, Aug. 8 through Friday, Aug. 10 in the Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E., Washington D.C. The series of events will showcase Japanese storytelling traditions that have been transformed into modern day forms of art and will seek to illuminate how Japan’s ancient history has played a significant role in pop-culture and how it continues to inspire creativity in the arts.

Events are free and open to the public. Tickets are available for some of the “Anime for All” activities, but are not required. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Visit this event ticketing site for more information and to secure your ticket. Entry is not guaranteed.

Fans of anime, manga and Japanese pop culture have much to explore in the Library’s collections. The Prints and Photographs division contains over 2,500 Japanese woodblock prints from the Edo Period through the 21st Century. The Asian Division’s collection is the largest repository of Japanese language materials outside of Japan, totaling 1.2 million monograph volumes with a rare book collection exceeding 5,900 items, dating as far back as the 8th century. The Serials and Government Publications division houses over 140,000 comic books, including treasures such as the rare early English-language editions of “Astro Boy,” “Macross,” and “Ultraman.”

The series will conclude on Saturday, Aug. 11 with a panel discussion featuring Library of Congress experts on various ways Otakon audiences can connect with the Library of Congress and its resources. The speakers will share some of the east-Asian treasures that are available on-site and online at the Library and how they can engage with these materials. The U.S. Copyright Office will provide information on how to create works inspired by our collection items without infringement and methods to protect intellectual property. An Otakon 2018 ticket is required for attendance.

The programming includes:

Wednesday, Aug. 8
11 a.m., Great Hall, first floor

Pop Up Performance
Visitors are invited to stop in the Library’s Great Hall for a performance from Japanese musical talents, The Washington Toho Koto Society. Tickets are available, but are not required. Visit this event ticketing site for more information. 

 

Thursday, Aug. 9
10 a.m. — 3:30 p.m., Whittall Pavilion, ground floor
“Anime for All” Display
This display will trace the history of Japanese graphic arts and storytelling into the modern day. Visitors will see examples of medieval picture scrolls, depicting legends of heroic monks and tales of anthropomorphic animals, that experts consider to be among the earliest examples of manga in history. Also on display are illustrations of yokai, supernatural monsters from Japanese folklore that inspire modern day creatures in manga and anime, and the woodcut figure of Hangaku Gozen, a historical woman warrior in full armor on a rearing horse. Fans of mecha will encounter the first English translations of “Robotech,” and enjoy the manga adaptation of Ghibli Studios’ “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind.” Visitors can also explore how graphically represented stories evolved from religious origins into popular tales of samurai heroism and, ultimately, the modern day renditions enjoyed around the globe. No tickets required.

 

11 a.m. — 4 p.m., Young Readers Center, ground floor
Cosplay Workshop
Cosplayers will demonstrate how they develop characters. Families are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters. Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

 

11:30 a.m. — noon, Young Readers Center, ground floor
Cosplay Demonstration
Library of Congress Young Readers Center staff and cosplayers will give a demonstration on how to create a manga drawing. Families are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite characters. Free and open to the public. No tickets required.
NOTE: Participants must comply with Cosplay & Costume Weapons Guidelines, below.

 

1 p.m., Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor
Film Screening
“The Tale of Princess Kaguya,” a film by Isao Takahata. This film is rated PG. 

 

5 p.m. — 6 p.m., Coolidge Auditorium, ground floor
Kihara Hirokatsu, LIVE
Studio Ghibli writer, producer and director Kihara Hirokatsu will discuss his experience in Japanese anime production and the inspirations for his latest projects. Hirokatsu will give the talk in Japanese with an English interpreter. Free and open to the public. Tickets are available, but are not required. Visit this event ticketing site for more information. 

At sundown, north lawn of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building

Film Screening
“Superman” (1978) (2017 National Film Registry)
Presented part of the Library’s “LOC Summer Movies on the Lawn” series. Attendees are encouraged to dress in Superman cosplay. Tickets are available, but are not required. Visit this event ticketing site for more information. 

NOTE: Participants must comply with Cosplay & Costume Weapons Guidelines, below.

 

Friday, Aug. 10         

10:30 a.m. — 11:15 a.m., Young Readers Center, ground floor 

Japanese Story Time
The Young Readers Center hosts story time for babies and toddlers about Japanese culture, featuring Japanese stories, music, and art. All children and teens under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Space is limited and is available at first come, first served basis.

 

Saturday, Aug. 11 

2 p.m., Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Library of Congress at Otakon *

Join Library of Congress staff members for a panel discussion about the east-Asian collections held at the Library. Panelists will share highlights of the collections, provide insights on the how you can access the collection items and share how attendees can protect their intellectual property.
* Otakon 2018 ticket required for attendance. For more information on Otakon, visit the site.

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Cosplay and Costume Weapons Guidelines

The following guidelines of the U.S. Capitol Police will apply:

 

  • Weapons and replicas of weapons are generally prohibited on Capitol Grounds.  Participants should not attempt to enter any building on Capitol Grounds other than the specific event locations while in possession of a fake or “Costume Weapon.”
  • Costume Weapons will be inspected by the U.S. Capitol Police prior to entry into any of the event locations.
  • For operational and security reasons, guests may not enter any of the event locations or pass through screening while wearing masks or with their faces covered in any way that would obscure identification.
  • Wearing masks on Capitol Grounds is permitted at the discretion of the United States Capitol Police. If directed, participants must immediately remove costume masks.

SDCC 2018: VIZ Media Acquires the Home Media Rights to Castlevania Season 1

VIZ Media expands its catalog with the acquisition of Season 1 of Castlevania.

VIZ Media announced the acquisition of Castlevania during its official panel held this past weekend at San Diego Comic-Con. VIZ Media has acquired home media distribution rights to the American anime-influenced series, which is produced by Frederator Studios. Castlevania Season 1 has streamed to wide acclaim on Netflix.

Inspired by the classic video game series, Castlevania is a dark medieval fantasy following the last surviving member of the disgraced Belmont clan, trying to save Eastern Europe from extinction at the hand of Vlad Dracula Tepes himself. In Season 1, Trevor Belmont, embittered and excommunicated, finds himself drawn into a battle for the survival of Europe – a region that has brought doom upon itself by taking away the one thing its greatest monster loved.

Mechanical Designer Kanetake Ebikawa to Be Otakon Guest

Otakorp Inc. has announced that mechanical designer Kanetake Ebikawa will be a guest at Otakon 2018.

Ebikawa worked on such renowned titles as “Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans,” “Mobile Suit Gundam 00” and “Full Metal Panic!” among many others.

Otakon 2018 will be held August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

Actor Ray Chase to Appear at Otakon

Ray Chase, an actor in both video games and anime, including the lead character of “Final Fantasy XV,” will be a guest at Otakon 2018.

Fans may recognize Chase as the main character Noctis in “Final Fantasy XV”; Master of Masters from “Kingdom Hearts”; Artorius from “Tales of Berseria”; Roy/Gaius/Alphonse/Fernand from “Fire Emblem”; Eve from “Nier Automata”; and his most celebrated role as the Subway Announcer in “Persona 5.” He’s also made minor appearances in “God of War”; “Mass Effect Andromeda”; “Horizon: Zero Dawn”; “Deus Ex: MD”; “Xenoblade Chronicles X” and “Tyranny.”

Chase’s anime roles include Roswaal in “Re:Zero”; Keith Flick in “B: The Beginning”; Puri Puri Prisoner in “One Punch Man”; Yuu Otosaka in “Charlotte”; Yukiatsu in “Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day”; Howzer in “Seven Deadly Sins”; Hanzo/Squala in “Hunter x Hunter”; Rubber Soul in “Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure,” as well as joining the casts of “Your Name,” “Berserk,” “Mob Psycho 100,” “Gundam: Iron Blooded Orphans,” “Blue Exorcist,” “Fairy Tail,” and many others! He is a proud founding member of the comedy and gaming troupe Loud, Annoying, and Very Annoying (LAVA), which he shares with fellow actors Max Mittelman and Robbie Daymond.

Otakon 2018 will be held August 10-12, 2018 at the Walter Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C.

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